Behind the Face Mask

Behind the Face Mask
The Green Bay Packers’ New Minister of Defense
The Green Bay Packers’ New Minister of Defense
Reggie White 2.0? Not quite, but inside linebacker A.J. Hawk recently showed off his ministry skills by presiding over the wedding of one of the team’s athletic trainers. Nuptials or knockin’ noggins, Hawk is at home doing both
By Jenny Vrentas
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Jim Kelly Tough
Jim Kelly Tough
From his hospital room and surrounded by family, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly details his second—and more serious—fight with cancer. Plus, DeSean Jackson begins search for a new team and the King family suffers a great loss
By Peter King
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‘I’m Under No Illusion That We’re Going to Make Magical Changes’
‘I’m Under No Illusion That We’re Going to Make Magical Changes’
But new NFLPA president Eric Winston is ready to play hardball with the NFL. Just ask him about Roger Goodell and HGH testing
By Robert Klemko
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‘My Job Is Very, Very Different From Your Job’
‘My Job Is Very, Very Different From Your Job’
The Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito situation, coupled with Michael Sam’s announcement, has put the NFL locker room culture under a spotlight. An Eagle takes us inside his workplace to better understand it
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The Kraken, Unleashed
The Kraken, Unleashed
A sixth-round pick four years ago, Greg Hardy enters free agency as one of the league’s most coveted pass rushers. The defensive end wants to stay in Carolina, for the right price
By Robert Klemko
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Hey, Rookie! Here’s How To Ace The NFL Job Interview
Hey, Rookie! Here's How To Ace The NFL Job Interview
The NFL scouting combine can be an anxiety-inducing time for prospects if they don't arrive prepared. Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty does his part to help, passing along 10 nuggets of wisdom gleaned from his own experience
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How to Fix the Locker Room
Jason Avant: How to Fix the Locker Room
Football takes young men from the most diverse backgrounds, throws them together and expects harmony. But that can’t happen without a stronger hand, higher standards and better training on tolerance
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The Bravest of All, Michael Sam Moves Us Forward
The Bravest of All, Michael Sam Moves Us Forward
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Doug Baldwin’s Diary of Super Bowl XLVIII
Doug Baldwin’s Diary of Super Bowl XLVIII
More than 111 million people watched, but only a few know what it feels like to have played in the big game. Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin shares the experience, from the minute he woke up until he left MetLife as a champion
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Imagining Myself Playing in Super Bowl XLVIII…
Imagining Myself Playing in Super Bowl XLVIII…
Watching from the press box as the Seahawks dominated the Broncos, Colts tight end Coby Fleener couldn’t help but see the Super Bowl unfold through the players’ eyes. He retraces the turning points from that unique perspective