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One of the more fascinating N.F.L. human interest stories of 2012 was written by Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune over the weekend. In the article, Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer opens up about why he had such a difficult season: “I was going through a divorce,” he said. “It’s hard playing football when so much is on your mind.”

We’re getting more of an idea of just how big a role they expect Mathews to play. Coach Norv Turner’s history is studded with running backs carrying the ball more than 300 times. Emmitt Smith, Ricky Williams and Frank Gore all topped that number in offenses run by Turner and Mathews told Peter King that Turner is thinking about one of those backs when he looks forward to the 2012 season.

He wondered about his CEO’s bid to turn U-T San Diego’s sports pages into a cheerleading squad for a new football stadium. He questioned the hiring of a radio talk-show host who’d been fired over vicious on-air slurs. He expressed skepticism about the paper’s new video operation.

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