New year, new rules: Rule No. 1

Updated: December 15, 2010, 11:05 AM ET
ESPN The Magazine

Rule No. 1: Protect NFL players -- and their fun

If you listen to James Harrison, Asante Samuel and every other player outraged by the NFL's crackdown on dangerous hits, you'd think there's no way to legislate safety without ruining the character of the game. But of course, you can. Since 1905, when president Theodore Roosevelt led the charge to eliminate dangerous plays like the Flying Wedge, the keepers of football have constantly manipulated their rule book to make the game less violent ...

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