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For all of the ridiculous ripping he took this past season and all of the pundits weighing in on Jadeveon Clowney's varied perceived slipups, the young man is still primed to be ...(full article)

No prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft has been scrutinized more or longer than Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback you either love or hate if you're a general manager, scout or...(full article)

The release of the 2014 NFL schedule is still at least a few days away, but the new season really begins next week, when every team will be back together for the start of offseas...(full article)

To dominate the game with the football in your hand is a wondrous achievement. But to put down the ball and dominate the game with the pen in your hand is almost unthinkable. Was...(full article)

In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in ...(full article)

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