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NFL Films tells Dr. Z’s story in his own words

I miss reading Paul Zimmerman the way I miss reading Will McDonough. For a football fan, the void remains palpable, perhaps permanent.

Zimmerman — “Dr. Z” to the legions of loyal readers who followed him during his 55 years of writing about football, most notably at Sports Illustrated — was cantankerous and charismatic, authoritative and authentic. Like McDonough, he was an actual insider with the NFL powers-that-be rather than the common current definition of an insider: a reporter designated as such by his employer for promotional purposes.

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