1. fresh air

    super bowl

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    ron jaworski

    eagles

  1. In prep for the Super Bowl, we spoke to Hall of Fame sports writer Ray Didinger about what he admires most about football players:

"It takes a lot of courage to play this game. I’ve been around it now for 43, 44 years, working in newspapers and working at NFL Films for 13 years and now doing radio and television. … One of the things I’ve taken away from it is a profound respect for the guys who play this game, because it is a violent game and the guys who play it have to accept that fact.
You can have tremendous talent, you can be big, you can be strong and you can be fast, but if you’re not willing to go on the field and take the punishment, then you can’t play. … How good of an athlete you are will get you there, but it’s your courage and your durability and your ability to play through that pain that will allow you to stay there.”
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    In prep for the Super Bowl, we spoke to Hall of Fame sports writer Ray Didinger about what he admires most about football players:

    "It takes a lot of courage to play this game. I’ve been around it now for 43, 44 years, working in newspapers and working at NFL Films for 13 years and now doing radio and television. … One of the things I’ve taken away from it is a profound respect for the guys who play this game, because it is a violent game and the guys who play it have to accept that fact.

    You can have tremendous talent, you can be big, you can be strong and you can be fast, but if you’re not willing to go on the field and take the punishment, then you can’t play. … How good of an athlete you are will get you there, but it’s your courage and your durability and your ability to play through that pain that will allow you to stay there.”

  2. fresh air

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    ray didinger

  1. Today we talk football with sports writer Ray Didinger and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. Didinger tells us why he doesn’t believe in “the idea of the dumb football player,” and about his favorite play of all time. Then Jaworski shares his experience of leading his team to the Super Bowl. 

    Just because it’s football day—enjoy this sketch from Key & Peele 

  2. football

    ray didinger

    ron jaworski

    super bowl

    key and peele

  1. Pre-Super Bowl: Ravens Coach Brian Billick (2010)

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    brian billick

  1. Redskins owner George Preston Marshall was quite happy running the last segregated team. ‘He loved being a holdout because he loved the attention.’

    — A ‘Showdown’ That Changed Football’s Racial History : NPR (via tballardbrown)

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    redskins

    ernie davis

    Bobby Mitchell

  1. Chris Nowinski has made a crusade of fighting head injuries in football. The Harvard-educated former pro wrestler had to leave the ring after suffering multiple concussions. He now educates others — including the NFL — on what head injuries can do to players’ brains years later.

  2. brain

    football

    concussions

    chris nowinski

    nfl

  1. You start on your own five-yard line, and drive all the way down the field—fifteen, eighteen plays in a row sometimes. Every play: collision, collision, collision. By the time you get to the other end of the field, you’re seeing spots. You feel like you are going to black out. Literally, these white explosions—boom, boom, boom—lights getting dimmer and brighter, dimmer and brighter.

    — Former NFL lineman Kyle Turley, explaining what it felt like on the field after a tough hit, in Malcolm Gladwell’s 2009 New Yorker piece, “Offensive Play.” On today’s Fresh Air, we’re going to be talking about brain injuries, concussions and contact sports.

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    new yorker

  1. "A brain autopsy of a University of Pennsylvania football player who killed himself in April has revealed the same trauma-induced disease found in more than 20 deceased National Football League players, raising questions of how young football players may be at risk for the disease.” — Alan Schwartz, The New York Times. More from The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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  1. A new poster, with tougher language about the effects of brain injuries, is now displayed in all N.F.L. locker rooms. (Picture via New York Times.) More from reporter Alan Schwartz, who’s been doggedly covering the link between concussions, football players and traumatic brain injuries for The Times. (Even more from The Atlantic, Newsweek, NPR, Slate) View in High-Res

    A new poster, with tougher language about the effects of brain injuries, is now displayed in all N.F.L. locker rooms. (Picture via New York Times.) More from reporter Alan Schwartz, who’s been doggedly covering the link between concussions, football players and traumatic brain injuries for The Times. (Even more from The Atlantic, Newsweek, NPR, Slate)

  2. concussions

    sports

    football

    head injuries

    brain