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Baltimore Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson Dead at 26
Baltimore Ravens'
Jaylon Ferguson
Dead at 26

Baltimore Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson Dead at 26

He leaves behind 3 children under the age of 5

(Newser) - Another NFLer is gone too early . Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26, the team announced Wednesday. "He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we...

Former Cowboys Star Marion Barber Dead at 38
Former Cowboys Star
Marion Barber Dead at 38

Former Cowboys Star Marion Barber Dead at 38

Ex-NFL running back said to have been 'down and out bad'

(Newser) - Former NFL running back Marion Barber III, a 2007 Pro Bowler who racked up an impressive 47 rushing touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys, has been found dead. The body of the 38-year-old was discovered Wednesday in an apartment he was thought to be leasing in Frisco, Texas, NPR reports. Police...

NFL Player Jeff Gladney Dead in Car Crash

Arizona Cardinals cornerback was killed along with unnamed female in car

(Newser) - Jeff Gladney had just recently signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, but now the 25-year-old NFL cornerback is gone before his time. Gladney and an unnamed female died early Monday in a car crash in Dallas, WFAA reports. Police responded to the downtown scene around 2:30am; they...

5 Years After His Last Game, Kaepernick Works Out With NFL Team

Sources say he worked out with Las Vegas Raiders Wednesday

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick worked out with the Las Vegas Raiders Wednesday, his first NFL workout since being "exiled" from the league in 2016 amid the anthem-kneeling controversy, sources tell USA Today and ESPN . It's been more than five years since the 34-year-old played in an NFL game; the free...

'Athletic Freak' Is First Pick in the NFL Draft

Jacksonville Jaguars go with Travon Walker

(Newser) - Placing more emphasis on pro potential than college production, the Jacksonville Jaguars chose Georgia pass rusher Travon Walker with the top pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, the AP reports. The Jaguars took the 6-foot-5, 272-pound “athletic freak” over Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson, who set a school...

'One of Most Recognizable Figures' Won't Be at NFL Draft

Mel Kiper Jr. is not vaccinated against COVID-19

(Newser) - USA Today calls Mel Kiper Jr. "one of the most recognizable figures in NFL draft media"—but the ESPN NFL draft analyst won't be attending this year, because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19. "I completely support everyone determining what's best for their individual...

NFL Linebacker Retires at 27: 'Too Many Concussions'

Arizona's Kylie Fitts missed much of last season

(Newser) - Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts won't be back next season, or any season after the that. The 27-year-old announced on Instagram that he's retiring to protect his health, reports NBC's ProFootball Talk . “Due to too many concussions and the severity of my recent one, it is...

Bad Timing on Brady's 'Last' TD Ball Won't Cost Buyer

It sold for more than $500K just hours before the star quarterback un-retired

(Newser) - Update: The unfortunate soul who bought a football at auction billed as Tom Brady's "last" touchdown pass won't have to shell out more than $500,000 after all. Hours after the winning bid was placed, Brady announced he was un-retiring and would play again. Now, CBS Sports...

NFL Owners Vote to Change Playoff OT Rules

Both sides now guaranteed to get the ball in overtime

(Newser) - It took a few years, and for many fans that probably was too long. Still, the NFL has heard the cries of "unfair" and has adjusted its overtime rules. Only for the postseason, though. The league is changing the sometimes controversial overtime rules to guarantee each side gets the...

Big College Star Is Injured, Reaction Speaks Volumes

Maybe 'someone should’ve checked on him' before moving to next drill, observer writes of David Ojabo

(Newser) - The injury itself was big news in the football world: Star Michigan linebacker David Ojabo went down with a torn Achilles while auditioning in front of NFL scouts on Friday, reports Yahoo Sports . Ojabo was expected to be a top-10 pick in the next NFL draft, but the injury might...

Falcons Player Suspended for Betting on NFL Games

Calvin Ridley defends himself on Twitter

(Newser) - For endangering the integrity of the sport by betting on games, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended by the NFL for at least the next season, the AP reports. Ridley won’t play in 2022 and there is no guarantee for the NFL future of the player...

Ex-Dolphins Coach Sues NFL for Racial Discrimination
Fired Dolphins
Coach Sues NFL

Fired Dolphins Coach Sues NFL

Brian Flores alleges racial discrimination

(Newser) - The former head coach of the Miami Dolphins is suing the NFL after his firing last month, alleging racial discrimination. Brian Flores' termination came as a surprise to many, considering his winning record with the team this season, Deadline reports. His class-action suit claims the league, which currently has just...

Steelers' Roethlisberger Retires After 18 Seasons

'Big Ben' leaving the game at 39

(Newser) - Big Ben is out. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Thursday that he's retiring after 18 seasons, reports CNN . "The time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats, and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children," the...

Antonio Brown: I Didn't Quit, I Was Fired for Injury

Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneer tells his side of the story after strange exit from Sunday's game

(Newser) - Bruce Arians, coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said Sunday he wasn't going to talk further about the bizarre exit of wide receiver Antonio Brown, both from that day's game and apparently from the team overall. "He is no longer a Buc," Arians said at the...

Antonio Brown Leaves Game Shirtless, Loses Job

Wide receiver is no longer part of Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Newser) - Antonio Brown was apparently frustrated and angry. So he walked away. From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And possibly his NFL career. The mercurial wide receiver was kicked off the Buccaneers after a bizarre, shirtless exit from the field before Tom Brady coolly led the Bucs on a 93-yard drive in...

Promising Teenage QB Dies After Surgery
Dad: Teen QB Didn't Die
of Surgery Complications

Dad: Teen QB Didn't Die of Surgery Complications

It's still not clear, though, what killed Georgia's Robbie Roper, 18

(Newser) - Update: The funeral for Georgia high schooler Robbie Roper, a promising young football star who died earlier this month, was held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, with a surprising update from his dad. Per USA Today , via Fox News , James Roper told those gathered to pay tribute to...

John Madden Dead at 85
John Madden
Dead at 85

John Madden Dead at 85

NFL legend's death was unexpected

(Newser) - John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster whose exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades, died Tuesday morning, the league said. He was 85. The NFL said he died unexpectedly and did not detail a cause, the AP reports....

Vincent Jackson Died of 'Chronic Alcohol Use'

The NFL 'gentle giant' was found dead in February at age 38

(Newser) - Vincent Jackson, the former NFL wide receiver found dead at age 38 in a hotel room in February , died of "chronic alcohol use," his autopsy found. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player had a blood-alcohol content of 0.28% when he died, and his family says they believe...

Guy Pretends to Be Patriots Player, Swindles Super Bowl Ring

Which he then sold fraudulently

(Newser) - A New Jersey man has agreed to plead guilty in a convoluted fraud scheme involving Super Bowl rings. It all started in September 2017, the year the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI, when Scott Spina, 24, sent an Instagram message to a former Patriots player who had left...

'Gentle Giant' Found Dead in Hotel Room Had CTE: Family

Vincent Jackson's loved ones have donated his brain to Boston University

(Newser) - Update: The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver found dead in a Florida hotel room in February had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, his family announced Thursday, per NBC News . Vincent Jackson, who died at the age of 38, had stage 2 CTE, widow Lindsey Jackson said in a statement....

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