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Photo: Patriots HC Bill Belichick runs a half marathon

With two weeks to go until the NFL Draft, New England Patriots supremo Bill Belichick found the time to run a half marathon in Nashville, Tennessee.  Half marathons are around 13 miles in distance. The picture below shows Belichick crossing the finish line with long term girlfriend Linda Holliday. According to the Music City Marathon website, Bellichick finished the run with an...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

USC receiver Marqise Lee visits with several teams including Patriots, Saints

US PRESSWIRE A league source revealed that University of Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee, one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, has visited with several teams. These teams are the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets. Teams such as the Jets and Panthers...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh Backs Colin Kaepernick After Incident in Miami

Colin Kaepernick has assured his fans their faith in him is not lost. (Tony Avelar/AP) According to NFL.com writer Dan Hanzus, Jim Harbaugh is sticking up for his quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  Even after the 49ers have backed out of contract negotiations with Kaepernick’s agent until the incident in Miami is resolved, Harbaugh has stated his feelings on the matter. Looking at...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Auburn still won’t let Alabama forget its victory in Iron Bowl

With one second on the clock and the game tied, Alabama misses a 57-yard field goal which is promptly returned for a touchdown by Auburn cornerback Chris Davis to win the Iron Bowl and the SEC Championship.   It was a stunning upset and allowed the Tigers to advance to the BCS National Championship game against the Florida State Seminoles. Five months after this incredible victory...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Barbara Bush Sports Shoulder Pads and Eye Black With J.J. Watt

Texans’ J.J. Watt had the privilege  of gearing up with former First Lady Barbara Bush on Friday.  She actually looks like she could possibly play on the other side of Watt on the field.  Brian Cushing appears to be looking like a green light to play this season for Houston at full health, so I doubt any contract talks will ensue between the Texans and Mrs. Bush.  Watt shared...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

‘Perfect Backup’ Earl Morrall Dies at 79

Credit: NFL.com Earl Morrall passed away on the 42nd anniversary of the day the Miami Dolphins signed him.  He recorded 161 touchdown passes in his 21 NFL seasons, but is more historically remembered for being the ‘perfect backup’ who let the Baltimore Colts and the undefeated Miami Dolphins to Super Bowls in the 1960′s-70′s. He died on Friday in Fort Lauderdale where he...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerry Rice Jr. working out with 49ers

Reed Saxon / Associated Press   This Friday the San Francisco 49ers are holding a workout for draft eligible players who grew up or went to college around the bay area. One player that will be attending the workout has a very familiar name to fans in San Francisco. Jerry Rice Jr. will be one of the 64 players participating in the workout Friday. Rice Jr. was a walk on for UCLA...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 NFL Games of 2014

(Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) Top 10 NFL Games of 2014   We take a look at the top games coming up this season. To make a game one of the “top” games to watch before knowing what is going to happen you need thick storylines, rivalry, former players facing their old teams, playoff implications, and great teams facing other great teams. We compiled a list of games we feel are...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Johnny Manziel Uses Force to Complete Passes

To be a Jedi, you need to feel, not think.  Impossible to complete a pass blindfolded?  You don’t need your eyes.  They betray you.  Obi Won and Yoda get it.  This video shows you that NFL quarterback prospect Johnny Manziel gets it too.  I’m sure you’re not going to hear your receiver shout or clap at you in a loud NFL game atmosphere, but still, the force seems strong...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. McCarron calls in sick for Titans visit

  (Micheal Conroy) This years draft is full of talent at the quarterback position, and one player that is considered by many to be a sleeper to keep an eye on is Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean McCarron missed his pre-draft visit with the Tennessee Titans due to sickness and the Titans have not rescheduled. McCarron won 3 national titles...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul McCartney to play at final concert held in Candlestick Park

AP Image Legendary British rocker Paul McCartney, best known for being a member of The Beatles, will be the headline act at the final ever concert held at Candlestick Park, the former home of the San Francisco 40ers. The news was revealed by Paul McCartney’s official website who have billed the concert as ‘Farewell To Candlestick: The Final Concert’. It’s a great send off...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL schedule released, via NFL.com

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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Sunday night flex scheduling to start in Week 5

The NFL must have taken notes from the fans last season, as the plethora of horrible Sunday night games had fans yawning all year long. That’s about to change, as flex scheduling will begin in week 5 instead of week 11 this season, ensuring quality games every Sunday night for a large majority of the 2014 campaign. A tweet from Adam Schefter comfirmed the change: Big change: Sunday...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Vernon Davis on 49ers: We must win a Super Bowl title

After making back-to-back-to-back NFC Championship games, Vernon Davis knows the 49ers must win a Super Bowl (Credit: ProFootballFocus) Over the last three seasons, the 49ers have finished 12-4, 11-4-1 and 13-3. During those three seasons, the 49ers have made back-to-back-to-back NFC Championship games, winning one of the three games. After beating the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Schedule to be Released Wednesday Night

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports At last, there will be no more speculating which day or week the NFL might release the 2014-15 NFL schedule.  You’ll need to look no further than Wednesday, April 23rd at 8 p.m Eastern on NFL Network. We already know what teams will be playing each other, but finally we’ll be able to see which games will be televised, when a team will have a short...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: 49ers show off new field

Levi’s stadium is nearly complete, and they have the field nearly ready as well. The 49ers showed off their new grass today on Twitter, and the stadium is looking pretty good. Check it out:   Field. Complete. #LevisStadium pic.twitter.com/B6c0ScI8xB — San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 21, 2014 It’s pretty good looking and looks like all systems are nearly ready for kickoff...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Georgia Tech play spring game in virtually empty stadium

Georgia Tech played their spring game on Friday evening.  Looking at the picture below, there seems to have been more people on the playing field than there were in the stands. There were 13 fumbles in the Georgia Tech spring game. Guessing that is one for every person in attendance. pic.twitter.com/sDIMXpoRhX — Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) April 19, 2014 The official attendance...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Dalton Defends Himself Against Doubters

AP Photo In a year where the Bengals emerged atop the AFC North with the Steelers, Ravens, and Browns taking a step back, quarterback Andy Dalton failed to lead his team to a playoff victory.  He also has yet to attain a new contract.  One thing Dalton does have for himself and his team despite the critics, is confidence. Dalton reported for voluntary workouts with the rest of...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 NFL Quarterback Wonderlic Test Scores (since 2000)

Photo Credit: www.cbssports.com Top 10 NFL Quarterback Wonderlic Test Scores (since 2000)   The Wonderlic Test average for an NFL football player is 20. The average for an NFL quarterback is 24. Wonderlic, inc. says that a score of 10 shows a person is literate. Below is the Top 10 known quarterback Wonderlic scores.   10. Johnny Manziel – 32   9. Aaron Rodgers – 35   8....
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens Rolando McClain Retires Again

(Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports) Rolando McClain has retired from the NFL for the second time, but this time around it’s for good.  Instead of reporting to the first day of Baltimore’s offseason workout program, McClain sent a text to ESPN.com confirming his disconnect from the game. “I gotta follow my heart.  It ain’t football.  If football made me complete I would...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Johnny Manziel completes pass to guy on jet ski

With just over two weeks to go before the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off, Johnny Manziel is taking a break from the pre-draft preparation he’s been doing over the last few months.  This includes the Scouting Combine, the Texas A&M Pro Day, and various visits with teams most recently with the Cleveland Browns. The video below doesn’t need much explanation.  Johnny Football throws...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Workout Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel had a private workout for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) The Cleveland Browns were in College Station on Saturday to conduct a private workout with Johnny Manziel, according to NFL.com’s Daniel Kim and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.  Manziel will travel to Cleveland to visit their facilities later this week and sit down with new Head...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Five potential draft day deals

We have a trade to announce… The words that bring excitement to every NFL fan, hoping their team is the one making a splash for one of the top college players in the country. The NFL draft can be incredibly difficult to foresee.  Predicting trades in this very same draft? Next to impossible.  But I’ll do my best here as I try to decipher five draft day swaps that could shake...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning Gets Paid $105,000 to Speak at OSU

Peyton Manning gets paid $105,000 for one hour of speaking (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Denver Broncos, is a five-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion who is now under investigation for misconduct while visiting the University of Alabama this past week.  While Nick Saban did not pay anything for Manning to visit, Oklahoma State University’s Speakers...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft prospect Keith Price being mentored by Russell Wilson

via ZIMBIO The big names in the NFL quarterback class for the 2014 NFL Draft include the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, AJ McCarron, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel.  These players are talked about constantly by analysts and fans. Then you have the likes of Keith Price who make up the lower echelon of quarterbacks who are not talked about much, if at all.  Price is the former starter...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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