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Father-son, coach-player bond strong between Ricky and Austin Proehl

One of the greatest moments of Ricky Proehl’s life is captured in an incredible photograph. Proehl's 3-year-old son, Austin, is perched atop his shoulders as he celebrates a Super Bowl victory with the St. Louis Rams on Jan. 30, 2000. Ricky said that image has been on his mind a lot lately. When your son gets to follow in your footsteps, it’s hard not to reflect. (Buffalo News)

Former teammates, coach look back at Darian Durant’s career

A leader. A student. A friend. A Champion. That’s how Darian Durant’s former teammates and coach are remembering the quarterback after he announced his retirement Friday. The 12 year CFL veteran signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in January but said he would be ending his career. Durant is looking at starting a foundation to give back to the community. (News Talk 980 CJME)

The top areas Mitch Trubisky must improve on in 2018

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky could not be in a better situation than he is in right now. The Bears moved on from John Fox and his archaic way of thinking when it came to offense and hired Matt Nagy to oversee the team and to call plays on Sunday. Nagy then went on to add former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich as his offensive coordinator. (247 Sports)

Elijah Hood returns to the neighborhood

For Elijah Hood, all is good in the world thanks to another dose of Carolina blue in his life. "I was just in California earlier this week, and now I'm in this Carolina blue, playing for the Panthers," Hood said, looking down and tugging at his Panthers jersey after the first practice of rookie minicamp almost as if to confirm that it was still there. "I couldn't be happier." (Carolina Panthers)

Austin Proehl Stands Out At Buffalo Bills' Mini-Camp

Seventh-round pick Austin Proehl demonstrated a knack for gaining separation. A task that is anything but easy when you don’t have the benefit of a broad frame to wall off defenders from the ball. Proehl, though just 5-9 and 182 pounds, is a refined route runner and made effective use of his quickness and change of direction skills to make plays on the ball. (Buffalo Bills)

Panthers RB Elijah Hood is wide awake, and he knows what to do next: Truck someone

When the phone call came that would inform running back Elijah Hood he was headed back across the country to his hometown Carolina Panthers, the former UNC star missed it. He was napping. Catching up on some sleep following the Oakland Raiders’ rookie minicamp, Hood woke up Tuesday afternoon to “a thousand messages and missed calls” on his cell. (Charlotte Observer)

Darian Durant's career is one to celebrate

Darian Durant has disappointed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers … and it isn’t even Labour Day weekend. Barely a week before CFL training camps begin, Durant has dropped a bombshell — a Blue Bombshell, if you will — by abruptly, unexpectedly announcing his retirement from football. Just like that, he is a Saskatchewan Roughrider again. (Regina Leader-Post)

Video: UNC WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams - Mr. Do-It-All

North Carolina wide receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams is an all-purpose threat capable of scoring anytime he touches the football. His 10 total touchdowns in 2017 consisted of 6 receiving, 2 passing and 2 on kickoff returns. Ratliff-Williams paced the ACC in yards-per-touch, kickoff return yardage and tied for first in kickoff return touchdowns. Read More...

Local Lore: The Pit

The unofficial center of UNC and beloved fixture of campus life, where The Pit now sits was once home to the primary athletic field on campus. Emerson field, completed in 1916, was the original home to football, baseball and track events on campus. Carolina’s football program quickly outgrew the field and moved to Kenan Stadium upon its completion in 1927. (Chapelboro.com)

Elijah Hood is a longshot with Panthers, but for those of us who knew him when...

Attend a high school football practice, and one player always will stand out. You know he’s going to star in college, and you can envision him in the NFL. At Charlotte Catholic, that player was Elijah Hood. Hood, who is 5-11 and 230 pounds, ran like a linebacker. That’s a compliment. The Oakland Raiders waived Hood Tuesday, and the Carolina Panthers claimed him. (Charlotte Observer)

Darian Durant: "I Have Decided to Retire from Football"

Darian Durant: "To CFL, my former teammates, coaches, and all the guys I’ve battled against over the past 12 years, I want to say thank you for helping me develop into the man I am today. So many life lessons have been learned throughout this football journey. With that being said, I have decided to retire from football. I became a father earlier this year and (that) has played a big part in this decision." (Darian Durant)

Mitch Trubisky Primed to Be NFL's Breakout Sophomore

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky didn't get the personnel or schematic support he deserved last year, which led to a problematic rookie season. He's got the raw talent to be much better, and it's understandable why Matt Nagy is eager to get rolling with his new young quarterback and an offense that has been redefined specifically for his overarching vision. (Bleacher Report)

Jason Strowbridge's Red Dot Rampage

The odds are good that Jason Strowbridge just ate something. And if he didn’t, he’s about to. One of the missions these days is for the junior defensive tackle is to gain weight, which meaning eating a lot. A whole lot. “A lot of red dots with extra conditioning afterward at the Ram’s Head Deck,” Strowbridge said, when asked what it is he’s gorging on these days. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

What UNC misses if ACL injury costs TE Brandon Fritts game time

This week, news trickled out that North Carolina’s starting tight end Brandon Fritts tore his ACL in spring practice. The injury could reportedly cost Fritts his senior season in 2018. As UNC heads into the offseason — with an old fashioned quarterback battle — the injury could rob either Nathan Elliott or Chazz Surratt of a reliable option. Here’s what Fritts brings to the table. (ACC Sports Journal)

North Carolina’s Brandon Fritts gets early 2019 NFL Draft buzz despite torn ACL

Brandon Fritts wears No. 82 in honor of his favorite NFL player Jason Witten. The former Cowboys tight end — who recently retired — and noted good guy isn’t a bad role model to follow for young NFL up-and-comers. If early NFL Draft projections are correct Fritts, a fifth-year senior tight end at North Carolina, should have a shot in the league, but there’s a bit of a twist. (News-Herald)

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