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Will Vick be a starter again?

Will Michael Vick ever be a full-time starting quarterback in the NFL again?

By Reader Poll | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Right place at the right time

When one of Michael Vick's co-defendants was shot after Vick's birthday party, the Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback was exactly where he should have been -- long gone.

By Michael Kun | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Public party invited trouble

By hosting an overtly public birthday party in his home town, Michael Vick invited the possibility for trouble back into his life.

By Chris Richardson | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Skills in decline

Michael Vick's skills, not his character, will keep him from regaining a starting quarterback role in the NFL.

By Anthony Stalter | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

He's just not very bright

While he may not be a bad guy, Michael Vick's poor judgment continues to lead him into situations that threaten his career and freedom

By Robert Littal | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bad judgment, little else

The only football worth paying attention to at present is taking place on the pitch in South Africa.

By Dave Goldberg | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slippery slope

By issuing suspensions to players who have not been charged with crimes, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is in danger of becoming Big Brother

By Jason Maloni | April 22, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell had to do something

It's hard to find a fitting punishment when the full extent of the offense remains unknown, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to take action against Ben Roethlisberger and the four-to-six game suspension is about the best he could do.

By Dan Parker | April 22, 2010; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Moral vs. criminal code

Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Ben Roethlisberger for six games protects the integrity of the NFL's moral standards without overstepping his bounds as commissioner.

By Doug Farrar | April 22, 2010; 01:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not about the number

It's not the length of the suspension dolled out to Ben Roethlisberger that matters. It's how he uses that time to recoup his image and grow up.

By Anthony Stalter | April 22, 2010; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fortunate son

Ben Roethlisberger should consider himself lucky to walk away with the suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and clean up his act now.

By Robert Littal | April 21, 2010; 11:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

It helped another QB

The suspension handed down from Roger Goodell may be tough to swallow, but Ben Roethlisberger need only look to another star quarterback to see how league mandated punishment can help a talented player mature.

By Dave Goldberg | April 21, 2010; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is the six-game suspension fair?

Is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games fair?

By Reader Poll | April 21, 2010; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Unfamiliar spotlight

The Jets flourished with a roster full of role players and team-oriented individuals in year one under Rex Ryan. He'll face a much greater test with a new trio of players who prefer the spotlight to anonymity.

By Michael Bean | April 13, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cornering the market

The stability and sounds foundation Rex Ryan and the Jets posses has allowed them to take chances will talented, mercurial players.

By Doug Farrar | April 13, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

On paper, two great moves

On paper, the Jets have upgraded their talent for a relatively low price. The question that remains is how will those new pieces - specifically Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie - fit in with their team.

By Brandon Benson | April 13, 2010; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Locker room test

By bringing in an aging veteran tailback and a pair of talented players with a history of off the field troubles, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are testing the strength of the locker room chemistry that helped them reach the AFC title game last season.

By John Gennaro | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The operative word is 'if'

With a pair of talented players with off the field joining last year's AFC finalists in New York, the pay off for the Jets comes down to several big 'ifs'.

By Dave Goldberg | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It rests on Rex

Rex Ryan must find a way for the latest additions to the New York Jets to mesh with his locker room for a team that lucked into the playoffs in 2009 to make a return trip in 2010.

By Michael Kun | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Smart moves for the Jets?

Were the trades that brought Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie to New York smart moves for the Jets?

By Reader Poll | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Bad Apple Experience, Steelers Style

A couple bad apples - who happen to be two of the franchise's biggest stars - run the risk of damaging the image of the Pittsburgh Steelers...unless they start winning again in September.

By Chris Richardson | March 30, 2010; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Taking the good with the bad

The current sports media culture feasts on controversy and type of allegations currently swirling around the Pittsburgh Steelers, and as a result, the days of "good guys" and "bad guys" and "model franchises" is over.

By Robert Littal | March 30, 2010; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Too Early to Tell

While Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes are certainly not bolstering their franchise's stature, the allegations against them have not seriously damaged the Pittsburgh franchise...at least not yet.

By Doug Farrar | March 30, 2010; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will offseason trouble linger in Pittsburgh?

Will the current allegations surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes have a lingering effect on the franchise?

By Reader Poll | March 30, 2010; 12:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Short memory spans

While the current allegations surrounding Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes could form a lingering cloud over the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, like so many other off-season incidents, these will eventually fade away from the media spotlight.

By Dave Goldberg | March 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reputation at stake

The Steelers need only look to their AFC north neighbors in Cincinnati for proof that legal trouble and negative media attention can irreparably damage an NFL franchise.

By Joe Baker | March 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pitt will right the ship

Off-the-field trouble can adversely affect on the field performance, but if the team's current legal trouble blows over as it appears it could, Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes and the Steelers should return to the playoffs sooner rather than later.

By Larry Brown | March 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Apologies mean nothing

Mea culpas by athletes mean nothing to me.

By Dave Goldberg | February 19, 2010; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

Tiger Owes Us Nothing

Tiger and other high profile athletes don't owe the public anything, but that won't stop us from picking apart every word of their apologies.

By Michael Kun | February 19, 2010; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (12)

The Tiger Woods apology

Well, I guess the thinking behind it is that he's got to start somewhere.

By Liz Kelly | February 19, 2010; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do public apologies matter?

Do public apologies from prominent athletes matter? Weigh in.

By Reader Poll | February 19, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Wait and see

Donte' Stallworth is more than capable of helping the Ravens, but his impact will be determined by the expectations the organization and fans place upon him.

By Chris Richardson | February 18, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brilliant!

The price is right for a receiver who still has the ability to help a Ravens team on the rise.

By Jason Maloni | February 18, 2010; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Baltimore a perfect fit

The city of Baltimore, more so than its team, is the perfect place for Donte' Stallworth.

By Michael Kun | February 18, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does Stallworth help or hurt?

What do you think the Baltimore Ravens' signing of Donte' Stallworth will be? Weigh in.

By Reader Poll | February 18, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals earn stripes

Much like Larry Johnson, the team will look to leave its old reputation far behind.

By Josh Zerkle | November 17, 2009; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raider Rage

There's more than enough smoke here to suspect a blazing inferno may be raging on the Oakland sidelines.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 2, 2009; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Anger Mismanagement

Tom Cable's anger and violence have been a problem in his life and have even impacted his job as the head coach of the Raiders.

By Larry Brown | November 2, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Expect a QB Controversy

In Philadelphia, the jersey is always greener on the guy holding the clipboard.

By Dan Levy | August 28, 2009; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vick Baffles in Eagles Debut

Vick's presence seemed to slow the Eagles' offense more than confuse the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense.

By H. Gore | August 28, 2009; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (3)

Vick on the Right Track

For a player who hasn't played in two years, and for one that is playing with a new team, Vick had a good night.

By Shawn Zobel | August 28, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

So Far So Good

Philadelphia Eagles fans are pleased, but we need to see more of Vick to know whether he's really ready for the NFL.

By Jason Brewer | August 28, 2009; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Have Goodell's Policies Helped Clean Up the NFL?

A swing and a miss for the Ginger Hammer?

By Reader Poll | August 21, 2009; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Addressing the Problem, Not the Solution

Assuming that Roger Goodell's increased discipline changes the way players act is like saying that the rooster crowing changes the way the sun comes up.

By Doug Farrar | August 21, 2009; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hammer Time!

With off field drama and unpredictable legal consequences forcing Goodell's hand, he's playing his cards right.

By Jason Maloni | August 21, 2009; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Not Strict Enough

Until a standard list of punishments for crimes exists, players won't see the policy as a detriment.

By Les Carpenter | August 21, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Give Goodell a Raise

Or take him to see "The Hangover." I'll bet that would get him to smile and forget about the upcoming lockout.

By Michael Kun | August 21, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Stuff Your Sorries in a Sack

Of course he's going to apologize and say the right things -- he has to kiss the ass of society now.

By Larry Brown | August 17, 2009; 03:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vick Cap Analysis

The contract structure agreed to by Vick and the Eagles seems to be mutually beneficial.

By J. I. Halsell | August 15, 2009; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

My Head Is Spinning

Great for the offense, offensive for animal lovers... I'm torn.

By Emil Steiner | August 14, 2009; 05:20 AM ET | Comments (17)

Eagles Fit Vick

The Birds got what Vick needs, and they play in Philly, a town with a history of embracing the hardscrabble black athlete.

By David Aldridge | August 14, 2009; 03:29 AM ET | Comments (15)

Vick Got Lucky

When the worlds of sports and animal-rights activism collide at the team's headquarters in South Philadelphia on Friday, it's clear the Eagles will be prepared.

By Sean McCann | August 14, 2009; 12:18 AM ET | Comments (9)

PETA Clips Birds

Eagles fans can do is cross their fingers and hope that they won't ever have to explain to their sons and daughters what a "rape rack" is.

By Dan Shannon | August 14, 2009; 12:04 AM ET | Comments (8)

It Better Work

I've been the first to say that Vick deserves a chance to play, I just never thought it'd be in my town.

By Dan Levy | August 13, 2009; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (6)

He's a Player, Not a QB

Vick is an option-read quarterback - no more, no less.

By Doug Farrar | August 13, 2009; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

From Jail Bird to Eagle

The distractions will far outweigh any production he provides the team.

By Zach Leibowitz | August 13, 2009; 11:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

He's Not a Murderer

Donte Stallworth drove with a buzz on, which makes him a criminal, of which the NFL has plenty already.

By Sean McCann | August 13, 2009; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Not Fit for the NFL

How as a fan am I supposed to root for a guy like Donte Stallworth again?

By Jason Brewer | August 13, 2009; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

I'm Sorry

I will use my suspension to reflect, fulfill my obligations, and make a positive impact on the lives of those who look up to NFL players.

By Donte' Stallworth | August 13, 2009; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (6)

Enough Punishment

He has been punished by the justice system, he has been punished by the NFL and more importantly his conscious will be punishing him for the rest of his life.

By Robert Littal | August 13, 2009; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (5)

Ban Donte' For Life

Maybe a life would be saved if the NFL started banning players after it has been proven that they ended the life of another human being.

By David Hill | August 13, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

Who Vouches for This Man?

Tony Dungy is a good friend to have but that's not the same thing as an owner, standing in front of a bank of snapping cameras, with his hand out saying "I trust you."

By Jason Maloni | August 11, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (9)

Vick Owes Dungy and All of Us

it's safe to say that when (not if) an NFL team takes a chance on Vick, he'll owe it entirely to the Dungy name behind him.

By Doug Farrar | August 11, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

PETA Says No

We hope that Dungy will focus on the future of the NFL by backing our efforts to have the League add "cruelty to animals" to its personal-conduct policy

By Dan Shannon | August 11, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (23)

Just Crazy Enough To Work

On paper, the pairing of Tony Dungy and Michael Vick seems less likely than Shaq and Ben Stein starring in a mock buddy comedy to pitch cell phones.

By Dan Levy | August 11, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is Dungy Too Loyal?

That Dungy agreed to mentor Vick doesn't say much about how far Vick had progressed, only that Dungy saw him as in need of help.

By Joe Baker | August 11, 2009; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Get a Clue, Plax

But the greatest obstacle to Burress' return is not Morgenthau or Commissioner Roger Goodell, but Burress himself.

By Jason Maloni | August 4, 2009; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

His Age May Cost Him More Than His Stupidity

An aging receiver with years away from the field, emotional issues and an attitude problem is not an easy sell.

By Sarah Schorno | August 4, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Punish Stupidity

Plax let his gun license lapse along with his judgment that night.

By Cindy Kagan | August 4, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

Party Over for Plax

Burress's judicial Hail Mary not only failed, but likely sealed his fate for more prison time.

By Neil Jacobs | August 4, 2009; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Truth Should've Set Plax Free

Compared to Donte Stallworth who killed a man, how long can you keep Plax out?

By Ken Palmer | August 4, 2009; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

Shooting Self Could Be A Life Sentence

His real crime was his choice of wardrobe.

By Dan Levy | August 4, 2009; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stupidity's Not Criminal

Burress is being punished by our backward legal system for being stupid, arrogant and naïve; not for being a criminal.

By Robert Littal | August 4, 2009; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (15)

Talent Always Gets Another Chance

Even if he does play again, it will never be the same for Plax.

By Edward Valentine | August 4, 2009; 06:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Fair League?

Burress will be "entitled" to an opportunity for employment, but not necessarily in the NFL.

By Michael Oriard | August 4, 2009; 06:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let Him Play, But...

Send Burress to talk to someone like George Taliaferro.

By Dawn Knight | August 4, 2009; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Capping Vick

The structuring of a Vick contract is an intriguing dilemma.

By J. I. Halsell | July 28, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (4)

Michael Vick a Dolphin? All Bark, No Bite

Miami already has their Wild Cat QB, and this one doesn't have character issues.

By Matt Infante | July 28, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Short Leash

At least 30 GMs will want him. The question is, how many are bold enough or charismatic enough to sell having him?

By Michael Wilbon | July 27, 2009; 09:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

A Vick-T.O. Hookup?

I'll say the Bills. He and T.O. already seem to have that bond for some reason

By Matt Loede | July 27, 2009; 08:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Makeover Time

Vick should recognize that he needs structure more than he needs starts.

By Jason Maloni | July 27, 2009; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick the Jag?

Quick answer: Jacksonville.

By Joe Reedy | July 27, 2009; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Made Goodell Cave

Roger caved in because TO taunted him, called him "ridiculous" and said that "roger should sit in jail."

By Cindy Kagan | July 27, 2009; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (22)

Vick Raids the Bay?

Al Davis, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone, give the man a call and get him on a plane to the Bay Area.

By Gene Wang | July 27, 2009; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (2)

Who Wants Michael Vick?

League Readers vote on which NFL team will sign Michael Vick

By Reader Poll | July 27, 2009; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Small-Market Bounty?

There are a few destinations that make sense for Michael Vick.

By Doug Farrar | July 27, 2009; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell, Sic Him!

None of the League felons, should ever be allowed to play again, for any reason.

By Cindy Kagan | July 24, 2009; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (26)

Vick Must Show Humility

Goodell should ask Vick if knows what the current unemployment rate is in Hampton Roads.

By Sally Jenkins | July 24, 2009; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (12)

He's Been Punished Enough

Despite the enormous pressure that exists from both sides, I say let the man play.

By Dave Choate | July 24, 2009; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (5)

Goodell Decides Own Justice

At this point, if Goodell doesn't like your haircut you can probably get two games.

By Dan Levy | July 24, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

GoodNewz for Vick

Having served his time and jail, Vick has earned the right to petition the NFL for reinstatement.

By Jason Maloni | July 24, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell, Don't Play Daddy

No suspension. No punishment. No banishment. Nothing should happen to Michael Vick now that he has finished his 23 month sentence for financing a dog fighting ring.

By Robert Littal | July 24, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (12)

Time to Forgive

To all the Michael Vick haters, it's time to move on, to forgive and to come to grips with the fact he's going to play in the NFL again.

By Gene Wang | July 24, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

No RenoGate Yet

It may be a long time before this case enters a Court of Law, but the Court of Public Opinion is already in session.

By Jason Maloni | July 22, 2009; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

ESPN Arrogance?

Big Ben getting in trouble -- for whatever reason -- is news, report it.

By Dan Levy | July 22, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

ESPN in Bed With NFL

ESPN's lack of Roethlisberger coverage stinks of an "ignore it and it will go away" attitude

By Chris Richardson | July 22, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (18)

Smart Move, ESPN?

What if ESPN isn't being slippery about this story, just rightfully cautious?

By A.J. Daulerio | July 22, 2009; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

Is No News Good News?

Maybe we need to spend a little less time ranking on the blogosphere and more time making sure our own houses are in order.

By Doug Farrar | July 22, 2009; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Highlight Jockeys, Nee SC

ESPN's newsroom has finally been engulfed by its boardroom.

By Josh Zerkle | July 22, 2009; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

ESPN Choked

ESPN made a mistake by pretending that the allegations that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted a woman weren't worthy of a report.

By Kent Babb | July 22, 2009; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

ESPN Irresponsible

If the World Wide Leader in Sports has room to cover Michael Irvin's reality TV show, then they should have room to run something on Big Ben's lawsuit.

By Joe Reedy | July 22, 2009; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

ESPN Is Like Madonna

Back in the day they were both hip, but thirty years later they are talking with strange accents and disconnected from the general public.

By Robert Littal | July 22, 2009; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (9)

New Jounalism Changed The Story

I'm more interested in how the media handles this story than the extraordinarily murky details of what did or did not happen a year ago in that Lake Tahoe hotel.

By Michael Bean | July 22, 2009; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick + UFL = Perfect Pair

Whether by design or mere coincidence it appears that the marriage of Michael Vick and the UFL was one made in pigskin heaven.

By Peter Schaffer | July 14, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (6)

Beckham Meets COPS

The thought of Michael Vick suiting up for the UFL sounds far more like a carnival sideshow attraction than a smart acquisition for a legitimate league.

By Jason Maloni | July 14, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

A Match Made in Heaven

It's rare to find two puzzle pieces that fit together as well as Michael Vick and the upstart United Football League.

By Dave Choate | July 14, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

No Such Thing As Bad PR For UFL

No offense to the PETA people (perhaps some offense to the PETA people) but many of them are downright crazy.

By Dan Levy | July 14, 2009; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Buzz Worth Bite?

For brands looking for an edge, Vick just might be that Wow Factor.

By David Carter | July 14, 2009; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (5)

PETA Protest Possible

PETA certainly wouldn't take anything off of the table in terms of protesting the UFL were it to sign Vick.

By Dan Shannon | July 14, 2009; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (15)

Avoid the XFL's Fate

The UFL has to reconcile is just what kind of league it wants to be, and what it wants to accomplish.

By Doug Farrar | July 14, 2009; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Separating Great and Good

Most of our heroes are not larger than life. They are human. And, like us all, they are subject to the worst human failings.

By Liz Clarke | July 9, 2009; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (4)

Athlete Idolatry

Maybe Air Jordan or Air McNair are false idols and we need to be more critical of who deserves the title of hero.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | July 8, 2009; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Family Tragedy

Steve McNair was required to be role model for his four sons. Instead, he lied to his family every time he snuck off to be with this young woman, with his actions and presumably his words.

By Tracee Hamilton | July 8, 2009; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

Some Role Models Cheat

McNair fit into the category of a role model, and although he was unfaithful, that does not erase his hard work, his accomplishments, his generosity, all the good things about him.

By Roman Oben | July 8, 2009; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (25)

Who Needs a Real Hero?

Do I care if Steve McNair, Muhammad Ali or Babe Ruth has an affair? Of course not. What does monogamy have to do with admiration?

By Emil Steiner | July 8, 2009; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Hero on the Field

Forget his private life, admire his endurance, his hard work, his rugged character on the field.

By Dan Steinberg | July 8, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (5)

Affirming the Best in McNair

There was much to admire about Steve McNair, and it would be myopic to overlook his extensive contributions to society because of his martial indiscretion.

By Gene Wang | July 8, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

What Is a Hero?

We make deals with our heroes and our role models all the time, because sainted perfection is so very difficult to find.

By Doug Farrar | July 8, 2009; 06:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not My Hero

This was a tragic situation, but one that Steve McNair seemed to bring upon himself.

By Dan Levy | July 8, 2009; 05:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

More to McNair

Was he perfect? No, but he was absolutely a hero.

By Jimmy Morris | July 8, 2009; 03:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Heroes Are Humans

The flaws of our role models don't diminish their heroism but rather prove their humanity.

By Peter Schaffer | July 8, 2009; 03:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Mobile Revolution

McNair's success popularized the scrambling quarterback and opened the door for such players as Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.

By Emil Steiner | July 6, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tough as They Come

Nothing endears a player more to teammates than persistence through pain, and by that standard, McNair practically had no peer.

By Gene Wang | July 5, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Former Coach Remembers

From the first day he came in, you could definitely tell he was a very talented young man.

By Sherman Smith | July 4, 2009; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Campbell Missing McNair

Jason Campbell: "I'm just devastated. Just in shock right now. "

By Cindy Boren | July 4, 2009; 08:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNair Played Tough

This is a sad day for all of us who love the NFL.

By Desmond Bieler | July 4, 2009; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

McNair Dead

Former Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed in Nashville, police have confirmed.

By Mark Maske | July 4, 2009; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nothing's Fair in Fantasy Land

There is nothing fair about the NFL's personal conduct policy until you take into account that there is nothing realistic about the NFL.

By Emil Steiner | June 29, 2009; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Probe Helps Burress

Goodell is not only acting within his rights as commissioner, he's actually HELPING Burress by initiating the probe.

By Jason Maloni | June 29, 2009; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Consistency Wanted

It seems to me that Goodell bases the expediency with which he deals with a player's disciplinary issues on the interest teams have in that player.

By Doug Farrar | June 29, 2009; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not Michael Vick

Let's stop comparing this incident to the Michael Vick case, and please let's stop putting this situation in the same window of everything else that goes wrong in the "failed moral behavior of athletes" category.

By Roman Oben | June 20, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Consistent Punishment

If Roger Goodell is going to drop a hammer on Stallworth then he has to act equally as strong against every other NFL player who is arrested for a DUI.

By Les Carpenter | June 19, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (8)

Rosenhaus Responsible?

"Suspended indefinitely" certainly does not mean "banned for life" and Stallworth can expect to have a chance to return to football at some point.

By Jason Maloni | June 19, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Should Channel Judge Landis

If the Ginger Hammer wants to prove there's a new sheriff in town, he must punish more adequately than the justice system has.

By Doug Farrar | June 19, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Went Too Far

The NFL commissioner has pushed the punitive bar too high, to the point of inappropriate excessive.

By Peter Schaffer | June 19, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

Goodell Will Be Fair

Once Goodell has reviewed all the facts we fully anticipate a just resolution

By David Cornwell | June 19, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Must Be Tough

let's hope Goodell is tougher than Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy.

By Dan Levy | June 19, 2009; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Doomed Court

Modern athletes shouldn't be like Babe Ruth, they should try to be like country musicians.

By Gene Grabowski | June 8, 2009; 06:57 PM ET | Comments (5)

They're Doing The Time

I don't think they're treated differently at all. If they were, folks wouldn't be going to jail.

By Charles Mann | June 8, 2009; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (10)

Are NFL Players Treated Differently by Our Legal System?

You decide if our legal system treats NFL players differently than everyone else

By Reader Poll | June 8, 2009; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (3)

Players Get Gamed

Justice should be equal for all but we've now overcompensated to the point where celebs get a less fair shake.

By Peter Schaffer | June 8, 2009; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (8)

A Walk and a Wink

Whether we like to admit it or not, there is a separate and unequal class of people who get away with things that the rest of us can't

By Doug Farrar | June 8, 2009; 07:06 AM ET | Comments (5)

June 8th Winner: OZPUNK

NFL players are certainly not above the law, but they are subject to a more lenient justice system because we the fans don't want to be disillusioned and are awfully quick to forgive.

By TOP COMMENTER | June 8, 2009; 05:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does it Matter?

Regardless of how people feel about religion entering certain non-secular spaces, they will continue to love chicken sandwiches, and of course, football.

By Jim McCormick | February 4, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bear Arms Responsibly

The league needs to be even more proactive in protecting its players.

By Doug Farrar | December 4, 2008; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (6)

Pack Responsibly

If a player feels the need to own a gun then he needs to know how to do so legally. Ignorance is no defense.

By Peter Schaffer | December 3, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

Don't Pick Vick

He's a 30-year-old, ex-con, public relations nightmare... but some team probably will hire him.

By Zach Leibowitz | November 26, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (17)

He Has to Earn It

Vick has to not only prove that he's fit to play, he has to prove that he's fit to represent his team and the league.

By Peter Schaffer | November 26, 2008; 03:30 AM ET | Comments (26)

We All Make Mistakes

I do think Michael will play again in the NFL. Yeah, I do.

By Dan Reeves | November 26, 2008; 03:22 AM ET | Comments (99)

Dr. Jones & Mr. Pacman

This week's events may have jeopardized all the positive work and progress.

By Peter Schaffer | October 11, 2008; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cut Pac Some Slack

He's been improving some and deserves some credit.

By Keenan McCardell | October 10, 2008; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Character Matters, Publicly

Ideally a team would have a roster of humanitarians who date celebrities, record platinum selling albums and win the Super Bowl every year, but it ain't gonna happen.

By Emil Steiner | October 2, 2008; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Better to Win With Baggage

Owners are risk takers who gain little by losing with class.

By David Carter | October 2, 2008; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Desire to Change Matters

Character is never expendable however everyone deserves a second chance.

By Peter Schaffer | October 2, 2008; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hating on Hypocrisy

Save the morality play for the church pulpit, and get those players on the field because they can help you win games

By Gene Wang | October 2, 2008; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Risky Business

The larger issue is that these are wealthy, young adult men with a lot going for them.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 3, 2008; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Education, Not a Curfew

The athletes are not doing the shooting, they're the ones getting shot.

By Charles Mann | September 3, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Problem Isn't Just the NFL's

No one can decide who's going to win the Super Bowl and we're going to solve the issue of gun violence in the NFL?

By Cindy Boren | September 3, 2008; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Doing Enough

Coaches like to say they can't watch their players 24 hours a day, and they're right.

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2008; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not the NFL's Problem

We're seeking a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.

By David Aldridge | September 3, 2008; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (9)

Education Over Legislation

Gun violence, or more broadly the gun culture, is nothing new for NFL players.

By Gene Wang | September 3, 2008; 06:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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