NEW YORK -- Chuck Muncie, a three-time Pro Bowl
running back who once held the National Football League record for rushing touchdowns in a season before his career was cut short by cocaine use, has died.
He was 60.
He died Monday of a heart attack, according to the NFL’s website
, citing the San Diego Chargers
, his final team in the league. No further details were provided.
INDIANAPOLIS – Court suits continue
between the NFL and more than 4,000 former players who allege that for
decades the league hid the dangers of concussions.
But some players in
those suits also have joined an NFL-backed initiative to make the game
safer for kids.
USA Football, a national youth
organization supported by the NFL, brought more than 50 ex-players here
Wednesday to train them as “ambassadors” for its expanding Heads Up
Many are former players who are plaintiffs in the suits
that also allege the NFL failed to warn them about potential long-term
effects of concussions such as depression and dementia.
SANTA CLARA -- A coalition of civil rights groups is threatening to sue over what it calls a lack of minority-owned businesses working on the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium, though project officials deny those claims and say they gave contractors of all races an equal opportunity to participate.
The budding hot-button issue centers on the racial breakdown of the owners of companies that won dozens of lucrative contracts to build the $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium, a tricky proposition in a state that has banned affirmative action.
NEW YORK (BP) -- They were all-league standouts for their teams in their respective conferences.
Subsequently they were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February to show their talents.
Now less than two months after that weekend in Indianapolis, Florida A&M linebacker Brandon Hepburn and Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead got the call that every college football player waits for.
These pair of HBCU athletes are now headed to the National Football League.
It began last Friday when the three-time All-SWAC selection and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff lineman was selected the No.
GREEN BAY – Failing to get back to the Super Bowl after
winning it in 2011 forced the Green Bay Packers to go back to the drawing board
and ask themselves what happened in the last two postseasons.
Nation had more questions than answers about the lack of the team showing up
and matching the toughness of the New York Giants, who beat the Pack at Lambeau
Field in the 2012 Divisional Playoffs.
Colin Kaepernick, the speedy San Francisco quarterback, ran by the Green
Bay defense so many times in the second round of the 2013 playoffs in San
Francisco that head coach Mike McCarthy sent his defensive assistants to Texas
A&M recently to get advice on how to stop a running, throwing signal
NEW YORK -- The NFL has announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2013, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 5 and concludes on Sunday, December 29 with 16 division games.
The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 5 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will feature the defending-champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in a rematch of last year’s double-overtime AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.
The league will use the money to fund a ''common good'' trust over the next eight years that will help retired players with an array of issues including medical expenses, housing and career transition.
The settlement also establishes a licensing agency for retired players to ensure they are compensated for the use of their identities in promotional materials
NEW YORK -- Since 1982, Joe Flacco and all other NFL players have known exactly what other players in the league are earning, and as a result, it has made it a lot easier for them and their agents to determine their own value when negotiating contracts with the owners.
Flacco and his agent should send a little thank you card to the players that went on strike that year.
In 1982, our NFL Players Association demanded, among other things, that its members receive 55% of the league's gross revenues.
NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BP) -- Just over two weeks after the Baltimore Ravens won their second Super Bowl, the NFL returns to the spotlight with their yearly Scouting Combine.
Dubbed by some wags as the "Underwear Olympics", some 300 or so former college players will be given another opportunity to show their talents.
Each February, some of the best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft.
NEW YORK -- At one point during the NFL Network’s supersized pregame show for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Deion Sanders addressed the issue of concussions in the NFL and said he thought that he thought people were exaggerating their problems to get involved in lawsuits against the league.
“The game is a safe game, the equipment is better, I don’t buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. I’m not buying all that,” Sanders said.
“Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal.
GREEN BAY -- Donald Driver wasn’t ready to give up the game of
football after 14 seasons.
In his mind,
he had to come to that conclusion that signaled the end of his journey in the
Driver’s role in his last season was reduced to
getting little or no playing time.
even asked to play on special teams, something that usually isn’t assigned to a
player of his caliber but to a rookie or second year player.
The skinny kid from Alcorn State
wanted to feel a part of the Green Bay Packers by getting on the field some
kind of way.
NEW ORLEANS -- If you think you're having a bad week, think again. It could be worse, you could be the National Football League.
Usually the week leading up the Super Bowl is one that celebrates the
positives of the Nation's most successful professional sports league.
Media members from all over the world converge on the host city, as do the two teams participating in the game.
They're joined by league executives, players, celebrities, and the
fans lucky enough, or wealthy enough to land a ticket to the big game.
NEW ORLEANS -- Three black former NFL coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies -- eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions -- were all filled by white candidates since the regular season ended a month ago.
"I know the concept is good and something we need to do," said Tony Dungy, who was with the Indianapolis Colts
during the 2006 season when he became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl.
NEW ORLEANS -- One of the biggest stories throughout Super Bowl week has nothing to do with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, but everything to do with the future of the National Football League.
More than 3,800 retired NFL players and their families are suing the National Football League, believing the Lords of the Pigskin willfully withheld information relating to the impact concussions had on football players and related safety issues.
The issue – the future of the National Football League, the safety of the game and how football is played “colliding together” with the future of the NFL at stake.
CHICAGO – This was supposed to be a season-saving game
for the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, Sunday afternoon, and an NFC North clincher for
the Green Bay Packers.
The rivalry was
there and so was the intensity. Both
teams met for the 186 time in their long history.
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall trash-talked the Green
Bay Packers and dared them to give him single coverage.
He burned the Green Bay defense in one of the
rare times that he was single-covered.
GREEN BAY – Minnesota did Green Bay a favor earlier in
the day to beat the Chicago Bears at home, Dec. 9.
The Packers looked to take sole possession of
the NFC North if they could get by the Detroit Lions in the Sunday night game
at Lambeau Field.
The bad weather should’ve favored the Packers because
it’s December, and they play their home games outdoors, unlike Detroit, who
play indoors at home.
The Lions ran off
two touchdowns in the first half, and they were just warming up.
DALLAS -- Jerry Brown, Jr. a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad was killed in an early morning car crash in Irving.
His teammate, nose tackle Josh Brent, was driving the car and has been arrested on an intoxicated manslaughter charge, police said.
According to police, Brent, 24, was driving west on the 1400 block of the East State Highway 114 service road at a high rate of speed at around 2:21 a.m. Saturday.
His 2007 Mercedes “hit the outside curb,” flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road, police said.
KANSAS CITY -- Romeo Crennel likes to say his best quality is his even spirit. He learned it from his father, a lifetime military man.
In the midst of battle, the advantage is with the man who can keep his mind, and Romeo has always remembered this.
Stiff upper lip and all of that.
He’s worked for and around screamers, from Bill Parcells to Bill Belichick, from Charlie Weis to Todd Haley. Those men scream and they curse. Romeo has always smiled and hugged.
This is his way. Always has been, even when people have wondered if a man can really make it in football without being an ornery old cuss.
MILWAUKEE --What’s wrong with the Green Bay Packers? I have no idea, and neither does the organization, the coaching staff, the players or the fans.
This had been unexpected and far below the expectations of the team. The goal around Titletown U.S.A. is to win a championship every year.
Isn’t that the goal of every NFL team every year, so why is it any different up in Green Bay?
Here’s why Packer Nation is disappointed: They expected the same production from the team this year as last year.
HOUSTON -- I keep hearing from people who say former NFL players knew what they
were getting into when they started playing football, so significant
brain injuries are just part of the game and they should get over it.
Even as one who thinks there are too many lawsuits over some
perceived mistreatment, I believe that is a ridiculous, almost
indefensible position to take in this discussion.
People who so casually
say such things are ignorant.
The recent talk about concussions has felt like overkill, and
overkill can make you think things that just aren’t true.