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Chris Johnson and 9 Other Athletes Who Hit the Mysterious Wall

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Chris Johnson and 9 Other Athletes Who Hit the Mysterious Wall
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Chris Johnson’s 2011 season brings back memories of a select group of professional athletes who simply lost the ability to play the game they love. These players didn’t just decline in skill level; they almost freakishly were reduced to ordinary men.

Such a situation is known as having the yips, an unnatural diminish of the fine motor skills. These athletes didn’t just age faster than their peers or strike out too many times in one season, but they did so at a disturbing rate, causing others to speculate as to the mysterious illness plaguing their performance.

The following 10 slides are of players who endured similar circumstances to Johnson: Years of success followed by the inability to do even the simplest aspect of their games.

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