L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan
The media coverage leading up to Super Bowl LI (a.k.a. Super Bowl 51 for the Roman-numerically-challenged) between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons has mirrored the media coverage leading up to last month’s college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson.
Legacy has been a popular angle.
Going into the NCAA title game, the biggest question surrounding Alabama head coach Nick Saban was not if he could lead the Crimson Tide to the program’s 17th national title. It was more like, when Saban did it, would he then be considered the greatest college coach of all-time? Would he be considered better than ‘Bama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant? Continue reading
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In a sense, there is no such thing as an “accurate” ranking of the NFL’s best players — either overall or at any particular position.
Despite the best efforts of the people who create advanced statistics, there is no official formula. Ranking football players is rooted too deeply in the personal preferences and style choices of the person doing the ranking. And when you get into positions like offensive line and defensive back — where the numbers truly do not tell the whole story — you’re even less likely to come up with a universal order on which most people can agree. Continue reading
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
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Before the “Legion of Boom” formed in Seattle, the Seahawks had Marcus Trufant. A homegrown talent from Tacoma, Wash., who was an All-American cornerback at Washington State University, Trufant was the Seahawks’ first-round draft pick in 2003. He played 10 seasons in the league, gathering 21 interceptions and six fumble recoveries, before retiring this year. Trufant’s career included one All-Pro selection and a Pro Bowl nod, and he helped lead the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in 2006.
Trufant bridged the gap in Seattle between the Reggie Tongue/Shawn Springs era and the Earl Thomas/Richard Sherman era. And he was the first in a line of Trufants to populate the NFL, paving the way for younger brothers and fellow DBs Isaiah Trufant (Browns) and Desmond Trufant (Falcons). Continue reading
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