Saturday, January 31, 2015

Former Chargers LB Junior Seau selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO -- Considered a slam dunk to punch his ticket into the Pro Football Hall Fame, former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau joined that select group in his first year of eligibility on Saturday. Seau joined receiver Tim Brown, pass-rusher Charles Haley, offensive lineman Will Shields and running back Jerome Bettis on the Hall of Fame’s 2015 class. Former Chargers head coach Don Coryell once again failed to make the final list.



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Larry Fitzgerald wins NFL’s inaugural sportsmanship award

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has garnered the NFL’s inaugural Art Rooney Award for sportsmanship, the club announced Saturday night. The award was voted upon by Fitzgerald’s fellow players. It is named for the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers. One example of Fitzgerald’s respect for those he competes against came last season, when he delivered…



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Aaron Donald wins defensive rookie of the year

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year. Donald got the award at tonight’s NFL Honors, capping a season in which he recorded nine sacks, including one sack in eight of the Rams’ last 11 games. Of the 50 media members who vote on the NFL’s awards, 25 chose Donald…



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J.J. Watt named defensive player of the year

In the least surprising news to come out of tonight’s NFL Honors event, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been named the defensive player of the year. It was obvious that Watt would win the award because it’s obvious that Watt is the NFL’s best defensive player. There’s plenty of debate about who the second-best…



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Former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS -- For years, former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff had waited for his Pro Football Hall of Fame chance, without so much as an opportunity to be discussed by voters as a finalist. Now, Tingelhoff is headed to Canton. The 74-year-old was selected to the Hall of Fame on Saturday evening in his 32nd year of eligibility, as the lone nominee from the senior committee. Tingelhoff joins an eight-member class that officially will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Aug.



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Former 49ers linebacker Charles Haley selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

For Charles Haley, the sixth time was the charm. Haley, the former San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys linebacker/defensive end whose five Super Bowl rings are the most by any player in league history, was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in his sixth time as a finalist. He joins Junior Seau, Will Shields, Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, Ron Wolf, Bill Polian and Mick Tinglehoff as Canton’s Class of 2015, which will be enshrined in August.



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Former Packers GM Ron Wolf selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- To this day, Bob Harlan insists he's not sure what would have happened to the Green Bay Packers if they didn't start winning in the 1990s. Maybe they would have survived. But maybe pro football in the NFL's smallest city would have eventually gone away. Thanks in large part to Harlan's decision to hire Ron Wolf as general manager in 1991, they never had to worry. "I know what Ron will say, 'Without Brett, without Mike, without Reggie [the turnaround wouldn't have happened],' but that's what's great about Ron Wolf," former Packers quarterback Brett Favre said in a telephone interview on Friday.



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Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Jerome Bettis' wait for football immortality is over. The former Steelers and Rams running back has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, giving him an early present two weeks before he turns 43. Bettis, whose birthday is on Feb. 16, made it to Canton, Ohio, on his fifth try. His official induction next August will cement his status as one of the best backs in NFL history. Bettis, who played for the Rams and Steelers from 1993-2005, is sixth on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 13,662 yards.



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Junior Seau leads a strong eight-man class into the Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame cleared the decks of a number of finalists who had been debated for years, as they ushered in an eight-man class to Canton Saturday night. First-year eligible linebacker Junior Seau was elected to the Hall of Fame, along with running back Jerome Bettis, defensive end Charles Haley, guard Will…



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Bruce Arians is the NFL’s coach of the year

After leading the injury-plagued Cardinals to the playoffs, Bruce Arians has been named the NFL’s coach of the year. Arians, who kept the Cardinals together after they lost both starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup quarterback Drew Stanton, was named the recipient of the coach of the year award at NFL Honors. A panel of…



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A talented group of prospects tried for the Florida Fire 7-on-7 team on Saturday. 2016 ATH Jamel Cook highlighted the standouts.



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Class of 2016 running back Martell Pettaway transferred to Detroit King High School on Thursday and was greeted with two new offers from Big Ten schools.



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Russell Wilson is a top NFL quarterback, but he wasn't always so highly touted. What were the Super Bowl players like as recruits?



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Players like Byron Cowart will commit, and plenty of drama will unfold, on Signing Day. We go inside the numbers as NSD nears.



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DeMarco Murray named offensive player of the year

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was named the NFL’s offensive player of the year for the 2014 season. Murray finished the regular season with 392 carries for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns, plus another 57 catches for 416 yards. His production was a big part of the Cowboys snapping their string of 8-8 seasons and…



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Report: Ron Wolf a member of Hall’s Class of 2015

The man who built one of the NFL’s top teams of the 1990s is reportedly headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Packers G.M. Ron Wolf is a member of the Hall’s Class of 2015, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday evening. Wolf gained induction as a contributor. The 76-year-old…



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Odell Beckham Jr. named offensive rookie of the year

The choice for offensive rookie of the year in the NFL in 2014 was an easy one. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who shook off an injury-plagued start of the season to become one of the league’s most exciting playmakers, has been named the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year. The award was announced…



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