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June 25, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Frank Minnifield and Niko Noga told jurors in the NFL antitrust trial that the league's free agency system has unfairly restricted them from choosing where they want to work. Minnifield, Noga and the six other players who are suing the NFL say the league's Plan B free agency system has cost them money and the opportunity to test their worth on an open market. "I believe pro football players should have rights like everyone else in this room," said Minnifield, a Cleveland Brown defensive back.
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March 22, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla.  - The NFL set scoring and yardage records last season - the league loves that - and had all the hallmarks of competitive balance, including 48% of games that were decided by seven points or fewer, the fourth-most in history. But, as is typical this time of year, there's a push from teams to further tweak the rules. The ideas might be legitimate improvements, or maybe just superfluous tinkering, but that's for team owners to decide at this week's annual meetings, a three-day event at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando.
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December 5, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tim Tebow's dream of playing quarterback for a professional football team might be over in America, or at least the NFL, but Italian league team Milano has offered him a four-month contract. Milano team President Marco Mutti told the Associated Press that the offer has been sent to Tebow's agent and the club is awaiting an answer. “We would be more than happy to have him,” Mutti said. The Milano Seamen lost last season's championship game to the Parma Panthers, 51-28.
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February 19, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - There will be intrigue, just as there is every year with the NFL scouting combine, as the nation's top college football prospects look to turn the heads of their future employers with size, speed and strength. But this year's event promises a little history to go along with the mystery. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, on track to become the first openly gay NFL player, will be working out for teams, as will a record 103 players who opted to forgo their senior seasons and make the early plunge into the draft pool.
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January 29, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
Is this a bad omen for the two groups bidding to bring an NFL franchise to Los Angeles? K.W. Jeter's novel "Noir," set in the 21st century, has a chilling scene in which an investigator stumbles into the End Zone Hotel in L.A. "The place had a pro football motif," Jeter writes, "yellowing posters of numbers and helmeted players on the walls, from a time when there'd been those kinds of teams. . . .
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October 23, 1990 | BOB OATES
Herschel Walker, the 225-pound sprinter who has been turned into a jogger by the Minnesota Vikings, continues to be the most misunderstood football player of our time. The charge that Walker lacks courage was brought into the open on national television Sunday by NBC announcer O.J. Simpson. It is a preposterous charge. The truth is that Walker has all the courage that Simpson ever showed in his NFL career. And to allege otherwise is to slander a veteran athlete irresponsibly.
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December 10, 1991 | BOB OATES
What backup quarterback is playing the NFL's best football in this year of the backup? There are three lively candidates. Steve Beuerlein, Steve Bono and Jeff Kemp have been winning game after game as replacements for, respectively, Troy Aikman at Dallas, Joe Montana and Steve Young at San Francisco, and Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon at Philadelphia. And they aren't alone.
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January 2, 1991 | BOB OATES
This is the winter of the backup quarterback. From coast to coast, as the NFL's 71st regular season wound down over the weekend, more than the usual number of No. 1 quarterbacks were on the bench, and more backups were making winning plays. And no one was more surprised than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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November 29, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
GAME OF THE DAY Cleveland (7-3) at San Francisco (8-2), 5 p.m. TV: ESPN. In a season searching for superpowers comes this week's possible Super Bowl preview. By destroying the Oilers last week, the Browns asserted some command of the AFC Central, although Coach Marty Schottenheimer insists: "We are not elite. We haven't accomplished anything yet." Tell it to the statisticians.
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August 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
Dotted lines are being signed on contracts as pro football training camps get into full swing. Green Bay Packers linebacker Tim Harris signed a two-year contract worth $1.185 million and ended his 11-day holdout today. Harris, the Packers' leader in sacks the last three seasons, called a press conference today to announce his signing. The Packers do not announce the signing of veteran players. He was to participate in his first practice this afternoon.
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December 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
They coach the same game, with the same-sized fields and same oblong ball. They both wear whistles, headsets and sunglasses that hide sleep-starved eyes closer to Xs than O's. But the difference between being a head football coach in college and the NFL is like the difference between Wal-Mart and Wall Street. "When you're in the NFL, and you're going to do something that's going to help you win, no one ever says, 'What does it cost?'" said Jerry Glanville, who coached at Portland State more than a decade after coaching the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.
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December 5, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tim Tebow's dream of playing quarterback for a professional football team might be over in America, or at least the NFL, but Italian league team Milano has offered him a four-month contract. Milano team President Marco Mutti told the Associated Press that the offer has been sent to Tebow's agent and the club is awaiting an answer. “We would be more than happy to have him,” Mutti said. The Milano Seamen lost last season's championship game to the Parma Panthers, 51-28.
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November 22, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The big story in the NFL this weekend is Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. Or is it? The matchup of two of the premier quarterbacks in the history of the game, the Denver Broncos' Manning and the New England Patriots' Brady, is where the NFL wants our goose bumps. There is no denying the attraction. Both teams are very good. Manning is chasing Brady's single-season touchdown passing record of 50. The game is in the prime-time Sunday night spot, where the best in the business, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, broadcast and analyze the action.
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November 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0 and the NFL's only undefeated team. But how good are they, really? We'll know a lot more Sunday when the Chiefs play at Denver in a pivotal AFC West showdown. None of the teams the Chiefs have beaten have a winning record, but the Broncos are 8-1 and have Peyton Manning, who is in good position to win an unprecedented fifth most-valuable-player award. Manning took a physical beating in Sunday's victory at San Diego and had an MRI exam on his sore right ankle Monday, but the examination revealed no new damage.
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November 6, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
WASHINGTON (3-5) AT MINNESOTA (1-7) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PST. Line: Redskins by 2 1/2. Over/under: 50 1/2. Sam Farmer's pick: Robert Griffin III is coming off his best game of the season, and he got good protection in that overtime victory over San Diego. He faces a defense that is missing three starters in the secondary and its two top nose tackles. Redskins 27, Vikings 24
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September 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Denver is unstoppable. Baltimore is toast. San Diego chokes. So do Washington and the New York Giants. Detroit and Kansas City have finally turned the corner. It's so tempting to look at what happened in Week 1 of the NFL season and extrapolate the way the rest of the fall will unfold. We do it every year, forever forgetting that the snapshot we get in the first couple of weeks of the regular season is almost always deceiving. Let's look back at some of what we gathered from the first two weeks of the 2012 season, and how our initial impressions weren't always on target: •Watch out, single-season sack record.
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September 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NFL Thursday NEW YORK JETS (1-0) AT NEW ENGLAND (1-0) TV: NFL Network, 5:15. Line: Patriots by 12. Over/under: 43 1/2 Sam Farmer's pick: Patriots have won their last four against the Jets and 17 of last 22. Tom Brady isn't going to let them lose this, not at home, and not against a rookie quarterback. Patriots 31, Jets 17.
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August 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Christian Fauria spent 13 seasons as an NFL tight end. He won two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. He understands the hunger for any possible physical edge. But he said he couldn't bring himself to use human growth hormone. He did buy it though. He held the vials in his hands. He contemplated injecting himself with the banned substance, but… "Too chicken to go through with it," Fauria told The Times on Wednesday. "I did my research. I had tons of ankle problems, and I was looking for a way to get back faster.
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