Richard Collier was gunned down in his SUV three months ago. He lost his left leg and is paralyzed from the waist down. Still, he tells ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill that playing in the NFL was a dream. "It was short-lived," he says, "but I lived it."
Dec 9 11:22 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Bills tackle Langston Walker, Browns defensive lineman Shaun Smith and Chiefs guard Brian Waters explain to ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill what life is like as a plus-sized man in the NFL.
Nov 27 9:54 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The Kellen Winslow saga is just the latest in a series of troubling staph infections that has plagued the Browns for nearly a decade. It's a mystery, writes ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill.
Oct 27 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Former NFL kicker Danny Villanueva played in the game known as the Ice Bowl. Now, at age 70, he reflects on a successful business career and the competitive spirit that motivated him.
Oct 13 1:10 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Adored at Texas and booed in Tennessee, Vince Young is a quarterback on display. ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill explores what friends and advisers say about the Titans quarterback who has been described as being "emotionally down" and disenchanted with football.
Aug 6 5:23 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Juan Castillo has faced many hurdles on his journey to fulfilling his dream, and the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line coach says he never wants to forget the challenges along the way.
Sep 15 8:08 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The boys accused in the Wilson High School hazing case will not face felony charges.
Aug 29 7:35 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
There may be no way to sum up the past 15 days, the absolute worst and best of Hugh McCutcheon's life, other than to say he's now an Olympic champion.
Aug 24 5:01 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Inside a special old haunt where Lang Ping once played, it could be said the U.S. women's volleyball coach had the best of almost everything. But by the end of it all, she seemed ready to escape the fanfare.
Aug 23 7:59 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Sheila Taormina may not remember the Beijing Olympics as being the most fun experience of her life, but the modern pentathlete takes comfort in knowing she didn't quit.
Aug 22 5:54 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The U.S. men's volleyball team had just pulled off an upset to advance to the gold-medal game. But coach Hugh McCutcheon's mind was still elsewhere -- with his grieving wife back home.
Aug 22 11:07 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Some say softball was taken off the Olympic docket because the United States was too dominant in the sport. So, could Japan's shocking upset of the Americans help bring back softball?
Aug 21 4:00 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Ben Askren was a rock star at Missouri, known for his funky style and big blond fro. But what impact would the young wrestler have in Beijing? We followed him during his Olympic experience.
Aug 20 2:59 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Nearly one year ago, Hope Solo was alone, shunned from her U.S. soccer teammates after venting about being benched in the World Cup. She has since rejoined her team, with a new coach and a new outlook as the women move forward in Beijing.
Aug 18 10:54 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
This past year has been one of the most difficult for siblings Erinn and Keeth Smart. But Erinn's success in Beijing let them both know that everything would be OK.
Aug 17 10:54 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
They're known as the big three -- U.S. shot-putters Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa -- but Friday they played small, as Cantwell settled for silver.
Aug 15 3:01 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Just days after winning a surprising bronze team medal, Jonathan Horton's and Sasha Artemev's inexperience showed against the powerful Chinese in the all-around.
Aug 14 7:48 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The U.S. softball team is picking up right where it left off in Athens -- dominating the competition on a path to gold. But this time, there is no light at the end of the medal tunnel. Players are savoring every moment knowing the sport will not be in the Olympics in 2012.
Aug 13 7:48 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The U.S. men's gymnastics team wasn't supposed to make it to the finals without the Hamm brothers, but a handful of clutch performances from this group of unknowns led to an improbable podium spot.
Aug 12 6:07 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Many of the world's top tennis stars play in the Olympics, but the sport doesn't garner much attention. Could a Nadal-Federer gold-medal match change all that?
Aug 11 12:19 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
When Calvin Thorbourne heard the news of the stabbing attacks at the Beijing Olympics, he couldn't help but think of his own experience at the 1996 Centennial Park bombing in Atlanta.
Aug 11 3:26 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Those "weak links" who were supposed to potentially derail Michael Phelps' run at history? Yeah, those guys. They just set a world record and made the decision heading into Monday's 4x100 relay final that much more difficult.
Aug 10 4:08 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Lopez Lomong and his U.S. teammates say he was chosen to be the flag bearer simply because his journey to the Games was an inspiration. That's true, but the honor says a lot more.
Aug 8 6:58 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill