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What Brees could have meant to San Diego

What Brees could have meant to San Diego

As the ageless Drew Brees continued his milestone tour, his NFL records overlapped with the historic Navy-Notre Dame series visiting San Diego.  It reminds me fate prevented Brees from saving his city’s NFL franchise. I mean San Diego, not New Orleans – the one he actually...

The lost San Diego legacy of Alex Spanos

The lost San Diego legacy of Alex Spanos

Alex Spanos died on Tuesday at age 95 and reports across the nation identified him as owner of the Los Angeles Chargers. What a complicated yet fittingly sterile final chapter to his legacy as a National Football League franchise owner.He should be remembered for the team's...

Paying back a mentor who opened doors

Paying back a mentor who opened doors

A light drizzle fell midway through the 12th annual Jimmy Raye Youth Foundation free football camp as NFL coaches and players ran kids through drills Tuesday at Raye's alma mater, E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville, N.C.Then-Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, a...

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s players thrive on chances to show ACC schools they were overlooked, but the Pirates were beaten last week by another team motivated by the desire to prove themselves.North Carolina A&T, a Football Championship...

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...