Published 11:40 pm Friday, July 22, 2016

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas of West Orange earned a proverbial silver medal, days before the real Olympic Games begin.
Analysts at ranked Thomas as the second-best safety in the league behind the Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu of LSU, earning him a silver medal on the “safety podium.”
“Thomas has a nose for the football and is a playmaker on all levels,” analyst Willie McGinest wrote. “He’s been an huge part of the Seattle defense’s success.”
Mathieu tweeted: “Even though I think @Earl_Thomas is a better pure safety than me, I’ll take the nod.”

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I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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