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Understanding the meaning of "football tough"

Updated: August 1, 2001, 6:13 PM ET
By Bill Curry | Special to ESPN.com

This football thing started with a lot of skinny guys with sparse padding on their bodies. A 200-pound player was considered huge, weightlifting was shunned and a "supplement" was a milkshake or a cool longneck, depending on one's religion.

Air conditioning did not exist, and when it was hot everyone sweated. Everyone sweated all the time. Those of us who played in those days accepted the "blind staggers" (i.e., heat exhaustion) as part of two-a-days, and a request for water was a sign ...

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