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Instant Replay: Hindsight on Barber, Maroney

Updated: December 10, 2007, 6:12 PM ET
By Nate Ravitz | ESPN.com

In the aftermath of one of the least eventful weeks in recent memory, I find myself thinking about two running backs -- college teammates -- whose seasons have gone in sharply different directions.

I'm referring, of course, to Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney, who once ran roughshod over the Big Ten as teammates for the University of Minnesota.

When the season began, Maroney was the one with all the hype. The retirement of Corey Dillon left Maroney as the featured back for the Patriots, ...

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