Giants matriarch Ann Mara dies at 85
Mara was often referred to as 'The First Lady of Football' and was married to former Giants owner Wellington Mara, who died in 2005.
"I am sad to say that our mother has passed away," John Mara said, Ann's son and the Giants' president and chief executive officer. "She has been the leader of our family in every way, and we will miss her dearly."
Ann Mara had been in the hospital since suffering a head injury Jan. 18 after she slipped on ice outside her home in Rye, NY.
"She loved her family, and all of us were able to spend time with her in these final days," John Mara said. "All 11 of her children and our spouses and numerous grandchildren were with her when she passed away."
Along with her family, Ann Mara owned 50 percent of the Giants and was a passionate supporter of the team, rarely missing a game over the last 60 years.
Report: Seahawks offer Marshawn Lynch huge extension
Wanting to keep
Lynch is set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. If signed, the deal would pay Lynch $10 million in 2015 instead of the $5 million he is currently due next season.
Over the last four seasons, Lynch has amassed the most carries and rushing yards in the NFL. He has been in contract discussions with the Seahawks for several weeks with the team believing he has earned a hefty raise.
Report: 49ers add three to defensive coaching staff
Falcons defensive backs coach Tim Lewis is coming to San Francisco to fill the same role with the 49ers. Lewis has served two stints as a defensive coordinator in his career and spent the last four seasons as the defensive backs coach with Atlanta.
Clancy Pendergast is being brought in to coach the 49ers' inside linebackers. Like Lewis, Pendergast has served as a defensive coordinator for two difference teams. He also served as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks from 2010 through 2013.
49ers midwest regional scout Scott Brown will move to a coaching role with the team, as he'll be tasked with coaching the defensive linemen. He served as a defensive-line coach at the college level from 2008 through 2011 before joining the 49ers organization.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers named NFL MVP at NFL Honors
Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.
Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.
AP Offensive Player of the Year:
AP Defensive Player of the Year:
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year:
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year:
AP Comeback Player of the Year:
AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians,
AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals
Walter Payton Man of Year:
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award:
Salute to Service Award:
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year:
FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
Deacon Jones Award:
Greatness on the Road Award:
Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch
Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School
In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
Seahawks' Kam Chancellor participates in Saturday walkthrough
Coach Pete Carroll indicated optimism that Chancellor, who is considered probable to play Sunday, would be cleared to participate in the Super Bowl, per the Seahawks' pool report.
"He looked pretty good today," Carroll said. "We will make sure we test him in pregame, but he remarkably looked great today, and so that’s all we have to go on."
Chancellor is one of six Seattle players listed as probable to play in Sunday's game.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson does not need offseason surgery
Johnson had surgery on his ankle and finger last offseason, and while he missed three games due to injury in October, he played every game from November onward despite being limited by an ankle injury in practice. The Lions wide receiver finished with 71 receptions for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.
Patriots upgrade center Bryan Stork to probable for Super Bowl
Stork was considered questionable with a knee injury after missing the AFC Championship game and was limited in practice Friday. The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against the Seahawks Sunday.
Report: 49ers told Jim Harbaugh after Dec. 14 loss he wouldn't return
Harbaugh was then forced to make a decision quickly on whether he would go to the University of Michigan, stay in the league or sit out a year and he chose to return to college.
Harbaugh took San Francisco to a 44-19-1 record in four seasons as coach, making it to three straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
Geno Smith hopeful Jets bring back Percy Harvin in 2015
"I would love for Percy to come back," Smith said. "Obviously I can’t make that decision, but from my short time with him he’s been a great teammate. He’s obviously a dynamic player and I’d love to see what he can do in this new offense."
Harvin played eight games with the Jets in 2014, catching 29 passes for 350 yards.
However, Harvin is due $10.5 million in base salary in 2014, and is under contract until 2018.
Eagles' Nick Foles expecting to be starter in Philadelphia next year
"My expectation is to be out there and be the starting guy," Foles said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "I expect to be out there with my teammates leading them. I’ve never thought otherwise throughout this whole time.
Foles, who threw for 2,163 yards and 13 touchdowns in an injury-shortened season, expects to be back at full strength by the time training camp rolls around.
"Completely healthy, ready to go," he said. "Just grinding away. Just can’t wait to get back out there."
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