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Why the NFL Is Losing Respect and Toughness

Published by on May 25, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

When the NFL started in the early 1890s, players wore shirts and rubber helmets. Players played with broken bones, tackling as low as the knee was permitted, and the only thing that players cared about was scoring.

It was the toughest, meanest sport in the country, and by the time it became the NFL and players like Dick Butkus played, it became the most popular sport.

When you mention the best defenses of all-time, the 1985 Bears are the first team that comes to your mind, and it's because the referees let them play the game. The players could hit and not worry about a flag being flown.

However, times have changed, and it's getting a bit ridiculous.

A new rule was passed today where if a defen...

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