Behind the Face Mask

Behind the Face Mask
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
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‘You couldn’t tell me winning a Super Bowl would feel any nicer’
‘You couldn’t tell me winning a Super Bowl would feel any nicer’
In eight CFL seasons, Doug Flutie was named Most Outstanding Player six times. He played in four Grey Cups, winning three. TSN voted him the greatest player of all time. Here’s why Canada’s brand of football is No. 1 in his heart
By Doug Flutie
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Rocky Bleier: The Chuck Noll I Remember
Rocky Bleier: The Chuck Noll I Remember
A Steelers great reflects on the coach who took over a hapless franchise and, with his no-nonsense style, turned it into a four-time Super Bowl champion and one of the crown jewels of the NFL
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A Father’s Life Lessons
A Father’s Life Lessons
We asked a dozen men in the NFL—players, coaches and executives—to share the best thing they’ve learned from their dad or an influential father figure. Here’s the wisdom that’s been passed on by mail carriers, businessmen, high school coaches, Hall of Famers, construction workers, educators and military veterans
By Robert Klemko
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Why I’m Suing the NFL
Why I’m Suing the NFL
Former Bears tackle Keith Van Horne is battling heart conditions and bouts of extreme dizziness. He blames team doctors for issuing excessive doses of painkillers and no warning about the risks
By Jenny Vrentas