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July 31, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The NFL Pro Bowl will barely resemble its former self when it is next played on Jan. 26, 2014.  In fact, the game might bear little resemblance to actual football after the changes announced Wednesday by the league and players association are put in place. Perhaps the biggest change is that the Pro Bowl will no longer be a battle between the AFC and NFC. The participating players will still be selected by fans, players and coaches, but without taking conference into consideration.
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March 9, 2013 | Wire reports
James Harrison's snarling tenacity made the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker one of the NFL's most intimidating players for nearly a decade. Big hits - some legal, some not so much - also turned the outspoken five-time Pro Bowler into focal point for a league-wide crackdown on helmet-to-helmet contact. Harrison's outlaw image made him beloved in Pittsburgh but reviled elsewhere. His onerous contract, however, no longer worked for a team with serious salary cap issues. The Steelers released the former defensive player of the year on Saturday when the two sides could not agree on a more cap-friendly deal.
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February 11, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Michael Vick took a significant pay cut to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles and compete for a starting job. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback agreed Monday to a restructured three-year contract with the Eagles, only two seasons after signing a $100-million extension that included $35.5 million in guaranteed money. The new deal is essentially for one year, however. A person familiar with the contract said Vick could earn up to $10 million in 2013 if he meets all of his performance incentives, and the team will void the remaining two years on March 15. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms haven't been released.
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February 2, 2013
I never thought I'd say this, but good job, Bill Plaschke. I'm sick of the exaltation of Ray Lewis [Jan. 30] as a good guy, someone to be admired. It's sad that the NFL has allowed him to be built up as one of its stars. I'm glad Plaschke has taken the time to expose Lewis for what he really is. Rich Rudy San Diego :: After reading Ed Reed's tough talk about illegal hits to the helmet [Jan. 31], he is already showing signs of early-onset dementia — early aging and partial memory loss!
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January 28, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Peyton Manning has built up a lot of credibility in the NFL. The four-time MVP apparently has decided to cash in some of it in an effort to ensure the league's best players continue receiving an annual expenses-paid trip to Hawaii -- a.k.a. the Pro Bowl. Commissioner Roger Goodell has threatened to get rid of the event if players continue to turn in lackluster efforts such as the ones that caused fans to boo last season. Before this year's game on Sunday, Manning told the players that such underwhelming efforts were "unacceptable.
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January 28, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning spent 12 seasons together on the Indianapolis Colts, with Manning taking snaps from Saturday during most of that time. They went their separate ways this year. But with Saturday deciding to call it a career after this season, it was only fitting that they share one final exchange at the Pro Bowl on Sunday. Only one problem -- Manning now plays for an AFC team (the Denver Broncos), and Saturday an NFC team (the Green Bay Packers). Turns out, that wasn't a problem at all -- after all, this is the Pro Bowl we're talking about.
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May 31, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The NFL Pro Bowl isn't going away after all! What great news! Unless you happen to be a fan of watching the absolute best players participate in the game at its absolute highest level. Then you might not be so psyched. But maybe you don't mind that the best players from the best teams in each conference aren't able to take part in the so-called all-star game because they have a little event called the Super Bowl to get ready for the following week. Not to mention all the other top-notch players that will be absent due to being battered around for the last four-plus months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2012 | By Tony Perry and Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Through her tears, Luisa Seau said that there had been no warning of this. How could her son, Junior, who had so much promise in his life and during a glittery football career, want to kill himself? "I don't understand," she wailed. But Seau, 43, a star linebacker at USC and for his hometown San Diego Chargers, apparently ended his life Wednesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Oceanside home. Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend went to the beachfront home about 9:30 a.m. and found him dead in a bedroom.
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April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
No. 23 Detroit Lions: OT Riley Reiff, Iowa - Reiff bounced around the line as a freshman, playing at various spots before replacing Bryan Bulaga (a first-round pick of the Packers) at left tackle as a sophomore. Reiff started all 13 games at left tackle as a junior before deciding to turn pro. If there's a knock on him, it's that his arms are a tad shorter than typical for a left tackle. Comment: Reiff is more of a right tackle playing on the left side. But he was good value for the Lions here with many expecting him to go earlier.
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April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
No. 21 New England Patriots: DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse - - Jones believes his biggest career strides were made during the off-season before his final year when he participated in mixed-martial-arts workouts with his brother, Ultimate Fighting Championship star Jon “Bones” Jones. Comment: With Mark Anderson now in Buffalo, the Patriots badly needed to beef up their pass rush. Jones is very versatile. MORE Photos: 2012 NFL draft picks First round of draft is a rush to judgment NFL considers suspending Pro Bowl after 2013     NFL draft: Patriots take DE Chandler Jones of Syracuse at No. 21  
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