Archive for January, 2015

Rodgers wins 2nd NFL Most Valuable Player award (The Associated Press)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers has won his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in somewhat surprisingly easy fashion.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wins second NFL MVP award (Shutdown Corner)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
PHOENIX – Once again, NFL MVP voters couldn't pass on voting for the best quarterback. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award. It was announced on Saturday night during the "NFL Honors" show at Phoenix Symphony Hall. Rodgers threw for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions, leading the Packers to an NFC North championship. That was enough to turn away Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who had 20.5 sacks and was vying to be the first defensive player to win MVP since 1986, when Lawrence Taylor won it. Rodgers also won in 2011. This time around he held off a great field of candidates that included Watt, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Quarterbacks have won seven of the last eight MVP awards. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Pats stand in way of Seahawks dynastic aims (AFP)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Sunday's Super Bowl 49 caps a National Football League season marred by scandal with a compelling clash between Seattle and New England that promises to clear away the clouds. Each team can cement a place in Super Bowl lore with a victory. Fans partied Saturday night around Phoenix and at the NFL Experience gridiron theme park near the University of Phoenix Stadium in suburban Glendale, Arizona where the game was scheduled to kick off at 4:30 pm (23:30 GMT). "Everything is done," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

Senators cruise past Coyotes

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson each had a goal and an assist Saturday while Marc Methot chipped in with three assists as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Arizona Coyotes 7-2.


Gronk’s garland: Patriots TE Gronkowski wins comeback player (The Associated Press)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player Of The Year award for 2014.

Seau, Bettis among eight named to Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 (Reuters)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
By Frank Pingue PHOENIX (Reuters) - The late Junior Seau, who was the heart and soul of the San Diego Chargers' defense, and 12-time Pro Bowl guard Will Shields were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 on Saturday. Joining Seau and Shields were former running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, and defensive end Charles Haley. The Class of 2015 will also include former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff, who was the seniors committee nominee, and general manger Bill Polian and longtime executive Ron Wolf as the two choices for the contributors category. ...

Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis among 2015 football Hall of Fame class

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sons represent late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame announcement (The Associated Press)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group. ''I wish,'' 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, ''he was here in person with us.'' A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in 2012, was the only first-time eligible candidate in the Hall's class of 2015. Also getting in Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl, were modern-day players Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff.

Irsay says he’s confident NFL will solve deflated footballs (The Associated Press)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Colts owner Jim Irsay says he's confident NFL investigators will figure out how the New England Patriots used deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and lawyer Ted Wells are leading the probe to determine what happened to the footballs New England used during the 45-7 victory over the Colts on Jan. 18. ''I think Wells and Pash are going to dig into it, be very detailed.'' Pash told The Associated Press on Saturday night before the NFL Honors show. I am confident that they will thoroughly look into it and find out what happened.'' Upon arriving in Phoenix last Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs.

Junior Seau headlines eight-man Pro Football Hall of Fame class (Shutdown Corner)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
PHOENIX – There’s no way to think about the news that Junior Seau was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame without also thinking how much he would have enjoyed it. Seau, the late longtime linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, was the headliner of a class that also includes running back Jerome Bettis, defensive end Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, receiver Tim Brown, center Mick Tingelhoff (a senior nominee) and general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf. News of that class was tweeted out by many of the Hall of Fame voters on Saturday evening. Seau's election is bittersweet. Seau committed suicide in May of 2012. His brain was studied and found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL. He was known for his infectious personality off the field and his incredible play for 20 NFL seasons. “I can't imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a great profile of Seau by USA Today’s Lindsay Jones. Bettis, a two-time All-Pro, was inducted on his fifth time as a finalist. He finished with 13,662 yards in 13 seasons and finished his career with a Super Bowl XL victory. Haley’s main argument for the Hall of Fame was the five Super Bowl rings he earned, more than any other player. He was a big part of the success of those Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers as a fantastic edge rusher. He had 100.5 sacks in his 13-year career. Brown spent 16 of his 17 seasons with the Raiders and ended his career among the most prolific receivers in NFL history. He had 1,0994 catches, 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns. Shields was a dominant guard for the Chiefs. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his final 12 seasons, playing 14 seasons in all for Kansas City while never missing a game. Wolf was a longtime NFL executive but he is most famous for turning around a terrible Green Bay Packers organization, a revitalization that is still going on more than 20 years later. More specifically, Wolf swung a trade with Atlanta for quarterback Brett Favre, who went 0-for-5 in his one Falcons season, and for landing defensive end Reggie White, perhaps the greatest free-agent signing in NFL history. Wolf’s roster won Super Bowl XXXI, Green Bay’s first Super Bowl title in 29 years. Polian is best known for putting together the core of the Buffalo Bills teams that won four straight AFC championships, then his time with the Indianapolis Colts that resulted in a Super Bowl championship. Tingelhoff was one of the game’s best centers during his career that spanned from 1962 to 1978, getting five All-Pro nods. He never missed a game in 17 NFL seasons.   - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab