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If any coach could have said no to culture, it was Shanahan, and he didn't

Updated: January 10, 2013, 2:33 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

Mike Shanahan undoubtedly knows that a football player isn't and never has been a rational or responsible guardian of his own health. This is not a new concept; the durability and evidence of the theory can be found in the thousands of former players hobbling around wondering where they put their keys. The equation is pretty straightforward: Violence plus competiveness plus the power of brotherhood equals a disregard for personal welfare.

And that's why the commotion ...

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