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For once, athletes' fears must be heard

Updated: February 23, 2010, 2:59 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- When world-class athletes begin to talk of fear, the people in power should listen, for it is a word you never hear from top-level athletes.

NFL players face paralysis or worse on every play in that Sunday afternoon car-wreck they call a profession and never say they are afraid to step onto the field.

The general idea of boxing is to punch another human being so hard, so many times, in enough debilitating places to send them into bloody unconsciousness, ...

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