One member of the Patriots savored Super Bowl LIII’s “Opening Night” with conspicuous enthusiasm. Dancing, bantering and joking, Rob Gronkowski enjoyed himself among the multitude of media. Gronkowski, a player seemingly incapable of subtlety, was unusually indirect regarding one question: His future in football. “As of right now, those are the last things I’m thinking of,” Gronkowski told ESPN. “I love playing the game. After a long season, after the [Super Bowl], a few weeks down the road, you sit back, you relax, you get some downtime, enjoyment time. And you just see where you want to go with it.” Asked a follow-up, Gronkowski elaborated. “Like I said, I don’t know,” Gronkowski reiterated. “I haven’t done that sit-down yet. I’ve got to do that sit-down. About two weeks after [the season]. Then I’ll know.” On the surface, it’s strange to think of Gronkowski contemplating retirement. … [Read more...] about Will Rob Gronkowski retire after the Super Bowl? Here’s what Gronk and NFL experts have said about his NFL future.
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Associated Press Published 8:11 PM EST Jan 1, 2019 Norman, Okla. — Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley have agreed to a contract extension, which should quell speculation about the second-year coach being lured away by an NFL team. Oklahoma announced Tuesday that contract terms were being finalized and would be subject to approval by the board of regents late this month. “We felt it important to extend and amend Lincoln’s contract at this time as we want him at the University of Oklahoma for a long time,” university president James Gallogly said in a statement. “He is a great coach and role model for our student-athletes. His record of success speaks for itself.” The 35-year-old Riley has led the Sooners to consecutive Big 12 championships and College Football Playoff appearances. Oklahoma is 24-4 overall and 16-2 in the conference under Riley with two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks — Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. “He has … [Read more...] about Amid NFL chatter, Lincoln Riley gets new deal with Oklahoma
Schuyler Dixon Associated Press Published 5:46 PM EST Dec 26, 2018 From Baker Mayfield at the top of the first round to Lamar Jackson at the bottom, rookie quarterbacks had an impact, one way or another, in their NFL debuts. And don’t forget some of the players, at some of the other positions, in between. The betting favorite for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, taken No. 2 behind Cleveland’s Mayfield in the draft this past spring. The first-year player with the biggest impact on the standings has been Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James , the No. 17 pick and a strong contender for top defensive rookie honors for a team assured of making the playoffs for the first time since 2013 — and still in the running for the best record in the AFC going into the final weekend. Even though Mayfield and the Browns were eliminated from playoff contention with two games left, the impact of the 2017 Heisman Trophy … [Read more...] about Top to bottom, first-round picks make mark in NFL
By Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle Published 8:52 am CST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 PHOTOS: Learn more about Demaryius Thomas on and off the field Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (87) turns to greet his friends and family on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. less PHOTOS: Learn more about Demaryius Thomas on and off the field Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (87) turns to greet his friends and family on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the ... more Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer Current contract Thomas has one more year left on his contract (five years, $70 million) with him scheduled to earn $14 million next season. However, the Texans can cut him after this season, and nothing will go against their salary cap. It is much more likely that the Texans … [Read more...] about Texans’ Demaryius Thomas critical of John Elway, Broncos’ coaches
State investigators had more evidence than previously disclosed that former New England Patriot star Aaron Hernandez was using a dangerous drug in prison prior to his death — information that was concealed in public records and from his family and lawyers.An inmate interview with officials the day Hernandez died, April 19, 2017, was partially redacted from a 132-page public report. The hidden portion, which the Globe was able to review last week for the first time, said: “He’s spent the last two days smoking K2 in his cell and he wasn’t in the right frame of mind.” This new disclosure is significant because it could shed more light on why the 27-year-old convicted murderer took his own life. It also raises questions about whether state officials sought to hide the extensive use of contraband drugs by inmates — including by one of their most well-known prisoners — and its potential influence on his death.“Any disturbing commentary about … [Read more...] about State investigators concealed degree of Aaron Hernandez’s drug use prior to suicide