New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was noncommittal after Sunday's Super Bowl when asked if he planned to return next season.
Gronkowski, the game's best tight end, surprised some when he suggested he needed to evaluate his future and would reflect on the season and talk to his teammates.
Amherst native Gronkowski, who turns 29 in May, is still near the to…
Roger Goodell asked Robert Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of the NFL 32 months before the Justice Department appointed Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of President Trump's connections to Russia.
The NFL often borrows devices implemented by our political institutions. Its outgoing executive vice president of communications and public affa…
The scenario was always the same for Steven Means growing up.
Whenever a pick-up football game would begin in the vacant lot next to his house on Northampton Street, Means’ goal was simple: Make the play that would win the Super Bowl.
Maybe that was with the winning catch, or a game-deciding sack. No matter how it happened, the ending was the same, with Means a world…
LeSean McCoy didn't tell his teammates beforehand.
Even four days after the fact, his eyes darted around the Buffalo Bills' locker room. He whispered.
"I didn't say anything to the guys," McCoy murmured Thursday as if revealing covert data, "but mentally I knew I was going to have a solid game."
McCoy's secret wouldn't keep that Sunday afternoon: He obviously love…
Stephon Gilmore took the heat as a sign of respect.
The New England Patriots’ cornerback was greeted with a hearty round of boos after being announced as the tackler on one of the first plays of the game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
“It's part of it. Fans going to be fans,” Gilmore said after his new team came away with an easy 23-3 win at New Era Field. “You kn…
Jonesing for yet another reason to hate the New England Patriots?
The worst day of a Patriot's life probably ranks among the more rewarding experiences of his career.
That's right. Even when a Patriot gets fired, there's a chance he'll look back upon the moment gratefully.
For about as long as the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs, we've been inundat…
Desperation would seem a plausible reason if times actually were desperate.
Outright panic feels like a reasonable explanation.
The decision was so surprising, so vexing that self-sabotage could be assumed.
The Buffalo Bills this week benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, an odd …
Lorenzo Alexander is in his 11th NFL season. He spent two seasons on Carolina's, Baltimore's and Washington's practice squads. He stayed seven seasons on Washington's active roster, two with Arizona and one with Oakland before coming to Buffalo in 2016.
He seems to have played or been coached by many of the top players of his generation. Here is an all-star team of his …
Lorenzo Alexander has been fortunate to play with a number of star players in his lengthy NFL career.
In the style of the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, you can connect Alexander to the dawn of the modern NFL era in four steps, and the league's origins in five.
People know Forrest Gump was exposed to an inordinate amount of history.
Now get a load of Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
He's not old. He's only 34 and appears to have more years of quality football left in his body. That means he only will add to his long list of remarkable teammates.
Alexander is in his 11th season. He spent two seasons on Carolina…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Doug Marrone turned on a theatrical smile, crouched for added effect and would have been flashing full-fledged jazz hands had he merely wiggled his wrists.
"I'm a believer!" Marrone beamed from his ta-da pose. "I'm a believer!"
The Jacksonville Jaguars coach had been asked what a change of scenery could mean for his newest player, defensive tackl…
Khalil Mack possessed traits that enraptured NFL scouts.
Yeah, but could he fit into any defensive scheme?
Mack was a hellacious pass-rusher for the University at Buffalo, dominating the Mid-American Conference and amassing school records.
Yeah, but how would he stack up against pedigreed competition?
He would erupt from his stance, use uncanny leverage skills …
Jeremy Kelley is fond of sharing an anecdote that neatly sums up the unlikeliness of his professional football career.
“I signed more NFL contracts than I had touchdown catches in college,” said Kelley, the West Seneca native who crisscrossed two countries over a six-year stretch in pursuit of his dream.
Kelley’s journey includes stops with Hamilton and Saskatchewan …
Cancer was the furthest thing from Marc Lubick’s mind.
As a 28-year-old former college football player, he was in ideal physical condition. So he ignored the pain. He convinced himself that maybe it was just an infection that would be cleared up with some antibiotics.
But when that didn’t work, and the pain simply became too much, Lubick finally relented.
Three decades later, Todd Schlopy remembers to bring a football everywhere he goes in case opportunity strikes. In a life revolving around visuals, he's in constant search of anything remotely resembling goal posts, a target that turns back the clocks to his brief moment of glory with his beloved Bills.
Schlopy has kicked footballs everywhere from the intersection of Ro…