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Namath gets alcohol counseling

Joe Namath is undergoing counseling for alcohol abuse a month after a television interview in which he slurred his words and twice told a sideline reporter he wanted to kiss her.

"Well, I've enrolled, or I've gone into a center, and I'm getting personal help there," the Hall of Fame quarterback told ESPN.

In an interview during a Patriots-Jets game in December, Namath appeared intoxicated when he twice told ESPN's Suzy Kolber he wanted to kiss her. Namath subsequently apologized to Kolber.

Namath had been drinking for several hours prior to kickoff.

"We had been going since 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and I did the wrong thing," he said. "I'm very disappointed with my behavior, because of how I've embarrassed my family, and the people that I work with, and my friends."

McNabb out, Bulger in

Donovan McNabb dropped out of the Pro Bowl because of a rib injury, and was replaced by St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger. Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson was chosen the AFC's "need player" . . . Tight end Boo Williams agreed to a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints . . . Terry Fair, a first-round draft pick and former Detroit Lions starting cornerback, signed a $535,000, one-year contract with Pittsburgh. The Steelers also officially hired UMass coach Mark Whipple as their quarterbacks coach . . . Keyshawn Johnson was mugged at gunpoint Wednesday in Berkeley, Calif., robbed of money and jewelry but unhurt, police said. No arrests have been made . . . Titan Frank Wycheck, the fourth tight end in history with at least 500 receptions, is expected to retire today . . . 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he was pulled over earlier this month in San Jose, Calif., according to court papers . . . New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer has been chosen to star in ABC's romance reality series, "The Bachelor."

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