Nick Toney

Nick Toney

Nick Toney has covered the NFL since 2012 and currently serves as one of the league's social media editors. He is a regular contributor to The Checkdown's website, providing football and culture coverage. You can follow him on Twitter at @nicktoneytweets.

Three young Giants fans couldn't wait until April for the 2020 NFL Draft. So they staged their own living room version -- and it is adorable. Instagram user Matthew Gallo captured the entire event from the living room, down to the draft hats, hug... more

HBO's futuristic Western is adding a helping of Beast Mode for Season 3. Marshawn Lynch will appear in "Westworld," according to the new series trailer that posted on Thursday. The Seahawks' legendary running back is fresh off another return and ap... more

You can't help but be drawn to the sprawled-out Patrick Mahomes on the bottom row. Look closer. This silly Chiefs team photo -- evidently taken before the team's official portrait -- offers way more than just a horizontal MVP quarterback. Andy Re... more

George Kittle is an absolute menace with the football in his hands. Just ask the first defenders ever tasked with trying to take him down. Enjoy this Pop Warner highlight posted to Instagram by Kittle's wife Claire, in which the future 49ers All-... more

It's likely Joe Burrow will hear his name called early at the 2020 NFL Draft. It's even more likely he'll hear it called if he ever visits the Baton Rouge Zoo. Local voters have elected to name a baby giraffe "Burreaux" to honor the former LSU... more

Patrick Mahomes was voted "Most Likely to Hoist a Lombardi" by one of his high school classmates. Meet Spencer Shaw, Mahomes' Whitehouse (Texas) High School classmate who called a Mahomes Super Bowl title back in 2014. The Chiefs star was just a... more

Josh Allen is fielding another impressive recruiting pitch from a school in Wyoming. This time, 450 elementary students are making the offer. The Bills quarterback and University of Wyoming product is the requested guest of Prairie Wind Elementar... more

The Carolina Panthers are taking an entire high school to prom. The Panthers plan to bus North Central High (Camden, S.C.) juniors and seniors to party in Charlotte after their school was nearly destroyed by a tornado in early January. The team w... more

Matthew Cherry now has more Oscar wins than NFL receptions. The former journeyman WR completed a remarkable career shift by winning Best Animated Short Film for "Hair Love." Cherry saw time on the Jaguars, Bengals, Panthers, and Ravens rosters in... more

Kurt Warner's story is almost too unbelievable to be a full-length motion picture. Key word: almost. "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story" will hit theaters on Dec. 18, detailing No. 13's incredible journey from NFL Europe to the NFL to Supe... more


It was a great weekend to be a card-carrying member of Chiefs Kingdom or Niners Nation. Just ask the most famous members of both fan groups. Celebrity supporters took to social media to root for their teams on Championship Sunday. Some even showe... more

Live from New York, it's a three-time Defensive Player of the Year! Texans star J.J. Watt will host "Saturday Night Live"†on Feb. 1, the night before Super Bowl LIV, the NBC show announced Tuesday. He'll be joined by musical guest Luke Combs. SNL... more

Patrick Mahomes claimed more than the AFC championship this week. The king of Chiefs Kingdom sold more merchandise than any other NFL player from March 1 to Nov. 30, according to the NFLPA's official list. Mahomes now sits poised to top Tom Brady,... more

Like so many of Derrick Henry's overrun defenders, one furniture store in Tennessee now wishes it made a better business decision. Puckett's Furniture and Appliance in Livingston, Tenn. offered free furniture if Henry went for more than 200 yards i... more

Former special teams coordinator Joe Judge beat the odds to become Big Blue's 21st head coach. He also beat the bridge and tunnel traffic going into New Jersey. The Giants' new hire told FMIA's Peter King that he nearly missed his interview with... more

Patrick Mahomes has one piece of advice for the most selfless member of Chiefs Kingdom. Stay at home for the AFC Championship Game. Meet Charles Penn, a Chiefs superfan who went viral for leaving Arrowhead Stadium -- and his $258 seats -- when hi... more

Matt Rhule wants to bring his proven system of success from Waco to Charlotte. He does not want to bring his coach's smock. The newly-minted Panthers head coach told NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon that he won't sport his trademark apron-hoodie lo... more


In between the Lions and Chargers, Stefon Diggs was able to squeeze in a 300-coat giveaway for needy kids. The Vikings star receiver returned home to the D.C. area, partnering with Operation Warm and helping hundreds of Early Childhood Academy Publ... more

Khalil Mack showed hundreds of Walmart shoppers a side he never, ever shows opposing quarterbacks. The Bears' sackmaster and his Khalil Mack Foundation paid off more than 300 layaway bills -- a sum of around $80,000, according to the Chicago Tribun... more

When he heard his phone buzz early Sunday morning, John Daileanes let it go to voicemail. The Masconomet Regional High School athletic director chalked it up to a routine delivery call. After 15 seconds, the phone buzzed again. It was a representat... more


A favorite son of Compton, Calif. stepped when a neighborhood youth football team needed help. 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman donated $5,000 so the Hub City Tarheels -- an undefeated six-and-under team from Compton -- could go to the Youth Nation... more

The Bengals are still searching for their first win of 2019. When they find it, Jeff Lanham can start searching for a ladder and come down. The Cincinnati-area bar owner bet a patron that if the Bengals lost to the Cardinals, he'd live atop the H... more

Devin Bush can see the future even better than he can see where opposing ball carriers are running. The Steelers' standout rookie linebacker has correctly predicted his defense's stats for four weeks in a row, according to's... more

The teacher on the message boards was hoping for a quick crash course in Miami Dolphins fandom. He asked Redditors why they rooted for the Aqua and Orange. He wanted to know who their best player was. And he hoped the answers would help him connect... more

Dak Prescott might've had a cell phone when he left the Cowboys locker room on Sunday night. When he returned, he probably had enough mentions to turn that device into a touchscreen floating in goop. Such is life when you play for the league's mo... more

Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay has played like a grown man over the course of his first 24 career games. Now, he's going to live like one. The Pro Bowler told the RapSheet + Friends Podcast that he's moving out of his parents' Denver-area h... more

The meme that took over Monday Night Football isn't going anywhere. It has nine lives, after all. But the cat that spawned a million tweets is also spawning a few important questions. Where did it come from? Did someone bring their cat to the... more


NFL players might be able to hold their own against zombies, ghouls, or vampires. Want to know their biggest late October fright? The prospect of getting out-dressed at the team's Halloween party. Spooky Season almost as competitive as football s... more

Andy Reid loves coaching and eating -- and it's unclear in which order those two fall. The Chiefs head coach said he visited 50 barbecue joints in his first year in Kansas City. He shared his famous Mac and Cheese recipe with an NFL reporter pres... more

Seven months ago, Matt Moore appeared ready to return to the Dolphins. Just not as a quarterback. Scan the background of Kyler Murray's Pro Day and you'll find the Chiefs' new starter, as he joined up with Miami's scouting department last spring... more

There might not be room for Gardner Minshew on Gardner Minshew's fantasy team. According to ESPN and Reddit , the Jaguars QB is a fantasy guru with an enviable keeper league/redraft team. It's so stacked that a certain mustachioed passer didn't ev... more

A suspected purse-snatcher just found out Jason Taylor still has elite closing speed. According to the Miami Herald , the Hall of Fame pass rusher took down an alleged burglar at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he work... more

Good things happen when Tampa Bay gets O.J. Howard the ball. Even if those happen on a baseball diamond. We take you to the eighth inning of Game Four of the Rays-Astros ALDS Tuesday night. Tampa Bay outfielder Austin Meadows smacked a foul ball... more

D.J. Jones won big right before his team did on Monday Night Football . The 49ers' second-year defensive tackle proposed to longtime girlfriend Kayla Fannin about an 90 minutes before kickoff, surrounded by family, friends, and teammates. The sur... more

Over the past century, the NFL has played its game in 186 stadiums. Over the past four nights, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium readied to become No. 187. And watching that process unfold -- from football pitch to football gridiron-- is pretty breathtakin... more

Few NFL players could match Brandon Marshall's physicality on the gridiron. Time will tell if that advantage translates to a boxing ring. The former Pro Bowl receiver is taking up a post-football career in boxing -- and taking on the biggest... more


CBS Sports' top color analyst might take a football Sunday off to hit the links. Tony Romo could miss Sunday's Vikings-Bears broadcast if he makes the cut at the PGA Tour's Safeway Open, according to the Chicago Tribune . The current leader is Ad... more

There are wrestling fans. There are wrestling superfans. And then there's that next level occupied by George Kittle. The Pro Bowl tight end lives for pro wrestling -- as a few fellow 49ers found out when they accompanied him to WWE Smackdown LIVE a... more

Nelson Agholor wants to turn his biggest critic into his biggest fan. The WR invited Hakim Laws, a fan who went viral over the weekend for his simultaneous neighborhood heroics and Agholor shade, to the Eagles' next home game at Lincoln Financial F... more

Lucas Falk did not suit up for the Jets on Monday Night Football. He's a 28-year-old HR manager. He lives 2,171 miles from MetLife Stadium. And before Gang Green sends him a few new playbook pages, they might want to consult this Twitter thread fro... more

Northern Wisconsinites have heard recording artist Lizzo has a new man. They just don't want to hear about that team he plays for. Over the summer, WIXX-FM in Green Bay edited the Billboard-topping hit "Truth Hurts" to bleep the Vikings out, acco... more

Flint Minshew wanted to name his son Gardner II -- without the existence of a Gardner I. His father, Billy, wanted his grandson to be named Beowulf. This is how Gardner Minshew started his life -- and it's how he's starting his NFL career. Like... more

Think about where the best pro running backs come from. Eastern Texas produced Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson and Thurman Thomas. Curtis Martin and Tony Dorsett came out of Western Pennsylvania. South Florida gave us Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, and... more

Travis Kelce couldn't get a Week 1 end zone trip -- but he could get a free sandwich. On Sunday, Patrick Mahomes missed his star tight end by no-looking a potential touchdown pass. So, right after a 40-26 victory, Mahomes issued a Twitter mea culpa... more


Saquon Barkley arrived at the 2019 Met Gala to celebrate the arts, fashion, and culture. He left with a hankering to "run through a brick wall" after Tom Brady tracked him down. The ensuing discussion between NFL stars can only be described as ha... more

Carli Lloyd could have a chance to make NFL history. The two-time Women's World Cup champion and three-time Olympian has an NFL placekicking offer on the table, her trainer James Galanis told FOX Sports . "Today, she got another call from another... more

Ray Lewis' next "Squirrel Dance" could be in front of a live studio audience. The Ravens legend and two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker will compete with 11 other celebrities on 'Dancing with the Stars,' ABC announced. .@raylewis is putting... more

Tom Brady won't call it a career anytime soon -- and neither will his 'Madden NFL 20' avatar. Brady will remain an active player longer, thanks to the latest round of 'Madden.' updates. Previously, the game simulated Brady's retirement as early as... more

Patrick Mahomes has the mobility to do magical things outside the pocket. But now, the superstar QB officially has wheels. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Gray Gaulding came in sixth last week at Bristol Motor Speedway's Food City 300 -- with Mahome... more

Get ready for a double helping of Jon Gruden on the next episode of 'Hard Knocks.' The Raiders brought in comedian Frank Caliendo, who tweeted that he broke out his amazing Gruden impression in front of the entire team. Even Gruden must admit thi... more

Conditions have to be perfect for Patrick Mahomes to try the granddaddy of all trick shots. The MVP is never saying never, though. Patrick Mahomes on behind-the-back pass possibility in a game: ‚??We‚??d have to be winning by a lot and it‚??d hav... more

A Tom Brady-sized payday could land you a Tom Brady-style estate. The Patriots' legend and wife Gisele B√ľndchen have listed their five-bedroom, five-bathroom Brookline, Mass. mansion for a crisp $39.5M, according to Sotheby‚??s . Just look at th... more

Blair Buswell lets no detail by the wayside when he sits down with a Hall of Famer. Some want to smile. Some want to look like they're coming on an unblocked blitz. Some want accessories. And some just want their old hair back. As the Pro Footbal... more


Odell Beckham Jr. revealed much in a tell-all interview with GQ Magazine . The craziest part? It might be that the former Giants superstar rolled up to Big Blue headquarters one day with 100 free mattresses for teammates and staff. Even for footb... more

Lil Nas X's latest 'Old Town Road' remix featured Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Walmart yodeler Mason Ramsey. His next 'Old Town Road' remix might just feature the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady's horseback tribute to 2019's breakout hit might've inspired... more

Juking defenders out of their cleats must run in the Hester family. Watch Dray Hester dispatch youth flag footballers with the same ease his father Devin did when he set NFL return records. The resemblance is truly uncanny. View this post on Inst... more

Bill Belichick was as prepared for Patrick Mahomes' cannon arm as he is for literally everything else. In fact, the Patriots coach knew K.C.'s QB had an arm that could skip stadiums back in October. Belichick on Pat Mahomes "got a great arm. A... more

Gamers in Los Angeles can start their roster-building plans early. The Checkdown teamed up with Madden 20 to reveal the game's four perfectly-rated players -- Aaron Donald, Bobby Wagner, Khalil Mack and DeAndre Hopkins -- on a Los Angeles mural.... more

Baker Mayfield knows what it feels like to wake up on a Sunday feeling dangerous. Now he knows what it feels like to wake up on a Sunday as a married man. Cleveland's quarterback and fiancee Emily Wilkinson tied the knot on Saturday in front of... more

Kawhi Leonard made a career decision that altered the future of pro sports. It was 2006, not 2019. Leonard was a ninth-grade DB and WR in Riverside, Calif. And the biggest NBA free agent today might've changed the course of pro football forever wit... more

NFL rookies used to fear a full-body tape job to the nearest goal post or poor reviews at the talent show sing-along. Then, EA Sports came along. Watch members of the Class of 2019 receive their grades for the upcoming 'Madden NFL 20' release.... more


Julian Edelman doesn't want his upcoming documentary to land on Bill Belichick's radar. If it does, the reigning Super Bowl MVP expects a call from his disgruntled coach. And he knows exactly what that would sound like. Behold: The best Bill... more

Zion Williamson just got his first lesson in New Orleanian hospitality. His professor? Veteran Crescent City star Drew Brees. The Saints quarterback had a signed jersey waiting for the new Pelicans star and No. 1 overall NBA draft choice. He even... more

Max Harvat's heart was pounding when he got down on one knee in a Nashville hotel. It only got worse when Harvat -- a Panthers fan -- identified the 6-foot-5 stranger recording his big question. "When I stood up, I looked over and I started havin... more

Kenjon Barner has mastered the art of regifting. The former Patriots running back received a Super Bowl LIII ring -- and immediately turned it into the best Father's Day present imaginable. The ring might be the league's most expensive yet , but... more

It turns out Baker Mayfield wasn't yanking Saquon Barkley's chain after all. The Browns' star quarterback made good on his Rookie of the Year bet , presenting Barkley with an iced-out tribute to his unique physique. S/O to @bakermayfield for com... more

Welcome back to Independence, Kan., where everything has changed. On Tuesday, Netflix announced its Emmy-nominated JUCO football docuseries Last Chance U will return to Independence Community College. The fourth season begins streaming on July 19... more

The Buffalo Bills want to add about 71,000 fans to one wedding's RSVP list. One lucky couple can secure the most Buffalo wedding of all time -- a halftime ceremony at the Bills' Sept. 29 game against the Patriots -- if they win this contest. We'r... more

The Patriots dynasty is known for taking "No Days Off" during its reign. But the mastermind behind its six Super Bowl runs will make an exception -- if paintball is involved. Bill Belichick cancelled two practice sessions to take his team... more

Gerald McCoy devised the coolest plan to treat his new Panthers teammates. A snow cone and ice cream truck showed up on the last day of minicamp, courtesy of the newly-added Pro Bowler. His fellow Panthers ate it up -- literally. A shaved ice tru... more

The 2019 Saints might try to score with a player who currently scores tries. Sean Payton's staff conducted a workout with NOLA Gold rugby player Tristan Blewett, according to FOX Sports 8's Sean Fazende. The South African native currently plays out... more

Todd Gurley will hang with Drake whenever the rapper comes to Los Angeles. Just don't expect Gurley to call him on his cell phone. Gurley told Uninterrupted that he won't save Drake's contact information to his own phone -- for fear of sparking h... more

There isn't much Patrick Mahomes II loves more than a good FitzMagic show. The Chiefs' star quarterback found out Ryan Fitzpatrick is a fellow no-look passing aficionado and immediately tweeted his support. This is legendary! ū??•... more

The only thing separating Patrick Mahomes II from Bobby Witt Jr. could soon be a parking lot. On Monday, the Royals drafted Witt Jr., the nation's top high school prospect who quickly earned comparisons to Kansas City's MVP quarterback from more


You can take Blake Bortles out of Duval County, but you can't take him off NBC. "The Good Place" creator Michael Schur still plans on dropping plenty of Bortles references in his show, according to Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall . Asked Schur: "Y... more

No lamp posts in the City of Brotherly Love will be safe after this year's Madden release. Madden NFL 2020 will feature the 'Philly Special' in its updated playbooks, EA Sports' Anthony White confirmed to the Eagle Eye in the Sky Podcast last week... more

Nick Mullens became a trending Google topic when his career began. When it ends, the 49ers QB could end up back with tech giant -- as an employee. In April, Mullens and teammates became Google interns for a day as part of the team's player engag... more

You break a few fridge magnets out when your homework gets J.J. Watt's endorsement. You break all the fridge magnets out when that homework spawns an impromptu commercial -- like it did for this Houston-area grade schooler's marketing project. Th... more

Jordan Harold will do anything to keep rushing quarterbacks. Even if it means getting paid in hot wings. The former captain at Missouri was spotted outside Bank of America field holding this sign for Panthers' brass. It is clucking fantastic.... more

The face of the new-look Cleveland Browns has a new-look face. Baker Mayfield arrived at team OTAs on Thursday without his trademark beard. It takes some getting used to when you see it. The end of an era.#beardlessbaker more

Most free agents angle for multi-year deals or guaranteed dollars on the open market. Matt Barkley was just hoping for more cryptocurrency. The Buffalo Bills' backup asked his previous teams -- the 49ers and Bengals -- for a Bitcoin-based contrac... more

Who says Zion Williamson has to play basketball if he lands in New Orleans ? He's 6-foot-7. He's 280 pounds. The NBA's presumptive top pick is the perfect fit for Sean Payton's Saints offense -- and a roster spot might've just opened up. @ZionW32... more

A news station in Honolulu brought Marcus Peters in to play some weather man coverage. He locked it down like a wide receiver at the LA Coliseum. Watch the Rams' two-time Pro Bowler deliver what quite possibly could be the greatest weather report... more

The New York Jets feel they hit the lottery this offseason by importing Le'Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley and others. They're hoping their basketball-playing counterparts get to experience that feeling, too. Here's Gang Green's note of support to the... more

Only a few unlucky 90's kids from the Waukesha, Wisc. playgrounds know how the Watt Boys like to play tag. But that's about to change. Coming to FOX in early 2020: 'Ultimate Tag,' as produced and hosted by NFL brothers J.J., T.J., and Derek Watt.... more

Pay close attention to the second-to-last episode of HBO's megaseries, Game of Thrones . You'll notice a dragon. A few crumbling buildings. And one legendary Packers passer pulling off the ultimate quarterback sneak. View this post on Instagram... more

Dre Greenlaw doesn't need football to prove he's a difference-making defender. Just ask Gerry Dales, a thankful father who says the 49ers rookie linebacker saved his daughter's life at a University of Arkansas frat party in 2015. If the 49ers did... more

Ronald Ollie has come a long way since Scooba. The ex-East Mississippi Community College defensive tackle and star of Netflix's Last Chance U †signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday. He even brought his own writing utensil. That makes Ollie th... more

Tom Brady's arm lets him complete throws through any tight window. Even Matt Damon's window. Watch the Patriots' six-time Super Bowl champion land right in the middle of late-night's hottest feud -- the one between Jimmy Kimmel and Damon -- with... more

Rob Gronkowski absolutely nailed his first post-football acting gig. The retired Patriots legend played a security guard for Florida Georgia Line at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. His job? To dispatch fans who were stealing the band's seats. Ev... more

Spoiler alert: Quinnen Williams could be the Arya Stark to Tom Brady's Night King. So writes "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin, who paused work on the series' sixth and seventh novels long enough to deliver instant 2019 NFL Draft analysi... more


Von Miller is trading his Broncos helmet for more horse-themed headgear. The Super Bowl 50 MVP is NBC Sports' new lifestyle correspondent for its 2019 Kentucky Derby coverage. He'll wear many hats in his new role -- literally -- as he mixes it up w... more

Bill Belichick might've spent his 67th birthday scouting college prospects, watching film, or just generally grumbling. He certainly did not spend it checking his Twitter mentions -- but that didn't stop Twitter newcomer Tom Brady. Happy birthday... more


Most photos we encounter only require a mindless double-tap and a scroll. The annual NFL coaching photo has a higher calling. It demands coach-by-coach analysis, careful contemplation, even debate. Only then can the clear conclusion be reached: T... more

Browns general manager John Dorsey seemingly snapped his fingers and completely altered the NFL landscape. He didn't even need a souped-up Infinity Gauntlet to do so. A dominant offseason has all Browns fans suddenly feeling like they cheer on t... more

Jihad Ward's offseason workout plan looks like an HGTV rerun. The Colts veteran accidentally sparked a weight room remodel after a way-too-forceful medicine ball toss. Security cameras captured that toss -- and Ward's ensuing reaction. Both are ama... more

Pick any passer off Joe Thomas' infamous 21-quarterback list . They'd probably be hard-pressed to identify their old blind side protector now. That's because Thomas looks less like an All-Pro left tackle and more like a CrossFit instructor these da... more


It turns out three innovative teams will put on a show in Atlanta this week. There's the New England Patriots. There's the Los Angeles Rams. And then there's Dude Perfect, the team of trick-shot masterminds who took over Mercedes-Benz Stadium like... more


Think of your fantasy roster like the gifts under a tree. The decent players are your stocking stuffers. The duds were coal. Your injured players are sweaters from grandma you pretended to like. The best of the best? They're Nintendo Switches--what... more

Santa Bob is coming to town. The Browns' awesome holiday video includes offensive lineman and reindeer -- and a certain big-bellied blocking guru as St. Nick himself. This was the role 'Hard Knocks' legend and offensive line coach Bob Wylie was... more


Jahleel Addae swears he was only pretending to pick a fight. Look at the end result: Handshakes, hugs, and helmet taps with the visiting Saints. No one squared up. No one pushed or shoved or kicked or bit. The whole training camp confrontation was... more

Any defensive back will tell you it's no fun to square off against Patrick Mahomes II. After a game of 'Fortnite,' the Chiefs' star quarterback now feels their pain. Yesterday i played fortnite for the first time in a while and someone killed me... more

Ezra Castro's week began with the worst news imaginable. His cancer diagnosis was worsening --spreading to his stomachM strengthening in his lungs. It ended with the best news imaginable: An invitation of a lifetime and a pep talk for the ages.... more

The Patriots' official team colors include Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, and red. This week another color joined that group: Butt-Ugly Orange. That's because Patriots players liked the team-issued gray practice shorts a little too much -- an... more

Gridiron stars approached Halloween Wednesday like any Football Sunday. They went in with a game plan. They executed -- with face paint or masks or full-on costumes -- to perfection. And they came away with a resounding win. Surprising? Of course... more


Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster walked out of a Pittsburgh convenience store this week with $120 in lottery tickets and a master plan. That plan's first step: Win the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot. Step Two: Personally fund a new... more

There are only two things 'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin loves as much as killing off your favorite character. They both call MetLife Stadium home. Go New York @Giants ! ‚?? George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaki... more

Pat Mahomes II has burnt enough defenses to earn Kansas Citians an extra day of burnt ends. Legendary local joint Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que has been closed on Sundays since 1996. But for the first time in 22 years, they're opening up -- just in t... more

Bobby Massie sweat out the equivalent of a bowling ball in Week 6. So claims the Bears right tackle after an 89-degree game against the Dolphins on Sunday. Humidity and radiation made Hard Rock Stadium's field feel more like 100 degrees, according... more

Picture a Venn diagram of freakishly athletic humans who are also wildly creative and entertaining. Your standard-issue NBA dunk contest winners live there. But so do a handful of NFL players with the traits and personality to match. Leap over a... more

The Checkdown's daily collection of football culture stories for October 9, 2018. This is The Extra Point. 1. This Drew Brees moment was absolutely incredible. Congratulations, @drewbrees ! #GoSaints ‚?? NFL (@NFL... more

Nocturnal marsupials officially hold the fate of the 2018 Browns in their fuzzy little paws. Think about it: A possum appeared before Cleveland snapped a 635-day losing streak in September. Browns fan just secured a possum ū??≥ (via... more

The Checkdown's daily collection of football culture stories for October 8, 2018. This is The Extra Point. 1. Graham Gano's game-winning kick got a World Cup-winning reaction. #GanoLoGanó #GanoLoGanó #GanoLoGanó #GanoLoGanó #GanoLoGanó... more


Few plays get #NFLTwitter going quite like a serious stiff arm. Just ask ball carriers like Steelers TE Vance McDonald. His stiff arm on Monday Night Football sent football fans on social media into a frenzy. In light of McDonald's amazing play,... more

The Checkdown's daily collection of football culture stories for September 26, 2018. This is The Extra Point. 1. Marshawn Lynch had a lesson in British slang and it was brilliant. Marshawn‚??s reaction after learning the British slang ‚??how‚??... more

The Checkdown's daily collection of football culture stories for September 25, 2018. This is The Extra Point. 1. Taysom Hill is the Saints' QB3. And so much more: Taysom Hill is a created player btw. ‚?? Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) Septem... more

NFL Style Power Rankings September 20, 2018

Who wore it best? Pro football players did. Teams show up to games wearing their Sunday finest and change into jerseys and pads; it should be the other way around. Pregame suits and postgame outfits deserve more than a passing retweet. They deserve... more

The Checkdown's daily collection of football culture stories for September 19, 2018. This is The Extra Point. 1. Adam Thielen grew up in the Twin Cities and he learned a little something from Randy Moss and Cris Carter: "Late hands technique ."... more

Kevin Durant has the opportunity to play for a new super team in the West. The NFC West, not the Western Conference. Here's the Golden State Warriors star on Instagram, pitching his plan to pull a Deion Sanders, switch major sports, and join the... more

The Checkdown's daily collection of football culture stories for September 18, 2018. This is The Extra Point. 1. How did college scouts miss out on Khalil Mack? How is that even possible? .@52Mack_ from 2 star recruit to a 9 figure contract ū?... more

Chad Johnson wouldn't need much to jump off the couch and join the reigning Super Bowl champs. Just a spot in the Eagles' receiving corps... and connectivity for all his devices. @Eagles I‚??m in shape, literally ALWAYS open & faster than everyo... more

1. There are nothing but good feels in Chiefs Kingdom. With 10 touchdowns in two games, Patrick Mahomes is like a human cheat code. CHEAT CODE: MAHOMES15 ū??• @PatrickMahomes5 ‚?? The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) Septem... more

The Checkdown's daily collection of football culture stories for September 14, 2018. This is The Extra Point. 1. Tom Brady's trash-talking skills aren't so great. 1 out of 10: Rob Gronkowski rated Tom Brady‚??s trash-talking skills... more

Doug Marrone was one win away from coaching in last year's big game. Had his Jaguars made it, it would've been the first Super Bowl the coach has seen in nearly four decades. The Jaguars' head coach hasn't seen a Super Bowl since his early teens,... more

Jeanne Trubisky knew her son wanted to sleep in on his day off. Then his team pulled off a blockbuster trade and Jeanne made the risky decision to wake up Mitchell up with the news about Khalil Mack. Mitch Trubisky says his mother woke him up Sat... more

New pads and helmets were waiting in the Rogersville (Tenn.) Middle School football team's locker room. So was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Watch what happened when Vol and NFL legend Peyton Manning sprung cutting age Riddell gea... more

Tahir Whitehead spotted the stranded soldier on Dublin Boulevard in Dublin, Calif. (about 30 miles southeast of Oakland). So the veteran Raiders linebacker did what many other motorists didn't. He pulled over to lend U.S. Army Sgt. David Marquez a... more

This year's fantasy league trophy has your team's name all over it. So you better make sure that team name is awesome. But how do you land the perfect team name -- one that displays the football nerd within while remaining culturally relevant? It's... more


Aaron Rodgers just secured the biggest bag imaginable. Here are some finer points of the Packers quarterbacks' new mega-deal . First off, it makes Rodgers the highest-paid NFL player... period. Also, by the end of his four-year deal, Rodgers will h... more

So you want to be a legendary quarterback? Start by wearing the number 12. Think about Staubach, Bradshaw, Namath, and the G.O.A.T. himself. They all share two digits so common among the game's best passers -- No. 12. Sixteen Super Bowls have been... more

NFL players weren't messing around on this Throwback Thursday. As part of the league's #LetsPlayFootball initiative, players dug through family photo albums and old varsity yearbooks en masse. The end result? Perhaps the greatest treasure trove o... more

Offensive line guru. Licensed pilot. Accomplished musician. Amateur magician. Browns assistant Bob Wylie is somehow all of these things -- and now he's a 'Hard Knocks' legend, too. HBO Sports' cameras introduced us to the Browns' offensive line c... more

Adrian Peterson is a legendary running back with a bank account to match. According to Spotrac , Peterson is slated to make $1.015 million with the Washington Redskins. Should that happen, he will have made $30 million more over the course of his c... more

The name atop the Browns' quarterback depth chart is one you've probably been mispronouncing for years. For the record: It's TUH-rod (not TIE-rod) Taylor, according to NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala. This is how good of a teammate LT Joel Bitonio... more

Drew Brees carved a future Hall of Fame career for himself on the grass and turf. He could've done the same on grass and clay, too. The Saints' legendary quarterback was once the top-ranked youth tennis player in Texas, according to‚??s... more

Carl Nassib isn't the only NFLer doubling as a locker room financial consultant . Enter one Robert James Gronkowski, who has no problems setting teammates straight when it comes to spending money. "I had this one guy this year, he came up to me..... more

There's a word for all the left-handed quarterbacks in today's NFL. That word is extinct. Exactly zero professional passers are left-handed, according to NFL Stats and Research. Kellen Moore was the NFL's lone lefty two seasons ago; he now coache... more

Remember how awesome it was when the 'Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' all fused into one giant battle robot ? Let's do that with legendary 'Madden' passers. Let's build a six-quarterback Megazord. A few ground rules to frame this '90s nostalgia: E... more

What do you get the team with five Lombardi trophies? A brand new locker room to match. Gillette Stadium wrapped up its locker room revamp in advance of the Patriots' preseason opener against Washington. Needless to say, Tom Brady and Co. will en... more

Like every member of Jon Gruden's new staff, Kelsey Martinez's first focus is coaching. Then, every so often, the league's only female strength and conditioning coach is approached by one of her peers; running backs coach Jemal Singleton, special t... more

Don't let expectations pile up, expecting parents. Everyone needs a viral video to know if you're having a boy or girl. So lace up the cleats, strap on a helmet, and let America's best game be your best option. Because like everything else, the bes... more

Noah Spence is now half professional football player, half competitive eater. Thanks to a nine-meal, 9,000-calorie daily diet, the Buccaneers' defensive end is up 35 pounds from the 228 pounds he weighed last summer. According to, he's bul... more

Epic workout montages. Undrafted rookie underdogs. That assistant coach who swears early and often. HBO's 'Hard Knocks' has clung to a few familiar storylines over its 12-year run. But its best moments -- the ones fans remember and rewatch -- are... more


A new NFL season doesn't arrive in a sad flip-flop shuffle with a memory foam mattress in tow. It arrives in a flash. A bang. A pop of the Ferrari butterfly doors or a swivel of the Segway. Because a ridiculous ride, why bother showing up to traini... more

Saquon Barkley made it look easy during his time at Penn State. He could make it look even easier now that he's a member of the New York Giants. So says Todd Gurley, the league's new highest-paid running back and Barkley's summer workout partner.... more

Give the Atlanta Falcons kudos for beating the training camp buzzer with Julio Jones' holdout. Give their social team a retweet or two while you're at it. The reason: A perfectly-crafted response to Atlanta-area news anchor, Buck Lanford, who ta... more

Join the club, Jimmy Garoppolo. NFL history is littered with QB2s waiting for their shot. Most of them, like the 49ers' starter , thought they too were better than the guy atop the depth chart. Only a handful of them got a chance to prove it. Few... more

Another day, another football player posting a mind-blowing workout video . Today's freak athlete: Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore. Go ahead and remember his name. Moore, a freshman, is only 5-foot-8 and 174 pounds. He can also do this in the... more

Jared Lorenzen can never shed his various nicknames -- "The Hefty Lefty," "The Pillsbury Throwboy," and "J-Load." He just needs to shed the weight that inspired them. Lorenzen, the famously round ex-Giants quarterback, needed a change when he hit... more

Antonio Brown is in the business of 'Madden' covers now. And business wasn't always this boomin'. Veteran 'Madden' gamers can recall a time when a cover athlete's freak injury or poor performance was chalked up to some kind of curse. Now that ot... more

Many of your favorite NFL players are momma's boys deep down inside. Think about it: Top prospects go hug mom the moment they hear their name at the NFL Draft. When they receive their first professional paycheck, it often goes right to the woman wh... more

Jay Cutler never ranked among the Bradys and Mannings of the world during his playing career. If his debut on E!'s Very Cavallari is any indication, though, he can be an elite reality television star. The show chronicles Kristin Cavallari, Cutl... more

Andrew Luck must've been preparing to replace his credit cards, his I.D., his Book of the Month Club card -- everything. Then when a local good Samaritan stepped in to save the day. The man, identified as "Charles" in a tweet discovered by ABC6... more

A former two-time Pro Bowler needs help finding his missing pet. According to ex-Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo's Instagram, his dog, Knox, has been missing in Eastern Massachusetts for four days. This is Knox, an English bulldog who looks like a... more

LeBron and Gronkowski are about to join forces on the same team. There might not be a jockey around who can handle them both. Big horse, lebron j. Doing super. Getting stronger everyday. His namesake has nothing on him. @KingJames @PhoenixThorou... more

LeBron James is taking his talents to Hollywood and reaffirming everything about today's free agency. That notion? Seismic shifts in superstar activity can build contenders. They can cement dynasties. They can shift competitive balance for a decade... more


JuJu Smith-Schuster is many things: A Steelers star, a hardcore gamer , a LeBron James recruiter , a pizza attire aficionado . We might be able to add future franchise quarterback to that list. Watch what happened when the 2018 NFL Draft's top th... more

It's hard enough entering the '99 Club' -- a rare group of Madden NFL players with high enough in-game attributes to earn a perfect 99 rating from EA Sports. So congrats to the seven perfectly-rated players in the upcoming Madden NFL 19: Tom Brady,... more

All hail Tom Brady, king of the 'Top 100 Players' list for the third time. This year's 'NFL Top 100 Players' list was about more than just the quarterback at the top, though. Five rookies made the cut, including Alvin Kamara (20), Kareem Hunt (3... more

JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of the exciting young faces of his sport. His league rakes in billions in revenue a year. And that's not when he's catching passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to's Darren Heitner, the second-year... more

Give Case Keenum a whiteboard and a marker. That's all the Broncos quarterback needs to relive the most epic play of his six-year career--the "Minneapolis Miracle." Just watch as he takes a room full of Broncos fans through the thrilling conclusi... more

You come at the Browns' quarterback of the future, you better not miss. Especially when you're in front of a nationally-syndicated audience. On Thursday, Baker Mayfield was a guest on FS1's The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Thursday. And he came pre... more

When you're James Harrison, simply benching 300 pounds doesn't cut it. What's a former All-Pro linebacker to do? Add resistance bands to dumbbells, of course. Remember: This 40-year-old man is retired from the game. He's still working out like a... more

A year ago, Tom Brady said he wanted to play into his 50s, but even the reigning NFL MVP knows that Father Time is undefeated. On Father's Day, the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback sat down with Oprah Winfrey and revealed he "thinks about... more

The first Super Bowl ring in Philadelphia Eagles history is, in one word, epic. Fifty-two diamonds are included in the Eagle head on its front to commemorate Super Bowl 52. The accompanying Lombardi Trophy contains 16 diamonds (one for each victory... more

Picture this. It's 2026. Odell Beckham Jr., America's most famous athlete, takes the field at MetLife Stadium. He high fives fans in blue, white, and red jerseys. He stretches. And then ... Beckham Jr. meets an opponent at midfield to kick off the... more

Star wide receiver Julio Jones has found a new workout buddy during his time away from the Falcons' practice facility. So, who's helping the five-time Pro Bowler? Terrell Eldorado Owens. Maybe you've heard of the 2018 Hall of Fame inductee. Accor... more

Before the 2004 NFL Draft, Eli Manning famously refused to join the San Diego Chargers . Would he have accepted employment by the Cleveland Browns instead? We were just two failed draft-day trades away from finding that out, according to Pro Foot... more

Carson Wentz is likely a better person than he is a quarterback -- and that's saying something. The breakout Eagles' passer and his AO1 Foundation have already pledged some serious resources to help build a Haitian sports complex. Now, he's turning... more

LeBron. Curry. Durant. Questionable calls. And a player forgetting what the score was. The first game of the 2018 NBA Finals was an emotional rollercoaster ride for viewers -- and some of those viewers play professional football. Whether it's a mis... more


Jordan Poyer's offseason routine is best broken down into three pillars. Remove one and his whole day crumbles. First, the third-year Bills safety gets a morning lift in. Next, he returns to his South Florida estate for some light afternoon fishing... more

Everyone has an airlines-related horror story (or six) to share. On Wednesday, passenger Delilah Cassidy narrowly escaped a truly frightful one -- all thanks to a 6-foot-5, 260-pound NFL tight end who restored her faith in humanity. Her "angel?"... more

Meet the Houston Texans' new team doctor. Or at least, that's what J.J. Watt's new degree technically could say. On Tuesday, Watt received an honorary doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine for his relief efforts during Hurricane Harvey. It wa... more

When the Music City becomes the 2019 NFL Draft host city, we'll all win. Wednesday's announcement that the 2019 Draft is coming isn't just a boon to Nashville, but a boon to the entire league. From music to food to overall atmosphere, the capital... more

Antonio Brown might still be catching passes in Western New York if he answered a particular draft-night phone call. He's in Western Pennsylvania instead -- the product of a split-second decision that sent one of the best receivers in NFL history t... more

A pre-calculus math class in Minnesota learned about the Law of sines -- an equation to relate the lengths of the sides of a triangle. They also just learned the Law of Signs: Write a sign on the whiteboard for Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, g... more

Former WR Nate Burleson could tell his bodyguard was having a crisis of confidence. So the then 11-year-veteran asked his then-20-year-old, defensive tackle-sized protector to keep his head up. He was sure football was in Nathan Shepherd's future.... more

We're entering a golden age for twin brother team-ups in professional football. First, Jason McCourty joined with his brother Devin in the New England Patriots' secondary via a March 15 trade. The two announced the deal via -- you guessed it -- th... more

Glance up at the higher branches of the Gronkowski Family Tree. You'll find Ignatius "Iggy" Gronkowski at the top, Rob's great-grandfather and owner of the greatest sports name you've never heard. Every Gronk Spike might be directly traceable back... more


If the 2018 NFL Draft had a soundtrack, it would be recorded and produced by Drake. Aubrey Graham dominated the walk-out song circuit, providing the tunes for five future NFL stars as they went on stage to hug Roger Goodell. From "God's Plan" to "... more


It's summer time at the NFL.† During the next few weeks, we here at will unveil our Most Underrated and Overrated Players of All Time for all 32 teams and allow users to determine their choices as well. Underrated Ed Podolak -- RB,... more

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