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Friends Successfully Use Twitter To Get Adrian Peterson To Call…

Friends Successfully Use Twitter To Get Adrian Peterson To Call High School Kid With Cancer

deadspin.com profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 7, 2013
At least, it appears they succeeded. The friend with cancer, Blake Cognata, is a senior lacrosse player from Fairport, NY who is also Minnesota Vikings fan. From what we can gather, Cognata seems to be a pretty good dude. Unsurprisingly, then, a grounds…
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  • Harbaugh says Kaepernick has “savant-like” understanding of pl…

    Harbaugh says Kaepernick has “savant-like” understanding of playoff prep

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    With the 49ers preparing for a playoff game that they won a year ago against the team they beat to start the current season, it’s becoming harder to overlook the fact that the quarterback who led San Fran to victory against the Saints in January 2012 an
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  • Lewand says Lions have “nucleus of a perennial championship con…

    Lewand says Lions have “nucleus of a perennial championship contender”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Lions plunged from 10-6 to 4-12 in one season, but the powers-that-be see the glass as 25-percent full. “We still have a lot of confidence in our young players - Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson with a record year - guys who can form the nucleus
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  • Kubiak touts Dennison for head-coaching job

    Kubiak touts Dennison for head-coaching job

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    So far, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has landed on the interview list of only one NFL team - the Bears.  His current boss thinks the time has come for someone to give Dennison a chance to run a team of his own. “I think he’s been read
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  • Chandler Williams, Arena Football League player, dies during fl…

    Chandler Williams, Arena Football League player, dies during flag football game

    yahoo.com Jan 7, 2013
    Tough news out of the Arena Football League, as player Chandler Williams died Sunday while playing in a flag football tournament. Williams, who was 27, had played for several NFL teams. He had been drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings i…
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  • RGIII set to have more tests

    RGIII set to have more tests

    CNNSI.com Jan 7, 2013
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Robert Griffin III will get more tests on his injured right knee after an MRI proved inconclusive because of a previous ACL tear.
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  • Teams grumbling over breadth of Bears’, Eagles’ coaching search…

    Teams grumbling over breadth of Bears’, Eagles’ coaching searches

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    Two head-coaching jobs have been filled, and five (for now) remain vacant.  Two of the teams still looking have caused some grumbling in NFL circles over the width of their nets. Per a league source, some teams believe the Bears and Eagles are employing…
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  • Harbaugh says there’s a “leader in the clubhouse” at kicker

    Harbaugh says there’s a “leader in the clubhouse” at kicker

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 49ers sent both their kickers to Candlestick Park Monday, to continue the competition that will determine who kicks against the Packers Saturday. And while 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he had a hunch which way he was leaning, he didn’t divulge whic
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  • Reid speaks for first time as Chiefs' head coach

    Reid speaks for first time as Chiefs' head coach

    CNNSI.com Jan 7, 2013
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Andy Reid has been introduced as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, one week after he was fired following 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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  • Packers-49ers II: Defensive snap counts

    Packers-49ers II: Defensive snap counts

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    John Clayton's Last Call column broached a unique angle in looking ahead to Saturday night's divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park. Namely: Will the Green Bay Packers have an advantage because their defense is less beat up than the San Francisco 4…
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  • Ponder: Letting team down hurts more than his arm

    Ponder: Letting team down hurts more than his arm

    Today, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder can hold a football and raise it to his chest. That’s progress. Ponder told reporters Monday there was no way his right arm would have allowed him to play in Saturday night’s playoff loss to the Packers, as
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  • Frazier thinks Harvin will be back

    Frazier thinks Harvin will be back

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    As the Vikings embark on their 2013 offseason a week later than expected but four weeks sooner than hoped, they’ll need to figure out whether receiver Percy Harvin will be part of the team next season. Coach Leslie Frazier believes Harvin will be back.
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  • Bills introduce Marrone as coach

    Bills introduce Marrone as coach

    CNNSI.com Jan 7, 2013
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) It's official: Doug Marrone is the Buffalo Bills' new coach.
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  • Patrick Willis may play more of a role for 49ers this time

    Patrick Willis may play more of a role for 49ers this time

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Packers are a different offense than the first time they played the 49ers. And that may actually help the 49ers this time through. As Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee points out, because Green Bay spent much of the opener spreading the field with …
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  • No injuries “of serious nature” for Packers

    No injuries “of serious nature” for Packers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Packers had a couple of offensive starters leave Saturday night’s win over the Vikings before the game was complete, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much worry about either player’s status for next weekend’s game against the 49ers. Tight e
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  • Free Head Exam: Green Bay Packers

    Free Head Exam: Green Bay Packers

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    After the Green Bay Packers' 24-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, here are three issues that merit further examination: Charles Woodson has seen just about everything in his 15-year career. He has even suffered, rehabilitated and returned from the …
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  • BBAO: Bears' coaching list still growing

    BBAO: Bears' coaching list still growing

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: At a time when two of the NFL's seven head-coaching vacancies have been filled, the Chicago Bears are still adding names to their list of candidates. That is not necessarily a bad thing; it simply illustrates they are on t…
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  • RGIII injury closes the curtain on ugly Wild-Card Weekend

    RGIII injury closes the curtain on ugly Wild-Card Weekend

    CNNSI.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 2012 NFL playoffs got off to a sloppy start, but RGIII's injury was the ugliest moment of the wild-card round. So, who's to blame in D.C.? Peter King weighs in on that and more.
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  • Video - A Bear hunt 01:43

    A Bear hunt

    Jan 7
    Ian Rapoport has the latest on the Chicago Bears' search for a new head coach.
  • Video - A Bear hunt 01:43

    A Bear hunt

    Jan 7
    Ian Rapoport has the latest on the Chicago Bears' search for a new head coach.

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    Jan 7
    Before we examine the final Ray Day in Baltimore and the Shanahan-RGIII race to blame in Washington (and elsewhere) and what in the world got into Chip Kelly, this observation about Wild-Card Weekend: That was some lousy football. It got me to thinking …