Eddie Lacy was born on the Bayou, but the trip he made to Death Valley on Nov. 3 was no homecoming, writes Elizabeth Merrill in ESPN The Magazine.
Nov 14 | By Elizabeth Merrill
Family helps Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt stay grounded
Oct 28 4:20 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Texans QB Matt Schaub is closing in on 20,000 career passing yards, is 10-1 in his past 11 starts and has a tendency to roll his eyes a bit when someone asks him if he's becoming one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks.
Oct 25 10:25 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is defying the prototype. He's measured by more than just height.
Sep 20 3:27 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson makes us believe in the magic of Sundays
Aug 22 12:12 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Former Minnesota Little Gophers baseball player David Wiser has a message for the young men abused by Jerry Sandusky and other victims of sexual abuse: You can survive and thrive -- and live a rich and rewarding life.
Jul 18 10:05 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, said Friday that he hasn't communicated with commissioner Roger Goodell in months but that he does not plan on being in coaching exile forever.
Jul 13 9:17 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The Kansas City Royals have not been back to the postseason since the 1985 World Series. It's the longest drought in baseball. Yet here they are, their city hosting the MLB All-Star Game. Fair, or foul?
Aug 20 6:16 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Zane Harvey and Anthony Blum fondly remembered for doing what they loved: coaching high school sports in Broken Bow, Neb.
Jun 19 12:31 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
With Junior Seau's death last week, eight players from the 1994 San Diego Chargers Super Bowl team have now died, all under the age of 45. One of them, Doug Miller, was struck by lightning -- twice.
May 8 3:34 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
At the NFL draft, wives, mothers and daughters provide love and support to the young men waiting anxiously to be chosen.
Apr 27 3:50 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
When Kevin Bracken was a kid, he dreamed of wrestling in college. Today, the former Olympian mourns the loss of Illinois State wrestling, one of dozens of teams cut in the Title IX era as schools have made tough choices to comply with the law.
Apr 26 8:16 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Oliver Luck's influence on his son, Andrew, is somewhat intangible. It's the reason Oliver's son, an All-American at Stanford, is so well-prepared for the NFL.
Apr 26 8:58 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
No, they weren't saints back in the day, but several retired NFL players known for their toughness say bounties violate an unwritten player code.
Apr 17 8:16 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Perhaps it's fitting that Tim Tebow, one of the most popular and polarizing figures in the history of the Denver Broncos, would be replaced by Peyton Manning, a quarterback who is almost universally revered.
Mar 21 3:53 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
His entire career, for Gregg Williams there was only one way to play the game, and it was hard-core. Now, Williams likely awaits league punishment for his role administering a bounty program while with the New Orleans Saints.
Mar 9 2:31 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
In just four weeks, Jeremy Lin's sudden emergence for the New York Knicks has brought sports fans face-to-face with some of the same racial and cultural stereotypes that players on teams like the Boston Hurricanes have wrestled with for decades.
Mar 4 8:51 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The decision to retire isn't always left up to an NFL player. Ligaments tear, discs bulge, bodies decline and teams move on. But when a player has that choice, what does he go through?
Feb 9 6:02 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The Mannings were the talk of Indianapolis this week -- with Eli in the Super Bowl and Peyton facing his future in football
Feb 7 1:06 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The New England Patriots offensive lineman found a second home after losing his own mother to cancer.
Feb 4 1:26 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
There is so much more to New England's star quarterback than his supermodel wife and 22,000-square-foot mansion.
Feb 1 1:05 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
The Super Bowl spotlight shines on Indianapolis as it tries to come to terms with the possible departure of iconic quarterback Peyton Manning.
Jan 31 9:47 AM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
New York Giants receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks each surpassed 1,000 receiving yards this season, which might not seem like a big deal in NFL circles, but it's the first time in franchise history it's been done by two receivers in one year.
Jan 19 4:52 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is funny and outspoken and is having a season so dominant some in the league consider him a contender for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Jan 12 3:06 PM ET | By Elizabeth Merrill