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Las Vegas Raider wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, center, runs with the ball during Sunday’s Pro Bowl NFL football game in Las Vegas.

Column | The Pro Bowl is an embarrassment in current state, needs changes

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer February 6, 2022
In recent years, the Pro Bowl has turned into a game with no stakes played between two uninterested teams in front of an apathetic audience. Staff writer Jermaine Sykes argues that the game is an embarrassment to the league and needs changes.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) dives after running the ball ahead of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson, right, during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Point-Counterpoint | NFL overtime rules are sufficient, teams need to play defense

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer February 1, 2022
Staff writer Jermaine Sykes argues that despite fan frustration, NFL overtime rules don’t need to change because playing defense is just as important as playing offense.
​​Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) walks off the field with teammate Chris Jones (95) at the end of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Bengals won 27-24 in overtime.

Point-Counterpoint | Coin flips shouldn’t decide high-stakes NFL playoff games

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer February 1, 2022
Senior staff writer Richie Smiechowski argues that the coin flip has too much say in who wins in overtime, and the NFL needs to reevaluate its overtime rules.
NFL owners approved the addition of a 17th regular season game for the 2021 season and beyond in a move certain to increase revenue for the league.

Column | NFL’s 17th regular season game puts players’ safety at risk

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer April 16, 2021
In response to the decrease in revenue, NFL owners last month approved the addition of a 17th regular season game for the 2021 season and beyond. While this move is certain to increase revenue for the league as a whole, it is also contradictory to one of the most pressing issues the sport of football currently faces — keeping its players safe.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald hauls in a first-down reception as he is hit by Cleveland Browns defensive back T.J. Carrie in the first quarter, Dec. 15, 2019, at State Farm Stadium.

Column | History, location make Pitt a football school

By Dalton Miller, Staff Writer February 12, 2021
A football town isn’t complete without a college-level program, which has culminated in Pitt’s identity as a “football school.”
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner scores in the first half against the Cleveland Browns during the NFL wild card playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Panthers in the NFL: 2021 Playoff Edition

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer January 29, 2021
See how Pitt alums have performed in the postseason for this edition of Panthers in the NFL:
The Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson eight games into the 2018 season, eventually hiring Freddie Kitchens to replace Gregg Williams and Jackson.

‘Renting’ an NFL head coach: Does it actually work?

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer October 14, 2020
Renting a coach in football, whether at the professional or collegiate level, doesn’t happen too often. “Renting” refers to an interim coach hired in the middle of a season to replace a coach who got sacked.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is shrouded in pregame fog before taking on the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 8, 2019.

Panthers in the Pros: Who to watch out for entering 2020 NFL season

By Tyler Mathes, Staff Writer September 4, 2020
A plethora of great NFL players have come out of Pitt, including eight hall of fame inductees. Here are the former Panthers who should attract the most attention entering the 2020 season. 
Former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy amassed the most yards (10,434) of any back during the 2010s.

Pitt lands four on NFL All-Decade Team

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor April 8, 2020
Four former Pitt Panthers earned All-Decade honors, including defensive tackle Aaron Donald, running back LeSean McCoy, cornerback Darrelle Revis and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. 
 LSU’s Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow will likely be claimed as the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Pitt News NFL Mock Draft 2.0

By Adin Link, Staff Writer March 17, 2020
Each year, the NFL Combine has massive implications for the upcoming NFL Draft — which won’t be held in Las Vegas as originally scheduled, but should still be held in some capacity on April 23.
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