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For New Orleans, Superdome A Symbol Of City's Spirit

The Superdome has hosted heavyweight fights, papal visits and — after this weekend — seven Super Bowls, an NFL record. But no event looms larger in the stadium's history than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that turned the stadium into a teeming shelter of last resort and left it nearly ruined.

NFL Commissioner's Role In Sport A Powerful One

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wields a lot of power — maybe too much, critics say. NPR's Mike Pesca profiles his controversial role in the league and possible changes in the works.

Ravens Fans, In And Out Of Baltimore, Ready For Super Bowl

Baltimore Ravens fans are awash in the purple and black as they prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl. NPR's Allison Keyes hangs out with some folks in suburban Maryland who prove that team pride reaches far beyond city limits.

History Sometimes Rewards Those Who Are Sidelined

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl this weekend, after suffering a concussion midway through the season. Now he's counseling teammate Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who replaced him. "The good ones stay ready," he says.

Former Football Player Jim Brown Among The Game's Best Running Backs

Jim Brown is a hall of fame running back who terrorized defenses. In fact, many consider him to be the best running back ever.

For Super Bowl Ads, More Social-Media Savvy

For years, Super Bowl ads have gone viral after they've aired. But these days brands like Doritos and Volkswagen are turning to social media to crowdsource ad creation — and to boost the buzz long before the big Sunday kickoff.

Brain Injuries And The NFL: A Fan's 5 Stages Of Grief

When it comes to football players suffering brain injuries, many NFL fans seem to have moved past denial, the first stage of coping with a terrible reality. It's followed by anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.