Most of the attorney fees a federal judge has allocated to the lawyers who hammered out the NFL concussion settlement are set to go to one firm: New York-based Seeger Weiss.
The gap between college and the pros in any sport is large. College competition is just that. Only a handful of those guys will play at the next level. That isn't the case in professional ranks. The jump to the NFL is even more difficult because of the physical differences between the players, and all of the mental adjustments that come with it. Mike Vrabel told reporters that Tennessee's rookies are finding out now how difficult it is in the NFL. “It's a big jump from Boston College to the National Football League,” he said about outside linebacker Harold Landry according to Jason Wolf of the Tennesseean. “I think he realized that (Monday). I think he took a huge step, like a lot of those guys,
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A man in a coffee shop made a fist, put it over his heart, tapped his chest twice, and mouthed the words “Thank you” as my nephew, Peyton Corbett, a new graduate of U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training, passed him. Another man stopped Peyton to shake his hand and congratulate him as we boarded a tourist boat meant to show us a little of San Antonio's Riverwalk. And then there was the young man trying to lure tourists into a haunted house and wax museum, who ushered us to an open cash register in the shade so we didn't have to wait in line, his demeanor changing from goofy to grateful as he thanked my nephew for serving. Because the new airmen are required to wear their
The other day I wrote about the NFL's stance toward protesting players, and about the league's history of dealing with race and symbolic patriotism. I did not suggest an overarching solution to any of these problems. Today, I'll offer not an instant cure but a move that if orchestrated with intelligence and grace could begin to move the NFL into the 21st century. The NFL brain trust consists of 33 men — Commissioner Roger Goodell and 32 team owners. Of the 33, only Jaguars owner Shad Khan is not white. He is of Pakistani descent. The real problem with the makeup of the NFL brain trust is that there is never anyone in their meetings who can speak to the black experience in America. I've always
It is, unfortunately, appropriate that the National Football League's owners decided to issue their rule attacking free expression the week before Memorial Day. A holiday dedicated to those who gave their lives for our nation's freedom has itself been mired in political controversy almost from the beginning. The latest round of posturing and pandering around patriotism should not surprise us. Samuel Johnson saw patriotism as “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Let's qualify that. An honest love of country is a virtue, not a vice. And nothing should sully the honor of the men and women whose sacrifices make it possible for us to speak and worship freely, and to exercise democratic control over our
If anybody, anywhere in the real world obtains a job with any company, he or she is given access to an employee handbook. It has the guidelines and policies of the company — as to being on time, when to leave, how to dress and appropriate behavior in and out of the workplace. And in that handbook is also a type of clause that if employees violate, do not comply or refuse to comply with those regulations, that could be grounds for dismissal. Employees are considered a representative of that company, and it could reflect badly on that organization.
Known as a fast, athletic safety coming out of college, Terrell Edmunds was among the quicker safeties at the NFL Scouting Combine when he recorded a 40 time of 4.47 seconds. Just a few days into OTA's alongside his new veteran teammates, Edmunds is already noticing life is a little different at the professional level. With Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Antonio Brown at wide receiver, practice has taken a huge step up in class for the former Virginia Tech product this year. When talking with Mike Prisuta of Steelers.com after his first three days of OTAs, it was clear the pace of the game was an eye-opener for Edmunds. “The speed and then the quarterbacks, they put it on the money. You
Loggins, who goes by @LeftSentThis on Twitter, wrote, "Being inside of a system doesn't necessarily change it, more often than not, you become absorbed in it until the system that you sought to reform, reforms you." With that retweet, Kaepernick seems to be saying he's affected more change working outside the NFL than within it. Since being sidelined from the NFL, Kaepernick has become a full-fledged activist. Most recently, he received Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award, the organization's highest honor. Earlier this year, he completed his pledge to donate $1 million to organizations working in what he called oppressed communities. The same day as the Loggins retweet, Kaepernick
”With the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech.“ Queue the doubters and start the hype train. A year has passed since the selection of Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, and a lot of questions still remain today. Can an “air raid” style QB make it in pro football? Since the creation of the air raid offense, quarterbacks have put up video-game numbers in the passing game, but why haven't any of these quarterbacks been able to translate their game to the pros? The list of failures is long: Johnny Manziel, Graham Harrell, Kliff Kingsbury, Brandon Weeden. But with the recent success of some QB's, I think you can make the case that this
The national anthem problem in the NFL wasn't solved. It was blown up, like taking an 8-by-10 photo and turning it into a door-sized poster. The owners made a policy and now they're forcing the players to live with it. The first game of the NFL season will be about who stood for the national anthem, who stayed in the locker room and who, if any player, made some gesture of protest. Football will be secondary. The argument that has arisen since Colin Kaepernick took a knee in 2016 has pitted patriotism against protest. But the NFL's failure to settle this issue is about the relationship between labor and management, between players and ownership. In the NFL labor is replaceable. Bodies become
After dealing with a foot injury last season, receiver Rashawn Scott knew he might need help to regain the speed and power needed to get back in the Miami Dolphins' rotation. So when Robert Bailey, his agent and a former Hurricanes football player himself, suggested Scott return to his alma mater and train with Miami's track coach, Scott was intrigued. It didn't matter to either Bailey or Scott that that coach, Amy Deem, was a woman. It didn't matter, either, that most of the athletes she trains compete for medals, not Super Bowls. Scott knew from his time at Miami that she had helped several former Hurricanes football players – like Phillip Dorsett and Travis Benjamin – juggle both football