Going Long

Going Long
The Rex Effect
The Rex Effect
After a turbulent final act with the Jets, Rex Ryan is starting fresh in Buffalo, infusing the franchise with qualities that have been in short supply since the Bills’ Super Bowl heydey: personality, excitement and optimism. Brash? He’s OK with that, too
By Jenny Vrentas
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The Mystery Man Who Helped Modernize the NFL
The Mystery Man Who Helped Modernize the NFL
Behind the scenes but in the middle of everything, Joel Bussert has counseled three commissioners over the course of four decades and always championed the quality of the game. Get to know him before he says goodbye
By Peter King
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Sweetness and the Scout
Sweetness and the Scout
Relentlessness. Intensity. Hard-headed commitment. The qualities that Chargers scouting director Kevin Kelly looks for in a prospect are the same he saw in his mentor, Walter Payton, with whom he struck up an unlikely friendship on a fateful night in an empty gym as an awestruck teenager
By Robert Klemko
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A Hero’s Welcome for Malcolm Butler
A Hero’s Welcome for Malcolm Butler
An undrafted free agent who once worked at Popeyes for $7.25 an hour became the unlikely star of Super Bowl XLIX. The MMQB followed him back home to Vicksburg, Miss., where everyone already knew his name
By Emily Kaplan
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Maseratis, Hookah Bars and Cash by the Bagful: On the Trail of the $10,000 Super Bowl Ticket
Maseratis, Hookah Bars and Cash by the Bagful: On the Trail of the $10,000 Super Bowl Ticket
The MMQB spent four frantic days—and a few sleepless nights—with a top broker as he worked the wildest and most lucrative Super Bowl ticket market ever
By Robert Klemko
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Inside Belichick’s Library
Inside Belichick’s Library
The hundreds of books, many collected by his father, that played a role in shaping the strategies and philosophies of Bill Belichick
By Jenny Vrentas
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Football’s Focus Group
Football’s Focus Group
The ultimate outsider—an Englishman who never played the game—abandoned a profitable business to run an NFL advanced stats website. In just a few years he’s gone from 80 page views a week to overseeing an international staff of 80 that’s helping to transform the league
By Jenny Vrentas
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I’m Not Russell Wilson, But I Play Him on TV
I’m Not Russell Wilson, But I Play Him on TV
For some former college and pro players, there’s a second career—and some pretty nice cash—working as body doubles for big stars and filling out rosters for commercials, TV shows and movies. The dream, rare in its achievement, is to cross over into mainstream acting. Or become the Old Spice guy
By Greg Bishop
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A Football Sunday With Richard Sherman
A Football Sunday With Richard Sherman
After a big divisional-round win on Saturday—and a random drug test the next morning—the All-Pro cornerback settled himself on the couch and began scouting the Seahawks’ next opponent. A day at Sherman’s lair reveals why, win or lose, he may ask Aaron Rodgers to swap jerseys after the NFC Championship Game
By Robert Klemko
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Rodgers’ Starr Moment
Rodgers’ Starr Moment
He’s played in and won bigger games, but Aaron Rodgers added another chapter to Packers’ lore on Sunday. Limping around Lambeau Field, he threw for 316 yards and three TDs in an Ice Bowl rematch that rivaled the original drama
By Jenny Vrentas