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Traffic cops in the trenches, centers no longer are the league's 'Rodney Dangerfields'

Originally Published: October 15, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Jason Brown's briefcase was the first indication that he was going to be all business when he made a free-agent visit to the St. Louis Rams in March. The team knew the 26-year-old center had everything they coveted for the position: agility, intelligence, leadership ability and a sturdy, 6-foot, 3-inch, 328-pound frame. What they couldn't have anticipated was his meticulous preparation.

After pulling a legal notepad and a ballpoint pen from that briefcase, ...

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