Why should Roger Goodell have the last word?
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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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