LOS ANGELES – This is the NFL's MVP seven years on and now he's standing in a plane crash. All around him rests a moonscape of broken seats, jagged metal and crushed houses. A suitcase rests beside his foot, a little girl's bicycle is tucked under the fuselage. Smoke surrounds him. And Shaun Alexander smiles.
Yes, it is going to be a good day.
He squints at the morning sun climbing over the mountain, clasps his hands, nods, raises his hand and …
In a world somewhere off the set of Universal Studios, free agency churned through its second day. Names flew from one roster to another. Cell phones chirped. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey – freed the afternoon before by the Oakland Raiders – kept taking calls. But inside the fake world of movies, time stood still. Only four seasons have passed since Alexander played his last NFL game. It is conceivable that had he not left the game at just 31, that might have been his name on the free agent ticker, too.
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