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Letters: Did Cam Newton not understand the gravity of the Super Bowl?

Cam Newton entered the Super Bowl as MVP and left as MCP — most criticized player. He earned both. Sol Bialeck Van Nuys :: Nobody likes to lose, especially on the grandest stage of them all. But how you accept losing is equally important. As in life, we don't get everything we want. It is how we...

Why everyone has it wrong about Cam Newton and his Super Bowl news conference

There's a problem brewing in America. It's a certain lack of empathy for people, an expectation that no one, especially athletes, is allowed to be human and make a mistake. Cam Newton is learning this the hard way. The Carolina Panthers quarterback was anointed as the chosen one through the recently...

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    For Denver assistant coach Wade Phillips and Carolina assistant Mike Shula, success runs in the family

    The Super Bowl memories come flowing back for Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula, even though he never played or coached in one. That's because his father is Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, who will be in attendance Sunday when the Panthers play Denver in Super Bowl 50. "I feel so...

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    Former USC standout Ryan Kalil anchors Carolina line for Cam Newton

    He is the center for the center of attention at the Super Bowl. Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers is responsible for getting the ball into quarterback Cam Newton's hands, and one of five offensive linemen responsible for keeping the NFL's probable most valuable player out of harm's way. Kalil,...

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    Father fears for Johnny Manziel's life as police open criminal investigation

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  • Wild Super Bowl stories from Steve Sabol: 'Matriculating the ball down the field'

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    As a running back for Denver Broncos teams that featured a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback, Terrell Davis adopted a specific attitude for Super Bowls. "You have to believe that this game and everything around it relies, or is based, on your performance," Davis said. "I was like, 'You know what?...

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  • Justin Tuck announces his retirement after 11 NFL seasons

    Justin Tuck announces his retirement after 11 NFL seasons

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