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Erin Andrews: Why ‘I Feel Like a Spy’ During Football Games

Erin Andrews is a sports reporter, TV personality and, now, a super sleuth?

The Fox Sports broadcaster reveals the sly skill that helps her get the scoop on the sidelines in the September issue of Health magazine, on newsstands Friday.

“I feel like a spy half the time,” she says. “In the NFL, we can’t report on injuries until the NFL has said what the injury is, but I hear so much stuff, like, in the huddles, a player saying, ‘I just ripped my knee – I’m done.’ I’ve gotten really good at lipreading, and my boyfriend hates that!”

Andrews, 36, flexed a different set of skills in her first season as co-host of Dancing with the Stars – though that gig put her under even more public scrutiny, with viewers criticizing her looks.

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Erin Andrews in Health

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“It’s hard when somebody says something and you want to put them in their spot,” she says of Twitter haters. “I’ve gotten ‘You look like Brad Pitt’ or that I look like a bird, and I’m just like, ‘Really?’ “

“I recently Tweeted a photo of a David Yurman ring I was wearing, and I didn’t have any moisturizer on, and they were like, ‘Your hands look like the old lady from

Though the stunning sportscaster is confident in her naturally good looks (she feels most sexy “in a sweatshirt and a pair of boy shorts”), she admits she wouldn’t be opposed to some cosmetic tweaks down the line.

“I’ve never done it, but I’m curious about all of it. I’ve seen great work, and I think we’ve all seen bad,” she says of plastic surgery. “I’m sure there will be a time in my life when I’ll want to look into it, but it’s just not right now.”

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Erin Andrews on the September cover of Health

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VIDEO: Does the Texas Youth Football Association Go Too Far?

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    Does a Texas Football League Push Its Young Players Too Far?

    06/27/2014 at 07:50 AM EDT

    On a football field near San Antonio, Brannon Smith gives an intense pep talk to the Tri-County Titans, the team he has coached for three years.

    “Show what you’re made of,” he barks. “Get your mind right! Don’t walk off that field saying, ‘I could have done better.’”

    His enthusiasm inspires the team.

    As a PEOPLE reporter looks on, the players bound to their feet, forming a circle as they chant, “One, two, three, win!”

    It’s what one would expect of a take-no-prisoners Texas football team.

    But the Tri-County Titans aren’t burly teenagers. They’re elementary school kids playing for the Texas Youth Football Association, a group of leagues whose youngest members playing tackle are 6 years old.

    Fiercely competitive and decidedly anti-coddling, the TYFA’s hardcore tackling philosophy has thrust the players into the national spotlight.

    Earlier this year, the league was profiled on Friday Night Tykes, a reality show airing on the Esquire Network.

    The show, which will tape its second season later this year, portrays the kiddie-sports teams at their best – and worst.

    PEOPLE sat in on several games and practices, and spoke with coach Smith about the controversial league.

    For much more on the controversy surrounding TYFA, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE Magazine

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    Devon Walker, Paralyzed in College Football Game, Signed by New Orleans Saints

    05/18/2014 at 02:15 PM EDT

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    Devon Walker (center) with head coach Sean Payton (left)

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    Devon Walker thought he was going to get some graduation celebration oysters with his family on Saturday, but instead he ended up a Saint.

    New Orleans Saints‘ Coach Sean Payton made the announcement at a press conference after Saturday’s Rookie Camp practice and surprised Walker, who had come from graduation ceremonies at Tulane University, where he studied cell and molecular biology.

    Walker suffered a spinal injury on Sept. 8, 2012 – leaving him paralyzed from the neck down – when he collided with another player while playing safety for Tulane.

    “When Devon got hurt, his football career was just starting to take off after three years of hard work,” Payton said on the New Orleans Saints website.

    “Despite the devastating injury he suffered, Devon refuses to let that define him. He is an outstanding young man, who is not only an inspiration to his coaches and teammates at Tulane, but to all of us. Devon’s character, determination, intelligence and work ethic are everything that we look for in a New Orleans Saint when we sign a player.”

    Walker said getting a contract from the Saints was “like one of my dreams come true,” reported the Associated Press.

    “I’ve been a Saints fan almost since I was walking as a child,” said Walker, who grew up in the New Orleans suburb of Destrehan. “Just to be a part of the team and be around the players is more than I could hope for.”

    At the press conference, Payton said he was proud of Walker’s recovery.

    “All of [the players] became better for having been around Devon and the inspiration he’s given,” Payton said at the conference. “It rubs off. We’re excited to have him.”

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