<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:56:57 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Gazette sports columnists receive national recognition]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-sports-columnists-receive-national-recognition/article/1597707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-sports-columnists-receive-national-recognition/article/1597707?custom_click=rss

You can't say The Gazette sports department isn't opinionated.

Columnists Paul Klee and David Ramsey were both named top 10 columnists in the country in 2016 for papers with a circulation of 30,000 to 75,000.

"There is no doubt we have an embarrassment of riches," sports editor Matt Wiley said. "When you have two columnists who are recognized nationally, and then you add Woody Paige to that mix, we can compete with anyone in the country regardless of the circulation size."

Here are five columns from Klee and Ramsey that were submitted to the APSE:

Facebook: Paul Klee  Twitter: @bypaulklee

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:12:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos awarded 4 compensatory picks for 10 total in 2017 draft]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-awarded-4-compensatory-picks-for-10-total-in-2017-draft/article/1597591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-awarded-4-compensatory-picks-for-10-total-in-2017-draft/article/1597591?custom_click=rss

The Broncos were awarded four compensatory picks by the league, giving them a total of 10 for the 2017 draft, including the “Mr. Irrelevant,” at No. 255.

In addition to their own six selections, the Broncos gained a third-round (No. 101), fifth-round (179) and two seventh-round (254 and 255) picks.

The extra picks are awarded to teams who lost more or better free agents than they gained in the previous season. The Broncos lost safety David Bruton, tight end Vernon Davis, offensive linemen Ryan Harris and Evan Mathis, linebacker Danny Trevathan, defensive lineman Malik Jackson and quarterback Brock Osweiler, and signed defensive lineman Jared Crick and tackles Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson.



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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:24:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Jalen Robinette both a cadet and NFL hopeful]]> http://gazette.com/jalen-robinette-both-a-cadet-and-nfl-hopeful/article/feed/446876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jalen-robinette-both-a-cadet-and-nfl-hopeful/article/feed/446876?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Except for the few who already have donned cap and gown, most of the 330 prospects heading to the NFL Combine next week have put their pursuits of a college degree on hold so they can focus on their football futures.

They've traded campus life for high-tech gyms where they're trimming milliseconds off their 40-yard dashes and three-cone drills and facing mock interviews to prepare for the grilling from general managers in Indianapolis. Then, they retreat to their condos to rest, relax and recuperate while wolfing down meals managed to the calorie through meal services arranged by their agents.

Not Jalen Robinette.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:23:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos to part ways with tackle Russell Okung]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-to-part-ways-with-tackle-russell-okung/article/feed/446671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-to-part-ways-with-tackle-russell-okung/article/feed/446671?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Russell Okung bet on himself and lost. Or did he?

The former first-round pick signed what basically was a one-year tryout last year with Denver.

Serving as his own agent, Okung structured his contract so that only his $8 million salary in 2016 was guaranteed. He needed to have a big year to trigger the final four years and $48 million.

He didn't, and on Thursday the Broncos informed the former first-round pick they wouldn't be picking up his $1 million option bonus next month that would have guaranteed him another $21 million.

Okung, 29, could make up for all that lost money in free agency, where he can tout his starting 16 games as proof that he's recovered from shoulder surgery a year a

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos to part ways with tackle Russell Okung]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-to-part-ways-with-tackle-russell-okung/article/1597523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-to-part-ways-with-tackle-russell-okung/article/1597523?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Russell Okung bet on himself and lost. Or did he?

The former first-round pick signed what basically was a one-year tryout last year with Denver.

Serving as his own agent, Okung structured his contract so that only his $8 million salary in 2016 was guaranteed. He needed to have a big year to trigger the final four years and $48 million.

He didn't, and on Thursday the Broncos informed the former first-round pick they wouldn't be picking up his $1 million option bonus next month that would have guaranteed him another $21 million.

Okung, 29, could make up for all that lost money in free agency, where he can tout his starting 16 games as proof that he's recovered from shoulder surgery a year ago.



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:37:11 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Can Jay Cutler, once a Bronco villain, escape NFL limbo?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-jay-cutler-once-a-bronco-villain-escape-nfl-limbo/article/1597433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-jay-cutler-once-a-bronco-villain-escape-nfl-limbo/article/1597433?custom_click=rss

Jay Cutler, also known as Mr. Unpopular, is coming off surgery on his right shoulder. The Bears are trying to unload him, and NFL teams are not jumping at the chance to obtain the supremely talented (and supremely moody) Cutler.

He turns 34 in April. In other words, he’s 51/2 years younger than Tom Brady. He could be enjoying the middle of his prime. Instead, he’s in NFL limbo.

Cutler in limbo.

Those are strange words to type.

When Cutler departed Colorado in 2009, he was massively controversial, but seemed destined for big things. He had everything. He’s a superlative athlete who starred in baseball, football and basketball in high school. He has a quick release and a mighty arm.



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:30:53 -0700
<![CDATA[AP source: Former Broncos TE Julius Thomas passes physical with Dolphins]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-former-broncos-te-julius-thomas-passes-physical-with-dolphins/article/1597424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-former-broncos-te-julius-thomas-passes-physical-with-dolphins/article/1597424?custom_click=rss

DAVIE, Fla. — Tight end Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins in a precursor to a trade that will be completed next month, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Thomas took the physical as part of a two-day visit to the team's headquarters, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no trade can be completed before the new league year begins on March 9.

Thomas is part of two trades that the Dolphins will make with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the person said. He is being acquired for a seventh-round draft pick this year, and in a separate move, the Dolphins are sending left tackle Branden Albert to Jacksonville for a



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:32:45 -0700
<![CDATA[AP source: Tight end Thomas passes physical with Dolphins]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-tight-end-thomas-passes-physical-with-dolphins/article/feed/446350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-tight-end-thomas-passes-physical-with-dolphins/article/feed/446350?custom_click=rss DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Tight end Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins in a precursor to a trade that will be completed next month, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Thomas took the physical as part of a two-day visit to the team's headquarters, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no trade can be completed before the new league year begins on March 9.

Thomas is part of two trades that the Dolphins will make with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the person said. He is being acquired for a seventh-round draft pick this year, and in a separate move, the Dolphins are sending left tackle Branden Albert to Jacksonville for a seventh-rou

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:13:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Paul Klee: No more rookie alibis for Paxton Lynch and Denver Broncos in Year 2]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-no-more-rookie-alibis-for-paxton-lynch-and-denver-broncos-in-year-2/article/1597368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-no-more-rookie-alibis-for-paxton-lynch-and-denver-broncos-in-year-2/article/1597368?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Should the Broncos' cafeteria serve only chili cheese fries as appetizers?

Paxton Lynch loves chili cheese fries. What about switching his jersey from No. 12 to No. 1, the number belonging to Lynch's favorite quarterback, Cam Newton? Should local media talk and write only about the Broncos' second-year quarterback during the NFL's offseason?

OK, we've got the last one covered.

The Broncos have Lynch covered - in every way a 23-year-old quarterback could ever hope, dream or wish. From the way he was drafted to the wide receivers paid handsomely to catch his passes to the staff they brought in to coach him up, it's possible the Broncos never have invested more in a single player than Lynch.



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:37:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: From Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning, Broncos linked to Mike McCoy]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-from-tim-tebow-to-peyton-manning-broncos-linked-to-mike-mccoy/article/1597148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-from-tim-tebow-to-peyton-manning-broncos-linked-to-mike-mccoy/article/1597148?custom_click=rss

DENVER — As the offensive coordinator charged with cranking the gears on Tebow Time, Mike McCoy called the play that stunned the Steelers — Tebow to Thomas, touchdown.

“Offensively, we were going to go down and score and win the game,” McCoy told me, five years after Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23 (OT). “I don’t think anyone thought it would be on the first play. I’m not going to lie to you there. We didn’t know it was going to be one-and-done.”

As a 20-something aspiring coach — but one with not much of a resume — McCoy got a solid from Bill Musgrave in 2000. Now they are the offensive braintrust of the Broncos.

“I owe Bill a lot because of the



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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:31:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players]]> http://gazette.com/israel-fumbles-goodwill-visit-of-nfl-players/article/feed/444926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/israel-fumbles-goodwill-visit-of-nfl-players/article/feed/444926?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel.

But in an embarrassing fumble by the Israeli government, only five of 11 NFL players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit.

Israel's ministry for strategic affairs and public diplomacy issued a press release after the Super Bowl boasting that the visit would bring "influencers" who would serve as "goodwill ambassadors" when they returned home.

The announcement led Seattle Seahawks defense lineman Michael Bennett to pull out. In a lengthy Twitter post, he accused the government of trying to use him for PR purposes and cite

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JERUSALEM (AP) — An American professional football player has pulled out of a sponsored trip to Israel, accusing its government of trying to use him for PR purposes and citing sympathy for the Palestinians.

Seattle Seahawks defense lineman Michael Bennett's last-minute decision came as an embarrassment to the Israeli government, which has invited a group of players to visit this week on a mission aimed at improving the country's image.

Israeli Cabinet minister Gilad Erdan had earlier noted the "great importance" of the visit, saying it would counter "the false incitement campaign that is being waged against Israel around the world.

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]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:18:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Redskins OL Kory Lichtensteiger announces retirement at 31]]> http://gazette.com/redskins-ol-kory-lichtensteiger-announces-retirement-at-31/article/feed/444139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/redskins-ol-kory-lichtensteiger-announces-retirement-at-31/article/feed/444139?custom_click=rss ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger is retiring at age 31 after eight seasons in the NFL.

Lichtensteiger announced the news via the Redskins on Friday.

He made a total of 75 starts at left guard or center for the Redskins after joining them as a free agent in 2010. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Bowling Green by the Denver Broncos in 2008.

Lichtensteiger dealt with injuries the past two seasons, totaling only eight starts.

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ENGLEWOOD — While their fans ponder another veteran QB arrival such as Tony Romo this offseason, the Denver Broncos say it's a two-man race between incumbent Trevor Siemian and former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

"I'm happy with the guys we have," new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. "That is our No. 1 focus right now to get the two quarterbacks that we have right now on our roster ready to play."

Siemian was ready last year, Lynch not even close.

An afterthought even when Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler bolted, Siemian handily beat out veteran Lynch, the former Memphis star, and veteran Mark Sanchez in 2016.

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:06:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Siemian, Lynch start offseason even but will another arrive?]]> http://gazette.com/siemian-lynch-start-offseason-even-but-will-another-arrive/article/feed/443708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/siemian-lynch-start-offseason-even-but-will-another-arrive/article/feed/443708?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — While their fans ponder another veteran QB arrival such as Tony Romo this offseason, the Denver Broncos say it's a two-man race between incumbent Trevor Siemian and former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

"I'm happy with the guys we have," new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. "That is our No. 1 focus right now to get the two quarterbacks that we have right now on our roster ready to play."

Siemian was ready last year, Lynch not even close.

An afterthought even when Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler bolted, Siemian handily beat out veteran Lynch, the former Memphis star, and veteran Mark Sanchez in 2016.

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]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:28:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Allegations complicate feelings on Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-allegations-complicate-feelings-on-denver-broncos-head-coach-vance-joseph/article/1596273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-allegations-complicate-feelings-on-denver-broncos-head-coach-vance-joseph/article/1596273?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Vance Joseph is the new head coach of the Broncos.

He's 44, a University of Colorado graduate, a former assistant coach with three college programs and four NFL teams, the patriarch of a family that looks perfect enough to be the model in those picture frames you see at Walgreens. He's also the greatest thing since no traffic, if you ask the football men who lobbied for him to land his current job.

That's pretty much the extent of what I knew about Joseph, minus a meaningless stat or 10.

We - you and I - want to know all we can about the Broncos' head coach. His new gig makes him the most visible public figure in the Mountain time zone, aside from John Elway.



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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:15:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Manning, Brady and 8 more reasons the past sports year was the best]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-manning-brady-and-8-more-reasons-the-past-sports-year-was-the-best/article/1596251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-manning-brady-and-8-more-reasons-the-past-sports-year-was-the-best/article/1596251?custom_click=rss

Shouldn't Feb. 7, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017 be extolled forever as the Year of the Horse, the Penguin, the King, the Cat, the Bear, the Tiger, the Fish and The G.O.A.T?

Goodyear is a blimp. Great year is what we've just finished witnessing.

In fact and indeed, that 366-day Sports Year was the best there ever was.

Lest you forgot:

It began a year ago when the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, and Peyton Manning retired.

It ended when Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied from a 25-point deficit to shock the Falcons and the entire zodiac. Brady is not retiring.

In between were a cornucopia of sports events and results that amazed and astonished, flabbergasted and flummoxed.



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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:50:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos' McCoy glad to go back to calling plays, if not the shots]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-mccoy-glad-to-go-back-to-calling-plays-if-not-the-shots/article/1596271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-mccoy-glad-to-go-back-to-calling-plays-if-not-the-shots/article/1596271?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Mike McCoy is glad he's calling plays again, if not all the shots like he did in San Diego.

He gave up game-day play-calling duties during his four season as head coach of the Chargers.

Vance Joseph's first call as Broncos head coach was to lure McCoy back to the job he held in Denver from 2009-12 following McCoy's ouster last month.

McCoy said returning to his old gig was "something special," and certainly not something he sees as a demotion but as a chance to go back to doing what he does best.

"I've got a burning desire to call plays, and I did not do that the last four years and that was something hard," McCoy said Tuesday. "I think that Ken Whisenhunt and Frank Reich did an outstanding



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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:03:34 -0700
<![CDATA[McCoy glad to go back to calling plays, if not the shots]]> http://gazette.com/mccoy-glad-to-go-back-to-calling-plays-if-not-the-shots/article/feed/443514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mccoy-glad-to-go-back-to-calling-plays-if-not-the-shots/article/feed/443514?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Mike McCoy is glad he's calling plays again, if not all the shots like he did in San Diego.

He gave up game-day play-calling duties during his four season as head coach of the Chargers.

Vance Joseph's first call as Broncos head coach was to lure McCoy back to the job he held in Denver from 2009-12 following McCoy's ouster last month.

McCoy said returning to his old gig was "something special," and certainly not something he sees as a demotion but as a chance to go back to doing what he does best.

"I've got a burning desire to call plays, and I did not do that the last four years and that was something hard," McCoy said Tuesday.

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]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:13:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Now attention turns to 2017 NFL offseason, draft]]> http://gazette.com/now-attention-turns-to-2017-nfl-offseason-draft/article/feed/443326?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/now-attention-turns-to-2017-nfl-offseason-draft/article/feed/443326?custom_click=rss

The New England Patriots have some more catching up to do.

Bill Belichick hardly took time to relish the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history when he declared "in all honesty, we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in this league."

After overcoming a 25-point deficit to win their fifth title, the Patriots will pick last in the NFL draft April 27 in Philadelphia. Last year, they were stripped of their first-round pick in the "Deflategate" ruling that included a September suspension for Super Bowl 51 MVP Tom Brady.

Cleveland had the worst record in the league at 1-15 and will pick first, followed by San Francisco, Chicago and Jacksonville.

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]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 01:17:58 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Pats pull of biggest Super Bowl comeback]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-pats-pull-of-biggest-super-bowl-comeback/article/feed/443064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-pats-pull-of-biggest-super-bowl-comeback/article/feed/443064?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl 51 (all times local):

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9:25 p.m.

Tom Brady has a record fifth Super Bowl win for a quarterback after the biggest comeback in the game's history, and one of the greatest catches.

James White ran 2 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of overtime, and the Patriots came back from 25 points down for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.

The Patriots drove to the tying score with help from a unbelievable catch by Julian Edelman, who somehow kept the ball off the turf on a diving grab of a tipped pass that bounced off a defender's shoe.

James White ran 1 yard for a touchdown, and Brady's 2-point conversion pass to Danny Amendola tied the

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]]> Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:30:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Does Brady need a 5th ring to be declared best ever?]]> http://gazette.com/does-brady-need-a-5th-ring-to-be-declared-best-ever/article/feed/443023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/does-brady-need-a-5th-ring-to-be-declared-best-ever/article/feed/443023?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — He may not have the precision of Joe Montana, the arm of Terry Bradshaw, the grit of John Elway or the mind of Peyton Manning.

What Tom Brady does have are the numbers. And, win or lose in the Super Bowl on Sunday, he has built as strong a case as anyone that he is the greatest quarterback ever.

A Patriots victory would give Brady his fifth Super Bowl ring, and put him one notch ahead of Montana and Bradshaw for the most ever for a quarterback. But the "Greatest" debate was, in many minds, resolved even before kickoff because of these two numbers: seven Super Bowl appearances and 22 playoff wins, both records that will be difficult for anyone to catch.

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]]> Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:09:20 -0700 <![CDATA[How to sound like an NFL fan while watching the Super Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/how-to-sound-like-an-nfl-fan-while-watching-the-super-bowl/article/feed/442631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-to-sound-like-an-nfl-fan-while-watching-the-super-bowl/article/feed/442631?custom_click=rss

If you're among the millions of people who watch precisely one NFL game each year, yet want to sound like a real football fan during Sunday's Super Bowl, The Associated Press has you covered.

This guide includes talking points for some of the biggest storylines and critical characters that everyone will be watching and discussing when the New England Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 in Houston:

TOM BRADY: Brady is New England's 39-year-old quarterback, their superstar with the cover-boy looks and the Brazilian supermodel wife. He is certain to be the most yapped-about player in the game — and not merely because he is trying to become the first starting QB to win a fifth Super Bowl ring and first player at

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]]> Sun, 05 Feb 2017 07:31:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Ryan, Falcons, Cowboys big winners on NFL awards night]]> http://gazette.com/ryan-falcons-cowboys-big-winners-on-nfl-awards-night/article/feed/442986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ryan-falcons-cowboys-big-winners-on-nfl-awards-night/article/feed/442986?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Dallas Cowboys were big winners Saturday night.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was voted The Associated Press 2016 NFL's Most Valuable Player and top offensive player. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott took Offensive Rookie of the Year and Jason Garrett was selected Coach of the Year by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

On the eve of the Super Bowl in which he will face off with two-time league MVP Tom Brady, who finished second in this year's balloting, Ryan easily outdistanced Brady 25-10 for MVP. He beat Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers 15½ to 11 for Offensive Player of the Year.

Ryan, of course, was not on hand at the "NFL Honors" TV show.

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]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:59:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Tomlinson, Warner, Davis part of 7-man Hall of Fame class]]> http://gazette.com/tomlinson-warner-davis-part-of-7-man-hall-of-fame-class/article/feed/442981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tomlinson-warner-davis-part-of-7-man-hall-of-fame-class/article/feed/442981?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — The quarterback served as ringmaster for "The Greatest Show on Turf." The running backs were known simply by their initials: LT and TD. And the receiver also known by two letters — TO — was on the outside looking in again.

All unstoppable in their own way, LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner earned their spots in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Terrell Owens, though, got turned away in a decision that went viral on social media and led the receiver to blame a "flawed process" in an after-the-fact tweet.

Also making it were sackmaster Jason Taylor — in on his first ballot, the same as Tomlinson — and Morten Andersen, the NFL's all-time leading scorer, who joins Jan Stenerud as

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]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:48:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Falcons QB Matt Ryan wins NFL MVP honors]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-qb-matt-ryan-wins-nfl-mvp-honors/article/feed/442977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-qb-matt-ryan-wins-nfl-mvp-honors/article/feed/442977?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on The Associated Press 2016 NFL awards (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Quarterback Matt Ryan is the first Atlanta Falcons player to win The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award.

Ryan, also voted to the 2016 All-Pro Team by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL, earned 25 votes in balloting announced Saturday night at the NFL Honors show. He beat out New England quarterback Tom Brady, who received 10 votes.

They will meet in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Ryan topped the NFL in passer rating (117.1), throwing for 38 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He led the Falcons (11-5) to the NFC South title.

It's the fourth consecutive year and ninth in t

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