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A look at the game's forgotten pioneers; NFL players doggin' it

In honor of Black History Month, NFL Network presents "Third and Long," a documentary telling the story of integration in America's favorite sport. Tune in for the conclusion Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Here's what else is on tap for Wednesday:

» Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden put up eye-popping numbers in 2011, but the number that gets the most attention in some circles is his age -- 28. Jeff Darlington profiles Weeden's NFL prospects.

» Panthers WR Steve Smith returns to the Dave Dameshek Podcast to discuss the Super Bowl, Whitney Houston's death and the hype surrounding Knicks guard Jeremy Lin.

» In honor of The 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show, take a look at NFL players hanging out with their best canine pals.

» The goodwill Randy Moss and Cris Carter shared as teammates appears to have vanished, as the two took to Twitter to stage assaults on each other's legacies.

» With the 2011 NFL season behind us, it's time to focus on the combine and the draft.

» The NFL has grown from humble roots to a league with a global fan base, and it's not stopping. Take a look at the sport's evolution.

Mayock: 2012 draft rankings

With the NFL Scouting Combine around the corner, Mike Mayock updates his position-by-position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft. **More ...**

» The March edition of NFL Magazine captures the story of Eli Manning's triumphant season in New York, plus much more. Subscribe now and save up to 75 percent off newsstand prices.

» Happy birthday to Hall of Famer and former Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, who turns 52 on Wednesday.

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