Several San Francisco 49ers say they would have no problem if their sons played football, even though President Obama has questioned the safety of the game.
During an interview Monday at the Super Bowl, All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith responded to a question about the president's comments by saying anyone involved in the sport knows the requirements. Smith says, "It's not like we signed up and thought we were going to play tennis."
Guard Alex Boone says football has to be "physical," and that if his children want to play, they can.
The NFL has released the schedule of NFL players that will participate in public autograph signings during this year's NFL Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The signings will take place Wednesday through Sunday in Hall D of the Convention Center. Fans are advised that player appearances may change without notice, and should check SuperBowl.com for the latest schedule.
The Baltimore Ravens have arrived in New Orleans for the Super Bowl.
As their charter plane came to a stop on the tarmac at Louis Armstrong International Airport on Monday, a purple Ravens flag was held up against the cockpit window by one of the pilots.
Coach John Harbaugh was among the first off the plane, wearing a dark suit and striped tie. He smiled and nodded at onlookers as he descended the stairs from the plane, then gave an airport worker a friendly pat on the shoulder.
Thousands turned out in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to send the Ravens off to the Super Bowl.
Retiring linebacker Ray Lewis, coach John Harbaugh and Ed Reed were among the Ravens who spoke to the crowd Monday before the team got on buses and headed to the airport to fly to New Orleans for Sunday's Super Bowl. The Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's game.
When it comes to running the Baltimore Ravens defense, Dean Pees has no regard for history, tradition or statistics.
Pees doesn't give a hoot about following in a long line of brilliant defensive coordinators such as Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan, Mike Nolan and Chuck Pagano — all of whom used their work in Baltimore to become NFL head coaches.
This week in the Big Easy, NaVorro Bowman plans to finally make good on the steak dinner he owes pal Patrick Willis.
Bowman is only a couple of months behind. In late November, he promised his teammate a night out after signing a five-year contract extension worth $45.25 million.
Arguably the NFL's most-feared linebacking tandem, these two have understandably been a little bit busy lately leading the San Francisco 49ers back to the Super Bowl on Sunday against Baltimore for the first time in 18 years.
With a team flag waving from an open window of their chartered plane, the San Francisco 49ers arrived at their first Super Bowl in 18 years on Sunday.
The players walked off the airplane in a businesslike manner — no video recorders or cameras, no waves to onlookers. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, wearing a red wool cap sporting "49ers" on it, mouthed the words to a song on his head phones as he calmly walked on the tarmac.
Most of the team's veteran players disembarked first, including center Jonathan Goodwin, who won a Super Bowl three years ago with the Saints.
Torrey Smith overcame a variety of obstacles to become the deep threat the Baltimore Ravens needed to make it to the Super Bowl.
Smith helped his single mother raise her six other children by working after school as a teenager. Early this season, his second with the Ravens, tragedy struck less than 24 hours before Baltimore faced New England on Sept. 23: Smith's younger brother, Tevin Jones, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Virginia.