Here is the opening to my Wednesday column about Darren McFadden:


He advances straight at you with his head held high and a slight smile on his handsome young face. He is the prototype of a great running back and when he is good — that means healthy — he may be the best back in the NFL, better even than Adrian Peterson. On a scale of 10, he is an 11.

He is walking out of the Oakland Raiders training facility, 24-year-old Darren McFadden, the gods’ gift to football except for one thing — the gods always give and take away. He has a flaw.

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