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NFL Pro Bowl brings football’s best to Orlando

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The NFL’s biggest superstars will be in Orlando for a week full of events culminating with the 2017 Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. New England quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Dallas rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are just some of the fan favorites who will play at the January 29 Pro Bowl. The 88 best players — 44 from the American Football Conference (AFC) and 44 from…

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Don Shula, Dolphins have great Christmas memories

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Don Shula is known for winning a lot of games as an NFL head coach. For those in need of a reminder of just how many, make a reservation at one of the Shula 347 Grills in Coral Gables, Lake Mary or Tallahassee. Of those 347 wins, 276 came while he was coaching the Miami Dolphins. Until the Buccaneers came to Tampa and the Jaguars to Jacksonville, the Dolphins were Florida’s team for a decade. Two of Shula’s career victories…

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Wade Phillips finally kicked in the door

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It was quite a weekend for Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. On Sunday, his team won the Super Bowl primarily because of the players he coaches. The night before, he was selected as the NFL’s best assistant coach. Those watching Denver’s 24-10 bludgeoning of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday saw a defensive unit assembled before Phillips arrived exactly one year ago (Feb. 9, 2015). In the span of 12 months, a good Denver defense became an excellent defense. Phillips…

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Super Busts: The best teams to not win the Super Bowl

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They had the stars, the swagger and the sparkling record to prove it. Then, poof, it was gone. No Super Bowl ring, no parade, no trip to the White House. Nothing but a long offseason — or a lifetime in some cases — of what might have been. Cam Newton and the rest of his “Dabbin’” dancing, selfie-with-the-clock-still-running Carolina Panthers will try to avoid the same fate the 2007 Patriots or the 1968 Colt, teams whose seemingly inevitable coronation instead…

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Christmas Day game was prelude to Miami’s perfect season

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Just like this year, Christmas Day 1971 saw unseasonably warm temperatures in northern cities. In Kansas City, it was in the upper 60s as the defending NFL Champion Chiefs prepared to host the Miami Dolphins in a first-round playoff game. For the 6-year-old Miami Dolphins franchise, they prepared for their second playoff game in team history under second-year coach Don Shula. Shula guided Miami to a 10-4 record and a playoff berth in his first season. In 1971, the Dolphins…

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NFL storylines: playoff mediocrity and the Carolina Panthers

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NFL storylines: playoff mediocrity and the Carolina Panthers With three games remaining in the NFL season, fans begin looking toward the post season. At this stage, most teams should already be looking toward next year. In the AFC, only six of 16 teams have .500 records or better. It is even worse in the NFC, where only five teams have won more than they have lost. It is even worse than that. Of the 16 NFC teams, 14 of them…

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Don Shula rooting for his son Mike, Panthers to go 19-0

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Hall of Fame coach Don Shula is rooting for the Carolina Panthers to join his 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only undefeated Super Bowl champions. Well, indirectly anyway. Shula is really pulling for his son Mike, Carolina’s offensive coordinator. For Don, family trumps even the Dolphins’ sacred season. “Yes, there’s no question about it — I want that to happen,” Shula told The Associated Press. “I am proud of my record and my teams and the things they have accomplished,…

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