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History Sometimes Rewards Those Who Are Sidelined

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl this weekend, after suffering a concussion midway through the season. Now he's counseling teammate Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who replaced him. "The good ones stay ready," he says.
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Former Football Player Jim Brown Among The Game's Best Running Backs

Jim Brown is a hall of fame running back who terrorized defenses. In fact, many consider him to be the best running back ever.
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For Super Bowl Ads, More Social-Media Savvy

For years, Super Bowl ads have gone viral after they've aired. But these days brands like Doritos and Volkswagen are turning to social media to crowdsource ad creation — and to boost the buzz long before the big Sunday kickoff.
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Brain Injuries And The NFL: A Fan's 5 Stages Of Grief

When it comes to football players suffering brain injuries, many NFL fans seem to have moved past denial, the first stage of coping with a terrible reality. It's followed by anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
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3 Things To Say At A Super Bowl Party

Not up to speed about the big game between the 49ers and Ravens? We've got a few bits of "wisdom" that could help you get through the game.
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Are NFL Football Hits Getting Harder And More Dangerous?

In the early days of the NFL, the average lineman weighed 190 pounds. Now they average 300 pounds. A look at the physics behind a tackle shows that bigger and faster players means harder slams to the turf and more severe injuries.
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Wacky Super Bowl Ads Are Already Getting Serious Play

Spoiler alert: A few Super Bowl commercials have launched on social media well before Sunday's big game. Ad industry watchers say the multi-million-dollar spots are meant to be entertaining, but a few of the ads are already controversial.
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Super Bowl Underdogs, Are Stats On Their Side?

The Baltimore Ravens hope to top off their run to the Super Bowl with a win in the big game Sunday. If they do, they'll continue a trend of unlikely champions — six of the past eight Super Bowl victors weren't the top seeds in their conferences.

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