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Matt Gagne
July 04, 2011
FOR MORE THAN FIVE DECADES SI PHOTOGRAPHER WALTER IOOSS JR. HAS CAPTURED FOOTBALL IN ALL ITS MUDDY, BLOODY GLORY. NOW HE REVISITS SOME OF HIS FAVORITE SUBJECTS—THE MEN WHO MADE THE GAME GREAT
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July 04, 2011

Shooting History

FOR MORE THAN FIVE DECADES SI PHOTOGRAPHER WALTER IOOSS JR. HAS CAPTURED FOOTBALL IN ALL ITS MUDDY, BLOODY GLORY. NOW HE REVISITS SOME OF HIS FAVORITE SUBJECTS—THE MEN WHO MADE THE GAME GREAT

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JIM BROWN

RB Cleveland Browns

"He's a handsome guy, but he's so tough. He's still frightening looking, almost menacing," Iooss says. "He has a little walker and is sort of bent over now. I asked him if he ever got a helmet-to-helmet hit, and he said, 'You see this arm? They'd have to deal with that. No one was going to hit me like that. You have to take care of yourself out there.'"

An ironman during his nine-year NFL career, Brown, now 75, remains one of the game's strongest voices.

SONNY JURGENSEN

QB Washington Redskins

"Sonny was such a swashbuckler—he was the reincarnation of Bobby Layne, a wild man on the field," Iooss says. "He has such a fun-loving personality. You always got the impression that he was a party guy. It's faded a bit, but he still has that sparkle in his eyes. He's a guy you'd like to hang out with, like any minute a party could break out around him."

A signal-caller for 18 NFL seasons, his last 11 in Washington, the 76-year-old still calls Redskins games from the radio booth alongside Sam Huff.

RAYMOND BERRY

WR Baltimore Colts

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