Former NFL and USC star Carson Palmer savors a new, demanding role: Being a dad

Carson Palmer gets hammered with a snowball as he tries to take a portrait with his children, from left, Carter, Bries, Elle and Fletch in Ketchum, Idaho.
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Honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his “long and distinguished reporting in the field of pro football,” Sam Farmer has covered the NFL for 25 seasons. A graduate of Occidental College, he’s a two-time winner of California Sportswriter of the Year and first place for beat writing by Associated Press Sports Editors.