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NFL Player Retires in Middle of Game

Vontae Davis says he suddenly realized he 'shouldn't be out there'

(Newser) - Pro athletes often say their bodies will tell them when it's time to retire. For Vontae Davis of the Buffalo Bills, that time was in the middle of a game. The cornerback stunned teammates by abruptly retiring from the NFL at halftime Sunday, when the Bills were down 28-6... More »

High School Football Player Dies After Game

Dennis Mitchell was only 16

(Newser) - A Mississippi high school football player who collapsed on the sidelines of a game has died, the AP reports. Sophomore Dennis Mitchell, 16, collapsed on the field Friday night, news outlets reported. In a post on Byhalia High School's Facebook page Saturday, the school announced Mitchell's death and... More »

'Unjust': US Football Coach Gets 4 Years in Prison in China

Wendell Brown had been involved in 2016 bar fight; his mother calls it all a 'shakedown'

(Newser) - A Chinese court sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison Thursday for being involved in a bar fight, a punishment his lawyer and an activist call excessive. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State University in Indiana, had been teaching American football... More »

Former NFL Star May Spend Life in Prison

Kellen Winslow Jr. accused of rape and kidnapping

(Newser) - Kellen Winslow Jr. is a former NFL Pro Bowl player who was once the highest-paid tight end in the league. He's also the son of a Hall of Famer. But prosecutors say Winslow is something else now: a kidnapper, rapist, and burglar. The 34-year-old has been jailed in Vista,... More »

Sorry, Guys, Football Isn't Rocket Science

Reaction to Cam Newton's sexist remark ranging from sarcastically scathing to forgiving

(Newser) - Cam Newton has apologized for his sexist remarks to female reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, and to women in general, but the hype hasn't yet died down. "I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire... More »

Cam Newton: 'Funny' to Hear Female Reporter Talk Football

Carolina Panthers QB is taking heat for 'sexist' remark to Jourdan Rodrique

(Newser) - A question Wednesday from a female reporter brought what the Daily Dot calls a "smirk" to Carolina Panther QB Cam Newton's face and, soon after, a "wave of feminist rage," per RedState . Charlotte Observer journalist Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton about his teammate Devin Funchess, including "... More »

Boy, 14, Collapses, Dies at Football Practice

High school freshman's cause of death is not yet known

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy collapsed during a football practice held on a hot, humid Tuesday morning at a private high school in New York City and later died, police and school officials said. Dominick Bess was headed into his freshman year at Mount Saint Michaels Academy, a Catholic, all-boys prep school... More »

NFL Punter Makes Unusual Career Change

Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee will produce content for satirical Barstool Sports site

(Newser) - One of the best punters the Indianapolis Colts ever had just kicked his NFL career to the curb. At just 29, Pat McAfee has decided to walk away from the game and onto the comedy scene, a surprise he announced on live TV Wednesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. His... 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 »

Ex-NFL Player Swims 9 Miles for His Life

Rob Konrad says he fell off his fishing boat near Florida Coast

(Newser) - Imagine falling off a boat and swimming through dark, shark-infested waters for more than ten hours in search of dry land. That's what happened to former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad, who police say was fishing off the South Florida coast Wednesday when he fell off his auto-piloted boat... More »

Police: Arrest in Shooting Death of Auburn Player

14 hours later, arrest made in killing of Jakell Lenard Mitchell

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder in today's fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell, police say. The shooting took place at the same off-campus apartment complex where two former football players and a third man were slain in 2012.... More »

Too Little: NFL's $765M Concussion Deal Scrapped

She worries it's too little to cover 20K players

(Newser) - A federal judge today rejected a $765 million settlement between the NFL and players who suffered concussions, but maybe not for the reason one might think: US District Judge Anita Brody scrapped the deal on the grounds that the funds wouldn't be sufficient to cover nearly 20,000 players... More »

In Conn. Town, Echoes of Steubenville

Football players charged with assaulting 13-year-old girl

(Newser) - Two 18-year-old high school football players in Connecticut stand accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, in a case that has disturbing echoes of Steubenville . Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio are each charged with sexual assault and two other felonies; the investigation into both cases began Feb. 10, but it'... More »

NFL Player Kills Girlfriend, Self

Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs is the shooter

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend this morning and then killed himself, reports the Kansas City Star . Police say the 25-year-old linebacker shot the woman about 8am during an argument at their home—in front of her visiting mother. He then went to Arrowhead Stadium,... More »

Teen Jumped to Her Death Over Sex-Party Bullying

Felicia Garcia was tormented over night with football players: police

(Newser) - For Felicia Garcia, an oncoming train was better than another day of bullying. The long-troubled girl—a chronic runaway who lived with foster parents—jumped to her death at a packed train station on Staten Island this week because she was bullied, police say. "Kids are saying she had... More »

NFL Reaffirms 4 Players' Suspensions in Bounty Scandal

But reduced penalties for 2 Saints players

(Newser) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith today for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. Vilma will sit out the entire season and Smith's punishment stands at four games. Hargrove, a... More »

NFL's Junior Seau Dead

Standout linebacker victim of a shooting, possible suicide

(Newser) - NFL great Junior Seau has been found dead in his California home, and cops tell TMZ that they're investigating an apparent shooting, if not a suicide. The 43-year-old standout linebacker—a defensive force of nature with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots—last made headlines... More »

3 Women Call Terrell Owens a Deadbeat Dad

He hasn't paid child support, they claim in court filings

(Newser) - Terrell Owens did not have a good Friday: Not one … not two … but three women filed court papers that day alleging the NFL free agent owes them child support, the New York Post reports. Melanie Paige Smith claims he owes her a $5,000 monthly payment, while Samelia... More »

NFL Star, Actor Bubba Smith Dead at 66

Michigan State legend remembered as gentle giant

(Newser) - Towering former NFL star Bubba Smith has been found dead at his Los Angeles home. The 66-year-old defensive end, who won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts in 1971, forged a successful acting career after his playing days ended, appearing in dozens of TV shows and movies including the... More »

Ex-Footballer Faces Caning, Fraud Charges in Singapore

After overstaying visa, former FSU player in more legal trouble

(Newser) - An American citizen who faces caning in Singapore after overstaying his tourist visa has also been charged with fraud, the AP reports. The former Florida State football player was already at risk of being the first American to be caned in Singapore since 1994. Now he’s been slapped with... More »

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