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We took an average team from the 1986 season, the 10-6 Bengals, and examined their mental and...

We took an average team from the 1986 season, the 10-6 Bengals, and examined their mental and physical lives a quarter-century later. I worked with a dogged team of reporters -- staffer Matt Gagne (never takes no for an answer) and summer interns Joan Niesen from Missouri (so determined she took the work with her when she left SI and kept calling players) and Lizzy Pierce from Princeton (an all-Ivy outfielder who interviews as well as she hits) -- to contact the players from that team. Thirty-nine of the 46 living Bengals answered our eight-question survey. They range in age from 62 (quarterback Ken Anderson) to 46 (linebacker Joe Kelly, who turns 47 this week). Two of the seven didn't cooperate because of possible litigation over lingering injuries against the NFL.

There will be a nine-page report in tomorrow's Sports Illustrated focusing on the 1986 Bengals and how injuries have affected their current lives. It's the first study of its kind. You can read more on Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.
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