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Todd Gurley was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015. He was named the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year Saturday.

The Rams running back, who led the NFL with 2,093 yards from scrimmage, was announced as the winner at the NFL Honors show in Minneapolis.

Moss, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher were elected in their first year of eligibility.

Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, former Packers guard Jerry Kramer, former Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile, and former executive Bobby Beathard join Lewis, Moss, Owens and Urlacher in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

The 2018 class will officially be inducted in Canton on Aug. 4.

The Players Coalition, meanwhile, showed large splits in philosophy and strategy, according to a detailed report from The Undefeated before the Super Bowl. The fates of some players who continued to protest could be in jeopardy; the 49ers’ Eric Reid has said he would not be surprised if he goes unsigned in free agency, and Michael Bennett could possibly see the same if the Seahawks release him for age or cap reasons.

Meanwhile, in the offseason after a backup quarterback, Nick Foles, won a Super Bowl after beating former backup Case Keenum in the NFC title game, Kaepernick is a long shot to get signed again. His collusion grievance is still pending, and there are sure to be fireworks as that evolves.

The Eagles’ win should have proven to everybody that there’s nothing for teams, the league or the fans to fear from a social consciousness — and that maybe there’s something to embrace, for the good of the sport and of the nation.

Take the 2013 NFL Draft. Though the previous year produced some first-round flops, the 2012 draft still produced its share of stars: Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman. But not the 2013 draft. The best player it has produced is second-round pick Le’Veon Bell. Several first-round picks already are absolute busts. Some picks have proven to be solid, even Pro Bowlers. But they’re not stars, and the vast majority are ho-hum.

It may have been only four years ago, but we’re pretty confident in calling the 2013 NFL Draft the worst of the past 25 years. Just take a look at each of the first-round picks and you’ll see why.

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Now that gritty-in-pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month has ended, the NFL’s sensitivities might turn toward a charity-should-begin-at-home cause. It can concentrate on a disease it has long misdiagnosed or left untreated to the point it’s now a Code Blue.
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The NFL, plainly put, is being overwhelmed by creeps and criminals. Rosters are resplendent with bad guys, including three different murder-by-NFL-player cases since last season. Almost all of these creeps and criminals arrive directly from American colleges and universities.

He appeared to be the only 49ers player to do so though at least four teammates — Marquise Goodwin, Tim Hightower, Dontae Johnson and Eli Harold — stood while putting their hands on Reid’s shoulder as a show of support.
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As recently as two weeks ago, Reid said he had no plans to take a knee again in 2017, even despite the recent violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It doesn’t change my plans [to not take a knee], Reid said at the time, via’s Eric Branch. It’s important to discuss the issues that we have in our country. I think it’s becoming more and more apparent. Maybe people didn’t see what the black community saw when me and Colin were doing our protests, and other players were doing (their) protests, last year. I think it’s more apparent now after this past weekend.

Not long after that, Jackson admitted to Oprah Winfrey that while Timberlake had reached out to her, she wasn’t ready to reply.

Friendship is very important to me, and certain things you just don’t do to friends, she said. In my own time, I’ll give him a call.

When Winfrey asked if Timberlake had left [her] out there hanging, Jackson replied, To a certain degree. She added that all the blame had been put on me, as opposed to us.

Coincidentally or not, no women appeared again at the halftime show until 2011 when the Black Eyed Peas 锟斤拷 including Fergie 锟斤拷 took the stage.

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Aaron Hernandez was included in the run-up to the Super Bowl.
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The former tight end, who killed himself in April while serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was remembered in the video tribute at U.S. Bank Stadium before Sunday’s game, when the league ran salutes to those the NFL lost in the past year.

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Coming back from a Super Bowl loss is never easy. Coming back from that Super Bowl loss could be particularly problematic. And the exit of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also could be a significant issue, even with his questionable play-calling while the Falcons were squandering their second-half lead against the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

That was largely the case until President Trump denounced players who took a knee during the anthem. Since then, the protests 锟斤拷 which players say are statements against racial inequality and police brutality toward minorities 锟斤拷 have only grown.

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Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership, Schnatter said. NFL Authentic Wilson Ramos Jersey leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.

On Sunday, for example, the vast majority of the Houston Texans took a knee during the anthem in response to the team’s owner, Bob McNair, saying, We can’t have the inmates running the prison, during a meeting with fellow owners about the protests.

Papa John’s, which has had a sponsorship deal with the league since 2010, has pulled some of its ads because of the protest, executives said. In response, the NFL gave the pizza company ad space in the future.

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The NFL has been criticized repeatedly in recent years for how it has handled domestic violence committed by its players. It went on the offensive for an accuser Wednesday, blasting the NFLPA for its involvement in the Ezekiel Elliott case.
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Less than 90 minutes later, the NFLPA responded with a strongly-worded statement of its own.

The public statement issued on behalf of every NFL owner is a lie, the NFLPA said in a statement. The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in the statement. We know the League office has a history of being exposed for its lack of credibility. This is another example of the NFL’s hypocrisy on display and an attempt to create a sideshow to distract from their own failings with such serious issues. They should be ashamed for stooping to new lows.

After the NFL statement was released, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, who first reported on the sex tape blackmail, tweeted that his reporting came from the NFL’s report on Wilt Chamberlain Youth jersey the discipline decision.

Elliott will appeal his case to Harold Henderson, who was appointed arbiter by commissioner Roger Goodell, according to ESPN.

The NFL suspended Elliott on Friday after a 13-month investigation following Thompson’s accusations, which included her posting images of her bruised body on Instagram.

TNT, with 16 NBA telecasts to date, said its average is up 25 percent, to 2.1 million viewers. Even NBA TV, with 41 telecasts, is up 25 percent, to 365,000.

The averages, taken collectively, make for the hottest start since the 2010-11 season 锟斤拷 the year LeBron James abandoned the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.

Central to the NBA’s rise is its success in focusing the league’s many dramas on the game itself 锟斤拷 an area where the NFL has failed miserably, experts say.

NBA stars don’t wear helmets, so fans think they know them better by watching their features and their gestures, said Ben Sturner, president of sports marketer Leverage Agency. This sense of familiarity plays really well with the social media set.

Meanwhile, the NFL is being penalized for a lack of focus, according to Sturner.

Its story lines these days encompass a panoramic sweep of protest rights, brain-damage risks, squabbling owners, media oversaturation, even subpar play.

You don’t get any of that at basketball games, Sturner said. You just get action.

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It’s not that the Browns didn’t get good players.

They did. But they were supposed to get good players with those picks. Does the “Moneyball” approach to football say that it doesn’t pay to get a quarterback?

The anthem for the 1 p.m. games was shown by CBS, but not by Fox, which reverted to the usual practice of selling that time to advertisers on the regional broadcasts. The anthem is typically only shown on telecasts on the Thursday night kickoff game and before the Super Bowl.

“As is standard procedure, regionalized coverage of NFL games airing on Fox this Sunday will not show the national anthem live; however, our cameras are always rolling and we will document the response of players and coaches on the field,” Fox said in a statement.

President Trump had tweeted at NFL players about the anthem, writing Saturday night: “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!”

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Although defense across the board is a huge need, the Sooners also needed to secure a future replacement for unanimous All-American left tackle Orlando Brown, who left early for the NFL draft. OU did just that in signing Brey Walker from its own backyard. The product of Moore, Oklahoma, just a few miles from Norman, is the No. 5 tackle recruit in the country. At 6-foot-7, 330 pounds, he already has the frame to become OU’s next big-time blindside protector. — Jake Trotterchargers_043

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Fairly or unfairly, the 62-year old Simms became as much of a target for online ridicule as mistake-prone rules analyst Mike Carey. Like a good soldier, Simms has adjusted to his new role on The NFL Today, showing off a nice sense of humor. After calling 250 games and multiple Super Bowls with Simms, Nantz has nothing but respect for his old partner.
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This was a big leap of faith for Tony, said Nantz. The fact that he’s had a good time, more than a good time, I know he’s had a great time, and enjoyed every part of the process, I take a lot of satisfaction out of that. I really do.

If this Super Bowl happens, we should probably just go ahead and assume that Tom Brady and Drew Brees are both going to play until they’re 70. The two quarterbacks have a combined age of 79, which would easily give them the highest combined ago of any two quarterbacks who have played against each other in a Super Bowl. (The record is currently 71. Also, Brees is 38, but turns 39 on January 15). Brady and Brees dueling it out on the NFL’s biggest stage would be must-see TV. The only reason this game isn’t one or two spots higher is because these the Saints got dominated 36-20 by the Patriots in New Orleans back in Week 2.

The Vikings could exorcise a lot of demons if they get to play the Steelers in the Super Bowl. For one, they’d get a chance to avenge their ugliest loss of the season. Back in Week 2, the Steelers handed the Vikings a 26-9 beatdown, which came in Case Keenum’s first start of the year.

And yet Cousins’ heroics nearly never happened. Even after the Pelicans’ Jermey Parnell Jersey stunning 23-4 run in the last five minutes of regulation gave them a 114-112 lead on Davis’ free throws with 3.2 seconds left, Chicago’s Justin Holiday was fouled by Darius Miller attempting a 3-pointer in the final second of the period.

But you remember I told you last week, he threw Crowder into a headache, Smith said. So Crowder was remembering, ‘Hey, you set me up last time, so now I think you may be doing that again.’ I’m telling you what’s going on, and it cost them.

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