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Rigo and his wife Cynthia with some of the kids from the camp. Photo Taken on April 2.

Rigoberto Sanchez: the epitome of a hometown hero

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // April 4, 2022

It all started with a dream in soccer for Rigoberto Sanchez, but little did he know that he would become the starting punter for the Indianapolis Colts. There are only 32 starting punters in the NFL and...

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Black players dominate the NFL; but it’s not the same for Black head coaches

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // February 24, 2022

Only 6% of the head coaches in the National Football League are Black, while 70% of the players are Black — I’m not a mathematician but these numbers don’t add up.  There are 32 teams in...

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Jon Gruden is gone and rightfully so

Javier Hernandez, Staff Writer // October 15, 2021

The $100 million man is gone from the Las Vegas Raiders after completing just four years out of his 10-year contract. His record over that span was 22-31 with zero playoff appearances.  He should...

Aaron Rodgers getting ready to throw a pass to a teammate. Photo credits: elviskennedy

Chico legend Aaron Rodgers captures 3rd NFL MVP, gives back to community

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 17, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback and Chico native Aaron Rodgers has won his third NFL Most Valuable Player award this past season. He became the fourth player in NFL history to be awarded the MVP on more...

Aaron Rodgers: the man from Chico

Aaron Rodgers: the man from Chico

Alex Martin, Reporter // December 2, 2020

Aaron Rodgers is the current quarterback for the Green Bay Packers out of Wisconsin. Rodgers was born in Chico and before entering the NFL, played football at Butte Community College and UC Berkeley. Rodgers...

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NFL acts accordingly after minor outbreak

Nick Despotakis, Reporter // October 25, 2020

The NFL has done well keeping players safe from COVID-19, despite a minor outbreak in the first weeks of the season. The NFL had a plan going into the 2020 season: mandate that each team create an...

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More fans means more COVID-19 cases

Nick Despotakis, Reporter // October 20, 2020

COVID-19 has already killed over 200,000 people in the United States and the death toll will continue to rise if fans are allowed at sporting events. With cases continuing to rise throughout the country,...

Ryan O Callaghan explaining his struggles with his sexuality. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Ryan O’Callaghan’s journey as a gay man in the NFL

Karina Cope // October 14, 2019

For star football player Ryan O’Callaghan, growing up was hard. Raised in a conservative environment, strong beliefs were instilled in him early.O’Callaghan kept a deep secret for 34 years....

Ricardo Tovar and Matthew Ferreira discuss the MLB playoffs and NFL seasons. Photo credit: Claire Bang

The Wildcat Rumble: MLB Divisional round breakdown and NFL week 6 preview

Ricardo Tovar and Matthew Ferreira // October 12, 2019

The Wildcat Rumble returns for the first episode this fall with Ricardo Tovar and Matthew Ferreira! They speak on the MLB playoffs, NFL season and much more! Agree or disagree with anything? Share...

Ricardo Tovar and Matthew Ferreira discuss the MLB and NFL seasons. Photo credit: Claire Bang

The Wildcat Rumble: fall debut spotlight MLB and NFL seasons

Ricardo Tovar // September 15, 2019

The Wildcat Rumble returns for the first episode this fall with Ricardo Tovar and Matthew Ferreira! They speak on the MLB season, NFL season and much more! Agree or disagree with anything? Share...

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Matthew Ferreira, Noah Andrews and Ricardo Tovar bring their takes on the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA

Wildcat Rumble: Was Lebron’s first year in LA a failure?

Ricardo Tovar // April 5, 2019

The Wildcat Rumble returns this week with sports editor Ricardo Tovar and a returning Matthew Ferreira. New co-host to the program, The Orion's sports writer, Noah Andrews brings his unique sports takes...

The hard-hitting reality of salaries in the NFL

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava // April 2, 2019

The NFL made history in March of 2018 when they paid quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings a fully-guaranteed three-year contract. Unlike NBA, MLB and NHL athletes, NFL players are not...

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