1. NFL Players Reach a Historic Turning Point in Their United Response to Trump

    Some decades from now, maybe even longer, many Americans will look back at this day—September 24, 2017 — as one of the most important moments in the nation's history. This is not hyperbole...

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  2. Uniting Against Ugliness: Donald Trump's Rhetoric Re-Energizing NFL Movement

    The movement was dying. In fact, it was all but dead. Over a year ago, Colin Kaepernick sat, then took a knee, during the national anthem to protest social injustice. It started a movement, a movement that he paid dearly for with his career...

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  3. Despite More Competition Than Ever, No Team's Better at Being Bad Than the Colts

    Who's the worst team in professional football? "The Jets," said one NFC assistant coach. "It's not even close." "The Bears," said another NFC assistant coach. "Look at that quarterback and tell me I'm wrong...

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  4. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Is It Time to Make Some Changes in Cincy?

    Can Andy Dalton survive, the 40-year-old wonder and NFL brutality all made their way into this week's 10-Point Stance. 1...

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  5. Falcons Show They're the NFC's Best, but Can They Be Trusted to Keep Their Edge?

    It was early in the third quarter and Vic Beasley hit Aaron Rodgers in the chest so hard that the ball popped loose, and somehow Rodgers wasn't shattered into small pieces. The hit was nasty, fast and athletic...

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  6. A Mess Grows in Indy: With Luck Concerned, NFL Execs Say He Should Demand Trade

    Around the NFL , when teams look at the Indianapolis Colts , they see one thing. A waste. A waste of fan support. A waste of potential. A waste of talented receivers. And mostly, a waste of a quarterback in Andrew Luck ...

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  7. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Where Did All the Protests Go?

    Are the anthem protests done? Does Zeke get it now? Have the Jaguars figured out how to win despite Blake Bortles? All this to ponder, and it's only Week 2.     1...

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  8. Dak Prescott's Precious Mix of Smarts and Skills on Full Display in Cowboys Win

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Early on, Dak Prescott threw a pass behind tight end Jason Witten . Witten was crushed by two New York Giants and the ball skipped along the turf, an incomplete pass...

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  9. Beyond the Anthem: Inside NFL Locker Rooms on Trump, Kap, Charlottesville & Race

    Like many men across many NFL locker rooms, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith recently found himself traveling back in time...

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  10. Alex Smith, Chiefs Stun Patriots with Record-Setting Show of Skills and Thrills

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It was fun watching Aaron Rodgers against the Patriots, wasn't it? Oh, wait. That wasn't Aaron Rodgers. That was Alex Smith...

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  11. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: The Seahawks Defense Is Scaring Teams Once Again

    Regular-season football is back. The Seahawks have that look again, the NFL 's justice system also has that look again and Rams fans will have to look for any and all quarters hiding in their couch cushions...

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  12. It's Inevitable: Aaron Rodgers Will Be the NFL's 1st $200 Million Man

    One day soon, maybe sooner than you think, Aaron Rodgers will stand at the podium in the press room deep in the bowels of Lambeau Field. There will be a massive smile on his face...

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  13. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Vontaze Burfict and the Less Violent NFL

    In this week's 10-pointer: Vontaze Burfict fails to realize there's a new NFL , Kevin Huber proves punters can be badasses, and we all remember it's not a good idea to head-butt your helmet...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 27 days ago 263,415 reads 0 comments

  14. Anatomy of an NFL Protest: How and Why the Browns Got the Country Talking

    Late last week, Cleveland Browns defensive back Jason McCourty walked into the locker room, when he saw about a half-dozen of his teammates talking. "What's going on here?" McCourty thought...

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  15. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Matthew Stafford Has That MVP Look

    Could Matthew Stafford crash the MVP party? Can anything break up the love affair between NFL owners and Roger Goodell? And why are the Colts going back on their word? 1...

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  16. Brock Osweiler Had the Look of a Star, but Now He Has a Look of Desperation

    Not long ago, Brock Osweiler was watching a television show that inspired him. He connected with it instantly. The show was the NFL Network's A Football Life and the subject was Kurt Warner...

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  17. Elliott the Latest Flashpoint in Increasingly Uncivil War Between Union, NFL

    Here we are again—another NFL conflict. Only this one could become nastier than most. We watched the NFL tear apart its insides just last year, when Tom Brady served his four-game ...

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  18. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Elliott Preparing for Long Battle with NFL

    The odds are against Ezekiel Elliott beating Roger Goodell. Joe Mixon looks good, but he can't outrun his past. And Odell Beckham opens eyes yet again. All that and more in this week's 10-Point Stance...

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  19. Ezekiel Elliott Ruling Signals New Era for NFL in Confronting Domestic Violence

    For one of the few times ever, the NFL took the word of a woman who said she was physically abused over the word of one of its stars...

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  20. Blake Bortles Still Offers the Promise of Hope but the Reality of a Bust

    The question from an NFC scout was a simple one. "Why don't you guys write more that Blake Bortles is a bust?" The query came from an honest place and was asked without malice...

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  21. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Myles Garrett Has the Look of a Star

    Myles Garrett is the real deal, a Hall of Fame battle royal is brewing and why Brian Urlacher hates Jay Cutler . 1. Myles Garrett Looks Like the Real Deal NFL training camp is a dangerous time...

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  22. Fins Overlook Cutler's Sour Past While Kaepernick Can't Find Path to the Future

    It is possible we just saw one of the smartest moves of the season in the Dolphins ' decision to sign Jay Cutler to a one-year deal...

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  23. Politics the Only Thing Keeping Terrell Owens from His Rightful Place in Canton

    It's Hall of Fame weekend. This year, like many before it, will be one of the most emotional and important moments of the NFL season. There will also be something missing. Actually, someone: Terrell Owens ...

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  24. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: NFL's Stance Against Pot Is Going Up in Smoke

    Training camps have started, and more than a few players have found a "natural" way to handle pain; Gronk may be headed for his best season ever; and Christian McCaffrey has the look of a potential star in Carolina...

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  25. Michael Oher Situation Highlights the Ever-Growing Fear of NFL Head Injuries

    The story of Michael Oher has become so large, so legendary, that in some ways we’ve forgotten there’s a real human being underneath it all. In many ways, what’s happened to Oher represents what happens to many NFL players...

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