As we prepare for the new NFL league year, which officially starts March 17, the league will continue to follow the current Covid-19 protocols put into place in 2020, holding all NFL team meetings and press conferences virtually. Beat writers and major network journalists are limited to virtual interviews only, bringing the importance of social media platforms to a whole new level.
As we continue to face challenges due to the 2020 pandemic, the one thing that has become crystal clear is every sports super fan has started a sports podcast and sports page. So what (if any) impact does this have on those that spent their lives working and earning sports journalist degrees? I reached out to two sports journalists and asked them each the same question. One is from the good old print-only days, while the other is a little younger but can still remember newspapers.
Canceled combines. Delayed or canceled Pro Days. XFL and indoor football seasons gone or pushed back.
While football fans are reveling in the fact that free agency and trades for current NFL players are still happening (despite the situation our nation is in), we can’t forget about those players whose lives have been put on hold.
One of these players is Jarvis Courtney, or as most know him as, Tank. Tank is an indoor arena player who was hoping to catch the eye of the NFL this season. A man that has been fighting his whole life for his dream.
A dream he promised his grandmother he would never give up on.
About the author: Liz Bhandari is an NFL writer, podcaster, and blogger based out of Manchester, England. She is the host of the popular podcast @GridironWine and is the event planner for #NFLUKFanMeetUp events.
Last week, rumours circulated around the Los Angeles Chargers being linked with a move to London. It was very quickly denied by the owner, Dean Spanos who said he has no intention of moving the franchise to London despite reports of a potential relocation. The best part though was their social media team’s reaction and reference to the iconic scene in Wolf of Wall Street where Leonardo Di Caprio’s character Jordan Belfort tells the office, “I ain’t f****** leaving!”.
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.
This week, we are focusing on the positives of the AFC, its teams, its players and its communities making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack
But before I get to that, some news on the retirement front. Yesterday, it was announced that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially retiring from the NFL, effective immediately. He will be missed. This week, there was another memorable retirement announcement from Philadelphia defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. He put new meaning into ‘going out on top’.
The Haloti Ngata Family Foundation‘s motto is: Improving the lives of others through love and strength. We wish him all the best in his future! Ngata definitely belongs on the #NFLGoodGuy list here at Our Turf Football.
Today, we are starting a new series on the positives of the National Football League, its teams, its players and its communities. Each week we will focus on a team, along with a community leader, making a difference in their city or town. We will discuss the movement surrounding an event and the people who support making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack
The NFL Foundation is the League’s nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.
If you love stats, then the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is for you. It’s all about pounds, inches, and speed. The 40-yard dash, in particular.
These faces are the up-and-coming stars of the NFL, maybe even your team. Each player has a story on how he got to be here for the ‘Biggest Interview of his Life’. Watch the interviews, scan your Twitter timeline and get to know these talented, confident, and maybe a little nervous, young men.
The NFL and controversy. They kind of go together. When was the last time we had a football season that went smoothly?
Let’s take a look back, to when it was summer and we were all excited for kickoff. Quite interestingly enough, these were the top 10 brewing controversies heading into the 2018 NFL season as per Frank Schwab/Yahoo Sports.