The Observer

NFL Draft virtually broadcasts top picks

Joe Burrow, the LSU quarterback who led his team to a National Championship, was drafted first overall by the Cincinatti Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.

By Allison Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2020

Due to social distancing and Coronavirus, the 2020 National Football League (NFL) Draft was broadcasted on TV, but was executed via Facetime calls from team coaches to the players being drafted. The first round of picks started on April 23rd, the second and third rounds on April 24th and the fourth th...

NFL has unfair penalties

By Jake Certner, Staff Writer

September 26, 2014

The NFL has recently changed what defines a drug offense in their eyes, yet they have not made any strides in improving the ineffective punishment system they continue to use for these violations. Before the 2014 season began, 28 players were suspended for NFL substance violations. Among these 28...

Openly gay football player makes NFL history

Openly gay football player makes NFL history

By Julia McDermott, Sports Editor

March 21, 2014

On Feb. 9, 2014, football player Michael Sam of the University of Missouri gave a history-making interview on ESPN’s "Outside the Lines." An All-American defensive lineman and recent SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Sam is the first ever NFL prospect to come out, and has the potential to make histo...

NFL changes upcoming pro bowl

NFL changes upcoming pro bowl

By Michael Fox, sports Photo Editor

December 17, 2013

The NFL is making a variety of changes to previous years’ pro bowls as the 2014 game approaches. The game that used to be played between the two conferences, AFC (American football Conference) and NFC (National Football Conference), will now be played between two teams drafted by specific captains. The...

It’s game time for female referees in the NFL

Despite having qualified candidates, the NFL is lacking female referees.

By By Elizabeth Campbell, Sports Production Editor

February 21, 2012

The coin toss: the start of any NFL game, and the fans’ first glimpse at the stars of both teams and the referees. The fans’ view never includes that of a female referee standing at the 50-yard line flipping a coin because throughout the history of the NFL there has never been a female referee. According...

For the Love of the Game

By Joe Nolan, Online Political Columnist

April 11, 2011

Amidst all of the confusion and seemingly esoteric rhetoric between the NFL’s owners and players, it is clear that America’s beloved sport has grown up from its humble beginnings of leatherheads and actual pigskins. Unfortunately, it has followed the path of so many other professional leagues nowadays,...

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