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42 Beyond hispassing and on-field leadership, his greatest attribute is the devotion heinspires in those he touches
58 Can You SayPlayoff?
If ever a seasonscreamed for the BCS to be blown up, it's this one. But that won't happen untilthe folks at the Rose Bowl come to their senses
70 Sean Taylor,R.I.P.
He had been deadless than nine hours when a website ran the headline taylor's death is tragicbut not surprising. So much for resting in peace
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A cardiovascularabnormality has become a leading killer of young athletes
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14 From theEditor
• A tribute toEvel Knievel
• First Person:Marcus Camby
41 Faces in theCrowd
SI's Sportsmanknows a penny's true value by Peter King
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134 The NFL
• Reggie Waynefills Indy's void
139 High SchoolFootball
• What a breakoutseason can mean
• A 12-year DavisCup drought ends
145 The NBA
• Has Philly foundits new AI?
• Rebuilding inNew Orleans
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