Behind the Face Mask

Behind the Face Mask
Steve Gleason Goes Deep
Steve Gleason Goes Deep
The New Orleans Saints hero, now battling ALS on all fronts, opens up about football’s place in his life and whether he wants his son to play the game
By Emily Kaplan
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Married to Football
Married to Football
An NFL lifestyle has its benefits, but fans rarely hear about the tough decisions and sacrifices that players’ families are forced to make. Giants guard Geoff Schwartz, now on his fourth team in seven years, and his wife, Meridith, opened their home to give The MMQB a glimpse of their wedded blitz
By Emily Kaplan
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A Visit to the Hawks’ Nest
A Visit to the Hawks’ Nest
On his bye week, Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk went home to Ohio to spend time with his family. He also went heavy on the squat rack in his basement, interviewed a retired Navy SEAL, carved pumpkins for Halloween and took a long, hard look at Green Bay’s 32nd-ranked run defense
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‘It’s a Job—a Hard Job’
‘It’s a Job—a Hard Job’
He’s been a starter from Day One, but Browns rookie guard Joel Bitonio’s learning curve has still been steep, the lessons ranging from how to handle a veteran’s injury to how to answer questions about Johnny Football
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Looking Through Bulletproof Windows
Looking Through Bulletproof Windows
Steelers cornerback William Gay volunteers at a Pittsburgh shelter for battered and abused women, but he’s more than a football player just stopping by. His mother was fatally shot by his stepfather, and he wants the NFL to fully understand the gravity of domestic violence
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Manning on Manning
Manning on Manning
The Broncos quarterback on giving advice to younger players, staying on top of non-football current events and why he thinks he'd make a good free safety
By Peter King
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‘Tim, You Have ALS’
‘Tim, You Have ALS’
Last spring, former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw learned why his body was weakening before his 30th birthday: He has Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In his own words, his plan for boldly living a full life
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A Point to Make
A Point to Make
The NFL is experimenting with longer extra points in an attempt to add excitement to the PAT. Ultimately, they’re going to get more injuries. A veteran kicker explains why 33 and one don’t add up. Plus, reader suggestions
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‘When They Don’t Know Who You Are, All You Are Is Black’
‘When They Don’t Know Who You Are, All You Are Is Black’
Bears defensive end David Bass, who grew up in St. Louis County, says harassment and racial profiling are a way of life for young African-American men in Ferguson and places like it
By Robert Klemko
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My Career Starts Now
My Career Starts Now
Chicago Bears safety Brock Vereen, a fourth-round draft pick in May, recently attended the NFL Rookie Symposium in Ohio with the rest of the league's first-year players. Here is his account of what he learned at the enlightening event