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Apparently Football Writers Overestimate How Hard It Is To Stay In Shape

When we last left Peter King, he was busy saying that moving Mario Williams wasn't that big of a deal because he was only one of the premier 4-3 defensive ends in football, not DeMarcus Ware. Today, he teaches us that Eric Winston isn't happy with some pro-NFL reporting about players staying in shape:

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"Yeah, that stuff about us not being able to police ourselves was a little bit insulting, in a way,'' Winston said. "That perception doesn't give us credit as professionals, and I've got to say it upset me and a few others I've spoken with.''

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Point taken -- and Winston's probably right. But it'd take only two or three far-out-of-shape guys on a contender to tilt the scales of competitive balance. Not saying it'll happen if players don't have any organized activities until, say, August. But it could, and if it does, it could have a big impact on a strange 2011 season.

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You're right Pete, it only takes one bad egg to really spoil everything for everyone. It would almost be like if, in the middle of a column that starts off with congratulating yourself for winning a writing award, you cited a radio interview that never happened.

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On a more serious note--it's really not that hard to police your weight if you try. Particularly if you are a wealthy enough person to have access to chefs and that sort of thing, like some NFL players do. To assume otherwise because Albert Haynesworth and Casey Hampton don't do it is silly. Or perhaps a sign that one is spending too much time at Starbucks.

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