All Tim Layden Stories
Tough As They Come
Led by a rejuvenated coach and embracing a bruising brand of play, Duke seized its fourth national title in Indianapolis—but only after resilient Butler gave the Blue Devils all they could handle in a breathtaking final
Once the face of the game, the feature back is falling victim to the harsh laws of physics and economics. Brutal hits and a brief shelf life are turning the elite runner into the league's most endangered species
What Ever Happened to Tackling?
Even as ballcarriers get bigger, more athletic and more elusive, the list of rules to protect them grows longer. That's put defenders on their heels, and turned the pure takedown into a dying art
Sportsman of the Year: Drew Brees
The Saints quarterback brought a Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans—just one of the countless ways he has contributed to the rebirth of a great American city
All for one, one for all
Aaron Rodgers is the story of the fall, performing at a record-setting pace for a Packers team that looks even more formidable than it did in its Super Bowl season. But it takes two to complete a pass, and from Lambeau Field back to his high school in Northern California, Rodgers has had an uncanny connection with his receivers
Smarty Jones silenced the skeptics with an impressive win in the Kentucky Derby and collected a $5 million bonus in the process
No. 1 Michigan Wasn’t The Only Victor As It Ran Its Record To 11-0. The Big Ten Was A Big Winner Too
Putting Peyton in His Place
That’s what Florida coach Steve Spurrier has been doing to Tennessee’s Peyton Manning with his one-liners and what the Gators may well do to him on Saturday
The Loneliest Losers
Fifteen years ago SMU's powerhouse football program was obliterated by a pay-for-play scandal and the NCAA's first "death penalty." Since then 20 other college programs--including Alabama football this year--have qualified for the ultimate sanction, but all have been spared. Why hasn't the NCAA dropped the death bomb again? Much of the answer lies in the athletic rubble at SMU.
Another manic football recruiting season climaxed on National Signing Day, when often bewildered high school athletes boosted the hopes and dreams of coaches and fans, as Alcender Jackson did LSU’s, with one stroke of a pen
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Print the Legend
Every football fan knows the tale of Max McGee's hungover heroics in Super Bowl I. But there was much more to the man than one epic day (and night). McGee embraced that story, but he never let it define him
A New Man
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Unable to land a college head coaching job, USC's offensive guru goes to the NFL
Blitzing is king in the modern NFL, and the Double A Gap Blitz, a legacy of late Eagles coordinator Jim Johnson, is one big game-changer.
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The hardest part of changing the culture of professional football may be transforming the way the players themselves think and talk about the ...