Sports writer Dave Zirin compares two football greats: Jim Brown and Michael Bennett.

Vulnerability in the NFL? How Things Have Changed.

Vulnerability in the NFL? How Things Have Changed.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 11 2018 7:31 PM

Gridiron Man

Jim Brown was nearly impossible to tackle on the football field. And in public life, he still is.

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Former pro football player Jim Brown pays a visit to Trump Tower on Dec. 13, 2016, in New York City.

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“If Jim Brown’s the past, Michael Bennett’s the future.” So says sports writer Dave Zirin, who recently published both a biography of Brown and co-authored Bennett’s memoir. Why the contrast between these two football players? Michael Bennett is a deliberate progressive, while Jim Brown’s work to save young men from gang life is marred by a history of domestic abuse. Zirin’s books are Jim Brown: Last Man Standing and Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.

In the Spiel, Rep. Jim Jordan picked the wrong hill to die on.

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