In today's pass-happy NFL, the image of the left tackle is taking a beating
IN APRIL 2008, the Dolphins were so eager to make Michigan left tackle Jake Long the No. 1 pick overall and the cornerstone of their franchise that they signed him to a $57.5 million contract four days before the draft. Long more than lived up to that deal, becoming only the fourth tackle in 50 years to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons -- before a triceps injury sent him to injured reserve last December.
Yet almost five years after the '08 draft, ...
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ESPN The Magazine: April 15, 2013