Most Heated Camp Battles in NFL History

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Most Heated Camp Battles in NFL History
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Believe it or not, NFL training camp isn't that far away!

One of the best parts of the preseason (aside from the fact that it eventually ends and games that matter start) is the training camp battles, pitting one player against another with the winner earning a starter's job and the loser earning a spot on the bench.

This upcoming preseason, there will be much debate about a few potentially exciting training camp one-on-ones, most notably the Jets' showdown between incumbent Mark Sanchez and the incoming Tim Tebow. But before we look ahead, let's look backwards at the 20 greatest training camp showdowns.

A quick note before reading, however. Keep in mind that the bulk of these entries pit quarterback vs. quarterback. That's not to say that the other spots on the field don't have great showdowns, but consider the circumstances and meaning of a "heated" battle.

Only one quarterback can play at a time; teams with multiple talents at wide receiver or tackle or cornerback usually (not always, but usually) make room for both. Aside from Wildcat packages or whatever the Jets plan to do with Tebow, that isn't the case with quarterbacks. So that winner-take-all element elevates quarterback battles to a much more intense level.

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