An eventful offseason in Washington

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Look, it’s been a long quarantine for everyone.  I mean, I haven’t gotten my hair done since January.  Yes…January.  It’s not pretty y’all.

But it’s been even longer for the new Washington Football Team.

Let’s start with the much-needed name change. If there is one thing in life we all know well, it’s that money talks. After years of back and forth about the name of the team, Fed Ex put Dan Snyder’s team on notice, and good for them. Change your name or lose our money. The name was offensive, and regardless of how you feel, the name was a slur. It needed to change.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Paul Tagliabue

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was the first commissioner that I remember. The name just stuck out to me.

After being a nominee for the Hall of Fame in multiple years, Commissioner Tagliabue was voted in as a contributor.

A former DC attorney, Tagliabue is the commissioner who took the NFL from being just another sports league to THE premiere sports league. Under his administration, the NFL signed the biggest television contract in history, expanded to 32 teams, adding the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers, and also introduced the NFL to Europe. The NFL started the World League of American Football which later became NFL Europe.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Bill Cowher

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

I have the great honor of profiling former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

You know, to me, the Steelers have always been that overall very consistent team. Year in and year out, you can always expect them to be in the mix. They’ve had some drama over the years, but have always been able to weather the storm and right the ship.

A lot of that is due to the consistency they’ve had at the head coach position, which we all know. They’ve only had 3 head coaches since 1969.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Mac Speedie

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

In the 15th round of the 1942 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Mac Speedie (January 12, 1920 – March 5, 1993).

But instead of starting a professional football career in the midst of World War II, Speedie enlisted in the U.S. Army and never played for them.

After four years of military service, he caught the attention of Cleveland Browns Head Coach Paul Brown.  Moving to the end position on the offense, he quickly became a pass-catching dynamo… which is why he is a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Steve Sabol

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West/AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

If there was ever a person who was considered the historian of the NFL, it was Steve Sabol.

Along with his father Ed, Steve started what would become NFL Films back in 1962 when his father got the rights to the 1962 NFC Championship. From there, these men cataloged all the important and meaningful moments of the NFL, and we as fans could not be more grateful.

From NFL Football Follies (my personal favorite) to the Hard Knocks series, NFL Films has become one of the most popular components of the game. But its not just revered by fans. Sabol has been hailed as one of the most important television entrepreneurs of all time. He was honored in 2003 with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “revolutionizing the way America watches football and setting the standard in sports film making.”

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Jimmy Johnson

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

What more could one write that hasn’t already been written about Coach Jimmy Johnson?

Besides building arguably one of the greatest football teams in the history of the NFL, with the players like Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, Coach Johnson led the Cowboys to two Super Bowls, winning back to back titles in 1992-1993.

Those that have known Coach Johnson personally will tell you straight away, that everything Jimmy Johnson does, he does 110%. Failure isn’t an option for this coach. This goes as far back as Johnson’s playing days at the University of Arkansas where he won a National Championship with the team in 1964.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Jim Covert

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

James “Jimbo” Covert will finally be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, some 20 years after his first PFHF nomination in 1996. The former Pitt All-American left Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka with only one choice in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. “Jimbo is the guy we wanted from day one, we put him at left tackle and moved on.”

Covert began his collegiate career as a defensive lineman in 1978. After a shoulder injury sidelined him and the additional recommendation of the offensive line coach, Covert switched to offensive tackle.

He had the job of protecting future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, who was quoted as saying, “There were games when my uniform never got dirty and games that I never hit the ground. That’s incredible.” In 2003, Covert was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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And we’re back to football…

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The news broke yesterday afternoon. After weeks of going back and forth, the players having a social media campaign, and hours and hours of negotiations, Ian Rapoport gave us the news we’ve all been waiting for.

However, I think this tweet sums it up best:

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Alex Karras

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Much like a lot of kids in the 80s, I watched Webster. My friends used to always say when I laughed, I sounded like him.  I loved it, and I was so taken aback when I found out that Webster was really older than the kid he played on TV.  It made me want a house with an elevator, and the episode when he burned the house down will stick with me forever.

Then, my parents made the mistake of introducing me to Blazing Saddles (great movie) and they told me that Mongo was Mr. Papadopoulos.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Harold Carmichael

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s Hall of Fame season, and unfortunately, there won’t be an enshrinement.  But that’s not stopping us from recognizing the newest inductees into the ProFootball Hall of Fame.

I have the honor of recognizing wide receiver Harold Carmichael.

Carmichael played 14 seasons, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles, and one for their division rival Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the 7th round of the draft in 1971 out of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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