In NFL, the playbook is sacred

Every playbook is different, but the key for every player is to sort through the clutter and learn as quickly as possible, writes Liz Merrill.

Originally Published: August 29, 2007
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

It was hot, he was tired, and all a strapping, anonymous lineman -- we'll call him Joe Rookie -- wanted was a moment of privacy in the bathroom. He had done everything his coaches asked. He lugged his three-ring playbook around like it was a Bible. He read it, knew it, and protected it enough to carry it into the stall, next to the toilet.

But this was Vikings camp, and the easiest way to haze a rookie was to play on his basest fear. Nobody knew what happened to a rook who lost his ...

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