Going Long

Going Long
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
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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