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Count on Luck to Join NFL's All-Time Greats

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star

Teammates Like What They See in Geno

Ben Shpigel, New York Times

Dungy's Sin? Challenging Media Template

David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel

Cowboys Lowering Their 2014 Sights

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

As usual, Reggie Wayne stole the show Wednesday, arriving for Colts training camp in streamlined style as a passenger in Ed Carpenter's two-seat IndyCar. We are happy to report th...(full article)

Hello girls! Are you a fan of an NFL franchise? Would you like to attend a special training camp just for you? Sure! If you are the wife or mother of an NFL player, would you ...(full article)

A boisterous Jets fan spent most of his Thursday morning yelling at the players practicing in front of him. No one escaped his wrath, or his encouragement, especially not Geno Sm...(full article)

The Rams open training camp Friday and the rules of engagement regarding Michael Sam have been set. Let’s call it them the Dungy Rules. Rule No. 1 - You must be 100 percent posit...(full article)

The Cowboys have had this annoying habit in recent summers of putting talk ahead of action. All that ended Wednesday with a low-key, training camp-opening news conference with owne...(full article)

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