|Posted by M on October 20, 2015 at 5:20 PM|
Trends Distribution is expending their services with T.U.F.A (Texas United Football
Association) to revamp the league and give opportunities to players to attain a higher
level and exposures to European Teams by organizing "Tryout, Pro-Combine" and re-
evaluate potential talents. The owner of the TUFA league will meet with Trends
Distribution to work out the details and plan to raise the level.
TUFA is right now the umbrella of 22 teams in the North and South Texas.
San Antonio Hurricanes
S T Crusaders
SE Texas Titans
San Antonio All Stars
South Texas Oilers
Central Texas Knights
Burnet County Cowboys
Texas Red Raiders
3rd Coast Hard Hittaz
Rio Grande Valley Rebels
|Posted by M on September 10, 2015 at 12:50 AM|
09/03/2015 FXFL Tryouts -
Fall Experimental Football League...
Sept 20, 2015
Brooklyn, NY - Wappingers Falls, NY - Niles, OH
|Posted by M on April 16, 2015 at 1:45 AM|
FALL RIVER, Mass. – A jury found Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder in the first degree for the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, ending forever his life of NFL fame and fortune.
A Bristol County jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 36 hours over seven days before reaching a unanimous verdict on the former New England Patriots star. They said the murder rose to first degree due to Hernandez acting with extreme atrocity or cruelty. The conviction carries a sentence of automatic life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A court officer places handcuffs on Aaron Hernandez after the guilty verdict was read. (REUTERS)
Hernandez, 25, stood stone-faced as the verdict was read, only to collapse into a chair as the guilty charges piled on. Behind him, his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins wept uncontrollably on the shoulder of Teri Hernandez, Aaron's mother. Lloyd's family, who during the trial made a daily pilgrimage to this old mill town 50 miles south of Boston, wept and embraced as the verdict was read.
"Stay strong, stay strong," Hernandez mouthed to his mother and Jenkins. Moments later, he was placed in handcuffs.
Formal sentencing took place about 30 minutes later. Before the sentence was handed down, Ursula Ward, Lloyd's mother, stood before the court.
"The day I laid my son Odin to rest, I felt my heart stop beating for a moment," she said, fighting back tears. "I felt like I wanted to go into that hole with my son, Odin.
"... I forgive the hands of the people who had a hand in my son's murder, even before or after, and I pray and hope that someday everyone out there will forgive them also."
After four of Lloyd's family members spoke of their son, brother, nephew and cousin, the sentence came down: Aaron Hernandez will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
As his sentence was read, Hernandez again stood stone-faced, pursing his lips, but otherwise showing no emotion. He was then led out of court and on his way to prison.
Hernandez will eventually be taken to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Cedar Junction, about a mile from Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play, before likely being transferred to another facility where he will serve his life sentence.
Lloyd was found shot to death in the early morning hours of June 17, 2013, after Hernandez and two co-conspirators picked up the 27-year-old at his Boston home, and then proceeded to an undeveloped piece of land behind an industrial park in North Attleboro – just a few minutes from Hernandez's home.
"The perfect spot to kill somebody," prosecutor William McCauley said in closing arguments of the dark, out-of-the-way area called Corliss Landing. "No witnesses, other than the killers."
The prosecution overcame the lack of testifying eye witnesses by painstakingly piecing together a mountain of circumstantial, forensic evidence and so-called "electronic witnesses" that was so convincing it forced the defense during closing arguments to change tactics and concede that Hernandez was at the murder site. It just claimed he didn't do it, but rather witnessed a possible PCP-rage killing by either Ernest Wallace or Carlos Ortiz, friends of Hernandez and alleged low-level drug dealers in Connecticut.
The jury explained afterwards they did not buy the PCP theory, nor anything the defense put forth.
"The evidence was compelling," one juror said.
Much of the most powerful evidence against Hernandez was taken from his own home security system. Jurors were able to see Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz arrive at the house minutes after the murder, cementing the prosecution timeline. Hernandez was soon after seen inside his home carrying what an expert identified as a Glock .45 semiautomatic pistol that prosecutors say was the murder weapon.
Later that same day all three men lounged around the home and the outdoor pool, drinking smoothies made by Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. The following day video showed Jenkins removing a box from the basement, which she said she did at Hernandez's request. She took it, she said, to a nearby dumpster, although she couldn't recall where.
Under Massachusetts' "Joint Venture" law, the prosecution was not required to prove Hernandez pulled the trigger, although it cited the location of shell casings and various fingerprints to allege that. A guilty verdict could be found by proving Hernandez "intentionally participated in some fashion and that he had or shared the intent" to commit the crime, Bristol County Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh instructed the jury.
In the end, the prosecution's evidence was strong enough to overcome the lack of a murder weapon and a clear motive of why Hernandez would kill what appeared to be a friend. Lloyd, a landscaper from Boston, was dating Shaneah Jenkins, the younger sister of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.
The two sisters occasionally spent days at the trial seated on opposite sides of the tense courtroom. On the stand, Shayanna described their once close relationship as "estranged."
The trial took 41 days and featured 135 witnesses stretched over parts of 10 weeks. It was repeatedly delayed by harsh winter weather. It started days before the local Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl and included testimony from team owner Robert Kraft, whose testimony showed that Hernandez originally lied to him about his whereabouts at the time of the murder. Kraft testified that Hernandez "hoped that the time of the murder came out because I believe he said he was in a club." Hernandez was not at a club that night.
The 12 jurors indicated they did not know who Kraft was, but that his testimony was "compelling," with one juror noting that two years later he still doesn't know exactly what time Lloyd was murdered. If he still doesn't know now after 41 days of testimony, the juror wondered, how could Hernandez have known then?
Hernandez, originally from Bristol, Conn., was a decorated player at the University of Florida before being drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He played three seasons as a tight end, serving as one of quarterback Tom Brady's preferred targets and catching a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLVI.
In 2012, the Patriots rewarded him with a $40 million contract, only a portion of which he eventually earned before being arrested for this murder.
Ursula Ward, mother of the victim, reacts to the guilty verdict of Aaron Hernandez. (REUTERS)
This stands as one of the most spectacular falls of an American sports star and the shocking uncovering of what appears to be a double life of football hero/would-be street gangster.
Hernandez is also set to stand trial on double-murder charges in Suffolk County, Mass., for allegedly being the gunman in a drive-by shooting after an incident at a Boston nightclub in the summer of 2012. He wasn't arrested for that crime until after the Lloyd murder caused police to reexamine an otherwise cold case.
Hernandez is also accused in a civil suit of shooting his friend Bradley Alexander in the face after a night out at a South Florida strip club in February of 2013. Alexander is expected to be the star witness in the double-homicide case.
Judge Garsh prohibited the prosecution from mentioning any of the above incidents in this case, deeming the "prior bad acts" as unduly prejudicial to Hernandez. That allowed the defense to focus on the lack of motive and acting incredulous that a man such as Hernandez, who had so much to lose, would engage in such reckless behavior.
It didn't matter.
The jurors saw through the high-priced defense team and convicted Hernandez anyway. He was also convicted of gun and weapons charges. He received 2½ years for that conviction.
He has been held without bail at the Bristol County House of Corrections since his June 2013 arrest. He'll return there while the state determines to which jail he'll go next, before eventually landing at MCI Cedar Junction, about a mile from where he once starred for the New England Patriots.
|Posted by M on March 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM|
I had the opportunity to meet with Lynn Swann in Minneapolis, MN at the Special Oympics and the amount of time that I spend with this Legend was a huge impact on my life. We both exchanged stories and reflection on life on divers aspect. I was blessed to meet him that time of my life and still cherish that moment.
Lynn Swann and Leadership
After decades of success from the football field to broadcasting and business, former wide receiver Lynn Swann says the most important lessons he learned as an athlete were about leadership.
Swann, who won a national title at the University of Southern California and then played on Pittsburgh teams that won four championships in the 1970’s, says he's defined in part by his ability to make the people around him better. It starts, he says, with the trust he and his teammates shared going into each championship game.
“The preparation, getting ready for the week, getting out on the field, being a part of a team, knowing that I have the support of everybody else on the football team, guys are going to block, make the plays they have to make to give you an opportunity -- those are the things that can give you the confidence that you can go out and you can execute and make things happen,” he said.
Being able to depend on all-time greats like Terry Bradshaw, “Mean” Joe Greene and Jack Lambert gave Swann the confidence he needed to help the Steelers rack up championships, he said, but he learned just as much about winning from his less heralded teammates.
“You learn the concept that you’re never doing this by yourself. You depend on everybody else to do their job, and when you’re called upon to take the point, if you will, when they provide you a platform to make a play, to make something happen, then you step up and you do it because you’re part of that team. Everybody on that team has to sacrifice a little bit of themselves to make the team function on the same page with the right timing to get the right results.”
He said one key to success in any endeavor is being able to spot the people who understand what it means to be part of a team.
“That’s how you build talent,” he said. “You’ve got to have great bench strength. Everybody can’t play every game, so you have to develop that bench strength. (Leaders) have to be able to analyze and see other people’s talents, understand how to build the best possible team to move it forward, and that’s how you get success.”
Playing for the legendary coach Chuck Knoll, Swann said he learned that the same person will be asked to fill different roles in different situations. The same, he said, applies to leadership roles.
“A great leader is someone who listens,” he said. “A great leader is someone who can also follow. A great leader is one who takes ownership of the decisions they make. And when asked to do something extraordinary, is willing to step up to the plate and take on that challenge
|Posted by M on March 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM|
Troy Aikman on Concussions,
Borland and Broadcasting
In the wake of the Chris Borland retirement, I asked the Hall of Fame former QB and Fox broadcaster—who suffered multiple concussions as a pro—for his thoughts on head injuries, and on how he approaches the subject on the air.
Chris Borland is half Troy Aikman’s age, and when I recently asked Aikman if he thought about what his health would be like at 48 when he was Borland’s age (24), he answered as I expected.
He said it was inconceivable that he would think that far ahead.
Aikman said he suffered two “severe” concussions during his 12-year career as a quarterback for the Cowboys, though the overall number of concussions he had, he surmised, was likely between six and eight.
“I don’t know what it was, and if that is all it was, and I put ‘all’ in quotation marks—that is not a lot in terms of head trauma relative to other positions,” says Aikman, now the top NFL analyst for Fox Sports. “I use Daryl Johnston as an example. He played fullback [for Dallas], and every single play he was hitting someone with his head. These guys are the ones to me who are and were more susceptible. What we have seen is how offensive and defensive lineman facing sub-concussive hits that occur over and over repetitively are more at risk than the big blows.”
“When I hear someone say I don’t want someone playing the game, even though I gained a great deal from this game, I understand it. I know why people have reservations. I try to put that in its proper context. I don’t feel I’m a shill for the game or for Fox. I am paid to give my opinion, and sometimes my opinion is consistent with the messaging of the NFL and sometimes it is not. I know there have been times I’ve said things the NFL office has not liked, but I think for me to be a voice that is respected, I have to be as honest as I can be. And I will say Fox has never come to me and asked me not to say something.”
“With the rule changes and safety focus, defensive players have learned where the target areas are. Quarterbacks and receivers are not being hit with the severity they once were.”
I was interested in Aikman’s reaction to Borland’s decision to retire after just one NFL season out of concern, in part, for the effects of repetitive head trauma. Aikman said he did not think Borland’s decision would serve as a tipping point for mass NFL or college defections from football. (Nor do I.) But he is very interested in whether a decrease in concussions at the NFL level would impact grass-roots level participation in the game.
Aikman says he suffered two serious concussions and at least a half-dozen more during his career. (Peter Read Miller/Sports Illustrated)
Aikman says he suffered two “severe” concussions and at least a half-dozen more during his career. (Peter Read Miller/Sports Illustrated)
“I was like most of the current and former players who commented on [Borland]: It is rare that an athlete walks away from the game when he can still play,” Aikman says. “A lot of guys talk about it, but when it comes to making the decision, most players are pushed out. So for a guy who came on and had a terrific rookie season and a promising career ahead of him, to walk away, I guess it’s admirable that he is looking at his long-term health. Because we all talk about it.
“At 24 I think I had one head injury,” Aikman continues. “When I was playing and for those generations who played before me, the thought was, ‘Okay, you are playing a game that you love, you are compensated well for it, and when you get out, you may have a slight limp or some fingers that don’t bend properly.’ With head injuries, that is a whole different animal. Talking about getting out of the game and then not be able to have your memory or your facilities, I think that has put a little different spin on it for the current players who have to weigh the data the research they have, all of which is more than we had before.”
Aikman said he did not retire after the 2000 season because of the concussions. He said he stepped away from the NFL because of chronic back problems. When his career ended there was no research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as there is now for players to evaluate. Aikman said in college he would take a significant hit once every two or three games, and that number amped up in the pros.
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“These guys were grown men with a lot of years under their belt,” Aikman says. “But with the rule changes and safety focus, the quarterbacks are not even close to being hit as we were. I think the defensive players have learned where the target areas are, and quarterbacks and receivers are not being hit with the severity they once were.”
The NFL’s Taboo TV Topic
With billions of dollars in the balance, the league’s broadcast partners walk a tightrope when reporting on head injuries. As awareness grows, it’s a topic that cannot be ignored. But are audiences developing concussion fatigue?
Two summers ago Aikman met with Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, a cognitive neuroscientist who serves as the CEO of Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. Aikman was part of the facility’s board at the time, and he was looking to further educate himself on the center’s work. After the meeting concluded, Aikman told Chapman that he wanted to go through the center’s testing to evaluate his own brain. “I wasn’t suffering and had no reason to think someone was going on, but this seemed like a reputable place,” Aikman says.
The testing took three to four hours; the findings came back a few weeks later. Aikman tested well. “It certainly gave me some peace of mind,” Aikman says. “But the reason I have never been concerned is that the job that I have with Fox is a mental exercise—recalling numbers and names and things of that nature. I am able to do that pretty readily. I do think broadcasting with Fox keeps my mind active, and I think it helps.”
Aikman, who has two daughters, wanted to clear up one thing. It’s been reported that he would not put a son in football if he had one, but that’s not entirely accurate. Here is how he feels, and it gives insight into how many parents are thinking these days.
“I don’t have a 10-year-old son,” Aikman says. “If I did, I would not tell him he could not play football. But I don’t think I would encourage him to play football. Right now, with my girls, I don’t push them in any one direction. But I would say, ‘Hey, I think soccer would be good for you because I think kids learn a lot and it’s good to be active.’ With football I don’t think I would be encouraging my son to play. If he wanted to, I would say great, you can do it. But I don’t think I would be encouraging him as I would some other sports.”
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|Posted by M on February 12, 2015 at 1:35 AM|
IFAF on 02/10/2015
The 2015 IFAF World Championship will be contested in Canton, Ohio between the 8th and 19th of July with all games staged at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly known as Fawcett Stadium).
The tournament will feature the defending World Champion United States along with Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, Australia, Korea and Brazil.
In a notable change to previous formats, there will be four game days, each featuring four match ups drawn from a new playoff format.
In the first round teams will be divided into two groups of four teams, having the top four ranked teams in one group (Group A) and the lower ranked four teams in the other (Group B).
Groups will play knockout games to determine the rankings in both groups. The best team from Group B will advance to semi finals together with three best teams from Group A. The fourth team from Group A will play for places five through to eight with the three remaining teams from Group B.
The participating teams are ranked the following way taking into consideration the team’s previous performance at the World Championship.
WC 2015 Rankings:
#1 USA #5 France
#2 Canada #6 Australia
#3 Japan #7 Korea
#4 Mexico #8 Brazil
|Posted by M on January 28, 2015 at 2:00 AM|
ESPN's Stuart Scott Dies At 49
Stuart Scott didn't like what I wrote about him 17 years and three days before his death.
In one of those pithy, scattershot year-in-sports columns on Jan. 1, 1998, it went this way: "ESPN did a special on gangs in sports that was one of the most important pieces of sports journalism in the past five years. Its work on Jackie Robinson was equally important. But, then, ESPN turns around and puts someone like Stuart Scott on 'SportsCenter' — our national daily sports page — with a lame comedy act not deserving of even the WB Network. When the act supersedes the sports he allegedly presents, he becomes a national purveyor of foofaraw."
Scott didn't like it one bit. I don't blame him. The words were harsh. He called The Courant to complain, ostensibly looking for me, settling instead on an editor. When that conversation was relayed, it sounded as if he was accusing me of racism. When you are backed into the indefensible "Have you stopped beating your wife?" corner from the get-go, there is no return phone call. Never will be.
I waited for Scott, who lived in Avon, to cool down and call back. He did not.
Nearly a year and a half later, when our Desmond Conner spent a day with Scott in Bristol for an in-depth piece, the ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor revealed that he had never been more bothered by criticism. This was a guy who had been stung by Sports Illustrated and much bigger publications. It slapped me to attention.
"If you don't like my style, that's fine, turn me off," Scott said in Conner's article. "But that statement was ignorant. It was racist. And it was uncalled for. He took an unfair shot at me and my character. He dissed ESPN for putting me on the air."
This was my response in May 1999.
"I have considerable respect for 'SportsCenter' as our national sports page. As a result, their anchors have a responsibility beyond speaking loudly and carrying a big shtick. There is a line between journalism and vaudeville. When Stuart doesn't cross it, I enjoy his distinctive style. When he does cross it, I squeal. Begging him not to yell 'booyah!' 48 times in a row should not qualify me as a racist. Actually, I think he has toned it down a bit. Thank you, Stuart."
Looking at those words a decade and a half later, I wouldn't have changed any of them. I only would add to the last sentence, "and thank you for not toning it down too much."
When Scott died on Sunday, the outpouring of emotion was overwhelming. There were moments of silence at NFL, NBA and college games, including the UConn-St. John's women at Madison Square Garden, where I was. At his alma mater on Monday, North Carolina fans held signs during a moment of silence that read simply, "Stu."
Scott changed the game, Kobe Bryant said. He was a trailblazer, Michael Jordan said, a star because he refused to change his style. LeBron James thanked Scott for bringing swag to reporting, giving inner-city kids someone to relate to. Magic Johnson said that Scott's flair and finesse brought flavor and coolness to ESPN. Tiger Woods said that Scott wasn't covering heroes and champions, it was the other way around. They all called him a friend.
"Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day's best plays," President Barack Obama said. "Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us — with courage and love."
I refrained from writing about Scott's passing at age 49 for the better part of a week. His public battle with cancer, tragic, heroic and ultimately spiritually uplifting for millions, deserved to be first and foremost in America's sporting conscience. The man fought it for better than seven years. He worked out like a demon, kickboxing cancer as if it were some small-time punk. Those who worked with him said he refused to complain. He took the chemo like a man, barfed, walked out of the bathroom and insisted that he was good to go on the set. All he wanted to talk about was his two daughters. That is the definition of being as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Yet, given the history, it would be disingenuous of me to write about his passing without trying to address his impact on the sporting public.
Some have told me I have given too much credit to "SportsCenter" through the years in calling it our nation's sports page. I disagree. Its presentation of the news is THE news. The replays become our collective sporting memory. Its experts' immediate reactions become our ground-floor perspective.
I make no excuses for paying homage to Bob Ley and "Outside the Lines." When Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann were at the top of their games on "SportsCenter," it was genius. It's against that measuring stick, not the tragically hip ESPN2 milieu that brought Scott to Bristol in 1993, that I judge him.
I liked Scott's delivery. I liked the way he looked and the way he sounded. Yet through the '90s, I kept asking myself why was he trying so hard to be the coolest guy in the room? After a string of six successive hip-hop references, didn't he realize he wore out so many people trying to figure out what he was saying? And once they figured it out, wasn't the constant repetition cliche? The show was about sports, not Stuart, and he crossed the showboat line too many times.
According to "ESPN: The Uncensored History," executives asked Scott to cut down the volume of his slang. Those who are bent on canonizing Scott's career will point to racism in any criticism. So be it. For me, it was the difference between hitting a great percentage of three-pointers and gratuitous volume shooting. I would say the same thing if some Jewish sportscaster kept repeating, "Oy vey!"
Scott graduated from North Carolina, a prestigious university. Digging too deep and often in the well of street verbiage, I thought he sometimes missed the chance to elevate his gift for the language. It is not surprising that in a 2003 USA Today survey, Scott was selected as the "SportsCenter" anchor voters most wanted to get rid of and second behind Patrick as the one they most wanted to keep.
"I don't want to commit hyperbole here, but Stuart's delivery on 'SportsCenter' — his willingness to stick with it despite getting complaints, and the producers letting him stick with it — is one of the great cultural moments that African American culture has ever had," former ESPN executive Keith Clinkscales once said. A piece in Poynter this week also called Scott a hero of American speech.
I admit I was so preoccupied with Scott's crossing "the line" that it took me time to see some cultural boundaries he pushed for the better. He helped a looser, easier flow in the sports media. I also would submit that he matured his presentation. He wasn't the same Stuart Scott in 2005 as in 1995. As far as turning him into the ESPN Noah Webster for yelling "booyah," c'mon, let's be careful.
The bigger celebrity Scott became, the more he buddied with the big-time athletes. I've come to accept that as part of the sports world we live in now. The objective messenger hasn't been killed, but he has been severely wounded. In that regard, even in 1998, Scott admitted to USA Today that he wasn't going to be politically correct about it: "A lot of the black athletes tell me that I represent them, understand them. That it's good to see a brother out there. That's the way it is."
I was watching the ESPYs in July with my teenage son when Stuart accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. He didn't look good, but he never sounded more eloquent. "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer," Scott said. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."
I turned to my son, who greets me each day with 'sup' and, with a tear in my eye, said, "I ain't hatin' on Stu tonight."
At that moment, some middle ground was struck
|Posted by M on January 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM|
NFL announces schedule for 2015 regional combines
The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next month is not the only place where players will try to show off their talents for scouts in the months leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft.
The schedule for this year's regional combines, all of which will take place at NFL team facilities across the country, was announced Friday. Position players eligible for this year's draft that played college football this past season are eligible to attend the events, which are attended by scouts from nearly every team.
"Combines have long provided draft eligible players with the forum needed to showcase their skills to NFL teams," said NFL Director of Football Development Matt Birk. "I know how important participating in combines was for my NFL career. It is our job at the NFL to provide this opportunity to any college football player that wants to chase his dream of playing in the NFL."
Players who attend the regional combines are tested, measured and filmed by scouts in a manner similar to the one employed at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. All of the data collected is entered into a database that is available to all 32 NFL clubs. Those who perform well at the various regional combines will be invited to the March 21 NFL Super Regional Combine at the Arizona Cardinals' facility.
Here's the full 2015 regional combine schedule:
» Feb. 7 at Doctors Hospital Training Facility in Miami
» Feb. 14 at Methodist Training Center in Houston
» Feb. 21 at Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Center in Denver
» Feb. 28 at Under Armour Performance Center in Baltimore
» March 7 at Halas Hall at Conway Park in Chicago
The NFL Super Regional Combine will be held March 21 at the Arizona Cardinals' facility in Tempe, but it's a by-invitation-only event. The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine will be held Feb. 17-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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SIZE IS NOT A BARRIER
It can be easy for outside observers to get caught up in the search for the prototypical prospect. Some folks assume teams should only draft guys who conform exactly to the widely desired height and weight specifications for a given position. Others become obsessed with size, convinced that bigger is always better. The downside to such schools of thought is that some truly promising talents end up being undervalued, simply because they're not quite tall or big enough to match the "perfect" profile of what people think a pro should look like.
|Posted by M on July 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM|
We just hope that he is innocent but in the contrary some measures need to be addressed with those new coming players.
Being a NFL player does not put above the law at all. It put you in the public eye and your life will be watched until retirement.
Shame on you if you are guilty...
Aaron Hernandez family member killed in car accident
Wow what a coincidence !!
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 2, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT
A member of Aaron Hernandez’s family whom police wanted to question in connection with the ongoing murder investigation has died in a car accident.
The Hartford Courant reports that Thaddeus Singleton III, the son-in-law of Hernandez’s uncle, was killed when the car he was driving flew off the road and crashed into a pole. The car Singleton was driving was owned by Hernandez’s uncle. The death was ruled an accident.
It is unclear what police believed Singleton knew about the murder of Odin Lloyd, but the report says that police had been seeking to speak with him. Singleton had previously been convicted of multiple drug charges in Connecticut.
Singleton lived in Bristol, Connecticut, the hometown of Hernandez and both of the other men suspected of being involved in the murder of Lloyd.
|Posted by M on April 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM|
Europlayers asked me to write an article about "How to reach the NFL". It was a privililege for me to give Europlayers the hirerachy to take, and the ins and out to inform most europlayers who are looking to reach that goal. Being on that route, I speak from experience.
1) The most ideal way to be a NLF player would be through the general drafting from College. That is the most secure and successful way to attain that league.
Now, here the hurdles that you will run into: with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) there are rules that you have to go by. You can't earn or receive any money. I know some of you will say what about the scandals and loopholes that the NCAA is discovering. I will answer to that with two words, MONEY TALKS. There have been stiff penalties for some players and less for others. Among 250 000 players if not more only few can make it or attain the draft. Everybody wants to be an NFL Player even me I tried but competition is high. If you are in the public's eye you better have your game right. What I mean, you can't make any mistakes until you reach or receive an offer from a NFL Team.
It’s very political if you know the scene behind it.
2) The second way to attain the NFL, will be to play semi-pro and get discovered by some scouts who are traveling the US to find new talents and attend some camps like "Pro-Elite" and many others. Some camps are out there just to make money and brass players for the money and if you are excellent they will, maybe, try to get you to a Semi-Pro Team. To participate to one of those camps it’s pretty easy with the internet. You Google their open camp and if you have the money to fly or drive to a camp close to your area, you can participate and show your skills. Of course you won't be the only one in these camps. Players are traveling all around the state to get to any camps. Is like playing Russian's roulette.
3) Now there is a new league the UFL. You can find out when they have their camps by going online and Google it, as well and of course be ready to compete with a mass of players who were not drafted from college but who are still dying hard to play the game at a high level. From the UFL you can reach the NFL but so far, only few were able to transfer. Again politics is behind the scene.
4) You can also try to go play in Canada, CFL, and get discovered by some scouts as well who will talk to you right on the spot.
The first thing to know is you will need to speak English totally fluently.
Have a place to stay and get a job..
Like I said MONEY, MONEY, MONEY..
Trendsdistribution.webs.com has been involved in the sport agency by luck. My first player that I was able to find a contract for was Sebastien Sejean with the help of Andre Colonna. Yes, the ANDRE COLONA, Michael Vick's Agent. I was introduced to him through a friend and he helped me to get contacts. Sebastien Sejean was released from the Rams and I tried to get him back in the NFL but people talk, and with the complicity of my associate we got him a spot in a Semi-pro team but things didn’t' get too well for him. Anyhow, its tough..