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Tim McDonald

Of NFL Heroes and Goats

By January 17, 2013

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Who doesn't love a good goat? Heroes can be so boring: Shaking everybody's hand, mugging for the camera, signing lucrative marketing deals and getting richer and better-looking by the minute.

Whatever.

Now a goat, that's a different story. Being a goat tests a man's character. You see what a man is made of after he is crucified by his teammates and eviscerated by the media.

How does he handle it? Does he turn petty, deny and obfuscate, like Mike Shanahan, or does he handle it like his father would have admired and accept responsibility?

After an extraordinarily entertaining football weekend - the best eight teams in the NFL fighting tooth and nail to advance - there are plenty of heroes to go around, but only one true goat.

Rahim Moore. I like the way he took total responsibility for his goat-dom this weekend. It was a heck of an effort because he made an incredibly bad play, allowing that 70-yard TD pass from Baltimore's Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones in the waning seconds of their playoff game. It cost the Broncos and an aging Peyton Manning a shot at the Super Bowl.

It made me start to wonder about all the lapses of athletic ability and football intellect these studs have had over the playoff years. It's an idea crying out for a Top 10 goat story.

 

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