Football getting harder to watch

Knowing the cost to players strips watching football of any innocence

Originally Published: November 6, 2013
By Rick Reilly | ESPN.com

The NFL is asking viewers to write in and tell it, "Why do YOU love football?"

This is my answer:

I used to.

I used to love football the way German shepherds love sirloin. I'd sit in the press box and insist the window stay open -- even on down-coat days -- just so I could hear the sound of two men colliding at full speed. It thrilled me. And I'd wonder: Who does that?

Now I hear that sound and wonder how soon it will be before they can't remember where they ...

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