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Thursday, August 30, 2012
NFL confidential

By ESPN The Mag Staff
ESPN The Magazine

Brett Favre
Not one player thinks Roger Goodell should have been tougher on the Saints.

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AFTER THE WILD OFFSEASON, we asked 48 players about the state of their game. Our confidential respondents ranged from All-Pros to journeymen. "We straddle the line between madness and normalness," said one special-teams standout. "That's the life we live." For tough truths about that life, read on.

Reporting by: Sam Alipour, Hunter Atkins, Matt Beardmore, Rich Cimini, Anna Katherine Clemmons, Dennis Dillon, Matt Ehalt, Ryan Hayner, Dan Kukla, Thersea Manahan, Andy McDonnell, Jane McManus, Matthew Muench, Kimberly O'Hara, Stacey Pressman, Mitch Sherman, Seth Wickersham and Jake Zucker

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