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The NFL's Problem? It's All About Image.

Josh CoxCorrespondent IJune 7, 2008

Many people agree that the NFL has taken over Major League Baseball as America's favorite sport, and maybe even "America's pasttime" after baseball's steroid scandals. But the problem is, the NFL has a "scandal" of sorts, of their own.

With the arrests of guys like Adam Jones, Odell Thurman, Chris Henry, Tank Johnson, etc., its obvious that the NFL has a major image problem. Another problem the league has is all of the "me-first" losers.

I refuse to call Adam Jones, "Pacman", because he hasn't proven to me that he's anything more than a disgrace to society. Idiots like Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens, and Freddie Mitchell (remember him), are also contributors in the NFL's newest problem.

I don't care if you caught 115 passes last season. I don't care if you had 12 interceptions. I don't care if you rushed for 2,000 yards. You are not bigger than the game.

Pay attention closely. The NFL has taken over the NBA in this area, and that's not a good thing for hard-core football fans, or the league itself.

So here I'm going to say. To the NFL "superstars" who think they are bigger than the game, or even larger than life. Take a page out of the book of Peyton Manning, Albert Pujols, and Tim Duncan, among others. Respect the game, because no matter how great you are, in the end you're just a distant blip on the ever-moving sports radar screen.

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