If you can throw a football, if you can catch a football, if you can call plays that win big games, then nothing else matters.

You can be capable of cracking a little dog’s skull against the ground as it struggles to breathe. You can show disrespect to the men you call your teammates by using racial slurs. You can violate the game’s rules and society’s rules by encouraging your players to physically hurt others, to give them head injuries, torn anterior cruciate ligaments or broken bones.

And what will it get you in the N.F.L.? Huge contracts. Applause. A bank account stuffed with money.

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