Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received good news this week, as his recent MRI results after cancer surgery came back clean, WROC reported.
Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls during his 11-year NFL career, underwent surgery last fall after he had surgery for oral cancer.
In an Instagram post, Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, said "We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI ... CLEAN! Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good ..."
Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career from 1986 to 1996. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was devastated after a critical dropped pass was intercepted in the NFC divisional game last weekend, ending the defending Super Bowl champions’ playoff hopes.
However, words of encouragement from second-graders in a suburban Philadelphia school prompted Jeffrey to visit the students, WPVI reported.
One of those students, 8-year-old Abigail Johnson, wrote a heartwarming letter that went viral after her father tweeted it. She told Jeffrey, "I am a huge Eagles fan. When I watched the play last night I was crying."
"I think you are an awesome player no matter what. It takes a lot of practice and courage to catch a ball," Abigail wrote.
Jeffrey visited Alli Morris’ class of second-graders at Sarah Starkweather Elementary School in West Chester to thank the students, WPVI reported. Morris had told her students that they would try to connect to Jeffrey through FaceTime, but instead surprised them as Jeffrey walked into the classroom, ESPN reported.
The students serenaded Jeffrey with a chorus of the Eagles’ fight song, WPVI reported.
"We talked about empathy and kindness and kind of talking about how Alshon might feel," Morris told the television station. "We wanted to boost him up after a tough loss."
Just a day after the Clemson Tigers dined on fast food at the White House, former NFL star and "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan offered to give the college football champs a "proper meal."
"I would like to invite the Clemson Tiger football team here for a great meal," Strahan said during Tuesday's broadcast. "Come out here, everybody. Whoever can make it, we'll hook you up with lobster. ... Whatever you want, we're gonna take care of you."
Co-host Sara Haines suggested they add caviar to the menu.
"Per egg is a lot of money," she said. "Are you paying? We don't have a lot of money."
"It's out of my pocket," Strahan replied. "I've got you guys."
Earlier that morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he served the football team fast food "because of the shutdown" and personally paid for the spread.
A Pennsylvania woman is accused of assaulting her girlfriend and putting a dog in a microwave during an argument about the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to the Morning Call, Kirsten J. Gaskins was arrested Sunday on charges of simple assault, animal cruelty, harassment and drug paraphernalia possession following the incident at a Hanover Township hotel.
Colonial Regional police said Gaskins, of Philadelphia, became enraged Sunday night after the New Orleans Saints rallied to beat the Eagles and advance to the NFC title game, the Call reported. Gaskins yelled, pushed and struck her girlfriend, then threatened to kill her dog, according to the police report.
When police arrived, they found a Pomeranian in the microwave, the Call reported. The dog was not hurt, authorities said.
Police also alleged that Gaskins had marijuana paraphernalia in her pocket. She was arrested and later freed on $20,000 bail, the Call reported.
Millions of people tune into the Super Bowl, and not just for the ball game.
The commercials are half of the excitement of the show and have been for nearly as long as the Super Bowl has been around.
Here are some of the best Super Bowl ads to grace our TV screens:
Coca-Cola's Mean Joe Greene commercial
The iconic Super Bowl ad originally aired in 1979 but aired during Super Bowl XIV in 1980. In the classic Coca-Cola ad, Joe Greene accepts a bottle of the soda from 9-year-old Tommy Okon after a tough game. Thirty-six years later, the pair had a reunion.
Apple's Macintosh "1984" commercial
The ad aired only once during Super Bowl XVIII, but the dystopian themes left the Apple commercial in our minds for decades after. The ad featured a runner escaping an army, tossing a sledgehammer and destroying Big Brother, likely symbolizing then-dominant IBM. The Ridley Scott-directed ad announced the debut of the Macintosh computer.
McDonald's "The Showdown" commercial with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird
The 1993 ad aired during Super Bowl XXVII. Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird sees Michael Jordan opening a bag with a Big Mac and fries and decides to play him for it. A never-ending shooting match ensues.
Pepsi's security camera commercial
Pepsi aired the humorous ad in 1996 during Super Bowl XXX. A Coke salesman restocks a gas station refrigerator with the drink, but gets tempted to try a Pepsi from the refrigerator next door. As Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" plays, he grabs a Pepsi, to disastrous results.
Snickers commercial with Betty White
A more recent ad aired in 2010 during Super Bowl XLIV and starred Betty White and the late Abe Vigoda. It marked the launch of Snickers "you're not you" campaign. Betty White plays herself in an intramural football game, with sharp comebacks and one-liners.
For Bears fans who criticized Cody Parkey’s missed field goal at the end of Sunday’s NFC wild-card game, a Chicago brewing company has issued a challenge -- kick a 43-yard field goal and win free beer for a year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The Bears lost 16-15 to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles when Parkey’s field goal attempt hit the left upright of the goal post and then dropped down, bouncing forward off the crossbar.
"You can't make this up," Parkey said after the game. "I feel terrible. I let the team down. That's on me. I have to own it. I have to be a man."
It’s not even an official miss any more. On Monday, the NFL officially changed the miss to a block, crediting Eagles defensive lineman Treyvon Hester with getting a finger on the ball to alter the trajectory of the kick, ESPN reported.
Parkey has been subjected to heavy criticism and has been the subject of many internet memes since the play. Officials at Goose Island Brewing Co. took to social media to issue their frothy challenge.
“A lot of armchair kickers on here are saying that they could hit that field goal, which we find DOUBTFUL,” Goose Island tweeted Monday. “You’re gonna sit there on your throne of potato chips and vape pens and criticize this dude’s athleticism? GET REAL.”
Goose Island will set up field goal posts outside its taproom in Chicago. Fans can attempt kicking a 43-yard field goal during the brewery’s normal business hours this weekend, the Sun-Times reported.
Patrons who make the kick will win free beer for a year.
“All you pro athletes can come out and prove us wrong,” Goose Island tweeted.
It was a gruesome injury, unbearable even for hardcore football fans to watch. And it moved a young fan to write a letter of encouragement.
When Dallas Cowboys receiver Allen Hurns snapped his fibula during the first quarter of Saturday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, it was reminiscent of the injury Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffered in November 1985 when his leg was broken by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants.
"So, when you see a guy like that go down, it hurts,” Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott said after the Cowoys won 24-22. “Just seeing how nasty that was, it hurts a lot.”Hurns was hurt after making a 14-yard catch on the Cowboys’ second possession of the game, The Dallas Morning News reported. Seattle safety Bradley McDougald fell on Hurns’ left leg, snapping his ankle, the newspaper reported.
The injury also affected a young Cowboys fans, Luke McSwain, who wrote a letter to Hurns, WFAA reported.
“I saw the Cowboys-Seahawks game last night. I saw you get hurt. I hope you are okay,” McSwain wrote. “Don't worry, you have the best doctors in the world. I prayed four times for you. You will get way better shortly.”
“Tell Luke I said thanks,” Hurns tweeted to the boy’s mother, Kim McSwain, adding that he will be ready to play next season.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said Thursday he will donate his NFL playoff check to the family of a 7-year-old girl killed in an apparent random attack, KHOU reported.
Hopkins said his $29,000 check, which he will receive when the Texans host the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game Saturday, will be used to pay for the funeral costs of Jazmine Barnes.
"On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine,” Hopkins tweeted.
Jazmine died Dec. 30 when she was fatally shot while riding inside a vehicle with her mother and three sisters.
"What I can do, that's nothing, that won't bring back a person," Hopkins told ESPN on Thursday. "I'm not trying to make it out about me or anything like that. It's the least I could do."
Georgia fell behind Texas quickly in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night in New Orleans.
But the trouble started before that for the Bulldogs.
The Texas mascot appeared to go after UGA’s bulldog mascot before the game. Fortunately, no people or animals were injured.
The Texas mascot is Bevo XV, a longhorn steer that weighs about 1,800 pounds. Georgia’s famous mascot is Uga X, an English bulldog that weighs in at around 60 pounds.
Both mascots were on the sidelines while a pack of photographers snapped away with pictures.
However, it got scary when Bevo suddenly charged toward Uga with his horns. Uga jumped out of the way before Bevo’s handlers pulled back the steer.
Dwayne Haskins threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes to a 28-23 victory against No. 9 Washington on Tuesday in the Rose Bowl.
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