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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.