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Nominees For 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

Winner to be selected by fan votes now thru Jan. 21 (3 PM ET).\

The 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award will be recognized in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII activities.

• Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
• Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns
• Darius Leonard LB Indianapolis Colts
• Phillip Lindsay RB Denver Broncos
• Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns

Finalists For 2018 NFL FedEx Air (QB) and Ground (RB) Players of the Year

2018 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

• Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
• Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
• Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers

2018 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year

• Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams
• Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
• Saquon Barkley New York Giants

Now thru Jan. 31 (3 PM ET). people can vote for each category here on via Twitter @NFL

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NFL Head Coach Signings For 2019 (To Date)
• Arizona Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury
• Cincinnati Bengals TBD (former coach Marvin Lewis)
• Cleveland Browns Freddie Kitchens
• Denver Broncos Vic Fangio
• Green Bay Packers Matt LeFleur
• Miami Dolphins TBD (former coach Adam Gase)
• New York Jets Adam Gase
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians

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Weekend Box Office Jan. 11-13
1. The Upside $19.6M
2. Aquaman $17.3M
3. A Dog’s Way Home $11.3M
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $9M
5. Escape Room $8.9M
6. Mary Poppins Returns $7.2M
7. Bumblebee $6.8M
8. On the Basis of Sex $6.2M
9. The Mule $5.5M
10. Vice $3.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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‘This Is My Life Now': 'Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey Trades UFC Octagon For WWE Ring

By Barry Janoff

January 29, 2018: In 2015, UFC star Ronda Rousey made an appearance at WrestleMania 31 alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Levi’s Stadium, confronting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and taking out their opponents in a quasi-tag-team match.

Rousey is now making it real with the WWE, signing a multi-year deal to appear in WWE events and marketing.

Rousey made her decision public during the WWE’s Royal Rumble in Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, on Sunday night, (Jan. 28).

Her appearance at the event was expected. Less expected, but somewhat anticipated, was her decision to appear full-time for WWE under the moniker “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Financial details were not released.

"This is my life now. They are the first priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” she said in an on-air interview with ESPN. “When I first met with Triple H I told him there are other things I can do with my time and make way more money but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.”

She wore a leather jacket that belonged to her idol, the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and under that a “Rowdy Ronda Rousey T-shirt, now for sale, as is one that reads, "Hot Ronda."

Rousey pointed to a large WrestleMania 34 sign hanging in the arena, then confirmed her intentions with a message on her Twitter account, “My road to #wrestlemania begins.”

After making her presence Royal Rumble 2018, she did her first official WWE photo shoot then returned the jacket to its owner, Colton Toombs, Rowdy Roddy's son.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. With the addition of Rousey — who may again be teamed with “The Rock” — the event could break the venue’s all-time attendance mark: 75,167, set at WrestleMania 30 in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz SuperDome can hold more than 76,400 people.

Prior to her official decision Rousey had made several appearances on behalf of WWE at scheduled events. She also has been training with pro wrestlers for her new career, according to analysts who cover wrestling.

"It's funny — it's kind of like acting, in that it was something I always wanted to do but I never thought was in the cards for me," Rousey said during her ESPN interview. "And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didn't take it."

Like many of WWE’s stars, Rousey brings with her a solid following on social media.

She has 11.2 million followers on Facebook, 3.44 million followers on Twitter.

Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then went on to win each of her three amateur MMA fights, each in less than a minute.

After joining UFC, she won her first 12 pro fights — many in the first round — and rose to national prominence as “MMA’s most unstoppable force,” with marketing deals that included Monster Energy, Carl's Jr., Reebok, Metro PC, Snail Games and Buffalo clothing and accessories.

But she then lost a match in an upset to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015, and in her next fight, more than a year later, she lost to Amanda Nunes.

Rousey has remained in the public spotlight through supporting roles in movies (Furious 7, Entourage), in a Bud Light Super Bowl 50 commercial (with Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer), as a producer (Why We Fight TV series documentary) and appearances on such shows as Live! with Kelly, Ellen, Conan and Battle of the Network Stars.

Now, its on to conquer the world of WWE.

“The only thing that money gets you is the freedom to choose how you spend your time and who you spend your time with,” she told ESPN. “I don’t want to make money for the sake of making money. I want to be part of this company and get the most out of my life and my opportunities.”

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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