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[February 17, 2018]
Both ESPN and Fox are reportedly
pursuing Peyton Manning to be their prime-time game analyst this
ESPN's "Monday Night Football" is still looking to replace Jon
Gruden after he left the booth to return to the sidelines as the
head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Fox has not announced who will
call its new "Thursday Night Football" package.
Manning's decision to possibly enter the TV booth remains an
intriguing storyline, and he would be the top choice for both
networks, sources told the New York Post on Friday.
Manning has been approached multiple times about becoming a TV
analyst since he retired after the 2015 season, winning a Super Bowl
title with the Denver Broncos in the final game of his 18th NFL
season. He has previously said he would consider a job running a
team's front office, similar to John Elway in Denver.
--Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles continued his victory tour Thursday
night, appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
After covering a few typical topics, the conversation turned to the
lack of a handshake between Foles and Tom Brady following the
Eagles' victory, with Kimmel asking Foles if he had heard from the
Patriots star QB.
"I haven't heard from him yet. I know he's busy, I know he's got a
lot going on," Foles said as the crowd laughed. "I will say this. As
soon as the game's over, you can't move. You can't even express
emotions. There's so many cameras. You have to have a blocker in
front of you. I was about to get (Eagles center) Jason Kelce and say
'Hey bro, just come with me for five minutes. ... Just block,
--Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed all of last
season recovering from shoulder surgery, says he is looking forward
to the aggressive offensive style of new coach Frank Reich.
Reich, who served as offensive coordinator for the Super
Bowl-winning Eagles, was formally introduced by the Colts on Tuesday
and said he wants his offense to be a "multiple, attack, up-tempo
offense" that is "aggressive."
"That sounds great," Luck told Colts.com on Thursday. "I know all
the best offenses that I've been a part of in my career, we've not
been static and we've attacked. And I'm sure he'll have a great
flavor and we'll involve as many people as we can, and attacking
defenses is what it's all about."
--The Carolina Panthers reinstated interim general manager Marty
Hurney from paid administrative leave on Friday after the NFL
cleared him in an investigation of a harassment complaint made
against Hurney by his ex-wife.
According to the team, the NFL found no evidence of a violation of
the personal conduct policy, and the investigation is now closed.
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The Panthers placed Hurney on paid leave Feb. 4, less than a week
after he interviewed for the team's full-time GM position. The
Panthers have also interviewed Texans assistant GM Jimmy Raye III,
Bills assistant director of scouting Lake Dawson and 49ers executive
and former Lions GM Martin Mayhew.
--Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will receive an honorary
doctorate from Baylor for his Hurricane Harvey relief fundraising
Watt, who earlier was named Sports Illustrated co-Sportsman of the
Year and the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year, will now add a
scholarly honor from the Baylor medical school.
The university announced Thursday it will give Watt a Doctor of
Humanities in Medicine degree during Baylor's commencement ceremony
on May 29. The Baylor College of Medicine awards the honorary degree
to individuals who have provided exceptional support or service
directly or indirectly to the school or to academic medicine as a
whole and to the community at large.
--When Shad Khan purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars in January 2012,
he took over one of the laughingstocks of the NFL, with a fan base
lamenting its stadium and worried he could move the team from North
Florida, perhaps to another continent.
Now, Jacksonville has a Super Bowl contender, an owner revitalizing
the downtown area and no fears of the team moving. And that stadium?
It's as in-demand as ever.
Financial-services giant TIAA, which purchased Jacksonville-based
EverBank Financial Corp. in 2017, will inherit the naming rights to
the stadium. The club announced Friday that it will play at TIAA
Bank Field beginning next season, replacing EverBank Field.
EverBank originally purchased naming rights to the stadium in 2010
and signed a 10-year, $43 million extension with the club in 2014.
--The Miami Dolphins reportedly will be making minor tweaks to their
uniform for the 2018 season.
An NFL source told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that the
changes will be an "evolution rather than a revolution" and that
they will not drastically alter the look that the Dolphins adopted
five years ago. The current uniform shows aqua, orange, blue and
white as the team's color palette.
The change is expected to affect the team's jersey, pants and
helmet, according to the newspaper. The team's logo itself is not
expected to undergo radical change.
--Field Level Media
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