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Seahawks Running Back Takes Girl with Autism to Prom

Seahawks' Christine Michael Takes Texas Girl with Autism to Prom

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?

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Mizzou Star and NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out as 'Openly, Proud Gay Man'

Michael Sam, College Football Star and NFL Prospect, Comes Out as Gay

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."

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Hogwarts Crashes the Football Game: Watch NFL Player Pull Prime-Time Prank

Originally posted 12/09/2013 12:00PM

Player introductions have become such an accepted part of NFL games that they often make viewers' eyes glaze over.

But if you weren't paying attention to the player introductions during the Dec. 8 game between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints, you missed something wonderful.

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400 lb. Running Back Dominates High School Football

This 400 lb. High School Football Player Is Bigger Than Refrigerator Perry

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.

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Texans Coach Gary Kubiak In Stable Condition After Collapsing on Field

Texans Coach Gary Kubiak In Stable Condition After Collapsing on Field

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."

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Tim Tebow Joins the New England Patriots | Tim Tebow

UpdatePosted 06/11/2013 12:15PM

Tim Tebow Signs with New England Patriots

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.

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Whistle! Beyoncé Poses as Sexy Referee | Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Poses as Sexy Referee Ahead of Super Bowl Performance

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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Rita Ora & J.R. Smith Get Sporty in N.Y.C.

UpdatePosted 10/11/2012 06:00AM

Rita Ora & J.R. Smith Get Sporty in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 10/11/2012 06:00AM

Who says you can't blend fashion and football?

Rita Ora did when she took in some Monday night football at the Ainsworth in New York City.

Wearing dark red lipstick and platforms, the fashionphile – who wore custom Emilio Pucci to the MTV VMAs last month – made watching the pigskin pretty.

The Jay-Z's protégée is rumored to be dating Rob Kardashian. Recently, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared a photo of the duo sporting matching Rolex watches.

"HIS & HERS GOLD ROLLIES B–ES!!!!!!! who else does this??? @RITAORA" he recently Tweeted.

Knicks player J.R. Smith was also in the house that evening, cozying up to a female friend in a booth.

"J.R. was mellow, he was watching both the football game and the Yankees game at the same time," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

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Just in Time for Football Season: Elk Sliders!

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Chef Tim Love's Elk Sliders Put a Gourmet Twist on Tailgating

Originally posted 09/28/2012 04:25PM

Are you ready for some football?!

With pigskin season well underway, chips and dip get old fast. For a gourmet play on a tailgate favorite, serve up these elk sliders during the big game.

They'll also be satisfying some hungry foodies this weekend at the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar in New York City.

"This isn't your usual slider and the fact that I can offer something like elk sausage to guests is one of the things I love about an event like the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar. Cooking with some of the best chefs in the world, guys like Jose Andres, Johnny Iuzzini and Scott Conant, it's something special," says chef Tim Love.

Here's how to try his special dish at home:

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Eva Longoria & Mark Sanchez's Cheesecake Date in N.J. | Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria & Mark Sanchez's Cheesecake Date in N.J.

Originally posted 09/23/2012 02:00PM

Say cheese!

Eva Longoria and Mark Sanchez stepped out on Thursday night for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in Bridgewater, N.J.

"They were pretty low key," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

Both dressed casually in jeans, the couple, who were recently spotted holding hands in New York City, enjoyed a quiet meal.

The former Desperate Housewives star co-hosted the ALMA Awards on Saturday.
– Jennifer Garcia

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