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During his NFL days, Nate Jackson (81) played tight end for the Denver Broncos. He's also the author of the best-selling memoir Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile. Dave Einsel/AP hide caption

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Why Play Football? 2 Views On The Game, From Those Who Know It Best

Recent football-related deaths have renewed focus on the sport's risks. Ex-pro Nate Jackson and Nahshon Ellerbe, a former high school star, explain their love of the game — and how to make it safer.

Funky Holiday Will Sessions
Upside Down Jack Johnson

During his NFL days, Nate Jackson (81) played tight end for the Denver Broncos. He's also the author of the best-selling memoir Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile. Dave Einsel/AP hide caption

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Why Play Football? 2 Views On The Game, From Those Who Know It Best

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Bishops and cardinals pray as Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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The Synod Could Be The Defining Moment Of Francis' Papacy

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Dream Autograf
Autumn Story Firekites

Detroit Pistons forward Caron Butler shoots a free throw during a game against the New York Knicks in February. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

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In the Middle James Brown, The James Brown Band et. al.
Money I$ King Lee Fields

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