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111 Dead NFL Players' Brains Were Studied; 110 Had CTE

But report based on a sample of players who might not represent all players

(Newser) - Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college, and even high school. It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE , a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. CTE was diagnosed in 177... More »

NFL Player Takes 500-Mile Uber Ride to Get to Practice

The damage: a $632 fare and $300 tip

(Newser) - This is the story of two men ridiculously committed to their respective jobs. On Sunday, Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright's flight was late getting into Chicago and he missed his connecting flight to New York, the Buffalo News reports. Wright had to be in Buffalo for (voluntary) practice by... More »

'Iconic' Voice Returning to Monday Night Football

But not everyone is excited to see Hank Williams Jr. in ESPN fold again

(Newser) - "Are you ready for some football," with the singer whose "iconic" voice left Monday Night Football six years ago? The Tennessean reports that Hank Williams Jr. has returned to ESPN's good graces, with his signature opening and music video for a reworked "All My Rowdy... More »

Gisele Interview Leads to Brady Concussion 'Cover-Up' Rumors

Patriot quarterback's wife said he's had many concussions, even one last year

(Newser) - Gisele Bundchen says her husband, NFL quarterback Tom Brady, has a history of concussions and even suffered one last year, though such an injury was never reported by the New England Patriots. While appearing on CBS This Morning to discuss climate change, Bundchen touched on Brady's plant-based diet before... More »

Woman Will Call NFL Game for 1st Time in 3 Decades

ESPN's Beth Mowins will do the honors this September

(Newser) - ESPN has tapped Beth Mowins to call the second part of a season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader in September, making her the first woman to do play-by-play duties on an NFL game in 30 years, the AP reports. The network says Mowins will team with former NFL Coach Rex Ryan... More »

Report: Hernandez Died With Bible Verse on Forehead

He may have smoked synthetic marijuana before death

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez had a Bible verse scrawled on his forehead when he was found hanged in his prison cell early Wednesday, sources tell WBZ . The sources say the former NFL star had the words "John 3:16" on his forehead, along with red marks on his hands and feet.... More »

Ex-NFL Player Accidentally Kills Daughter, 3

Police say Todd Heap hit girl with truck

(Newser) - Tragedy for Todd Heap: Police say the former NFL tight end accidentally killed his 3-year-old daughter while moving a truck outside his home in Mesa, Arizona, ESPN reports. Police say they were told the girl was on the driveway outside the home Friday afternoon when Heap hit her while moving... More »

Aaron Hernandez Acquitted in 2012 Double Murder

But the former NFL star is still serving life without parole for another murder

(Newser) - Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty Friday of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, Reuters reports. But that doesn't mean the ex-New England Patriot is going to be a free man any time soon. Hernandez is currently serving life without parole for murdering... More »

Jerry Jones Has a Smart Idea About Pot and NFL

Analysis: Cowboys owner wants the league to let players use it, and that could save lives

(Newser) - When NFL owners got together last month, the Cowboys' Jerry Jones floated a provocative idea, reports NBC Sports . He suggested the league lift its prohibition on marijuana and let players indulge. If the league is smart, it will listen, writes Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post . Jones may be worried... More »

Report: Tony Romo Leaving NFL for New Gig

Networks eying QB as an analyst

(Newser) - Sidelined for all but five games over the past two NFL seasons, Tony Romo is opting for retirement, reports ESPN . Insiders say the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is expected to retire from football Tuesday with plans to pursue a broadcasting career. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the news, per NFL.... More »

It's Official: the Raiders Are Moving to Las Vegas

2020 move approved by NFL owners

(Newser) - The Oakland Raiders will soon be the Las Vegas Raiders. The football team's move to Sin City was approved in a 31-1 vote of NFL owners Monday, Sports Illustrated reports. Miami was the only city to oppose the move, which will take place in 2020. "The Raiders were... More »

Tom Brady's Missing Super Bowl Jersey Found

NFL believes someone posing as international journalist stole it

(Newser) - Jerseygate is over: Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found, Fox Sports reports. The jersey, which went missing from the locker room after the Patriots won the big game, was valued at $500,000. In a series of tweets, Fox Sports' NFL Insider Jay Glazer reveals that... More »

Report: NFL Teams Broke Federal Law on Painkillers

'Don’t worry, I’m pretty good at keeping them off the trail!'

(Newser) - The Washington Post is out with a damning report on the use of prescription painkillers in the NFL, asserting that teams have for years broken federal laws regarding how the drugs are dispensed and tracked. The story by Rick Maese, based on sealed court documents from a lawsuit by former... More »

Colin Kaepernick's Days of Kneeling for Anthem Are Over

The quarterback says he'll be standing next season

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick is declaring victory and ending his protest of the national anthem, ESPN reports. After kneeling for the anthem during every game of 2016, the quarterback says he'll stand during the 2017 NFL season. According to USA Today , Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police brutality and racial inequality.... More »

Super Bowl LI to Go From Small to Big Screen

Book, movie will recount Patriots' comeback win: report

(Newser) - Super Bowl LI was one for the ages—and also one destined for the big screen, apparently. Deadline reports an upcoming book and film will recount the New England Patriots' remarkable comeback win in overtime with a focus on quarterback Tom Brady, who's now won more Super Bowls than... More »

2 Patriots Skipping Visit to White House

'I don't feel accepted' in Trump's White House, McCourty says

(Newser) - New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty says he "doesn't feel accepted" in the White House with Donald Trump as president and that he'll be skipping the team's ceremonial visit following their stunning Super Bowl win . "With the president having so many strong opinions and... 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 »

After 2 Blowouts, the Super Bowl Is Set

Patriots will play the Falcons on Feb. 5

(Newser) - It's the Patriots vs. the Falcons in this year's Super Bowl. Tom Brady and New England easily beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36 to 17, while Atlanta routed the Green Bay Packers, 44-21. The championship game will be played Feb. 5 in Houston. In the New England game, the... More »

A Former Football Star Blames Hits for Dementia

'I led with my head all the time,' says Mark Gastineau

(Newser) - A former big-name player in the NFL is blaming football for leaving him with serious brain-related health issues. In a phone call to WOR radio in New York, ex-Jets star Mark Gastineau revealed a disturbing diagnosis from a year ago, reports ESPN . "When my results came back, I had... More »

Oakland Raiders Apply for Las Vegas Move

NFL owners are likely to vote on the relocation in March

(Newser) - The Black Hole just got one step closer to Sin City. The Los Angeles Times reports the Oakland Raiders have officially filed their application to relocate to Las Vegas. The application will be reviewed in the next few weeks and will likely be voted on in March. Twenty-four of the... More »

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