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ESPN The Magazine: Could’ve Been Worse—Tyrone Hanson’s Second Chance (2008)

What do you call a former prep star who is brutally beaten and threatened at gunpoint, only to be kicked off his big-time college team and exiled to a sleepy JuCo in Arkansas? Lucky. By Jerry Bembry Tyrone Hanson rode the red-eye sporting two extremely noticeable black eyes. Less conspicuous were the deep bruise on his […]

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ESPN The Magazine: Profile Of Chicago Bulls Guard Kirk Hinrich (2005)

“RED BULL” Chicago’s once-proud franchise was out of gas–until it got a jolt from Kirk Hinrich by Jerry Bembry He strolls up to the VIP entrance of a Denver nightclub with a couple of friends, which, for All-Star Weekend, leaves Kirk Hinrich about eight shy of a posse. He walks the red carpet dressed like […]

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ESPN The Magazine: Mike Vrabel (2005)

By Jerry Bembry With two minutes left in the AFC championship game against the Steelers, Mike Vrabel stood on the sideline by himself, warming his hands and legs by a portable heater. His teammates donned “AFC Champion” hats and mocked Pittsburgh fans by twirling white versions of terrible towels. But Vrabel’s demeanor could be summed […]

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ESPN The Magazine: Chauncey Billups Profile (2004)

  NO DOUBT   By Jerry Bembry With a swagger, Chauncey Billups strolls into a lower-level luxury box at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As he settles into a cushioned seat, wearing baggy gray sweats, an extra-long white T-shirt and a black Detroit Tigers hat cocked to the side of his bald head, the surrounding […]

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ESPN The Magazine: A Soldier’s Story (2006)

By Jerry Bembry On the rooftop of an Iraqi police station, Army specialist Danielle Green kneels behind a four-foot-high wall of sandbags. Beneath her, the tarred surface bubbles in the 110 degree heat. On this May afternoon, all around her, Baghdad is peaceful. For Green, it is a rare respite. There’s usually no peace during […]

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ESPN The Magazine: Brad Miller Feature (2004)

By Jerry Bembry Brad Miller bends his knees, crouches low in his stance and establishes position as he braces for the impending battle. Miller’s ripped arms extend aggressively. The muscles in his thighs and the veins in his neck bulge as he leans in. On the sidelines, the crowd cheers wildly. Miller pays them no […]

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ESPN The Magazine: Cheryl Ford Profile (2003)

“POSTAGE DUE” Cheryl Ford Finally has what she’s always wanted—Dad Karl Malone in her Life By Jerry Bembry Their looks are indistinguishable. Cheryl Ford’s broad shoulder, her round face and especially those cheekbones are unquestionably her father’s. Their early years are almost identical. Both thrived in rural Summerfield, La., where they’d hike to a nearby […]

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ESPN The Magazine: Shared Solace—Remembering the Tragedy at Oklahoma State (2002)

By Jerry Bembry When the coach delivered the six words every baller wants to hear — “You can start for me tomorrow” — Nate Fleming was hooked. It was more than a chance to play point guard as a freshman. It was a chance also to play collegiate tennis, on a beautiful campus, at a school with […]

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ESPN The Magazine: Jamal Lewis Super Bowl Profile (2001)

RING BLING JAMAL LEWIS REMEMBERS WHEN HIS FANS BECAME HIS CRITICS: SUPER SUNDAY COULD BE PAYBACK TIME By Jerry Bembry                 He’s stretched out on a brown leather sofa in the elegantly furnished living room of his suburban Baltimore home. Fake flames flicker from the electric fireplace. Fly honeys shake it fast in crisp […]

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