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We still have the draft to go, but there is nothing more enjoyable than re-setting our perception of the league over the last month, especially after one of the best free agency ...(full article)

In a series leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, NFL Media historian Elliot Harrison will rank the five best rookie seasons from the Super Bowl era at each major position group. Today...(full article)

George McCaskey has a law degree, and was an assistant state's attorney in two Illinois counties, but he has spent most of his adult life working as an executive in his family's ...(full article)

Through 37 days of relentless prosecution, Aaron Hernandez's defense team has offered no alibis, little to no exculpatory evidence or any other tangible counter argument that the f...(full article)

Jameis Winston was pretty good against air. That, and brooms and tennis rackets and in the case of one deep throw -- the SportsCenter set itself. Before scouts, media, family, fa...(full article)

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