How a tiny island 5,000 miles from the U.S. mainland has produced so many NFL players.
The death of a high school football player and the life that has followed for the kid who made the hit.
On October 17, 1973, John McClamrock was paralyzed playing high school football. Doctors doubted he would make it through the night. But he and his mother refused to give up—for more than three decades.
How one woman’s sexual assault by four University of Oregon football players in 1980 unwittingly led to the state’s expansive free speech protections.
Todd Marinovich was engineered from birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He ended up doing heroin in the locker room. A 2010 National Magazine Award winner, reprinted on Longform.
The life of the former defensive tackle, who was paralyzed during a kickoff return.
“The concussion that led Borland to retire came on a routine play, and that’s precisely his point.”
The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.
How a Texas university eagerly accepted a top football player as a transfer even though he had just been kicked off another school’s team for a previous incident of violence involving a female student.
“In an industry in which millions of people are invested in his success – in which he’s constantly being advised, praised and berated, often by total strangers – Revis’ tranquillity might be his greatest asset. He isn’t just an island. He’s a fortress.”