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Charles Haley finally gets his day

Caption (credit: www.mysanantonio.com) The day has finally arrived for one of the most prolific defensive ends ever to play the game, Charles Haley. After being snubbed and passed by, number 94, Charles Haley, will finally take his deserved place in Canton, Ohio. Haley will finally get his gold jacket. Haley is the only man alive to hold five Super Bowl rings. He was a threat to...
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Nine free agents the Buffalo Bills should sign

Mike Iupati will be looking to cash in this free agency as one of the best guards available. (AP Photo) A couple of weeks ago I threw out five players that I did not want to see the Buffalo Bills re-sign in 2015. Now I want to share five names that would be great additions, or that I want to see back in the Bills uniform next season. This is not an official list of free agents...
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WATCH: Rob Gronkowski confuses Lipitor with Viagra on ‘Conan’ promo

Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski will square off Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX. The two recently sat down with talk-show host Conan O’Brien to film a promo and play a game of Mortal Kombat X, which is due out in April. However, the conversation took an interesting turn when Conan informed Lynch what his drug of choice is: Lipitor. Lipitor is a drug that lowers cholesterol, and the...
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Experiments prove 11 footballs can easily be deflated in 90 seconds

(Credit: wmtw.com) Finally, it seems like the hoopla surrounding DeflateGate has simmered to a dull roar for the time being. The most recent bit of news this week is that a surveillance video shows a Patriots locker room attendant disappearing into a bathroom with 24 game balls for about 90 seconds. I highly doubt this mystery man will produce a written confession, so the biggest...
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The best and worst Steelers draft picks of the last 20 years

With the NFL draft not too far away, many fans are looking forward to the biggest event of the offseason. The Steelers have long-been one of the more traditional teams in terms of how they build their roster. Normally, Pittsburgh isn’t a big player in free agency, rather, they build through the draft. That trend is expected to continue in 2015. With that in mind, let’s take a...
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The team that Jerry built

Caption (credit: www.crazygallery.info) Jerry Jones has brought respectability back to the Dallas Cowboys and their fan base. Brick by brick, Jones quietly re-laid the foundation stones that a championship team can be built upon. After having relatively quick success in the league, under the direction of Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, as a team, found themselves without...
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WATCH: Boy’s Reaction to Learning Make-A-Wish Foundation is Sending Him to Super Bowl 49

A 14-year-old boy from Olympia, Washington got the surprise of his life when he was called to the principal’s office. Daniel was receiving a phone call from his favorite Seahawks player: linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Make-A-Wish Foundation put the surprise together for Daniel who has a life-threatening medical condition. The phone call is just the beginning though. Daniel will...
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The most memorable Super Bowl media day moments

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will be surrounded by a media circus almost every day leading up to Sunday, when they take the field to compete in Super Bowl XLIX. Media day usually brings out a lot of animation in players, and there have been several unique and memorable moments that took place on media day. With SB49 upon us, let’s look back at some of the crazier...
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Video surfaces of Patriots employee disappearing with game balls for 90 seconds

Both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have denied any knowledge of tampering. (Credit: NY Daily News) Sigh. I am just as sick of “DeflateGate” as everyone else by now. But it seems like every day, some new details emerge on what happened and why 11 of the Patriots 12 game balls were deflated during their AFC title win over the Colts. Reportedly, a video has surfaced from Gillette...
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The biggest free agency busts in Steelers history

Last week, I ran down the best free agent signings in Steelers history. Unfortunately, there’s always a flipside to every story, and this is no different. While Pittsburgh has had pretty good luck with their targeted free agents, some players they brought it didn’t come close to meeting expectations. Honorable Mentions: Todd Peterson (K), Cedric Wilson (WR), Jay Riemersma (TE...
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Richard Sherman kicks off Super Bowl media week with a bang

(Credit: Fansided) Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the more outspoken NFL players when it comes to dealing with the media. He isn’t afraid to express his opinions or tell it like it is. During Seattle’s introductory press conference for Super Bowl XLIX, Sherman kicked things off in just the way you’d expect. He wasn’t happy about a particular line of...
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Video: Odell Beckham Jr. can also crush field goals

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is probably most well known for the insane catch he made against the Dallas Cowboys during their week 12 match up. But, a lot of people don’t know that Beckham can also crush field goals. During last night’s Pro Bowl warm-ups, Beckham challenged himself to see if he could hit a field goal from 46-yards out. And obviously...
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The Top 10 Steelers free agent signings of all-time

With the NFL free agency period right around the corner in March, most of Steeler Nation is curious as to what moves the team will make. Throughout history, the Steelers haven’t been big players in free agency. However, when they do venture into the market to fill a specific need, their track record is pretty good. While Pittsburgh will most likely once again focus more on the...
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Marshawn Lynch is “embarrassed” to work for the NFL

View the phantom celebration, via SB Nation Seahawks running back Marhawn Lynch is no stranger to being fined by the NFL. From refusing to speak to media, to touchdown celebrations, to the cleats he chooses to wear, Lynch has been fined, or been threatened with fines, for a laundry list of things. While most of his infractions are worthy of fines based on the rules, his most recent...
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Will the Steelers continue to let the rookies play on defense with the new scheme in 2015?

Steelers new defensive coordinator Keith Butler has already made it known that he plans to run more of a hybrid defense next season. With variations of the 3-4, 4-3, and sub-packages, a hybrid D requires a variety of players, especially in the front-seven, to play a variety of positions at any given time. One of the bigger downfalls of Dick LeBeau’s strict 3-4 zone-blitz scheme...
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Seahawks compare Russell Wilson to MLK in out-of-context tweet

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks punched their ticket to their second Super Bowl appearance in as many years. I would imagine the team was in high spirits Monday, which happened to be Martin Luther King, Jr. day. In an attempt to combine MLK day with their achievement, the Seahawks’ Twitter account tweeted something amazingly out-of-context – a picture of Russell Wilson crying...
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Deflate-Gate: The Patriots have some explaining to do

Meanwhile, at Seahawks practice…(Credit: media.philly.com) Ah, here we are smack-dab in the middle of another cheating accusation against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. This must be the 6th or 7th time they have been involved in something sketchy. Of course there’s the natural knee-jerk overreactions because the Patriots have been so good for so long. Some people...
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Fanspeak Draft Simulator: Buffalo Bills (2.0)

Last week, Sports-Kings resident Pittsburgh Steelers fan Jim Racalto introduced the Fanspeak Draft Simulator to the site and after drafting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, decided to draft for the Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately, Jim’s picks were awful (his picks can be found here). I am here to correct his mistakes. Let me know what you think of my picks in the comments and hopefully...
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The pre-combine Top 5 offensive prospects for the 2015 draft

With only 28 days until the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, for most fans of the NFL it is time to turn their attention to April’s NFL Draft. February’s combine will see certain prospects rising up the draft charts, well others will fall out of the first round or even further. So, for those that do not watch a lot of college football, who are the pre-combine top 5 offensive prospects...
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Fanspeak Draft Simulator: Pittsburgh Steelers (2.0)

Now that some college players have decided to declare for the draft or not and prospect rankings have been reordered, let’s see what happens for the Steelers in a new seven-round mock draft, courtesy of Fanspeak’s draft simulator. I have taken into account that the Steelers are looking to run more of a hybrid scheme on defense next season. (Note: Prospect rankings and big board...
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Gary Kubiak takes over Broncos

Gary Kubiak has agreed to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos, the team announced Monday. Kubiak’s deal is for four years, according to multiple reports. He spent the past season as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator. READ FULL HERE – via ESPN
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Jaguars hire Doug Marrone as assistant head coach

When Doug Marrone opted out of his contract as the Bills’ head coach at the end of the season, many league observers figured he must have had a strong indication that he was going to get another head-coaching job elsewhere. It didn’t turn out that way. READ FULL HERE – via Pro Football Talk
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Devin McCourty on deflate allegations: ‘We don’t care’

Patriots players are already excited to move on from the latest controversy. While the league continues to investigate if overly deflated footballs were used by the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC title game, making them easier to catch, kick and throw, the players are simply gearing up for the Super Bowl. READ FULL HERE – via NFL.com
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DND Mock Draft 1.0: Round 1

Unless you’re a Patriots or Seahawks fan, most of us are looking forward to the free-agency period and the NFL draft. If Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay are allowed to be called “experts” even though they are routinely way off in their predictions, I figured I can throw my hat into the ring and pump out a way-too-early mock draft. (Credit: CBS) 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus...
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Ranking The Top 5 Running Backs For 2019

If you turn the clock back to 2010, the top five running backs were Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Michael Turner, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew. Of those five, only two are still effective runners in the NFL. With the short shelf life of an NFL running back, peering into the future to decide who will be the top back in 2019 may be a difficult task. With that being said, I...
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