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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Flip Side to NFL Glory

Read this and see what I mean.

Someone once wrote that the winners write the history books, which means that you don't frequently see stories like this. Most likely, the only stories you see about former NFL players are about the superstars when they make the Hall of Fame. Seldom do we see stories about those who are less fortunate but no less critical to the success of the NFL -- the average player.

And it's no surprise that the detritus of the NFL survives in the form of broken bodies. After all, how would you fare if since seven or eight, and into your late twenties or earlier thirties, you spent a good part of your young life colliding with other people? It seems that both the NFL Players' Union and the NFL are woefully unprepared to deal with the massive problems that certain former players have.

For some, being an NFL superstart is a glamorous life. For many others, this story is a sobering reminder of what being a pro player is all about.

This story also makes me reflect on the "early" retirement of Giants' RB Tiki Barber.

Smart guy.

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