Chicago Bears defensive tackle William Perry,  aka ‘The Refrigerator’, is now battling Guillain–Barré syndrome. Photograph: Bill Smith/Getty Images

A gap-toothed, 25-stone Chicago Bear was the first NFL superstar to truly capture Irish imaginations. This genial behemoth wore number 72 across his s(...)

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch attending a pre-Super Bowl media appearance so he wouldn’t get fined. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back who shuns the media the same way he avoids tacklers, is a man of few words and he had just seven of(...)

Richard Sherman says NFL’s investigation is meaningless. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With the arrival of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Super Bowl week was officially underway but the spotlight remained on the mystery of the under-inf(...)

 New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has said he  knew nothing about under inflated balls in the AFC Championship game against Indianapolis Colts. Photograph:   Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The National Football League in America said on Friday that its ongoing investigation into the New England Patriots has shown that the team used (...)

 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady  throws a pass during his side’s win over the  Indianapolis Colts. Photograph: EPA

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick denied any knowledge of the footballs being deflated for Sunday’s AFC Championship game win.The NFL is(...)

Quarterback Russell Wilson leads his Seattle Seahawks team-mates in prayer moments after providing a touchdown pass against Green Bay Packers in the second half of their NFC Championship Playoffs at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

Moments after unfurling a touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse that punched the Seattle Seahawks’ ticket to the Super Bowl, quarterback Russell Wilson jo(...)

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots throws a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski (not pictured) during the AFC Championship Game  against the Indianapolis Colts  in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Sunday. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

One man on my flight to the AFC championship game on Sunday was wearing a Tom Brady jersey that, like the player, had been through quite a bit. The(...)

Conor McGregor has been getting plenty of attention in Boston ahead of his fight with Dennis Siver.  Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

An Irish accent goes a long way in Boston’s “Southie” neighbourhood, and it also helps if you are one of the world’s most exciting mixed martial artis(...)

Andrew Quarless  of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the crowd after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

‘How can you not be romantic about baseball?” asks Brad Pitt in Moneyball and for all of the well-documented ills in American football – the brain inj(...)

 Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after losing 24-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in a the AFC Divisional Playoff game   in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty

Peyton Manning slumped off the field towards an uncertain future following Denver’s divisional playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, with (...)