Behind the Face Mask

Behind the Face Mask
‘I Jumped Up, Reached for the Ball … and My Life Changed Forever’
‘I Jumped Up, Reached for the Ball … and My Life Changed Forever’
I was supposed to block for Jordy Nelson on the now infamous onside kick in the NFC Championship Game. But my mind went blank and instinct just kicked in. The mishap led to death threats, my release from Green Bay and a recurring nightmare. I hope to one day be remembered for something else
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Video: Michael Sam—The Interview
Michael Sam: The Interview
The headline-maker from last year’s NFL draft sits down with The MMQB’s Robert Klemko to talk about what he’s learned over the past year and how he’s preparing for another shot at the NFL
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One Year Later
Michael Sam: One Year Later
Over the past 12 months I’ve been called by some a distraction, by others a hero, but I’m still working to earn the label that matters to me most: football player
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The NFL’s Dirty Laundry
The NFL’s Dirty Laundry
While the media obsesses over quiet players and PSI, the biggest problems in professional football go unnoticed. From concussions to non-guaranteed contracts, players are getting fed up with the league's rampant hypocrisy
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My Twin Wins…
My Twin Wins…
But I'm spending another January at home. Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty on what it's like to watch twin brother Devin, of the Patriots, in the playoffs
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Stuart Scott Was My Idol
Stuart Scott Was My Idol
Veteran NFL player Ryan Clark on the impact the late Stuart Scott had on his life
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Preparing for Peyton
Preparing for Peyton
No quarterback poses a greater challenge than Peyton Manning. Everything we do, he knows it, or he can adjust to it. He operates like a machine. But that doesn't mean my Chargers can’t take him down on Sunday
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Why I Wore the Shirt
Why I Wore the Shirt
The NFL wants to make players’ public lives conform to its standards. But when exceptional issues call for us to speak our minds, the league and the fans need to see us as men, with our own opinions and the freedom to express them
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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