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Me, myself and 9

It doesn't really matter what the number is. What counts is that it's on a jersey.

Updated: June 19, 2009, 12:19 PM ET
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the June 29 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

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"I thought I'd look good in a teen, but 14, 15 and 17 didn't feel right. And the way you feel is the way you play. If you look good on the field, you play good."

-SANTONIO HOLMES 10, STEELERS

Back when The Magazine was new, there was a Ping-Pong table in one of the empty conference rooms. A couple of clearly overworked ...

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