They stood face to face, one man in a suit, the other in a sweat-soaked uniform. The player was breathing heavy, shaking, crying. Of all the times Quin Snyder had seen Ricky Clemons trying to escape, this was the worst. "I don't want to go out there," the player sobbed to his coach, as reporters and cameramen gathered outside the locker room. "Why do I have to go?"
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Seth Wickersham joined ESPN The Magazine after graduating from the University of Missouri. Although he primarily covers the NFL, his assignments also have taken him to the Athens Olympics, the World Series, the NCAA tournament and the NHL and NBA playoffs.