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Matt Gagne
July 04, 2011
FOR MORE THAN FIVE DECADES SI PHOTOGRAPHER WALTER IOOSS JR. HAS CAPTURED FOOTBALL IN ALL ITS MUDDY, BLOODY GLORY. NOW HE REVISITS SOME OF HIS FAVORITE SUBJECTS—THE MEN WHO MADE THE GAME GREAT
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July 04, 2011

Shooting History

FOR MORE THAN FIVE DECADES SI PHOTOGRAPHER WALTER IOOSS JR. HAS CAPTURED FOOTBALL IN ALL ITS MUDDY, BLOODY GLORY. NOW HE REVISITS SOME OF HIS FAVORITE SUBJECTS—THE MEN WHO MADE THE GAME GREAT

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SAM HUFF

LB New York Giants

"The game's changed so much. Huff said if guys in his day ever jumped up in celebration and bumped asses, they would have beat them to a pulp in the locker room," Iooss says. "If anyone came across the middle against him, watch out. He's proud that he was mean and vicious. He looked like a CEO in his tie and jacket, and he wanted to run the show."

The ferocious hitter, now 76, began breeding horses in the '80s and has a therapeutic riding center in Virginia.

ART DONOVAN

DT Baltimore Colts

"He was so charming with that big smile of his, but you could tell he was in a lot of pain," Iooss says. "He's in a wheelchair and uses a walker. He has artificial knees, his hips are gone. He was one of the guys who came back from World War II to play football—that's how long ago his era was. He was such a personality in his day, and he still is."

Known as Fatso and the Bulldog, the five-time Pro Bowler can still muster the playfulness of a pup at age 86.

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