I just found a New York Times story about NFL players visiting overseas and coming back changed. You might check it out. Offensive lineman Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns is mentioned often in this story. So is Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.
There's also a story about Don Coryell, an innovator in the NFL passing game. Coryell died recently at age 85.
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