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The First Taste Of O.J. Is OK By Edwin Shrake, August 25, 1969 Signed and sealed, Simpson delivered himself to Buffalo, "the Miami of the North," and though he was sore and unsure in the Bills' 24-12 loss to Detroit, he showed he may indeed be worth $350,000.

Hell On Wheels By Rick Telander, December 7, 1981 Having mastered The System, Dallas' Tony Dorsett is speeding to the finest season he has had since turning pro.

He Can Run, But He Can't Hide By Dr. Z, August 16, 1982 The Bears' Walter Payton has trained prodigiously for the new season, but will probably take the same old pounding.

The Ascent Of An Enigma By Roy Blount Jr., August 23, 1982 The Steelers' Franco Harris is a man of few words but a lot of yardage, and though some derogate his style, he's climbing to a record. Motoring Along On A Freeway Of His Own By Rick Telander, Jaunary 13, 1986 Eric Dickerson was unstoppable as he rushed for a record 248 yards to propel the Rams past the Cowboys 20-0.

A Lamb Among Lions By Austin Murphy, September 10, 1990 A gentle soul off the field, Barry Sanders runs up a storm for Detroit.

Emmitt Unplugged By John Ed Bradley, July 1, 1996 High-voltage running back Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys may look as if he's relaxing, but don't be fooled.

How Is He So Good On a Team So Bad? By Michael Silver, September 6, 2004 Tough-minded LaDainian Tomlinson is the league's highest-paid running back, but he doesn't get his props because he plays for the woeful Chargers.

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