Size doesn’t mean everything in football, but it does mean something. Especially in the passing game.
The final game of my senior season in high school was against our main crosstown rival. Their quarterback that year was Isaiah Stanback, who would go on to play at the University of Washington and in the NFL. Their starting receivers were Ed Roy, older brother of Brandon Roy (who would go on to play in the NBA), and Roydell Smiley, who would go on to play basketball at USC. Ed Roy was 6-foot-6. Smiley was 6-foot-4. And then there was me, standing 5-8, starting at one cornerback spot for my team. Continue reading
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This column is my way of reminiscing and perhaps educating a reader or two about some defensive backs that may have been forgotten by history or underrated. And I’ll do it by sharing some of the football cards I’ve picked up in my new hobby of replicating the card collection I had as a kid.
Today’s feature: Aaron Glenn, CB, New York Jets (Donruss 1997)
Every defensive back knows the deal. When you operate on the fringes of the world’s TV screens — literally and figuratively outside of the scope of the majority of the audience — your times in the spotlight are rare. You become a household name either by making big plays, or by having big plays made against you, and one big play on a very big stage can, for better or worse, become the signature moment of your career. That’s just how it is. Continue reading
Already considered the most glaring weak spot on the team going into the 2014 NFL season, the Detroit Lions’ secondary threatened to be spectacularly bad after injuries plagued the group throughout the exhibition schedule.
And yet two games into the regular season, Detroit’s DBs are holding their own. Cornerbacks Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, free safety Glover Quin and strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus have led a unit that has the Lions ranked ninth in the league in pass defense. Continue reading
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In case you missed it, Richard Sherman became a superstar this year.
In January, he drew mainstream attention (both good and bad) with his NFC Championship post-game interview. In February, he helped the Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. In June, the public voted Sherman the Madden 15 cover model. In July, he won the ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete. And along the way, he picked up numerous endorsement deals and appeared in an increasing number of local and national TV ad campaigns. (Note: I live in Seattle, and you really cannot watch local TV here for 30 minutes without seeing Richard Sherman.)
Because Sherman has been everywhere lately, it may have seemed odd that his name wasn’t mentioned a lot during the NFL’s season-opening game/party last Thursday — Seattle’s 36-16 blowout of the Green Bay Packers. Continue reading