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Colin Cloherty
After a life of collisions, ex-NFL tight end Colin Cloherty hits the books
After a life of collisions, ex-NFL tight end Colin Cloherty hits the books

Colin Cloherty was a seldom-used tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, his third team in his first two years in the NFL, when the league locked out its players at the start of a long, contentious labor showdown in 2011. A former standout at Brown, where he double-majored in history and political science, Cloherty pored over every memo the National Football League Players Association sent to its players after the union decertified and sued the NFL, and he listened intently during every conference call. Sometime in the middle of the NFL lockout, he realized he was one of the relatively few players who were actually interested and invested in the legal process. "I was like,...

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