Canton native Dierdorf watches the HOF grow

The Pro Football Hall of Fame broke ground on a new expansion Friday on the front steps of the Hall, with dozens of returning Hall of Famers on hand. That included Canton native Dan Dierdorf — who was on hand as a kid to witness the original groundbreaking of the Hall in 1962.

Three and out: Le’Ron wants what?

Well, the news of the day in Ravens-land is that fullback Le’Ron McClain wants to get more carries in 2011, whether it’s with Baltimore or some other team. Um, okay.

First and 10: Gathering ‘Enthusiasm’

We know you’re all waiting impatiently for the new season of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” this summer, and so are we.

First and 10: Remembering a great American

It wouldn’t be a salute to America’s finest here at the NFL if we didn’t take a moment to remember someone who put the NFL a distant second behind his love of country: Pat Tillman.

Three and out: Buying into high Stafford expectations

Lions QB Matt Stafford has reportedly worked hard this offseason to strengthen his upper body. If he stays healthy, you can expect a monster season.

Three and out: McCoy will be fantasy stud

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan ranked the top running backs in the NFL, and he’s a lot higher on Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy than most people. And we agree.

Three and out: Moss won’t move needle with Jets

Jets QB Mark Sanchez wasn’t openly lobbying for his team to pursue veteran Randy Moss, but he does believe the former superstar still has something in the tank.

Mendenhall’s not alone in the Twitterverse

It’s true, there are hundreds of NFL players on Twitter, tweeting away about anything and everything. Rashard Mendenhall isn’t the only one. Here’s what we learned, direct from the sources, simply by monitoring Twitter on a Wednesday afternoon:

Luck of the Irish? It’s in his contract

We all know that NFL.com’s Gil Brandt is a wealth of information, especially this time of year. When it comes to NFL happenings, Brandt leaves no stone unturned. Or in this case, no Blarney Stone unturned.

Sabol: ‘Speech’ left me speechless

Steve Sabol has always waxed poetic on the art of film-making and how it’s affected his work in creating NFL mythology, so we figured Sabol would be as good a voice as any to opine on this Sunday’s big game: the Academy Awards.

Why is this prospect different from other prospects?

What does Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi have in common with Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax? Leave it to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt to uncover the combine tidbit of the day. You guessed it. Not only is Carimi Jewish, he is true enough to his faith that he will follow in Koufax’s footsteps and doesn’t plan to give up strict observance of the high holidays. And that means no working during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which traditionally fall during the first month of the NFL season. Carimi is prepared to let teams at the combine know they have no reason to worry. He told Brandt that he will explain to teams during the interview process in Indianapolis that he has […]

Gannon: Does Gabbert have something to hide?

While Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn has said he will perform all tne combine drills and workouts, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert has reportedly told people he will not be throwing in Indy.

Rooney: ‘Let’s play’

ARLINGTON, Texas — Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney made an appearance on the field at Cowboys Stadium as his team was coming out for pregame warmups. He didn’t have a prediction for the game, but he was excited to get it started. Rooney said he didn’t plan to address his team before Super Bowl XLV kicks off. If he were to say something, he would have just two words. “Johnny Unitas used to say, ‘Let’s play,’” Rooney said. That’s all I’d tell them. Let’s play.”

Steve Sabol admiring his work

NFL Films president Steve Sabol is in the box next to us here at Cowboys Stadium, and you can tell in this photo that he can really appreciate how his company’s football highlights look on the giant screen hanging from roof.

Almost there

Made it to the parking lot. Just a few time zones away from the stadium itself…

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