Joe Gibbs said he was shocked when he learned the NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs to gain an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. Gibbs said Monday he never heard of anything comparable happening when he coached the Washington Redskins from 1981-92 and 2004-07, winning three Super Bowls along the way. ''To be truthful I never even thought it about it,'' Gibbs said of the footballs issue during NASCAR's annual media tour. ''So I think this all kind of was a surprise for everybody.'' The 74-year-old now owns Joe Gibbs racing, a four-car NASCAR racing team based in Huntersville, North Carolina.
BOSTON (AP) -- Several thousand fans have gathered at City Hall Plaza in Boston to give the New England Patriots a raucous send-off to the Super Bowl.
Seattle safety Earl Thomas (separated left shoulder) and cornerback Richard Sherman (left elbow) are damaged goods, suffering injuries in the NFC championship overtime victory against Green Bay. On Sunday, they showed little to no concern about how they will feel - and perform - against the New England Patriots. I can still play fearless and throw my body around and whatever happens, happens.'' Pretty much what Sherman had to say, too, when the Seahawks arrived in Phoenix.
Josh Gordon's troubles have deepened. The wide receiver for the Browns has failed yet another drug test, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday. Gordon, who has twice been suspended by the NFL for drug violations, could be banned for one year, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of the testing. ''Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,'' a Browns spokesman said Sunday in a release.