Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis. Many thought his last suspension would be permanent, but Commisioner Roger Goodell released the following statement today, stating they were giving him another chance to turn his troubled career around.
“Commissioner ROGER GOODELL notified JOSH GORDON of the New England Patriots that he will be reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.
Effective Sunday, Gordon may rejoin the Patriots to attend meetings and engage in conditioning work and individual workouts.
Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities including practice. Because he will not have had sufficient conditioning and practice time, however, he may attend but may not play in the Patriots’ Thursday, August 22 game.
“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally,” said Goodell. “Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”
Gordon had been suspended indefinitely since December of 2018 for violations of the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. “
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s proposal to increase the number of Seniors, Contributors and Coaches candidates as part of a special Centennial Class of 2020 was approved by the Hall’s Board of Trustees during its annual meeting yesterday.
The measure is intended to honor the NFL’s Centennial Celebration through a special Centennial Class that will be comprised of 20 members in 2020. The group will include five Modern-Era players, 10 Seniors (a player who has been retired for more than 25 seasons), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches.
The Hall of Fame Board passed the resolution that will suspend the Hall of Fame’s current Selection Committee By-Laws for the Class of 2020 election cycle only.
The Center position in football, in my opinion, has been vastly underrated. In terms of continuity or success for an offense, it all starts in the middle. The center has to know the play, snap the ball and then immediately get busy protecting his quarterback.
Amid a multitude of pre-snap decisions, the center must have an awareness that, at times, surpasses that of the QB. His reaction to what the defense is doing and the possibility of an audible from that QB ultimately determine the success of every single play. EVERY. SINGLE. PLAY.
While only ten of these unsung positional experts have been recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I’m pleased to say that this year there will be an eleventh: New York Jet Kevin Mawae!
When we were dividing up the articles for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, I jumped on the chance to write about Champ Bailey. Most of you know I am a lover of defense, and Champ was in a class by himself.
Cornerback Champ Bailey was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. It almost seems impossible that it was that long ago simply because it feels like he just left the game yesterday. Champ spent his first five seasons with Washington, then moving on to Denver in 2004.
His stats are staggering. Impressive from the start, Champ had five interceptions in his rookie year, including three against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct 17, 1999. In Denver, he had three division titles, started in two AFC Championship games, and one Super Bowl. 52 career interceptions, returned for 464 yards and 4 touchdowns. First Team All-Pro 4 times, Second Team All-Pro 4 times, voted to 12 Pro Bowls and named in the All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with an interception (5).
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will be very well represented in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival this year. Ed Reed was born in St. Rose, Louisiana, while Kevin Mawae and Johnny Robinson played for LSU.
Since I have a personal affinity for the Senior Committee selection each year, it is my pleasure to tell you a little bit about Johnny Nolan Robinson.
Let’s start with a quick history lesson… The Dallas Texans were founded in 1960 by Lamar Hunt as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, they moved to Kansas City and were renamed the Chiefs! This fun fact will come into play a bit later.
Ahh yes. It’s mid July. I’m back from family’s annual trip to the beach, and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for football to kick into gear. Training camps, preseason, and everyone’s favorite, the hold outs.
It brings back fond memories of last season when then Steelers running back LeVeon Bell held out the entire season looking for a payday and ended up getting picked up by the Jets and taking less money. We saw what happened with then Seattle Seahawk safety Earl Thomas holding out, coming to play and then getting injured.
But we’re looking to see if history could repeat itself in the form of Chargers RB Melvin Gordon who is asking for more money, and if he can’t get it, demanding a trade.
Any good businessman will tell you that once profits have stabilized or plateaued, the next step is expansion.
In the case of the NFL, “expansion” can have very different meanings and complications.
Adding more teams seems to be a quick response, but that might just dilute the talent pool, along with spreading around fan dollars. Besides, I love having exactly 32 teams and I’d hate to see that change.
They’ve tried expanding into new markets with the current teams, which is why we are now seeing games played in England and attempts to play in Mexico. But to me, that is really more a way to increase the customer base as opposed to an actual expansion of the offered product line.
Which brings me to the most recent idea to get some traction: expanding the regular season from 16 to 18 games.
“All or Nothing,” the Emmy award winning Amazon original series, returns on Friday, July 19th.
A competitor to the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” this program is entering it’s 4th season. It’s produced by NFL Films and will be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
In case you missed them, the previous three seasons featured the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2018, they ventured into the college ranks with the Michigan Wolverines getting eight episodes as well as Manchester City of the English Premier League.
This year, they are back to the NFL and will feature the Carolina Panthers!