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  1. NFL Hot Read -- Filling the NFL's biggest shoes

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Hot Read: The players stepping in for departed superstars know they have to just be themselves, writes Elizabeth Merrill.

    Story | Conversation | September 04, 2013
  2. Super Bowl XLVII - How teams deal with distractions

    Elizabeth Merrill

    This is the Super Bowl, the most serious week of players' lives. This also is New Orleans, a city that oozes temptation.

    Story | Conversation | January 31, 2013
  3. Super Bowl XLVII - Justin Smith just does his job

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Justin Smith is one of the most important players on the San Francisco 49ers' vaunted defense, but he prefers to remain in the background. When his teammates are getting sacks, it means Smith is doing his job.

    Story | Conversation | January 29, 2013
  4. Super Bowl XLVII -- Ray Lewis, do you believe?

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Ray Lewis is going back to the Super Bowl, ending his 17-year football career on the biggest stage, and it's either captivating or nauseating. There is no in-between.

    Story | Conversation | January 27, 2013
  5. NFL playoffs -- No second chance for Lee Evans, Billy Cundiff

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Sunday night, the Baltimore Ravens will face the Patriots in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game for 2011. They get a second chance. Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff won't.

    Story | Conversation | January 15, 2013
  6. NFL Hot Read: Replacement refs tell their side of the story

    Elizabeth Merrill and Wayne Drehs

    The NFL's replacement refs came from all walks of life and exited the stage in dramatic fashion. Who were they? Why did they do it? And where will they go now?

    Story | Conversation | October 03, 2012
  7. NFL players weigh the pros and cons of retirement

    Elizabeth Merrill

    The decision to retire isn't always left up to an NFL player. Ligaments tear, discs bulge, bodies decline and teams move on. But when a player has that choice, what does he go through?

    Story | Conversation | February 08, 2012
  8. New England Patriots lineman Nick McDonald makes a mother proud

    Elizabeth Merrill

    The New England Patriots offensive lineman found a second home after losing his own mother to cancer.

    Story | Conversation | February 03, 2012
  9. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs plays with an infectiou...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is funny and outspoken and is having a season so dominant some in the league consider him a contender for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

    Story | Conversation | January 11, 2012
  10. NFL Playoffs: Brett Keisel of the Pittsburgh Steelers in no hurry...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Brett Keisel's now-legendary beard isn't going anywhere -- as long as the Steelers keep winning -- writes Elizabeth Merrill.

    Story | Conversation | January 17, 2011
  11. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets' success can be traced back three ...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    This New York Jets revival has everything to do with the Rex Ryan, Jets players say. Look even deeper, and its roots go back three decades, back to Rex's father, Buddy Ryan.

    Story | Conversation | January 20, 2010
  12. NFL: Matt Birk and other NFL players accept pain as part of the g...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    In the NFL, they say if you're not sore on Monday, it usually means you didn't do much on Sunday. Many a macho football player shrugs off the pain as part of the game. But the pain is real and lasting, and raises questions about players' long-term health after football.

    Story | Conversation | December 29, 2009
  13. Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco remains unflappable

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Baltimore's Joe Flacco got the Ravens off to a 3-0 start. Despite three straight losses, the second-year quarterback remains calm in his approach and optimistic for his team.

    Story | Conversation | October 26, 2009
  14. Harrison deals with his rep just fine

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Known for NFL fines and outlaw play, Pats safety Rodney Harrison says there's only one way to play the game.

    Story | Conversation | February 01, 2008
  15. In a season full of losses, something finally went right

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Go ahead and exhale, south Florida. Your Dolphins will not go down as the worst team ever, writes Elizabeth Merrill.

    Story | Conversation | December 16, 2007