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September 03, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 10

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Rob Gronkowski Cover - Sports Illustrated September 03, 2012

September 03, 2012
The next time I'm whining about my problems, I hope to remember the inspirational perspectives of Johnathan Taylor and Chance Veazey (Why Ask Why?). These two young men face the possibility of...

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
There are posh new digs thanks to a free-spending owner, but the building of a contender begins with the second-year quarterback

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
2011 Record: 5--11

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Rashad Jennings

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
44.5

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the playmakers who missed 2011 are back with renewed postseason purpose

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 7--9

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Jon Baldwin

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
1 in 10

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
There's a new guy in the saddle—you may have heard a bit about him—and he's sending everyone's confidence mile high

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 8--8

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Eric Decker

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
31

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
The conference's perennial underachievers have a new mantra on defense: Keep it simple, don't overthink. But is that a Super Bowl formula?

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 8--8

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Jared Gaither

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
1

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
As a new era dawns for the Silver and Black, hopes hinge on whether Carson Palmer can find his franchise form of old

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 8--8

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Ron Bartell

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
71.1

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
A young running back's bruising style may have inspired just the attitude adjustment the Boys need to get back to the playoffs

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
2011 Record: 8--8

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
Brandon Carr

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
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September 03, 2012 | Ben Reiter
The defending champs' roster is again stacked with versatile and experienced players—except at one critical position

September 03, 2012 | Ben Reiter
2011 Record: 9--7

September 03, 2012 | Ben Reiter
Martellus Bennett

September 03, 2012 | Ben Reiter
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September 03, 2012
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
The clock ticking on his Super Bowl quest, Michael Vick is vowing to carry the Birds on his wings this year. He's not dreaming

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
2011 Record: 8--8

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
DeMeco Ryans

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
39.8

September 03, 2012 | Matt Gagne
In the nation's capital the hope for change now rests on the arm and legs of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III

September 03, 2012 | Matt Gagne
2011 Record: 5--11

September 03, 2012 | Matt Gagne
Niles Paul

September 03, 2012 | Matt Gagne
2

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
A new G.M. finally got this team up to speed with the rest of the league, but improvement doesn't come without a few risks

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
2011 Record: 8--8

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Gabe Carimi

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
570

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
Everyone's playing catch-up with that record-setting offense—including the Pack's own younger, faster unit on the other side of the ball

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
2011 Record: 15--1

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
Jeff Saturday

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
150.2

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Who will shut down Calvin Johnson? Nobody. But who will contain the opponents' receivers? Much better question

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
2011 Record: 10--6

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Bill Bentley

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
46

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
Christian Ponder took his lumps in 2011. That's fine, as long as he follows the typical QB trajectory, especially the part about a big Year 2 leap

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
2011 Record: 3--13

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
Jerome Simpson

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
5.5

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Persistent playoff failure has this talented team recharging its offense to get even more dynamic—and checking its heart

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
2011 Record: 10--6

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Asante Samuel

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
7.8

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
They're missing some key components but still have a bounty (yeah, we went there) of talent. So they'll just go out and play

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
2011 Record: 13--3

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Steve Spagnuolo

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
47

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
Cam Newton could be even better in Year 2—a terrifying thought for the rest of the league—but it won't matter if the D can't hold a lead

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
2011 Record: 6--10

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
Luke Kuechly

September 03, 2012 | Don Banks
7.3

September 03, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Lance Armstrong's decision not to contest the doping charges leveled against him ends a career and an era

September 03, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
SI asked its Facebook and Google+ users over the weekend for their opinions regarding Lance Armstrong. More than 1,000 replied.

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
For new coach Greg Schiano, it's all about the little things—even if that meant getting bigger in certain places

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
2011 Record: 4--12

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
Aqib Talib

September 03, 2012 | Peter King
41.9

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Somebody finally caught on, and a position of weakness—where were the wide receivers in 2011?—is suddenly a strength

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 13--3

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Randy Moss

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
22

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
A physically intimidating secondary will play a primary role in determining where this franchise goes next under Pete Carroll

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 7--9

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Sidney Rice

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
58

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
While the offense tries to unravel the tangled web at quarterback, the defense looks to tackle a problem of its own: mastering the 3--4

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 8--8

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Patrick Peterson

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
9

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Steven Jackson leads the charge again. The difference? This time he has a coach with pedigree calling the shots

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
2011 Record: 2--14

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Cortland Finnegan

September 03, 2012 | Jim Trotter
83

September 03, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Hard as it is to believe, as we draft our fantasy teams and fire up our flat screens in the U.S., there are still segments of the world that are not entirely in thrall to the NFL. The league is...

September 03, 2012
| DIED |

September 03, 2012
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September 03, 2012
A five-year-old boy in Oklahoma City who wore a Michigan football T-shirt to his first day of kindergarten was ordered to wear it inside out because of a dress code that prohibits sports-team...

September 03, 2012
NOT: TIME TO GO, T.O.

September 03, 2012
BACK IN THE GAME

September 03, 2012
From the sublime (or at least prime time) to the ridiculous (the rid-Lochte-ous?)—from fulfilling dreams to inspiring memes—here's a look at what some 2012 Olympians have been up to since the...

September 03, 2012
"We're saving our good stuff for the regular season."

September 03, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
COLTS HERO

September 03, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

September 03, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
The Dodgers emphatically tore up their roster by raiding the listless, top-heavy Red Sox. The trick now is to avoid becoming Boston

September 03, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Last Saturday, Roger Clemens, 50, returned to the mound for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters, stirring memories of another aging hurler: Satchel Paige, who in 1965 pitched one game for the...

September 03, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
The good news for Los Angeles: It has now got even more serious talent. The bad news: It'll be paying for it for the next five years. A look at the Dodgers' guaranteed deals next season and in 2017.