NFL http://kut.org en Rams Pick Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted In NFL http://kut.org/post/rams-pick-michael-sam-first-openly-gay-player-drafted-nfl In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams picked Michael Sam, making him the first openly gay player to be drafted by a pro football team.<p>Sam, who played for Missouri in college, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/09/274389466/mizzou-lineman-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-comes-out-as-gay">came out earlier this year</a> in media interviews with ESPN and <em>The New York Times</em>. Sat, 10 May 2014 23:53:16 +0000 Steve Mullis 10392 at http://kut.org Rams Pick Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted In NFL Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough http://kut.org/post/judge-fears-nfl-concussion-settlement-isnt-large-enough A federal judge rejected a preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement over NFL concussion claims.<p>U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she was concerned the settlement may not be enough to cover all retired players.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/judge-nixes-preliminary-approval-765m-nfl-case">The AP adds</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"'I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:21:19 +0000 9548 at http://kut.org Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough Austin Natives to Square Off in NFL Wild-Card Round http://kut.org/post/austin-natives-square-nfl-wild-card-round <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the Philadelphia&nbsp;Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, many Texas football fans hung their heads.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But with an Eagles victory comes an NFC wild-card game that could answer a definitive question for Central Texas high school football fans: Who was the greatest Westlake quarterback?</span></p><p class="p1">A decade apart, New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees and the Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles both led the Westlake&nbsp;Chapparals to state championships and remain among the most storied players in the school's history. But tomorrow's NFC wild-card game could prove, at least this season, who the best Chap in the NFL really is.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:44:24 +0000 Jackie Wattles 9461 at http://kut.org Austin Natives to Square Off in NFL Wild-Card Round Lights Out, It Was a Memorable Super Bowl http://kut.org/post/lights-out-it-was-memorable-super-bowl There was a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.<p>A last-minute drive that could have won the game for San Francisco.<p>An MVP performance by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.<p>And, of course, Beyoncé's halftime show. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:58:18 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6446 at http://kut.org Lights Out, It Was a Memorable Super Bowl NFL Players' 'Bountygate' Suspensions Vacated http://kut.org/post/nfl-players-bountygate-suspensions-vacated The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/02/151857448/nfl-suspends-four-players-one-for-full-season-over-saints-bounties" target="_blank">four NFL players who were fined and given multi-game suspensions</a> for their alleged parts in the New Orleans Saints' "bountygate" scheme that paid bonuses for injuring opposing players have had their punishments vacated, the league says.<p><a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000109646/article/paul-tagliabue-vacates-new-orleans-saints-bounty-suspensions" target="_blank">According to NFL.com</a>, "former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagli Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:58:34 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5877 at http://kut.org NFL Players' 'Bountygate' Suspensions Vacated We Have A Ruling: NFL Referees Are Returning To The Field http://kut.org/post/we-have-ruling-nfl-referees-are-returning-field The not-so-long, not-so-much of a national nightmare is over.<p>Regular NFL officials will be on the field starting with tonight's game now that the league and its referees union have <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/27/161856699/nfl-reaches-tentative-deal-with-referees" target="_blank">reached tentative agreement on a new, eight-year contract</a>.<p>The news that football fans have been anxiously waiting to hear came around midnight last night. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:03:59 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5178 at http://kut.org We Have A Ruling: NFL Referees Are Returning To The Field After Uproar, No Signal NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon http://kut.org/post/after-uproar-no-signal-nfl-refs-will-be-back-soon Though the nation's football fans — <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=161759930" target="_blank">from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney</a> to the average couch quarterback — are begging the two sides to settle their contract dispute so that regular NFL referees can come back to work, there seems to be no clear reason to think that's going to happen in time for this week's games.<p><em>Pardon the Interruption</em> co-host Tony Kornheiser <a href="http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8425808" target="_blank">is convinced</a> that Monday Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:35:29 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5169 at http://kut.org After Uproar, No Signal NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs http://kut.org/post/wide-gap-remains-between-nfl-and-refs-league-insists-respect-subs Despite complaints from NFL coaches and players, the league and its locked-out officials are no closer to reaching a deal than they were last week, according to reports. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:49:09 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 5129 at http://kut.org Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs Vince Young Tweets His Defense http://kut.org/post/vince-young-tweets-his-defense <p>Vince Young has taken to Twitter to defend himself against media scrutiny, including reports the former Longhorn has hit hard times. Yesterday, Young <a href="https://twitter.com/VinceYoung">tweeted</a></p><blockquote><p>"It’s a shame to see people revel in and rally around negativity in the media but I guess it’s to be expected. Yes, I need a job, who doesn’t.”</p></blockquote><p>Young has taken to Twitter ever since the Associated Press released a story describing his financial and occupational difficulties.</p><p>The AP <a href="http://www.chron.com/sports/article/QB-Young-out-of-the-game-and-out-of-money-3874936.php" target="_blank">wrote on Wednesday</a> that “Vince Young finds himself without a team and with only a fraction of the money he received from a contract that guaranteed him $26 million.” A quote from his attorney was also included, stating: "I would just say that Vince needs a job."</p><p>In his defense, Young tweeted the following:</p><blockquote><p>We are working to rectify some unfortunate finical <em>(sic)</em> losses, which stemmed from betrayal by those I trusted most.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>But these rumors are disheartening &amp; just untrue . I’ll keep pushing through regardless. God Bless. Trill</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:58:32 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5125 at http://kut.org Vince Young Tweets His Defense