The tension between the NFL and AFL during the 1960s was great, but it reached its fever pitch when the Oakland Raiders signed Roman Gabriel in 1967. The Raiders originally drafted Gabriel in the 1962 AFL Draft, but he instead signed with the Los Angeles Rams. The Raiders, however, were able to seize on Gabriel’s dissatisfaction with his use in Los Angeles and he signed with the Raiders. While some players had opted to sign with the AFL out of college instead of the NFL (like Joe Namath), Gabriel was widely considered one of the first NFL stars to be lured away by the upstart league according to AP reports at the time. The AFL was believed to have attempted […]
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Posted: Thursday, April 25th, 2013 | Adam Rank Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Aaron Rodgers, Dolphins, EJ Manuel, Eric Fisher, Geno Smith, Manti Te'o, Matt Barkley, NFL Draft, Raiders, Sharrif Floyd, Vikings, Xavier Rhodes
NEW YORK — The experts said this was going to be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory. And you can easily say that was the case for Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft. There were some surprises and disappointments. Speaking of disappointments, no “Fandango” humming in the first round? The “What?” chants sort of hung on for another year. Thought we could get “Fandangoing” got at least. Ah, let’s get to it. ————————————————————————————————————————————– First things first ————————————————————————————————————————————– Mike Mayock called this fat-boy draft. He said Eric Fisher was going to be the first overall selection. So there were no surprises. Luke Joeckel went to the Jaguars with the second pick. That was expected. (And our style correspondent […]
The Tuck Rule officially came to an end today. Here’s the obituary and fitting tribute for one of the NFL’s most controversial rules.
Posted: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 | NFL.com Staff Tags: 49ers, bandwagon, Buffalo Bills, Chiefs, dalton, fans, green, guides, J.J. Watt, Jets, manning, Patriots, playoffs, Raiders, Texans, Tony Gonzalez
Have the NFL playoffs started with your favorite team left out in the cold? Well, have no fear. You can shamelessly join the bandwagon of one of the 12 remaining teams in the playoffs. Not sure who you want to be a fan of for the next month? No worries, you can follow our easy-to-use guide for choosing your new favorite team. Welcome to bandwagon fandom. All aboard!
Adrian Peterson has a chance to break Eric Dickerson’s hallowed single-season rushing record. The Los Angeles Rams runner rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984, in just his second season in the NFL. With that in mind, we take a look back at the careers of Dickerson and Peterson through trading cards in a little feature we like to call The Cardboard Bio.
As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things… 1. I spent some time in Chicago earlier in the week at the NFL’s annual Fall Meeting, and many of the topics addressed here are from the meeting. There were a bunch of issues discussed, but nothing more important happened than the introduction of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III. I know it won’t exactly affect the team’s performance on the field today — or, likely won’t — but it is noteworthy. After years of having an owner in Randy Lerner who was never around, Haslam will be the opposite. He’s moving to Cleveland. He’ll be present, his family will be present… […]
Ian Rapoport‘s weekly report is back after a brief hiatus. This Sunday his nine notes begin with a conversation with Falcons coach Mike Smith, who is sticking to his fourth-down strategy.