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Old man quarterbacks Brady and Rodgers face off Sunday

Hey old-timer, what are you still doing on an NFL field? Guaranteed no one is asking that question to the quarterbacks in the bays: 43-year-old Tom Brady in Tampa and 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. The two future residents of Canton, Ohio...

 

On Football: Training camps' look defines strange times

Don't expect any footballs — or players — on fields at NFL training camps anytime too soon. No blocking sleds. No pass-rush drills. No whistles. As teams adhere to the medical protocols that wisely and necessarily have been ordered by the league...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    May 29, 2020

NFL coaches could return to team facilities next week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    May 20, 2020

NFL teams can reopen training facilities with government OK

Several NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    May 15, 2020

NFL teams can reopen facilities Tuesday _ with provisos

NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Friday by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained by The Associated Press, he stressed that the clubs must be "in...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    May 7, 2020

NFL sets protocols for reopening of team facilities

The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. In a memo sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained Wednesday night by The Associated Press, several phases of the protocols were...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    April 19, 2020

Look for 3 QBs in first 5 picks of NFL draft

Talk about virtual drafts, what is a mock draft, really? Make believe. The upcoming NFL remote draft beginning Thursday night has a touch of irony to it. The producers of said mock drafts rarely are even remotely accurate. That said, here's one view...

 

Randle wowed by being among members of NFL's all-time team

MIAMI (AP) — John Randle looked around the ballroom like a child at the Magic Kingdom. "Unbelievable," was his reaction to being surrounded by many of his idols and pro football's icons at a dinner for the NFL's all-time team. "I've never seen myse...

 

How the 49ers and the Chiefs match up in the Super Bowl

It has been a while since a Super Bowl has appeared to be such a toss-up. This one between the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and the AFC champ Kansas City Chiefs is a difficult game to judge. The 49ers (15-3) have gone from the No. 2 pick in the d...

 

Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson into Hall of Fame

Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships in the 1990s, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The hall announced his selection Sunday night as part of a centennial class that was chosen on Wednesday...

 

NFL's goal of 100 million volunteer minutes already reached

The NFL apparently underestimated Americans' eagerness to volunteer. As part of its centennial season celebration, the league sought 100 million minutes of volunteerism from its fans through Huddle for 100. With folks across the nation giving 100 min...

 

Column: Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl. On Sunday, the league might have made enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks....

 

Hall of Fame members threaten boycott of inductions

A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,...

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    April 26, 2018

North Texas forecast: Drafty. And no one knows what's next

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Anyone who thinks the draft pundits and even some team general managers have no clue what will happen in Thursday's opening round of the draft should talk to the guys likely to get selected early. You won't get much clarity....

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    April 22, 2018

4 QBs likely to go high, 6 could be picked in 1st round

Four quarterbacks are certain to go in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, all of them early. Five might be off the board midway through the top 32 picks. And, who knows given the desperation pro teams are displaying about finding that...

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    March 28, 2018

It's a catch: NFL owners approve simplified catch language

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Maybe it's too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions....

 

AP source: Fox gets Thursday night football for 5 years, $3B

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games. Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC, two of the league's other network partners. Fox announced Wednesday that it will...

 

Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

NEW YORK (AP) — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wedn...

 

NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive." A group of 11 owners and more than a dozen...

 

NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm. The issues have been "overtaken by political forces," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump's...

 

Marc Buoniconti tells AP it's time to ban youth football

NEW YORK (AP) — A victim himself of the sport, Marc Buoniconti wants youth football banned. He hasn't always felt that way. Now, as his Buoniconti Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis also researches head trauma, the former college...

 

NFL making $40 million available for medical research

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after the NFL pledged $100 million in support of independent medical research and engineering advancements, a huge chunk of that soon will be awarded to such research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience. A Scientific...

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    August 25, 2017

Revolutionary shoulder pads catching on in NFL

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) — NFL players stare in disbelief as Bob Broderick sticks his hand between a pair of XRD foam pads, then full-force slams down a helmet. He doesn't even wince, then takes his hand and shakes that of each player. That scene...

 

Surface tablets for officiating reviews takes hold in NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Alberto Riveron sounds genuinely excited about the NFL's decision to use Microsoft Surface tablets for referees to watch replay. That procedure began in earnest with last week's Hall of Fame game between Dallas and Arizona. The tech...

 

Sports study: High school athletes not being fully protected

NEW YORK (AP) — A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including...

 

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