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Steve Hendrickson has a battered body and can't remember yesterday

Originally Published: June 26, 2013
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

THE NARRATIVE ARC of football's past three decades sits across the table from me in a restaurant in Escondido, Calif., and asks the obvious: "So what's this story about?"

I have a million answers and yet no answer. I want to tell him it's about men and boys, toughness and weakness, fathers and sons, the invincibility of youth and the vulnerability of age. It's about the importance of football in places like Napa, Calif., our shared hometown, and the culture the game ...

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