Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
McCarthy: ‘When Julius Peppers speaks, everybody listens’
The Green Bay Packers selected its playoff captains prior to Sunday’s playoff matchup with the New York Giants. For the third consecutive year, 15-year veteran Julius Peppers was among the six selected. “It shows the impact he has in our locker room,” coach Mike McCarthy said. "When he speaks, everybody listens. He’s done a phenomenal job with our young players." (Green Bay Packers
Elijah Hood reverses field, opts to enter 2017 NFL draft
Three weeks after saying he'd return to UNC next season, junior running back Elijah Hood announced Friday he's foregoing his final season to enter the NFL draft. Hood skipped UNC's Sun Bowl appearance for medical reasons, but stated his intentions to play for the Tar Heels next fall. Those statements made Friday's development more surprising. (Fayetteville Observer
Former UNC players enter NFL playoffs
The 2017 NFL playoffs begin on Saturday with the wildcard round. A number of former North Carolina players will be in action on Saturday and Sunday and into the playoffs. Below are the Tar Heels that could see action this weekend in the NFL playoffs. (Carolina Blue
Video: Ryan Switzer UNC Career Highlights
Career highlights from the Tar Heels' record-breaking receiver Ryan Switzer, who recently graduated from UNC and is currently pursuing his lifelong dream as he prepares for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Cut by Browns, Jonathan Cooper now “blessed” to be playoff-bound with Cowboys
The Cleveland Browns waived Jonathan Cooper three days after their only victory of the season. Some guys have all the luck. Cooper signed with the Cowboys on Tuesday.“Oh, man, I’m very fortunate,” Cooper said. “I’m very blessed for this opportunity, and I’m grateful. I’m very grateful and humbled by the opportunity." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Video: Elijah Hood Declares for NFL Draft
North Carolina junior running back Elijah Hood declared for the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday. Relive some of Hood's most memorable moments in Tar Heel blue with this video tribute from GoHeels.com.
Elijah Hood Declares For The 2017 NFL Draft
University of North Carolina junior tailback Elijah Hood has elected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. “This was a difficult decision, but after gathering more information and talking with my family, I believe it is in my best interest to declare for the NFL Draft and pursue my dream of being a professional football player,” said Hood. (GoHeels.com
Can UNC’s defense take a step forward in 2017?
UNC is losing three defensive starters to graduation — cornerback Des Lawrence, defensive end Mikey Bart and safety Dominquie Green. In addition, defensive tackle Nazair Jones has declared for the NFL Draft. All other starters are returning. That list includes cornerback M.J. Stewart and safety Donnie Miles, who each considered entering the 2017 NFL Draft. (ACC Sports Journal
Tar Heel RB Elijah Hood reconsidering NFL draft decision?
North Carolina running back Elijah Hood announced on Dec. 22 that he will return to Chapel Hill for his senior season in 2017. According to a report by CBS Sports, that decision might not be final: "Word out of Chapel Hill is RB Elijah Hood is having second thoughts and is now leaning towards entering the NFL Draft. Stay tuned…" (ACC Sports Journal
Audio: Bryn Renner opens up on joining Butch Davis' staff, playing career
WRAL's Mandy Mitchell catches up with former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and talks about his time at Carolina, his NFL career, and joining Butch Davis' staff at Florida International University on the latest Conversations podcast. (WRAL Sports Fan
Bowls boost ACC QBs' stock
Mitch Trubisky had a flat performance – by his standards – but the college football bowl season turned out to be just as fruitful for ACC quarterbacks as the league itself, which has won eight of 11 bowls thus far. At day’s end, Trubisky’s stock slipped some but not very much and yet to come in the pre-draft process are Combines and private workouts. (WRAL Sports Fan
Five With Fedora: The Sun Bowl
The 2016 football season came to a close in El Paso for North Carolina. The Sun Bowl was a hard-fought game with the Tar Heels falling one play short to Stanford, 25-23. It was not the result coach Larry Fedora wanted, and you could tell by the emotions on the field afterwards that his players wanted to win this game badly. Here’s what coach Fedora had to say. (GoHeels.com
3 reasons Buffalo Bills must re-sign LB Zach Brown
In the 2016 NFL offseason, a signing that went under the radar around the league was the Buffalo Bills inking linebacker Zach Brown to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. After struggling to establish himself with the Tennessee Titans, Brown enjoyed a marvelous season at inside linebacker in Rex Ryan’s defense. (USA Today
UNC punter Tom Sheldon had big year for Tar Heels
One of those bright spots in Australian punter Tom Sheldon. The 27-year-old is a freshman at UNC and had a fantastic first year for the Tar Heels Football team. Sheldon is from Echuca, Victoria, Australia and was a member of the Aussie Rules Football club, the same one that New York Giants punter Brad Wing is from. (Keeping It Heel
Who Tar Heels fans should root for in the NFL Playoffs
The Green Bay Packers employ probably the NFL’s most prominent Tar Heel, Julius Peppers. He’s still rushing the passer effectively, accruing 7.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles on the year. The only thing missing from his resume is a Super Bowl ring before he likely becomes UNC’s third Pro Football Hall of Famer. The Packers host the New York Giants on Sunday. (Tar Heel Blog