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PHILADELPHIA _ There are more than 1,600 players in the National Football League. Most of them are God-fearing, law-abiding men who have never used drugs, never shot nor stabbed anyone, never hit a woman, never been arrested for drunken driving.
They visit kids in hospitals. They donate their time and money to charities.
They are faithful to their wives. They don't need a "Hi, I'm . . . `' name tag when they're in the presence of their kids.
Unfortunately for the league, those aren't the players who have been dominating the headlines the last several months. Just when O.J. Simpson finally was becoming a distant memory to the American public, the NFL's image again has been sullied by three more high-profile arrests.
Down in Atlanta, they seated a jury Monday for the trial of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is facing murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub in January.
In Charlotte, N.C., former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth is awaiting trial for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend last November.
In suburban Milwaukee, Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura was charged last week with third-degree sexual assault involving a 17-year-old girl at a high school post-prom party.
Throw in an assortment of several less-serious offseason player incidents (drugs and weapons charges, drunken driving, disorderly conduct) and …