37 A-Rod Agonistes
Even his fellow Yankees find Alex Rodriguez hard to motivate and harder tounderstand
by Tom Verducci
46 Shock Value
Michigan opened up its playbook and turned receiver Mario Manningham loose tostun Notre Dame
by Austin Murphy
50 Tight Ends 2.0
At a re-engineered position that's now home to the most versatile athletes,there's none better than Antonio Gates
by Jeffri Chadiha
54 The Blind Side
Through natural selection and intelligent design, the left tackle has evolvedinto a prized specimen
by Michael Lewis
6 Leading Off
15 Air andSpace
Life begins at 40—or so a retired hockey star tries to persuade the author
by Steve Rushin
A punter's act of desperation
The shooting at Duquesne
26 Faces in theCrowd
80 Life ofReilly
In forcing them to clean up their !@#$%& language, BU confronts the curseof its fans
by Rick Reilly
66 The NFL
The maturation of Alex Smith
Jonathan Stewart carries Oregon
76 Motor Sports
Kevin Harvick leads RCR's revival
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54 TESTED TOUGH
By learning to protect the quarterback during the 49ers' title years, Steve Wallace became the NFL's highest paid lineman.
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Given a new set of option plays, Falcons quarterback Michael Vick rushed for127 yards in a 14-3 win over the Buccaneers.
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