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NFL Youth Football Fund faces crisis

Fund once flush with multimillions faces safety crisis with depleted money, options

Updated: August 28, 2012, 3:07 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

Gene Upshaw was ecstatic, Paul Tagliabue an engaged partner. It was 1998, and the NFL and its players union had just agreed to make one of the largest investments ever by a U.S. professional sports league to support players at the base of the pyramid upon which their lucrative enterprise was built: $100 million in all, through annual funding of the newly established NFL Youth Football Fund.

At the inaugural board meeting, Dan Goich, a former defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions ...

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