In wake of Ooltewah incident, former NFL star points to three lies boys are taught about masculinity

photo Joe Ehrmann

photo Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Joe Ehrmann (76) is pictured in this Aug. 1973 file photo.

By the definition he knew, 29-year-old Joe Ehrmann was a man.

A six-year veteran of the National Football League with deep pockets and an ability to attract women, he was doing well by common societal standards.

But when his younger brother was diagnosed with a rare form of fatal cancer, it sent Ehrmann on an intellectual journey, one that culminated in a changed definition of what it truly means to be a man.