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As NFL Lockout Continues, Players' Thoughts Turn to Contracts, Injuries and 'Modern-Day Slavery'

Most NFL players are millionaires, though not all know how to handle the financial stresses and temptations that come with their riches."That's one of the things you play for is, obviously, the fame and the fortune," notes George Martin, president of the NFL Alumni Association and one-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, where he played for 14 seasons. "To be able to receive the sums of money that young guys are receiving today, it’s wonderful, it’s magnificent. And if done properly it could give them a great, great start on life. If not done properly, it could lead to a lot of regrets throughout the remainder of their life."But as the NFL lockout drags on, a few football players have said that life on the gridiron is really like being ... a slave.Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Yahoo! Sports, "It's modern-day slavery, you know?"Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall tweeted, "Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say ...

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