Players want to have a life when they leave the game. They don't want their brains to be turned to mush. Seeing what has happened, it's easy to understand these players' points of view.
The NFL is in a downward spiral, heading towards complete chaos, thanks to the behavior of many of its players, Ray McDonald included. The Chicago Bears decided to make a statement.
When it comes to great sports moments, Hail Mary touchdowns can't touch this. Walk-off home runs? Forget it. Even a March Madness buzzer-beater dulls in comparison. Chris Borland's retirement from the NFL blows them all away.
The question Iggles fans should be asking shouldn't be who won the power struggle? It should be why does a power struggle exist at all?
Michigan will love Harbaugh. He has a strong and consistent plan for how to build a program. He will win over parents and players and be a formidable recruiter. He will attract great assistant coaches. He loves his alma mater and will represent it well.
How can it be that the head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines is paid the same as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers? The 49ers, after all, have yearly revenue in excess of $300 million. The Wolverines' revenue is closer to $90 million. Can the coach's incremental value really be similar in the two cases? No.
The veteran running back celebrated the 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals this weekend and was brought to tears afterward thinking, "what if this is my last year?" Gore told a packed press conference that he became emotional wondering if he played his last game.
Atlanta handed New Orleans its fifth straight home loss with a 30-14 win in the Big Easy, which it has been for opposing road teams of late. The Falcons set up a winner takes all showdown with the Panthers next week and eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
I wondered why pro athletes have not responded with the same outrage to the racial bias and negative stereotypes that have infected their sport.
The Raiders played their best game this season by far. Despite a tumultuous year, Oakland regained their competitive edge and gave their fans something they've been wanting for since 2011: A victory over the 49ers in the Battle of the Bay.
Washington tied the game again 10-10 with a 27-yard field goal from Forbath in the third. Despite taking the lead in the fourth, the Redskins were no match for the 49ers in the end. Washington lost their third game in a row and forth straight to San Francisco.
"Do I think I'll be gone after this season?" Lynch told NFL.com on Sunday. "I don't know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don't talk too much. I just play the game."
The Kansas City defense stopped Seattle on fourth and short on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs beat the Seahawks 24-20. Kansas City is now tied with Denver with the best record atop the AFC West.
The New York Jets avoided setting a franchise record for consecutive losses by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 Sunday afternoon. Michael Vick threw two touchdowns and the Jets forced four turnovers in the win.
St. Louis upset San Francisco as 10 point underdogs. The Rams forced Colin Kaepernick to fumble on a quarterback sneak at the goal line on the second to last play of the game. Before the fumble the 49ers were 87 percent likely to win the game.
Phil Dawson converted all five of his field goal attempts as San Francisco beat Kansas City 22-17. Dawson's 27-yard go-ahead field goal was setup by a trick play.