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Junior Seau's Family Not Allowed To Speak At Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Jul 24, 2015 3:51 PM

Junior Seau's family will not be allowed to speak at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Aug. 8th.

Seau had told this family if he ever made it, he wanted his daughter, Sydney, to introduce him.

The Hall of Fame will only show a video that will commemorate his career, while avoiding questions about his suicide in 2012 and the subsequent diagnosis of traumatic brain injury that doctors said they believed was brought on by hits to his head. Nor will the video mention the lawsuit that Seau’s family has filed against the N.F.L., which is trying to curb injuries in active players and address brain disease in thousands of retired ones.

“It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful,” Sydney said. “I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him.”

Seau’s brain injury and suicide have nothing to with the decision to only show a video, according to Joe Horrigan, a spokesman for the Hall of Fame who has overseen the ceremony for about 20 years.

 

For deceased inductees, presenters spoke but Horrigan said they often repeated what was in the video, prolonging an already lengthy ceremony. So a few years ago, the Hall eliminated speeches in these cases.

“There was an acceptance speech for deceased players but it got redundant,” Horrigan said. “The honor is supposed to be for the individual.”

Ken Belson/New York Times

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Philip Rivers Showing 'Little Urgency' In Negotiating With Chargers

Jul 20, 2015 1:07 PM

Philip Rivers has been showing "little urgency" in negotiating with the San Diego Chargers on a new deal.

The Chargers, however, maintain hope of signing Rivers to a new deal.

Rivers has been reluctant to commit to the Chargers with the franchise potentially moving to Los Angeles.

Rivers has subsequently said that he’s “willing to listen to anything” when it comes to an extension and that it “would be awesome” to remain with the Chargers.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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L.A. Coliseum Offers To Host One NFL Team

Jul 9, 2015 11:00 PM

USC, which operates the Coliseum, confirmed Thursday it will submit a proposal to the NFL. But under the terms of USC's lease with the Coliseum Commission, the university can host only one team at the stadium on a temporary basis of up to four years.

 

"USC will be responding to the NFL's RFP [request for proposal] and we hope to welcome an NFL team into the Coliseum starting in the 2016 season," Todd Dickey, USC's senior vice president for administration, said in a written statement.

The Rose Bowl decision was especially surprising because in 2005, when the venue gave up its bid to be a permanent NFL home, Pasadena funded an environmental impact report to position the Rose Bowl as a temporary site. 

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Rose Bowl Not Interested In Being Temporary NFL Home

Jul 9, 2015 10:52 PM

Officials of the Rose Bowl do not want their stadium to serve as a temporary home for an NFL team that relocates to Los Angeles.

The RBOC, which runs the Pasadena stadium, decided it was more productive and lucrative for the Rose Bowl to pursue a music and arts festival, which would take place annually during three days in June.

 

“We believe that a music and arts festival is more fitting with Pasadena's brand and with the future of the stadium,” said Victor Gordo, RBOC president and a member of the Pasadena City Council. “With our desire to have certainty of finances of the stadium, and to have a world-class event that's fitting of the city.”

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

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Antonio Gates Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

Jul 2, 2015 4:47 PM

Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

In a statement, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, but he acknowledged he did take supplements this offseason and would accept the consequences.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Gates said. "I'd like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Suspension

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NFL Could Use 27,000-Seat Soccer Stadium As Temporary L.A. Venue

Jun 27, 2015 9:58 AM

The NFL has considered moving a team to the StubHub Center in Carson, California as a temporary home for a relocated team to Los Angeles.

The venue is home to the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS and seats just 27,000.

Other temporary stadiums under consideration are the Rose Bowl (where UCLA plays), the L.A. Coliseum (where USC plays) and Major League Baseball’s Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium. All of those are much larger than the StubHub Center, but all of them might also have scheduling conflicts with an NFL team.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Eric Weddle: Chargers Don't Have Me In Long-Term Plans

Jun 17, 2015 12:16 PM

Eric Weddle said the San Diego Chargers have misrepresented the nature of their contract talks.

"Despite our attempts to discuss an extension on multiple occasions, unfortunately the desire has not been mutual," Weddle said. "Contrary to what has recently been said by upper management, there has never been any financial numbers discussed, and the Chargers have never put an offer on the table for us to consider.

"It's obvious that I'm not part of this organization's long-term plan. The NFL is a business, and I can accept that. I just wish the organization had been up-front with me from Day 1."

Weddle is entering the final season of his contract at the age of 30 and has skipped the Chargers' voluntary workouts.

Weddle is the only safety in the NFL named first or second-team All-Pro for five straight seasons. Weddle is scheduled to make $7.5 million in base salary in the final year of a five-year, $40 million deal. 

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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NFL To Hold Additional Meeting On Los Angeles In August

Jun 4, 2015 12:31 PM

The NFL owners will have an additional meeting in August to discuss the future of the league in Los Angeles.

The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams each have interest in moving to Los Angeles.

No major news is expected out of the meeting. The conference will be used as a timeline and process update, focused on the progress of home markets (Oakland, San Diego, St. Louis) to keep their teams.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Chargers Table Extension Talks With Eric Weddle

Jun 1, 2015 7:41 PM

The San Diego Chargers have decided to table extension talks with Eric Weddle until the 2015 offseason.

Weddle has been skipping OTAs in hopes of a new contract.

Weddle expects to test free agency.

The Chargers' Defensive Player of the Year three of the past four seasons, Weddle told the San Diego Tribune in April that he felt "highly disrespected" by the organization.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ex-Teammate: Rivers Far More Approachable Than Peyton

May 28, 2015 12:07 PM

Peyton Manning has been affable pitchman in commercials, but his qualities as a teammate have been uneven.

Manning once called Mike Vanderjagt an "idiot kicker" and there's been countless shots over the years visibly disgusted with the performance of teammates.

Orlando Franklin signed with the San Diego Chargers this offseason and he's enjoyed working with Philip Rivers.

"One thing I noticed immediately when I got here is that Philip Rivers is definitely more approachable than Peyton," Franklin said on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. "I don't know if it was because I was a lot younger being that I met Peyton in my second season and now meeting Philip going into my fifth season but definitely I will say Philip is more approachable than Peyton."

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