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Mitch Petrus, Lineman on Super Bowl Champs, Dies at 32

Heatstroke kills retired player in Arkansas

(Newser) - Mitch Petrus, an offensive lineman on the New York Giants when they won the Super Bowl in 2012, died Thursday in Arkansas of heatstroke. He became ill while working outdoors at his parents' shop, CNN reports. Petrus, 32, was drinking water while working, his mother said, but did not get... More »

Improper Lane Change Cost NFL Player His Arm, Career

Still, Kendrick Norton of Miami Dolphins is grateful to be alive after July 4 crash in Miami

(Newser) - A young Miami Dolphins player lost his left arm after a July 4 car accident in Miami—and now police are laying blame for the crash on him. Citing a Florida Highway Patrol accident file seen by ESPN , USA Today reports that 22-year-old defensive tackle Kendrick Norton received a citation... More »

NFL Player Loses Arm in Car Crash

Kendrick Norton is in critical condition in Miami

(Newser) - A car accident Thursday has left Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton in critical condition in Miami. Paramedics had to amputate his left arm to remove him from the vehicle, the Sun Sentinel reports. Norton, 22, is expected to survive; his agent said he suffered multiple injuries. The Highway Patrol report... More »

Super Bowl MVP Charged With Domestic Violence

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien is accused

(Newser) - Former Super Bowl hero Mark Rypien has been arrested in Washington state on suspicion of domestic violence, per the AP . Police say Rypien faces a charge of fourth-degree assault. The 56-year-old was processed at the Spokane County Jail around 6:30pm Sunday and was awaiting a court appearance Monday. Rypien... More »

Carrie Underwood Gets Sued Over Football Theme

Another songwriter, Heidi Merrill, says 'Game On' was ripped off from her

(Newser) - Singer Heidi Merrill says she wrote Game On, with the help of three other songwriters, in 2016 and took it to Carrie Underwood's producer. He wasn't interested. Two years later, Merrill says in a new lawsuit, a similar song of the same title played during the opening of... More »

Jury 'Hopelessly Deadlocked' in Winslow Trial

Mistrial declared on remaining 2 rape charges

(Newser) - A California judge declared a mistrial Tuesday on the remaining charges against former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. after a jury convicted him of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman but could not break a deadlock over two counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen. Prosecutors did... More »

Former NFL Star Convicted of Raping Homeless Woman

Kellen Winslow Jr. could face life in prison

(Newser) - Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. has been convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year in his picturesque California beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego. A jury returned the verdict Monday in San Diego Superior Court in Vista but was expected to continue deliberating on two... More »

NFL Star Is Missing $500K in Jewelry and 2 Girlfriends

Le'Veon Bell tells police women stole the loot while he was at the gym

(Newser) - New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell is missing an estimated $520,000 in jewelry, and he told police that "both of his girlfriends" are the culprits, according to the police report . Bell claims the women stole the jewelry from his South Florida home while he was at... More »

Packers Great Bart Starr Dies

Quarterback led Green Bay to two Super Bowl victories

(Newser) - Bart Starr, the gentlemanly quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi's powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s whose sneak won the famed "Ice Bowl" in 1967, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Starr's death Sunday, citing his family, the AP reports. He had been... More »

Pay Up or I'll 'Kill All You All,' Relative Allegedly Told NFL Star

Tyrann Mathieu signed new deal, then came the extortion attempt

(Newser) - NFL star Tyrann Mathieu has been dealing with extortion attempts and death threats—allegedly from a member of his own family. The defensive back, who signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in March, received a phone call the next month from a distant relative in... More »

Trial Begins for Former NFL Star Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - From 2004 to 2013, Kellen Winslow Jr. was an NFL star, raking in $40 million over the course of his career—during which, at one point, he was the highest-paid tight end in the league. Now, the 35-year-old is on trial, accused of being a serial rapist . His father, San... More »

NFL Draft Pick Shot Hours After Being Selected

Corey Ballentine was wounded and teammate Dwane Simmons killed in a shooting

(Newser) - Corey Ballentine was thrilled to hear the New York Giants were drafting him. Only hours later, he and a college teammate were shot on the streets of Topeka, Kansas, WIBW reports. Ballentine, 23, is expected to recover, but Dwane Simmons, 23, died on the scene. Police say no arrests have... More »

Team Owner Is 'Deeply Disturbed' by Recording

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt reacts to audio of Tyreek Hill

(Newser) - Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was "deeply disturbed" by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing injuries to his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The most visible face of the Chiefs' ownership family, Hunt spoke briefly with reporters... More »

Kraft's Reported Convo With Cop Who Stopped Him: Dolphins

As in Miami team, which prosecutors say 'polite' Kraft mentioned while showing Super Bowl ring

(Newser) - What do you do when you're pulled over by the cops after leaving a day spa where you allegedly paid for sex? If the latest reports on Robert Kraft are accurate, you talk football and show off your Super Bowl ring. That's according to Florida prosecutors cited by... More »

'Daddy Did It': NFL Player Suspended After Tape Airs

Kansas City Chief Tyreek Hill's fiancee allegedly accuses him of child abuse

(Newser) - A wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended after a local news station got its hands on a recording that suggests domestic violence involving a young child. The Kansas City Star reports on an 11-minute audio file sent to KCTV5 that appears to contain a conversation between... More »

This Year's No. 1 NFL Pick Makes History

Kyler Murray was a first-round MLB pick last year

(Newser) - Baseball's loss is the Arizona Cardinals' gain: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, making him the first athlete ever to be selected in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts, USA Today reports. Murray was the No.... More »

Wife of NFL QB Had Lucky Break During Brain Surgery

It relates to an 'abnormal vein'

(Newser) - An "abnormal vein" threw a kink into Kelly Stafford's brain surgery Wednesday, stretching the procedure from an expected six hours to 12, but thanks to a neurosurgeon, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is now in recovery mode, per the Detroit Free Press . "Now I... More »

Ex-NFL Player Charged in Death of Girl 'Afraid to Go Home'

Former NFL player Cierre Wood held without bail in death of his girlfriend's daughter

(Newser) - A former NFL player and Notre Dame star is accused of murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Cierre Wood, 28, was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse, along with the girl's mother, Amy Taylor, 25, who has since posted $5,... More »

Robert Kraft Asks for Jury Trial

New England Patriots owner reaffirms not guilty plea, waives arraignment

(Newser) - Looks like Robert Kraft is going to trial. The New England Patriots owner has waived his right to an arraignment and requested a jury trial in his prostitution case, according to court documents filed Tuesday and obtained by CNN . Kraft, 77, pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting... More »

'Gronk' Calls It Quits at 29

'It was an honor,' says Tom Brady

(Newser) - After nine seasons, three Super Bowl victories, and several broken records, Rob Gronkowski is calling time on his NFL career a few months before his 30th birthday. The New England Patriots tight end announced his retirement in an Instagram post Sunday, WCVB reports. "I will be retiring from the... More »

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