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The N.F.L.’s Most Valuable Player Might Be ... a Punter? - The New York Times
Since entering the N.F.L. in 2012, Johnny Hekker, 27, has come to dominate as a punter like few others. He confounds opponents by marrying distance, direction and hang time to smash records, last year compiling what is regarded as the best punting season in N.F.L. history. He broke his own mark for net average, with 46.0 yards per kick, and dropped 51 punts inside the 20-yard line with only one touchback, a ratio that the Rams’ special-teams coach, John Fassel, described as “just stupid.”
nfl  sports  football  punting  punter  johnnyhekker 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why People in Mississippi Have to Watch the Giants - The New York Times
Most football fans in the South who turn on CBS at 1 p.m. Sunday to watch N.F.L. football will see Baltimore at Green Bay. A much smaller portion of the audience in the South — mostly those living in Florida — will see Jacksonville at Cleveland.

And then there is the pocket of TV viewers in Mississippi who will be shown Kansas City at the Giants. The Giants are a very bad team, and the Chiefs are not exactly Mississippi’s team.

So what’s the explanation?
scheduling  media  broadcasting  television  sports  nfl  football  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Big N.F.L. Game Comes to Mexico City. These Guys Have it Covered. - The New York Times
Mexico’s proximity to the United States and a developing middle class fluent in American culture, not to mention innumerable cross-border ties, make it a market with unfulfilled potential for American sports leagues.
mexico  football  sports  nytimes  NFL 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Colin Kaepernick Has a Job | Bleacher Report
Inside the past, present and future of this country's most inconvenient truth, by way of the most controversial black man in America.
culture  race  sports  nfl  racism  remembertbrowne  bleacherreport  colinkaepernick  football  policebrutality  nationalanthem 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, unmasked and still searching
Winning isn't everything. After Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay's hero QB has been on a journey to find out what is.
espn  espnthemagazine  minakimes  aaronrodgers  football  sports  NFL 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Seahawks’ Michael Bennett is an activist disguised as a football player — The Undefeated
The silence of the most visible NFL players on issues of racism and police brutality has been deafening to Bennett.

Contrast that with the NBA: Last July, after the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul stood in front of a packed audience at The ESPYS and told America that our society is broken.

“That was a power play,” Bennett says.

“I think the biggest problem in the NFL is that we have to be able to get the biggest people involved in the issues. Every day a white quarterback throws the ball to a black receiver, but when it comes to Black Lives Matter issues, they won’t step up and be like, ‘There is an issue.’ Could you imagine if Tom Brady was to say what happened to Philando Castile was a tragedy? How would that change America if Aaron Rodgers was to say, ‘Black lives do matter’?”
espn  theundefeated  sports  football  michaelbennett  activism  socialjustice  civilrights  nfl 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why former 49er Chris Borland is the most dangerous man in football
ONE DAY IN April, the NFL asked Chris Borland to take a random drug test. The timing of this request was, in a word, bizarre, since Borland, a San Francisco 49ers linebacker, had retired a month earlier after a remarkable rookie season. He said he feared getting brain damage if he continued to play. Borland had been amazed at the reaction to his decision, the implications of which many saw as a direct threat to the NFL. And now here was an email demanding that he pee in a cup before a league proctor within 24 hours or fail the test. "I figured if I said no, people would think I was on drugs," he said recently. That, he believed, "would ruin my life." As he thought about how to respond, Borland began to wonder how random this drug test really was.
football  chrisborland  concussions  nfl  sports  espnthemagazine 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Class of ’90: Where Are They Now?
The 25 players selected in the first round of the 1990 N.F.L. draft paint a complex picture of life after football. Some have millions of dollars in the bank, while others have declared bankruptcy. Cortez Kennedy, Junior Seau and Emmitt Smith have been elected to the Hall of Fame; Tony Bennett avoids the game. Rodney Hampton, Mark Carrier and others are coaches. Keith McCants is a recovering addict. A quarter-century after the draft, they shared their stories.
nfl  football  draft  nytimes  1990  sports 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Gangster in the Huddle
Aaron Hernandez might have been one of the NFL’s all-time greats, but he could never escape drugs, guns and a life of violence
football  crime  rollingstone  nfl  sports  aaronhernandez 
august 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The People V. Football
When Jeanne Marie Laskas started reporting on the devastating impact of repeated hits to football players' brains in 2009, the NFL was still in denial. By now the evidence is irrefutable, and every bloody Sunday (and Monday and Thursday) it becomes a little harder not to cringe with each collision. But if you're a guy like former star linebacker Fred McNeill who's living with the effects of those hits, the question is: How can we keep watching the game—and how can we keep asking our kids to play it?
gq  concussions  cte  football  nfl  brain  health 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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