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Jeff Benedict


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Hands off my sister.

There will be no pictures in this blog post.

I’m nine years older than my sister Charity. I fed her from a bottle and changed her diapers. I put Band-Aids on her knees and made her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She was nine when I yanked her from her bed in the middle of the night and carried her outside during a house fire. When she was twelve I took her to her first rock concert – U2 at the New Haven Coliseum in 1987.



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It’s 7:30 on Monday morning, November 25, 2013. I’m in a no-parking zone outside Dulles Airport, waiting for Steve Young. His red eye flight from San Francisco should have landed by now. He’s in town for the evening’s 49ers-Redskins game on ESPN, where he’s an analyst for the network’s “Monday Night Countdown” show. I’m his ride.



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(LOS ANGELES, CA) Jon Rosenthal was born in 1955 and raised in the San FernandoValley, amongst citrus orchards. As a boy he’d ride his bicycle to Van Nuys Airport, where he’d dream big while watching planes take off.



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This blog post is about my chance meeting with a guy named Tommy Flynn. But also be sure and check out my Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times about domestic violence in the NFL. You can read it here.



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Spetember 9, 2014

Yesterday the Baltimore Ravens cut running back Ray Rice and the NFL indefinitely suspended him after TMZ released a video of him knocking out his former fiancee who is now his wife with a punch to the face in an elevator inside an Atlantic City hotel.



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August 20, 2014

PALO ALTO, Ca. A week ago Monday my son walked into the living room and announced that Robin Williams had been found dead inside his San Francisco home. It was suicide. He was 63. The news was all over the Internet.



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August 12, 2014

DARIEN, Ct – There’s no greater turn-on than being married to a daring woman. I’m talking about a wife who is unafraid to step into the dark; try new things; go against conventional wisdom; figure stuff out; fall down and get up and try again.

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Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a bestselling author of twelve books, including My Name Used to Be Muhammad and The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football. The System is being made into a television drama.

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