CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Dick Ebersol has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, which is presented annually by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oliver Luck has noted that there is a graveyard full of tombstones for spring professional football leagues going back more than 40 years.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf returned to his Montana hometown and delivered a speech about dealing with mental health and substance abuse, a report said.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A former professional football player has been sentenced for the stabbing death of his wife.
Anthony McClanahan, 48, was sentenced to at least 15 years and up to life...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge expressed shock Tuesday at the severity of injuries found on a 5-year-old girl whose death led to murder and felony child abuse charges against her 25-year-old...
Bucs become 1st NFL team with 2 female coaches on staff
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust as assistant coaches, becoming the first NFL team with two female coaches on their staff.
5 games in, here’s what we know about Alliance football
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season?
First off, there's apparently an appetite for spring professional football. Although...
BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction was reinstated Wednesday in a sweeping ruling from Massachusetts' highest court that does away with the legal principle that made the former NFL...
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the reinstatement of Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction (all times local):
Attorneys for late NFL star Aaron Hernandez are criticizing the state's...
Court upholds car rental tax imposed in Maricopa County
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday upheld a car rental tax surcharge that's imposed in Maricopa County to pay for building a professional football stadium and other sports and...
The Latest: Arizona Supreme Court upholds car-rental tax
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona Supreme Court ruling on a car rental tax surcharge imposed in metro Phoenix to pay for building a football stadium and other sports and recreational...
Gamblers bet on new US football league despite no history
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Almost no one knows the players and there's virtually no history to look back on.
But that's not stopping gamblers from making — and bookmakers from taking — bets on America's newest professional football league, the Alliance of American Football (AAF).
Colts All-Pro LB Leonard, Bears RB Cohen honored
ATLANTA (AP) — Darius Leonard, the AP's Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Tarik Cohen have been honored by the Black College Football Hall of Fame as their top pro players for 2018.
The award, announced Wednesday, recognizes the most outstanding professional football player from a historically black college and university. Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea was selected as the inaugural recipient in 2017.
Longtime Chargers, NFL writer Jerry Magee dies at age 90
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jerry Magee, who was honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Dick McCann Memorial Award by the Professional Football Writers of America in 1987, has died. He was 90.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Magee died Wednesday following a long illness. Magee worked for the Union and then the Union-Tribune for 52 years.
AP source: Jaguars fire Wheatley, 3 more assistants
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette's season-long struggles proved costly for his position coach.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley and three more assistants Monday night, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity and said offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, secondary coach Perry Fewell and defensive line coach Marion Hobby also were let go one day after the season finale.
Football dominates television viewing as holiday nears
NEW YORK (AP) — Professional football — the lifeblood of live television this time of year — illustrated its dominance in the ratings this past week.
Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company's 20 most popular prime-time programs, with NBC's Sunday night and Fox's Thursday contests the top two. Both games featured Los Angeles teams.
Add in three pre-game shows, and football accounted for seven of Nielsen's entries.
MetLife Stadium to use neutral end zones for Jets, Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Jets and Giants won't be found in the end zones at MetLife Stadium this weekend.
The teams announced Wednesday that because of the timing of their games and a forecast for rain, the stadium will feature neutral end zones with nine diagonal slash marks on the green turf rather than the traditional Jets and Giants names in team colors for the home team.
Bolt still chasing professional football dream
SYDNEY (AP) — Olympic sprinting great Usain Bolt will continue to pursue his dream of playing professional football despite his failure to reach a deal with Central Coast to play in Australian football's A-League.
Future of Paul Allen’s sports holdings remains unclear
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Paul Allen's love was basketball and he delved into professional football out of loyalty to his hometown Seattle.
In the wake of his death, Allen's ownership of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and NFL's Seattle Seahawks has come into focus because of questions about how the franchises will move forward in his absence.
AP Top 25 Podcast: The wild rise and fall of the USFL
The USFL helped change professional football in just three years of existence.
The spring league that featured such stars as Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and future President Donald Trump is the subject of a new book by bestselling author Jeff Pearlman. "Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Even Crazier Demise of the USFL" is a passion project for Pearlman, who loved the league during its short lifespan from 1983-85.
Bolt to get start in trial game for soccer club in Australia
GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt says his performance in a trial game on Friday could determine his future with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League and his quest to play professional football.
The eight-time Olympic sprinting champion is expected to start for the Mariners against a Macarthur South West United team in western Sydney. United plays in a second-tier competition.
LA LA Land: Chargers, Rams meet for 1st time since moving
LOS ANGELES (AP) — During the NFL's 21-year absence from Los Angeles, the area's professional football fans survived just fine. They watched the best game of each week on television, and they rooted for their favorite teams from afar.
Or more likely, they just went to the beach.
Now that the Rams have returned and the Chargers have arrived to saturate the nation's second-largest market with a home game nearly every weekend, Los Angeles fans have a wealth of football at their doors.
Practice scuffle puts Colts, Ravens in opposite corners
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens traded punches Saturday.
First-year Colts coach Frank Reich jabbed back quickly after fists flew, a helmet was tossed and the two sidelines emptied onto the field, first to help defend teammates and then to restore order.
Usain Bolt arrives for trial in Australian soccer’s A-League
SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt has arrived in Australia for his try out with Central Coast Mariners, saying his goal of playing professional football is "for real."
The eight-time Olympic sprint champion wore a Mariners scarf after landing in Sydney on Saturday following a 14-hour flight from Los Angeles.
He was welcomed by a small group of Central Coast fans and told reporters he was looking forward to hitting the practice field on Tuesday, which is his 32nd birthday.
Museum to honor Green Bay Packers’ first black players
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin museum is highlighting the contribution of the Green Bay Packers' first African-American players in a new exhibit, as the team the gears up to celebrate its centenary in professional football.
Teddy Bridgewater can't help but smile these days.
Even through the sweat and exhaustion that mark the blazing hot days of training camp, the New York Jets quarterback still appreciates the little things about being a professional football player.
Because he almost wasn't anymore.
"I get excited every day I get to get my ankles taped, lace my cleats up and run out of the locker room and practice because it was taken away from me for two years," Bridgewater said after a recent practice.
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Ohio honors 1st documented black pro football player
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio has approved legislation creating a day to honor the first documented, black professional football player, known by the nickname "The Black Cyclone."
Seattle Seahawks linemen tour town in western Alaska
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Two Seattle Seahawks toured a town in western Alaska to promote health and wellness and learn about Yup'ik culture.
Offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos were in Bethel for about nine hours Wednesday, stopping at the hospital, a youth center and the Lulu Herron Elders Home, KYUK-AM reported .
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — At heart, Ernie Barnes the professional football player was always Ernie Barnes the artist.
His teammates on the San Diego Chargers nicknamed him "Big Rembrandt" because he was always scribbling on pieces of paper.
Bugel, Thomas win PFWA’s assistant coach award
Joe Bugel and Emmitt Thomas are winners of the 2018 Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman Award given by the Professional Football Writers of America for work as an NFL assistant coach.
Bugel spent 27 of his 32 NFL seasons as an assistant coach and is best known for building Washington's famous Hogs offensive line unit as the Redskins won three Super Bowls under head coach Joe Gibbs.
The Minnesota Vikings' public relations staff has won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for excellence in dealing with the media.
The Vikings' PR staff is the 29th Rozelle Award winner and earned the award for the first time in club history. Minnesota is the 15th different NFL organization to receive the honor since it was first awarded in 1990.
The Rozelle Award is named for the NFL commissioner from 1960-89, who started his career in sports as a publicist.
NEW YORK (AP) — Randall Liu, the former NFL director of football communications, has won the Jack Horrigan Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.
Eagles’ Chris Long wins PFWA’s Good Guy award
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media.
The Good Guy Award is given to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award has been presented annually by the PFWA since 2005.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has won the 2018 George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.
The Halas Award is given to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. Goodwin had a career year on the field while dealing with family tragedies during the 2017 season.
Charean Williams wins PFWA’s McCann Award
Charean Williams has won the Dick McCann Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.
Williams, the 50th McCann Award winner, is the first woman to receive the honor from the PFWA. Williams is entering her 25th year of NFL coverage in 2018, and her second at Pro Football Talk.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins rookie Derrius Guice is learning there is plenty to learn about his new professional football life.
In the days since selected late in the second round of last month's NFL draft, the running back attended the team's rookie minicamp and the four-day NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event in California. The latter is designed to help players understand the business and marketing side of their new career.
Fortunately, the NFL will be calling Jack Cichy.
It won’t be on Thursday night, during the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. It probably won’t be on Friday, during the second and third rounds. And given his injury history – he hasn’t played in a game since October 2016, thanks to a torn pectoral muscle that ended his junior season and a torn ACL in his right knee that ended his senior season before it began – it’s possible he’ll go undrafted on Saturday during Rounds 4-7.
2018 NFL Draft: Biggest Saints, LSU headlines, plus TV info, key details, more
The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday, starting a three-day stretch that will end with more than 200 college athletes getting a shot to be professional football players.
Specifically for Louisiana, the New Orleans Saints have eight picks, starting with the 27th overall selection.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Fred Jackson was so strapped for cash while playing professional football in Germany, he and his wife had to rely on their poker winnings to afford going out for fancy dinners.
"I was broke," the former Buffalo Bills running back said, laughing while reflecting back to his 2006 season with the now-defunct NFL Europa Rhein Fire.
Randall Boe, new AFL commissioner, optimistic in face of league’s challenges
You've heard that professional football is dying. You've also heard about the leagues, new or reborn, who want to defy that assumption. The XFL, the Alliance of American Football, the Spring League and the Pacific Pro League have all made recent headlines.
As the market grows ever more crowded, the Arena Football League will kick off its 31st season Friday night when two teams owned by Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports and Entertainment, the Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade, play in Baltimore.
Johnny Manziel plays first Spring League game, throws for touchdown
Johnny Manziel made his debut in The Spring League and went 9-for-15 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown in two quarters of football against other NFL hopefuls Saturday in Austin, Texas.
The Spring League, in its second year of operation, calls itself "an elite developmental league and scouting event for professional football talent." It arranges games for players who aspire to make it to the NFL -- or, in Manziel's case, make it back there.
Rance “Sonny” William Olison used his athleticism to open doors that led to an advanced education and a lifetime of philanthropy.
“He had a lot of great one-liners I find myself repeating, like: ‘To be a gainer, you must be a giver,’” former NFL and University of Texas running back Priest Holmes said about his friend.
Olison called himself a “suitcase” player because he played in four professional football leagues including the NFL.
Another pro football league is set to launch in 2019 — prior to XFL kicking off
The XFL and AFL will have new competition for NFL fans' offseason viewership.
The Alliance of American Football, a new professional football league headed by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, is set to launch in 2019. The new league is set to be announced Tuesday afternoon in a news conference with Polian, Ebersol and former NFL standouts Jared Allen and Justin Tuck.
Alliance of American Football announced as latest new football league
Several famous former NFL players and executives have come together to launch a new professional football league, the Alliance of American Football, the Associated Press reported. The league's founders plan to start playing the week after the Super Bowl in 2019.
Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian and television producer Charlie Ebersol, the son of "Sunday Night Football" creator Dick Ebersol, have teamed up to create the Alliance.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Posluszny left the game the same way he played — with the utmost class.
The veteran middle linebacker retired Tuesday after 11 NFL seasons with Buffalo and Jacksonville, calling it quits because he can "no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable."
Steelers add Karl Dunbar as defensive line coach, retain John Mitchell
Karl Dunbar is returning to the place where his professional football career started.
Dunbar was hired by the Steelers on Thursday as defensive line coach. He replaces long-time Steelers assistant John Mitchell, who will remain on the staff as assistant head coach.
Dunbar, 50, was an eighth-round draft pick of the Steelers in 1990. He spent the past two years coaching the Alabama defensive line.
What it was like covering the weeklong lead-up to the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News sent 24 journalists to Minneapolis to cover the Super Bowl and the week of events leading up to it. A high percentage of those 24 are really looking forward to 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the glitz slows and it’s finally just about football.