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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 »

NFL Games Are Coming to Twitter

Twitter to stream 10 Thursday night games

(Newser) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shared big news in his first tweet in 18 months on Tuesday: Twitter has acquired the rights to stream 10 of 16 Thursday night NFL games this fall, games that will simultaneously air on CBS and NBC, reports Re/code . The NFL hopes to reach former cable... 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 »

Report: NFL's Concussion Research Is Heavily Flawed

And the league appears to have taken a page from the Big Tobacco playbook

(Newser) - An investigation by the New York Times has revealed that the NFL's concussion research is "far more flawed than previously known." The NFL started publishing its research—supposedly based on all concussions diagnosed by team physicians between 1996 and 2001—in 2003 and has been using it... More »

Anti-Gay Bill Could Cost Atlanta a Super Bowl

NFL warns it will look at local, state laws to make sure they're non-discriminatory

(Newser) - The Atlanta Falcons have a new stadium under construction and hopes of landing future Super Bowls, but if Georgia House Bill 757 is signed into law, the Georgia capital may never nab the big game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The so-called "Religious Freedom Bill," which would give religious... More »

NFL Official Makes Surprise Admission About CTE

It marks the first time the league has linked the game to the disease

(Newser) - It was a simple question: Is there a link between playing football and CTE? And a simple response: "The answer to that question is certainly yes." But as Steve Fainaru of ESPN reports, it marks the first time a top NFL official has acknowledged a link between the... More »

Peyton Manning to Retire

Decision to be announced Monday

(Newser) - Peyton Manning has informed the Denver Broncos he's going to retire, in a decision set to be announced Monday, a person with knowledge of the decision tells the AP. The source says the quarterback and the team were still working out details of an announcement. Chris Mortensen of ESPN... 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 »

Beyonce Backlash: 'Race-Baiting' Act Spawns a Protest

Protest planned for Feb. 16 outside NFL's NYC headquarters

(Newser) - Red Lobster may be one of Beyonce's newest fans , but her Super Bowl halftime performance—which featured Bey and entourage dressed in Black Panther-like attire dancing in an "X" shape in tribute to Malcolm X, Time notes—is being slammed as "hate speech" and is now the... 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 »

Manziel's Ex: He Said He'd 'Kill Us Both'

Colleen Crowley says quarterback hit her on Jan. 30

(Newser) - Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims the NFL quarterback forced her into a car, hit her, dragged her by the hair, and threatened to kill them both during last weekend's altercation in Dallas. Though a police report notes Colleen Crowley "was somewhat vague on the details of the assault,... 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 »

Another Legendary NFL Player Had CTE

This time it's ex-Oakland Raider and NFL MVP Ken Stabler

(Newser) - "I'm tired" were the last words an ex-NFL quarterback who died in July spoke to his family, and recent findings may now explain why his final years were such a struggle. Ken Stabler, an NFL MVP who made his name with the rambunctious Oakland Raiders in the '... More »

Last Straw? Browns Will Reportedly Dump Manziel

'Johnny Football' might be out of a job after another off-field incident

(Newser) - He started with such great promise , but it now appears that quarterback Johnny Manziel is about to flame out of his NFL job. ESPN reports that the Cleveland Browns plan to cut Manziel as soon as the new NFL year starts in March. The decision comes after yet another off-field... More »

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