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As Told To, Eric Dickerson, NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame -

Editor’s Note: In collective bargaining with the NFL since 2011, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has negotiated increased benefits for retired players. The Legacy Benefit required the NFL to pay $620 million to boost pension payments. In 2012, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to an additional bump of Legacy Fund payments to former players, widows […]

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As Told To, Lloyd Pierce, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA, Steve Nash -

As Steve Nash enters the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce shares about his friendship with his former college backcourt mate. I thought I knew all about basketball … until I met Stephen Nash. A good teammate is about sacrifice, support and, ultimately, commitment. I learned about this on my […]

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As Told To, Athlete Activism, NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Randy Moss, Social Activism -

Randy Moss definitely made a bold statement with his unique tie, but it was actually a jumping-off point for so much more. At last week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, the former superstar wide receiver, who’s a member of 2018’s eight-man class, wore a black tie with the names of 12 African-American men and […]

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Aaron Maybin, As Told To, Education, NFL, The Next Chapter -

Aaron Maybin was an All-America linebacker at Penn State University and was drafted 11th overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2009. He played four seasons in the NFL for the Bills and New York Jets before retiring in 2014. He has since turned full-time to his art, chronicling his hometown’s challenges with poverty and crime […]

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As Told To, ESPN The Magazine, The Body Issue -

When the greatest of all time calls, you answer the phone, on the first ring – despite the short notice and not having your questions prepared and arranged. This unpreparedness happened to me 12 years ago, too — when another GOAT called out of the blue. “You wanted to talk to Jim Brown?” the man […]

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2018 NBA Draft, As Told To, Basketball, Commentary -

The game of basketball has evolved into a global phenomenon. That’s obvious at every recent NBA draft, as you’ll likely see Thursday night. Unlike some sports, basketball is not confined to a class, race, gender or geography. Growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland, I, like many others, was also captivated by the game. Basketball has […]

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As Told To, Colin Kaepernick, Harry Edwards, NFL -

As the Baltimore Ravens decide whether they’ll break with the rest of the NFL and permit Colin Kaepernick to resume his career, Harry Edwards has continued to speak out on behalf of the activist-quarterback. For Edwards, to rail against injustice is nothing new. Since the 1960s, Edwards has been active at the intersections of race, […]

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As Told To, Colin Kaepernick, Harry Edwards, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Social Activism -

Since the 1960s, no one has been more active at the intersections of race, sports and politics than Harry Edwards. It was Edwards, through his creation of The Olympic Project for Human Rights, who inspired the iconic Black Power salute displayed by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. […]

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As Told To, Daymond John, Fall TV: The Undefeated Guide, Shark Tank, Television -

If one believes in the American dream, then Daymond John is living it. John, 47, went from selling “Free Mike Tyson” tees on New York City corners in the early ’90s to founding and running a $6 billion apparel company — FUBU — to working on two separate initiatives with President Barack Obama. When he’s […]

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As Told To, Fall TV: The Undefeated Guide, Gotham, Jada Pinkett Smith, Television -

Actress, producer, social justice activist, half of one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting power couples with her husband Will Smith, and mother to the brilliant Jaden and Willow, Baltimore’s own Jada Pinkett Smith wears many hats. She started off in A Different World, 1993’s Menace II Society, and 1994’s A Low Down Dirty Shame, and has brought […]

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As Told To, Black-ish, Fall TV: The Undefeated Guide, Kenya Barris, Television -

Kenya Barris is the creator and showrunner of ABC’s hit black-ish, which had its most talked about moment last season in the April episode Hope, which tapped into police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men. There were few laughs on Barris’ situational comedy that night. In this new season, and likely with the […]

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As Told To, Boxing, Rock Newman -

Rock Newman was one of the boxing’s biggest promoters for more than three decades. He explains to The Undefeated’s Mark W. Wright why he no longer cares for the sport. I really don’t like boxing anymore. Some people might be surprised to hear that — particularly since Rock Newman’s name, for some, is synonymous with […]

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Andrew Hawkins, As Told To, Athlete Activism, Black Lives Matter, Cleveland Browns, John Crawford, NFL, Police Misconduct, Tamir Rice -

Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins talked to one person about his decision to come out of the players’ tunnel wearing a black shirt with white font spelling out the names Tamir Rice and John Crawford on the front. His mother was scared for him. He was scared for himself, and cried as he thought through […]

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As Told To, Thomas Q. Jones -

Thomas Q. Jones pauses for a bit, tossing a four-letter word over in his head. Hope. Does he feel any? Sometimes he’s not sure. The news headlines are harrowing, and he’s far more comfortable focusing on reality. And right now, the reality of a life free of overt racism in the near future seems … […]

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As Told To, Carl Banks, New York Giants, NFL, Police Misconduct, Social Activism -

Carl Banks is antsy. Seems like every time the two-time Super Bowl-winning linebacker clicks on cable news, headlines of unjust killings of black men dominate the cycle. It’s the kind of news that sends his emotions into a tailspin. His best friend is a police officer in Michigan, and the two often talk about the […]

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As Told To, Black Lives Matter, ESPYS, NFL, Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks -

I spoke to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to discuss the issues of race and violence. In the wake of these killings of black men at the hands of the police and the police being ambushed and killed, what are your thoughts? Honestly, I think it’s unfortunate. You pray for the families on both sides. […]

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As Told To, HBCU Soccer, Howard University -

Lincoln Phillips was Howard University’s head soccer coach from 1970 to 1980, where he compiled a record of 116-19, and led the Bison to a NCAA Division I championship in 1974. His autobiography, Rising Above and Beyond the Crossbar: The Life Story of Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips, was published in 2014. Even though we had just […]

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As Told To, Black Lives Matter, Carolina Panthers, Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears, NFL, Police Misconduct -

The deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, by police officers have completely drained newly retired cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman. He’s tired of lives being taken by police officers and he’s tired of police officers being killed. Five officers were killed and seven others were wounded in […]

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Alton Sterling, As Told To, NFL, Philando Castile, Ryan Clark -

Like many others this month, former NFL player and Louisiana native Ryan Clark has struggled emotionally amid the ongoing racial strife ignited by two killings at the hands of police — Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — the subsequent deaths of five police officers and […]

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As Told To, Baton Rouge, Chris Bosh, ESPYS, Louisiana, NBA -

Chris Bosh, the 6-foot-11-inch big man who won the NBA Finals in 2013 was an integral part of the Miami Heat’s famed Big Three (with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.) Even though Bosh was often considered one of the Heat’s best players, a debilitating blood clot condition kept the Dallas-born center away from the court. […]

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As Told To, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, NFL, Terrell Owens -

Six-time Pro Bowl player Terrell Owens has had his share of ups and downs in and out of the National Football League. The preternaturally talented wide receiver played for six teams before going broke, angering teammates, being out of work, and launching any number of professional and personal comebacks. His latest venture, an athletic lifestyle […]

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As Told To, Baton Rouge, Cam Newton, ESPYS, Louisiana, NFL, Police Misconduct -

Carolina Panther Cam Newton wasn’t just the NFL’s MVP last year. The Heisman Trophy Award-winning quarterback’s spectacular regular season performance was offset by criticism around his excited touchdown celebrations, which begat Newton’s “dabbing” craze — a move he has recently vowed to end). Despite his behavior during a now infamous post-Super Bowl press conference, the […]

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As Told To, Baltimore Ravens, Baton Rouge, Benjamin Watson, Louisiana, NFL, Social Activism -

After the second ambush killing of police officers, presumably in retaliation for a string of killings of black men by police, I was compelled to call Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson. He is the author of Under Our Skin, a book about America’s racial issues and the power of Christianity to bring about progress. […]

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As Told To, Baton Rouge, Glen Davis, Louisiana, NBA -

NBA champion Glen “Big Baby” Davis watched the death of his “neighborhood friend,” Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 5 after two cellphone videos captured two officers and Sterling engaged in a dispute. Then, Davis and the rest of the nation watched on Facebook Live as Philando Castile, 32, of Falcon Heights, […]

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As Told To, Carmelo Anthony, ESPYS, Freddie Gray, NBA, New York Knicks -

Carmelo Anthony could only shake his head. For most of Monday’s practice with Team USA Basketball in Las Vegas, the veteran forward was all smiles. Then afterward, the Baltimore native was told about what happened back in his hometown and his mood turned somber. For the fourth time, prosecutors in Baltimore failed to secure a […]

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Alton Sterling, As Told To, Baltimore Ravens, Black Lives Matter, Commentary, NFL, Philando Castile, Police Shootings, Social Activism -

Longtime NFL tight end Benjamin Watson is among many athletes who took to social media to express grief over last week’s national tragedies: the deaths of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, 32, of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, at the hands of police, and the five police officers killed and seven wounded […]

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