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“You can take care of your body the right way,” Fujita said. “You can see guys conditioning after practice. Most years, you really can’t do that because you’re trying to preserve everything you’ve got for the next practice. We can actually train our bodies in the weight room. We can get with the trainers and do some things we normally wouldn’t have time to do. I think it’s going to be so good.”

As if health and safety weren’t enough reason to embrace these new guidelines, the fans will also come off as winners. Anyone out there against having their favorite player be able to stay on the field longer than he does now? Well, check back in a decade. The average career will undoubtedly be extended in this kinder, gentler NFL.

“Without these two-a-days,” said Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who led the league in sacks two of the last three years, “the sky’s the limit.”

Looking forward, the players need to hold firm on another victory at the bargaining table: Keeping the 16-game regular season, instead of going to 18 games like the owners wanted.

All that would’ve done is put even more money in those already bulging suit pockets.

Now let’s see if we can get the NCAA on this one-a-day bandwagon.

Surely there are plenty of college players who wanna better chance of yukking it up with their kids someday, who wanna have long lives, too.


Paul Newberry in a national writer for The Associated Press. He can be reached at pnewberry(at) or


AP Sports Writers Joe Kay in Cincinnati, Brett Martel in New Orleans, Will Graves in Pittsburgh, Tom Withers in Cleveland, Jaime Aron in Dallas, John Wawrow in Buffalo, Steven Wine in Miami and Joseph White in Washington contributed to this report.