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Parents Honor Their Son By Working to Protect Young Football Players

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Last Friday, 17-year-old New Jersey high school quarterback Evan Murray was hit on a routine play in the first half. But something wasn’t right. He walked to the sideline, collapsed, and was taken to a hospital where he later died. The cause was massive internal bleeding due to a lacerated spleen. He was the third high school football player to die this school year after suffering an on-field injury. 

It’s a story that Brian and Kathy Haugen are all too familiar with.
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Tom Brady Joins the 400-Touchdowns Club

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After a summer dominated by talk of deflated footballs and lawsuits and missing cell phones, Tom Brady hit the field for the 2015 season with a something to prove. And that's been bad news for the rest of the NFL. The 38-year-old quarterback has led the Patriots to a 3-0 start, with the team outscoring its opponents 119-70, including a 51-17 destruction of the Jaguars Sunday.

While New England has a lot to be happy about heading into the bye week, Brady has extra reason to celebrate. A 1-yard pass to Danny Amendola late in the second quarter Sunday was Brady's 400th career touchdown. (He threw number 401 in the third.) He's only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestone. The others are Peyton Manning (533), Brett Favre (508) and Dan Marino (420).
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Deflategate Update: Judge Overturns Brady Suspension, Clearing QB to Play

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice."

Berman said Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game.

The suspension was "premised upon several significant legal deficiencies" including the failure to notify Brady of potential penalties, Berman wrote in his opinion, noting that an arbitrator's factual findings are generally not open to judicial challenge.
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Microsoft Upgrades Tech Partnership with NFL

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This season, the NFL will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. The game has certainly evolved since Super Bowl I, but the league has been slow to adapt to new sideline and on-field technology.

Microsoft, the official technology partner of the NFL, has been working to change that. And administrators from the tech company see this season’s celebration of five decades of NFL tradition as a perfect time to bring the league more into the 21st century.

“We want to celebrate the NFL’s history, but Microsoft also wants to look forward to the next 50 years,” said Jeff Tran, director of sports alliances at Microsoft.

Microsoft is entering its third year of an exclusive relationship with the NFL. The partnership has brought new advancements on the field, as well as innovative ways to watch games at home.
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Bettis, Seau Lead 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Class

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The humbled men in gold jackets entering football immortality were unmistakable. So was the endless sea of twirling yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them and the outpouring of compassion for the legend who wasn't there.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history turning the annual enshrinement ceremony into a de facto pep rally.

Bettis grabbed one of the ubiquitous towels synonymous with the franchise at the beginning of his speech and led a chant of "Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go" as the capacity crowd at Tom Benson Stadium - most of them clad in some variation of black-and-yellow - roared in support of the player that served as the physical embodiment of the team he helped lead to a fifth Super Bowl title in 2006.

"I really thought the Bus' last stop was in Detroit at Super Bowl 40," Bettis said. "But now I know the Bus will always and forever run in Canton, Ohio."
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Mathlete John Urschel Wants You to Learn Math!

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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel is more than just a football player. He’s also a mathematician. And a very good one. While at Penn State, Urschel earned his undergraduate degree and masters — both in math, both early, both with a 4.0 GPA — while teaching at the school and playing football for the Nittany Lions. Since graduating, Urschel has kept working with math, publishing academic papers and doing intense high-level research.

Urschel was in New York last week to promote his partnership with the marketing firm Persado, which uses advanced math concepts to help companies to reach customers more effectively. While he was in town, he stopped by the SI Kids offices to talk about math, why it’s important kids learn math, and his thoughts on the upcoming football season.

Check out an edited version of our conversation, and pick up the July issue of SI Kids for a profile of the world’s biggest mathlete!
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Tom Brady Suspended Four Games Over Deflategate

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More than three months ago, quarterback Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to its fourth Super Bowl victory. But the celebration came to an abrupt end.

Yesterday, the NFL suspended Brady for four games for his role in a scheme to illegally deflate footballs. The Patriots were fined $1 million and lost a first-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-round selection in 2017 because of the "Deflate" gate scandal.

The punishment was handed down after the NFL released the findings of an investigation into Deflategate led by Ted Wells.
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