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The MMQB on Super Bowl 50

The Naming of a Star

To understand why Star Lotulelei Jr. has such a distinctive first name, it's best to ask Star Sr. We stopped in a Salt Lake City suburb to visit with the Panthers tackle’s parents, who told with pride the story of their son’s journey from Tonga to a Utah furniture store to the NFL’s biggest game

1995 Panthers: An Oral history

In the the inaugural year for the NFL in Carolina, a band of castoffs and curiosities overcame the odds with a spirit that looks a lot like the Super Bowl 50 Panthers. An oral history of a successful NFL startup

The Wisdom of Forrest Gregg

We caught up with the Hall of Famer at his Colorado Springs home and reminisced about his playing days in Green Bay and Dallas, his coaching tenure in Cincy and how he survived both the Ice Bowl and Freezer Bowl

The Super Bowl Can Make or Break a Career

Malik Jackson isn't the biggest name on the Broncos’ vaunted D, but a strong performance by the defensive tackle on Sunday could make him one of the most desired free agents a few months from now

Cam Newton: Son of Blinn

A lost 20-year-old quarterback arrived at a small Texas junior college in 2009 and a future NFL superstar left a year later. We visited the Brenham campus to find out how washing jerseys, mooing cows and painting bleachers transformed Cam Newton into the football player he is today

All Writers

The MMQB’s Greatest Hits

Ed Werder and His Family: The Hard News

Ed Werder has become a fixture in the NFL while covering stories for ESPN. The news away from his job—concerning his daughter and her husband—has been much tougher to handle

A Better Man, the Better Way

A member of the Dolphins’ famed Killer B’s and the 1983 NFL defensive player of the year, Doug Betters suffered a catastrophic injury on the ski slopes that left him paralyzed from the torso down. Being in a wheelchair changed him—but not his adventurous way of life in the wilds of Montana

Sweetness and the Scout

Relentlessness. Intensity. Hard-headed commitment. The qualities that Chargers scouting director Kevin Kelly looks for in a prospect are the same he saw in his mentor, Walter Payton, with whom he struck up an unlikely friendship on a fateful night in an empty gym as an awestruck teenager

Why Jim Brown Matters

To his football heirs—from Barry Sanders to Adrian Peterson—he’s the one player by which their own greatness is measured. To those who played with and against the Cleveland Browns legend, his prowess, intensity and intellect remain awe-inspiring. Fifty years after walking away from the game at his peak, he still towers over the NFL. Yes, he was just that good

Breaking Real Bad: Inside the Sam Hurd Drug Case

On Nov. 13, former Cowboys and Bears receiver Sam Hurd faced possible life in prison for drug trafficking. Was he the cocaine kingpin the government made him out to be, or the victim of an overzealous prosecution and excessively harsh narcotics laws? An exclusive 22-month investigation reveals how it all went wrong for one of the NFL’s most promising and well-liked young talents—and why there was more to Hurd’s downfall than we were led to believe

Talking Football

The Panthers’ Special Coach

Bruce DeHaven returned to coordinate Carolina’s special teams this season despite battling prostate cancer, but the veteran coach insists his plight isn't a story worthy of the Super Bowl spotlight

Game Plan

Is This Cam’s Kryptonite?

The Panthers have won 22 of their last 24 games. Both their defeats came against defenses orchestrated by Dan Quinn. The Atlanta coach shares some of the insights on how his Falcons conquered Cam Newton and Carolina in the Panthers’ lone loss this season

Road to Super Bowl 50

The Naming of a Star

To understand why Star Lotulelei Jr. has such a distinctive first name, it’s best to ask Star Sr. We stopped in a Salt Lake City suburb to visit with the Panthers tackle’s parents, who told with pride the story of their son’s journey from Tonga to a Utah furniture store to the NFL’s biggest game

Road to Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl Picks Across America

As The MMQB crossed the country on our #SB50RoadTrip, we asked people along the way to predict Super Bowl 50. Here’s how the big game will play out, according to waitresses, state troopers, hotel desk clerks, college football players and a few Pro Football Hall of Famers

Open Field

The Short Path to Stardom

Once simply reliant on his physical prowess to beat blockers, Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short’s instincts and stamina have caught up to his considerable talent. It has added up to an interior pass rusher who lives in the opponent’s backfield

Going Long

The Panthers’ First Season Was a Wild Ride

In the the inaugural year for the NFL in Carolina, a band of castoffs and curiosities overcame the odds with a spirit that looks a lot like the Super Bowl 50 Panthers. An oral history of a successful NFL startup