Super Bowl MVP Edelman to wave green flag at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has been named the honorary starter for Sunday's Daytona 500.
The honor caps a whirlwind two weeks for Edelman, who since winning his third Super Bowl on Feb. 3 has visited Disney World with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and served as a presenter at the Grammy Awards.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives.
Hernandez hanged himself in prison early Wednesday, days after winning an acquittal in a 2012 double homicide case. He was already serving a life term in a 2013 killing.
Even the most ardent denizen of Raider Nation might have a hard time swallowing the contents of Mike Freeman’s “Snake: The Legendary Life of Ken Stabler” — and not because the buckle on the fan’s spiked choker is a notch too tight.
Raiders QB Derek Carr channels inner Mamba down stretch
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — When the game is on the line in the closing minutes, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looks for inspiration in an unusual place.
Instead of trying to emulate quarterbacks known for late-game heroics like Ken Stabler or Tom Brady, Carr looks to the basketball court and Kobe Bryant for a player to imitate.
Late Raiders Quarterback Ken Stabler Honored by Thousands in Alabama
More than 3,000 people paid tribute to late Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler during a ceremony Friday night at halftime of the Foley, Alabama, High School varsity football game.
Stabler attended and played football at Foley High, and among those in attendance were members of his family. The ceremony was part of the "Hall of Famer" program that honors the hometown roots of some of the NFL's best players. It's sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Ford Motor Company.
Alabama footbridge to be named after NFL Hall of Famer?
FOLEY, Ala. (AP) — Officials have discussed naming a new pedestrian bridge in coastal Alabama after recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Ken Stabler.
Al.com (http://bit.ly/2bgzVrD) reports that a $1.5 million bridge is currently being built in Foley above Alabama State Route 59, the state's busiest beach-bound highway.
Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell says he got the idea to name the bridge after Foley's late football star while visiting Canton, Ohio...
CANTON, Ohio — On a night of emotional speeches, the most poignant moment of the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday came after Ken Stabler was introduced and there were no words at all.
After a video tribute to introduce the legendary Raiders quarterback, his twin grandsons, 17-year-old Jack and Justin, joined teammate Fred Biletnikoff on stage accept his Hall of Fame bust.
Instead of a speech, there was simply the roar of the crowd.
Rodgers? Luck? Try Favre as the QB focal point Sunday
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Two of the NFL's top quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, will be on hand for Sunday's Hall of Fame game.
The QB who will get the most attention won't take a snap.
That, of course, will be Brett Favre, who was to be inducted into the pro football shrine on Saturday night. As the featured name in a class of eight, center stage has belonged to the record-setting Favre all weekend.
Favre wonders if he really belongs in Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Brett Favre seemed a bit surprised by the question.
Asked if he ever imagined himself wearing a gold jacket in Canton, Favre quickly responded: "Absolutely not."
He's still not sure he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which he will enter on Saturday night.
"Pretty amazing," the record-setting quarterback said Friday. "Incredible. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the game. I hold these guys in the highest regard. I just...
Ken Stabler was always the life of the party when he was alive, so one Raiders teammate sees no reason things should be different for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
"Too bad Kenny won't be there, but he'll be around -- probably at some bar," said fellow Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff before breaking into a laugh.
Biletnikoff laughs because it's easier than crying. When the Class of 2016 is enshrined in Canton, Ohio, the joy will be...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ken Stabler built a Hall of Fame career on moments more than raw numbers.
Stabler threw more interceptions than touchdowns, completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes, and posted a quarterback rating of 90 or better just twice in 15 NFL seasons.
Yet Stabler was the offensive leader of the great Oakland Raiders teams of the 1970s, helping the team win its first Super Bowl and make it to four other conference championship games in a...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Items belonging to Ken Stabler are being auctioned online even as the former Raiders quarterback is set to be posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Pristine Auction has listed a total of 458 items, including the Hickok Belt for the Professional Athlete of the Year, and Stabler's varsity letter from the University of Alabama.
Online bidding lasts until Aug. 14, eight days after Stabler's induction into the...
Madden, Levy chosen as Hall of Fame presenters
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame coaches John Madden and Marv Levy are among the presenters chosen to welcome the eight-person Class of 2016 at the induction ceremonies on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.
Madden will speak on behalf of the late quarterback Ken Stabler, who played for Madden with the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s. The quarterback died in 2015 at the age of 69.
Levy will be the presenter for offensive lineman Dick Stanfel, who died last year at...
I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to Ken Stabler's induction into the NFL Hall of Fame on Aug. 6 with mixed emotions.
Yes, I'm happy that he's finally getting recognized. But what took them so long? Why did they wait until after he died, when they knew how much it meant to him?
This isn't the first time the HOF has been a day late and a dollar short. They did the same thing to Les Richter, the great Cal and L.A. Rams linebacker, electing him six months...