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Offseason academies keep NFL players in shape

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson (79) waits for a play to start during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. There’s hardly an NFL offseason anymore, but dozens of players are taking it to an extreme, choosing to hit one of several NFL academies rather than head to the beach of visit home during their rare weeks off. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File) Show/Hide caption

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson (79) waits for a play to start during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. There’s hardly an NFL offseason anymore, but dozens of players are taking it to an extreme, choosing to hit one of several NFL academies rather than head to the beach of visit home during their rare weeks off. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This past off-season, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson could have made like a couple of college kids on spring break, sleeping 'til noon and then hitting the beach.

Instead, they rose with the sun ......

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