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Hall of Fame RB Floyd Little, who starred for Broncos, Syracuse, diagnosed with cancer

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, known as "the Franchise'' during his career with the Denver Broncos, has been diagnosed with cancer.A former teammate of Little's at Syracuse, Pat Killorin, made the diagnosis public as Killorin created a GoFundMe page called "Friends of Floyd'' to aid Little and his family with treatment costs. On the page Killorin said "no doubt this will be the toughest fight of his life.''The 77-year-old Little was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2010. A three-time All American at Syracuse Little is also enshrined in the College Football Hall of
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Pats’ Devin McCourty, wife grieve loss of stillborn daughter

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Longtime New England Patriots captain Devin McCourty and his wife Michelle are grieving the loss of their daughter, Mia, who was a stillbirth last Sunday."I cry as I type this. Dev and I suffered the most painful experience of our lives," Michelle wrote on Instagram. "My pregnancy had resulted in a still birth at almost 8 months of being pregnant -- at exactly 31 weeks 2 days when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heart beat after being completely fine the week before at my last doctor's (appointment)."We are so heartbroken. We
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Hayden Hurst hopes to make a difference by discussing his suicide attempt – Atlanta Falcons Blog

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Hayden Hurst impacted at least one teenage boy’s life by opening up about what led him to almost taking his own.Last May, Hurst, then with the Baltimore Ravens, was at South Hagerstown High School in Maryland -- the final stop on a four-school mental health education campaign -- sharing how he dealt with depression and anxiety, which began during an unsuccessful stint as a pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Although he left baseball to play college football, his struggles with depression persisted, and he started drinking heavily and using drugs and, eventually, attempted suicide in January 2016, when he
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Former Bears All-Pro safety Roosevelt Taylor dies at 82

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Roosevelt Taylor, who made two Pro Bowls as a safety with the Chicago Bears during a 12-year NFL career, died Friday at the age of 82.Today we lost a Bears great with the passing of Roosevelt Taylor.Our thoughts are with Rosey's family and loved ones.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 29, 2020 Taylor played for the Bears from 1961 to 1969, making the Pro Bowl in 1963 and 1968. He earned first-team All-Pro honors in 1963, when he led the NFL with nine interceptions and the Bears won the NFL title.He also played for the San Francisco 49ers (1969 to 1971)
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With market cool, Cam Newton may wait to sign with team

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With league sources saying that the market for quarterback Cam Newton has cooled over the last month, Newton is expected to take his time before signing with a team, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.Newton could wait until teams resume regular activity following the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That could give teams the chance to check Newton's health and meet with him in person.Sources around the league also aren't sure whether Newton would take a backup job.League sources believe Newton and the New England Patriots talked early during his free agency but nothing materialized.Newton has been a free
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49ers’ George Kittle looking for more than top TE money

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George Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers haven't made much progress on a new contract, with his agent saying he is looking for more than a deal that makes Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL."I don't care about the tight end market," Kittle's agent, Jack Bechta, told NFL Network. "I'm being paid to do a George Kittle deal."Kittle, 26, is set to make $735,000 in 2020 on the final year of his rookie contract.This offseason, Austin Hooper signed the largest contract -- four years, $42 million with the Cleveland Browns -- for a tight end, while the Los
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Titans safety Kevin Byard achieves ‘pipe dream’ in buying house for his mother

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May 28, 2020Turron DavenportESPN Close Covered Eagles for USA Today Covered the Ravens for Baltimore Times Played college football at Cheyney UniversityNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard recently purchased a new house for his mother, Artina Stanley, and shared a picture of the home via social media on Thursday."When you come from where I come from, stuff like this is a pipe dream that only a few are able to accomplish," Byard wrote in the post.Byard has said he faced tough times during his upbringing.His parents got divorced when he was 14, which led to a move from
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Jets’ Joe Flacco says he’s embracing backup role but still hungry to start

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Newly signed quarterback Joe Flacco said he's "embracing" his role as Sam Darnold's backup with the New York Jets. But the former Super Bowl MVP indicated his goal is to return to a starting role."For sure," Flacco said Thursday in a video conference with reporters. "I mean, we're talking about and that is my role, to help the team out, but I obviously still believe I'm a starting quarterback."You never know what three years down the line is going to look like. So I have that confidence and I still have the do that.1 Related"But at this moment, that's not
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Goodbye, pass interference replay review

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The NFL's half-baked idea to review pass interference is dead. The rule failed so miserably, in the words of league executive vice president Troy Vincent, that it won't so much as appear on the agenda for an owners conference call Thursday to vote on rule proposals.Writing its epitaph should be quick and easy. Addressing the still-present problem, and the core ineffectiveness it revealed, is a more difficult task, one that will be addressed by a new leadership team that is still forming."At the end of the day," ESPN officiating analyst John Parry said, "the NFL does not have a safety
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Seahawks’ L.J. Collier pledges redemption after down 2019 debut

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3:44 PM ETBrady HendersonESPN The Seattle Seahawks are counting on some of their younger defensive linemen to improve what was one of the NFL's least effective pass rushes last season. One of them, 2019 first-round pick L.J. Collier, is eager to prove himself after a disappointing debut.On a Zoom call with reporters Friday, Collier struck tones of indignation and resolve while saying he feels disrespected by those who have already written him off."I am chomping at the bit to get out there because it's one of those things where you didn't have the year everybody wanted you to get, so
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