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The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

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The Patriots tight end's mother, a Fort Myers resident, feels like she's retiring too after following five sons through professional sports careers.
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As part of its 100th season, NFL will feature Packers vs Bears in September opener
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The Green Bay Packers will travel to Soldier Field on Sept. 5 for a Thursday night kickoff against the Chicago Bears, the league announced Monday.
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Replacing Rob Gronkowski's overall impact might be an impossible task, but these tight ends in the NFL draft could be the Patriots' best options.
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is speaking out for the first time since being charged in a Florida prostitution investigation. This weekend, he will be..
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What I'm Hearing: While the writing had been on the wall for over a year, the NFL world was still surprised to see Rob Gronkowski announce his retirement says..
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Patriots TE praises coaches, teammates, fans for nine "amazing" years as part of the New England Patriots organization.
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons
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Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has accepted a plea agreement following his arrest at a southeastern Indiana casino
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Florida State's Phil Cofer found out his father, former NFL linebacker Michael Cofer, had died following his team's win in the NCAA tournament.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust as assistant coaches, becoming the first NFL team with two female coaches on their..
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New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians made good on his word to hire full-time women coaches.
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Former NFL, college coach Steve Spurrier, 73, 'has a great energy about him' as he leads Orlando Apollos to 5-1 Alliance of American Football record.
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Georgia's Deandre Baker improves time in 40 at pro day, says 'I'm the best cornerback in the draft'
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Cleveland appears on verge of playoff breakthrough after offseason shakeup.
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With the NFL offseason free-agency and trades mostly complete, here's how the teams shake out heading toward the draft.
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The blatant non-call late in the NFC championship game caused a lot of consternation among Saints fans and led to calls for change in the NFL's replay..
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Haloti Ngata found a unique way to announce his retirement from the NFL: from atop Mount Kilimanjaro. The 35-year-old Ngata, who played with the Eagles last..
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Robin Roberts is returning to sports for one night, hosting ABC's coverage of the first round of the NFL draft on April 25
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"I'm retiring on top," he said
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CBS News special correspondent and host of "NFL Today" James Brown talks to three NFL players working on Capitol Hill in an externship program to prepare for..
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For the last couple of weeks, three players have been running around the halls of Congress, tackling the big issues facing the country
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