Tebow has high praise for Patriots' Hernandez


Tebow has high praise for Patriots' Hernandez

FOXBORO -- Many in New England now look at Rob Gronkowski when the words "tight end" come up in football conversations.

But in a conference call on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had some high praise for his former tight end at the University of Florida -- Aaron Hernandez -- who he played with from 2007-2009.

"Hernandez is a great player, and he makes any quarterback he's with a lot better," said Tebow. "He's just a phenomenal player. He's exciting to play with, and a great guy and a great teammate, and a competitor. He's one of those guys, when you need competitive excellence and you need someone to step up and make a big play, he's always ready and willing.

"I'm just proud of him for what he's done as an NFL player, and what he did with me at Florida. He's a guy that I definitely miss being around, but I'm happy for his success."

Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus


Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

PHOENIX (AP) -- A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said.

The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the team's website, has been writing for the past week about traveling on a Cowboys bus with a driver, the team mascot and videographer. On his Twitter page, Spagnola tweeted before 2 p.m. that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman or 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.