Dave Pear of the Oakland Raiders puts a stop to Larry Csonka of the Miami Dolphins after a 1-yard gain during fourth-quarter action on Oct. 9, 1979, in Oakland. The Raiders won 13-3. AP hide caption

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What Is Football Doing To Us As A People?

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Nigel Bradham of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a touchdown in the October game against Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Yahoo's online stream of the event was one of the NFL's digital tests. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images hide caption

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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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