Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall explains his retirement

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Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall will retire. Yes, at the tender age of 26. How’s that for a surprise to kick off NFL free agency?

UPDATE: Rashard Mendenhall explains his retirement decision to HuffPo

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter first reported this development. Mendenhall battled turf toe for much last season. When he finally got to be 100%, Mendenhall scored five touchdowns in his final eight games. Rashard Mendenhall was “kind of a big deal” coming out of Niles West high school. As a five-star prospect, he was rated the No. 1 recruit in the state of Illinois by Scout.com. He committed to Ron Turner and the Illini where re-wrote the Illinois single season rushing record book.

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NFL Lockout: Top 5 Impacted Parties outside the League

It’s now been a week since the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV and as soon as I emerged from my cholesterol slumber that was my Super Bowl party my attention immediately turned to two questions: Where are my pants? and outside the obvious, who else will be impacted by an NFL lockout?

On our first Sunday without football, we have to prepare for the possibility of many more football-less Sundays than usual.

By Peter Christian

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Green Bay Packers Are 2011 Super Bowl Champions


The Lombardi Trophy is returning to Green Bay as the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. It’s the Packers fourth Super Bowl victory and 13th overall championship.

Welcome Aaron Rodgers to the class of NFL’s elite quarterbacks because his 304 yards and three touchdowns couldn’t have been on a bigger stage or against a better defense. For his historic performance, Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP.

As expected, the battle between the league’s two most historic and storied franchises was a thriller to the end. Fitting that the Packers came out on top after persevering through some costly injuries and mental miscues, much like they  did during the regular season.

By: Nick Grays

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Aaron Rodgers: Draft Day Bummer to Super Bowl Champion?

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A few days ago I was wasting a few minutes on Sporcle.com (well, actually it was closer to an hour) and I came across one very interesting quiz that led to the inception of an idea which was very unpopular inside my very own brain from the second the synapse fired. In fact, the minute I let it out it’s going to be looked down upon among most of my family and friends and even more soured by the fan base I hold allegiance to. Nonetheless, here goes:

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback to be drafted in the last decade.

By Peter Christian

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Packers Woodson Aging Like Wine, Deserved Higher Spot Among Big 10 Icons

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Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson is making his second trip to the Super Bowl. As he makes his next trip to the NFL title game to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45, his play is aging like a fine wine.

And it’s fitting because Woodson is an oenophile who developed his interest in wine while playing for Oakland, near the world famous Napa Valley. He partnered with former Robert Mondavi winemaker Rick Ruiz to develop a signature wine label, “Twenty-four by Charles Woodson.” I’ll give you the whine to go with your cheese by saying Charles Woodson is number twenty on the Big Ten Icon’s top 50 student athletes. The list is based on their accomplishments during their collegiate years; there will be no consideration for his professional career, well maybe a little.

Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Wolverines. In 1997, Woodson led the Wolverines to a national championship. He is the only player in the history of NCAA Division I-A football to win the Heisman Trophy as a primarily defensive player, edging out then University of Tennessee and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. The look of “are you kidding me” surprise on Peyton Manning’s face is one of the enduring images in the Heisman archives.

By West Lamy

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Super Bowl 45 Site, Cowboys Stadium: Behind the Scenes Tour!

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We finally have the match-up set for the 2010 NFL Championship. The Green Bay Packers will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45.

They’ll battle in Arlington, Texas at Cowboys Stadium a.k.a. “Jerry’s World,” “The House that Jerry Built,” “DeathStar,” “Boss Hog Bowl,” “Jones Town,” and “Jones-Mahal.”

The $1.2 Billion palace was financed mostly by Jerry Jones himself, although the taxpayers in the city of Arlington picked up a sizable chunk ($325 million). It costs $18 to take the tour that I experienced, and will now summarize here.

I was fortunate enough to get this behind the scenes tour as part of the Nike Football Media Summit 2010, a phenomenal event and product rollout taking place on the famous new field in Dallas.

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Packers-Steelers: The Forgotten Headlines


Each and every year, the media entrenches the masses with positive stories surrounding the two football teams in the Super Bowl. This goes on for a full two weeks following the conclusion of the conference championship games.

However, the ugly truth is that the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers have both had their fair share of negative publicity in the last couple of years.

Sit back and buckle up as we take a trip down memory lane and reflect on a few forgotten headlines.

By: Nick Grays

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Is Steelers WR Hines Ward Underrated?

Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward will be looking to win his third Super Bowl today. But does he still get the respect that he deserves?

Sure, we all know that he is the most violent wide-receiver that has ever played the game. I mean, sometimes he plays the position like he is on defense with the vicious blocks he has made over the years. And he is one of the guys that you would love to have on your team and hate to play against.

Ward became the 12th player to surpass the 900 reception mark. His 954 catches and 11,702 receiving yards are both Steelers records.

If he were a “diva” wide-receiver with his type of credentials would it be different?

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Just How Valuable is Maurkice Pouncey to the Steelers?

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Obviously, one of the big topics that everyone is talking about heading towards Super Bowl 45 is Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie pro-bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. It was made official this week that Pouncey will not play in the Super Bowl after weeks of…. will he play or won’t he play conjecture. A man that played in big games all the time when at Florida protecting Tim Tebow won’t be able to play in the NFL’s biggest game. He’s sidelined due to the high ankle sprain that he suffered during the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets two weeks ago.

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Phil Simms Threatens to Fight Desmond Howard at Super Bowl

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As if this Super Bowl needed any more distractions to take focus away from the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. We’ve had the #snOMG blizzard, Ines Sainz, Roethlisberger’s fake chance at “redemption” now we have a 7th grade style “I’m going to kick your ass,” tiff between two big time NFL journalists and former Super Bowl MVPs.

Apparently, Phil Simms, one of the biggest names in football media, really wants to fight Desmond Howard in Dallas. Now word yet if he wants to throw down at recess in the playground; or wait till after the school day ends and meet him where the buses line up.

Check out Desmond Howard’s tweets:

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Pick One QB to Win One Game: Big Ben or Aaron Rodgers?

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The Packers and Steelers will face off Sunday to decide Super Bowl XLV. And there are lots of Super Bowl Picks to be made. Both teams have two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL behind center. One is a two-time Super Bowl champion and the other holds the all-time highest quarterback rating in playoff history. This begs the question: If you had to win one game, which quarterback would you choose?

Before you resume your Super Bowl betting, take a minute to consider the debate between The Sports Bank.net senior editors Justin Mertes-Mistretta and Nick Grays.

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VIDEO of Ben Roethlisberger Partying During Super Bowl Week

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During the week of Super Bowl XLV, Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was caught on video living it up at a local bar in Fort Worth, Tex.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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