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17 articles

Jerry Football

A profile of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.


Out Route

The bleak final season of Tony Gonzalez’s Hall of Fame career.


"The Eagle Has Landed"

The behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out.


The Book of Tebow

On faith and football.


Inside the Double Life of Aaron Hernandez

The house at 114 Lake Avenue in Bristol, CT that kept calling Aaron Hernandez, a NFL star by 20, back to “a volatile underworld of guns, drugs, and violence.”


Hard Knocks: Shanghai

The NFL attempts to set up a beachhead in China.


Show Yourself the Money

Aside from the wealthiest players, nine out of 10 NFL athletes are likely to be insolvent within 10 years of retirement. A new executive MBA program aims to change that.


Life As A Replacement Ref

When the best three months of your life are “called three of the uglier months in the recent history of the National Football League.”


The Truth Is Out There

On conspiracy theories in sports, from the ‘85 NBA draft lottery to Michael Phelps’ gold medal performance in the 100-meter butterfly.


The Green Bay Packers Have the Best Owners in Football

The Green Bay Packers are a historical, cultural, and geographical anomaly, a publicly traded corporation in a league that doesn’t allow them, an immensely profitable company whose shareholders are forbidden by the corporate bylaws to receive a penny of that profit, a franchise that has flourished despite being in the smallest market in the NFL—with a population of 102,000, it would be small for a Triple A baseball franchise.

The Impossible, Inevitable Redemption of Michael Vick

An attempt to sort out whether Vick is truly a changed man or simply a very gifted football player who was bound to be forgiven.


The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder

An encyclopedic evisceration of the NFL owner and former Six Flags chairman.


Who Is This Guy?

A profile of Ernie Adams, Bill Belichick’s mysterious right hand man.


Monday Night Football’s Hail Mary

Ten years ago, a pair of legendary TV executives decided it was time to change the formula for football broadcasting. One bet on Dennis Miller. The other bankrolled Vince McMahon and the XFL.


The Franchise

How Madden NFL went from a programmer’s childhood dream to a $3 billion business.


The Kick Is Up and It’s…a Career Killer

The precarious existence of NFL placekickers.