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At some point in the not-so-distant pastùprobably around the time Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson were at their shucking-and-jiving peakùthe National Football League gave itself over to the Age of the Wide Receiver. Rule changes made it infinitely more difficult to adequately and consistently cover a lightning fast, physical beast without committing some manner of infraction. The game soon adapted. Whether or not the garrulous talents on the peripheries of most offensive formations actually drive success and failure on the gridiron, the perception in many circles is that a stud receiver is one of the fundamental elements to successfully procuring a Super Bowl ringùright up there with an elite quarterback and gnarly defense. Skeptical? You shouldn't be. á Super Bowl XLIII The game gav ...

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