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Settled but Unsettling

The NFL and thousands of former players agree on the concussion suit

Cover Story

How the Lance Armstrong Beat Became a Journalistic Minefield

Complex, Multifaceted, Fragile

The World of Olympic Fencers

Searching for U.S. Tennis Stars

John McEnroe's Tennis Academy is looking for talent

The Preppy Pipeline

The Preppy Pipeline

How basketball prospered at a tiny Connecticut boarding school

Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart

Fernando Perez is trying to make it as a baseball player and a poet

No More Pride

No More Pride

What happened when Hofstra dropped football?

Diamond on the Beach

Diamond on the Beach

A Summer with the Brooklyn Cyclones

Bartkowski: “Guys Are Crying for Help”

Bartkowski: “Guys Are Crying for Help”

12 March 2014

Steve Bartkowski, once an elite quarterback in the NFL, said he did not remember the word “concussion” ever coming up during his 12-year NFL career. Bartkowski was the first pick in the 1975 NFL Draft and upon signing with the Atlanta Falcons received the richest rookie deal to date – a contract of $650,000 over four years. Bartkowski chose Leigh Steinberg, his college friend from The University of California-Berkeley, to be his agent. Steinberg later became a high-profile sports agent representing a series of star quarterbacks including Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and Ben Roethlisberger.

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His Viewers May Not Know About Fourcade’s Health

His Viewers May Not Know About Fourcade’s Health

12 March 2014

WHNO’s audience has expectations. It knows what the TV Guide in New Orleans says. And it says The John Fourcade Show airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. There’s no asterisk that says: Fourcade may be squinting because his vision is sensitive to light. If he’s slow to respond to a question, it’s because he’s probably battling a headache. Also, his back is most likely throbbing.

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The Goose Was Playing – No Matter What

The Goose Was Playing – No Matter What

02 February 2014

“Goose was going to hit you, and he was going to hit you hard,” Lionel Taylor, Gonsoulin’s teammate for six seasons with the Broncos, said in a telephone interview. “If you came near Goose, if you caught it or not, you were going to get hit...That’s a fact. That was Goose’s game.”

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For The Love Of The Game

For The Love Of The Game

02 February 2014

Courtney Robinette has no memory of her dad being able to walk. She was eight years old when multiple sclerosis left him wheelchair bound. Now 23, that’s the only way Robinette remembers David Humm. Robinette said she started seeing the signs five years ago, but in the last year, Humm’s memory has gotten significantly worse. Just talking about it for a few minutes leads to tears.

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The Man Who Knew Too Little

The Man Who Knew Too Little

02 February 2014

Pruitt infuriated NFL defenses with the flimsy, tear-away jerseys he wore for much of his career, evading would-be tacklers as he raced his way, half-shirtless, to another first-down. “Sometimes I'd need ten or twelve jerseys a game,” said Pruitt, an elusive running-back and kick-returner who played nine seasons with the Cleveland Browns and three with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, with whom he won a Super Bowl, before retiring in 1984.

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Reconsidering the Past – After a Stroke

Reconsidering the Past – After a Stroke

02 February 2014

Despite a knee injury that ended his football career after eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Charlie Babb didn’t realize what the game did to his body until two years ago. “I was having headaches, and I got out of bed one morning and just fell to my left, on the floor,” said Babb, who was a rookie safety on the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team. “My wife said, ‘That’s it, you’re going to the doctor.’”

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Ricky Nattiel: “I’m Always Worried”

Ricky Nattiel: “I’m Always Worried”

02 February 2014

It’s the damn little things Ricky Nattiel can’t seem to remember: the name of an old friend, or a favorite actor, or a television show he’s seen thousands of times. The former Denver Bronco wide receiver says he doesn’t have dementia or suffer from depression. He hasn’t experienced mood swings or entertained thoughts of suicide. But it’s those seemingly benign memory lapses that dog him, causing him to fixate endlessly on whatever it is he cannot remember.

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If He Knew Then What He Knows Now…

If He Knew Then What He Knows Now…

02 February 2014

Despite six AFC Championship appearances and a ring from Super Bowl XI, Warren Bankston is not sure he would have played professional football if he knew what he knows now. What he didn’t know was the possible long-term damage that hard hits could cause years later. He also had this description of the first time he was knocked unconscious in an NFL game.

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“I Don’t Want to Say I’m Losing It”

“I Don’t Want to Say I’m Losing It”

02 February 2014

On game days for the Detroit Lions, Dexter Bussey is still at Ford Field. He isn’t wearing the number 24 on a silver and blue jersey, and he isn’t on the field adding to his career 5,105 yards as the team’s third all-time leading rusher. He’s not on the sidelines as a coach, or in the stands as a spectator.

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Hoping to Help a New Generation

Hoping to Help a New Generation

02 February 2014

Richard “Dick” Schafrath is not your average guy. He once ran 66 miles just to prove to naysayers that he could. He wrestled with a bear – and survived. He canoed 78 miles across Lake Erie despite a fear of water. Schafrath’s simple explanation: “I like doing things that no one else has done or tried.” Schafrath, now 76, has a storied history beyond these outlandish accomplishments.

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