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NFL could set a better safety example

Originally Published: August 20, 2013
By Gregg Easterbrook | ESPN.com

The NFL claims to have seen the light on safety. The unnecessary roughness rule has become stricter. Contact in practice has been reduced. Players are admonished for vicious hits. Money is being donated to brain research. The league is saying all the right things.

But as Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, "What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say." Just a few minutes into one of the first preseason games, Bernard Pollard of the Tennessee Titans delivered ...

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