Meet Player X

What do pro athletes really think? Let me explain.

Updated: August 27, 2009, 10:56 AM ET
By Player X | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Sept. 7 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

I am Player X.

I'm a professional athlete, and I'm here to give the readers of The Magazine my perspective -- an NFL player's perspective -- as honestly as I can.

It's a little crazy of me, to be honest. No one knows I'm doing this -- not my teammates, coaches, family or representatives -- but I think it's important. Why? Because people talk about athletes all the time, but a lot of them don't know what they're talking about. I want to share what athletes think, straight from inside the locker room. I'm not here to snitch or call people out. I just want to show that the life of an athlete isn't always what it appears to be.