NFL players, coaches protecting skin on every given sun day

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August 18, 2018 - 4:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field.

The sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big bucket hats, long-sleeved T-shirts and slick sunglasses serve as lead blockers.

“I do it regularly, being red-haired with freckles, Irish heritage,” Dolphins offensive tackle Sam Young said of using sunscreen. “I go to a dermatologist once a year to make sure everything is good.”

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