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Sports Writer Ray Didinger On The Myth Of The 'Dumb' Football Player

Didinger, who has been covering football for decades, says there's a lot of thought that goes into successfully executing a football play. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "I really don't think you can be truly a dumb guy and play this game at the NFL level."

Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

Labor leaders say most of the players on Northwestern University's football team want to form a union. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Wildcats' quarterback Kain Colter, and National College Players Association President Ramogi Huma about the effort.

Racing's Michael Schumacher Being Woken From Coma

The German driver fell while skiing in France last month and struck his head. Since then, he's been in a medically induced coma and doctors have operated twice. The process of waking him may "take a long time," Schumacher's manager says. It's too soon to say much about his post-coma prospects.

Cold Super Bowl Could Lead To More Turnovers

This Sunday's Super Bowl features the team with the No. 1 defense — the Seattle Seahawks — against the team with the No. 1 offense, the Denver Broncos. That is surprisingly rare, and has happened just a few times in the 48 Super Bowls to date.

'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes

Hubertus Von Hohenlohe will be the only skier representing Mexico in the Winter Olympics in Russia. A German prince and one of the oldest athletes to be competing in the Winter Olympics, Hohenlohe says he doesn't expect to win any medals. But he does hope people will notice his flair for fashion.

High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy

Elite athletes start their sports young and sometimes sacrifice academics; some even drop out of high school. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association says it wants to prevent that by opening its own high school. But no mistake: Academics there aren't as important as winning.

The Man Who Turned His Back On Two Super Bowl Teams — And Why

John Moffitt once played for the Seattle Seahawks, but before this season opened, he was traded to the Denver Broncos. In midseason, as the Broncos were battling their way to the Super Bowl, he quit the team. Moffitt talks about why he walked away and what it's like to watch his two former teams make it to the NFL's biggest game.

Northwestern Football Players Want To Unionize: Is That OK?

The players say they work hard and bring in millions of dollars for their school. They want the right to bargain collectively. The NCAA says that would "undermine the purpose of college: an education." Who is right?

Is There An Economic Benefit To Hosting The Super Bowl?

Towns in New Jersey, where the Super Bowl will be played, were expecting an economic boost from the game. Local officials grumble the biggest share of spending is happening across the Hudson River in New York City. Economists say the total economic impact of the game is close to zero anyway, despite the NFL's claims to the contrary.

NCAA To Fight Football Team's Decision To Unionize

College football and basketball are big business. So are the players of those sports just students, or are they employees with the right to unionize? Football players at Northwestern University have voted to form a union.