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'Athletic Freak' Is First Pick in the NFL Draft

Jacksonville Jaguars go with Travon Walker

(Newser) - Placing more emphasis on pro potential than college production, the Jacksonville Jaguars chose Georgia pass rusher Travon Walker with the top pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, the AP reports. The Jaguars took the 6-foot-5, 272-pound “athletic freak” over Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson, who set a school...

'One of Most Recognizable Figures' Won't Be at NFL Draft

Mel Kiper Jr. is not vaccinated against COVID-19

(Newser) - USA Today calls Mel Kiper Jr. "one of the most recognizable figures in NFL draft media"—but the ESPN NFL draft analyst won't be attending this year, because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19. "I completely support everyone determining what's best for their individual...

NFL Linebacker Retires at 27: 'Too Many Concussions'

Arizona's Kylie Fitts missed much of last season

(Newser) - Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts won't be back next season, or any season after the that. The 27-year-old announced on Instagram that he's retiring to protect his health, reports NBC's ProFootball Talk . “Due to too many concussions and the severity of my recent one, it is...

Bad Timing on Brady's 'Last' TD Ball Won't Cost Buyer

It sold for more than $500K just hours before the star quarterback un-retired

(Newser) - Update: The unfortunate soul who bought a football at auction billed as Tom Brady's "last" touchdown pass won't have to shell out more than $500,000 after all. Hours after the winning bid was placed, Brady announced he was un-retiring and would play again. Now, CBS Sports...

Steelers Quarterback Dies After Being Hit by Truck

Dwayne Haskins, 24, starred at Ohio State

(Newser) - Dwayne Haskins, a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who starred at Ohio State—throwing 50 touchdown passes in a single season and finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting—died Saturday after being struck by a truck. He was 24. Haskins was in South Florida to train with other Steelers skill position...

Dolphins Owner Denies Big Allegation in Lawsuit
Bias Suit Against
NFL Adds 2 Coaches

Bias Suit Against NFL Adds 2 Coaches

Steve Wilks and Ray Horton have held the head job for one season between them

(Newser) - Update: Two former NFL coaches have signed on to a pending lawsuit accusing the NFL of racial discrimination in its hiring practices: Steve Wilks and Ray Horton. Wilks served as a head coach for one season for the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN reports. Lawyers said he was installed as a "...

NFL Owners Vote to Change Playoff OT Rules

Both sides now guaranteed to get the ball in overtime

(Newser) - It took a few years, and for many fans that probably was too long. Still, the NFL has heard the cries of "unfair" and has adjusted its overtime rules. Only for the postseason, though. The league is changing the sometimes controversial overtime rules to guarantee each side gets the...

NFL Unveils New Diversity Requirement

All teams required to have a female or minority offensive coach

(Newser) - NFL teams will be required to employ a "female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority" as an offensive assistant coach for the upcoming season, according to diversity efforts announced Monday during annual owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. The league will reimburse teams up to $200,...

Buffalo Taxpayers Will Pay Record Sum for NFL Stadium

$850M in public money will go to project, which will keep team in area for 30 years

(Newser) - It looks like the Bills will be playing football in Buffalo for another three decades under a new deal with some eye-popping figures. Local taxpayers will shell out $850 million toward construction of a new stadium, which Politico reports is a record sum of public money for an NFL arena....

2 NFL Teammates Have Bizarre Name Coincidence
Weird NFL Name
Coincidence Goes Viral

Weird NFL Name Coincidence Goes Viral

Tampa Bay teammates Shaq Mason and Shaq Barrett are named after the same 2 people

(Newser) - Unless you're Joe or Bob, it's probably not every day you come across someone with the same name as you. It's even rarer to come across someone named after the same person as you. But two teammates on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have that in common—and...

Big College Star Is Injured, Reaction Speaks Volumes

Maybe 'someone should’ve checked on him' before moving to next drill, observer writes of David Ojabo

(Newser) - The injury itself was big news in the football world: Star Michigan linebacker David Ojabo went down with a torn Achilles while auditioning in front of NFL scouts on Friday, reports Yahoo Sports . Ojabo was expected to be a top-10 pick in the next NFL draft, but the injury might...

John Clayton's NFL Coverage Stressed Detail
John Clayton's
NFL Coverage
Stressed Detail

John Clayton's NFL Coverage Stressed Detail

'The Professor' covered the league for newspapers, radio, and ESPN

(Newser) - John Clayton, a longtime print and broadcast NFL reporter who was inducted into the writers' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 67 and died after a brief illness, the Seattle Seahawks announced. Clayton had been a radio sideline reporter for the team for the...

Former San Francisco 49ers Parys Haralson Dead at 37
Former NFL Linebacker's
Cause of Death Revealed

Former NFL Linebacker's Cause of Death Revealed

Parys Haralson suffered a stroke at age 37

(Newser) - Update: It was a stroke that killed 37-year-old former NFL player Parys Haralson last year. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office determined that Haralson suffered a ruptured blood vessel or vessels in the brain and listed the manner of death as "natural," reports USA Today . The...

Tom Brady's Retirement From NFL Is Already Over

He announces he will be back with Tampa Bay

(Newser) - He announced his retirement, then hinted at a change of heart , and now that change of heart is official: Tom Brady will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as quarterback next season, reports . Brady himself announced the move. "These past two months I’ve realized my place...

Grand Jury: Texans QB Won't Face Criminal Charges

Masseuses have sued Deshaun Watson over allegations of sex harassment, assault

(Newser) - Update: Thanks to a grand jury decision this week, Deshaun Watson won't be indicted in Texas after lawsuits brought by nearly two dozen women who accuse him of harassment and sexual assault. ESPN reports that, for more than six hours on Friday, prosecutors from the Harris County DA's...

Woman Sues Jerry Jones, Says He's Her Father

Cowboys owner already paid a settlement to the woman's mother

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman who grew up in North Texas is suing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging he's her biological father, per the AP . Alexandra Davis says in a lawsuit filed last week in Dallas County that she was conceived from a relationship Jones had with her mother, Cynthia...

Aaron Rodgers Just Signed Biggest Deal in NFL History

Quarterback agrees to 4-year, $200M deal with the Green Bay Packers

(Newser) - Aaron Rodgers has had a controversial and downright strange year. This should make him feel better: The 38-year-old quarterback has signed a four-year, $200 million deal with the Green Bay Packers, and that $50 million-a-year clip makes him the highest paid player in NFL history, reports CBS Sports . Ian Rapoport...

Falcons Player Suspended for Betting on NFL Games

Calvin Ridley defends himself on Twitter

(Newser) - For endangering the integrity of the sport by betting on games, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended by the NFL for at least the next season, the AP reports. Ridley won’t play in 2022 and there is no guarantee for the NFL future of the player...

Aaron Rodgers Is Going Through Some Things Online

Green Bay QB gushes over ex Shailene Woodley, leaves 'cryptic' hints on NFL future

(Newser) - Aaron Rodgers and fiancee Shailene Woodley reportedly split up last week, but it seems the Green Bay Packers quarterback is still processing his feelings, and in a very public way. He also may have dropped a hint about his uncertain NFL future. Page Six reports that the 38-year-old posted an...

NFL Says It Knew Eminem Would Take a Knee

Reports before the game suggested otherwise

(Newser) - Eminem caused a social media buzz when he took a knee during the Super Bowl halftime show . It seemed to be a clear show of support for exiled QB Colin Kaepernick , and all the more interesting because of reports before the game—notably in Puck —that the NFL had...

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