AUSTIN, Texas — Former NFL and University of Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, says Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night. One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under former coach Mack Brown. Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004. He won the Doak Walker award given to the nation's top running back in 2004 when he rushed for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns. Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the
SportsPulse: The NFL turns 100. Will it actually survive to reach 200? We take a deep dive into the state of the league and the challenges that could derail the NFL as the undisputed king of American sports. John Elway doesn't sling it like he used to, but at least the Hall of Fame passer can grip a football again. Elway has his hands back, so to speak, as he trumpets treatment for Dupuytren's contracture — a little-known condition that prevents curled fingers from being straightened — as part of a national awareness campaign. "I had it on both hands," Elway, president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, told USA TODAY Sports this week. "Both of my fingers are straight again. It's
PURCHASE, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Pepsi announced Travis Kelce as the winner of its inaugural Paper Football Championship. As a longtime sponsor of the NFL, Pepsi knows that during the weeks and months leading into the season kickoff, football fans anxiously wait to see their favorite players square off, so Pepsi brought together 22 NFL superstars for a day of tabletop competition. Kelce out-performed his rivals, proving that paper cuts are no match for his determined dexterity, grit and passion for the game…of Paper Football.
Jonathan Givony ESPN Close Follow on Twitter The Memphis Tigers will hold a pro day for NBA teams on Oct. 7, head coach Penny Hardaway told ESPN. "The Memphis Tigers are excited to invite NBA teams to our 2019 pro day," Hardaway said. "They will find a wide range of players with different specialties. We would like for front offices to get a first-hand look at our student-athletes before the season to become familiar with our roster and track their improvements throughout the 2019-20 season." The pro day will be held at the Tigers' practice facility, with a format similar to the NBA draft combine, including measurements, athletic testing, shooting drills and an hour of live 3-on-3 and 5-on-5
(CBS Local)- Going to an NFL game can be a fun experience for the entire family. But, it can also be an overwhelming one if you're unfamiliar with the various parking, tailgating and bag policies that each stadium has. That is why the CBS Local group has put together a list of stadium guides for all of our markets that gives you a nice overview of the various policies and interesting facts about each stadium. So, if you're planning a trip this fall/winter to see your favorite team play in an opponent's stadium, or if you're just making sure you know the latest bag policy for what you can and can't bring, be sure to check out the guides below. Baltimore – M&T Bank Stadium Video: https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/video/4145468-mt-bank-stadium-guide/
Gronk is back on a football field running drills and catching passes … but before fans get excited that he’s coming out of retirement already, the three-time Super Bowl champion is actually launching a new kind of sporting challenge.New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Gronk Nation announced the launch of Stadium Blitz on Thursday morning, a unique obstacle course race inspired by grueling NFL training drills.The race series kicks off on Oct. 12 at New Era Field in Buffalo, New York — home of the Buffalo Bills and the city where Gronk grew up. It will then proceed to the Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on Oct. 26, with more cities to be announced soon.Also Read: Watch Rob Gronkowski and Lindsey Vonn's Slime Showdown at Nickelodeon 'Kids' Choice Sports 2019' (Exclusive Video)“Our family breathes the camaraderie of team sports and Stadium Blitz is the perfect way for us to stay involved in fitness and inspire others to compete in a way to have fun and test every limit,” said older brother Dan Gronkowski, who played TE for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Patriots. “For the first time, families can spend an evening competing and cheering along with their kids and friends — everyone gets the feeling of accomplishment,” he added.Also Read: ESPYS 2019: 14 Things You Didn't See on TV, From Gronk's Dance-Off to Sports Star KaraokeParticipants will be tested to their limits with a series of challenges, such as bear crawling up stadium steps, leaping over hurdle walls, navigating agility nets climbing up a 20-foot net, swinging from rings and throwing a football through five targets.Racers are awarded 2000 points for crossing the finish line in under 40 minutes, every second under 40 minutes earns extra points. Celebratory Gronk Spikes are definitely allowed if you nail them all.Stadium Blitz is one of the only obstacle course races that allows participants to determine how hard they want to be tested on a gamified course that is connected with RFID timing and point tracking, so it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Competitors can even invite their own cheering section to root them on from the stands.There are three levels of obstacles (race, hustle and blitz) testing fitness, strength and agility each increasing in difficulty but intermixed throughout the course … the harder the obstacle, the bigger the point potential.Also Read: Gronk Announces Retirement From NFL: 'Time to Move Forward'Stadium BlitzA five-time Pro Bowl selection, Gronk hails from a family of professional athletes. His brothers Dan, Chris and Glenn all played in the NFL, oldest brother Gordie Jr. was in the MLB, and dad, Gordy “Papa” Gronk played college football at Syracuse University. They’ve since dedicated their careers to the business and entertainment worlds through G&G Fitness Companies, Gronk Fitness, the Gronk Nation clothing line and Ice Shaker brand.Having won three Super Bowl rings catching passes from Tom Brady, Gronk, 30, retired from the NFL in March after nine seasons with the Patriots. He was the highest ranked tight end in the NFL Top 100 Players five times and considered by many sports analysts and fellow players to be the greatest tight end ever.Read original story Rob Gronkowski Is Back on the Football Field to Launch Stadium Blitz Obstacle Course Race Series At TheWrap
Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills objected Monday to recent comments from rapper Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick. Jay-Z and the league last week announced a partnership he characterized as a progressive step to carry on the campaign that Kaepernick began by kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to police brutality and racial division. Stills said he isn't so sure the Jay-Z partnership represents progress. “I felt like he really discredited Colin and myself and the work that's being done,” Stills said. “I'm going to try and give this man the benefit of the doubt for now, but it doesn't sit right with me. It's not something
More and more, NFL teams are protecting their front-line players by not subjecting them to many preseason snaps — if they play at all. It's becoming increasingly apparent that no one wants four preseason games. In our latest round table, we asked Big Blue View contributors how they would fix the preseason. Question: The NFL preseason is obviously broken? How would you suggest the league fix it? Chris Pflum I think before we can fix a problem we need to define the problem, and when it comes to the NFL preseason, there are a number of different problems depending on your perspective. For most fans, the product on the field is boring at best. Teams' best players are on the field sparingly — if at
Bill Barnwell ESPN Staff Writer Bill Barnwell is a staff writer for ESPN.com. Follow on Twitter Success is relative. A handful of NFL teams would be disappointed by anything short of a Super Bowl LIV win, like the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints. The second tier of teams would set their minimum at making the playoffs. A third tier might simply want to compete for a playoff berth. There's a fourth tier of teams that might set their sights even lower. While they likely harbor dreams of playing competitive football in January, their realistic goals for the upcoming season have more to do with developing young talent or finding a solution at a key point of weakness on their roster. Let's run through
Two years ago, Kam Chancellor was considered among the NFL's best players, a 6-foot-4, 239-pound strong safety and cornerstone of the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom” defense. He had made four Pro Bowls and helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl following the 2013 season, a game in which he had 10 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception. Chancellor, a two-star recruit in high school and a fifth round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, had exceeded expectations in the pros. Chancellor was only 29 years old entering the 2017 season and had just signed a three-year contract extension. But he soon realized how fleeting the game could be. On the final possession of Seattle's game against the Arizona
New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland received a four-game suspension on Wednesday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Copeland will miss the first four games of the 2019 regular season without pay, although he is eligible to participate in the team's two remaining preseason contests. Copeland is eligible to return to New York's active roster on Oct. 7, following the team's Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
As the NFL celebrates its 100th season, it only makes timely sense to look back at the last century of players that have come through the league. Certainly no one in these parts would argue against Tom Brady as the G.O.A.T. – Greatest of All Time – at the quarterback position. But when ESPN released its team of NFL talent it determined to be the “greatest ever at each position,” Brady was actually one of four members from New England. Beyond Brady getting the nod over his boyhood hero Joe Montana and others at quarterback, the Patriots also placed guard John Hannah, kicker Adam Vinatieri and head coach Bill Belichick on the list. In picking Brady, ESPN writes, “This is, unsurprisingly, the most
We've identified five NFL draft prospects to watch in the opening weekend of college football games, including three quarterbacks on scouts' radars.
Somebody get her a helmet. Fresh off a Women's World Cup title, U.S. soccer star Carli Lloyd appeared at a joint practice session between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. She showed that she could be a viable contributor on either team after showing off her leg. Lloyd was seen nailing 40-yard and 55-yard field goals at the practice session. “I'm really impressed with all these guys,” Lloyd said in a video she posted. “It's awesome to be here. Really looking forward to the season.” Lloyd's kicking prowess went viral across social media and impressed Pro Football Hall of Famer Gil Brandt – who was the former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. Brandt
BOSTON (CBS) — Baker Mayfield has never been short on confidence, and he's never been shy. Inject some rookie success into that combination, and some healthy trash talk is to be expected from Mayfield as he enters Year 2 in the NFL. In a comment to GQ that has already spread like wildfire online, Mayfield discussed the Giants' selection of quarterback Daniel Jones out of Duke at No. 6 overall in April's draft. “I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones,” Mayfield said. “Blows my mind.” Mayfield added: “Some people overthink [evaluating quarterbacks]. That's where people go wrong. They forget you've gotta win.” Speaking on quarterback greatness, Mayfield said, “Either you have a history of