Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer
One of my favorite moments with Les Miles was this summer when we talked about racial issues consuming our country. I asked him what concern he had about how society saw his players once they left his locker room. He paused, looked me right in the eye, sighed and said "That's a great question." He looked down and I could feel how emotional that question made him because he hadn't really thought about it before and I could hear worry in his voice. "Good men look good men the same way and it's irrespective of who they are, it's irrespective of race, creed, color, religious preference. It's just good people recognize differences in our society, the pluralistic advantageous of our society and they give to that." He showed me how much empathy he had for his players and complete strangers. He truly hurt for them and with them. Earlier in the day he had this to say: "I feel like our society's the same and you need everybody. If you look to see change and if you watch the representation of our country on live TV, you realize that change is necessary. You need to be respectful of their life and their opinion and who they are. You need compassion for people."