The League

THE QUESTION

When Does Character Trump Talent?

With the Cincinnati Bengals picking up Chris Henry and Cedric Benson, where should teams draw the line between wins and character?

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 2, 2008 8:10 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Character Matters, Publicly

Ideally a team would have a roster of humanitarians who date celebrities, record platinum selling albums and win the Super Bowl every year, but it ain't gonna happen.

Posted by Emil Steiner, on October 2, 2008 1:26 PM

Madden Had it Right

Madden was right in saying that he'd rather have a team walking off the plane looking like the local Hell's Angels chapter if they knew their jobs

Posted by Doug Farrar, on October 2, 2008 11:03 AM

It's Not Really A Choice

The risks that teams take on players with off-field troubles usually aren't rewarded in today's NFL.

Posted by Mark Maske, on October 2, 2008 10:06 AM

Better to Win With Baggage

Owners are risk takers who gain little by losing with class.

Posted by David Carter, on October 2, 2008 8:21 AM

Desire to Change Matters

Character is never expendable however everyone deserves a second chance.

Posted by Peter Schaffer, on October 2, 2008 8:21 AM

Hating on Hypocrisy

Save the morality play for the church pulpit, and get those players on the field because they can help you win games

Posted by Gene Wang, on October 2, 2008 8:20 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

xNFLr watcher: The character issue is exactly why I have stopped following the NFL. This has lead to much more free time and I have actually started to do ...

AggyPryd: Joel Miller: "...Character here is as important as it is to the party of equal rights, civil rights and human rights (the Democratic party)...

jamie: Ozzie, don't you have Randy Moss on your team? He's about as thug as you can get besides Travis Henry. I disagree with C in his criticism of...

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