Going Long

Going Long
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
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Same Old Gronk—or Maybe Better
Same Old Gronk—or Maybe Better
Rob Gronkowski’s stunning return to dominance this season after two years battling injury highlighted the dedication that was mostly lost amid his party persona. Now wiser in his ways—well, maybe a little—he could be the key to another Patriots Super Bowl run
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Is Jameis Winston Worth the Trouble?
Is Jameis Winston Worth the Trouble?
There’s so much to like about Winston—his strength, playmaking and toughness—but his off-field behavior is so distressing. Should he declare for the NFL draft, the FSU quarterback will be subjected to a predraft background check that will make last year’s scrutiny of Johnny Manziel look like a casual glance
By Greg A. Bedard
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Finding Danny Watkins
Finding Danny Watkins
A late-bloomer who seemed too good to be true, a first-round bust who helped get a once-untouchable coach run out of town, and to some, a hero. The bizarre football life of a man who was built for football, but born for something else
By Emily Kaplan