Frederick Wayman “Duke” Slater (December 9, 1898 – August 14, 1966) was an American football player who will be enshrined posthumously as part of the 2020 Centennial Class in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
In high school in the early 1900’s, he had to choose between buying shoes or a helmet in order to play football. He chose shoes so he played every game of his career at Clinton High School without a helmet. He played the tackle and fullback positions.
In 1918, at the age of 20, he was allowed to enter the University of Iowa and play for four years despite his age due to rules being relaxed during World War I. He earned four letters along with All Big Ten and All-American honors.
He made history when he joined the NFL’s Rock Island Independents in 1922, becoming the first black lineman in NFL history. And that’s just the beginning of this story.
We all knew there was a chance we would lose players early in the season. Most of us just thought it would be due to COVID-19, but it looks like we picked the wrong culprit.
There is only one phrase that can describe Week 2 in the NFL. Season altering injuries. In all of my years covering the NFL, I’ve never seen a week like Week 2. Injury after injury, all day long. Injuries that will undoubtedly change the course of the season for many teams.
Questions have arisen about the shortened offseason training programs. Others about the lack of preseason games. Everyone is looking for a reason that in one week the NFL lost so many stars. Whatever that reason may be, it won’t help get the players back. Let’s take a look at the carnage that was Week 2.
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The Detroit Lions rarely lead the way in anything. And if they do, it’s usually something not good, like being the first team to go 0-16, or plenty of other odd little things that you can come up with.
But on Tuesday, August 25th, the Lions took the lead on speaking up about current events.
“I want you to document. The Detroit Lions will be for change. we won’t be silent….
We will play football and we will do everything we can to win football games but we will do everything we can to create change as well.” Duron Harmon as Lions players cancel practice.
I have to admit, this is hard. I’ve been writing these previews for almost 10 years and without question, this is had some serious challenges. No preseason games, very little information coming out of camp, and limited media coverage has made 2020…difficult. BUT! Onward we go with my 2020 AFC West preview.
There is little question that the AFC West is a strong division. The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, defeating a very talented San Francisco 49’ers team. The Denver Broncos added fantastic talent and look to hone the skills of their young quarterback. The Las Vegas Raiders made the move to their new city and added a challenger to their QB room, and the Las Vegas Chargers got a new home, cut the face of their franchise, and are looking forward.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Source: The NFLPA player reps approve the NFL’s proposal on their conference call. The deal is done. Let’s play football.
We’re inching closer to the 2020 NFL season and the question about fans in the stands still remains.
The New York Giants announced via email that season ticket members now have the option to forgo the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ticket members will not lose their seating rights or license if they choose to stay home. The New England Patriots released a statement of their own, saying that higher risk fans now have the option to opt-out this year without the penalty of losing their seats to other fans on the waiting list
As NFL teams prepare and announcements are made, fans are facing decisions of their own. After all, football season is right around the corner.