11:22 PM EST, Sun January 25, 2015

Report: Redskins interested in Packers exec Highsmith

Green Bay --- The Washington Redskins have requested permission to interview Green Bay Packers executive Alonzo Highsmith, the Washington Post reported.

Super Bowl-bound Kevin Williams listened to Michael Bennett while Jared Allen didn't

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com PHOENIX _ Kevin Williams listened to Michael Bennett. Jared Allen didn’t. Williams and Allen both were Vikings free agents last year and got recruiting spiels on visits to Seattle from Bennett, a Seahawks defensive end. Williams signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Seattle while Allen ended up going to Chicago. Williams will play in the Super Bowl next Sunday against New England at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., while Allen is coming off a disastrous 5-11 season with the Bears. “I told (Williams), ‘I know you’re tired...

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Northwest Herald 25 mins ago

Hub Arkush: I still don’t get the Pro Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Super Bowl week is here and, quite frankly, is off to a less than rousing start.

Live box score: NFL Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers won't be playing, but there are still plenty of Packers represented in tonight's NFL Pro Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., the site of Super Bowl XLIX. Follow Pro Bowl coverage with updates in our live box score.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 4 hours ago

Vikings past and present pulling for Mick Tingelhoff

When Mick Tingelhoff was named last August as a Seniors Committee finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he received plenty of phone calls and emails. Something else arrived from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 4 hours ago

Former Vikings iron man Mick Tingelhoff hopes this is his year

For 17 seasons, Mick Tingelhoff mowed down NFL defenders with crushing blocks. Once, he took out a locker.

Packers Podcast: McGinn & Dunne examine collapse in Seattle

One week after, Tyler Dunne and Bob McGinn look back at the Packers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship, drive by drive, examining the plays that led to a historic collapse.
Chicago Tribune 5 hours ago

Ernie Banks' son shares fond memories of storied 'Mr. Cub'

Joey Banks didn't always realize the enormity of having Mr. Cub as a father.

Ernie Banks' son shares fond memories of storied 'Mr. Cub'

Joey Banks didn't always realize the enormity of having Mr. Cub as a father.
Chicago Tribune 9 hours ago

Cubs legend Ernie Banks died of heart attack

The lawyer for the family of Chicago baseball great Ernie Banks said Sunday that the legendary player died Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack, just a week short of his 84th birthday.
Ask Kyle: A quick look at the free agent market for offensive linemen

Ask Kyle: A quick look at the free agent market for offensive linemen

Their meltdown in Dallas is in the rearview. The combine is still almost three weeks away. There just isn't a whole lot of action right now. To pass the time, a mailbag for your consideration:

With Super Bowl in sight, Aaron Rodgers didn't deliver

More than any other person, Aaron Rodgers is the reason the Packers were playing in the NFC Championship Game. Rodgers, however, probably played as poorly in Seattle as he has in any of his 11 playoff games.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jan 24, 2015

Tom Powers: 'Deflategate' is a timely distraction for embattled NFL

Considering the type of year the NFL has had, it ought to name O.J. Simpson and Rae Carruth honorary captains for Super Bowl XLIX.
Northwest Herald Jan 24, 2015

Take 2: Bears need help in many places

The Bears had a busy week reassembling their coaching staff. Former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase will call the plays on offense. Vic Fangio, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, will be the defensive coordinator. Sports editor Jon Styf and sports reporter Mike DeFabo discuss.

Two key interceptions of Teddy Bridgewater passes helps Glover Quin make Pro Bowl

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a fine rookie season. It would have been even better had it not been for Glover Quin. The Detroit Lions safety turned two games around against Minnesota in 2014 with interceptions of Bridgewater passes. Quin ended up leading the NFL with seven picks and will take part in Sunday night’s Pro Bowl at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium. Quin will play for Team Carter, whose alumni captain is former Vikings star wide receiver Cris Carter and co-alumni captain is former Minnesota...

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