Behind the Face Mask

Behind the Face Mask
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
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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