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'You're playing Russian roulette'

From pain to thoughts of suicide, football breaks men down. Just ask Harry Carson.

Updated: September 16, 2011, 4:06 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Harry Carson understands why the NFL has become the greatest show on earth, appointment TV for millions upon millions of viewers who cannot get enough of the sanctioned violence between the goal lines.

As a middle linebacker, the game's ultimate seek-and-destroy position, Carson lived the drama and enjoyed the chase. He made it to the Hall of Fame by hitting opponents of the New York Giants harder than the human body was designed to be hit.

And no matter how much the ...

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