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Randy Moss doesn't back down from 'greatest receiver' comments

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss celebrates

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Randy Moss made waves on Tuesday at Super Bowl Media Day by proclaiming he’s the greatest receiver of all time.

And just in case you thought he might have a change of heart, he doesn’t. Moss reiterated the statement on Wednesday, and shot back at the man considered the greatest receiver ever, Jerry Rice.

It was Rice who suggested that Moss simply check the numbers when talking about...

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John and Jim Harbaugh always in competition with each other

This combo image shows San Francisco 49ers head

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Apparently the Harbaugh brothers are in competition from the moment they wake up. Jim Harbaugh began his Wednesday morning press conference with the hyperbolic statement that the 49ers would be “attacking this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."

A few hours later, big brother gave a nod to that sentiment. And then trumped it. John Harbaugh said that the Ravens are “prepared to...

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Former Saints player Steve Gleason starts ALS awareness campaign

Steve Gleason, right, a former New Orleans Saints

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Former Saints safety and special teams ace Steve Gleason isn’t about to suffer in silence, despite being diagnosed with the fatal disease ALS two years ago.

“I believe that because ALS is under-funded and under-resourced many ALS patients end up fading away quietly and dying,” Gleason said Wednesday at a news conference. “For me, this was not okay. I did not want to fade away quietly.”

Gleason...

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Phil Simms says Bill Parcells should be in the Hall of Fame

BILL PARCELLS Tenure: 1983-90 Record: 77-49-1 Highlights: After

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There’s no question in Phil Simms’ mind. His old coach, Bill Parcells, deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Sure I do [think he should be in],” the former Giants’ quarterback said of Parcells, who is a Hall of Fame finalist for the second year in a row. I was shocked last year when he didn’t make it. I was shocked. And I’ve said it on TV, I think they should have to display their...

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Ravens' John Harbaugh: Newsday's Bob Glauber looks like Tom Crean

Newsday's Bob Glauber, left; Indiana men's basketball coach

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One member of the Harbaugh clan who won’t be able to attend the Super Bowl is Indiana men’s basketball coach Tom Crean, who is married to Joanie, the sister of the two head coaches.

Newsday provided a stand-in to complete the family gathering.

National football columnist Bob Glauber bears such a striking resemblance to Crean that Jim Harbaugh has been looking at him askew since he arrived...

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Smith: 49ers loaded with talent

The other Smith on the 49ers -- defensive

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Why are the 49ers in the Super Bowl? Simple, says veteran defensive tackle Justin Smith. "You look around our locker room, and from head to toe, the offensive line, receivers, DBs, defensive line. It's just the main reason we're here," he said. "The talent level, what the coaches have been able to get out of us, it just all has come together. This roster is loaded."

Indeed...

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Roger Goodell: Saints' draft choice penalty stays

Roger Goodell

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Many of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s penalties against the Saints have either been reduced or eliminated, including the suspensions of all four players who were initially sanctioned. But one thing that won’t change is Goodell’s stance on removing the team’s second-round draft choice in 2013.

Goodell said today in a question and answer session with fans on Reddit.com today that the draft...

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Flacco chasing history

JOE FLACCO Ravens, 2008-10 Stats: 48 games, 878-for-1,416,

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Joe Flacco has been letter perfect in the playoffs so far, throwing eight touchdown passes without throwing an interception. If he throws at least one more TD pass and doesn't throw any picks in Sunday's Super Bowl against the 49ers, he'd become just the third quarterback in NFL history to finish a postseason with at least nine touchdowns and no interceptions.

The other two: former 49ers quarterbacks...

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Congress pushes NFLPA on HGH test

DeMaurice Smith speaks during a news conference. (Undated

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The NFL and NFL Players Association signed off on HGH testing as part of their 10-year labor agreement in 2011, but a testing program has yet to be implemented because the players’ side continues to have reservations about a fair system.

Now Congress is getting impatient and is threatening to push the players to sign off on testing.

“We are disappointed with the NFLPA’s remarkable recalcitrance,...

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Patrick Willis tried to Volunteer, was turned away in tears

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (52) celebrates

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Patrick Willis spoke on Sunday night about his desire to play at the University of Tennessee -- where Peyton Manning played -- before winding up at Ole Miss -- where Eli Manning played.

See, in New Orleans, everything comes back to the Mannings!

Anyway, here's Willis:

"I was a Vols fan growing up," he said of his childhood in Brewston, TN. "That was like America’s...

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