Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 10/17/14
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A lot of things separate NFL players from us mere pedestrians. Size, strength, freakish athletic talent. They have it, and the majority of us don't. But here's another thing: fearlessness. And this is a different kind of fearlessness. Sure, they're brave. They cross the center of the field and extend for high throws with linebackers lurking and they sacrifice limbs, bones, muscles and sometimes even organs for the cause. But those playing professional football in this era also find a way to avoid thinking about the future. If they're ignorant to the possibility that they could very well end up suffering later in life for the punishment their bodies are enduring now, then I feel sorry for them. But having spoken to and gotten to know many of them while covering this league, I get the feeling the majority of these players are aware of what might be awaiting them. What's amazing is that they still do it anyway. Considering what we now know about the long-term hea...
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