Fathers and Sons: an NFL legacy

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

 

This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day, so I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite NFL players who followed in their father’s footsteps.

Frankly, I was surprised that – at least according to Wikipedia – there are only 53 father-son combos that have played in the League. I was also surprised to find three families whose NFL legacy has entered a third generation.

It doesn’t seem like the NFL has been around long enough to support three generatons, but here you go: Clay Matthews Sr., Clay Matthews Jr. and Clay Matthews III are my first set and the ones with whom we are most familiar. Then we have the Chickillo’s: Nick, Tony and Anthony, and the Pyne’s: George II, George III and Jim.  Amazing, but true!

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Calvin Johnson vs the Detroit Lions

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Megatron. For those who love the game, that is how we’ll always remember Calvin Johnson and his talented, explosive time with the Detroit Lions. Oh, and for helping us to understand that we really don’t know what a catch is…

Drafted #2 overall in 2007 by the Lions, Johnson immediately became an elite receiver, holding both team and NFL records that still stand and making six trips to the Pro Bowl.

In March of 2012, he signed an eight-year extension for a cool $132 million, with $60 million guaranteed. He then went on to set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season at 1,964. Clearly, getting paid motivated him to continue producing on the field.

And then, in a move that not only shocked fans and is still talked about today, he announced his retirement in March of 2016 due to concerns for his long-term health if he continued to play the game of professional football.

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NFL says goodbye to legendary quarterback Bart Starr

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

 

The NFL community lost a legend this past weekend with the passing of Hall of Fame quarterback Bryan Bartlett “Bart” Starr.

Credited with being the foundation of the Green Bay Packers dynasty, Starr lead them to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl victories.  While many credit head coach Vince Lombardi with turning the Packers into champions, we all know how important finding the right QB is and Star was most definitely one of the greats.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1934, he considered both the University of Kentucky and Auburn for his collegiate career. Luckily for Alabama fans, he chose to stay closer to home. Fun fact: he eloped with his high school sweetheart, Cherry Morton, in 1954 and they kept the marriage a secret because at that time, college’s could rescind an athlete’s scholarship if he was married.

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NFL and NFLPA adding health resources for players

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Injuries have been a huge part of life for NFL players. Whether they occur as a result of on- or off-the-field activites, they impact the sport we all love.

In recent years, we’ve seen how these injuries not only impact current seasons, but how these players face life-long issues or disabilities as a result of they playing days.

On Monday, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced two joint agreements that will support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.

The first agreement on focuses on prescription medication and pain management. It addresses the challenges of pain management for current players and works to advance and understand the science in this area to improve potential treatments.

The second agreement builds on the ever increasing reports of player behavioral and mental health issues by providing care resources with additional programs directed toward education, prevention, and overall behavioral health throughout the league.

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Mentor or Adversary: The NFL Veteran’s Dilemma

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

 

We hear it all the time… “That veteran will be mentoring the young guys, showing them the ropes.” But is that really true? And even more, is it really fair to expect a veteran who wants the starting job to spend any time at all helping the rookie who wants to take his job?

That seems to be the big story in Denver this week as quarterback Joe Flacco is taking heat for saying it’s not his job to be a mentor to newly drafted QB Drew Lock.

And I don’t blame him.

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Big changes coming for NFL Network

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

As you know, the NFL Network is owned by the NFL.

Apparently, part of their yearly production budget is being used for the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season.

This has resulted in five shows being cut from the fall lineup. While there are concerns amongst the on-air talent regarding contract talks and possible salary reductions, at least one newly hired personality will be incredibly popular in the Cleveland market.

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AFC North: Which team did the best in the draft?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone.

Since the Cleveland Browns are “my” team, I thought I’d try to take an objective look at the AFC North division overall and see who did the most to improve their roster. I said I’d TRY to be objective, but no promises…

When it comes to numbers, the division kind of stair-stepped up: Cleveland had 7, Baltimore had 8, Pittsburgh had 9 and Cincinnati chose a whopping 10 players.

As to positions, Defense has 17, Offense had 16 and there was one kicker taken. Yes, you read that right… my Browns took a kicker in the 5th round… we’ll talk more about that later…

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2019 NFL Draft: AFC Selections

Staff Article

 

Its always good to know what the competition is up to. With so many players drafted over last weekend, we decided a list where you can see all the draft picks in one place would be handy for all.

Here are the AFC picks from the 2019 NFL Draft.

 

 

AFC EAST

 

 

 

Buffalo Bills

1 9 Ed Oliver  DT Houston The American
2 38 Cody Ford  OT Oklahoma Big 12
3 74 Devin Singletary  RB Florida Atlantic C-USA
3 96 Dawson Knox  TE Ole Miss SEC
5 147 Vosean Joseph  LB Florida SEC
6 181 Jaquan Johnson  CB Miami ACC
7 225 Darryl Johnson Jr.  DE North Carolina A&T MEAC
7 228 Tommy Sweeney  TE Boston College ACC

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2019 NFL Draft: NFC Selections

Staff Article

 

Its always good to know what the competition is up to. With so many players drafted over last weekend, we decided a list where you can see all the draft picks in one place would be handy for all.

Here are the NFC picks from the 2019 NFL Draft.

 

NFC EAST

 

 

 

Dallas Cowboys

2 58 Trysten Hill  DT UCF The American
3 90 Connor McGovern  G Penn State Big Ten
4 128 Tony Pollard  RB Memphis The American
5 158 Michael Jackson  CB Miami ACC
5 165 Joe Jackson  DE Miami ACC
6 213 Donovan Wilson  S Texas A&M SEC
7 218 Mike Weber  RB Ohio State Big Ten
7 241 Jalen Jelks  DE Oregon Pac-12

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2019 NFL Draft – Round One

Results of the First Round in the 2019 NFL Draft…. in case you missed it…

Round 1 Pick 1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. The 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner, Murray has the NFL dream arm, great skill-sets in the pocket, has a quick release in RPO situations, small, fast and elusive. And he likes baseball.

Round 1 Pick 2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa; DE Ohio State University.  Touted as being one of the top two players in the draft, despite missing most of the 2018 college season with a groin injury.  A pass rushing phenom coming from a family of pass rushers.

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