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Damn Straight Adrian Peterson Won The MVP

Damn Straight Adrian Peterson Won The MVP

There were two potential outcomes to this season's MVP voting, the results of which were revealed tonight: The sportswriters that vote on the thing could have made a grievous error, as sportswriters so often do, and awarded Peyton Manning the MVP award …
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  • Peyton Manning misses out on MVP, but takes Comeback Player of …

    Peyton Manning misses out on MVP, but takes Comeback Player of the Year honors

    NEW ORLEANS -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn't win the NFL's Most Valuable Player or Offensive Player of the Year award -- both of those went to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson -- but there could be little doubt that Mann…
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  • 2013 Hall of Fame class 'outstanding'

    2013 Hall of Fame class 'outstanding'

    CNNSI.com Feb 2, 2013
    Seven pro football greats were elected into the Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. SI's Jim Trotter says you can summarize the Class of 2013 with just one word: outstanding.
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  • Texans defensive end J.J. Watt near-unanimous choice for 2012 N…

    Texans defensive end J.J. Watt near-unanimous choice for 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    By a nearly unanimous vote, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named The Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday night. Watt received 49 of a possible 50 votes from a nationwide panel of voters. The other vote went to …
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  • Bruce Arians named NFL Coach of the Year in slam-dunk vote

    Bruce Arians named NFL Coach of the Year in slam-dunk vote

    NEW ORLEANS -- The Arizona Cardinals may not have a lot going for them these days, but at least they know that they have a Coach of the Year in their midst. Former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach Brice Arians, who accepte…
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  • Jason Witten is the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year

    Jason Witten is the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    The only NFL award that combines on-field excellence with off-field service has been given to Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. The NFL has confirmed that Witten is the winner of its Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given annually to an NFL player who…
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  • Luke Kuechly earns defensive rookie of the year honors

    Luke Kuechly earns defensive rookie of the year honors

    Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was named as the league’s defensive rookie of the year on Saturday. Keuchly was selected with the No. 9 overall selection by Carolina in last year’s draft and immediately became a tackling machine for the Pant
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  • RG III is top offensive rookie over Luck, Wilson

    RG III is top offensive rookie over Luck, Wilson

    ESPN.com Feb 2, 2013
    Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, beating out two other sensational first-year quarterbacks.
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  • Pro Football Hall Of Fame Calls Up Sapp, Parcells, Ogden, Allen…

    Pro Football Hall Of Fame Calls Up Sapp, Parcells, Ogden, Allen and Carter

    deadspin.com Feb 2, 2013
    The NFL's next Hall of Fame class, just announced, has a few dudes the TV made famous. There's Bill Parcells, who made a coaching career of winning two Super Bowls with the Giants and then convincing other teams believe he might ever do it again; Chris …
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  • Warren Sapp (who got in the Hall of Fame this year) and Michael…

    Warren Sapp (who got in the Hall of Fame this year) and Michael Strahan (who didn’t) had quite the feud in 2002

    NEW ORLEANS -- Two defensive linemen who once didn't like each other at all were on the list of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame. One made the cut and one didn't, despite some interesting similarities in their careers. Each man wa…
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  • Bill Parcells, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp headline Pro Footbal…

    Bill Parcells, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp headline Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013

    Head coach Bill Parcells, wide receiver Cris Carter, left tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, guard/tackle Larry Allen, defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson will comprise the Class of 2013 that will be inducted to t…
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  • Carter breaks WR logjam, part of seven-man HOF class

    Carter breaks WR logjam, part of seven-man HOF class

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    Three first-year eligible candidates pushed through, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s long debate over wide receivers and coach Bill Parcells finally ended. Parcells was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after an all-day meeting Saturday, join
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  • Screech will be in the corner of former ‘Saved by the Bell’ co-…

    Screech will be in the corner of former ‘Saved by the Bell’ co-star Jim Harbaugh

    It is Screech’s chance to return the favor. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made a guest appearance 17 years ago on "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" where he played the cousin of Screech, played by Diamond. Harbaugh was then the starting q
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  • Modell, DeBartolo eliminated from Hall of Fame vote

    Modell, DeBartolo eliminated from Hall of Fame vote

    CNNSI.com Feb 2, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former NFL owners Art Modell and Edward DeBartolo Jr. have been eliminated from consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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  • Word emerges of the 10 modern-era finalists for the Hall of Fam…

    Word emerges of the 10 modern-era finalists for the Hall of Fame

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    The official announcement hasn’t been made, but several of the Hall of Fame voters have disclosed via Twitter the names of the modern-era finalists who progressed from the final 15 to the final 10. Still alive after the first cut were Michael Strahan, B
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  • Colin Kaepernick gets his shot: An inside look at the 49ers’ qu…

    Colin Kaepernick gets his shot: An inside look at the 49ers’ quarterback switch

    yahoo.com Feb 2, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh didn't decide to change quarterbacks on a whim. A lot went into benching Alex Smith, who was playing very well before he suffered a concussion Nov. 11, and going with untested Colin Kaepernick for the rest of the season. A lot of those fact…
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  • Jacoby Jones’ mom keeps Ravens happy with her New Orleans cooki…

    Jacoby Jones’ mom keeps Ravens happy with her New Orleans cooking

    yahoo.com Feb 2, 2013
    The Baltimore Ravens like receiver/returner Jacoby Jones for a lot of reasons. They like his ability to take it to the house when he returns a punt or kickoff (he had three total return touchdowns this season), and they certainly liked his speed when he…
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  • Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens will have super sparkly shoe…

    Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens will have super sparkly shoes for Super Bowl Sunday

    yahoo.com Feb 2, 2013
    For his last football game, Ray Lewis is going to sparkle. All of the Baltimore Ravens will wear custom cleats made by Under Armour, a company based in Baltimore, Md. But the Ravens' retiring star will wear gold Under Armour cleats with the kind of shin…
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  • HOF meeting ends, just in time

    HOF meeting ends, just in time

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    At a time when it seemed as if the Hall of Fame voters would need more time in order to finalize the latest Hall of Fame class, they got it done.  In the nick of time. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, one of the 46 voters, has said on Twitter that …
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  • If Your Super Bowl Party Doesn't Have A Grid Pool, You're Just …

    If Your Super Bowl Party Doesn't Have A Grid Pool, You're Just Getting Fatter And Watching Commercials

    deadspin.com Feb 2, 2013
    The first time I heard a grid pool described, my father was coming home with a pocketful of bills he'd just won down at his favorite watering hole. Essentially you make a 10-by-10 grid, strip numbers vertically and horizontally, buy a square, and if the…
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  • For the Niners' Punter, Remaining on the Sidelines Is a Good Th…

    For the Niners' Punter, Remaining on the Sidelines Is a Good Thing

    nytimes.com Feb 2, 2013
    Andy Lee, the All-Pro punter for the 49ers, finds he has more time on his hands, thanks the team's explosive offense.
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  • Greg Jennings ready for change, would love a Joe Philbin reunio…

    Greg Jennings ready for change, would love a Joe Philbin reunion

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    Soon-to-be free agent receiver Greg Jennings has already put his home in Wisconsin up for sale, and he said this week that he’s preparing for a change in his career, which has so far been played entirely in Green Bay. So what would that change mean? It
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  • Goodell says low blocks and field quality are also safety conce…

    Goodell says low blocks and field quality are also safety concerns

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    Most of the NFL’s emphasis on player safety in recent years has focused on reducing hits to the head. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at his State of the League press conference that he’s concerned about knees as well. Specifically, Goodell me
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  • There's A $700 Million Plan On The Table To Turn The Rams Home-…

    There's A $700 Million Plan On The Table To Turn The Rams Home-Field Into A "First-Tier Stadium." How About It, St. Louis?

    The Rams, who are 22-73-1 in their last six seasons, won a battle against the city of St. Louis yesterday over the Edward Jones Dome, their home since 1995. Arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rams' plan, which would require a $700 million renovation to t…
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  • Candid Chris Canty: NY Giants defensive tackle preparing to tac…

    Candid Chris Canty: NY Giants defensive tackle preparing to tackle a career behind the microphone

    nydailynews.com Feb 2, 2013
    Chris Canty will watch Sunday’s Ravens-49ers matchup in Super Bowl XLVII with a critical eye. And it will have nothing to do with studying players he’ll go up against in the future.
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  • Giants RB Bradshaw has more surgery to foot

    Giants RB Bradshaw has more surgery to foot

    ESPN.com Feb 2, 2013
    Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw had another surgery to replace a screw in his right foot.
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  • A.J. Green was frustrated by Bengals’ game plan in playoff loss

    A.J. Green was frustrated by Bengals’ game plan in playoff loss

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    During the Bengals’ playoff loss to the Texans, we noted how odd it was that Cincinnati’s offensive game plan seemed to be ignoring wide receiver A.J. Green. Unsurprisingly, Green felt the same way. Green said this week that the Bengals’ coaches tho
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  • Chris Culliver will undergo sensitivity training, work with in-…

    Chris Culliver will undergo sensitivity training, work with in-crisis youth, after anti-gay remarks

    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver created quite the ruckus this week when he intimated that anyone with a homosexual predilection would not be welcome on his team. Now, he's doing everything he can to get past that. According …
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  • The NFLPA Is Finally Telling The Chargers To Replace Malpractic…

    The NFLPA Is Finally Telling The Chargers To Replace Malpracticin' David Chao As Their Team Doctor

    deadspin.com Feb 2, 2013
    The Medical Board of California is trying to revoke David Chao's license after he lost a malpractice suit this past summer, and, after years of evidence that Chao is regularly operates well outside the bounds of best medical practices, the loss of his l…
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  • Saturday one-liners: Former Jets QB Vinny Testaverde isn’t a fa…

    Saturday one-liners: Former Jets QB Vinny Testaverde isn’t a fan of …

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    Former Jets QB Vinny Testaverde isn’t a fan of the team’s ongoing circus atmosphere. Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of the Dolphins’ defense. Bills special-teams coordinator Danny Crossman talks about his plan for improving Buffalo’s co
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  • All the Super Bowl halftime show facts, figures and history you…

    All the Super Bowl halftime show facts, figures and history you need before Beyonce takes the stage

    yahoo.com Feb 2, 2013
    The halftime show of the Super Bowl officially became bigger than the Super Bowl itself last year. Madonna's performance last year had a higher rating than the average rating for the game. So while Beyonce's grandiose press conference this week seemed o…
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  • The Ravens Kicking Coach Is Already Mayor Of One New Jersey Tow…

    The Ravens Kicking Coach Is Already Mayor Of One New Jersey Town, Wants To Be Governor

    deadspin.com Feb 2, 2013
    Randy Brown has been the mayor of Evesham Township in New Jersey since 2007, and the Baltimore Ravens kicking coach since 2008. Brown was once kicking coach of the Chicago Bears, a consultant with the Eagles, and has run a kicking camp. In his tenure wi…
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  • Kraft describes Brady’s future as a “dual decision”

    Kraft describes Brady’s future as a “dual decision”

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been saying for the past few years that he wants to play “10 more years.”  At some point, however, his career could conclude on a team other than the Patriots. Brett Favre ultimately wanted to play longer than the P
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  • Jell-O to provide Super giveaway to losers' fans

    Jell-O to provide Super giveaway to losers' fans

    ESPN.com Feb 2, 2013
    The Super Bowl winners get to go to Disney World, the losers get Jell-O?
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  • Cheerleader says Ravens left her home because she gained weight

    Cheerleader says Ravens left her home because she gained weight

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    Deer antler spray isn’t the only bizarre controversy surrounding the Ravens at the Super Bowl: A cheerleader says the team didn’t bring her to the Super Bowl because she gained weight during the season. Courtney Lenz, who has just concluded her fifth
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  • What time is the Super Bowl?: Answers to your questions about t…

    What time is the Super Bowl?: Answers to your questions about the big game

    yahoo.com Feb 2, 2013
    After two weeks of hype, Super Bowl XLVII is almost here. The San Francisco 49ers will be looking for a record-tying sixth Super Bowl championship while the Baltimore Ravens will be looking to send Ray Lewis into retirement with the second title in fran…
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  • How To Fix The Hall: The Pro Football Hall of Fame, which elect…

    How To Fix The Hall: The Pro Football Hall of Fame, which elects new m…

    CNNSI.com Feb 2, 2013
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame, which elects new members today, wants fan suggestions on the voting process. That's good, says Jim Trotter, because that process is surely broken.
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  • Brees sees 2013 as a new era for the Saints

    Brees sees 2013 as a new era for the Saints

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    After a 2012 season turned upside down by the bounty scandal, Saints coach Sean Payton is back and Saints quarterback Drew Brees sees the 2013 season as a “new era” for the franchise. Brees explained his views in that regard during a Friday appearance
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  • From Walsh to Seifert to Harbaugh, San Francisco’s Super Bowl c…

    From Walsh to Seifert to Harbaugh, San Francisco’s Super Bowl coaches have compelling connections

    yahoo.com Feb 2, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- They are now bonded forever, tied to a legacy nearly unmatched in professional sports. Bill Walsh, George Seifert, and Jim Harbaugh -- the three coaches who have taken the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. Of course, Walsh is the Big…
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  • WR Jackson on keeping Vick: 'It's a no-brainer'

    WR Jackson on keeping Vick: 'It's a no-brainer'

    ESPN.com Feb 2, 2013
    Receiver DeSean Jackson says the coaching change the Eagles made should result in at least one certainty for next season after struggling to a 4-12 finish in 2012 -- retaining the services of Michael Vick.
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  • Keeping Score: What Stats and Simulations Say About the Super B…

    Keeping Score: What Stats and Simulations Say About the Super Bowl

    nytimes.com Feb 2, 2013
    The 49ers have the edge in several key statistical categories that can help predict the winner of the Super Bowl.
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  • Deer antler spray seller tries to extend his 15 minutes of fame

    Deer antler spray seller tries to extend his 15 minutes of fame

    profootballtalk.com Feb 2, 2013
    As I walked out of the Super Bowl Media Center on Friday, I cam across a mass of reporters on the sidewalk, all surrounding someone who seemed to be speaking intently. It took me a moment to figure out that it was Mitch Ross, maker of the deer antler sp…
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  • Super Bowl XLVII: Saturday morning links

    Super Bowl XLVII: Saturday morning links

    yahoo.com Feb 2, 2013
    One more sleep until the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in Super Bowl XLVII. The Saturday before the Super Bowl usually feels like it's going to last forever, but there are a few activities going on that should help the day go by a …
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  • Video - Colin Kaepernick One-On-One With Steve Young 02:55

    Colin Kaepernick One-On-One With Steve Young

    Feb 2
    Colin Kaepernick sits down with Steve Young to discuss his 2012 season.
  • Video - NFL Fan Pass: Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt Defensive Player of the Year 00:28

    NFL Fan Pass: Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 2
    NFL analyst Adam Rank tracks down Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt backstage at "NFL Honors" to chat about winning the Defensive Player of the Year award.
  • Video - NFL Fan Pass: Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt Defensive Player of the Year 00:28

    NFL Fan Pass: Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 2
    NFL analyst Adam Rank tracks down Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt backstage at "NFL Honors" to chat about winning the Defensive Player of the Year award.
  • Video - 'NFL Honors' Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt 01:14

    'NFL Honors' Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt

    Feb 2
    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt accepts the award for Defensive Player of the Year.

Sports Columnists

  • Jim Trotter: How to fix the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Feb 2
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2013 this afternoon in a nationally televised program from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and it wants fans to Tweet their thoughts about the selection process, with the ha…