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Former NFL Coach Dennis Green Dead at 67

Vikings, Cardinals coach was one of first black coaches in college football, NFL

(Newser) - Dennis Green, one of the first African-American coaches in college and professional football, died Thursday at the age of 67, ESPN reports. As coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Green helped the NFL team earn eight playoff spots in 10 years. He also helmed the Arizona Cardinals for two years, serving... More »

NFL Player Who Walked Away Now an Unpaid Intern

Chris Borland working with Jimmy Carter's organization

(Newser) - When he stunned the NFL by retiring after a great rookie season over concussion concerns, Chris Borland was labeled "the most dangerous man in football" by ESPN . So what's Mr. Dangerous up to these days? The 25-year-old is currently working as an unpaid intern in Atlanta for the... More »

Bubba Smith, NFL's 'Gentle Giant,' Had CTE When He Died

Player-turned-actor was one stage away from full-blown dementia: researchers

(Newser) - Before he played Moses Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, Charles "Bubba" Smith took some hard hits on the football field as a Pro Bowl player and defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, among other teams. And those hits during his 10 seasons in the league were apparently enough... More »

Bong Photo May Have Cost NFL Draft Pick Millions

He claims his Twitter account was hacked

(Newser) - Despite being drafted 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins with a contract worth an expected $12.4 million, Thursday was a bad day for Laremy Tunsil. CBS News reports the University of Mississippi offensive lineman was expected to go much higher—to the Baltimore Ravens with the sixth pick—which... More »

Player's Skin-Baring Outfit Turns Heads at NFL Draft

'The boldest fashion statement of the night'

(Newser) - The NFL Draft is being held tonight in Chicago. And while Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott almost certainly won't be picked first, he was the only thing the Internet was talking about as players hit the red carpet. "The boldest fashion statement of the night," Sports ... More »

23-Year-Old Leaves NFL Over Concussions

AJ Tarpley is walking away to preserve his health

(Newser) - A 23-year-old is walking away from the NFL because of concussions. AJ Tarpley, a second-year linebacker on the Buffalo Bills, announced on Instagram Wednesday that he's had four concussions, two of them suffered last season, and has decided "after months of introspection" and research to retire from the... More »

Colder Game Days More Dangerous for NFL Players

Players at higher risk for concussions when playing in the cold

(Newser) - Amid the furor over concussions in the NFL, a new study finds that players are at a higher risk for the injuries during games played when it's colder out. Researchers looked at injury report data from all 32 NFL teams for the 2012-13 and the 2013-14 regular seasons, and... More »

NFL Wants Times to Retract Concussion Story

The league calls the article 'false and defamatory'

(Newser) - Last week, the New York Times published an article claiming the NFL's much-touted concussion research was wildly flawed while simultaneously linking the league's methods to those of the much-reviled tobacco industry. Now, Politico reports the NFL is demanding the Times immediately retract the story, which it calls "... More »

NFL Player Sues ESPN Reporter After Losing Finger to Firework

The reporter tweeted a photo of his medical chart

(Newser) - An NFL player who blew off a chunk of his hand with a firework last Fourth of July is suing ESPN and one of its reporters who tweeted a photo of his medical chart, Courthouse News Service reports. "ESPN obtained medical charts that show Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had... More »

Denver Shocks Carolina, 24-10

Broncos defense controls favored Panthers

(Newser) - The Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with a dominating defense that forced four turnovers—two of which turned into touchdowns, USA Today reports. Denver opened with two scores in the first quarter, a Brandon McManus 34-yard field goal and a strip-sack of... More »

Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce Dazzle at Bowl

Halftime show is up-tempo, colorful, and kinda crazed

(Newser) - Coldplay kicked off a jubilant and colorful Super Bowl halftime show with lead singer Chris Martin appearing to spend most of the time in mid-air, the Guardian reports. They performed "Yellow," "Viva La Vida," and "Adventure of a Lifetime" as people around them played violins,... More »

Behind Henry VIII's Bad Behavior: Brain Injury?

The anger and forgetfulness started after jousting and horse accidents

(Newser) - Henry VIII may be best known for having had six wives, killing two of them, and establishing the Church of England in the process. Now a behavioral neurologist at Yale is posing an explanation for the English monarch's famously erratic behavior: traumatic brain injury. (Interestingly, a 2009 documentary for... More »

This Man Owns the Only Recording of Super Bowl I

And the NFL doesn't want him showing it

(Newser) - "The first Super Bowl was always our holy grail of lost sports programs ," a curator at the Paley Center for Media tells the New York Times . Well, it's not lost anymore, having been found by Troy Haupt in the attic of his childhood home in North Carolina.... More »

One Rout, One Nail-Biter: Super Bowl Is Set

It's Carolina vs. Denver

(Newser) - It will be Carolina vs. Denver in Super Bowl 50 two weeks from now, and the teams got there in very different ways. In the night game, Cam Newton and the Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, to take the NFC championship. Carolina got out to a 17-0 lead early,... More »

College Football Player Dies After Minor Surgery

AJ Schlatter, 20, was widely hailed at Portland State

(Newser) - A freshman football player at Portland State died Sunday evening after having minor surgery—and his father says he's blaming himself. AJ Schlatter, 20, apparently suffered a blood clot after his tonsils were removed. "I failed my son tonight," his father, James Schlatter, writes on Facebook , per... More »

NFL Playoff Game Expected to Be Historically Cold

Highs are expected to be at or below 1 degree at game time

(Newser) - For those cynical fans who believe hell will freeze over before the Minnesota Vikings win a championship, your time might have finally arrived. The forecast is calling for some incredibly cold temperatures when the Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday.... More »

Brain Trauma Found in 25-Year-Old Football Player

Michael Keck, now deceased, suffered his first football concussion at age 8

(Newser) - Before he died of a heart condition at age 25, Michael Keck told his wife that he wanted to donate his brain to Boston University. The former football player thought he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), NBC News reports, the degenerative brain disorder caused by repeated blows to the head... More »

Vikings' Suit: Wells Fargo Is Photo-Bombing Our New Stadium

Team says bank is trying to sneak extra exposure with mounted, lit signage

(Newser) - In 2014, Wells Fargo agreed it wouldn't use mounted, illuminated rooftop signs on its two 17-story office towers that flank the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium in Minneapolis, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Instead, it would use two 56-foot signs painted flat on the roof, with no illumination, the Pioneer ... More »

Ex-NFLer at Stadium With 'Starving' Sign Gets Signed

Joe Anderson's viral image worked

(Newser) - Joe Anderson was starving (for success) and hungry (for a job playing football), so he stood outside the Houston Texans' stadium with a cardboard sign for a few days six weeks ago, ESPN reports—and it worked. "Not homeless ... but STARVING for success," read the sign, which went... More »

We Need to Ban Kids From Playing Football: CTE Doc

So says Bennet Omalu, who identified CTE

(Newser) - It's time that we banned our children from playing football, just as we already protect them from other things we know to be harmful. That's the word from Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first person to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE , a disease known to affect football players... More »

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