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INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 06: Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The word "if" is a concept utilized often in sports dissertation. If Bob Sanders could stay healthy, he'd be one of the best safeties in NFL history. If Tony Romo could improve his pocket administration, the Cowboys would be a perennial Super Bowl contender. If Kenny Britt could just stay out of trouble... Unfortunately, most "if" abstractions are rarely pragmatic. We tend to think certain faults are derived from misfortune or can be modified with slighter alterations, when, sometimes, these imperfections have more perpetual roots. Yes, some of Sanders' injuries are the consequence of bad luck, but this same skillset and style that made him a Pro Bowler also left him susceptible to injury. A similar outlook can be taken with Romo, as the gunslinger approach that facilitates fireworks on the scoreboard also lends itself to the occasional ill-timed turnover. Maturation, or lack thereof, falls into this discussion. Britt is not the first athlete to suffer from arrested development, a...
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