04:38 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 05/26/2014 07:40AM
Rudy Tapia was nervous when his son, Matt, told him he wanted to join his high school football team.
Originally posted 05/17/2014 06:00PM
Wade Davis kept his secret from teammates until nine years after his NFL playing days were over.
Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:10PM
Michael Sam told the world he was gay sooner than he intended.
Originally posted 04/18/2014 07:30AM
Many girls go to the prom with a football player. But how many get to go with a Super Bowl champion?
Originally posted 02/09/2014 09:00PM
Michael Sam, a star defensive player for the University of Missouri who may soon play in the NFL, said Sunday: "I am an openly, proud gay man."
The All-American lineman, who spoke to ESPN and the New York Times, is eligible for the NFL draft in May and, assuming he is selected, would become the first openly gay player in the league's history.
"I understand how big this is," he tells ESPN. "It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be. ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."
Originally posted 12/09/2013 12:00PM
Originally posted 11/20/2013 05:45PM
Professional football is a game of rigorously sorted body types. Wide receivers are tall and skinny, offensive linemen are tall and fat, and running backs are short and squat.
Tony Picard, of the Yakama Indian Nation in Washington State, is out to change that last one.
The 6' 4" (and by some accounts 6' 5"), 400 lb. high-school football player started his career at Washington State's White Swan High School anchoring the defensive line. In an unconventional move straight out of Friday Night Lights, however, his coach moved Picard to running back, and a viral sensation was born.
Originally posted 11/04/2013 08:00AM
Texans coach Gary Kubiak was in stable condition after he collapsed leaving the field at halftime of Houston's 27-24 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday night.
Now the reeling Texans, losers of six straight, are left to worry about their coach and wonder when he'll return to the team.
"There was a lot of unknown," said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached the team after halftime. "Everything was unknown as to what was going on and what happened to Kube."
Originally posted 06/11/2013 07:45AM
Third time's a charm?
After mixed results in stints with the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tim Tebow signed with his third NFL team, the New England Patriots.
The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, 25, will compete with Ryan Mallett for the job of backup quarterback behind Tom Brady.
Originally posted 01/30/2013 11:00AM
She's calling the shots!
As anticipation builds for her Super Bowl XLVII halftime show on Sunday, Beyoncé has posted another photo of herself on her Tumblr – this time as a sexy NFL referee.
Sort of. She also seems to be running the ball ... in stiletto, thigh-high leather boots.
While the the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers take a breather from their game, it's safe to say that all eyes will be on Beyoncé after a controversy erupted over her possibly lip-synching the National Anthem at the presidential Inauguration.
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