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Blood and guts

Originally Published: January 25, 2005

With a pending court case involving the NFL retirement plan and Mike Webster, ESPN.com explores the life and tragic death of the former Steelers center. Second in a five-part series:

By Greg Garber ESPN.com

Merv Corning, the Southern California portrait artist, has been commissioned by the NFL to paint more than 300 portraits since 1967. None is more haunting, particularly in retrospect, than his vision of Mike Webster.

Flanked by four gleaming Super Bowl trophies, Webster sits ...

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