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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 »

NFL Quarterback Helps Find Missing Child

Derek Carr retweeted an Amber Alert on Saturday

(Newser) - It appears something good came of Derek Carr's broken leg, which arguably cost his Oakland Raiders a win in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Instead of spending Saturday taking on the New England Patriots, the quarterback retweeted a notice about a missing Oakland toddler to his 247,... More »

NFL's Newest Head Coach Is Its Youngest Ever

Sean McVay named head coach of Los Angeles Rams on Thursday

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams' new head coach is the youngest in NFL history. CNN reports the Rams announced the hiring Sean McVay, who is all of 30 years old, on Thursday. He beats the record formerly held by Lane Kiffin, who was 31 when named head coach of the Oakland... More »

San Diego Shocker: Chargers Plan to Bolt

Sources say team is moving to Los Angeles after 56 years

(Newser) - A shocker for San Diego fans: The Chargers are planning to move to Los Angeles, saying farewell to San Diego after 56 years in the city, sources tell ESPN . Insiders say the team has scheduled a Thursday morning staff meeting in which the move will be announced. NFL commissioner Roger... More »

Pipeline Protesters Arrested After Spectacular NFL Stunt

They unfurled banner from roof truss

(Newser) - Two Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested after a stunt that left them dangling from a roof truss at US Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon during the Minnesota Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears. The pair sneaked up the truss and rappelled down at the start of the second quarter... More »

Ex-NFL Player Dies in 'Freak Accident' on Family Vacation

Keion Cole was also a well-regarded philanthropist in Baltimore

(Newser) - A former NFL player and respected Baltimore philanthropist died Thursday at the age of 39 after what his family is calling a "freak accident," the Baltimore Sun reports. The accident happened Wednesday while Keion Carpenter was playing with his son during a family vacation in Florida. "They... More »

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