NFL-New faces eager to shine as league enters post-Peyton era (Reuters)

By Frank Pingue Sept 6 (Reuters) – The loss of some star power to retirement and a suspension to one of the NFL’s greatest players has done little to dampen excitement for North America’s favourite game ahead of a season that will mark the league’s return to Los Angeles. When the reigning champion Denver Broncos host the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl rematch on Thursday, it will kick off an NFL season unlike any seen in decades, where the only sure bet is that the league will enjoy its usual ratings bonanza. Gone are Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson, Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch as the quartet, who have a combined 54 seasons between them, led a parade of big-name players who hung up their cleats in 2016.

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