March 2015


His receiving skills were critical in New England's victory against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Graham reportedly drew interest from the Titans, Giants and Dolphins, but the Eagles will keep their top draft choice of '10.
Ed ''Big Mo'' Modzelewski, a former star fullback who led the University of Maryland to an unbeaten season in 1951 and later won an NFL championship with the Cleveland Browns, has died. Services are pending at Greer's Funeral Home in Sedona, Arizona, for Modzelewski, who died Saturday. Modzelewski (pronounced Mo-juh-LESS-key) was born on Jan. 13, 1929, in West Natrona, Pennsylvania, where his Polish-born father was a coal miner. He teamed up with his little brother, Dick, a defensive tackle nicknamed ''Little Mo,'' with the Terrapins and later squared off against him in the NFL when Ed's Browns faced Dick's New York Giants.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Previous Walter Payton Award winner Charles Tillman and four others are finalists for the Byron ''Whizzer'' White Award given annually by the NFL Players Association for community service in players' cities and hometowns.
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell was on his way from Atlanta to New York to sign his exclusive rights free-agent contract when the plane he was on skidded off the runway. Thankfully, everyone was OK. The runway at LaGuardia Airport was snowy and the Delta commercial flight skidded upon landing at about 11 a.m. No injuries were reported, according to the New York Daily News . Donnell was OK, his agent confirmed to the Daily News , and he posted a picture from the scene on his Instagram account. New York Newsday reported he was flying to New York to sign his contract tender offer. Donnell released a statement through the Giants: ā€œIā€™m blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport today," Donnell said in the statement. "I feel fine physically and hopefully all the other passengers did not have any significant injuries. We were all shocked and alarmed when the plane started to skid, but most importantly, as far as I know, all of the passengers and flight crew were able to exit the plane safely.ā€ Donnell made a name for himself last season when he scored three touchdowns in a Monday night game at Washington on Sept. 25. He finished the season with 623 yards and six touchdowns, a nice breakout in his second NFL season. On his way to handle a mundane task to officially get going on his third season with the Giants, Donnell and others on the plane got quite a scare. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
This trade made sense for Philly as it needed impact players on defense, as it fizzled late in both of the past two years.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a long road to a shortened National Football League career for Sidney Rice, an All-Pro receiver who retired last July at age 27 due to fears about his long-term health after numerous concussions. "The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old," Rice told Reuters after announcing on Tuesday he was donating his brain to medical research after his death.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) - It was a long road to a shortened National Football League career for Sidney Rice, an All-Pro receiver who retired last July at age 27 due to fears about his long-term health after numerous concussions. "The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old," Rice told Reuters after announcing on Tuesday he was donating his brain to medical research after his death.
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford and former National Football League receiver Sidney Rice announced on Tuesday that they will donate their brains to medical research after their death. Rice, who retired from the NFL last July at the age of 27 over worries about the long-term effects of absorbing so many blows to the head, and Weatherford hoped their commitment might mobilize others to aid brain disease research. "It's helpful to get a professional athlete behind something," said Weatherford.
NFL games have begun for 2015. Monday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players who are pending free agents by giving them the franchise or transition tag. -Should we use the exclusive franchise tag, when no other team can approach the player? -Should we go with the lower transition tag, in which other teams can set the market for a player and if the contract is not matched, there is no compensation when the player walks?

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