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Peterson beats Peyton for NFL MVP honors

02.02.13 at 9:19 pm ET
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Award Saturday night, edging Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for the honors.

Peterson, who returned from a serious knee injury at the end of the 2011 season to finish with 2,019 rushing yards, received 30 1/2 votes, beating Manning, who received the other 19 1/2 votes. The first running back since LaDanian Tomlinson to win the award, Peterson led the Vikings from a 3-13 mark to 10-6 and a wild-card playoff berth.

Manning didn’t go home empty handed: he took home the Comeback Player of the Year Award. In addition, Indy’s Bruce Arians was named Coach of the Year, while Houston’s J.J. Watt won was named Defensive Player of the Year and Peterson was named Offensive Player of the Year. Meanwhile, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and former BC star Luke Kuechly was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Bill Belichick: Bill Parcells ‘deserves recognition’ as Hall of Famer

02.02.13 at 8:50 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who worked for several seasons with Bill Parcells as an assistant coach and coordinator, issued a statement Saturday night after it was announced that Parcells was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Bill Parcells has been thought of as one of the all-time greats for a long time, so it is with great pride that we can officially refer to him as a Hall of Famer. He deserves all the recognition he is getting and for his career to be celebrated in Canton forever.”

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Robert Kraft on Bill Parcells induction: ‘Well deserved’

02.02.13 at 7:06 pm ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued a statement on the election of former New England coach Bill Parcells to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Congratulations to Coach Parcells on his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is well deserved. As a Patriots fan, I will always appreciate the credibility he brought to our franchise as a two-time Super Bowl champion. We had never had a head coach with those credentials. I am very happy for Bill and look forward to his enshrinement ceremonies.”

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Former Patriots coach Bill Parcells elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

02.02.13 at 6:17 pm ET
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Former Patriots coach Bill Parcells, who coached New England for four seasons in the mid-1990s and helped change the culture around Foxboro, reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, as he was one of seven who received enough votes for enshrinement in Canton.

“This is tremendous,” Parcells told the NFL Network shortly after the announcement was made. “It’s just unbelievable. It’s just exhilarating. It’s just a great thrill to join such an elite group.”

Parcells, left tackle Jonathan Ogden, wide receiver Cris Carter, offensive lineman Larry Allen, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson will be part of the group that is inducted into the Hall this summer, it was announced.

Parcells served as the head coach of the Patriots from 1993 until 1996, and along with quarterback Drew Bledsoe, helped turn the franchise from a 2-14 team to AFC champions in four seasons. Parcells, who had a coaching mark of 32-32 with New England, left town on less than great terms, as he feuded with owner Robert Kraft on the way out the door. But his impact on the team is undeniable. The coach and the quarterback combined to help make the franchise relevant on the NFL landscape and jumpstart an (almost) unabated run of success that continues to this day.

Parcells also served as the head coach of the Giants (1981-1990), Jets (1997-1999) and Cowboys (2003-2006), and also worked as an executive with the Jets and Dolphins. The 71-year-old, the only head coach in NFL history to take 4 different franchises to the postseason, won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, and ended up with a career coaching mark of 172-130-1.

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Robert Kraft discusses Tom Brady’s future with Patriots

02.02.13 at 5:30 pm ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady “had a remarkable year,” and would “love” it if Brady could retire as a member of the Patriots. However, he stopped short of guaranteeing that the quarterback would be in New England for the rest of his playing career.

“I think he had a remarkable year this year and I think we look at each year as it happens,” Kraft told CSSNE when he was asked about the 35-year-old Brady. “I’d love him to be here as long as he’s productive and feels he wants to play.”

Kraft was asked by Tom E. Curran about Brady’s future, as the quarterback’s current deal lasts through the 2014 season. Could he see the quarterback ever playing elsewhere?

“That’s his choice but I would surely never like to see that happen. I think what he’s done for this franchise … ” said Kraft, his voice ‘trailing off,’ according to Curran. “But once again, everything is a dual decision. But I think, somehow I feel he’ll know when it’s not right for him, and I believe he loves being a Patriot, and we sure love having him be part of our organization.”

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Robert Kraft worries lawyers, agents could ‘mess up’ any new deal for Wes Welker

02.02.13 at 12:33 pm ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft took a veiled shot at Wes Welker‘s representation on Friday, saying that lawyers and agents could “mess up” any new potential deal for the wide receiver.

Speaking with CSNNE in New Orleans, Kraft praised Welker — who is set to become an unrestricted free agent — but also offered a note of caution.

“I’d love him to be around, he’s a great guy,” Kraft said of Welker. “Like I said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction and then we have to manage the lawyers and the agents that they don’t mess it up. I think Wes wants to be with us and we want him here so it’s just a matter of whether both sides can be intelligent.”

Welker, who played under the franchise tag last season, finished the year with 118 catches, 1,354 yards and six touchdowns. The 31-year-old has spent his last six seasons with the Patriots.

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Peter King on M&M: ‘I just fear Colin Kaepernick a lot more than I would the San Francisco defense’

02.01.13 at 2:30 pm ET
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Sports Illustrated’s Peter King spoke with Mut & Merloni Friday about HGH testing in the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell’s State of the League address, the 49ers offense and the Ravens defense.

King said he thinks the idea of the Ravens as a “team of destiny” that will be driven to victory by intangibles isn’t the Super Bowl’s best storyline.

“I think the emotion’s a silly angle. Maybe the emotion helps you for five minutes, but you’ve got to play football,” King said. “I think we get these comfortable storylines – great defense versus an old defense – that’s the storyline down here, and I just say, have you watched the games? I don’t see, when I watch the San Francisco, a peerless defense. They’ve got eight sacks in the last five games. That’s a great pressure defense?

Aldon Smith, Justin Smith – no sacks in the last five games. Aldon Smith had a good game in the championship game, but I don’t know, I think we lapse into storylines too easy, and I pick the Ravens, too. I just fear Colin Kaepernick a lot more than I would fear the San Francisco defense.”

Following are some highlights from the conversation. To hear the entire interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

On whether Ray Lewis‘ legacy will be affected by the SI story: “Not making any accusations, just stating a fact, but there is not currently a test in the NFL for HGH. So if there’s not a test, how do we know that 800 players don’t use HGH? So I’m not charging anybody with anything, but there’s a lot of things right now the NFL can’t test for, and so there are people who are going to believe what they want to believe and that’s it.”

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