Giving pause

Center Jason Brown makes millions with the Rams. But as the war that took his brother's life rages on, he wonders whether he's worthy.

Updated: September 11, 2011, 9:48 AM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Sept. 19 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

SOMETIMES JASON BROWN'S HANDSHAKES last a beat longer. It doesn't happen often. Brown, the Rams center, shakes a lot of hands -- those of fans, reporters, sponsors, marketers, anyone who wants a minute. Today, after an August practice, a group of soldiers dressed in fatigues and holding cameras and Sharpies waits to meet the team. Brown enters the line, filthy and wet, with dried blood on his knuckles and grass ...

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