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Show Some Love to the Men Up Front

Published by on May 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

When I was a kid, I, like many others, went out for pee-wee football. Near the end of my very first practice, the coach (or one of the coaches, on this point I’m unsure) told my dad and me that he planned on using me as an offensive lineman.

It was my first and last football practice. Ever.

In retrospect, topping out at about 5’11’’ and 170 pounds, I would’ve turned into an awful (or hilarious) offensive lineman anyway.

The question, though, is why the inordinate fear of becoming a “Big Nasty.”

They’re football players, too. And important football players. And under-appreciated, to boot.

First, let’s take left tackles out of the...

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