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 NFL News - Tuesday, December 4,2007
... Packers, Dolphins, SI Sportsman of the Year and more...

Packers end high-profile search, hire Murphy to succeed Harlan

The Green Bay Packers board of directors unanimously approved 
the appointment of Northwestern athletic director Mark Murphy 
as the team's new top executive Monday, ending the search for 
a successor to longtime Packers leader Bob Harlan. Murphy, a 
former NFL player who has a law degree and an MBA in finance, 
eventually will hold the titles of team president and CEO after 
Harlan steps down. Harlan will stay in charge through the end 
of the season, including any postseason games. The transition 
formally will begin Jan. 1, with Murphy assuming the title of 
president and CEO-elect. "The Green Bay Packers are very 
pleased to name Mark Murphy as our President and CEO," Harlan 
said in a statement. "He has an excellent background and record 
of success in the business of athletics, and through his NFL 
playing career brings a great understanding of our game to his 
position. He'll be an outstanding leader for our franchise and 
a great addition to our community. We're delighted to have Mark 
join us." Murphy, 52, called it a "tremendous" opportunity.
"The Packers are one of the great franchises in all of 
professional sports, with a rich history and incredible fan 
support," Murphy said in a statement. "These are successful 
times for the Packers. On the field they're performing well, 
and off the field, they're in great shape, too. I look forward 
to being a part of that continued success." Murphy played eight
years with the Washington Redskins, then became an assistant 
executive director of the NFL Players Association and later a 
trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He then 
served as athletic director at his alma mater, Colgate, before 
moving to Northwestern. 

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Worrell latest Dolphins safety to go down and out

Miami safety Cameron Worrell tore his ACL in the Dolphins' 
40-13 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, coach Cam Cameron 
said. Worrell is the latest in a string of safeties Miami has 
lost to injuries this season. Yeremiah Bell tore his Achilles' 
tendon in Week 1 and will miss the rest of the season. Travares 
Tillman started in Week 2 and was sidelined by a knee injury.
"You just have to deal with it," Cameron said Monday. "You've 
got to look at it, you've got to deal with it and it's an 
opportunity for the next guy to step up." Cameron said he was 
not sure when a surgery to repair Worrell's knee would take 
place, and said the team is still discussing possible roster 
changes. "It's not what you want. I don't know that frustration 
is the right word," Cameron said. "It's what we do -- that's 
the business we're in. You deal with injuries." The 0-12 Dolphins 
will play Sunday at Buffalo. Worrell has 49 tackles this 
season. He has started six games. "Your safeties are critical," 
Cameron said. "Obviously, we've had some tough luck there." 

Dungy to HBO: Patriots spy scandal sent wrong message

 Sure, the postgame exchange between the Patriots' Bill 
Belichick and the Colts' Tony Dungy was quite chilly after 
their teams met last month. But Dungy doubted it was because 
his coaching counterpart was angry over his earlier comments 
about New England's spying scandal. During an interview on 
HBO's Costas Now that will air Tuesday night, Dungy was 
asked whether "frosty" was the proper characterization of 
their brief handshake. "Well, it probably was," Dungy said. 
"But that's Bill. Bill has always been that way with me."
Dungy told host Bob Costas that he had not heard from 
Belichick about his comments in September that the Patriots 
being caught spying was a "really sad day for the NFL."
"But what I meant was you had so many people looking at 
this team and this organization," Dungy said. "They've 
won three Super Bowls. We're talking about them as maybe 
the best team ever. ... And to have something like that 
happen, it just lets people say, 'Oh, you know, this is 
how you win.' Or, 'This is OK, as long as you win.' And I 
didn't think it was good for the NFL." 

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Sports Illustrated names Brett Favre 2007 Sportsman of the Year

Brett Favre's standout season for the resurgent Green Bay 
Packers has earned him the title of 2007 Sports Illustrated 
Sportsman of the Year, making him the fourth quarterback to 
win the award in its 53-year history. The 38-year-old Favre 
joins fellow quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw (1979), Joe Montana 
(1990) and Tom Brady (2005) as recipients of the award, given 
to an athlete who symbolizes the ideals of sportsmanship.
Favre, a three-time NFL MVP, said in the cover story of the 
magazine's Dec. 10th issue that leadership is about finding 
ways to raise his team's level of play. "You do that by 
setting an example, by doing things the right way. I've always 
shown up, I've always been prepared, I practice every day," 
Favre said. "I practice hard. I study. No matter what happens 
on the field, I never point blame at anybody else. Everything 
I do comes back to leadership, the example I want to set."
Favre has started a quarterback-record 249 consecutive games, 
and this year surpassed Dan Marino for career touchdown passes 
and pass attempts. He is 450 yards away from breaking Marino's 
career record of 61,361 yards. Favre has had one of the best 
seasons of his 17-year career, completing 67.4 percent of his 
passes for 3,412 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
He's on pace to surpass his career marks in completion percentage, 
yards passing and fewest interceptions per attempts. The 
magazine also recognized Favre's history of philanthropy, 
including his Fourward Foundation that's donated more than $4 
million to charities in Wisconsin and Mississippi and assisted 
Mississippi's Gulf Coast counties after Hurricane Katrina in 
2005. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade won the magazine's award 
last year.

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