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NFL offensive linemen close unit with unique bond

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Playing offensive lineman is a job like no other in the NFL.

They hit, or get hit, more than in players on the team. Linemen can also be an aloof group, sticking mostly to themselves because they feel no one else on the team can identify with their jobs.

Former Tennessee Titan Brad Hopkins says, "With offensive linemen, there's a hierarchy. ... "They'll jeer, they'll tease, they'll poke, they'll prod and depending on how much you take, that's where you are in that rung of offensive linemen."

A report on the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal detailed how the locker-room culture apparently went too far.

Former president of the NFL Players Association Kevin Mawae says, "The greatest coaches ... control the message in their locker room. They control the environment."


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