Brian Dawkins: ‘silence is killing us as men’
Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins says opening up about depression and suicidal thoughts earlier in his career helped him overcome his issues.
Dawkins, a nine-time Pro Bowl safety with the Eagles and Broncos, tells PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi that "issues become power" when feelings aren't held inside.
NFL, other football levels talk consistency in rules, safety
The call on the field — is for consistency and simplification at different levels of football.
The NFL held a "Universal Rules Alignment Meeting" at its headquarters in New York on Tuesday, with league football operations chief Troy Vincent and Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay, the head of the league's competition committee, leading the discussion. Some team executives, the NFL players union, the head of officiating and some officials from the NCAA took part in the effort.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NFL's new rule outlawing a player from lowering his head to initially make any sort of hit with his helmet likely will be included in replay reviews for officials.
That has not been decided yet, but Commissioner Roger Goodell and competition committee chairman Rich McKay made it clear Wednesday that video reviews probably will be part of the process.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the NFL Meetings (all times local):
NFL owners rewrote the rule on using the crown of the helmet, making it a 15-yard penalty to initiate any hit with it.
Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, called it "a significant change," noting that it was a "technique too dangerous for the player doing it and the player being hit."
NFL weighing changes to catch rule
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — That's a catch.
Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn't one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.
NFL to hold career development symposium in Orlando
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will hold a career development symposium next week in Orlando, Florida.
The symposium will be Thursday-Saturday, right before the league's annual meeting. Aspiring head coach, coordinator and general manager candidates will learn about football administration, operations, coaching and scouting through presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities with club and league executives.
New Atlanta stadium concessions 1st-year hit with fans
ATLANTA (AP) — The site of next year's Super Bowl already is celebrating a championship for best concessions.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United, finished first in a 2017 NFL fan survey for quality and value of food and beverages. The results released Thursday show the lowered prices, including $2 hot dogs, $3 pizza slices and $5 beer, were a big hit with fans. Those prices will remain in place for Atlanta's Super Bowl in 2019.
Falcons expect fixes to new stadium’s roof for 2018 season
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons expect the retractable roof on Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be "fully operational" for the 2018 season and next year's Super Bowl.
Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay told The Associated Press on Wednesday he expects the team to have more open-air home games in the 2018 season.
"The roof is being worked on as we speak and yes we expect the roof to be fully operational by football season, if not well before," McKay said.
Atlanta’s new stadium ready for business _ except that roof
ATLANTA (AP) — The goal posts are up. The end zones are painted. The concession stands are ready to dish out all sorts of food and drink.
With less than two weeks to go before Atlanta's $1.5 billion stadium hosts its first game, there's only one major issue to address.
HOOVER, Ala. • Atlanta Falcons chief executive Rich McKay visited with reporters at Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference Media Days session to discuss his shiny new $1.6 billion downtown bird’s nest, also known as Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The Way We Hear It: Gray area remains with interpreting TD celebration rules
The NFL’s decision to again let players celebrate touchdowns, both roundly, and deservedly, praised, was also akin to a layup for the league. We’re hearing the interpretation of the new rule may not be as easy—at least not initially.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons announced a five-year contract extension with team president Rich McKay on Tuesday.
McKay will remain with the team at least through June 2022, serving as president and chief executive officer of the Falcons as well as president of owner Arthur Blank's AMB Sports & Entertainment.
NFL considering making referees fulltime
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL is considering making referees full-time employees and centralizing replay review at its New York headquarters as it aims for more consistent, shorter games.
Those were the major topics of discussion when the league's competition committee met Tuesday in advance of the league's annual scouting combine.
Only on AP: Falcons worried about handling of painkillers
A string of emails that began in 2010 with the Atlanta Falcons head trainer and reached all the way to owner Arthur Blank showed a franchise worried about its "excessive" reliance on painkillers to treat players and the potential embarrassment that could cause the team and the NFL.
One topic raised in the email chain concerned the review by an outside agency that found the team spent $81,000 on prescriptions for medications for players in 2009 — nearly three times the league average.
AP source: Elway, Coughlin, Arians added to committee
John Elway, Bruce Arians and Tom Coughlin have been added to the NFL's powerful competition committee, a person familiar with the appointments tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly announced the additions to the committee that recommends rules changes.