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EDITOR'S LETTER

The Two-Minute Drill

By Christian Stone

WHERE ARE THEY NOW

Where Are They Now: Ernie Banks

Being a Cubs fan has long been a unique challenge. Luckily we have Ernie Banks to show us how to handle the losing with grace and flair. Through all the futile seasons, he never forgot how lucky he was to be doing what he loved

By Rich Cohen

NATE NEWTON

He was an overstuffed teddy bear of a lineman whose colossal rear end became a John Madden obsession. But since spending 30 months in prison, the longtime Cowboy is a shell of the man he once was. And take it from his doctor: That's a good thing

By Austin Murphy

HANK AARON

With one mighty swing 40 years ago, the slugger did much more than set a home run record. Number 715 touched the lives of countless others, from the torched pitcher to ushers to fans

By Stephanie Apstein

'76 BUCS

The inaugural NFL campaign for Tampa Bay was luckless as well as winless, an injury-plagued disaster that left emotional and physical scars—some of which remain four decades later

By Michael McKnight

BRIANA SCURRY

She won two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup title, and with retirement nearing, she was uncertain what to do next. Then the very injury that ended her career—and made life almost unbearable—gave her a new sense of purpose

By Emma Span

DAN & DAVE

An unprecedented, monthslong ad campaign turned a pair of decathletes into household names before the 1992 Games. But for Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson, the hype proved a mixed blessing

By Chris Nashawaty

KEVIN EVERETT

After a devastating injury left him paralyzed, the former Bills tight end fought to learn to walk again and to replace any feelings of bitterness with love for his family and friends

By Vidur Malik

RODNEY ROGERS

THE NBA JOURNEYMAN HAD A SOLID CAREER, BUT WHAT HE'S DOING NOW, IN SPITE OF A DEVASTATING INJURY, WILL BE HIS LEGACY

By Chris Mannix

ERIC LEGRAND

AN INJURY ENDED HIS DREAM OF PLAYING IN THE NFL, BUT HE STILL HAD PLENTY OF OTHERS. NOW THEY'RE STARTING TO COME TRUE

By Chris Mannix

PAUL WILLIAMS

BOXERS AREN'T KNOWN FOR PLANNING AHEAD, BUT THANKS TO SOME GOOD ADVICE, 'THE PUNISHER' IS NOW IN REAL ESTATE

By Chris Mannix

ANGELO PIZZO

A movie life in three acts: How a screenwriting son of the heartland made some of the most beloved—and successful—sports films in Hollywood history

AS TOLD TO L. Jon Wertheim

MARCUS DUPREE

The best high school running back ever became a college bust and a pro washout, then spent two decades wandering from job to job and place to place. So how did he become a happy rancher and energy entrepreneur?

By Joan Niesen

HAROLD MINER

The nickname he got in college seemed appropriate for a sweet-shooting, high-jumping scoring machine. When he failed to live up to it in the NBA—who could?—he felt ashamed. Yet for Baby Jordan, a brief pro career proved to be an enduring blessing

By Seth Davis

VAN EARL WRIGHT

In the dawn of the sportscaster-as-celebrity era, he was an idiosyncratic pioneer with an infectious enthusiasm. His love of the game remains just as strong as he works to regain his place in America's living rooms

By Alan Shipnuck

LIFE AFTER THE GAME

The transition from professional athlete to retiree is often a rocky one, but players are figuring out how to live satisfying lives after the rush of competition and the roar of the crowd are gone

By Larry Platt

POINT AFTER

The Legacy Of Lou

By Michael Rosenberg

Departments

SI.COM

Leading Off

Value Enhanced

Alex Rodriguez won his last MVP in 2007, before he hooked up with Biogenesis. But a new book suggests he had a chemical boost that season too—with the consent of MLB

By Tim Elfrink

Hard Feelings

The pressure that makes the event so compelling can crush those who shoulder its burden

By Grant Wahl

How Was It Then?

A peek at the beginnings of SI's backward-looking annual Where Are They Now issues

HOT | NOT

Summer Slam

Beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings on how to bury the opposition in the sand

By Kalyn Kahler

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Knuckle Curve

By Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... 30 As The New 20

By L. Jon Wertheim