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He Declined a Deal Last Year. It Just Paid Off

Receiver Justin Jefferson signs $140M deal with Vikings, making him highest-paid non-QB ever

(Newser) - Justin Jefferson is an NFL wide receiver who's now making star-quarterback money. The 24-year-old just signed a four-year deal to stay with the Minnesota Vikings for $140 million, making him the highest-paid nonquarterback in league history, reports . As ESPN notes, Jefferson declined a lucrative contract renewal at...

Chiefs Kicker to Female Grads: Best Job Title Is 'Homemaker'
Butker Doubles Down:
I Only Answer to Jesus

Butker Doubles Down: I Only Answer to Jesus

Kansas City Chiefs kicker doesn't back down from controversial remarks from commencement speech

(Newser) - Harrison Butker showed up Friday in public for the first time since his controversial commencement speech at Benedictine College earlier this month, with "zero regret" on those previous remarks, per Fox News . "I lean on those closest to me for guidance, but I can never forget that it...

NFL Gives Green Light to Guardian Caps in Games

League won't mandate soft-shell helmet covering in games, but players can wear if they want to

(Newser) - The NFL announced Friday it will allow players to wear protective soft-shell helmet covers known as Guardian Caps during games next season if they choose. The league is also expanding the use of the devices during practices. Defensive backs and receivers have joined the position groups now required to wear...

Reggie Bush Gets His Heisman Trophy Back

Heisman Trophy Trust says it 'considered the enormous changes in college athletics'

(Newser) - Reggie Bush is the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner for the second time in his life. The Heisman Trophy Trust on Wednesday announced he would be getting his Heisman Trophy back, more than a decade after Bush returned the award following an NCAA investigation that determined he received improper benefits...

'Role Model' College Star Dies Week Before NFL Draft

UAlbany lineman AJ Simon had hopes of making it to the big leagues

(Newser) - In December, Amitral "AJ" Simon Jr. excitedly announced his "momentous decision" to enter the 2024 NFL draft. Now, just a week away from that event in Detroit, the former University at Albany defensive lineman has died at the age of 25, reports People . UAlbany's football team tweeted...

Former NFL Player Vontae Davis Dead at 35
Ex-NFL Player
Who Retired
at Halftime
Dead at 35

Ex-NFL Player Who Retired at Halftime Dead at 35

Pro-Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis found dead at his Florida residence; foul play not suspected

(Newser) - Former Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis was found dead in his South Florida home on Monday, but police say no foul play is suspected. Police in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Davie said they responded to a medical emergency at Davis' home Monday morning, but the 35-year-old...

Ex-NFLer Accused of 'Gruesome' Acts Turns Himself In

Former Lions cornerback Cameron Sutton had evaded a domestic violence warrant for weeks

(Newser) - Cameron Sutton has turned himself in, ending a weekslong search for the former NFL defensive back who was wanted on a domestic violence warrant. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced the 29-year-old Sutton arrived at a jail in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday night, nearly a week after it said...

Taylor Swift Isn't the Only One Who Made Travis Kelce Famous

'NYT' profiles football player's managers, twin brothers who plotted to put their client on the map

(Newser) - Travis Kelce didn't earn his own Newser tag until he started dating Taylor Swift, but there was apparently a plan in place to propel the Kansas City Chiefs tight end to stardom way before that romance—a plan that would make him potentially "as famous as the Rock....

Giants QB Lauded for 'Making It Right' After Pizzeria's Complaint

Tommy DeVito appeared free of charge at NJ eatery that claimed he canceled after doubling fee

(Newser) - Tommy DeVito has become somewhat of a sensation after making his NFL debut in October, as has his stylish agent Sean Stellato , but the New York Giants quarterback was faced with some negative coverage this week involving a pizzeria in New Jersey. ESPN reports that the 25-year-old had been set...

Both Sides Drop Lawsuits in Bills' Ex-Punter Rape Allegation

Plaintiff drops complaint against Matt Araiza; his attorneys say he plans to return to NFL

(Newser) - A lawsuit against former Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza accusing him of sexual assault has been dropped. Per TMZ , the civil complaint had alleged the now-23-year-old free agent, along with two of his teammates at San Diego State, had raped a 17-year-old at a 2021 off-campus Halloween party in Southern...

Bills Player on Shoving Fan: 'Emotions Boiled Over'

Pass rusher Shaq Lawson offers apology after scuffle with fan he says taunted players' families

(Newser) - Buffalo Bills pass rusher Shaq Lawson apologized Monday for shoving a Philadelphia Eagles fan behind the team's bench after alleging the person was making threatening remarks about players and their families. Lawson posted his apology on his Instagram account a day after a video showed him and five defensive...

Taylor Swift Isn't Only One in the Relationship With a No. 1 Song

Turns out boyfriend Travis Kelce can also carry a tune, as heard on Christmas tune with brother Jason

(Newser) - Watch out, Taylor Swift— your new man can apparently sing. The BBC reports that a Christmas song recorded by Travis Kelce, tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, along with his older brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, shot to the No. 1 spot on Apple's iTunes, just hours...

After Scary Deja Vu Moment in Buffalo, Good News

Damien Harris of the Bills has full movement after being taken off the field in ambulance

(Newser) - For NFL fans—and Buffalo Bills fans in particular—Sunday night's game brought an unwelcome feeling of deja vu. Bills running back Damien Harris lay on the field for several minutes after a hit and had to be taken away in an ambulance, reports the AP . That ambulance happened...

Former NFL Pro Bowler Killed in Plane Crash
Former NFL Pro Bowler
Killed in Plane Crash

Former NFL Pro Bowler Killed in Plane Crash

Russ Francis was a star for the Patriots and 49ers

(Newser) - A familiar name from the football field in the 1970s and '80s has died in a plane crash. Russ Francis, 70, was one of two people killed Sunday in the crash of a small plane at Lake Placid Airport in New York state, reports the Adirondack Daily Enterprise . Francis...

Judge: Blind Side Deal Never Should Have Happened

She ends conservatorship that let Sean, Leigh Anne Tuohy control football player's finances

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge said Friday she's ending a conservatorship agreement between former NFL player Michael Oher and a Memphis couple who took him in when he was in high school, but the highly publicized dispute over financial issues will continue. Shelby County Probate Court Judge Kathleen Gomes said she'...

A Woman Makes a Little College Football History

Haley Van Voorhis, safety for Shenandoah University, is the first female non-kicker to suit up

(Newser) - Haley Van Voorhis is a college student majoring in business and, save for one thing, just a typical woman at Virginia's Shenandoah University: The 5-foot-6, 145-pound junior took the field on Saturday as a safety, and in so doing became the NCAA's first-ever football player to do so...

'Coach Prime' Might Just Be the Biggest Story in Sports
He Might Be the Biggest
Story in Sports Right Now
the rundown

He Might Be the Biggest Story in Sports Right Now

'Coach Prime' Deion Sanders has transformed the University of Colorado football program

(Newser) - Even less-than-casual sports fans are likely to remember the name of Deion Sanders from his days in the NFL. These days, the Hall of Famer is coaching college football, and some remarkable descriptions are being thrown around about the man who calls himself "Coach Prime." Coverage:
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NFL Player Slams Racist Messages: 'This Is Sick'

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison was hit with 'disgusting' comments after loss to Eagles

(Newser) - The Minnesota Vikings didn't have a great game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles, losing to the East Coast team 34-28, but the night proved even worse for Vikings running back Alexander Mattison, a Black player who says he received a series of racist messages and other disturbing comments after...

Bills Player Who Collapsed Set for Saturday's Game

Buffalo's Damar Hamlin to play in season opener, his first competition since his January cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Damar Hamlin has reached another major milestone in his return to football. The Bills safety was scheduled to suit up and play in Buffalo's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, per the AP . The game will mark the first time Hamlin has appeared in a competitive setting...

Football Player to Struggling Teammate: Take My Scholarship

Eastern Michigan University's Brian Dooley says he didn't want Zack Conti to struggle anymore

(Newser) - College football players have each other's backs on the field, but one athlete from Eastern Michigan University has proven in a big way that he has teammate Zack Conti's back off the field, too. CBS News reports that Conti, now a senior, has been struggling over the past...

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