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Heavy NFL players twice as likely to die before 50

Updated: January 31, 2006, 12:44 PM ET
By Thomas Hargrove | Scripps Howard News Service

The amazing athletes of the National Football League -- bigger and stronger than ever before -- are dying young at a rate experts find alarming, and many of the players are succumbing to ailments typically related to weight.

The heaviest athletes are more than twice as likely to die before their 50th birthday than their teammates, according to a Scripps Howard News Service study of 3,850 professional-football players who have died in the last century.

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