Keller’s more ‘tasteful’ tourney

You might have Ohio State beating UTSA in your March Madness bracket. Dustin Keller, food critic for The New York Times and tight end for the New York Jets, has grilled steak beating fried bologna in his bracket.

Cowboys’ Witten amped for island time

After a one time move to the mainland when the Pro Bowl was played in Miami last year, this season’s display of the league’s best will be back at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, which is just fine by Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten.

Actions louder than words for Bills’ Byrd

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is getting ready to watch his college team, the Oregon Ducks, play the Auburn Tigers for the national championship. It’s the first thing he had on his offseason to-do list. The next item of business for Byrd following Monday night’s game: get back to giving back.

Got Gronk?

Looking for a place to celebrate Rob Gronkowski‘s two touchdown receptions from Sunday’s 34-3 Patriots thumping of the Bills? Did these two touchdowns perhaps mean the difference in your fantasy league championship? Look no further. Go to Gronk Nation and get “Gronked.”

Fitzgerald’s passion for photography

When the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals clash Saturday night in a Christmas showcase on NFL Network, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be concerning himself with post routes and Dallas cornerback Terence Newman. When he’s not looking in passes on gameday, Fitzgerald can be found looking behind the lens of his Canon 5D mark II. Fitzgerald came to his love of photography through his love of travel. During the season, Fitzgerald  practices at home with his favorite subject, his 2-year-old son, Devin. “My grandma jokes that my son is the most photographed kid ever,” Fitzgerald laughed. He even lets his son turn the camera on dad. “I put the strap over his neck so he doesn’t drop it (the camera).” […]

Dreaming of a Roddy White Christmas

Roddy White is obviously good at receiving, but is he good at giving, too? We asked the Atlanta Falcons receiver what a “White Christmas” was like.

Kickers’ favorite Christmas songs

December is a stressful month for all NFL players, but it can be especially tough on kickers, who can determine a team’s playoff fate with one field-goal attempt. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get into the holiday spirit, so we asked some NFL kickers to share with us their favorite Christmas tunes. Philadelphia Eagles kicker David Akers went the traditional route with Oh Holy Night.

Joe Flacco’s favorite Christmas gift

Joe Flacco got an early Christmas present Monday night from Matt Schaub in the way of a Josh Wilson pick six.

Dreaming of a white Christmas

Several players will be sharing their Christmas memories with us throughout the month of December. Quarterback Matt Leinart of the Houston Texans shared a little bit about Christmas as a kid and what gifts they were excited to find under the tree. More importantly, he revealed his dream to experience a white Christmas for the first time ever.

Expensive game of catch (but worth it)

Thirty-grand for a game of catch? Yes, please, if that game of catch is with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. And if that game of catch is helping Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen to fetch a total of $250,000 in an auction for the Accordia Global Health Foundation (an African relief organization that helps fight infectious disease).

Never say die when grilling

Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold of the New York Jets has a date with the Patriots Monday night. Two Fridays ago, he met with another foe, a fowl foe.

Dirty turkeys and happy grandmas

In continuing with our theme of talking with players about favorite Thanksgiving memories, we talked to emerging Green Bay Packers wide receiving threat James Jones, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery of the New York Jets, and inside linebacker Bradie James of the Dallas Cowboys.

Berrian’s Turkey Giveaway catches on

Turmoil surrounding the Vikings’ coaching situation aside, Thanksgiving week is big for Minnesota WR Bernard Berrian. Not just because of the great feast, but because Thanksgiving gives Berrian a perfect opportunity to give back during his third annual Turkey Giveaway this week in South Minneapolis.

Thanksgiving: Perfect marriage of football, turkey

Eli Manning‘s childhood Thanksgivings went as you might expect: turkey and gravy and all the fixings, a few passes in the backyard with his dad and his brothers, and of course football on TV. Eli’s favorite part of the backyard game wasn’t playing quarterback though, it was “making spectacular catches against my brothers.” Who inspired him to make his awesome moves against the other Mannings? Not a receiver. Actually, Eli’s motivation came from watching a running back, Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, shake off defenders. We spoke to a number of players this week and asked them about some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories. The Sidelines Blog will be featuring several of these players’ stories as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Patriots […]

Tweet and seek with @nyjets

Everybody wants to figure out how to make the best use of social networking tools like Twitter. The New York Jets have a game plan.

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