Can Players Survive Without Checks?

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You think the NFL players can survive a real lockout—one that lasts into the regular season? The talk says they can, but I'm not buying it. Because after playing in this league and seeing firsthand how ludicrous players can be with money, this could be a real problem.

Case in point: I played with a guy who would cash his game checks. That’s right, get the check on Tuesday, drive over to the bank and get thousands of dollars in straight cash.

What did he do with it? Put in a briefcase—under his bed.

I’m serious.

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