If you were to gather a group of NFL fans to talk about the Pro Bowl — difficult a task as that may be — you’ll find quite a few who believe the league should simply announce the rosters and scrap the idea of actually playing what has become the worst all-star game among the major American sports.
As football-mad as this country is, nobody seems to be going crazy over the Pro Bowl. And with good reason.
A salary bonus and recognition among peers are the biggest perks a player gets out of being voted to the Pro Bowl. As for the game itself, beyond the free trip to Hawaii, it means nothing. Continue reading
Tags: Adam Jones, Brent Grimes, Charles Woodson, Desmond Trufant, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eric Berry, Harrison Smith, Jason Verrett, Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Peters, Mike Adams, Reshad Jones, Richard Sherman, Vontae Davis
The latest time-killing (albeit welcome) offseason project by FOX Sports NFL writer Alex Marvez was to put together a team of the league’s best players who are in their 30s — also known as “aging” in the chew-em-up, spit-em-out world of professional football.
Perusing the lineup, you can get a sense of how this sport takes its toll on the human body. Only one position player, 36-year-old Ravens receiver Steve Smith is on the other side of 35. (The oldest is 42-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri.) Almost everyone else on the team between 30 and 33 years old. Continue reading
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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Going into Week 3 of the NFL season, the Chiefs hadn’t looked like the same team that went 11-5 last year and nearly snatched the AFC West crown from the heavily-favored Broncos. In back-to-back losses to the Titans and the Broncos to open the 2014 campaign, Kansas City looked more like the team that went 2-14 two seasons ago and earned the No. 1 pick in the draft by virtue of having the worst record in the league.
But then the Chiefs found their rhythm in Week 3, and they did it at the expense of the Dolphins in a 34-15 road victory. Continue reading