National Football League hosting 3rd annual HBCU Open House

Courtesy of NFL PR/Communications Today, the National Football League (NFL) is hosting the third annual NFL x HBCU Open House, bringing together stakeholders across Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and football landscapes to discuss NFL initiatives, areas of opportunity, and an aim to further strengthen relationships. ?The virtual event will highlight sports focused career opportunities for HBCU students and alumni. Participants from the the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and Mid-eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will hear from NFL leadership and personnel including representatives…

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Saints rook Trevor Penning booted from practice for a third straight day

New Orleans Saints rookie offensive lineman had an early ending to practice for the third consecutive day. The first round pick, who was taken 19th overall out of Northern Iowa, has been shown the door in the team’s last three practices for starting fights. Per reporting from NFL writer Dov Kleiman and Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith, the latest offense took place during Wednesday’s OTAs. Smith notes that Monday was a doubleheader, with Penning getting into bouts with defensive end Payton Turner and defensive end Taco Charlton. Tuesday’s opponents…

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Dolphins lose 2023 first-round draft pick, fines owner Stephen Ross $1.5 m over tampering with Sean Payton and Tom Brady

From ESPN: The NFL has stripped the Miami Dolphins of two draft picks, including their 2023 first-round selection, and suspended owner Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million after an investigation into alleged violations of league policies related to the integrity of the game. In addition to the first-round pick, the Dolphins also will forfeit their 2024 third-round selection. Ross, meanwhile, is suspended through Oct. 17, during which time he isn’t permitted to be at the Dolphins’ facility or represent the team at any team event. He also can’t attend any league…

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Baker Mayfield to be traded to Carolina Panthers

From Charles Robinson of Yahoo!Sports Baker Mayfield will soon no longer be a Cleveland Brown. Mayfield is being traded to the Carolina Panthers for a fifth-round draft pick that can improve with play markers, league sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. The Panthers later confirmed the trade on Twitter. This ends a contentious rift between Mayfield and the Browns following their pursuit of Deshaun Watson earlier this offseason. Mayfield now becomes Carolina’s presumed replacement for Sam Darnold. The move officially solidifies Cleveland’s quarterback depth chart with Watson and backup…

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Former Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber passes away at age 38

Sad news out of Frisco, Texas. From Fox Sports: Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead in his apartment by police in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported and the team later confirmed in a statement. He was 38. “Officers are currently out on a welfare concern, but we are unable to provide any further information at this time,” a Frisco police spokesperson told the Star-Telegram, noting the cause of Barber’s death is unknown. Barber played seven seasons in the NFL (2005-11), including his first six with the Cowboys. He earned…

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NFL x HBCU Open House begins August 30

Courtesy of NFL PR/Communications The NFL Football Operations department will host the 2nd Annual NFL + HBCU Open House on Monday, August 30, 2021. The annual event was designed to bring together stakeholders across the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and football landscapes to discuss the portfolio of existing NFL initiatives, areas of opportunity, and to further strengthen relationships.  Participants will hear from various speakers from NFL leadership and personnel from departments in football strategy, development, data and analytics, talent acquisition, experienceship program and more. In addition to the Open House, the department…

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Breaking: Aaron Rodgers and Packers close to deal

From Rob Goldberg of B\R Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are reportedly close to an agreement that could see the veteran quarterback play his final season with the franchise. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Packers “are offering concession” to ensure Rodgers’ return for the 2021 season but added it “would help set up” the quarterback’s “departure from Green Bay after this season.” Earlier Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Rodgers had “indicated to people close to him” that he planned to return to the Packers and play this season.…

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Deshaun Watson wins court battle to reveal names of accusers

From Charles Robinson of yahoo sports  HOUSTON — In a decision that is expected to impact nearly all 22 of the civil lawsuit cases against Deshaun Watson, a judge ruled that the Houston Texans quarterback has the legal right to know the name of one of the Jane Doe plaintiffs who is accusing him of sexual assault. U.S. District Court Judge Dedra Davis ruled in favor of Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin during an emergency hearing Friday requesting that a Jane Doe plaintiff must re-file her civil suit against the quarterback…

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49ers make deal with Dolphins to acquire 2021 no.3 overall pick

The San Francisco 49ers have made the first splash of the NFL draft season with a move to the acquire the Miami Dolphins’ third overall pick. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, San Francisco is sending two 2021 picks, which includes their no.12 overall selection and the 102 pick , as well as first round picks in 2022 and 2023.

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Vincent Jackson former NFL receiver dead at 38

from ESPN: Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday in a Florida hotel room, according to The Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. The body of the 38-year-old Jackson was found at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida. Police said there were no apparent signs of trauma, and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said it has opened an investigation. According to hotel staff, Jackson, who is a South Tampa…

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