A soccer ball covered with flags is painted on a wall in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa. The image of South Africa's 2010 World Cup has been shattered by allegations that its bid over a decade ago was boosted by bribes of more than $10 million to secure FIFA votes — allegations FIFA addressed in Wednesday's request for restitution. Schalk van Zuydam/AP hide caption

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John Castello decided to stop playing football when he learned about the risks of brain injury. Dave Marmarelli/DGM Photography hide caption

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The Impact Of 'Concussion': High School Football Player Changes Course

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Garrison Pennington (right, No. 42) tackles a player during Albany High School's 2014-2015 season — the last he would play. Courtesy of Ned Purdom hide caption

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Quitting The Gridiron When Football Runs Through The Family

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Football has practically no history in China. Some of China's most popular sports are individual ones that don't involve physical contact, like pingpong and badminton. Chinese players say football provides an opportunity to release their aggression. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Far From Sunday's Super Bowl, A Football Championship In China

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning meets with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after an NFL game in Indianapolis in 2011. Manning and Newton will square off in the 50th Super Bowl, in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday. The two quarterbacks were No. 1 overall draft picks 13 years apart. AJ Mast/AP hide caption

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Super Bowl 50's Quarterbacks: So Talented And So Different

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'NFL Confidential': Anonymous Player On Why He Loathes The League

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"Osceola" stands in front of a crowd at the FSU homecoming game. Eileen Soler/Seminole Tribune hide caption

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Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

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The Alto Yellowjackets take the field on Nov. 13, a month after Matthews died. Lauren Silverman/NPR hide caption

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Deaths Persist In Youth And Student Football Despite Safety Efforts

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Members of the University of Missouri Tigers football team return to practice Nov. 10 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images hide caption

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Commentary: Mizzou Football And The Power Of The Players

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Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (second from left) shakes hands with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson after the NFL football game between the Lions and Chiefs at Wembley Stadium in London on Nov. 1. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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The NFL Is Kicking The Ball To The United Kingdom. Why?

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Olson sits with his guide dog, Quebec. Inspired by his experiences with the USC Trojans as a 12-year-old, Olson tried out for his high school football team. Gloria Hillard for NPR hide caption

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A Blind Football Player Joins His Trojan Heroes On The Field

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The public share to pay for construction of a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium is reportedly $498 million. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Spending Public Money On Sports Stadiums Is Bad Business

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Chris Kluwe (left) congratulates Blair Walsh after Walsh kicked a 56-yard field goal during a game against the Houston Texans in 2012. Kluwe says friendships in the NFL can be fleeting, but also close. Patric Schneider/AP hide caption

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The Locker Room: A Melting Pot, Where Football's The Focal Point

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Kicker Chandler Catanzaro of the Arizona Cardinals kicks an extra point against the Kansas City Chiefs during a pre-season NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Aug. 15 in Glendale, Ariz. Christian Petersen/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is There An Extra Point In Football, And Do We Need It?

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted last September that he "got it wrong" when it came to handling the recent Ray Rice incident, pledging that he will get it right. Dennis Van Tine /UPI/Landov hide caption

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NFL's Effort To Combat Domestic Violence May Go For The Long Game

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