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Oakland Raiders coach John Madden walks quarterback Ken Stabler off the field after Stabler was injured on a fourth quarter sack by Don Latimer of the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4, 1978. Extent of his injuries was not known but he was replaced in the lineup by David Humm. Broncos won 21-6. (JP/1978 AP)

Brain disease: The NFL’s big lie

Do they not realize that their brains are rotting and their bodies…

Oakland Raiders coach John Madden walks quarterback Ken Stabler off the field after Stabler was injured on a fourth quarter sack by Don Latimer of the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4, 1978. Extent of his injuries was not known but he was replaced in the lineup by David Humm. Broncos won 21-6. (JP/1978 AP)
Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman wears a mask as he answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Memo to Super Bowl Week: Wake Up!

Three days before Super Bowl 50, it’s almost time to panic. The…

Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman wears a mask as he answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Broncos defensive coordinator has done wonders with the roster he inherited from his predecessor, Jack Del Rio, now head coach of the Oakland Raiders. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

Are Phillips, Broncos playing possum?

The current Raiders coach, Jack Del Rio, was the Broncos previous defensive…

Broncos defensive coordinator has done wonders with the roster he inherited from his predecessor, Jack Del Rio, now head coach of the Oakland Raiders. (Joe Mahoney/AP)
Vernon Davis fields questions from the media during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night on Monday in San Jose. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Ex-49er Davis: Kap has ‘obstacles’ to overcome

The 49ers have until April Fool’s Day to make a decision on…

Vernon Davis fields questions from the media during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night on Monday in San Jose. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Joe Montana, left, talks about technology with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as part of the Future of the NFL panel at Moscone West on Tuesday. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Joe Cool to Joe Code: Montana rides tech wave

The NFL has big plans for technology in the future, and guess…

Joe Montana, left, talks about technology with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as part of the Future of the NFL panel at Moscone West on Tuesday. (David J. Phillip/AP)
If the Broncos win Sunday, John Elway will be the first Super Bowl MVP to double as a Super Bowl-winning executive. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Elway in line for historic player-executive perfecta

He was the coach’s kid, and there’s no better place to begin.…

If the Broncos win Sunday, John Elway will be the first Super Bowl MVP to double as a Super Bowl-winning executive. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Broncos’ bus disabled in minor crash on Hwy 101

A Denver Broncos team bus was disabled and a California Highway Patrol…

Broncos’ cry: ‘Get it done for Pat’

It is disease that frustrates as well as debilitates. You lose contact…

Carolina Panthers' Thomas Davis warms up before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Panthers’ Davis is hurtin,’ but never more certain

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis isn’t sure how many screws are in…

Carolina Panthers' Thomas Davis warms up before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
Joe Montana is still as cool as ever, which is valuable to the NFL, a league with identity issues. (Jay Mariotti/S.F. Examiner)

Montana still reigns over a city, a sport

His hair is silver now, the color of four Vince Lombardi Trophies,…

Joe Montana is still as cool as ever, which is valuable to the NFL, a league with identity issues. (Jay Mariotti/S.F. Examiner)
Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young may not be playing in Super Bowl 50, but he’s center stage when it comes to his involvement in the Big Game. (Billy Hurst/AP)

Young living good life as Super Bowl host

He’s never been shy with an opinion, which is to be expected…

Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young may not be playing in Super Bowl 50, but he’s center stage when it comes to his involvement in the Big Game. (Billy Hurst/AP)
Nick Kasa was just an ordinary Denver Broncos fan when he was called by the team to sign before Super Bowl 50.  (David Zalubowski/2012 AP)

Broncos sign free agent to help prepare for Greg Olsen

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Last Sunday, Nick Kasa was like any other fan of…

Nick Kasa was just an ordinary Denver Broncos fan when he was called by the team to sign before Super Bowl 50.  (David Zalubowski/2012 AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watches the AFC championship trophy presentation following the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

Peytongate places Manning under seige

A year ago it was Deflategate. This time it’s what, Peytongate? The…

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watches the AFC championship trophy presentation following the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. (Joe Mahoney/AP)
Cam Newton celebrates after a touchdown run during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory over the Arizona Cardinals. (David J. Phillip/AP)

As we admire him, Newton injects race

Scared? The only people who should be scared of Cam Newton are…

Cam Newton celebrates after a touchdown run during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory over the Arizona Cardinals. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Former 49er, Bronco indicted in gambling and drug trafficking ring

With Super Bowl 50 barely a week away, a San Francisco high…

Teammates of DeMarcus Ware say the Broncos’ defensive end delivered an inspiring speech prior to Denver’s victory over the New England Patriots last weekend. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

Ware’s speech inspired Broncos

DENVER — Before playing the game of his life, DeMarcus Ware gave…

Teammates of DeMarcus Ware say the Broncos’ defensive end delivered an inspiring speech prior to Denver’s victory over the New England Patriots last weekend. (Joe Mahoney/AP)
The scoreboard at Levi’s Stadium showed a graphic of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who certainly won’t be playing in Santa Clara come Super Bowl Sunday. (Art Spander/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Super Bowl Primer: Expect anything, everything

There will be blunders. Already we’ve seen two, each tame when considering…

The scoreboard at Levi’s Stadium showed a graphic of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who certainly won’t be playing in Santa Clara come Super Bowl Sunday. (Art Spander/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Super Bowl may be played nearly 45 miles away in Santa Clara, but San Francisco will host everything else that matters during the two-week leadup to the Game. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)

It’s your show, San Francisco … until Game Day

So Super Bowl 50 is finally here. Wait, no, Super Bowl 50…

The Super Bowl may be played nearly 45 miles away in Santa Clara, but San Francisco will host everything else that matters during the two-week leadup to the Game. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)
Gary Kubiak. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Kubiak cools down Denver hot seat

Two seasons ago, Gary Kubiak collapsed while walking off a field at…

Gary Kubiak. (Jack Dempsey/AP)
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton leaps in the end zone for a touchdown run during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Newton gets Denver ‘D’ after crushing Cards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Superman is headed for the Super Bowl. He’s taking…

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton leaps in the end zone for a touchdown run during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)