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In their own words: Fear on -- and off -- the field

Former NFL players Eric Allen, Mark Schlereth and Merril Hoge recount their football fears.

Updated: October 30, 2008, 1:26 PM ET
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Former NFL players Eric Allen, Mark Schlereth and Merril Hoge recount their football fears.

Eric Allen: A meeting with Terrell Davis

The biggest fear when I played was coming off a downfield block and being face to face with Broncos running back Terrell Davis. I'll never forget my first season with the Raiders when I first faced T.D. on the field. I was coming off a good game against the Giants where I'd lit Tiki Barber up on a running play and had helped set the tone for the defense. ...

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