NFL

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

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

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On faith and football.

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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.”

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The NFL attempts to set up a beachhead in China.

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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.

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

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

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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.
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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.

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A profile of Jake Plummer, the NFL quarterback who turned down a $5M offer and left the game while still in his prime.

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A detailed account of the writer’s very brief stint as quarterback of the Detroit Lions. A participatory journalism classic.

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How the racism of white players and coaches ruined the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals in 1968.

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

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

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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.

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

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The precarious existence of NFL placekickers.