1. Standing Tall: Gridiron Heroes Continue Fight for Football's Fallen

    "Football is not a violent sport. It is a physical sport. Football has rules. Violence has no rules when you use your helmet as a weapon." Bobby Hosea Eddie Canales could see the life slowly draining from his son's crippled body...

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  2. Kansas City Chiefs Play on Despite Belcher Murder-Suicide

    " The Games must go on !" —Olympic President Avery Brundage in 1972 after 11 Israeli athletes were killed in a terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics But is that always the ...

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  3. The Holiday Gifts That Sports Celebrities Will NOT Be Getting

    In this season of gift-giving and charity, it is time to reflect back on the past year for those presents that our beloved athletes and sports celebrities will NOT be getting this holiday season...

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  4. Bayou Offerfest: Louisiana's '14 TE Jacory Washington

    " Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed ." —Booker T...

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  5. Upper Hand Promotions' High School Football Award Winners: Weekend of Sept 28th

    * GAME OF THE WEEK Saint Louis HS (HI) 34, Kamehameha HS (HI) 23 Jeremy Tabuyo has come a long way since he was the subject of my first-ever feature story two years ago ...

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  6. Upper Hand Promotions' High School Football Award Winners: Weekend of Sept 21st

    *GAME OF THE WEEK Toms River North (NJ) 17 Southern Regional (NJ) 14 With the game on the line, Toms River North (NJ) head coach Chip LaBarca didn't hesitate in sending ...

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  7. Upper Hand Promotions' High School Football Award Winners: Weekend of Sept 14th

    * GAME OF THE WEEK Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 28 Round Rock Westwood (Austin, TX) 24 Since 2007, Lake Travis has compiled an 80-3 record that includes winning streaks of 48 and, heading into this week's game against Westwood, 24...

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  8. Upper Hand Promotions High School Football Award Winners: Weekend of Sept 7th

    * GAME OF THE WEEK : Valley View (PA) 19, Lakeland (PA) 14 When the Northeast Pennsylvania towns of Jessup , Peckville and Archbald merged together in 1969 to form Valley View High School, a powerhouse high school football program was born...

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  9. Upper Hand Promotions High School Football Award Winners: Weekend of August 31st

    *GAME OF THE WEEK: Good Counsel (MD) 20, Gilman (MD) 19 in OT Good Counsel High School (Olney, MD) is ranked as the top team in The Washington Post's early-season listing of high school teams in the DC region...

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  10. Upper Hand Promotions High School Football Award Winners: Weekend of August 24th

    GAME OF THE WEEK Gardena Serra HS (CA) 26 Notre Dame HS (CA) 23 This wild, back-and-forth shootout saw seven lead changes in the season opener for the Gardena Serra Cavaliers and the home-standing Notre Dame Knights...

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  11. Revenge of the Blue Raiders: Pennsylvania's Middletown High School

    " The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one is watching ...

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  12. Severn School Summer Swansong: QB Factory's August 5th Showcase

    " I want a quarterback who hates losing more than he likes winning." -- Coach Dave Mencarini , Quince Orchard High School (Gaithersburg, MD) On a blistering hot August afternoon, ...

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  13. The Great Wall of Texas: Senior NT Conner Novotny

    " I've learned over a period of years there are setbacks when you come up against the immovable object; sometimes the object doesn't move ...

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  14. The Shelton Sledgehammer: Texas Linebacker John DiCaro

    " The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it ." ~ Moliere George Teague knows a little something about defensive football...

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  15. Feeling The Brees: Texas QB Bryce Fausett

    “In wars amongst ideas, doubters are the victims.” ― Toba Beta At 6’0", 180 pounds, it isn’t surprising that junior quarterback Bryce Fausett ...

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  16. Thunder In The Desert: Utah TE/DE Josh Anderson

    St. George is the population and commercial center of Utah's Dixie ; a nickname given to the area when Mormon pioneers grew cotton in the warm climate. St...

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  17. The Bull of Broome County: NY FB/LB Nick Sorrenti

    As he walked the mean streets of the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn with his grandmother Sally as a toddler, Nick Sorrenti didn’t know that she would become the most influential person in his football life...

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  18. Texas High School Football: Trinity Kicker Christian Honsalek an Upright Cowboy

    " Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart it ." - Proverbs 22:6 Special teams coach Sean Riley ( Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, ...

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  19. The Holiday Gift That Sports Celebrity Will NOT Be Getting

    In the season of gift-gifting and charity, it is time to reflect on the presents that our beloved athletes and sports celebrities will NOT be getting this holiday season...

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  20. The Pontiff's Second Miracle: Pennsylvania Linebacker Justice Smith

    "Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence ...

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  21. College Football Recruiting: Virginia's Temuchin "Bucky" Hodges

    " How long have you been a black quarterback ?" -Reporter at Super Bowl XXII Media Day " I've been a quarterback since high school, and I've been black all my life ...

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  22. The Brookfield Bomber: Connecticut QB Boeing Brown

    "Boeing is a fantastic athlete, [has] great size, [and] has an ability on film to find the open man and use his feet to create time and space. His accuracy and deep ball are consistently good and he has major D-I potential...

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  23. The Legend of Coon Rapids: MN RB Antonio Maurice Ford

    "When I hear people bragging about powerful teens, I take it like a grain of salt. I don't impress easily. But when I first met Antonio, even I was surprised."—Joe Laurinaitis, Road Warrior Animal Akeley, Minn...

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  24. Jersey Fly Guy: New Jersey High School WR/Track Star Damiere Byrd

    “ Time is like a handful of sand- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers ” Unknown The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird, and in fact ...

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  25. Bluegrass Behemoth: Kentucky Center John Michael Heile

    " I've found that prayers work best when you have big players ." - Knute Rockne *It was the first time John Michael Heile would play center for Trinity High School for Boys (Louisville, Ky...

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