Going Long

Going Long
Joe Greene, and the Three Who Aren’t There
Joe Greene, and the Three Who Aren’t There
As Greene’s iconic 75 becomes just the second number retired by the Steelers, here’s a look back at what became of the fabled front four that anchored the Steel Curtain defense of the 1970s—a quartet as dominant as any in history, and as distinctive as their nicknames: Mean Joe, Mad Dog, Hollywood Bags and Fats
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Waging Four Battles and Relying on Joe Cool
Waging Four Battles and Relying on Joe Cool
The Ray Rice scandal rocked the NFL, but not the Ravens’ locker room. Once the domain of a spitfire linebacker named Ray Lewis, it’s now the province of a ho-hum quarterback who prefers talking over yelling. A look at how Joe Flacco has kept Baltimore on track—and how the team upgraded at running back
By Jenny Vrentas
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A Twist in Irving Fryar’s Redemption Story
A Twist in Irving Fryar’s Redemption Story
It was an uplifting tale: A troubled player hits bottom, finds God and turns his life around, preaching the Gospel and dedicating himself to helping others. Now, however, the former 17-year NFL receiver is facing charges of bank fraud, and the possibility that he’ll end up back where his turnaround began—in jail
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Calling the Shots
Calling the Shots
Gunnar Esiason, the son of former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, is well known for his lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. But a high school football team in Long Island simply knows him as a coach who sprinkled plays from his father’s Bengals playbooks into its offense
By Emily Kaplan
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When the Game Moves On Without You
When the Game Moves On Without You
Ken Flajole has been a football coach every fall for the past 37 years. This season, he is not. What does a 59-year-old coaching lifer do when the game is taken away?
By Greg A. Bedard
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Why London? And Can It Work?
Why London? And Can It Work?
In the eighth year of regular-season games in the U.K., the NFL is edging closer to a permanent team there. Does it make sense? Is it logistically feasible? And do Brits really care enough about the American game to sustain a franchise? We crossed the pond to tackle those questions
By Jenny Vrentas
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Everything’s There But the Fire
Everything’s There But the Fire
He scrambles like Kaepernick, sheds tacklers like Roethlisberger and throws with preternatural precision. It all points to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 pick next year and sure-fire NFL franchise QB. But does he play it too cool?
By Greg A. Bedard
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Ted Talks
Ted Talks
The reclusive Ted Thompson opens up about his 10-year tenure as Green Bay's general manager, pulling back the curtain on why he drafted Aaron Rodgers, how he signed Julius Peppers and what he first saw in a Falcons third-string QB named Favre
By Peter King
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Mike Holmgren is Retired
Mike Holmgren is Retired
He volunteers at a food bank, reads books and spends time with his grandkids. After a Super Bowl title in Green Bay, a stellar rebuilding in Seattle and an abrupt ending in Cleveland, Mike Holmgren is done with football. Unless …
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Building a Better Bronco
Building a Better Bronco
Three years ago, John Elway's hiring brought questions of Denver's intent. Would the former face of the franchise just be a figurehead? Three straight playoff appearances and a Super Bowl berth later, the answer is clear: Nope
By Joan Niesen