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I shoulda seen it coming

What does it feel like to take a blindside hit? Patrick Hruby becomes Page 2's crash test columnist. Story, video

Updated: September 30, 2008, 2:48 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby | Page 2

As anyone who has ever played quarterback can tell you, the term "blindside hit" is a bit misleading. In reality, there are two hits: a defender hitting you – violently, without warning, like a naval torpedo – and you hitting the turf. Hard.

Both collisions hurt.

I say this from painful experience. And as someone who really ought to have known better. It's a sweltering mid-September afternoon, and I'm sprawled out on the patchy green grass of a community college soccer field ...

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