Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

I once shared your shock and sadness over Junior Seau’s suicide. Now I only share sadness, thanks to Junior educating us about the link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.The larger-than-life linebacker killed himself on May 2, 2012 with a gunshot...

Hall of Fame speech advice for Sydney Seau

First Sydney Seau and her family felt disappointment. Now Junior Seau's only daughter – whom he wanted to speak for her if he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- must be filled with enough butterflies to fill a Super Bowl stadium. The Hall made the right call when it reversed...

Sanders and Raye were old rivals and friends

Tributes blanketed the NFL and college football with news that the great Charlie Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end with the Detroit Lions and All-Big Ten pick at the University of Minnesota, passed away on Thursday at age 68 following a seventh-month battle with cancer. But none of the...

Sam explores history in city accepting trailblazers

History often comes full circle, and Michael Sam signing with the Montreal Alouettes is yet another example.Sam joins the Canadian Football League franchise this week, a year after he was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams. The Alouettes have held the rights to...

Raye on how NFL teams read Michigan State

They call it “The Reading.” When NFL teams are in the final stages of preparing for the draft, they set aside a day or two when the general manager, player personnel executives, the coaching staff and scouts gather in a conference room. They read through the reports they’ve compiled on...

NFL staged modern draft too late for Bubba

Bubba Smith loved a stage, but the 1967 NFL Draft was a shadow of its modern-day TV show with Oscar-like glitter it is now. Imagine if the Michigan State legend turned Miller Lite pitchman and Hollywood actor was taken No. 1 overall in the modern draft. So I asked one of Smith’s Spartans teammates...

Harbaugh discovered QB that was better side of Marshawn Lynch

This is my story from 2008 on Josh Johnson, who is preparing for his eighth NFL season with the Cincinnati Bengals out of the University of San Diego, where he was coached by Jim Harbaugh in his first job as a head coach.Josh represents the good side of his childhood and high school buddy, Marshawn...

The dope on bogus NFL scouting 40 times

By the end of the NFL Combine workouts next week, you’ll hear about a dozen or so guys that supposedly ran a 40-yard time in 4.4 seconds. Never mind that you never heard of some of them. You might even hear about one or two who claim to have run 4.3. Two wide receivers were credited with a...

USA Today features Jimmy Raye as trailblazer

Many thanks to USA Today ’s NFL writer Jarrett Bell for his excellent story on Jimmy Raye in the USA Today’s Special Edition for Black History Month. Click here: USA Today on-line version of Jimmy Raye feature written by USA Today writer Jarrett Bell. The story, with photos of Raye at...

LT labeled Belichick and his culture eight years ago

LaDainian Tomlinson got it right the first time regarding Bill Belichick’s character and the culture of the New England Patriots. That was eight years ago. Let’s step back to the 2006 season when Tomlinson was still with the Chargers. San Diego was the No. 1 seed with a 14-2 record, but the...