Stop right there. Before we allow you to read any further, we'll need to see some ID. A review of the year in sleaze -- oops, we mean sports -- in 2009 is a tale for mature audiences only. Some of the randy goings-on were mildly amusing: NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley got a traffic ticket last New Year's Eve in his haste to find a place for a little one-on-one time with a female friend. Others were deeply disturbing: retired NFL quarterback Steve McNair, a husband and father, was shot dead by a paramour in a murder-suicide.
What Tony Dungy is about to do with Michael Vick is no different from what Dungy has been doing with Vick for months. Nothing more formal, nothing more official, no forms to fill out, and no big-brother-NFL looking over his shoulder as the retired coach formally becomes the conditionally reinstated quarterback's mentor.
One of the most intriguing NFL storylines over the next few weeks will revolve around a potential difference-maker -- one who may come out of retirement to don purple for a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.
With Peter King on his annual four-week summer vacation, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton took time away from vacationing in the Florida panhandle to write today's Monday Morning Quarterback column. Payton, who was voted NFL Coach of the Year in 2006, is entering his fourth season in New Orleans.
The Tennessee man accused of selling the gun used to kill former NFL quarterback Steve McNair is in custody facing a federal charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, authorities said Friday.
Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair may have been struggling to fill a void after retiring from football, something most star athletes go through when their careers come to an end, former teammate Eddie George told CNN.
The tragic death of Steve McNair is a story ripe for jumping to conclusions, but of course that's the absolute wrong move. Let's try to remember that we jump to a wrong conclusion in the first place when we think we know who professional athletes really are because we get to watch them play, listen to them talk, and see them on TV.
Watching the slow-motion car crash that is the Jay Cutler-Denver divorce in the making, I can't help but get the feeling I've seen this particular movie before. And from the looks of it, it's once again a five-star Bus Cook Production.
Ravens fans, you may finally have your quarterback of the future: Chad Henne. I made him the 20th pick in my mock first round Monday, chosen by Baltimore after a trade with Tampa Bay. And after talking to Henne at length Monday night, the idea seems pretty plausible.
Steve McNair's retirement was hours old Thursday when I fielded the inevitable Hall of Fame question for the first time. Given that I was doing a radio show on a Nashville sports talk station, it was a logical query for someone from that part of the world -- where No. 9 made his NFL name -- to pose.
It's not that I don't like Steve McNair. He's a wonderful fellow, and a hard-tryer, and good competitor. He's the kind of guy you want to have in your locker room and on your team as you go down the stretch of a season trying to make the playoffs. But at this stage of his life, he's a backup quarterback in quality and in health. He is Earl Morrall, which leads me to the first of my 10 pieces of fantasy advice ...
If there was a Week 1 antithesis to the Midas touch exhibited by the New England Patriots, it was the pitiful performance of the Kansas City Chiefs, who saw their personnel decision-making exposed on multiple fronts in a galling 20-3 loss at Houston.
With the deal that will send Atlanta backup Matt Schaub to Houston and install him as the successor to Texans starter David Carr, the NFL's quarterback carousel has again started to turn. Here's a look at eight quarterback issues worth keeping an eye on as the offseason progresses ...