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The Steve Gleason Movie: Raw, Emotional and Real

As powerful a film as you’ll ever encounter, Gleason documents the former Saints player’s grueling struggle with ALS, its effect on his wife and those around him, and his message to his young son

Players and Police: A Summit in Austin

At the University of Texas, the NFL’s Emmanuel Acho and Fozzy Whittaker joined Austin’s police chief and others in a panel to foster better understanding between cops and African Americans, and lead more athletes to take an active role in working for change

A Day with Jared Odrick in Canada’s Counter-Culture

In Toronto, the Jaguars defensive end is carving his own path outside of traditional NFL lifestyle. Ride shotgun as Odrick takes The MMQB on a day filled with butter espressos, dry needling and fascial stretch therapy, all with the goal of preparing his body for football and his mind for the future

The Rise of ‘Y-Iso’

A look at one of the fastest growing trends in NFL offenses, one that is allowing the league’s most talented tight ends to dominate

‘He Was A Tough Sonofagun’

Bills coach Rex Ryan remembers his father Buddy, who passed away this week at age 85, by telling stories about cheeseburgers and blitzes, war and leadership, and trying like hell to finish the job started by his dad

Marquise Goodwin Is Making the Jump

The Bills wide receiver and two-sport athlete is readying for the Rio Games. Like many Olympians, he has sacrificed countless hours for a chance at a gold medal. But unlike other Olympians, he might be sacrificing something else: an NFL career

On Defense, the Bears Restock to Restore

From Butkus to Buddy Ryan to Brian Urlacher, the Bears’ greatest years have been driven by defense. After a string of disappointing seasons a new regime has brought in 10 new defensive starters in less than 18 months, a rapid rebuild designed to put Chicago back in the postseason

Meet Tim Rohan...

One of two new members of The MMQB team. After starting his career at the New York Times, Tim looks back on reporting Manziel vs. reporting Mariota when the QBs were in college, and why he can’t cover the NFL without covering the concussion crisis

Meet Albert Breer...

One of two new members of The MMQB team. More than a decade after he finally got his own blog while covering the Patriots, Albert takes a look at what’s in store for the future of NFL media coverage

Washington’s Wide Appeal

The pass-catching group in D.C. has it all—shifty slot man, uncoverable tight end, speedy burners and a rising rookie. Is the Kirk Cousins-led offense ready to break out? As a new expert notes: ‘It could be special’

Me Versus Chris Harris

A one-time star tight end (well, in middle school) and current 29-year-old journalist, I challenged the Broncos’ All-Pro cornerback to an afternoon of one-on-ones. To my surprise, he accepted. My journey to a turf field in Tulsa, from the elation of a nine-yard reception to the pain and embarrassment of… pretty much everything else that happened that day

Two Rivals, One Cause

For one night during the NFL offseason, the Ravens’ purple and the Steelers’ black and gold were a perfect match at a charity event meant to connect strangers and fight cancer

A Different Kind of Minicamp

The MMQB went behind the scenes at the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere, where newly minted pros play Dance Dance Revolution, sing along with Justin Bieber and become action figures. The fun and games are all part of a master business plan

Why I Still Won’t Use ‘R’ Word

A recent poll suggests 90 percent of Native Americans are not offended by the nickname of Washington’s NFL franchise, but that’s not going to change my opinion on this hot-button, societal issue

If the NFL Wants Vegas, Will Vegas Want the NFL?

As Raiders owner Mark Davis flirts with Sin City, the question has been whether the NFL would ever allow such a move. But anecdotal evidence suggests Vegas’ largest moneymaker—casinos—may be the real hurdle 

‘He’s a Football God ... and a Style God’

After just two seasons in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr. has become so popular that kids, teens and grown men are copying his signature look across the country—and deep in the heart of Eagles’ territory, too

When Falcons Train With SEALs

One Monday morning in April, head coach Dan Quinn sprung a surprise on his team: a week of intense training with some of the Navy’s finest