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This Day In NC History: Wolfpack Quarterback Roman Gabriel born in Wilmington

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On August 5, 1940, Roman Gabriel, Jr. was born in Wilmington. Gabriel gained fame as the quarterback for N.C. State from 1959 to 1961, where he was a two time All-American and a two time ACC Player of the Year. His skill as a quarterback led him to set numerous passing records at N.C. State. As a result, his jersey was officially retired in 1962. In 1989, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Full story...
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Hoggard alum Cooper agrees to deal with NFL's Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals have reached a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper. The four-year deal is worth about $14.5 million, the maximum allowed under the NFL collective bargaining agreement for Cooper, a Hoggard alum, as the seventh pick overall. Full story...
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Wilmington's Cooper expected among top picks in NFL Draft

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videoTonight NFL teams shape their future as the league kicks off the first round of its annual draft. Among the players expected to be selected tonight is Wilmington's own Jonathan Cooper. Full story...
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Charlotte, Panthers reach deal; will ask state for $62.5M

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The Charlotte City Council has reached an agreement to ensure the Panthers remain in Charlotte, city officials said Friday. Full story...
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Make-a-Wish sending UNCW freshman to Super Bowl

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video A UNCW student's wish of going to the Super Bowl is coming true thanks to the people at the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Freshman Alex Harris is one of just 12 kids in the United States getting an all-expense paid trip to the big game from Make-a-Wish. Full story...
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Panthers hire Giants' David Gettleman as new GM

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The Carolina Panthers have hired New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as their new general manager. Full story...
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Replacement refs rankling football fans

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Many people are still talking Monday Night Football today because of a controversial call by the NFL's replacement officials. Full story...
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Concussions a growing concern on national and local fields

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video It's no secret that football is a tough sport. As the season kicks off, we spoke with players, coaches and trainers on the sidelines about concussions and safety. This is a big topic on the national gridiron right now as the NFL is under scrutiny for medical issues associated with concussions. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: NFL player and East Bladen grad Desmond Bryant aims to inspire kids at football camp

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It’s no doubt that kids look up to professional athletes, but that admiration only increases when the star has been in their shoes. NFL player and Bladen County native Desmond Bryant held a free football camp on his old stomping grounds Saturday. Full story...
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New Hanover grad turned NFL player Jay Ross holds free football camp

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The Cape Fear produces lots of great athletes who are also great people. NFL player Jay Ross is one of them. Saturday, Ross held his annual free football camp at the Martin Luther King center in Wilmington. Full story...
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