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The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing
Working with a new head coach and throwing to a rookie wideout, Philip Rivers completed nearly 70% of his throws while boosting touchdowns and limiting interceptions in 2013. A decade into his career, it was all a matter of timing
By Robert Klemko
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Belichick Sells High
Belichick Sells High
Five years ago, Bill Belichick and the Patriots traded star DT Richard Seymour eight days before the start of the season. History repeated itself on Tuesday when the Pats sent stalwart guard Logan Mankins packing
By Greg A. Bedard
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The Franchise Backup
The Franchise Backup
His first NFL coach laments unrealized potential. His current ones question his drive. On his last football legs at 34, Michael Vick appears content watching from the Jets’ sideline and taking what he calls ‘a step back away from the game’
By Jenny Vrentas
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Football in Ferguson
Football in Ferguson
Amid the turmoil tearing through this small Missouri town, a high school team prepares for its season opener, and a coach helps his players make sense of the madness around them. The first game is scheduled for Friday
By Robert Klemko
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Niners Legends: Made in Brooklyn
Niners Legends: Made in Brooklyn
For the Hall of Fame statues—of Rice, Montana, Walsh and the like—at their impressive museum inside new Levi's Stadium, the 49ers reached out to a small design studio 3,000 miles away. The results: awesome—if a little scary
By Andrew Lawrence
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‘The Forgotten Four’
‘The Forgotten Four’
A first look at an important upcoming documentary on the men who broke the pro football color barrier for good
By Emily Kaplan
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The Ray Rice Fallout
The Ray Rice Fallout
Ray Rice was suspended two games for his domestic-violence arrest and the immediate reaction was that the Ravens running back got off light. Is this the ‘wake-up call’ some say he needed? Baltimore and the NFL are about to find out
By Peter King
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Only Love Drives Out Hate
Only Love Can Drive Out Hate
I am a gay former NFL player who was deeply hurt by David Tyree’s past comments about homosexuality. Here’s why I am building a friendship with the Giants’ new director of player development, whose views are evolving
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The One That Got Away
The One That Got Away
As recently as two seasons ago, teams were trying to lure Jeff Samardzija back onto the gridiron. Now that the former Notre Dame wide receiver has found stardom on the baseball field, pushing football out of the picture for good, NFL teams—and Samardzija—are left to wonder "What if?"
By Robert Klemko