Virtually embedded with Bucs, a tick-tock of Round 1’s first trade

Licht kids
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Editor’s note: This is an amended version of part of the April 27 Football Morning in America column. To read the rest of that column, click here.Charlie Licht, the 11-year-old son of Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht, has made friends with several kids of NFL GMs from league functions. He plays Madden with some of [more]

His brother’s death prompted Darren Woodson’s focus on cancer

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FRISCO, Texas — Darren Woodson couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He didn’t believe it.His older brother, Randy Luke, was lying in the hospital, on his deathbed, according to the oncologist, with stage IV stomach and liver cancer. So Woodson did the only thing he knew to do besides pray: He called the Dallas Cowboys’ [more]

Football challenged undrafted Bears player, but nothing compared to this

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As an undrafted tight end out of Stanford in 1993, Ryan Wetnight faced a daunting challenge to make an NFL roster.Yet the 6-foot, 2-inch, 225-pound Wetnight defied the odds while carving out a productive 8-year pro career—seven with the Bears and one with the Packers.He caught 175 passes for 1,542 yards and nine TDs in [more]

The Houston Texans’ most important defender

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HOUSTON – David Quessenberry thought he was sick, feeling “something was off.” It was June 6, 2014, during Quessenberry’s second minicamp with the Texans, who made him a sixth-round choice in 2013. Texans head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan sent Quessenberry to see Dr. James Muntz, the team’s internist.Muntz listened to Quessenberry’s lungs and heard what [more]

Two sons, two cancer diagnoses, two different outcomes for ex-Bears

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Only in recent years did former NFL players Marcus Robinson and Adrian Peterson discover they are related.Distant cousins, as it turns out.But their shared traumatic experiences of having young sons afflicted by cancer connected their lives even more inextricably.Peterson, not to be confused with future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson, now of the [more]

Chris Doleman on the path to ‘whoop’ his brain cancer

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When Chris Doleman and LaTresa Cunningham were looking for a place to get married in September, the decision was easy.Last January, the Hall of Fame defensive end was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a brain cancer, and had surgery to remove three tumors. Doleman, who lives in Suwanee, Ga., was hospitalized for five weeks, the great majority [more]