In the end, all Joe Paterno cared about was Joe Paterno.



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The Sporting News conducted a poll of 111 players from 31 teams and asked which player is the most overrated. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow ranked first with 21 votes, edging out Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who had 21.

Said one NFC defensive player: "Tim Tebow. I think it’s more media-driven. I think based on what people say about him, he should be doing some unbelievable things."

I don’t want to hear about the peripheral damage to student-athletes. I don’t want to hear about the millions of dollars lost in revenues to academia. I don’t want to hear about TV contracts and the integrity of the schedule. And I don’t want to hear about due process.



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According to an Associated Press report, Joe Paterno said he will retire as Penn State coach at the end of the season, his 46th leading the team. Paterno, who last week recorded his 409th career victory, the most ever in NCAA Division 1 history, has come under fire for his failure to be more aggressive in reporting alleged child molestation accusations by a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

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Archie Manning enjoyed watching his son Eli lead the Giants to a last-minute victory Sunday against the Patriots, but he had trouble listening to the commentary on Fox. The elder Manning said he doesn't agree with Troy Aikman and Joe Buck's criticism. "I don't always listen to Troy and Joe," Archie told ESPN. "They're kind of hard on Eli. Joe's always been really tough on Eli, and it seems this year Troy is too. But that's OK. Sometimes I just mute them."

Michael Vick might be rebuilding his image after his prison stint, but in the eyes of many people he has a long way to go. Forbes magazine has results of a poll of the most disliked players in the NFL, and the Eagles quarterback ranked first, with 60 percent of respondents saying they disliked him. Women were especially disapproving of Vick, with 70 percent viewing him negatively.

Cheer up, Patriots fans. As rough as the last two weeks have been, at least your team is far better off than the once-proud Colts. Not only did Indianapolis fall to 0-9 with Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Falcons, team vice chairman Bill Polian went on a short postgame rant about those who are critical of his club. It's speculated that Polian was angered by a Sunday story from Indianapolis Star writer Bob Kravitz that quoted unnamed former Colts employees as questioning the competence of general manager Chris Polian, who happens to be Bill's son.

FOXBORO – There was a very telling moment in the Patriots locker room on the Thursday before the game with the Steelers. Tom Brady had his right shoulder and elbow heavily wrapped.



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Jets coach Rex Ryan apparently will do anything for publicity. That includes pretending he's a Patriots fan. According to actor Adam Sandler, Ryan will make a cameo in Sandler's upcoming movie "I Hate You, Dad," which was filmed in Massachusetts last summer. Ryan plays a lawyer who also happens to be "a mammoth Patriots fan."

"We wrote it in the script," Sandler told NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen. "He was great enough to be loose and funny about it. He talks about [Tom] Brady. He talks about coach [Bill] Belichick. He's really cool."

Roger Clemens threw a bullpen session in Puerto Rico, and now a newspaper in that country is reporting that Clemens is considering suiting up for Indios de Mayaguez, the team his son Koby is playing for this winter. El Nuevo Dia quotes an unnamed player as saying Clemens "wants to pitch, that's 100 percent sure. I saw his desire to compete again. He was [at] the practice and said he wanted to play with his son."