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3-28-11: Bird Droppings - Tillman Family Charity, Gabbert, Fitz In Africa

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Couple of links to start off the week, including stuff on the charity work done by the Tillman family, someone saying that Gabbert won't make it past the Cards in the Draft and a trip to Africa for Larry Fitzgerald.

Ryan: Tillman lives on in wife's selfless acts
You think you know the Pat Tillman story, but you don't.

We have another report connecting Cardinals to Blaine Gabbert | ProFootballTalk
We noted 10 days ago a couple of smart reporters who believe the Cardinals prefer Blaine Gabbert to Cam Newton, should the team take a quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick.

Group of NFL players focuses on Africa mission - ESPN
Half a world removed from a bitter labor impasse over billions of dollars, a group of NFL players landed in a country recently riven by genocide and turned its attention to the most basic of human needs -- hearing. In Rwanda, Derrick Morgan (Titans), Gerald McCoy (Bucs), Roy Williams (Cowboys), Tommie Harris (former Bear), Vernon Davis (Niners), Vontae Davis (Dolphins), Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals), Bryant McKinnie (Vikings) and Adrian Peterson (Vikings) took part in a mission to provide hearing aids and other assistance. The trip, in turn, gave the players perspective on the situation back home.

Phoenix Suns' playoff hopes take another hit in home loss to Dallas Mavericks
Dallas might have just punched the lights out on the Suns' season. It was ominous enough when the US Airways Center floor lights went out during Sunday night's pregame warmups. But when the scoreboard went out with the game tied inside of two minutes during a downtown-wide power issue, it was symbolic of how the Suns have lost power to go from a Western Conference finals team last year to a lottery-bound team this year.

Arizona Wildcats basketball reflects on season
This was supposed to be another season of rebuilding for Arizona, a chance to inch the program back toward the elite status it had before a three-year run of chaos spawned by coaching instability. news: Lockout does no favors for teams seeking new stadiums
The future of franchises, and cities' ability to house them, is on the line in these CBA negotiations. Will it cost Minnesota the Vikings or San Diego the Chargers? Maybe. Maybe not. But it should impact the ability of those locales to build stadiums for their teams.

Ten things to know, right now, about the labor situation | ProFootballTalk
Several weeks have passed since our last 19-item look at the labor dispute. Since there’s exactly a month to go until the draft and no significant developments expected over the next 10 days, we decided that it made sense to provide a fresh snapshot of the most important issues and takes relating to the mess that threatens to mar the rest of the offseason, and beyond.

Stafon Johnson runs for first time in rehab | ProFootballTalk
Titans running back Stafon Johnson is on the road to recovery again. Last offseason, we tracked Johnson’s amazing recovery from a 2009 weightlifting accident that resulted in a crushed larynx. He enjoyed a strong start to training camp with the Titans before breaking his fibula and tearing his deltoid ligament in the team’s preseason opener last year.

NFL: Mobile quarterbacks such as Cam Newton can be game-changers - ESPN
Even though labor problems dominated the owners meeting last week, there was some pretty good football talk.

Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert are both top-five picks in NFL draft - Peter King -
One team with a major quarterback need is afraid of Ryan Mallett's reputation More details soon to emerge about the NFLPA event on draft night Quotes of the Week, Stats of the Week, 10 Things I Think I Think and more