Kerney sacking QB Josh McCown

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a professional football player? Imagine if it were your job to make your body tough enough to stand up to multiple violent collisions for several hours at a time. How would you eat during the week if you knew you'd lose a good 5 pounds every Sunday? What if instead of working five days a week and getting the weekends to yourself, the weekend was your busiest and most grueling time and your Mondays were spent receiving medical attention?

Would you enjoy a long stint in an ice tub or a muscle massage so vigorous that it might make you cry?

This HowStuffWorks article addresses those questions and more as it presents a working week in the life of one of the NFL's top defensive ends, Patrick Kerney of the Atlanta Falcons, as told to us by Kerney himself.