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34 | BASEBALL

Mariano Rivera

What's left to say about the game's greatest closer and one of its most respected figures? Plenty

By Tom Verducci

44 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Hybrid Players

Schematic changes in the game have resulted in an increase of chameleons on both sides of the ball

By Andy Staples

50 | PRO FOOTBALL

Undefendable Twist

Today's freestyling QBs are blowing the lids off defenses with an old-school weapon: the back-shoulder pass

By Tim Layden

60 | SPECIAL REPORT

Oklahoma State

The final part of SI's investigation looks at players who were left undereducated and demoralized

By George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans

4 | SI Digital

8 | Leading Off

14 | The Mail

17 | Scorecard

25 | Faces in The Crowd

26 | Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Dustin Pedroia on home run etiquette

72 | Point After

Joe Sheehan: Separating man from myth with Derek Jeter

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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WINSLOW TOWNSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RIVERA IN TUNNEL)

MO, NO MO' Mariano Rivera has more saves than anyone else, but he leaves his deepest imprint on the lives he's touched.

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JOHN IACONO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RIVERA IN ACTION)

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JOHNATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES (COLLEGE FOOTBALL)

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PATRICK SMITH/GETTY IMAGES (PRO FOOTBALL)

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ERICK W. RASCO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HELMET)