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Football’s Brain Injury Crisis Lands in Family Court

Divorced parents in Pittsburgh are in a legal dispute over whether their 17-year-old son should be allowed to play football.

Hall of Famer Jim Kelly Announces His Cancer Has Returned

Kelly, the retired Buffalo Bills quarterback, once again has oral cancer after having been treated for the disease in 2013 and 2014.

N.F.L. and Papa John’s Part Ways in Wake of C.E.O. Commentary

John Schnatter has already stepped down as chief executive of the pizza company, but his comments still resonated at the end of a long sponsorship agreement.

Fox to Broadcast N.F.L. Draft for First Time

Fox will team up with the NFL Network for a joint production of the draft in April, with a mix of talent from both networks.

Ben Agajanian, Square-Shoed Kicking Star, Dies at 98

Though missing four toes because of an accident, he was pro football’s first career kicking specialist, playing for nine teams until he was 45.

Spurned by McDaniels, Colts G.M. Stokes Rivalry With Patriots

The Colts scheduled a news conference Tuesday to introduce Josh McDaniels as their new coach. Instead, general manager Chris Ballard had to answer questions about why he wasn’t.

Josh McDaniels Will Stay With Patriots After Spurning Colts

Indianapolis announced Tuesday morning that McDaniels would be the team’s new head coach, but he backed out later in the day.

Malcolm Butler of the Patriots Denies Wild Super Bowl Week Rumors

Butler did not play in Super Bowl LII, but he issued a statement saying it had nothing to do with missing curfew or other off-field activities.

Eagles’ Trick Play: It’s Called the ‘Money 5’ at Foles’s High School

Another former Westlake High quarterback saw it coming a mile away Sunday night. The Patriots did not.

For Eagles’ Carson Wentz, an Imperfect Super Bowl Moment

A knee injury ended Carson Wentz’s before the playoffs began, but his coaches and teammates say his engagement and leadership never waned.

NBC’s Super Bowl Win (Everyone Knows About the Olympics Now, Right?)

The game had everything a network could want — including a large audience. NBC tried to take advantage with some promotions for the coming Winter Games.

Why Did Bill Belichick Bench Malcolm Butler? Don’t Ask the Patriots

After Butler was benched for Super Bowl LII, the players pointed all questions toward Coach Bill Belichick, who chose not to elaborate.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commercial for Ram Trucks Is Swiftly Criticized

A Super Bowl ad by Ram had viewers openly wondering whether the company really used Dr. King’s words about the value of service to sell vehicles.

Philadelphia Erupts in Celebration, and Unruliness, After Victory

Some fans pulled down traffic lights and pushed over planters in rowdy celebrations after the Eagles won their first Super Bowl championship.

Essay: Suddenly Philadelphia Has a Major Identity Crisis

A city that for so long has endured cruel blow after cruel blow in major sporting events will wake up Monday with a fair amount of disorientation.

Super Bowl 2018: Patriots vs. Eagles Top Story Lines

Super Bowl LII pits New England, the perennial superpower, vs. Philadelphia, a team that hasn’t been to the big game since 2005. Live updates and analysis:

Tom Brady Wins His Third M.V.P. Award

The Los Angeles Rams claimed three other major N.F.L. awards on Saturday.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Choices: Lewis, Urlacher, Moss, Owens and Dawkins

A total of eight men were voted into the Hall. Terrell Owens, who is No. 2 in career receiving yards, was elected in his third year on the ballot, while Randy Moss, No. 4, made it on his first try.

Nickelodeon Lines Up With the N.F.L., Confident Children Will Cheer

As parents who are worried about concussions push their children away from football, the league has found ways to make a pitch directly to young people.

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