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Mark Sanchez and football's lost past

Jets' Sanchez might bring light to the overlooked history of Hispanics in pro football.

Originally Published: September 25, 2009
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

The New York Jets are off to a 3-0 start and the media is in a frenzy over quarterback Mark Sanchez, especially after he outgunned superhero Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Week 2 of the NFL season.

Less noticed, though, is Sanchez's presence among the less than 1 percent of NFL players who are of Latino background. Their numbers are growing, but those players remain mainly off the radar screen.

So does the history of Latinos in the NFL, despite the fact that ...

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