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Sean Morey, then with the Arizona Cardinals, celebrates after blocking a punt against the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. Morey, who suffers from post-concussion syndrome, retired from the NFL in 2010 on the advice of doctors. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images hide caption

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Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation'

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Surprise Invitation Lands Syrian Peace Talks In Hot Water

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Robert Siegel On Qatar: Tiny Country, Big Influence

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Snowden's Document Leaks Shocked The NSA, And More May Be On The Way

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Budget Deal Faces Key Vote In Senate

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House, Senate Negotiators Announce Deal To Avert Another Shutdown

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Study: Organic Milk Contains More Healthy Fatty Acids

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Congress Tries To Craft Budget Deal Before Holiday Break

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Obama And Former Presidents To Attend Mandela Memorial

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U.S. To Face Ghana, Portugal And Germany In World Cup

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Planet Money T-Shirt Exposes Issues Of Work, Trade And Clothes

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Obama: World Lost A Profoundly Good Man In Nelson Mandela's Death

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Fla. Prosecutor: No Sexual Assault Charges For FSU Football Star

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Add This To The Fiscal Cliff: Congress Faces A 'Milk Cliff' Too

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Nigeria Steps Up Security In Northeast After Boko Haram Attacks

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