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Dealing with punishment part of the game for RBs

Louisville's Michael Bush will tell you that running backs take more punishment than any other player on the field. And he's not alone in that opinion, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: August 11, 2006, 1:43 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Louisville tailback Michael Bush may not be the most objective expert, but he is convinced that running backs take more punishment than any other players on the field.

"You're getting hit every play, even plays when you're not trying to be hit," said Bush, a senior who rushed for 1,143 yards last season, "I guess you can see why [for] some guys at the next level, the average span of a [pro] career is three to four years."

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