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One Special Teen Inspires a High School Football Team

How One Special Teen Inspired a High School Football Team (VIDEO)

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.

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Coming Out in Sports: Former NFL Player Wade Davis Says Out Youth 'Taught Me to Be Fearless'

Gay Former NFL Player Wade Davis: Out Youth Taught Me to Be Fearless

Originally posted 05/17/2014 06:00PM

Wade Davis kept his secret from teammates until nine years after his NFL playing days were over.

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Coming Out in Sports: Michael Sam Made His Decision Sooner Than He'd Planned

Michael Sam: I Was Going to Come Out After the NFL Draft

Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:10PM

Michael Sam told the world he was gay sooner than he intended.

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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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