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Brains and Brawn

Brains and Brawn

You've seen the grainy NFL films. Legendary middle linebackers on muddy fields creating havoc while bearing names as tough as tanks. Butkus, Nitschke, Lambert. Their toothless grins and savage breaths billowing out of facemasks like simmering coal.

That mythic vision of mayhem belies the middle linebacker position as the antithesis of playing a more cerebral position like quarterback. It's evil against good. The Thing verse Captain America. But the truth, of course, is defensive players - especially linebackers - excel not just because of their abundant brawn, but their brains too. Just spend a few minutes talking with Giants middle...

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