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Roethlisberger Re-Signs, for $5M Less

Takes $5M Hit

Quarterback Takes $5M Hit

Ben Roethlisberger signs restructured deal to stay with the Steelers

(Newser) - Ben Roethlisberger has signed up for another season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, after agreeing to take one for the team. The quarterback agreed to slice his salary from $19 million to $14 million, ESPN reports, which reduces the effect on the team's salary cap by more than $15 million,...

Ex-NFL Player Agrees to 14-Year Sentence

Kellen Winslow II was convicted of rape in 2019

(Newser) - Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II agreed Friday to accept a 14-year prison sentence for raping a homeless woman and assaulting two other women, the AP reports. Winslow, 37, agreed to changes to a previous guilty plea in order to avoid a potential 18-year sentence. In 2019, Winslow was...

Vincent Jackson, Receiver for Bucs and Chargers, Dies

Former player, 38, was found dead in Florida hotel room

(Newser) - Vincent Jackson, 38, an NFL wide receiver for 12 seasons who last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016, has died. His body was found Monday in a Brandon, Florida, hotel room, sheriff's officials said, after his family had reported him missing on Wednesday. Jackson had checked in...

Schottenheimer, NFL's 'One Play at a Time' Coach, Dies

'Martyball' approach made him one of the league's winningest coaches, with 4 different teams

(Newser) - Marty Schottenheimer, an NFL coach with one of the league's best records, has died at the age of 77. Schottenheimer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014, died in hospice care on Monday in Charlotte, NC, a family spokesperson tells ESPN . The former coach of the Clevelands Brown,...

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...

Aaron Rodgers Drops Surprise Engagement Announcement

But who's he marrying?

(Newser) - After playing what's being regarded as one of the best seasons of his career, it should surprise few that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award for the third time. What surprised some was the other news he shared at Saturday'...

NFL Offers Biden All 30 Stadiums for Vaccinations

Many already have been used for coronavirus testing or voting

(Newser) - The NFL has made the 30 stadiums its teams play in available for use as mass coronavirus vaccination sites. Commissioner Roger Goodell made the offer in a letter to President Biden on Thursday. Several teams already have let their stadiums do double duty during the pandemic, CNBC reports. "We...

This Super Bowl Has an On-Field First

Sarah Thomas will be the first female referee in championship game

(Newser) - For the first time in Super Bowl history, a female referee will take to the field. Sarah Thomas, the NFL's first full-time female referee , will be one of eight officials overseeing Super Bowl LV this Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs, NPR reports....

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...

Tweaking Rooney Rule Didn't Change Much in NFL

Just 2 of 7 head coaches hired are minorities

(Newser) - The NFL expanded the Rooney Rule to give more minority candidates opportunities to become a head coach and reward teams that develop them. But more interviews didn’t equal more hirings this offseason. According to an analysis of candidates known to have interviewed for seven head coach openings this month,...

Ex-Seahawk Faces Felony Domestic Violence Charge

Team says it has cut its ties with Chad Wheeler

(Newser) - After an arrest for an attack on his girlfriend so brutal that police say he was surprised the victim was still alive, Chad Wheeler is no longer a Seattle Seahawk. The team cut its ties with the offensive tackle Wednesday after he was formally charged with offenses including first-degree domestic...

Tom Brady Is Racking Up the Incentive Pay

On top of the star quarterback's $15M base salary

(Newser) - Tom Brady won more than a ticket to the Super Bowl when Tampa Bay won the NFC Championship on Sunday: His contract includes a $500,000 bonus for the feat. And should the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl, Brady stands to collect another $500,000, ESPN reports. The star quarterback...

Buccaneers Will Face Chiefs in Super Bowl
It's Another
Super Bowl
for Tom Brady

It's Another Super Bowl for Tom Brady

Buccaneers will face Chiefs in Tampa

(Newser) - It took the Kansas City Chiefs five frustrating decades to make their second Super Bowl appearance. Now, the defending champs are headed there for the second straight year. Showing no lingering effects from his concussion, Patrick Mahomes sliced up Buffalo's secondary with ruthless efficiency Sunday night, helping the Chiefs...

7.5K Health Care Workers Will Attend Super Bowl Free

One-third of the 22K fans at the game will be invited as a thank-you

(Newser) - The NFL plans to admit 22,000 fans to watch the Super Bowl in person next month, roughly one-third of whom will be health care workers. The league announced Friday that 7,500 vaccinated health care workers will be given free tickets to the Feb. 7 championship game in Tampa...

Buffalo Bills Fans Flood Charity of Rival QB Who Got Hurt

They're giving to Blessings in a Backpack, supported by Baltimore's Lamar Jackson

(Newser) - Buffalo Bills fans might be making Saturday's playoff defeat of the Baltimore Ravens a little easier to take for the Ravens' star quarterback, Lamar Jackson. Bills fans have been donating en masse to Jackson's favorite charity, an outfit called Blessings in a Backpack , reports ESPN . As of Sunday...

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...

Only One Other Player Has Done This in an NFL Game

Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints scores 6 touchdowns

(Newser) - Alvin Kamara expects a fine for wearing a pair of Christmas-themed shoes that, as it turned out, would also be worthy of a Hall of Fame display. With a red shoe on his right foot and a green one on his left, Kamara tied an NFL record set in 1929...

Cris Collingsworth: I Didn't Mean to Insult Female Fans

Analyst apologizes for saying Pittsburgh women know their football

(Newser) - "Everybody's a fan," Chris Collingsworth said during an NFL game Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. "In particular, the ladies that I met. They have really specific questions about the game, and I'm like, 'Wow,' you’re just blown away by how strong the fans...

NFL Fines Team $500K Over Mask Violations
Saints Pay
for Maskless

Saints Pay for Maskless Celebration

New Orleans also loses a draft pick

(Newser) - "All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday—prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game," the NFL told teams on Nov. 3. On Nov. 8, the New Orleans Saints celebrated their victory over Tampa Bay without wearing masks. That...

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