November 18, 2013 |
They are the darlings of the NFL - Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco - but it isn't always the November darlings that wind up lifting the Lombardi Trophy in February. Last season, for instance, the eventual-champion Baltimore Ravens lost four of five games in December before igniting in the playoffs and going on their run. There are similar stories for other recent Super Bowl winners. So, while it's easy to be distracted by the so-called elite teams in the NFL, there's also a second tier of teams who have risen from the ashes of shaky starts and, though they don't lead their respective divisions, have played their way to relevance.
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November 15, 2013
Mike McCormack Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack, 83, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, died of natural causes Friday in Palm Desert, where he had a winter home, the Carolina Panthers said. During his five decades in professional football, McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions, including president of the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound McCormack was a dominant offensive lineman for the Browns, helping the franchise win NFL championships in 1954 and 1955.
December 1, 2012 |
Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to the team's practice facility and killed himself in front of team officials, police said Saturday. Police confirmed to the Kansas City Star the player was Belcher , 25, one of the team's starting linebackers and a four-year veteran of the NFL. PHOTOS: Jovan Belcher's NFL career In a briefing outside of Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Police Department spokesman Darin Snapp said the player shot his girlfriend “several times” at about 7:50 a.m. local time Saturday.
December 1, 2012 |
The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Carolina Panthers in an NFL game as scheduled at 10 a.m. PST on Sunday, barely 24 hours after starting linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend at their home and minutes later took his life at Arrowhead Stadium. “After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow's game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time,” read a statement on the Panthers' official website.
November 11, 2012 |
ESPN, citing a source familiar with the discussions, reported Sunday that high-powered California political officials have been courting Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson about moving the franchise to Los Angeles. The Panthers are one of four teams that own their own stadium, so they could move without breaking a lease. And the politicians reportedly spoke to Richardson at the recent Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was chairman of the convention.
October 24, 2012 |
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee needs surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right big toe and will miss the rest of the season. Lee was put on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday morning, according to Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com. The third-year player hurt his toe during the second half of Sunday's 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers. He initially stayed in the game but eventually left and said later that he was "hurting the team by being out there. " Reports about the extent of Lee's injury started surfacing Tuesday, but it was the Cowboys' day off, so there were no news conferences or open locker room period.