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Ryan Switzer a shining example of holiday spirit

Ryan Switzer, a rookie with the Dallas Cowboys, befriended Viva Selena Lopez, a 22-year-old woman with Down syndrome, at a holiday parade meet-and-greet in McAllen, Texas. Lopez was drawn to Switzer immediately and a friendship was born. Lopez found out how cool of a friend Switzer was a few days later, when a package came for her in the mail. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Giovani Bernard wins Bengals Ed Block Courage Award

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is the 2017 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. The award, named for the former longtime Baltimore Colts trainer, is presented to the player on each team who symbolizes “professionalism, great strength and dedication,” while also acting as a community role model. (Dayton Daily News)

Video: Romar Morris Gives Back During the Holidays

Former North Carolina running back Romar Morris spent time during the holidays sharing some of his good fortune with those less fortunate. Morris, along with a family member, went throughout the community handing out envelopes of cash along with holiday well wishes to people in need. Read More...

Change likely coming all around Mitch Trubisky, but he sees ‘big jump’ in 2018

By this time next week, Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be headed toward some time off with his first 12 NFL games under his belt. Around him, there is likely to be big change, especially among the coaching staff and receiving corps. How those changes benefit him will be answered in the months to come, but he expects bigger things next season. (Chicago Tribune)

Video: Mitch Trubisky Mic'd Up

Go on the field as rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was mic'd up for the Chicago Bears win over the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve. View Video...

NSJ Comeback Player of the Year: Julius Peppers comes home to Carolina

Reunited with the team that drafted him, in his home state and a 2½-hour drive from his college alma mater, playing on what he called “the best defense I’ve ever been a part of” — all of that would have been enough for Julius Peppers to merit consideration for Comeback Player of the Year. The defensive end is showing no signs of preparing to ride off into the sunset, however. (North State Journal)

Mitch Trubisky Sets Chicago Bears’ Rookie Passing Record

Former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky set the rookie passing record for the Chicago Bears during Sunday’s 20-3 win over the Cleveland Browns. Trubisky finished with 193 passing yards, while adding 44 on the ground. In 11 starts, Trubisky has tallied 2,015 passing yards–good enough to surpass the Bears’ previous record of 1,869 set by Kyle Orton in 2005. (

Chargers' Tre Boston shining on the field and in front of the cameras as analyst for NFL Network

Tre Boston’s biweekly trips to Culver City to appear as a guest analyst on the NFL Network’s “Total Access” show and “NFL Blitz” this season were not part of some master plan Boston devised last offseason. “They liked me and asked me to come host a show during the season, and I took the opportunity to do it,” said Boston, a former North Carolina standout. (Los Angeles Times)

T.J. Yates appreciates officials pulling him

Even though he was eventually cleared and returned to the game — and even though he was in a hurry — Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates said he was glad referee Bill Vinovich pulled him Monday night. At a time when the league’s concussion protocol has been modified, Yates had a lengthy stay in the blue tent before eventually coming back into the game. (NBC Sports)

Video: Mitch Trubisky sends message to Bears fans on Christmas

Mitch Trubisky's first Christmas with the Chicago Bears is going to be a special one. In Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve, Trubisky helped lead the Bears toward a 20-3 victory at snowy Soldier Field. "It was awesome," Trubisky said. "I really appreciate all the fans coming out on Christmas Eve, especially in the snowy weather." (247 Sports)

Recap: Former UNC Players in the NFL - Week 16

Mitch Trubisky led the Bears to his fourth win as a starter completing 14 of 23 passes (61 percent) for 193 passing yards. He also ran the ball seven times for 44 yards and one touchdown. He topped off his rushing touchdown with a snow angel celebration. Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals) carried the ball a season-high 23 times for 116 yards a touchdown. (Inside Carolina)

Giovani Bernard continues to be among best parts of Bengals’ season in win over Lions

Does it seem like more often than not the Bengals view Giovani Bernard as an afterthought? It’s happened since he’s joined the team, really. He’s never just been handed a chance, he’s earned everything he’s received by playing well or due to injuries to other players. In the Bengals’ 26-17 win over the Lions, Bernard continued to be one of the only good parts of the Bengals’ bad season. (Cincy Jungle)

Chase Rice opens up about father's sudden death

Before he was listed as a co-writer for Florida Georgia Line’s hit song “Cruise,” Chase Rice was just a young man chasing his dream of playing in the NFL. Life had a different plan for him though, an ankle injury during his junior year of college lead to him picking up his guitar more. This musical skill would soon help him when he received the biggest shock of his life. (Country Fancast)

In My Own Words: Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers: "When the opportunity came for me to leave Green Bay, coming home to Carolina was a no-brainer. I was playing for the Packers and didn't know how long I would stay there, but I always knew that if I continued playing, I didn't really want to go anywhere else but Carolina. There was nothing else but home. It was an emotional decision. A gut decision." (Carolina Panthers)

Video: Tar Heels in the NFL welcome new signees to North Carolina

With Wednesday’s early signing period winding down, North Carolina summoned some if its NFL players to send well wishes to the high school seniors who are Chapel Hill-bound in 2018. Really cool stuff – especially for the guys who just signed on to play for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels. (

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