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Open Field
Preparing for Sam, and Beyond
Preparing for Sam, and Beyond
The NFL’s power brokers are hearing a strong message about respect at the owners meetings as the league prepares a new initiative regarding sexual orientation
By Robert Klemko
Behind the Face Mask
‘My Job Is Very, Very Different From Your Job’
‘My Job Is Very, Very Different From Your Job’
The Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito situation, coupled with Michael Sam’s announcement, has put the NFL locker room culture under a spotlight. An Eagle takes us inside his workplace to better understand it
Game Plan
A Combine Reality Check
A Combine Reality Check
Think you’re seeing all the best prospects in Indy this week? Think again. Plenty of college players who’ll be productive pros—and possibly stars—don’t even get invited. Just ask Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith
By Peter King
Open Field
Things to Eye in Indy
Things to Eye in Indy
Here's what you need to watch as the combine dominates the NFL world over the next week
By Peter King
Draft Board
Time for Style vs. Substance
Time for Style vs. Substance
We've got enough on tape to accurately judge this draft's top prospects. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Workouts and pro days are upon us, the time when sheer athleticism comes to the forefront to cloud our judgment
By Andy Staples
Behind the Face Mask
How to Fix the Locker Room
Jason Avant: How to Fix the Locker Room
Football takes young men from the most diverse backgrounds, throws them together and expects harmony. But that can’t happen without a stronger hand, higher standards and better training on tolerance
Monday Morning Quarterback
The NFL’s Wake-Up Calls
The NFL’s Wake-Up Calls
The timing of Michael Sam’s announcement and—five days later—the release of the Ted Wells report made one thing crystal clear: It’s time to professionalize pro football. Plus, America’s new non-hero and more as NFL eyes shift to Indy
By Peter King
Film Room
Michael Sam: Studying the Game Tape
Michael Sam: Studying the Game Tape
We’re learning about Michael Sam the man. But what about Michael Sam the player? We watched every snap he played in 12 games for Missouri last fall to get an unfiltered look at the 2014 draft prospect. Here's what we found
By Greg A. Bedard
Business of Football
It Only Takes One Team
It Only Takes One Team
Michael Sam may face subtle discriminations in the draft process after revealing he’s gay, but the SEC co-defensive player of the year just needs one front office to view him as nothing but a ‘football guy’
By Andrew Brandt
On Further Review
A Clean Sweep
The Tuesday Mailbag
The poster children for the NFL's mission to eradicate head hits from the game? Look no further than the Seahawks, who were the opposite of dirty birds en route to winning the Super Bowl. Plus, readers react to Michael Sam coming out
By Peter King