This story appears in the Oct. 3 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
GREETINGS, FOOTBALL FANS. I'm your new NFL Player X, continuing the tradition of anonymous All-Pros telling it like it is. And no, I have no clue who last year's guy was, but I will say this: He spoke the truth. I solemnly swear to do the same, the whole same and nothing but the same, so help me Roger Goodell.
Let's start by clearing the air: The lockout happened. There, I said it. Now let's move forward and address its aftershocks.
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