I don’t believe any entity in sports knows how to create hype for seemingly innocuous events quite like the NFL.
This week they released the 2019 schedules in prime time. Social media was on fire with love/hate from each fanbase. And some teams spared no expense on video excellence in sharing their schedule with everyone.
Perhaps it’s just because so many teams don’t have a first-round pick in next week’s draft – Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, New Orleans – or maybe fans are just so hungry or anything football related, but the excitement surrounding this year’s reveal was amazing.
It was announced that the NFLPA and the league were going to start talks about the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yes, there are two years left on the current CBA. The fact they are starting now should give you an idea of how complicated this is going to be.
Let’s be real. I put the word possible in quotes because the probability of there being a full NFL season in 2021 is slim to none. The players are feeling their power, as they should, and many are already talking about the upcoming CBA negotiation. Owners, at the same time, are trying to hold on to their power, yet please the players. We know that probably won’t happen quickly. Therefore, we need to prepare ourselves for a lockout.
Our Turf Football loves to share stories of the good works being done in our communities by teams and players in the NFL.
Today’s story comes from the NFL Foundation, which has announced recipients of the Legends Impact Grant. This grant recognizes the outstanding and ongoing philanthropic efforts of NFL Legends.
Press Release: A new component to the NFL Foundation’s Player Foundation Grant initiative, the Award supports NFL Legends’ commitment to making their communities healthy, happy, and safe through their non-profit foundations.
“Philanthropy plays such a large role in NFL players’ lives,” said NFL Executive Director of the NFL Foundation and Senior Director of Philanthropy ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “We are proud to support these incredible NFL Legends who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.”
NFL Legends ALAN PAGE, BRUCE HARPER and STEVE YOUNG were selected as the inaugural winners, and were awarded $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000, respectively for their foundations. In 2018, the NFL Foundation awarded $830,000 in Player Foundation Grants to support 68 non-profit foundations led by current players and NFL Legends.
This season an unprecedented eight NFL teams will have new head coaches. And for six of these coaches, it will be their first time running the whole show.
Bruce Arians has stepped out of the booth and back onto the field in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have floundered recently and Jameis Winston hasn’t grown or flourished the way we expected him to when he was drafted in 2015. Perhaps promoting former NFL QB turned offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will be the first step in turning Winston around.
But the seven other coaches have their work cut out for them. Let’s take a look at these “rookies” and, maybe the biggest key to their success, who will be under center as they take the field.
On April 1, the NFL had its “International Pro Day” for 2019. Eight players, from all over the world, worked out for NFL scouts.
The NFL implemented the International Pathway program in 2017 as a way for potential NFL players from around the globe to not only get a chance to compete to play in the NFL, but also for them to have a fair chance at making it. The program not only finds players with the skill to play in the NFL, it also allows them to acclimate to the game. Teams get an extra practice squad spot if they bring on a player in the program, and those players are guaranteed not to be cut that year. While these players aren’t allowed to be promoted to the active roster during that season, it allows them the time to adjust to the speed, complexity, and requirements of the game at the NFL level.
Last season, eight teams carried a player from overseas on their practice squad, and this year eight more players are hoping to make it on the a team this year. The 2019 International Pro Day was held at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers indoor facility. Players from Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, and Mexico participated, after spending the last 12 weeks training with IMG Academy to help them prepare. Let’s take a look at the players hoping to make it into the league.
The NFL offseason often brings a lot of changes and excitement to teams and their fans. Additions to teams, beloved players or coaches leaving, hold outs, the draft, drama is always present in the offseason. However, when a player retires, the drama seems to subside, and nostalgia takes over.
We all know its coming. No one can play football forever. But when a player has made an impact on the league, it’s hard to imagine them not being on the field anymore. It feels like a loss for fans, but a loss that they understand and respect.
The start of the 2019 NFL year has had a number of notable retirements, and its only March. Here are a handful of newly retired players that will be missed by fans.
Julius Peppers. Defensive God. His name alone put fear in the hearts of offensive coordinators around the league. In his amazing 17 year career which included time playing for the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Bears, Peppers was a 6 time All Pro, with 9 Pro Bowl nods. It’s straight to Canton for Julius.
It’s that time of year… the NFL’s annual meeting of the Competition Committee is set to commence in Phoenix, Arizona, March 24-27.
During these meetings, the committee and teams can request changes to the Playing Rules, Proposals to change NFL Bylaws and creations of Resolutions.
This year, the biggest emphasis seems to be requests to adjust the scope of Reviewable Plays, whether by going through a representative of the league office, no longer limiting the number of challenges a coach can make, or increasing the scope of plays that can actually be reviewed.
The Philadelphia Eagles had requested a Resolution concerning the Thanksgiving Day games. Traditionally, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys host the first two games of the day. Their request was for these games to alternate with one team playing “away” each year. That request has since been withdrawn.
If you have a child that is 9 years old or older, or if you’re just into the what the kids are listening to on the radio/iTunes/Spotify, etc. you more than likely have gotten a chance to hear Ariana Grande’s song 7 Rings.
In it, she talks about how she likes to buy stuff. While it can get a little repetitive (“I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it”), one of the lines makes me laugh. “Happiness is the same price as red bottoms.”
Well apparently, Bob Quinn either has a kid that is around my daughter’s ages or he’s just an Ariana Grande fan. Cause he wanted it, and he got it. Quinn got the free agency negotiation period started with a bang.
The first day of the NFL’s “Free Agent Frenzy” period is over and a few teams made quite a splash. And even though free agency hasn’t truly started, the legal tampering period has brought some great news to some teams.
This is the time of year where Armchair Experts try to predict what their teams will do and are filled with either excitement over signings or depression when their team isn’t as active as they think they should be.
While the drama surrounding the trade of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders took a lot of the focus over the weekend, Monday’s free agent activity brought us all back into the mix.
The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions made the loudest noise in adding talent to struggling teams. Their fanbases seem to be really excited about the possibilities these new players bring, but they aren’t the only teams who were active yesterday.