Going Long

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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
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Inviting the Nightmare
Inviting the Nightmare
Donte Stallworth killed a man while driving drunk, a horror that will always be a part of him. Five years later, the former NFL wide receiver is telling his story to other players to ensure they don't make the same mistake
By Robert Klemko
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So This is the NFL, Part II
So This is the NFL, Part II
Every summer, the NFL's first-year players travel to a hotel in Northeast Ohio for a crash course on what life is really like in pro football. This year, we were there too. The rookies took two field trips and were hit with some blunt advice from Hall of Famers during Days 3 and 4 at the annual Rookie Symposium
By Robert Klemko
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So This is the NFL, Part I
So This is the NFL, Part I
Every summer, the NFL's first-year players travel to a hotel in Northeast Ohio for a crash course on what life is really like in pro football. This year, we were there too. Here are Days 1 and 2 at the Rookie Symposium
By Robert Klemko
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The Intimidating Presence of 49ers GM Trent Baalke
The Intimidating Presence of 49ers GM Trent Baalke
San Francisco’s football boss has traded his stopwatch for a tailored suit, but the longtime scout remains a road warrior and a film study aficionado who refuses to waste time or tip his hand on what’s next. But the man always has big plans
By Greg A. Bedard
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Real Fantasy Football
Real Fantasy Football
More than 3,000 NFL hopefuls paid $245 to attend tryouts across the country this offseason. Some are delusional, while others are destined to make it. The best of the fringe prospects—and the scouts mining for hidden gems—will get a last look at the super regional combine in Detroit this weekend
By Andrew Lawrence
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Measuring Beyond Girth
Measuring Beyond Girth
Offensive linemen are overlooked by everyone except the coaches who grade them each week—and those marks are the difference between lasting in the NFL and finding a new career. For wide bodies, there’s little room for error
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Game 150: The Video
Game 150: The Video
A special holiday treat: From The MMQB’s three-part series on NFL officiating, here’s a video diary from the week Peter King spent embedded with referee Gene Steratore and his crew as they prepared for Ravens-Bears
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Game 150: The Test
Game 150: The Test
For the men of Gene Steratore’s crew, Ravens vs. Bears in Week 11 offered a chance at redemption for their worst performance of the season. An overtime game, played in crazy Chicago conditions, challenged their preparation, their judgment and their teamwork. Would they make the grade?
By Peter King