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BIGGER THAN FOOTBALL: FOOTWEAR NEWS' Peter Verry noted adidas has put together a 60-second short film that "features appearances from the highest-profile athletes on the brand's roster," including Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Broncos DE Von Miller. The film, titled "Sport Needs Creators," will run tonight during Panthers-Broncos. It also features Rockets G James Harden, Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Celtics F Jaylen Brown, Lakers F Brandon Ingram, Nuggets G Jamal Murray and Manchester United MF Paul Pogba (FOOTWEARNEWS.com, 9/6).
SHUNNING THE SPOTLIGHT: In San Jose, Jerry McDonald noted Raiders DE Khalil Mack is on "anyone’s short-list of the NFL’s top defensive players," but he has "turned down commercial opportunities as well as a guest appearance" on HBO's "Ballers." Sandy Mack Jr., who reps his brother, said Khalil Mack "wants to be known as the best before he gets endorsements, and he doesn't feel like he's done anything yet." McDonald noted Mack "recoils like an adolescent being asked about his first girlfriend" when asked about the "pot of gold that awaits" him in endorsements. Mack: "I'm not comfortable talking about that stuff. That's just not me" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/7).