A More Honest Player

Russell Wilson is by far one of the NFL’s most honorable men. With his devote and vocal opinion on his faith, and with his work on and off of the football field, Russell Wilson is a man that even the fans of opposing teams have to respect. Sergio Cortes said that last weekend, Wilson was on a plane and headed back to his home team of the Seattle Seahawks. Unlike some superstars, Russell travels modestly and was boarding a commercially plane and was headed up to first class.

Before he could make it to his seat, he was distracted by a few colors. A man in dark green, tan, and brown colors caught Russell’s eye. Russell was more caught off guard by what this man was carrying: a huge and obviously heavy duffle bag. Russell realized that he was seeing a soldier who was carrying his own gear and headed back to the Coach section of the plane. Anybody who knows or has even heard about this man, knows that no part of him would let this slide.

The NFL Super bowl star politely excused himself and carried the bag for the soldier. He then ushered him up to first coach and told him that he should make himself comfortable before the plane takes off. The lucky soldier had no idea that Russell was serious. In a matter of minutes, the player was seated in first class and was on his way home. There are a lot of superstars, sports players, and celebrities who claim to be model citizens. Russell Wilson has gone above and beyond to prove how honorable he is. This man walks the walk and talks the talk.

Jeff Heuerman, 3rd Round Draft Pick Tears ACL at Minicamp

Ohio State’s Jeff Heuerman was plucked from the NFL Draft in the third round by the Denver Broncos just days ago, but now his season seems to be largely in the books. Heuerman, a much talked about tight end was expected to be an important part of the Bronco’s organization, but he has suffered a major knee injury.

According to Christian Broda, Heuerman suffered the knee injury at a minicamp on Saturday. He was transferred to the hospital for further testing, and results came back indicating a major injury. The tight end tour his ACL, an injury that will require surgical repair, and will force Heuerman to miss all of the 2015 season.

The Broncos have stated that they wish Heuerman well and anticipate that he will be back on the Broncos’ field next season. As it stands, however, Heuerman will have a long and arduous recovery. While ACL surgery is not uncommon and many players come back to play again, it is major surgery and can lead to some lingering pain and weakness. The injury occurred inside the Bronco’s training facilities.

Heuerman is not the first member of the draft class to fall to injury this week. The third overall pick from the draft, Dante Fowler Jr. also suffered and ACL injury this week. His season has also ended before it began.

NFL Releases Final Report on Deflategate

The official investigation into “deflategate” has finally wrapped up. Officials from the NFL released a report stating that Tom Brady was very likely aware that footballs used in their championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated. Jason Halpern remains skeptical about this scandal.

Brady has been vocal about the incident since the deflated balls were discovered. He noted, in a pres conference that he did not alter the balls in anyway, but went on to suggest it wasn’t really a big deal if they were deflated. Fans and Tom Brady opponents disagree, however.

The investigation also revealed that two members of the locker room staff were actually responsible for intentionally deflating the balls. Texts between Jim McNally and John Jastremski, both tasked with locker room and equipment responsibilities, show a concerted effort to deflate the balls prior to the game against the Colts. Hard feelings for Brady were also evident in the text messages exchanged between the two.

There is no word on whether or not Tom Brady will be punished for his knowledge of the incident, or if the NFL has decided Brady ordered the altering of the balls. The report did, however, absolve Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft of wrongdoing. The Patriots coach and owner have long maintained a united front, stating that neither had any knowledge of deflated balls before it was brought to their attention by the league.

Tampa Bay Officials Ask Jameis Winston to Remove His Instagram Photo With Him and the Crab Legs

After Jameis Winston was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the number one overall pick, he caused a bit of stir when he was photographed enjoying a plate of crab legs. While he apparently was making fun of the crab legs flap that he got into last year, Tampa Bay officials weren’t laughing and asked him to take the Instagram photo down. You can read more about Winston’s crab legs incident here.

The latest photograph shows Jameis Winston enjoying a plate of crab legs with the caption, “Thanks Capt. for the crab legs.” The captain was found out to be Keith Colburn of the reality show “Deadliest Catch.”

The photograph created quite a stir on social media, and about nine hours after Winston made the post he agreed to take it down. The LA Times and STX Entertainment agree with that sentiment. The 25 pounds of crab legs were apparently a gift to Jameis Winston’s family after he was drafted first overall. Although Winston did not refer to the previous incident with crab legs in the photo, apparently the brass of the Buccaneers thought it was in bad taste and had him take it down as soon as they became aware of it. One has to wonder if Winston ever guides his Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory if he will celebrate with crab legs then as well LOL.

La’El Collins’ Fate in the Draft

La’El Collins May Not Start NFL in 2015

Day one of the NFL draft is already finished with six more rounds left to go. For some draftees, not being chosen on day one is a bit of a disappointment. Also, for fans like Jaime Garcia Dias, who you can find on his personal page, their favorite players don’t always get selected.

Of all the names who were selected during Thursday’s nights first round, one notable person not selected was LSU offensive lineman La’El Collins. A good reason for why Collins didn’t draw the interest of any team last night was due to character and off-the-field issues from previously.

Collins is not in any trouble but regardless being tied to anything that may damage a player’s reputation is of great concern and because of that there’s no certainty that Collins will be selected anywhere in the draft at all. Originally he was slated to be a top twenty pick in the first round but now his stock has fallen tremendously, and this was the talk of many teams over the course of the night.

Now the subject becomes if he should wait to be an undrafted selection or even not apply for the NFL in 2015 altogether. If so he would have to wait until 2016 to enter the draft and avoid any financial problems that may occur. What separates Collins from other players with issues is that they have settled them already, whereas Collins is still up in the air in regards to his future.

Draft Day Looms With Just Hours Remaining

With the 2015 NFL Draft just hours away it is time for the wheeling and dealing among teams to really begin. Something along the lines of the Kevin Costner movie Draft Day is what goes through Dr. Daniel Amen’s head when he thinks of his favorite team’s war rooms and what goes into the decision making of who they should draft and why. That is saying they even need to draft someone in the first round. Maybe they will believe that there is no one left of value and could gain more by trading away their pick for a few more in the later rounds. There are some teams like the Dallas Cowboys where this is a distinct possibility.

Then there are teams like Cleveland who have reportedly asked the Tennessee Titans for a deal that would secure them the #2 overall pick most likely to draft Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota from the Oregon Ducks. But really it’s not QB help the Browns need it’s a support staff that will let Manziel grow and keep McCown off of his back long enough to drive the ball down the field. However, both teams are denying in behind the scenes moves that would change the line-up in the first round of the draft so it has left many reporters to just keep speculating about who is getting picked by who and who is going to make trades to get the players they really want this year.

Thin class for quarterbacks!

There has been a lot of hype around Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota this year. Sports analyst Susan McGalla states that they are both neck and neck to be the number one draft pick this year. A lot of teams need quarterbacks and that is why there is such a big fuss. But what if you need a QB but can’t land the big two? Who is number three on the list? Whoever is the next prospect seems to be far off from the other two and maybe not even worth drafting. Anyway here are five prospects that could potentially go as the 3rd QB in the draft.
• Garrett Grayston from Colorado State is a shotgun style QB that had several key plays including a 42 yard touchdown pass against Nevada to win the game.
• Bryce Petty from Baylor is a solid QB that fits the physical aspect of a typical NFL leader. But other than the spread offense, no one knows if he can make a transition to something new.
• Brandon Bridge from South Alabama is the thread the needle guy. Which is a great trait to have in the NFL but not if you cannot work the pocket which he seems to struggle with.
• Brett Hundley from UCLA who has a lot of potential but is still undeveloped and needs a lot of work,
• Lastly Sean Mannion from Oregon State who is very familiar with pro style play as he was the starter four years in a under center approach, but he lacks the skills to take it to the next level at his point.

Worst NFL Draft Picks

With the upcoming NFL draft, there is always a question as to whether or not a player is actually going to develop from a college stud into a quality professional player. Sometimes it is difficult to know who is good and who isn’t. After all Tom Brady went in the sixth round, and now he’s poised to be the greatest QB in NFL history. With that being said though, here are some of the biggest NFL draft busts as determined by Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report based on the draft position and the players drafted around him.

Tony Mandarich

This guy was a monster in college playing for Michigan State at tackle and was taken as the number 2 guy in 1989. He went before Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders. He ended up having three alright seasons before calling it quits, dissapointing his fans on the team at Beneful.

Charles Rogers

Another MSU player and another number 2 selection, he turned out to be a giant bust for the Lions and only had 36 catches in three seasons.

JaMarcus Russel

As the top selection in the 2007 draft for Oakland, many thought he would be the savior of the franchise, but in 25 games as a starter he tossed 18 touchdowns and 38 turnovers.

Ryan Leaf

Probably the biggest bust of all time, he went number 2 to San Diego from Washington State, he completed 48 percent of his passes with 43 turnovers.

Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder

This morning the jury for the Aaron Hernandez murder trail came to a final verdict after 36 hours spread over the course of seven days. They actually rose the murder to the first degree based on his acting of extreme atrocity and cruelty. As you know murder in the first degree in automatic life in federal prison without the chance of parole. The 25 year old NFL super star stood stern but with some concern, almost caught off guard. His mother and fiance wept in the background as he mouthed the words “its OK, stay strong” to them trying to comfort them from afar. While on the other side of the court room, the family of Lloyd wept with tears of rejoice and relief that justice may prevail against the brutal murder of their son. The family released a statement along the lines of saying that they forgive the hands of the person who took the life of their son and hope that the rest of the world one day may be able to do the same.
Hernandez will spend the rest of his days in the Massachusetts correctional institution-cedar junction (near Gillette Stadium and Boraie Development) and never again will this former draft pick play another down of professional football. He gave up a 40 million dollar contract to be a street gangster/thug. But the pain is not over yet for Aaron, he still has to answer to double-murder charges for possibly being a gunman in a shooting in 2012. This man’s once glorious lifestyle, now doesn’t look so bright anymore.
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Dallas Gets Ready for a Productive Draft

The Dallas Cowboys are poised to strike this year in their bid to push through to the Super Bowl. After a productive off season, the Cowboys are preparing for the NFL Draft which is scheduled for April 30th and are in a prime position with a late first round draft pick that they can trade down for two or more draft picks and additional cap space for an anticipated landing of super start running back Adrian Peterson.  I will be drinking my Bulletproof Coffee in preparation and anticipation for the draft! The Cowboys could be licking their hurt feelings after losing start running back DeMarco Murray to the rival Philadelphia Eagles but the Cowboys, limited by cap space, calculated that Murray could be replaced with an early round draft pick for a fraction of the cost as well as a more reliable ball carrier. As great as Murray was last season he did fumble in crucial times during games. His fumble in what many considered a go a head scoring drive in the NFL divisional game against the Green Bay Packers was the turning point in the game and ended Dallas’s season with a loss. Dallas Prepares for Draft

Dallas picked up a ferocious pass rusher in Greg Hardy in the off season and can now focus on critical needs such as corner back, defensive line and running back. By trading their 27th overall pick they could acquire three second round picks or two picks in both the second and third rounds.