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April 20, 2011

by Timothy Bella

LAWTON, Okla. — It was 5:30 a.m., too early even for the birds in this southwest Oklahoma town, when the former Army running back Collin Mooney walked to an open field, lighted by a lone streetlight, about 100 steps from his home. In a ragged gym bag held together by duct tape, he carried equipment like weights and plastic cones.

Mooney was soon running 20-yard sprints. Another drill had him lunging backward as fast as he could for 40 yards, looking like a gazelle going in reverse. A few minutes after he started, the birds began to chirp. 

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