's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Oct. 17

Here is a roundup of's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

A step backward

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After hitting rock bottom, former NFL receiver Irving Fryar turned his life around, becoming a Pentecostal minister. But the redemption story didn’t turn out as expected. Fryar is now facing charges of bank fraud and potential prison timeBy Greg Hanlon.

Young, Gifted & Homeless

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More than 100,000 student athletes in the country are homeless. An video takes a closer look at the stories of three homeless athletes, and this week’s Sports Illustrated cover story explores the struggles they endure as well as the hope and support they get from playing. By L. Jon Wertheim & Ken Rodriguez.

A Royal surprise

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Few expected the Kansas City Royals' run through the playoffs so far: an 8-0 postseason record, an American League pennant and a matchup with the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. A look at how the Royals were able to pull off the featBy Jay Jaffe.

Most intriguing NBA debuts

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With the NBA regular season less than two weeks away, previews the most anticipated debuts from players not named LeBron or Love. By Jeremy Woo.

Covering Peanut Tillman

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In 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears, Charles Tillman has become one of the most respected cornerbacks in the game. The MMQB sat down with Peanut to talk charitable efforts, injuries and what’s left in his NFL careerBy Robert Klemko.

Russell Westbrook’s turn

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Kevin Durant’s injury means the Thunder lose their star player, but there may be a silver lining: an opportunity for Russell Westbrook to step upBy Phil Taylor.

College basketball projections

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Using an advanced statistical model, Sports Illustrated projects the performances of every Division I player in the upcoming season. A preview of the projected leaders in scoring, rebounding and assists. By Dan Hanner & Luke Winn.

Tamba Hali’s mission

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When Liberia-born Tamba Hali’s not making hits on the field for the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s tackling another issue close to home. Inside his fight to combat Ebola in West AfricaBy Peter King.

Parcells vs. Belichick

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An excerpt from Parcells: A Football Life reveals details about the split between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick that fueled the Patriots-Jets rivalryBy Bill Parcells & Nunyo Demasio.

Midseason crystal ball

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After seven weeks of college football surprises, our experts are revising their picks and predicting what’s in store for the rest of the season.

SI Vault: The Courage of Jill Costello

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This story — one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary — is about Jill Costello. The Cal coxswain led her team to a second-place finish at the 2010 championships, all while battling stage IV lung cancerBy Chris Ballard.

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