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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The Carolina Panthers come up just short

Cindy Davis, Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

Redskins 23 – Panthers 17

The Cardiac cats struck again for the second week in a row on Sunday as the Panthers game came down to the wire. Unfortunately, this game did not have quite the happy ending that the Giants game had. 

With under 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Panthers had a chance to defeat the Redskins and score a game-winning touchdown but they were out of sync and unable to convert.  

There were many frustrating scenarios in this game that led up to the nail-biting finish.

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New face on Carolina Panthers defense leaves lasting impression

Cindy Davis Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // XO_CindyDavis

Panthers 31 – Bengals 21

The 2-1 Carolina Panthers defeated the now 2-1 Cincinnati Bengals Sunday 31-21. The Panthers recorded a great team win heading into their bye week, and redeemed themselves following a disappointing defensive performance that lead to a loss last week.

While quarterback Cam Newton and running back Christian McCaffrey both had impressive days on offense, there was one new name that especially stood out on defense.  That name is linebacker Efe Obada.

If you’re like me, you have never heard Efe Obada’s name until yesterday. That’s because yesterday was Obada’s first NFL start. Despite that, number 94 looked like a veteran and went on the field with the intention to make a name for himself.

Despite only playing in 29% of the team snaps, Obada recorded one sack for a loss of ten yards and caught one interception during the game. He also tackled  QB Andy Dalton as he was throwing, forcing what at first look appeared to be a fumble. The fumble was then reversed and called an incomplete pass, but Obada was left applying pressure and recording a QB hit. In the locker room, 94’s performance impressed his teammates and coach so much that he was awarded one of the game balls.

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Third & Short: Week 4 Fantasy Takes

Our Turf Football Senior Editor
Official Chicago Bears Reporter

by Wanda Wiedman & Cleveland Kate // @WandaW63  & @ClvlndK8

While the NFL shook up the world with its #TakeAKnee, we have survived week 3 with quite a few upsets but managed to stay true to our picks.

Last week Kate suggested that sitting the Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the Chicago Bears offense would be ideal and boy, was she right! But if you took heed to our suggestions when we said to start Chris Thompson and sit  Jeremy Maclin.…you’re welcome.

So let’s get started with this week’s fantasy Starts!

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Panthers Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful

Official Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Kristen Swift // @kswift_RN

Saints 34  – Panthers 13

Charlotte, NC–  Entering their third game of the 2017 season, the Carolina Panthers had defensive momentum on their side.  That momentum dissipated quickly on Sunday.   After two impressive first series, that momentum disintegrated into two field goals. Here is the Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful from Sunday’s game.

The Good:  Running back Jonathan Stewart ran extremely hard on Sunday. He now only trails former Carolina Panther running back (breast cancer advocate extraordinaire) Deangelo Williams by 46 yards for the franchise record.   Running back Christian Mccaffrey had the first 100-yard receiving game by a running back in Carolina since 2011. ( Hey, Stewart!!)

Wide receiver Samuel Curtis has the longest rush of the season for 30 yards.  

Only one penalty for each team.  Kicker Graham Gano is 8 for 8.  He should be 9-9 (see the bad)

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Show Me What Ya Got

By Sonja Greenfield @Mom23RN

February 28 – March 6

The COMBINE!! (Or Underwear Olympics)

One of my favorite offseason events.   It’s always fun to armchair GM to see who potentially is going to change the face of your franchise.  Personally, I enjoy it because I love watching the players do their drills.  I don’t know why…I guess I’m just weird that way!  Plus, I enjoy listening to the analysts break down what they’re looking for and who has a good motor and good hands or who’s got a good backpedal.   You know…The details!

It certainly has evolved over the years, and now that it’s televised, it’s pretty cool.    So much like my other articles throughout the season, I will post my big winner and my not big winner of the combine.   Of course, you can feel free to disagree.  I mean, there were 330 players there, and I’m only picking 2.  OK fine, I’ll pick 3.  It is the Underwear Olympics.  You have to have a gold, silver and bronze.

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Day 3 Combine Recap – Denver Broncos

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

March 3, 2017. Today, the running backs and offensive line ran, and did, agility drills. The Denver Broncos need a strong RB, so posting everyone’s times.

Brian Hill 4.54

Aaron Jones 4.56

Alvin Kamara 4.56

Chris Carson 4.58

Jamaal Williams 4.59

Wayne Gallman 4.60

Kareem Hunt 4.62

Donnel Pumphrey 4.48

Dalvin Cook 4.49

Jeremy McNichols 4.49

Marlon Mack 4.50

Leonard Fournette 4.51

Boom Williams 4.51

Elijah McGuire 4.53

T.J. Logan 4.37

Joe Williams 4.41

Tarik Cohen 4.42

De’Angelo Henderson 4.48

Christian McCaffrey 4.48

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