The third day of the NFL Draft could be viewed as a casting audition for HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
Players who are selected in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds are more likely to spend training camp on the roster bubble. That makes them automatic candidates for a featured role on the reality TV show that is at its best when it makes viewers care about players whose pro football career seemingly hangs in the balance of some practices and preseason games.
While it has not yet been announced which team will be the focus of “Hard Knocks” in 2019, according Newsweek, the five candidates are the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. Continue reading
By sharing some of the football trading cards I’ve collected, my goal is to put a spotlight on some defensive backs who may have become underrated or even forgotten by history.
Todd Lyght, CB, Los Angeles Rams (Pro Line Live 1993)
The 1999 St. Louis Rams, a.k.a. “The Greatest Show on Turf,” a.k.a. the Super Bowl XXXIV champions, will go down in football history for fielding one of the game’s most prolific offenses. They set records and led the league in seemingly every important offensive stat category. The talent included QB Kurt Warner, a two-time NFL MVP; RB Marshall Faulk, an MVP and Hall of Famer; WRs Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, who made 11 Pro Bowls between them; and OT Orlando Pace, a seven-time Pro Bowler who is likely headed for the Hall of Fame. Continue reading
What does it mean to be “injury-prone” as a football player? I’ve always found it unfair that somebody can play this game for 20 years without a major incident, make it all the way to the game’s highest level, and then if they suffer two significant injuries in maybe a three-year span they’re slapped with the “injury-prone” tag. All the workouts, practices and games of stretching, pulling and pounding the human body in order to rise to big-time college football or the NFL, and with two freak accidents you’re now considered a risky asset to have on a team.
Austin Collinsworth would definitely be labeled injury-prone by most people’s standards. The senior safety at Notre Dame — the son of former NFL Pro Bowl receiver Cris Collinsworth — missed the 2012 season with a shoulder injury, he played most of 2013 with a back injury, and he’s missed games in 2014 with an MCL sprain and a torn labrum in the same shoulder that had caused him problems before. Continue reading
When you think about it, the name “Max Redfield” sounds more like a fictitious movie spy than an NFL defensive back. So that could be partially why the Notre Dame sophomore safety — who has nine tackles and one interception through the Irish’s first two games — finds himself drawn to a post-football career in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Continue reading