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Kendric Burney Q&A

Former UNC football player sat down with The Daily News’ sports editor Rick Scoppe and prep sports writer Chris Miller for an hour-long conversation. In a wide-ranging interview, Burney talked about the disappointment of not being picked in the NFL draft and subsequently being signed by the Carolina Panthers and later the St. Louis Rams for their practice squads. (Jacksonville Daily News)

Julius Peppers added to NFC Pro Bowl roster

Bears defensive end on Monday was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Voted a first alternate, Peppers will replace the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul, who will be playing in the Super Bowl. Peppers has now been selected to seven Pro Bowls in 10 NFL seasons (Chicago Bears)

Giants receivers Cruz, Nicks spell double trouble for foes

A New York story: Ramses Barden has the most unfortunate of locker stalls at the Giants' facility. He is situated between Cruz and , which means he can barely towel off after practice without having 50 cameras and digital recorders invading his space. Nicks was the one to blame Monday. (

David Glenn Chats With T.J. Yates, Jan. 20

Among the topics they discussed: If has any interest in watching more NFL since the Texans’ loss; how prepared he was making the jump to starter from third string; the pro-style offense at UNC and its impact on his transition to the NFL; Yates’ future as an NFL quarterback; the amount of Carolina blue he still wears in Texas; (ACC Sports Journal)

Former UNC safety Deunta Williams now pursuing career in radio

A devastating leg injury was too much for to overcome. The former North Carolina safety is no longer pursuing a career as a football player. But that’s just fine with the 24-year-old Williams. “My football days are done,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “It was one of those career-ending injuries and there is nothing I can do about that. But I have so many opportunities for big things and big projects.” (Jacksonville Daily News)

Former Tar Heel Hakeem Nicks emerging as a top NFL receiver

While fans in San Francisco have been celebrating “The Grab” that thrust Alex Smith and Vernon Davis to the national scene, there’s a pair of hands on the New York Giants making just as much news. No! Not Victor Cruz. Try . The former North Carolina star came into the season as the Giants’ No. 1 receiver and nothing really has changed. (Salisbury Post)

Video: Hakeem Nicks TDs versus Green Bay

Footage of ' 66-yard touchdown catch and 37-yard Hail Mary TD in New York's playoff win versus Green Bay.

Hakeem Nicks’s Playoff Career Is Off to Some Start

Eli Manning has a Super Bowl ring, but his receivers have considerably less playoff experience: Until last week, none of his three main wide receivers had caught a postseason pass. But through two games, the Giants' passing game has been terrific, and while it was Victor Cruz who'd been getting the most buzz entering these playoffs, it's who's stood out, thanks to big play after big play. (New York Magazine)

T.J. Yates throws three interceptions in Texans' playoff loss

After throwing his third interception of the afternoon, Houston Texans quarterback leaned over, rested his hands on his knees, and lowered his head. Then he trudged slowly off the field, met by a straight-faced coach Gary Kubiak. Texans running back Arian Foster, meanwhile, walked away from them and headed off for some alone time on the sideline. (Yahoo! Sports)

Eli Manning’s Hail Mary to Hakeem Nicks was turning point in Giants’ divisional win

It was the play that ended the first half of the Green Bay Packers-New York Giants playoff game at Lambeau Field on Sunday night, and it may have been the backbreaker that put the Giants in a position to know that they had what it took to beat the 15-1 Pack even in one of the most hostile away-game environments in the NFL. (Yahoo! Sports)
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