The Watkins Award honors a Black student-athlete who has excelled on the field, in the classroom and community. (Courtesy Photo)

Watkins Award Honors Nation’s Top Black HS Players

THE AFRO — For 30 years the National Alliance of African American Athletes has created a movement amongst young high school football talent. […read more]

Bengals’ tackle Cordy Glenn goes to work in the Bengal’s Thursday Night Football game against Baltimore.
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Glenn is the Anchor Cincy Needed

CINCINNATI HERALD — Anyone that knows football knows that a quarterback is the single most valuable asset on a football team. When the draft comes around you can pick the wrong position player at any other position. You pick the wrong quarterback the team is in trouble. […read more]


Dolphins Win Home Opener

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — After two weather delays the Dolphins opening game became the longest game since the 1970 AFL merger. The previous record was in 2013 when the Bears played the Ravens, a game that lasted 5 hours and 16 minutes. Sunday’s game was approximately 7 hours and 10 minutes, breaking the previous record. The lightning delay didn’t appear to impact the Dolphins’ focus. This isn’t the first-time weather caused a delay. Last year because of the hurricane, the Dolphins first game was cancelled, forcing them to play 16 straight games without a bye week. […read more]


SPORTS DIGEST: Chargers, Rams open the season against Chiefs, Raiders

LOS ANGELES WAVE — After four weeks of inconsequential games, the NFL returns for real this week with the season opener Sept. 6 between the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons, followed by a full slate of Sunday games and then two Monday night games, with the Rams versus the Raiders in Oakland ending the first week of the season at 7 p.m. Sept. 10. […read more]


The Unwritten Rules of the NFL

Ty Schalter, BLEACHER REPORT   ( — NFL football is played by two sets of rules. There are the official playing rules and casebook, available for anyone to freely read at; the guidelines on everything from air pressure to zebras are contained within. The Read More


Gary Kubiak Takes over Broncos

  (—Gary Kubiak has agreed to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos, the team announced Monday. Kubiak’s deal is for four years, according to multiple reports. He spent the past season as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator. Before joining the Ravens’ staff, Kubiak had Read More


NFL Investigating Patriots’ Footballs

Mike Reiss, ESPN   (—The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs during their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s rain-soaked AFC Championship Game. A league spokesman confirmed the investigation, which was first reported Sunday by television station WTHR in Read More


NFL Black Monday Tracker 2014

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED   (—Black Monday is here. Which coaches and GMs will get their walking papers with the 2014 season in the books? Find all the latest updates on firings below. Bears Fire: head coach Marc Trestman, GM Phil Emery • Tale Read More


Peterson Eligibility Sought by NFLPA

Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, ESPN   (—The NFL Players Association sent a letter to the NFL on Friday, calling for the immediate reinstatement of Adrian Peterson per the agreement the sides made for the Minnesota Vikings running back to go on the commissioner’s exempt list in September, according Read More


Broncos Release CB Champ Bailey

PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Champ Bailey spent a decade with the Denver Broncos, making eight Pro Bowls and picking off 34 passes even with quarterbacks only reluctantly glancing his way. This number was hard to overlook: $10 million. In a salary-cap Read More


The 12 Immutable Rules of Watching Thanksgiving Football

[Forbes] The great Jason Gay has spent the last three Thanksgivings detailing the many, many, many rules of Thanksgiving touch football. He is the congressional oversight committee of Thanksgiving touch football. But his rules, awesome as they are, overlook one little thing: Most people don’t play football on Thanksgiving. Read More


Many High School Athletes at Greater Concussion Risk Than College Counterparts: Report

[CBS News] The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council report that in many sports, high school athletes have a higher risk of getting a concussion than college players. In a joint report published on Oct. 30 by the research organizations, a panel of medical experts found Read More


Jimmy Graham–A True Baller

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   That’s right, Jimmy Graham!  Most of the public is only recently becoming aware of the story of Jimmy Graham.  I find this very unfortunate, but true. Jimmy Graham is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints football team.  Read More

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Passionate about the Wrong Things

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I was in a cab just the other day when the driver chided me for not knowing football.  He was a big Redskins (I call them the Deadskins because they need to change their name) fan, and was obsessed with Read More

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What about Kasandra Perkins?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   By now, it’s old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter. By now we’ve read about how great a teammate Belcher was, Read More