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Redskins' Josh Norman co-authors Players' Tribune essay encouraging people to vote on Election Day

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Redskins' Josh Norman co-authors Players' Tribune essay encouraging people to vote on Election Day

Josh Norman wants you to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The Washington Redskins cornerback co-authored an essay in The Players' Tribune published Monday, reminding people why it's important to vote and what's at stake during this election.

Representing the Players Coalition, Norman and Eagles' Chris Long, Jets' Kelvin Beachum and retired 10-year veteran Matt Forte argue that voting offers people a "chance to make a moral statement about what we want our country to be and what values we cherish."

They wrote in the essay titled, "Our Lives Depend on It":

"We can raise our voice and remind our officials and each other that we are more than the hate we have seen. With our vote, we can say that we believe in and are committed to the happiness, the health and the lives of all Americans. We can tell the world that we are a country worthy of our reputation as the world’s greatest nation.

This is what is at stake with your vote.

If you think your vote doesn’t matter, just look at how hard certain officials are trying to suppress it. ...

We cannot afford to sit this one out, and anyone who tells you otherwise has an interest in keeping you at home. In the last midterm election, just 37% of eligible voters cast ballots. That means that 63% of those who could have voted chose to let someone else decide their fate. We cannot relegate the hopes and dreams of this country to such a small portion of society. "

In addition to highlighting the Senate and congressional races, the authors also reinforce the importance of voting in state and local elections, as those results have a more direct impact on the lives of constituents. Specifically, they point to the gubernatorial races in Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania, as well as district attorney races in cities such as Boston, Birmingham, Alabama and Dallas.

You can read the full essay at The Players' Tribune.

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

NEW YORK  -- Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

Kaepernick's lawyer tweeted an identical statement.

Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina.

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Oddsmakers expect one of the Gruden brothers on Hard Knocks this summer

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Oddsmakers expect one of the Gruden brothers on Hard Knocks this summer

Every summer, football fans get entertained by Hard Knocks. The specific team doesn't matter; the access brings fans inside an NFL training camp in a way that only players and coaches get to experience. 

For the teams, most bristle at the possibility of going on the show. There are plenty of reasons. Coaches are more secretive than CIA employees, but even more than, going on Hard Knocks means the team missed the playoffs the year before but did not have a coaching change. 

Well, the Redskins fit that criteria. So could the Burgundy and Gold land on the HBO show this August? The oddsmakers have weighed in.

It makes sense that the Raiders would be the favorite for Hard Knocks. Their coach, Jon Gruden, is probably one of the most recognizable faces and names in the NFL. They'll have plenty of drama, both on the field as Gruden looks to rebuild the organization, and off, as the team is in turmoil about where to play games in 2019 before a planned move to Las Vegas in 2020. They even have Mike Mayock, the former NFL Network star turned Oakland GM.

Nobody wants to watch the Lions. Be honest. 

Then come the Redskins. Word is the front office wants to avoid the show, and the team lacks the star power of other organizations. But it could be fun. Jim Tomsula mic'd up. Jay Gruden has a great sense of humor. Josh Norman and Derrius Guice would be fan favorites, and the HBO producers excel at creating characters out of rookies and undrafted types. There could be a rookie QB.

The Giants and Niners also present compelling stories. New York has major star power in Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley. San Francisco has Jimmy Garoppolo working back from an injury and a staff that might be soon feeling the heat after two years missing the playoffs. 

Looking at the options, the Raiders make sense being the favorite, but don't count the Redskins out either. Hard Knocks will be here soon, and a Gruden seems likely to be on it.

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