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Fleur-de-Links: February 5, 2011

As promised, here is your Saints/NFL links roundup of the day.  Enjoy!


Hall of Fame Hype

Former New Orleans Saint Willie Roaf awaits call on possible Hall of Fame selection |
Nakia Hogan - He's a member of all-decade team for 90s and 2000s.

NFL Videos: Hall of Fame: Who should get in? |
Hall of Fame voters Vic Carucci and Rick Gosselin debate which 2011 nominees should make it into Canton this year.


Super Bowl Bits

Falling ice injures at least 6 at Cowboys Stadium |
Associated Press

Green Bay Packers 'every bit as physical' as Pittsburgh Steelers |
Pete Finney - Steelers known for bruising defensive play.

Favre's impact still felt - ESPN
In his look at Super Bowl XLV, Adam Schefter explores how Brett Favre helped the Packers get to the big game this season.

Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers expect Donald Driver to play despite quadriceps injury - ESPN
AP - Packers coach Mike McCarthy says a quadriceps injury won't keep receiver Donald Driver from playing in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey ruled out; Doug Legursky to start - ESPN
AP - The Steelers will be without rookie Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey in the Super Bowl after he didn't practice Friday and was ruled out with a high ankle sprain.

Are Steelers approaching dynasty status? - AFC North Blog | ESPN
James Walker -- In his 50 years of experience with scouting, personnel and eventually media, Gil Brandt has seen all the football dynasties come.

XLV: How far will James Harrison go? - NFC North Blog | ESPN
Kevin Seifert -- Thanks to those of you who migrated over to our special-edition SportsNation chat Friday afternoon. 

NFL playoffs: John Clayton breaks down Super Bowl XLV - ESPN
The 2009 Packers-Steelers matchup may offer clues about Super Bowl XLV, John Clayton writes.

Super Bowl XLV: Gene Wojciechowski's Super Bowl prediction - ESPN
After answering 15 questions about the Super Bowl XLV matchup, Gene Wojciechowski decides the Packers are the choice.

Video: Who will win Super Bowl XLV? |
Celebrity picks.


Saints Super Bowl Bits

Brock: ‘The Saints took my Super Bowl ring’ | blogs
Staff Report

Rachael Ray hosts the 'Superbowl Recipe Playoff IV... - AOL Video
FPK wins again!

This Super Bowl week not as fun for Brees | ProFootballTalk
Drew Brees broke new ground as the first player to be a two-time guest on PFT Live Friday. He talked about defending the Super Bowl title, what happens to the Madden video game in a lockout, and his role in the upcoming labor dispute.

Tyler Finfrock (Hogwarts graduate, I think)- MADDEN BOWL XVII STORMS THROUGH DALLAS.

Moments in Super Bowl history |
You know what our greatest moment is.

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees says he's humbled by the 2011 Bart Starr award |
James Varney - Brees received the award this morning at the Super Bowl Activities.


NFL Rookies of the Year

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford named top offensive rookie - ESPN
Associated Press - St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Lions' Ndamukong Suh easy choice for defensive rookie award - ESPN
Associated Press - Detroit Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh has won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.



Union, agents considering boycott of combine, draft activities
Jason La Canfora - Top union officials and player agents are discussing the possibility of withholding players from the NFL Scouting Combine and 2011 NFL Draft activities, sources said Friday, with the league's collective bargaining agreement expiring March 3.

Time is now to seize 'window of opportunity' on new CBA |
Steve Wyche

Goodell: Owners committed to striking labor agreement | wire reports - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants the owners and players' union to reach a new collective bargaining agreement "in the next few weeks."