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Nobody Can Put the Rap on Harbaugh

Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press

Megatron Will Make You Think Twice

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

Megatron: Concussions Factor in Quitting

Josh Katzenstein, Detroit News

Six weeks before the college football season kicks off, Alabama is the consensus favorite to win the national championship. But the Crimson Tide are not the most popular bet in Las...(full article)

It’s hard to imagine Nick Saban starring in a rap video. Or running around shirtless. Or giving speeches that combine the can-do sunshine of life guru Tony Robbins and the intens...(full article)

At this point, there are no real secrets about the dangers of football. There have been enough studies done and careers shortened to prove that the game’s physical nature leaves ...(full article)

The conference media days are fast approaching, and that means the unofficial kickoff to the college football season. In the meantime, we’re taking a look at the reasons why each...(full article)

Calvin Johnson never was listed on an injury report with a concussion. Yet, in his first interview with a national outlet since his retirement, the former Lions receiver said brain...(full article)

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