The N.F.L.’s Carl Nassib Broke a Barrier. Will Others Follow?

The number of publicly out L.G.B.T.Q. athletes in men’s biggest pro leagues lags far behind that in women’s sports. Will Carl Nassib’s announcement change that?

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Who is Carl Nassib? The First Openly Gay NFL Player

“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now,” the N.F.L. lineman said. He comes from a football family, was a standout at Penn State and has taught his teammates about personal finance.

#football, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #las-vegas-raiders, #nassib-carl-1993, #national-football-league, #pennsylvania-state-university

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Carl Nassib Becomes First NFL Player to Come Out As Gay

The Raiders defensive lineman came out in a statement posted to his Instagram account on Monday, becoming the first active player in the league to publicly identify as gay.

#football, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #las-vegas-raiders, #nassib-carl-1993, #national-football-league

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In Sprint to Reopening, Sports Hits Pandemic Obstacles

There is perhaps no greater hurdle to a return to normalcy in sports than the hesitancy among some elite athletes to be vaccinated.

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Jim Fassel, Who Coached the Giants to the Super Bowl, Dies at 71

He predicted that New York would make the playoffs when no one gave them much of a chance. Then they marched to the championship game, only to lose to the Ravens.

#baltimore-ravens, #deaths-obituaries, #fassel-jim, #football, #national-football-league, #new-york-giants, #super-bowl

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Jim Fassel Bridged Giants Eras With a Smile. And, Once, a Rant.

The Giants coach called Gentleman Jim was best known for smoothly transitioning the team out of the Bill Parcells era, but one uncharacteristic tirade stood out.

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High School Football Coaches Suspended After Teen Is Forced to Eat Pork, Lawyer Says

A 17-year-old in Canton, Ohio, was forced to eat a pepperoni pizza even though the coaches were aware he does not eat pork because he is a Hebrew Israelite, a lawyer for the boy’s family said. The Police Department is investigating.

#canton-ohio, #education-k-12, #football, #football-college, #interscholastic-athletics, #ohio

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DK Metcalf Learns Football Speed Doesn’t Equal Track Speed

DK Metcalf, the All-Pro Seattle receiver, finished last in his heat on Sunday in his first 100-meter race against professional sprinters.

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Some Dramatic Quarterback Successions Start at the N.F.L. Draft

If the draft last week revealed anything, it was that there’s no tactful way to replace a healthy starting quarterback.

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Tom Brady Charted a New Path. Aaron Rodgers Struggles to Do the Same.

When Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks like Brady, Rodgers and Russell Wilson grow frustrated with their teams, the nature of N.F.L. contracts makes it hard to scramble away. Brady ultimately succeeded by running out the clock.

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The Giants Traded Back in the Draft and, Some Say, Well

Some fans scratched their heads at Dave Gettleman’s decision to trade back in the draft for the first time. But scooping receiver Kadarius Toney at No. 20 and getting draft assets was no fleecing.

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What We Learned from Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft

Quarterbacks still come first, Alabama still produces talent and Aaron Rodgers is still unhappy.

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As Underclassmen Flood the N.F.L. Draft, Landing Places Dry Up

Since the league began allowing underclassmen to enter the draft in 1990, the number who do so has ballooned more than threefold. There are fewer options for those who go undrafted.

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Round 1 NFL Draft Order and Picks: Here Are the Results

Trevor Lawrence was taken with the first pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The NFL Draft is Here. Here Are Some Expert Picks and Predictions

Five quarterbacks could go in the top 10 for the first time, according to mock drafts produced by several analysts, while the first round could pass without the selection of a running back.

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Kyle Pitts Is Set to Be the N.F.L.’s Next Revelation at Tight End

After he is drafted Thursday, Pitts is expected to join the N.F.L.’s top-shelf tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, George Kittle and Travis Kelce, big-bodied pass catchers who are coveted by contending teams.

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After Trevor Lawrence, Pick Another Quarterback

With no shortage of teams looking for a passer to build around, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones figure to shape the draft’s top 10 picks.

#draft-and-recruitment-sports, #fields-justin-1999, #football, #football-college, #jones-mac-1998, #lance-trey-2000, #lawrence-trevor-1999, #wilson-zach-1999

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Urban Meyer’s Renewal in Jacksonville

After years of disarray, the Jaguars have what the team’s owner called “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in football” — the No. 1 pick in the N.F.L. draft and a coach who knows what to do with him.

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A Minneapolis High School Football Team and Its Coach Move On

Charles Adams, a former police officer, and the Minneapolis North team are warily moving forward after the Derek Chauvin verdict offered a rebuke to one police killing in their community.

#adams-charles-minneapolis-minn-police-officer, #black-lives-matter-movement, #chauvin-derek-1976, #clark-jamar-d-2015, #floyd-george-d-2020, #football, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #interscholastic-athletics, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

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Antonio Brown Settles Suit With Sexual Assault Accuser

A statement released by lawyers for Brown and his accuser said, “Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on.”

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Deshaun Watson Calls Civil Suits ‘Simply Not True’ in Legal Filing

Lawyers for the Houston Texans quarterback on Monday rebutted the assault allegations filed against him by 22 women.

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Months Before Season, N.F.L. and Players Clash Over Pandemic Workouts

Players on 15 teams announced they would not attend off-season programming because of concerns about the coronavirus. Some may give up financial benefits in the process.

#brady-tom, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #organized-labor, #smith-demaurice, #tretter-j-c-1991, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Scandal Erupts in Valdosta, Georgia’s Football “Titletown”

Georgia’s Valdosta High School, a longtime football powerhouse, is awash in a scandal involving race, funny money, allegations of improper recruiting and a one-armed booster named Nub.

#bryant-paul-william, #coaches-and-managers, #football, #georgia, #saban-nick, #smart-kirby, #valdosta-ga

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What Led Phillip Adams, Former N.F.L. Player, to a Shooting Spree?

A small city that bills itself as “Football City U.S.A.” is grappling with the shooting deaths of members of a prominent local family by Phillip Adams who, many say, had been adrift after his N.F.L. career ended.

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Two of Deshaun Watson’s Accusers Take Their Claims Public

Over 20 women have filed civil assault lawsuits against the quarterback anonymously, but Tuesday two of the complainants gave emotional statements describing sexual abuse.

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Jets Trade Sam Darnold to Carolina Panthers

Darnold was the third overall pick in the 2018 N.F.L. draft, and this year the Jets have the No. 2 overall pick to use in finding his replacement.

#carolina-panthers, #darnold-sam-1997, #football, #new-york-jets

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With 17 Games, the N.F.L. Evolves for Streaming Generation

The last time the league expanded its regular season 43 years ago, it was evolving for TV broadcasts and priming for an offensive era.

#football, #national-football-league, #television

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N.F.L. Officially Adds 17th Regular Season Game

The measure passed by team owners Tuesday is the first expansion of the N.F.L.’s regular season schedule since 1978 and will force the league to push the Super Bowl back one week.

#football, #goodell-roger, #national-football-league

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Howard Schnellenberger, College Coach Who Built Winners, Dies at 87

After assembling the formidable offense for the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins, he breathed new life into football programs at two universities.

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Daniel Snyder to Buy Out Other Owners of Washington NFL Team

The league is expected to approve a measure that will allow Daniel Snyder to buy total control of the team.

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Patriots and 49ers Among N.F.L. Free Agency’s Biggest Spenders

The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.

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What to Know About the Lawsuits Against Deshaun Watson

Seven women have filed civil lawsuits in Texas accusing the quarterback of a pattern of coercive and lewd behavior.

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Tony Buzbee, Lawyer for Deshaun Watson’s Accusers, Addresses Skeptics

“This case is about female empowerment, taking the power back,” said Tony Buzbee, who represents seven women in lawsuits accusing the Texans quarterback of sexual assault.

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N.F.L. Opens Investigation Into Accusations Against Deshaun Watson

Three women have filed lawsuits against the Houston Texans quarterback, accusing him of sexual assault.

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N.F.L. Signs Media Deals Worth Over $100 Billion

The new deals with broadcasters and streaming services pave the way for team owners to add a 17th regular season game to the schedule and to recoup revenue lost with reduced fan attendance in 2020.

#amazon-com-inc, #cbs-corporation, #espn, #football, #fox-broadcasting-co, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #smith-demaurice, #television

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Black N.F.L. Players Want New Advocate in Concussion Settlement

Players said the lawyer for the N.F.L. retiree class knew that race-based criteria were used to deny Black players’ dementia claims. A review of eight such rejections seems to support their argument.

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Deshaun Watson Accused of Sexual Assault in Civil Suit

A lawsuit filed late Tuesday accused the Houston Texans quarterback of misconduct during a massage in March 2020. He has denied the account.

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Drew Brees Retires, His Focus on the Details Until the End

Brees, who won seven division titles as the Saints’ quarterback, including the most recent four, retired after 20 seasons with the most completions and passing yards in N.F.L. history.

#brees-drew, #colston-marques, #football, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints, #payton-sean, #talib-aqib

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In N.F.L. Free Agency, Your Team Either Goes Broke or Stinks

G.M.s will have to work extra hard to add talent in a salary cap-crunched 2021. It’s still a bad way for most teams to improve.

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Kellen Winslow II, Once N.F.L.’s Highest-Paid Tight End, Gets 14 Years for Rapes

The sentencing judge called the former Cleveland Browns player a sexual predator who preyed on marginalized women.

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Washington Football Team Will Replace Cheerleaders With a Coed Dance Team

The change came after many accusations of sexual harassment from the women on the cheerleading squad.

#cheerleaders, #football, #national-football-league, #washington-redskins, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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New York Sports Entering a Promising Era

After two decades of frustration and incompetence broken up by an occasional championship (thanks, Giants), the region’s sports teams all appear headed in the right direction.

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N.F.L. Quarterbacks on the Move: Wentz. Watson? Darnold?

Carson Wentz is a Colt, Jared Goff is a Lion and Deshaun Watson wants to be anything but a Texan. A look at the deals that have been done, and a few more that might be next.

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Vincent Jackson’s Brain Will Be Donated to C.T.E. Study

Jackson, 38, a retired N.F.L. wide receiver, was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Monday.

#boston-university, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #chronister-chad, #football, #hillsborough-county-fla, #los-angeles-chargers, #national-football-league, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

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Jaguars Assistant Coach Chris Doyle Resigns After Backlash

The Fritz Pollard Alliance criticized the recent addition of Chris Doyle, who was accused of mistreatment of Black players at the University of Iowa, to Urban Meyer’s staff in Jacksonville.

#black-people, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #doyle-chris-1968, #football, #fritz-pollard-alliance, #jacksonville-jaguars, #meyer-urban, #national-football-league, #race-and-ethnicity

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Jimmy Kimmel Tackles ‘Weirdest Super Bowl’ Ever

“This was the first Super Bowl ever where I had to yell, ‘Be quiet — I’m trying to hear the poem!’” Kimmel said.

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The Crowd, the Quiet, the Cutouts: A Strange Year at the Super Bowl

Did it feel like a home game for Tampa Bay? Benjamin Hoffman, who covered the game for The Times, shared the view from his seat.

#football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #national-football-league, #new-york-times, #super-bowl, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

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At the Super Bowl, the N.F.L.’s Social Message Is Muddled

The N.F.L. espoused racial unity and praised health care workers. But its inaction on racial diversity, its stereotypic imagery and its decision to host a potential superspreader event said something different.

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Britt Reid, Son of Chiefs Coach, Drank Alcohol Ahead of Car Crash

Reid told the police he had “two or three drinks” before slamming into a car that carried two small children last week. One is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

#football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #reid-andy, #super-bowl, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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10 Things You Might Have Missed at the Super Bowl

Between the puppies, a streaker, Bruce Springsteen, a hologram and the Weeknd’s hall of mirrors, all we can say is “No, no, no. Wow. Wow.”

#cyrus-miley, #football, #gorman-amanda, #idol-billy, #springsteen-bruce, #super-bowl

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