Football grind forces coaches to put family second

We've always admired NFL coaches who ignore their families and think only about winning. But the grind has become so harsh that even some of the winners are wondering if it's worth it.

Originally Published: May 24, 2007
By David Fleming | ESPN The Magazine

Seated in a black leather chair in his spacious office, Brian Billick is deep into a second hour of ruminating on a single topic: the bizarre culture of NFL coaches and the havoc their high-profile, high-pressure jobs can wreak on their families.

After earnest and exhaustive attempts to make sense of it all, Billick walks to the wood book-shelf behind his desk. He grabs the Ravens' six-inch-thick playbook and drops it onto a marble coffee table, producing a startling thud. "Ridiculous," he ...

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