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Football and presidents; franchise-tag period set to begin

In celebration of Presidents' Day, take a look at U.S. presidents whose lives have been impacted by football, including the only future president to tackle a future Heisman Trophy winner, and the early-20th-century president who might have saved the game from an early death.

Here's what else is on tap for Monday:

» Jason La Canfora anticipates a flurry of action when teams can start applying their franchise tag to players on Monday.

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 ...**

» Part track meet, part grammar school fitness test ... those are the workouts of the combine. Let Mike Mayock explain why NFL teams will be watching closely.

» When you're the defensive coordinator of the Redskins nothing you say is off the record. For Jim Haslett, that apparently includes conversations over a hotel breakfast.

» With 2011 in our rearview mirror and the 2012 combine on the horizon, take a look back at some of our favorite moments and guests from the past year of the Rich Eisen Podcast.

» Tune into NFL Network Monday at 7 p.m. ET for all the latest pro football news on "NFL Total Access." Then catch "Draft Journey 2009" at 9 p.m. ET, followed by "Draft Journey 2010" at 10 p.m. These documentaries tell the inside story of some top NFL draft prospects, including Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Crabtree.

» In a salute to Black History Month, have a look at this timeline of African-American players who broke down barriers in the NFL.

» 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.

» 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.

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