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Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

The football gap separating the old-school game and its new era adapting to the times was revealed as wide as the Grand Canyon at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days last month in Charlotte, N.C. The concussion subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was teed up...

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

By now, the slicing and dicing of Frank Ragnow's measurables is complete.The Detroit Lions examined the height, weight and quickness of the 6-foot-5, 312-pound center from Arkansas. They used their first-round draft pick on him. ... Click here for the Detroit Free...

The 1967 NFL Draft that changed face of the league

The 1967 NFL Draft that changed face of the league

A half-century ago the NFL Draft was so low key and simple NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle stood at a chalkboard in a New York hotel ballroom. He scrawled names in chalk as they were called out.The overwhelming anticipation hovering over the draft was not who would go where. It was...

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thomas Sirk is sending a message for NFL scouts: Good things come in pairs. Sirk played quarterback at two colleges, Duke and East Carolina. He earned two degrees, a bachelor’s in political science and masters in liberal arts. Now he’s trying to show NFL scouts...

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker QueenBy Lori LeachmanClick here: A daughter's tale of family and football* * * Lori Leachman, an economics professor at Duke University, is the daughter of Lamar Leachman, a former NFL assistant coach with the Detroit Lions...

Mayfield and Manziel owe their universities

Mayfield and Manziel owe their universities

Baker Mayfield reminds me of Johnny Manziel.I state that meaning beyond the fact they are short quarterbacks that won the Heisman Trophy thanks to 4,000-yard passing seasons inflated by a spread offense. But that’s not all.They also share tasteless gesticulating and showboating...

Daniel Jones brings NFL talent to Quick Lane Bowl

Daniel Jones brings NFL talent to Quick Lane Bowl

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones is still considered an NFL prospect despite and up-and-down season. Duke's 4-0 start was followed by a six-game losing streak and two wins at the end to clinch a berth in the Quick Lane Bowl.My story on Duke quarterback Daniel Jones in the Detroit...

My Rashaan Salaam 2003 comeback story

My Rashaan Salaam 2003 comeback story

Note: My Union-Tribune story from March 25, 2003 at the start of Rashaan Salaam’s rookie year. By Tom Shanahan, Staff Writer BOCA RATON, Fla. – Rashaan Salaam is discussing the mistakes he made in the NFL, and his hopes for a comeback at age 28. As he drives his Land...

My Rashaan Salaam rookie year story

My Rashaan Salaam rookie year story

Note: My San Diego Union-Tribune story from Sept. 22, 1995 at the start of Rashaan Salaam’s rookie year.By Tom Shanahan, Staff WriterCHICAGO – Rashaan Salaam drives to work past mansions in suburban Lake Forest along the Lake Michigan shore.  He takes a narrow road, leading...

Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame

Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s rout of USC last week changed more than the Irish’s national ranking with a climb into the top 10. The Irish are no longer underrated.Old Notre Dame historically has received the benefit of doubt if not overrated, but a 5-1 start...