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Te'o a finalist for Maxwell, Bednarik Awards

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Te'o a finalist for Maxwell, Bednarik Awards

Manti Te'o, already a finalist for four postseason awards, will add another ceremony to his December tour. The Notre Dame senior captain was named a finalist for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top collegiate player, as well as the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player.

Te'o is joined by Texas A&M and Kansas State quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Collin Klein as Maxwell finalists. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones are the other finalists for the Bednarik Award.

Among the awards Te'o is also a finalist for are the Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player), Lombardi Award (best linebackerlineman), Campbell Trophy (top scholar athlete) and Senior CLASS Award (top student athlete). He also has a good chance of being named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, a rarity for a defense-only player.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he thinks Te'o should win the Heisman Trophy, but added there hasn't been much dialogue between coach and player about the award.

"The only thing we talked about is that he's going to be with me after the USC game quite a bit because we've got a lot of banquets and awards shows to be at," Kelly said Sunday. "So the only thing that I've talked to him about is that we have a hope that we'll be in New York together in a couple of weeks."

Additionally, despite a down year in terms of receptions and yards, Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert was named a finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end. Eifert led FBS tight ends in receptions and yards in 2011 and was a Mackey finalist, but only has 40 receptions for 555 yards in 2012.

Stanford's Zach Ertz and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins are the other finalists for the Mackey Award.

Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

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Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

Sherrick McManis blocked a field goal and Marcus Cooper picked the ball up with nothing but green grass ahead of him on his way to the end zone. 

Then, for some reason, Cooper eased up a few yards from the end zone. What happened next was straight out of a Leon Lett highlight reel: Vance McDonald hit Cooper from behind, leading to Cooper fumbling the ball and it being batted out of the end zone for a penalty. The Steelers went to the locker room, then had to come back out for an untimed down from the one-yard line. After Charles Leno was whistled for a false start, the Bears kicked a field goal.

So Cooper cost the Bears four points. But...why? What was he doing? 

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too: