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The Game Was Almost Over. Then, Over the PA: 'Protect Yourselves'

4 injured, one critically, after shooting at high school football game in Mobile, Ala.

(Newser) - "Cover yourselves and protect yourselves." Those are the words that came over the PA Friday night during the fourth quarter of a high school football game in Alabama, as a shooting that took place just outside the stadium left four injured. Police rep Katrina Frazier says that gunfire...

Raiders Coach Resigns After More Comments Are Revealed

Jon Gruden allegedly used homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic language

(Newser) - Just one day after he insisted he's not racist , Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is out. Gruden resigned Monday, saying in a statement issued by the NFL team, "I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players,...

Jon Gruden Addresses Racist Remark
Jon Gruden
Racist Remark

Jon Gruden Addresses Racist Remark

Says he's apologized to DeMaurice Smith over 2011 comment

(Newser) - Jon Gruden again said he is not a racist after his Las Vegas Raiders lost their first game since the revelation of the head coach's 2011 racial remark about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith. Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” when asked about the decade-old emails following the...

Tom Brady Has Now Beaten Every NFL Team

Including his old one

(Newser) - Tom Brady brought two decades of touchdown passes, victories, and championships to New England. He returned Sunday night and reminded his former team what they’re missing. Brady rallied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 19-17 victory over the Patriots on a rainy Sunday night, with Ryan Succop hitting the...

15 Years After Murder of 'Canes Star, Teammate Is Arrested

Rashaun Jones pleads not guilty in 2006 slaying of University of Miami player Bryan Pata

(Newser) - Update: A former player on the University of Miami football team has pleaded not guilty to killing a teammate in 2006. Raushan Jones, 35, is currently charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Bryan Pata, 22, though that could eventually be bumped up to a first-degree count. Our original...

He Made History, and Maybe the Play of the Game

Carl Nassib becomes first openly gay player to play in NFL game

(Newser) - The game was going to be memorable for Carl Nassib no matter what happened, but making a huge play in overtime made it even more so. When the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end stepped on the field Monday night, he became the first openly gay player to play in a...

Concern on Stadiums: 'There Will Be Many Infected People There'

Health experts worry that college and pro football arenas offer prime conditions for further spread

(Newser) - Health experts say this fall's crowded college and professional football stadiums could create ripe conditions for COVID-19 to spread among unvaccinated fans. Many football stadiums—most of which hold from 65,000 to 100,000 fans—aren't requiring fans to wear masks or be vaccinated. The chances of...

NFL OKs These 6 Social Justice Decals for Helmets

As well as slogans to be stenciled on end zones, to support movements against racism, police brutality

(Newser) - The sports league that once outlawed kneeling during the national anthem is now attempting to pick up more of the social justice mantle. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells the New York Times that players will be able to choose from six helmet decals this season bearing one of the following...

Probe Ordered Into Mysterious Bishop Sycamore Football Team
Mysterious Football Team
Now Under Investigation
in case you missed it

Mysterious Football Team Now Under Investigation

Ohio governor calls for probe into online high school that played on national television

(Newser) - The mysterious football team whose blowout loss to Florida's IMG Academy was broadcast on ESPN is now the subject of an investigation. Bishop Sycamore is supposedly an online high school based in Columbus, Ohio, but it's not clear how it ended up on national television playing one of...

Mysterious 'High School' Team Made It Onto ESPN, Bombed

Bishop Sycamore might not be legit

(Newser) - A national ESPN broadcast featured a game between one of the best high school football teams in the country and a team no one had heard of until Sunday's matchup. Bishop Sycamore—which claims to be an online prep school based in Columbus, Ohio—has yet to record a...

Football Coaches Force Teen Who Doesn't Eat Pork to Eat Pork

Because he'd missed a voluntary practice

(Newser) - A 17-year-old who does not eat pork due to his religious beliefs as a Hebrew Israelite was allegedly forced to eat an entire pepperoni pizza by his high school football coach, who knew about those beliefs. The teen missed an optional practice due to an injury, and four days later,...

NFL to Stop 'Race-Norming'
NFL to Stop 

NFL to Stop 'Race-Norming'

Black players' claims of brain injuries will be reviewed

(Newser) - The NFL on Wednesday pledged to halt the use of “race-norming”—which assumed Black players started out with lower cognitive function—in the $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims and review past scores for any potential race bias, the AP reports. The practice made it harder for...

Tim Tebow Might Return to NFL in Position He Didn't Play

Jacksonville Jaguars may sign the 33-year-old as a tight end

(Newser) - After six years away from the NFL, Tim Tebow might be coming back—though not in the position he used to play. Sources tell ESPN , the NFL Network , and other outlets that the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to sign the 33-year-old former quarterback as a tight end. Tebow never played that...

Gronkowski Makes Record-Breaking 600-Foot Catch

He gave it the 'Gronk Spike' after catching pass from helicopter

(Newser) - Another record broken by Gronk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski set a world record for highest altitude catch at his alma mater over the weekend, CNN reports. Gronkowski—an honorary head coach at the University of Arizona's spring game—caught a football dropped from a helicopter at...

Super Bowl Underwhelmed in Another Way

The Brady-Mahomes matchup only pulled in 96.4M viewers

(Newser) - So just how many people were eager to watch veteran quarterback Tom Brady take on hungry new QB Patrick Mahomes on Super Bowl Sunday? Not a heck of a lot, relatively. Ratings for the NFL's biggest day of the year are in, and CNBC reports the matchup between the...

Most College Football Concussions Aren't During Games

The vast majority occur during practices

(Newser) - Researchers looking into concussions among college football players came away with surprisingly strong evidence to back up a key takeaway: Most concussions occur during practice, not games, reports Sports Illustrated . Related to that, a disproportionate number of concussions occur during preseason training—roughly half, even though that span accounts for...

NFL's COVID Insight Goes Beyond the Game

League discovered through extensive testing that early thinking on how it spreads was too lax

(Newser) - When the NFL decided to go ahead with its season despite the pandemic, things looked a little dicey in the early going. Outbreaks caused game postponements and other weird circumstances . So how did things smooth out and lead to this coming weekend's Super Bowl? The Wall Street Journal credits...

For First Time in 37 Years, No Super Bowl Ad From Bud
Budweiser Isn't Running
Super Bowl Ad. Instead, This

Budweiser Isn't Running Super Bowl Ad. Instead, This

Brand will use marketing dollars to boost COVID vaccine awareness in new digital commercial

(Newser) - One of the commercials people most look forward to on Super Bowl Sunday is the one from Budweiser—but this year, the Anheuser-Busch InBev brand is doing something a little different. Instead of its usual ad during the big game, it will be airing "Bigger Picture" digitally before and...

College Coach Canned for Racist Stacey Abrams Tweet

Assistant coach Chris Malone no longer with University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team

(Newser) - An assistant coach for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football team no longer has a job after penning a racist tweet voicing his frustrations over the recent results of the Georgia Senate races. ESPN reports Chris Malone was fired Thursday, with both Mocs head coach Rusty Wright and...

He's the First Football Player to Manage This Feat

Axios: Derrick Henry has run for 2K yards in the NFL, in college, and in high school

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans ran for 250 yards to end the season with 2,027 yards. That made him only the eighth player in NFL history to cross the 2,000-yard mark, reports ESPN . Impressive. Also impressive: The 27-year-old ran for more than 2,000...

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