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NFL Announces 32 Nominees For 2018 Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

Dec 6, 2018 9:11 AM

The NFL has announced the 32 nominees for the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

"The Man of the Year Award gives us the opportunity to acknowledge 32 exemplary players whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the field," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "This year's nominees have used their platforms to transform communities across the country. We are proud of their work and celebrate their dedication and impact through this award."

Below is the list of the 2018 nominees:

Arizona Cardinals S Antoine Bethea

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett

Baltimore Ravens CB Brandon Carr

Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander

Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers

Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton

Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap

Cleveland Browns LB Christian Kirksey

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Green Bay Packers NT Kenny Clark

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus

Indianapolis Colts DE Jabaal Sheard

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles

Kansas City Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt

Los Angeles Chargers DT Corey Liuget

Los Angeles Rams OT Andrew Whitworth

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph

New England Patriots S Devin McCourty

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram

New York Giants S Michael Thomas

New York Jets OT Kelvin Beachum

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch

Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cameron Heyward

San Francisco 49ers K Robbie Gould

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy

Tennessee Titans DT Jurrell Casey

Washington TE Vernon Davis

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Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed Headline HOF Semifinalists

Nov 21, 2018 10:03 AM

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has unveiled their 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Class of 2019.

Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed headline the list.

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Steelers Plan To 'Simplify' Defensive Game Plan

Sep 21, 2018 9:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to simplify their defensive game plan after giving up 42 points to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.

The Steelers are 0-1-1 heading into Monday night's game against the red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler admitted to trying to "do too much" with the Kansas City game plan, leading to breakdowns in communication.

"It's not an excuse, but I think simplifying the game plan, letting us line up and make plays, line up to what we see [will help]," Joe Haden said. "We have to do a lot of film study, study the receivers and see where they line up at. And since they throw with timing, we've got to get a feel for the concepts."

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Steelers Plan On Rejecting Trade Interest In Martavis Bryant

Feb 28, 2018 5:11 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan on keeping Martavis Bryant and will reject trade inquiries they receive.

Bryant wanted to be traded early in the 2017 season but his production increased in the second half. The Steelers also have Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster on their depth chart at wide receiver.

“We have never ever made one phone call about Martavis Bryant for a trade,” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Martavis Bryant is a Pittsburgh Steeler and we want him to continue to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. A lot of kids don’t make it back from a one-year suspension, but he did. We are not in the trade market for [Bryant].”

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Tom Brady Wins Third MVP Of Career

Feb 4, 2018 11:53 AM

Tom Brady has been named MVP of the NFL for the third time in his career.

Brady is the oldest player to win the award at age 40, 184 days.

Brady received 40 of 50 votes with Todd Gurley and Carson Wentz taking eight and two votes respectively.

Brady led the NFL in passing yards (4,577) while finishing third in adjusted yards per attempt (8.36), passing touchdowns (32) and passer rating (102.8).

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2017 All-Pro Team: Rams Lead With Six Selections

Jan 5, 2018 2:19 PM

Antonio Brown was the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team.

The Los Angeles Rams led all teams with six selections.

The full AP 2017 NFL All-Pro Team:

First Team


Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England

Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Flex: Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, New England

Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

Left Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams

Right Tackle: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia

Left Guard: Andrew Norwell, Carolina

Right Guard: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh

Center: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia


Edge Rushers: Calais Campbell, Jacksonville; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans

Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh

Linebackers: Chandler Jones, Arizona; Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle

Cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota

Safeties: Kevin Byard, Tennessee; Harrison Smith, Minnesota

Defensive Back: Darius Slay, Detroit

Special Teams

Placekicker: Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams

Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams

Kick Returner: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams

Punt Returner: Jamal Agnew, Detroit

Special Teamer: Budda Baker, Arizona

Second Team


Quarterback: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia

Running Back: Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

Flex: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans

Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City

Wide Receivers: Julio Jones, Atlanta; Adam Thielen, Minnesota

Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay

Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City, and Daryl Williams, Carolina

Left Guard: Rodger Saffold, Los Angeles Rams

Right Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas

Center: Alex Mack, Atlanta


Edge Rushers: Everson Griffen, Minnesota; Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas

Interior Linemen: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville

Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore; Telvin Smith, Jacksonville

Cornerbacks: Casey Hayward, Los Angles Chargers; A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville

Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Micah Hyde, Buffalo

Defensive Back: Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota

Special Teams

Place kicker: Brett Kern, Tennessee

Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle

Punt Returner: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams

Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England

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Steelers, Eagles, Saints Lead NFL In Pro Bowlers (Full Rosters)

Dec 20, 2017 8:42 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers led the entire NFL in Pro bowl selections with eight, while the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints had six apiece in the NFC.

The Saints are also the first team in more than 42 years to have two running backs named to the team in Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

* Indicates starter

AFC Pro Bowl Roster


Wide receiver: Antonio Brown*, Steelers; DeAndre Hopkins*, Texans; A.J. Green, Bengals; Keenan Allen, Chargers

Tackle: Alejandro Villanueva*, Steelers; Taylor Lewan*, Titans; Donald Penn, Raiders;

Guard: Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro*, Steelers; Richie Incognito, Bills

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Steelers; Rodney Hudson, Raiders

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Quarterback: Tom Brady*, Patriots; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Running back: Le'Veon Bell*, Steelers; Kareem Hunt, Chiefs; LeSean McCoy, Bills

Fullback: James Develin*, Patriots


Defense end: Joey Bosa*, Chargers; Calais Campbell*, Jaguars; Khalil Mack, Raiders

Interior linemen: Geno Atkins*, Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Titans; Malik Jackson, Jaguars

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Texans; Terrell Suggs, Ravens

Inside/middle linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Ravens; Ryan Shazier, Steelers

Cornerback: A.J. Bouye*, Jaguars; Jalen Ramsey*, Jaguars; Aqib Talib, Broncos; Casey Hayward, Chargers

Free safety: Eric Weddle*, Ravens

Strong safety: Reshad Jones*, Dolphins; Micah Hyde, Bills

Special Teams

Punter: Brett Kern*, Titans

Kicker: Chris Boswell*, Steelers

Return specialist: Tyreek Hill*, Chiefs

Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, Patriots

NFC Pro Bowl Roster


Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Falcons; Adam Thielen*, Vikings; Michael Thomas, Saints; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Cowboys; Trent Williams*, Redskins; Lane Johnson, Eagles

Guard: Zack Martin*, Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Eagles; Brandon Scherff, Redskins

Center: Alex Mack*, Falcons; Travis Frederick, Cowboys

Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Eagles; Jimmy Graham, Seahawks

Quarterback: Carson Wentz*, Eagles; Russell Wilson, Seahawks; Drew Brees, Saints

Running back: Todd Gurley*, Rams; Alvin Kamara, Saints; Mark Ingram, Saints

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, 49ers


Defensive end: Everson Griffen*, Vikings; Demarcus Lawrence*, Cowboys; Cameron Jordan, Saints

Interior linemen: Fletcher Cox*, Eagles; Aaron Donald*, Rams; Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers;

Outside linebacker: Chandler Jones*, Cardinals; Ryan Kerrigan*, Redskins; Anthony Barr, Vikings

Inside/middle linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seahawks

Cornerback: Xavier Rhodes*, Vikings; Patrick Peterson*, Cardinals; Marshon Lattimore, Saints; Darius Slay, Lions

Free safety: Earl Thomas*, Seahawks

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, Giants; Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles

Special teams

Punter: Johnny Hekker*, Rams

Kicker: Greg Zuerlein*, Rams

Return specialist: Pharoh Cooper*, Rams

Special teamer: Budda Baker*, Cardinals

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Michael Bennett, Alex Smith Headline 2017 Walter Payton Award Nominees

Dec 7, 2017 8:24 PM

The NFL has released their list of nominees for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson

Atlanta Falcons: Ben Garland

Baltimore Ravens: Benjamin Watson

Buffalo Bills: Lorenzo Alexander

Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen

Chicago Bears: Sam Acho

Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Johnson

Cleveland Browns: Randall Telfer

Dallas Cowboys: Travis Frederick

Denver Broncos: Chris Harris Jr.

Detroit Lions: Haloti Ngata

Green Bay Packers: Clay Matthews

Houston Texans: J.J. Watt

Indianapolis Colts: Darius Butler

Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Jackson

Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith

Los Angeles Chargers: Casey Hayward

Los Angeles Rams: Rodger Saffold

Miami Dolphins: Kenny Stills

Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Rudolph

New England Patriots: Nate Solder

New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan

New York Giants: Mark Herzlich

New York Jets: Quincy Enunwa

Oakland Raiders: Bruce Irvin

Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins

Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward

San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Pinion

Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Clinton McDonald

Tennessee Titans: Wesley Woodyard

Washington Redskins: Nick Sundberg

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Case Keenum Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Month

Nov 30, 2017 11:15 AM

Case Keenum has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for November.

Keenum led the Vikings to a 3-0 record to go with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

Here are the other player of the month honors for November:

Saints DE Cam Jordan, NFC Defensive Player of the Month: Jordan had three sacks in November.

Rams K Greg Zuerlein, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month: Zuerlein went 12 of 12 on field goals and 11 of 12 on PATs.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, AFC Offensive Player of the Month: Brady threw for at least three TDs in each game this past month and went 3-0 for New England.

Chargers CB Casey Hayward, AFC Defensive Player of the Month: Hayward had three interceptions in November for the streaking Chargers.

Ravens K Justin Tucker, AFC Special Teams Player of the Month: Tucker went 6 of 6 on field goals and 8 of 8 on PATs.

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Matt Ryan Becomes Fastest To 40,000 Passing Yards

Nov 13, 2017 8:21 AM

Matt Ryan threw for 215 yards as the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, allowing him to become the fastest player in NFL history to surpass 40,000 passing yards.

Ryan has 40,073 yards through 151 career games. Drew Brees, previously the fastest to the mark, needed 152 career games.

"I've been fortunate to play with a number of great players throughout my nine-and-a-half or 10 years here,'' Ryan said. "I have been fortunate to be on some really good teams and to be able to stay healthy. I'm proud of that. I hope that there's another 40,000 in there, and I can keep playing for a long time."

Ryan is the 19th quarterback to surpass 40,000 yards in league history.

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Colin Kaepernick Named NFLPA Week 1 Community MVP
Colin Kaepernick is still represented by the players union even though he is not currently employed by an NFL team.

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Matt Ryan Beats Out Tom Brady To Win 2016 NFL MVP
Matt Ryan received 25 votes for MVP while Tom Brady finished second with 10.

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Tomlinson, Warner, Terrell Davis, Jerry Jones Headline HOF Class
LaDainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor were the only players in this class who are first-ballot selections.

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Dak Prescott Beats Out Ezekiel Elliott To Win Offensive Rookie Honors
Dak Prescott received 28 votes compared to 21 for Ezekiel Elliott.


Joey Bosa Named Defensive Rookie Player Of The Year
Joey Bosa had 12.5 sacks despite missing the first four games due to a holdout.


Khalil Mack Wins AP Defensive Player Of The Year By One Vote
Khalil Mack had 11 sacks, took part in 73 tackles, forced five fumbles and recovered three, and even had an interception for a touchdown.

Barry Wilner/AP

Matt Ryan Named 2016 AP Offensive Player Of The Year
Matt Ryan drew 15 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members, beating out Aaron Rodgers.


Matt Ryan Headlines 2016 AP All-Pro Team
The 2016 AP All-Pro Team features three rookies and 17 first-time selections.


Doug Baldwin Unconcerned With Contract Status
Doug Baldwin had a breakout 2015, catching 78 balls for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Cam Newton Nearly Unanimous As NFL MVP
Cam Newton received 48 votes while Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Ron Rivera Named Coach Of The Year
Ron Rivera has been named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

Barry Wilner/AP

Cam Newton Wins Offensive Player Of The Year
Cam Newton had 35 passing touchdowns and an additional 10 rushing while throwing for 3,847 yards.


J.J. Watt Named Defensive Player Of The Year
J.J. Watt joined Lawrence Taylor as the only players to win the award three times.

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Marcus Peters Named Defensive Rookie Of The Year
Marcus Peters emerged as a lockdown cornerback for the Chiefs.

Todd Gurley Named Offensive Rookie Of The Year
Todd Gurley finished his rookie season with 1,106 yards in 13 games.

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J.J. Watt Named Unanimous Defensive Player Of The Year
J.J. Watt had 20 sacks, 78 tackles -- 29 for losses -- 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.


Seau, Shields, Bettis, Haley, Brown Named To Hall Of Fame
Junior Seau, Will Shields, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown and Charles Haley have been voted into the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

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Aaron Rodgers Wins 2nd NFL MVP Of Career
Aaron Rodgers received 31 MVP votes compared to 13 for J.J. Watt.

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Seau, Warner, Pace Headline Hall Of Fame Finalists
First-year candidates Junior Seau, Kurt Warner and Orlando Pace are among 18 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Watt, Gronkowski Headline All-Pro Team As Unanimous Selections
J.J. Watt received five defensive end votes and the other five for defensive tackle.

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