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posted January 11, 2010 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Pete Carroll leaves USC to coach Seahawks
By GREGG BELL, AP Sports Writer Gregg Bell, Ap Sports Writer 11 mins ago

SEATTLE – Pete Carroll is gone from USC and back in the NFL.

After days of talks, the Seattle Seahawks hired the charismatic coach Monday, luring him away from the University of Southern California.

"The nine years at USC have been the best years of my coaching life," Carroll said in a statement released by the university. "I will forever be indebted for the opportunity to represent this great university and would like to extend my thanks to President Sample and Mike Garrett for giving me the chance.

The Seahawks chief executive Tod Leiweke spent Sunday finalizing the contract for the 58-year-old Carroll.

On Friday, the team fired coach Jim Mora following just one season. Seattle forced general manager and president Tim Ruskell to leave on Dec. 3. The moves left them rudderless less than four years after the Seahawks reached the Super Bowl.

Until now.

"We are excited to add Pete as our coach. He brings a great passion for winning and a positive attitude that is contagious," Leiweke said upon his return to Seattle.

The Seahawks are expected to formally introduce Carroll at their headquarters in Renton, Wash., on Tuesday.

Carroll was 6-10 in 1994 with the Jets and then 27-21 while twice reaching the playoffs from '97-99 with the Patriots — before he restored a dynasty at USC beginning in 2001.

"The university graciously approached me to stay but this choice is about pursuing the great challenges of competing in the NFL and I found this opportunity too compelling to pass up," Carroll said.

Carroll was 97-19 and won two national championships with USC. He leaves following his worst season since his first at the school and with the NCAA investigating the program.

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Tebow Won't Throw at Combine

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After his disastrous performance at the Senior Bowl, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has decided that he needs more time to work on his passing mechanics, and he will not throw at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week.

"I'm not changing who I am or how I approach football," Tebow told Adam Schefter of ESPN. "But there are things that I can get a lot better at -- my fundamentals. I've never been asked to shorten or quicken my release and not have a loop in it. The changes I'm making have gone very well and it's becoming more and more natural to me."

There's a consensus around the NFL that Tebow has a long, long way to go before he can be an NFL quarterback -- and many people don't think he'll ever get there. Tebow was successful in the spread offense that Florida runs, but that's not an offense that exists in the NFL.

In my own opinion, Tebow's best chance of making it in the league is at another position. I don't know if that position is tight end or fullback or safety or linebacker or what, but I just don't believe he's ever going to have the kind of passing accuracy that can allow him to play quarterback in the NFL.

But Tebow insists that he's a quarterback, and he can make it at the next level.

"With continued work, I will have this down pat by minicamp," Tebow told Schefter. "It will be like second nature. It's not like it feels awkward to me now. I'm excited about the changes I've made."

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posted March 14, 2010 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message

Browns trade QB Brady Quinn to Broncos

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Brady Quinn(notes) will get a chance to start over in Denver. Whether he’ll get to start is up in the air.

The Broncos acquired the former first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Browns for fullback Peyton Hillis(notes), a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.

The teams announced the trade Sunday and said the deal is pending physicals.

Ostensibly, Quinn will compete with Kyle Orton(notes) for the Broncos’ starting job, although coach Josh McDaniels was unavailable Sunday to comment on the trade, according to a team spokesman.
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Quinn’s departure comes one day after the Browns agreed to terms with free agent Jake Delhomme(notes) on a two-year contract. Quinn went 3-9 in 12 starts for Cleveland, which drafted him with the 22nd pick in the first round in 2007 out of Notre Dame.

From Dublin, Ohio, he was embraced by Browns fans as the quarterback of the future. But it never panned out for the Browns or Quinn.

“I appreciate everything Brady did for us last year and in his three seasons with the Cleveland Browns,” coach Eric Mangini said in a statement. “He is professional in the way he goes about doing his job and worked extremely hard at every aspect of his game. I wish him the best of success in Denver.”

Quinn won Cleveland’s starting job last season, but was benched after 2 1/2 games for Derek Anderson(notes). Quinn eventually got his job back when Anderson struggled but he was hindered by inaccuracy.

He completed only 53 percent of his passes last season for 1,339 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. His rating was 67.3.

Quinn’s days in Cleveland appeared numbered when new president Mike Holmgren failed to endorse him as the Browns’ future starter. Last week, the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace(notes) in a trade with Seattle, released Anderson and hosted Delhomme, recently cut by Carolina.

Holmgren’s house cleaning continued Sunday, when he shipped another former first-round draft pick, linebacker Kamerion Wimbley(notes), to the Oakland Raiders for draft picks.

The Broncos reportedly pursued Quinn last season when they were trying to replace Jay Cutler(notes).

Instead, they dealt Cutler to Chicago for a bevy of draft picks and Orton, who beat out Chris Simms(notes) for the starting job in June.

The Broncos have insisted they’re happy with Orton, a workmanlike leader who wasn’t allowed to throw downfield much last season, when he led the Broncos to a 6-2 start before a 2-6 finish kept them out of the playoffs for a fourth straight season.

That’s the longest drought in the 26 years Pat Bowlen has owned the team. Bowlen recently said he likes Orton as his quarterback but would like to see the Broncos draft a passer next month.

Those plans may now be on hold.

The Broncos lost confidence in Simms last season, so it would appear he’s out of the picture with the acquisition of Quinn.

Last week, the Broncos offered Orton, a restricted free agent, a first-round tender offer that would pay him $2.261 million this season.

Like hundreds of other players caught up in the league’s labor issues, however, Orton is expected to boycott his team’s start of offseason training, which starts Monday for the Broncos.

With the league ripping up the labor deal in hopes of getting a more owner-friendly contract, dozens of players who were set to reach the riches of unrestricted free agency this month are instead bound by their teams, which are offering much less than the players could have made in an unfettered marketplace.

Hillis will also be getting a fresh start.

He went from starting tailback under coach Mike Shanahan in 2008 to forgotten fullback under McDaniels, who adamantly refused to use him even though rookie running back Knowshon Moreno(notes) frequently came up short in short-yardage situations.

McDaniels insisted that the problems were on the line and not in the backfield and that he’d rather give the ball to his top draft pick. With Spencer Larsen(notes) banged up for much of the season, McDaniels said his hands were often tied because he didn’t want to risk running Hillis, who was often his only available fullback.

Hillis had just 13 carries for 53 yards last season. He was inactive for two games, once to attend his grandmother’s funeral in November. He also returned four kicks.

The 240-pound bone-rattler energized the Broncos in 2008 when he emerged during an injury epidemic among the team’s tailbacks and ran for a team-high 343 yards and scored six touchdowns before tearing his right hamstring against Kansas City in December.

The Browns seemed to have found their No. 1 tailback late last season in Jerome Harrison(notes), who finished with a team-high 862 yards rushing. But veteran Jamal Lewis(notes), second on the team in rushing, was released last month, which could provide an opening for Hillis to be the power complement to the small and quick Harrison.

So Hillis gets another chance in Cleveland while Quinn tries to jump-start his career in Denver.

AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.

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posted March 23, 2010 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Overtime proposal passes
Posted by Michael David Smith

The National Football League owners have approved a change in overtime, starting with the playoffs following the 2010 season, that will modify the sudden-death format and prevent a team from winning a game with a field goal on the opening possession.

The vote was 28-4, with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals voting against. It needed at least 24 votes to pass.

"It was really a good discussion in the sense that there's been a lot of debate, both publicly and privately, over the rule -- which is always good," Competition Committee co-chair Rich McKay said in announcing the vote. "We've had this discussion for a number of years. We felt like this proposal, which we call 'modified sudden death,' was really an opportunity to make what we think was a pretty good rule -- sudden death -- even better."

McKay stressed that the new overtime rule, which says the team receiving the kickoff can't end the game on the first possession unless it scores a touchdown, will apply only to the playoffs.

"Part of the reason we have different rules is we have different consequences," McKay said. "The consequences in the postseason are, go home if you don't win. In the regular season, we have 15 other games."

It's the first major change in playoff overtime rules in the NFL since "The Greatest Game Ever Played," when the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship Game.

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Is Dr. James Andrews The Most Valuable Person In Sports?
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If Sam Bradford gets picked as the No. 1 pick in tomorrow night’s first round of the NFL Draft, he’ll likely make more than $40 million guaranteed.

That’s a far cry from 185 days ago when the Oklahoma quarterback re-injured his right throwing shoulder for the second time in a month.

Injuries like Bradford’s aren’t career ending anymore, but one of the reasons why Bradford is being considered for the top pick is that his surgery was performed by the world’s top sports surgeon, who personally gave his endorsement of a clean bill of health to the St. Louis Rams, who own the rights to the No. 1 pick.

That surgeon is of course Dr. James R. Andrews, who estimates that at least 30 percent of the 40,000 some surgeries he has performed over the years have been on college and pro athletes.

Figuring that about 30 percent of those surgeries are career-saving operations, Andrews has arguably emerged as the single most valuable person in the business of sports.

It’s hard to say exactly how much Andrews has made for the athletes he has operated on, but it’s safe to say it’s in the billions between actual surgeries and consultations that give teams the faith to sign players after injury issues.

In football alone, he reworked Troy Aikman’s elbow and shoulder, mended Bo Jackson’s shoulder and replaced his hip, fixed Peyton Manning’s knee and perhaps most notably repaired a gruesome injury that Drew Brees suffered in the last game of the 2005 season that resulted in a torn labrum and additional tears in his rotator cuff.

“I got a call from Dr. Andrews at around 8:30 at night when he operated on Drew,” said Tom Condon, Brees’ agent who also happens to be Sam Bradford’s agent. “He said, ‘Tom, it looked really bad. But I don’t know if I’ve ever done as well as I’ve done today. That was the first time he was ever remotely complementary about himself.”

That’s an understatement.

For all the career saving and money making he’s done for players that have laid on his operating table, Andrews, whose Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center is affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., is uncomfortable for taking credit, even though there’s potentially a lot to take credit for.

Brees, as predicted by Andrews, returned to the field for the first game of the following year. Assurances from Andrews, led to the Saints giving Brees a six-year, $60 million deal and Brees of course came through by leading the team to a Super Bowl title this past year.

“The player, like Drew for example, he’s the guy who does it,” Andrews said. “It’s the player and the trainer that works together on a daily basis that determines whether something will work or not. I worked on him for two hours, he worked on himself every day.”

For all the money that Andrews saves, you’d think he could charge players a percentage of future revenue based on what he does. That’s not the case. Andrews says he doesn’t intimately get involved in the billing process, but does know that a high school player who has the same surgery as an NFL player gets charged the same price, regardless of how complicated the surgery ends up being.

Over the years, Andrews’ value in the sports world has only grown. Prospects are coming to him earlier – for surgery in high school – and that means that if they make it to the pros and earn big money, their entire careers could be traced back to Andrews.

And while it’s more revenue for Andrews, as president of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the increase in high school athletes visiting his office in epidemic proportions troubles him. It’s why he’s started STOP Sports Injuries, which plans to run public service announcements with recommendations to prevent youth sports injuries. In order to get attention, Bradford is backing the effort.

Equally as remarkable as the players he does surgery on is the business he has made out of consultations. After New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning injured his shoulder early in the 2007 season, Manning came to Andrews for a second opinion on whether he can play without surgery. Andrews said he could.

After New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez sprained his right knee in Week 13 last year, he made the trip to Birmingham to see Dr. Andrews.

“You almost have to go to him,” Sanchez told me. “He’s the best and everyone trusts him.” Andrews recommended that the Jets team doctors perform the surgery.

With millions of dollars on the line with almost every decision, Andrews calls up general managers and explains his evaluation. Over the years, Andrews says that they’ve become very familiar with the medical terminology.

“They’re right on top of everything,” Andrews said. “With the money that’s out there, they have to be really careful as to who they give their money to.”

And the Andrews brand doesn’t stop there. Three years ago, he opened the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla., which houses a complete diagnostic and rehabilitation center.

After Andrews operates on another athlete, he says he automatically becomes a fan of them and looks forward to following their career. When it works out, like in Brees’ case and, at least money wise for Bradford, he admits it’s a fun thing to watch.

“It makes me feel great when someone I worked on wins a championship or wins an Olympic gold medal,” Andrews said. “But I always come back to the fact that it wasn’t about me. There’s a reason these guys became superstar athletes to begin with.”

As for what drives Andrews? Failure.

“I wake up worrying about the guys that I couldn’t repair,” Andrews said. “I think about what I could have done better and that’s what I thrive on every time I operate. How do I give this guy the best chance to play again?”

As for Bradford, he doesn’t have any fear.

“I’m not nervous,” Andrews said. “He’s an unbelievable young man who definitely has the physical characteristics to make it big. What’s funny in all this is that if you focus too much on the physical and not the intelligence quota and the moral character, you might make a mistake on who you choose. Sam has it all.”

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posted April 22, 2010 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Ah, NFL Draft Day with a red carpet no less. I guess I'll be "getting sick" this afternoon.

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Jaguars' Future Dries Up Without Tebow


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Tim Tebow's throwing motion claimed its first victim Thursday night.

The Jaguars. They pretty much threw away their future.

I'm not sure Jacksonville's loss will be Denver's gain, but Los Angeles will surely benefit. The Jaguars blew their last great chance to keep the Mayflower vans away.

Their hometown savior is about to ascend to the Mile High City. Approximately 5,280 feet lower, the Jaguars threw an outdoor draft party next to the Atlantic Ocean.

A few thousand people showed up. When the No. 10 pick was announced, all you could hear was the surf.

"Who?" one fan yelled.

Tyson Alualu, that's who.

Nothing against Alualu, who may well turn out to be the finest Hawaiian-born defensive tackle in Jacksonville history. The lack of sacks isn't Jacksonville's biggest worry. It's the lack of fans.

The Jaguars are all but giving away season tickets, and almost nobody's buying. Tebow would have been the silver bullet, instantly killing rumors that Wayne Weaver wants to sell. And he wouldn't have even had to throw a pass.

The great debate over Tebow's throwing motion will now consume Denver for the next few months. It'll sure be more fun than arguing whether Brandon Marshall should be traded, arrested or deported for acute lack of character.

I think Denver will be thrilled to get Tebow, but what do I know? What does anybody know?

Put 100 NFL gurus in a room and you'll get 100 different opinions, ranging from Tebow's the next Steve Young to he's the next Steve Martin. We'll know in a couple of years. In the meantime Tebow will:

Spend 18 hours a day studying tape, working out or getting Josh McDaniels coffee. Spend his free time baking cookies for orphans. Be nominated to run for governor of Colorado.

Once they meet him, even the members of the Denver chapter of N.O.W. will be cheering for Mr. Abstinence. The difference is the Broncos didn't need the Tebow Experience to keep fans interested.

Jacksonville did. Actually, Jacksonville needs about two million more residents, 30 more Fortune 500 companies and Bill Belichick if it wants to sell enough tickets to keep the L.A. vultures away.

Since it won't get any of those, Weaver should have ordered his coaching staff to take Tebow. Drafting him wouldn't have been a football decision. As Jerry Jones slurred, "Heee'd ne-vur git on the field."

Jack Del Rio was apparently drinking the same stuff. He needs to win now, and Tebow needs time. So the Jaguars used the 10th pick on a player from Cal whom many projected would be available 20 spots lower. The big moment was shown on a huge TV screen set up at the Sea Walk Pavilion.

"Alualu is tough, quick and has heavy hands," the NFL Network announcer said.

Jacksonville fans were the ones with the heavy hearts. Tebow was huge in Jacksonville before he became a national cult hero. Every fan didn't want Timmy to ride back into town on his white horse, but all of them would have been caught up in the story.

The buzz would have had people lining up to buy season tickets Friday morning. So what if Tebow would only have held a clipboard for the foreseeable future?

He's not only the most popular player in Florida history. He might be the most popular person in Florida history. Just having him on the sideline, giving speeches and curing cancer would have been enough.

The Jaguars were lucky to get 40,000 to their games last year. Tebow would have gotten that many to show up to watch him perform another circumcision. Has Alualu ever even held a scalpel?

"Wayne Weaver wants to move the team," one fan moaned.

I asked his name and all he said was "Mickey Mouse." At last his buddy was still sober enough to give me his real name.

It was Micah Dyal. He was wearing a specially-made No. 15 Jaguars jersey. And I swear on Tebow's Bible, the name Dyal put on the back was "MOVE."

"As in the Jaguars are going to have to move since they didn't take Tebow?" I asked.

"That's right," Dyal said.

It won't happen anytime soon. But it will happen before Tebow takes the oath of office as Colorado's governor.

"Let's get out of here," Mickey Mouse said.

As he and a couple thousand cohorts shuffled into the night, the emcee took the stage.

"All right," he said, "let's hear it for Alualu!"

Through the surf, you could hear a couple of people clapping. They probably work for Mayflower.

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Winners and losers in yesterday's first round of the draft...

NFL Draft: Financial Winners & Losers

Posted By: Darren Rovell | CNBC Sports Business Reporter


You've already seen all the grades from the first round of last night's NFL Draft, but who won and lost in the business world? Here's our take.

WINNERS

1. Tim Tebow: Who knows what happens to Tim Tebow now that he's in Denver, with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn also on the roster. But college football's most valuable player was able to save face by being taken as the 25th pick in the first round.

Those pundits who enjoyed talking about how far Tebow would fall sure will be eating crow today. At No. 25, Tebow should make about $8 to $10 million guaranteed with a five-year contract. (He arguably made more for the University of Florida over four years.)

Out of all the contracts I want to see, it's this one. How creative can agent Jimmy Sexton get with incentives? Because if Tebow turns out to be the team's quarterback, he should obviously get paid a lot more than if he's running all over the field.

Something important to note here is that I suspect Tebow—as well as Colt McCoy of Texas (who wasn't taken in the first round)—will make more money in marketing in their local college markets of Gainesville and Austin than they will in their NFL markets for at least the first three years of their career.

2. CAA wins the agent game: There were 19 different agents representing the 32 picks chosen. Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of CAA had all six of their clients (Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Derrick Morgan, Jermaine Gresham, Bryan Bulaga and Jerry Hughes) go in the first round last night. Estimating that their players will earn about $118 million guaranteed, if CAA takes a 3 percent cut, last night was worth at least $3.54 million to them.

Other impressive showings by agents included BEST's Joel Segal (Brandon Graham, Maurkice Pouncey and Kyle Wilson) and Eugene Parker and Roosevelt Barnes of Maximum Sports (Ndamukong Suh, Trent Williams & Dez Bryant).

3. Big 12 Makes Mark: The Big 12 led all conferences in first round selections with 10. Turns out 31 percent of yesterday's names called came from the Big 12, including the first four picks. Following the Big 12 was the SEC (6), ACC (4), with the WAC, Big Ten and Big East having 3. The Pac-10 only had two names called while the Mountain West had one. When was the last draft that didn't have a single name called from USC, Ohio State or Notre Dame in the first round?

4. The State of Oklahoma: Six players drafted last night played their college ball in the state of Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma had three players in the top four (Bradford, McCoy and Williams). Combined the three figure to make $110 million guaranteed. Oklahoma also had Gresham go 21, while Oklahoma State saw Russell Okung and Dez Bryant land in the first round.

"All of us are so excited for them and proud of the way they handled themselves in reaching their dream," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told me last night. "They will demonstrate the same ethic, passion for success and character which have been amongst their trademarks to the next phase of their journey in becoming a great teammate within the organizations they now represent."

5. Tyson Alualu: Alualu, a defensive tackle from California, went No. 10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite the fact that you'd be hard pressed to find one mock draft with Alualu in the first round. Alualu can expect a nice payday of about $15 million guaranteed, whereas, if he went where he was projected, he probably would have wound up with a $4 million payday.

LOSERS

1. Jimmy Clausen: The Notre Dame quarterback was expected to be a mid-first rounder, but didn't get taken at all. But Clausen might not join former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn as being among the biggest money losers in the history of the draft. I estimated that Quinn lost $17 million in 2007 by slipping from his projected No. 3 slot to No. 22. The tough part with estimating Clausen's losses is that the pros projected him to be all over the place.

ESPN's Mel Kiper had Clausen as high as No. 8 in his final mock draft, SI's Peter King had Clausen going 14 to Seattle, while most, including ESPN's Todd McShay and NFL Network's Mike Mayock had him going 30th to the Vikings. The difference between being selected No. 8 and going in the early second round is probably about a $14 million loss, but if Clausen gets picked really early today, he should still make more than last year's No. 30 pick Kenny Britt, who got $6.5 million guaranteed.

2. The Networks: Love the primetime idea, but the draft was incredibly boring to watch, both in person and on TV. Why? Because it lacked the college football star power, the players drafted from the skill positions—the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs. Teams have finally learned that those positions in the draft are overvalued, but it does kill the TV product.

Only seven players selected last night came from those offensive skill positions (Tebow, Bradford, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews, Demaryious Thomas, Bryant and Jahvid Best), which might be the lowest number from those position spots ever in the first round. Last year's draft had 12 players from those positions and the 2005 NFL Draft had the first five players called playing the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions.

3. Bryan Bulaga: Iowa's offensive tackle slipped recently on mock draft boards, but not many had him much lower than No. 17. Bulaga slipped six spots further than that to the Green Bay Packers. If he went where Peter King said he'd go at No. 5, he would have made about $30 million guaranteed. At No. 23, he's looking at a contract that will guarantee him closer to $8 million.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Who knows? Alualu might turn out to be a stud, but if you believe that the draft is hit and miss, why not take shot at drafting homegrown son Tim Tebow? Jacksonville was one of only three teams last year in the league (along with Oakland and Detroit) that drew less than 80 percent capacity. Maybe the Jaguars will see their mistake when the stadium fills to the brim for a chance to see Tebow in some fashion when the Broncos visit the Jaguars in the first game of the season.

5. Dez Bryant: Bryant getting taken 24th is the cautionary tale that says that football talent is only part of this game. Bryant might have been a stud at Oklahoma State, but he had too many strikes against him when he was suspended last season after he lied to the NCAA about his contact with Deion Sanders.

Skipping the NFL combine probably wasn't the best move either. Bryant probably lost about $10 million if lived up to his full potential in college and didn't have any strange things going on. The good thing is that Bryant just might be so talented that he can make that up someday if he blows it up in Big D, which of course is the perfect place for him to play.

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ESPN sets viewership record with three-day NFL draft
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NEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN broadcast of the NFL draft has drawn the most viewers ever.

With the first two rounds held in prime time for the first time, ESPN's three-day telecast had 3.7 million viewers, up 27 percent from 2009. It also attracted 2.85 million households, second most in draft history and up 24 percent from last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The most households to watch a draft on ESPN came in 2006, when 2,000 more homes than this year tuned in.

Even ratings for the third day, with Rounds 4-7, increased 10 percent to a 1.8. The final day was on Saturday this year, Sunday in 2009.

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Surprise surprise - Michael Vick doesn't like being a back up. Would he prefer backup to jail?

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Giants rookie injured in car crash

Giants safety Chad Jones, a third-round pick in the 2010 draft, has been injured in a car accident in New Orleans.

A member of the local media sent to us a photo of the vehicle. It's a frightening image.

Per WWL, Jones was alert when taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Two weeks ago, Jones signed his rookie deal with the Giants. He also was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers after playing both football and baseball at LSU, winning a national title in each sport.

We wish him a full and complete recovery.

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posted July 23, 2010 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Former NFL player dies after routine surgery
Posted by Mike Florio on July 22, 2010 9:19 PM ET
Whenever a pro athlete undergoes a surgical procedure, the operation invariably is described as a success. For former NFL fullback Kenyon Cotton, the outcome couldn't have been any worse.

Cotton has died, reportedly after surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. Following last week's outpatient procedure, he returned to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing. Doctors placed him into a medically-induced coma to assess the situation.

"From what I'm told, when he came out of the coma, he had a series of strokes back to back," Cotton's younger cousin, Kenyon Allen, told the Bossier (La.) Press-Tribune, via Aaron Wilson of NFP. "He had been on life support the entire time he was in the hospital."

Cotton, 36, played two years for the Ravens, in 1997 and 1998.

Cotton is survived by two sons, age 13 and 9. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and teammates.

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MANKATO, Minn. -- The Brett Favre saga has taken a twist.

And it's not one that bodes well for the Minnesota Vikings.

A strong buzz grew Tuesday morning here in Mankato that news about the veteran quarterback's future was coming, and a source said Favre had told, or would tell today, the Vikings he's staying retired.

Team officials -- including owner Zygi Wilf, team president Mark Wilf, coach Brad Childress, Rick Spielman and Rob Brzezinski -- gathered hastily at midfield shortly into the team's morning practice.

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posted August 04, 2010 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
$1 million a game for Brett Favre.

http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/08/04/vikings-reportedly-willing-to-guarantee-brett-favre-1-million-a/

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