1987 NFL replacement players – a generation of fans doesn’t know about them, but to the players, it doesn’t matter. They’re part of history. – ESPN


As we reflect on the arbitration and whether or not we’ll have an NFL season, an NBA season or an NHL season, ESPN invites us to reflect on the lucky few, the scabs, the would-be pros who filled in for the likes of Dan Marino (so he could wear a really awful shirt).

It is an interesting reflection, like the USFL, on the players who don’t make it pro and what life they lead.

Another really interesting refection on this side of sports–the side and the players that history forgets–is the film, Pelada.  A reflection on the world’s soccer players who didn’t play pro.


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