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If all goes well, NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch will try to br…

If all goes well, NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch will try to bring another Super Bowl to MetLife Stadium

nydailynews.com Updated Feb 1, 2013
As long as Giants co-owner Steve Tisch’s worst case scenario doesn’t happen, which he described as a “blizzard at 12:01 in the morning” on game day next Feb. 2, and all else goes smoothly, then there is every intention of trying to bring the game
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  • Arbitrators select Rams' plan for dome fixes

    Arbitrators select Rams' plan for dome fixes

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    A panel of arbitrators has ruled in favor of a $700 million plan by the Rams to renovate the Edward Jones Dome.
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  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell believes HGH testing program wil…

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell believes HGH testing program will be in place for 2013

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell touched upon many topics during his Friday afternoon's "state of the league" address, including player safety, improving the "Rooney Rule" and his hope to have an HGH testing program in place for the 20…
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  • Group wants less hits in youth football practices

    Group wants less hits in youth football practices

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    It defies logic that there are now far more precautions taken to protect NFL players from head trauma than youth and high school football players, said several current or former NFL players speaking on behalf of a group advocating safer sports.
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  • Victor Cruz won’t rule out a holdout

    Victor Cruz won’t rule out a holdout

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Last April, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said that the word holdout wasn’t in his vocabulary and that he didn’t even know what the word meant. Perhaps that explains his response to a question from the New York Daily News about whether or not he’
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  • Chris Johnson hasn’t heard from Titans about contract

    Chris Johnson hasn’t heard from Titans about contract

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Next week is a big one for Titans running back Chris Johnson. Five days after either the Ravens or 49ers are crowned as champions, $9 million of Johnson’s $10 million salary for the 2013 season becomes guaranteed. The Titans haven’t said publicly what
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  • Man In The Middle: Mitch Ross is in the midst of the Ray Lewis …

    Man In The Middle: Mitch Ross is in the midst of the Ray Lewis contr…

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    Mitch Ross is in the midst of the Ray Lewis controversy. Michael Rosenberg says Ross isn't the first to sell unproven remedies and unscientific solutions to famous athletes.
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  • The Super Bowl XLVII injury report has plenty of probables

    The Super Bowl XLVII injury report has plenty of probables

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    The final injury report of the season has been released and we aren’t going to be spending much time Sunday wondering if an injured player is able to make it onto the field. Neither the Ravens nor the 49ers have a player listed as anything but probable
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  • Bucs hire Dave Wannstedt as special teams coach

    Bucs hire Dave Wannstedt as special teams coach

    Dave Wannstedt has landed a new job in a surprising place: Tampa Bay, as special teams coach. Wannstedt, the former head coach of the Bears and Dolphins, was added to Greg Schiano’s staff today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. It’s surprising that Wan
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  • Antler spray supplier: I never saw Lewis use it

    Antler spray supplier: I never saw Lewis use it

    ESPN.com deadspin.com Feb 1, 2013
    The man who reportedly supplied Ray Lewis with deer antler spray can't confirm the Baltimore Ravens linebacker ever used the stuff.
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  • Ex-Steeler Rainey pleads no contest, pays fines

    Ex-Steeler Rainey pleads no contest, pays fines

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey has pled no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct and paid nearly $500 in fines and court costs as a result of his arrest last month after an altercation with a woman over a cell phone.
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  • Former player's daughter pleads guilty to fraud

    Former player's daughter pleads guilty to fraud

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    The daughter of a former Chicago Bears player has pleaded guilty to fraud after collecting money from an NFL pension plan years after her father's death.
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  • Lions, Chiefs, Jets, UCLA Bruins among teams that missed out on…

    Lions, Chiefs, Jets, UCLA Bruins among teams that missed out on Harbaughs as head coaches

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Everybody has a different set of emotions when they watch the Super Bowl. For some NFL teams, there will be a definite sense of regret and "what might have been." As ESPN's Adam Schefter pointed out on Friday, several teams othe…
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  • DeSean Jackson says he’ll be the Eagles’ De’Anthony Thomas

    DeSean Jackson says he’ll be the Eagles’ De’Anthony Thomas

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson says that he’s 98 percent recovered from the rib injury that brought his 2012 season to a premature end and he sounds excited about getting to work with new coach Chip Kelly. That’s no surprise given Kelly’s reput
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  • Chargers doctor under review, per rules of the CBA

    Chargers doctor under review, per rules of the CBA

    The NFLPA’s request that the Chargers’ team doctor be removed is currently in the middle of a review mechanism put in place under the rules of the CBA. Commissioner Roger Goodell cited Article 50 of the collective bargaining agreement, which calls for
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  • Harbaugh brothers say they could work together

    Harbaugh brothers say they could work together

    John and Jim Harbaugh said they could envision working together someday in a news conference at the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.
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  • ‘It Gets Better’ movement pulls 49ers video after two players d…

    ‘It Gets Better’ movement pulls 49ers video after two players deny participation in anti-bullying ad

    The San Francisco 49ers earned a lot of goodwill at the start of the season when they became the first NFL team to tape an "It Gets Better" spot. Designed to encourage hope and acceptance among gay teens who are being bullied, the "It Get…
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  • Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Roddy White help close out Super Bow…

    Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Roddy White help close out Super Bowl week for PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    We’re drawing ever closer to kickoff, but there’s still time to fill before Super Bowl XLVII finally kicks off. We’ll fill some of it by welcoming three NFC South stars to the Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network set in New Orleans. Saints quarte
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  • How You Know the Super Bowl Is Near: Just Look Up

    How You Know the Super Bowl Is Near: Just Look Up

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    The view from New Orleans: Airplanes dragging banners have joined the blimps in signaling to New Orleans that the Super Bowl is only two days away.
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  • Joe Namath’s pick for Super Bowl XLVII

    Joe Namath’s pick for Super Bowl XLVII

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    Like he did last season, NFL Hall of Famer and New York Jets legend Joe Namath will join Yahoo! Sports and the Shutdown Corner Blog for commentary and analysis. Make sure you like the Official Joe Namath page on Facebook. And with playoff news always br…
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  • Arthur Blank denies he was approached by anyone from L.A.

    Arthur Blank denies he was approached by anyone from L.A.

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Falcons owner Arthur Blank is playing this one straight by the script. After reports earlier this week suggested that the Falcons had been approached by interested parties in Los Angeles during their pursuit of public money for a new stadium, Blank has …
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  • PFT Live: Casey Hayward, Arian Foster

    PFT Live: Casey Hayward, Arian Foster

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    It’s Friday, which means the week of pre-Super Bowl festivities is just about at its end. It also means that PFT Live‘s week of shows from New Orleans has reached its end. It’s been a great week and we think we’ve got a great final show for you to
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  • Witten understands losing John Garrett part of business

    Witten understands losing John Garrett part of business

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said it saddened him to see his position coach (who happens to be his head coach’s brother) go, but chalked it up to “a bottom line business” Witten actually invited John Garrett to be with him at the Super Bowl, befor
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  • Cam Newton endorses Shula promotion, says offense needs to evol…

    Cam Newton endorses Shula promotion, says offense needs to evolve

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    We’ve heard from coach Ron Rivera and wide receiver Steve Smith about the Panthers’ decision to promote Mike Shula to offensive coordinator this week and now quarterback Cam Newton has added his two cents on the hire. Newton doesn’t differ too much
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  • At least 10 restaurants in New Orleans aren’t willing to serve …

    At least 10 restaurants in New Orleans aren’t willing to serve Roger Goodell this week

    Hanging a man in effigy is one thing, but denying him access to the full spread of your city's famous culinary offerings? Well, that's just downright cold, New Orleans. No matter whether it damages the upstanding rep of Southern hospitality, there are a…
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  • Arian Foster issues statement on heart surgery questions

    Arian Foster issues statement on heart surgery questions

    We’ve run through all the developments of the report that Texans running back Arian Foster was likely to have heart surgery over the last 15 hours or so, but Foster’s offered the last word via a statement issued by the team. It’s pretty much what Fo
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  • Off-field trouble at the Super Bowl? Well, actually, there hasn…

    Off-field trouble at the Super Bowl? Well, actually, there hasn’t been any

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    Take a large group of people, like NFL players, add in the potential shenanigans of New Orleans' French Quarter, the fact that just about everyone in the city has a camera phone and social media account, and there's bound to be plenty of off-field issue…
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  • Second Graders Correct Tweets From NFL Players And It's Magical

    Second Graders Correct Tweets From NFL Players And It's Magical

    deadspin.com Feb 1, 2013
    Chris Culliver was already having a rough couple of days, picking the worst possible moment to reveal his very stupid opinions about gay people. More »
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  • Trojans' Barkley: I'm no less of a QB this year

    Trojans' Barkley: I'm no less of a QB this year

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    Matt Barkley doesn't think the way he and USC finished last season should affect his stock in the upcoming NFL draft.
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  • Rob Gronkowski Went To Baton Rouge For A Night Of Shirtless Par…

    Rob Gronkowski Went To Baton Rouge For A Night Of Shirtless Partying

    deadspin.com Feb 1, 2013
    Giant man-puppy Rob Gronkowski has been in New Orleans all week, enjoying the Super Bowl festivities. Yesterday, he swung by the SportsCenter set to tell us that he hates being injured "to the max," and then he made one little kid's year by dr…
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  • Bruce Arians hasn’t started evaluating Kolb’s status yet

    Bruce Arians hasn’t started evaluating Kolb’s status yet

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    One of the biggest things Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has to do in his new job is figure out who will be quarterbacking the team in 2013. Arians inherits a messy situation at quarterback for a team that played four different players at the position in …
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  • Guarantees, homecomings and moonings: A history of the most wor…

    Guarantees, homecomings and moonings: A history of the most worn-out Super Bowl storylines

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    We long ago learned the Super Bowl hype drill and now we can easily anticipate which storyline will be beaten into the ground during the run-up to the Super Bowl. It wasn't too hard to see we'd be Harbaugh'ed out before either team hit New Orleans this …
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  • Eli says Flacco wrong about outdoor Super Bowl

    Eli says Flacco wrong about outdoor Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    Eli Manning disagrees with Joe Flacco's opinion about next year's outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey.
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  • Who Is America's Favorite NFL Team? Facebook Data Offer A Clear…

    Who Is America's Favorite NFL Team? Facebook Data Offer A Clear Winner.

    deadspin.com Feb 1, 2013
    You've seen Facebook's map of geographic NFL fandom. Our clever friends at the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective dig deeper into the data to discover America's most popular football teams. More »
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  • DJ Steve Porter Takes on the Harbaughs

    DJ Steve Porter Takes on the Harbaughs

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Harbaugh brothers may be good coaches, but neither of them has much to say in news conferences. DJ Steve Porter took their lack of things to say and turned it into his latest remix.
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  • Unfinished Business: Long ago, Randy Moss and Matt Birk had Sup…

    Unfinished Business: Long ago, Randy Moss and Matt Birk had Super Bowl…

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    Long ago, Randy Moss and Matt Birk had Super Bowl dreams as Vikings teammates. Now the two will vie for the elusive title as opponents. Don Banks details their unique bond.
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  • The All-22: San Francisco’s complex offense is about far more t…

    The All-22: San Francisco’s complex offense is about far more than a running quarterback

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- There's been a lot of talk about the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback-based run game, and justifiably so -- Colin Kaepernick has given that offense new life and a host of new options with his dynamic mobility and deep arm. But when you ta…
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  • Hall of Fame selections sure to generate controversy

    Hall of Fame selections sure to generate controversy

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    If you’re like most NFL fans I’ve heard from in the last few weeks, you probably think Michael Strahan deserves to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow. And same with Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter
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  • Five reasons the Ravens will win Super Bowl XLVII

    Five reasons the Ravens will win Super Bowl XLVII

    NEW ORLEANS -- One thing is certain about Super Bowl XLVII: After the game has ended and the confetti has rained on the field inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a Harbaugh will hoist the hardware. Will John Harbaugh, coach of the Ravens, lift the Lomba…
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  • Aikman: Cowboys should go after QB in draft

    Aikman: Cowboys should go after QB in draft

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    Hall of Famer Troy Aikman says it might be time to find the future replacement for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
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  • Harbaughgeddon! John and Jim finally discuss coaching against e…

    Harbaughgeddon! John and Jim finally discuss coaching against each other in the Super Bowl

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- In case you didn't know -- and why would you, since it's only been mentioned about 50,000 times per day through Super Bowl week -- two brothers are coaching against each other this Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII. No, really. And after a week …
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  • Leading Off: Breaking from the Super Bowl Script

    Leading Off: Breaking from the Super Bowl Script

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    Players are usually fairly dull during the week before the Super Bowl. But Chris Culliver? Joe Flacco? Randy Moss? Their remarks started a lot of animated conversations.
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  • Game Day Coverage at a Glance

    Game Day Coverage at a Glance

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will end two weeks of hype when they meet on the Superdome field on Sunday to decide the winner of Super Bowl XLVII, and The Times will offer comprehensive coverage.
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  • Harbaughs: Game win trumps sibling rivalry

    Harbaughs: Game win trumps sibling rivalry

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh took the podium together for Friday's pre-Super Bowl coaches media session.
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  • New York host committee wants more than one Super Bowl

    New York host committee wants more than one Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl host committe is embracing concerns about a cold weather game, with a snowflake in their official logo in the media center. But while many viewed next year’s game as a one-time reward for building MetLife Stadium, offi
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  • Confused Sports Columnist Doesn't Realize A-Rod And Ray Lewis W…

    Confused Sports Columnist Doesn't Realize A-Rod And Ray Lewis Were In Two Separate PED Scandals

    deadspin.com Feb 1, 2013
    There were two big stories in the world of performance-enhancing drugs, both released on Tuesday. One involved Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, and other baseball players being listed in the records of a shady clinic in Miami, Fla. The other …
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  • The Redskins are raising ticket and parking prices

    The Redskins are raising ticket and parking prices

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Eagles aren’t the only NFC East team looking to boost their revenue in 2013. The Redskins announced Thursday that they will be raising the prices for both their tickets and parking next season. In a press release, the Redskins said that the price of
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  • Adrian Peterson shooting for 2,500 yards in 2013

    Adrian Peterson shooting for 2,500 yards in 2013

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson just turned in a season with the second-most rushing yards in NFL history, but he’s setting his sights a little higher for 2013. About 400 yards higher, to be exact. During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Pete
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  • Ravens center Matt Birk plans to donate his brain to research a…

    Ravens center Matt Birk plans to donate his brain to research after he dies

    There's no escaping the concussion issue in football, especially not in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. The latest talk about concussions this week involves Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk, a 15-year NFL veteran who said he will donate his brai…
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  • Super Bowl XLVII preview: 49ers primed to hoist Lombardi Trophy…

    Super Bowl XLVII preview: 49ers primed to hoist Lombardi Trophy for a sixth time

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers 6 p.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana When the Ravens have the ball: During the regular season, the Ravens were right in the middle of pack offensively, ranking…
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  • Beyonce will be performing for free on Sunday, just like every …

    Beyonce will be performing for free on Sunday, just like every Super Bowl halftime act before her

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    Come Sunday, Beyonce will put on a show for over 70,000 people at the Superdome in New Orleans and for over 100 million people watching the Super Bowl at home. It might surprise you, however, to learn the size of the paycheck the singer will be taking h…
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  • Web views fuel early Super Bowl ad releases

    Web views fuel early Super Bowl ad releases

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    Gone are the days when Super Bowl spots were closely-guarded secrets. With the growth of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, it's no surprise that more advertisers are releasing ads online up to a week or more before Game Day.
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  • DeMarcus Ware will have elbow surgery

    DeMarcus Ware will have elbow surgery

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    DeMarcus Ware was hampered by injuries to his right shoulder and elbow in the second half of the Cowboys season, which led him to have shoulder surgery shortly after the end of the regular season. At the time, there was no determination about whether he…
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  • Steve Young “jealous” of what Kaepernick has to work with

    Steve Young “jealous” of what Kaepernick has to work with

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young played on a pretty good offense of his own, but he said he was envious of Colin Kaepernick, for getting to run the 49ers current pistol-based system. Coupled with a strong supporting cast, Young said the young quarte…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Former Bills CB Mickey Washington serves on the NFLPA’s Former Players board of directors with former Bills teammate Cornelius Bennett. Ted Ginn has moved on to San Francisco and says he has no regrets about his time with the Dolphins. Patriots RB Danny
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  • Ed Reed rips media, says he’s unlikely to land in New England

    Ed Reed rips media, says he’s unlikely to land in New England

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Ravens safety Ed Ree is aware of the stories linking him to the Patriots, and he’s not happy about them. Reed said his quotes about being able to see himself in a Patriots uniform have been taken out of context by reporters who are looking to create sto
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  • Mike Holmgren says it would be a “big surprise” for him to ret…

    Mike Holmgren says it would be a “big surprise” for him to return to coaching

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren has moved back to the Seattle area after his three-year run as the right-hand man to former owner Randy Lerner. Holmgren was let go as team president after Jimmy Haslam bought the team from Lerner last yea…
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  • J.J. Watt shows off his Pro Bowl injury

    J.J. Watt shows off his Pro Bowl injury

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    It’s no longer spurting blood, thanks to four stitches that closed the wound.  And he still doesn’t quite know how it happened. But it was the most memorable moment from the Pro Bowl, creating the impression that guys were indeed going harder than us
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  • Seahawks Hill charged with domestic violence

    Seahawks Hill charged with domestic violence

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    SEATTLE (AP) Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has made his first court appearance since he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend.
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  • Black ex-coaches feel Rooney Rule is broken

    Black ex-coaches feel Rooney Rule is broken

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Three black former NFL head coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies - eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions - were all filled by white candidate…
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  • With majority of NFL players sharing the beliefs of San Francis…

    With majority of NFL players sharing the beliefs of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, don't expect coming out annou

    nydailynews.com Feb 1, 2013
    What Chris Culliver said is absolutely the way a majority of NFL players feel. That is why there hasn’t been a single active NFL player to announce that he is gay. That doesn’t mean there aren’t gay players on NFL rosters.
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  • Bill Parcells belongs in Pro Football Hall of Fame and with NY …

    Bill Parcells belongs in Pro Football Hall of Fame and with NY Giants' Tom Coughlin and Patriots' Bill Belichick joining push, t

    nydailynews.com Feb 1, 2013
    One year ago, Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick were trying to figure out ways to beat each other in the Super Bowl. Coughlin’s Giants then defeated Belichick’s Patriots for the second time in five seasons, reducing Belichick’s lead over Coughlin in S
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Ravens-49ers Ready For Super Sunday 03:36

    NFL32OT: Ravens-49ers Ready For Super Sunday

    Feb 1
    Episode 261: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss their keys to Sunday's game. Lomas Brown breaks down which offense will dominate. The NFL32 crew discuss their X factor for the Super Bowl.
  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT 02:48

    NFL Kickoff OT

    Feb 1
    NFL Live predicts the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII.
  • Video - REP Super Bowl Special: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick 06:30

    REP Super Bowl Special: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

    Feb 1
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sits down with Rich Eisen to discuss preparing for football's biggest stage and his earliest gridiron memories.
  • Video - REP Super Bowl Special: Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed 05:42

    REP Super Bowl Special: Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed

    Feb 1
    Rich Eisen chats with Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed about a special New Orleans homecoming for Super Bowl XLVII and whether or not Reed would let his child play football.

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    Feb 1
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    Feb 1
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