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NFL retirees: Saints crossed the line

Players known for toughness say bounties violate unwritten player code

Updated: April 17, 2012, 8:16 AM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

There is an old story that has been told, most recently in HBO's documentary "Namath," about a legendary quarterback with bad knees and a league full of opponents unwilling to exploit it. Fred Dryer doesn't understand why people make such a big deal about it. Back in the 1970s, Joe Namath had bad knees -- everyone knew he had bad knees -- but Dryer, a tough defensive end who went on to be a badass on a 1980s cop show, never took a shot at them. It didn't seem right, Dryer said. Around the league, ...

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