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Middle linebackers are a dying breed in the NFL, as pointed out by SI.com's John P. Lopez (link to story below.) What follows is a look at the starting MLBs for teams that run a 4-3 defense heading into the 2009 season.

They call Willis "The Truth" and "Bam Bam." And they're right. He is young, talented, has a nasty streak and is coached by the last linebacker to earn Hall of Fame enshrinement. He still hasn't reached full potential, either. Scary.

Text: John P. Lopez
Photo: Brian Garfinkel/Icon SMI

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