NFL good guys give back: NFC

OTFB Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

The desire to promote the welfare of others. That is the first definition when Googling ‘philanthropy’. It then goes on to talk about donations of money. Yes, money is helpful – so is a person’s time.

In this article, I highlight some of my favorite NFC players who do just that, donate their time.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a traveler, philanthropist, photographer and father. Fitzgerald donates a lot of time to community programs in Arizona where he plays for the Cardinals. This past fall, he held a Women’s Clinic.

Our very own reporter, Page Denny, was at his event representing Our Turf Football. She shares these pics from his Field of Smiles Presentation. One knows that these young women have benefited by spending time with Larry Fitzgerald. Each of them takes home with her something positive to enhance the community she lives in, for the better. 

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A look at the NY Giants defensive draft needs

Marquita Quinones
NFL reporter

By Marquita Quinones //  @LatinLove729

The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching, and many teams will be trying to fill the gaps on their roster. It is no surprise that the  New York Giants have some gaping holes to address. But the Giants have been known to draft great defensive players over the years, however, as of late they have suffered greatly in that department. Expert analysts have even stated that it is because of the Giants defense that Super Bowl XLVI was such a successful win over the New England Patriots. 

Players like Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Pepper Johnson, Michael Strahan, Keith Hamilton, Osi Umenyiora, and Justin Tuck are just a few great players that put the Giants defense on the map. Unfortunately, since the retirement of Strahan, the defense has diminished immensely; so it is time for the Giants to focus on rebuilding. That is why it seems so obvious that the Giants would have an eye on LSU Linebacker Devin White.

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NFL Draft review – linebackers

Lisa Johnson, OTFB Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

If there’s one thing this 2019 NFL draft isn’t lacking, it’s defense.  The top two defensive players in this draft being edge players, this linebacker group isn’t too far behind.

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The impact of a “possible” 2021 lockout on today’s contracts

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

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.

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NFL Foundations debuts Legends Impact Grant

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.

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Checking in on the quarterbacks in the NFC South

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //  @Mom23RN

I’ve hit the NFC North and NFC East.  This week, I head down to the durrty south.

These quarterbacks are about as stable as they get, outside of Tampa Bay, and even that’s not that truly unstable.   Despite quarterback Jameis Winston‘s issues, he’s still in the mix.

So, lets look at Winston, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton and ask the question, “What will 2019 look like for these quarterbacks?”

Since I’ve mentioned Winston, let’s start with Tampa Bay.

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The Eight “Rookie” Head Coaches of 2019

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

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.

This week’s Blitzed Insider’s featured article!

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History of the Giants draft with 10+ picks

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones //  @LatinLove729

The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching and many New York Giants fans have got to be curious about who the Giants will use their double-digit picks on.

Considered a huge asset to the Giants franchise, Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded in exchange for those multiple draft picks and a former first-round draft pick. This seems to signify a rebuild, but what and who will this rebuild consist of?

This is not the first time the Giants have held double-digit picks, and as history has shown, having the most draft picks don’t guarantee quality players. Let’s take a look at the history of the The New York Giants when possessing double-digit draft picks and those outcomes.

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2019 NFL preview: Tight Ends

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Topping this years draft board are two very talented tight ends who happen to be teammates.

Iowa’s T. J Hockenson and Noah Fant top many NFL draft analyst top 2 spots.

First on the board is T. J Hockenson, who surprised many as he declared for the 2019 NFL draft. It looks like his timing couldn’t have been any better.

With the news of New England Patriots all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s retirement, Hockenson quickly became a favorite to replace Gronkowski in New England. He had a favorable combine, running a very respectable 40 at a time of 4.7 seconds, and a vertical leap of 37.5″.

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The underlying truth behind the fall of the AAF

Wanda Wiedman,
OTFB Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Eight weeks ago, the first game of the Alliance of American Football took the stage. Led by some of the most respected football minds in the history of the NFL, the AAF would be fueled by hungry athletes eager to display their talents in hopes of playing in the NFL once again

The first team to launch was the Orlando Apollos led by Steve Spurrier, and boy did he make it fun to watch! He did not skip a beat in his play calling and building a team on both sides of the ball. By June of 2018, the league had put together eight teams, signing 100 players.

They even went as far as having their own Scouting Combine, allowing players that were cut from the NFL an opportunity to fine tune their skills with a possible return to the big league. Each player signed a three-year, non-guaranteed contract worth $250,000, with performance-based incentives to earn more.

After the NFL Super Bowl ended, the desire to watch football was still in the hearts of fans who just didn’t want the game of football to end. Having a spring league fed that thirst and allowed states with no professional football teams an opportunity to experience a team they could call their own.

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