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Character nearly as important as talent these days

With Roger Goodell holding teams accountable for their players' bad decisions, how to deal with prospects with potential character flaws is the talk of the draft, Len Pasquarelli writes.

Originally Published: April 25, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In its meticulously written and exhaustively researched weekend series examining the recent rash of arrests among players and coaches, the San Diego Union-Tribune twice cosmetically altered the NFL logo to graphically illustrate the off-field indiscretions which have recently plagued the league.

One day, The Shield, as commissioner Roger Goodell suddenly has taken to calling sport's most powerful and recognizable trademark, featured handcuffs superimposed over it. The next day, the pair ...

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