Robert Griffin III is as close as you’ll get to a legitimate role model in modern athletics.

“It’s important for me and for my family, it really is,” Mara said. “To realize that people still do remember him and remember the contributions that he made to football and also to New York. We’re excited to have his legacy recognized by the Hall of Fame and especially his high school, Loyola School, which meant so much to him.”

John Mara has officially been part of the Giants organization since 1991, and took over primary control of the franchise when his father passed. He said Thursday that he has tried to live up to the legacy his father established.

Robert Griffin III is as close as you’ll get to a legitimate role model in modern athletics. From all accounts he’s a genuinely nice guy who really just wants nothing more than to help his team win at any cost. He’s an athletic freak on par with anyone in history. He has a work ethic that’s been instilled in him since he was able to walk.

We should admire him for this. We did… when they were winning. His fumbles were being recovered for touchdowns instead of turnovers. Every designed run wasn’t an indictment or vindication of the zone-read offense. You could actually enjoy the guy for his unheard of ability to outrun, out-throw, and out-think every other world class athlete on a football field.

From day one, he put himself in front of the media, smiling, shaking hands and dispensing the sort of trite motivational sayings more often heard in self-help seminars than NFL locker-rooms. The guy actually believed them. He seemed to be a genuinely positive, likable guy with great intentions. And now that he hasn’t performed up to the ridiculous standard he set last year, we’ve all but torn him completely down all while managing to forget that he’s 11 months removed from tearing his knee apart.

Lanier High defensive line recruit Alfred Thomas has been racking up offers of late.

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It’s a pitch that could get punished with an opposite-field extra-base hit with the right approach. A strong enough hitter could certainly get it over the center-field wall.

Trout pulled it. Not only did he pull it and keep it fair, he hit it over 110 mph, which is roughly as hard as baseballs can be hit, give or take a few miles. He took this ball and hooked it, and he did it with such a perfect swing, with such strength and precision, that it left the park in less than four seconds, even though he was reaching ever so slightly.

Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier High defensive line recruit Alfred Thomas has been racking up offers of late. The quiet four-star told me what he thinks of Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Missouri, and North Carolina, and revealed an early leader.
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Four-star Greater Atlanta Christian School athlete Kyler McMichael spoke about Michigan, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State, and Alabama. Most schools are interested in him as a defensive back.

I’ll have more on Georgia prospects soon after I review the video I shot at the event. Caragher left Brennan with a pretty solid special teams unit. Bryce Crawford is automatic inside of 40 yards, and Michael Carrizosa has a strong leg for both punting (44.3 average) and kickoffs (69 percent touchback rate). The return game wasn’t consistent, but in terms of both field position and finishing drives, SJSU should be able to do damage.

In his recent two-round mock, Kadar has the Vikings opting for running back Alvin Kamara with the No. 48 pick instead of adding to the interior line. Minnesota signed Latavius Murray away from Oakland in free agency this offseason, and they still need guys who can help block for Murray.

The Vikings could look to someone like Temple’s Dion Dawkins, who should be available in the second round and could last until the third. Dawkins can also slide over and play tackle, and that versatility may be valuable for a team that experienced catastrophic offensive line injuries last season.

NFL postpones decision on shortening OT periods until spring meeting

At the NFL owners meetings this week, the league postponed a decision to once again change the overtime formula. The competition committee proposed a change for the 2017 season to change all regular season and preseason games to 10-minute overtime periods, rather than the 15 minutes that’s been the standard.

The proposal has been tabled for the time being, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. The proposal needed 24 votes in favor to pass, but nine teams opposed the updated rule, so it was just one vote short of being approved.

Adam Schefter provided a timetable for when it will resurface.

Shortening overtime to 10 minutes from 15 minutes has been tabled until NFL’s spring meeting, per source.
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Will Sutton Mens Jersey This isn’t the first time this decade that the NFL has considered tinkering with overtime rules. Starting in the 2010 playoffs, the format changed from simple sudden death to a slightly more complex setup.

If the coin toss winner doesn’t score a touchdown on its first possession, the next team has a chance to win the game by scoring points of any kind. This new rule was only used in the playoffs before getting expanded to the regular season in 2017.

Cutting down playing time by five minutes is appealing to coaches in terms of player safety. That’s a primary reason Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin supported the change.

“Because both teams have to play the following week. And maybe in some hypothetical instances, a short week,” Tomlin said. “So, obviously we want to have clarity in terms of the victor, but if we can reduce that amount of time and get out of the stadium, and doing so with fewer snaps, I think that is beneficial to both teams, regardless of outcome.”

Vernon Davis injury: 49ers TE expected to play vs. Saints

While the San Francisco 49ers may not be getting receiver Michael Crabtree back on the field Sunday, the offense will be boosted by the return of tight end Vernon Davis. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Davis is expected to play on Sunday after dealing with a concussion for the past week.

Davis suffered a concussion early in last week’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, and the 49ers promoted tight end Derek Carrier to take his place in case the veteran would not be able to play on Sunday. The 49ers have become heavily reliant on Davis this season as the lone true threat in the passing game with receiver Michael Crabtree out, and Davis has recorded 520 yards receiving on 30 catches with seven touchdowns so far this season.
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The eighth-year tight end will still need to pass a concussion test on Sunday morning prior to the game, however the 49ers fully expect Davis to be cleared for the contest against the New Orleans Saints.

Let’s start again with a look at the top-line numbers (which you’ll find on the top left here). Houston ranks a solid 10th in Run Defense DVOA, but finds itself with a ragged rating of 25th against the pass. To understand how it got there, let’s take a closer look unit by unit.

Game Youth Torey Krug Jersey Whatever Houston’s problems are this season, don’t lay them at the feet of J.J. Watt. He’s been just about as destructive on a per-snap basis as he was during his historic 2017 campaign, as his bright green numbers for Pressure per Passing Snap and Run Stop Percentage (the percentage of run plays where he tackled the runner short of ‘successful play’ yardage) indicate.

The season in which JaMarcus Russell had his lowest point was his last in the NFL.

Harvard is a real place and a mythical place at the same time, and home to some of the brightest minds in the country. Also, Rob Gronkowski is there.

He’s there because Rob Gronkowski can’t teach women about football just anywhere. Women are smart creatures, after all, and maybe holding a “Football 101” clinic for women at Harvard feels less condescending than doing it elsewhere? It was not long before I believed it actually might be working.

Over these past four games, the only game the Raiders won was against the Steelers in which after the Raiders took an early lead, they took the ball out of Pryor’s hands and rode the defense to a close victory. They escaped by the skin of their teeth, as they say, and yet the coaches felt like if they had remained aggressive by having Pryor go to the air, he would have given the game away.

He had already thrown two interceptions in the first half and the coaches weren’t eager to take that chance again so they opted for the less risky option of having a worn out defense that barely edged out the Steelers despite a 21-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Pryor now has 5 passing touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the season. He threw just one interception Sunday after having thrown at least two in the previous three games (3 against the Chiefs in week 6), but that interception was one of the most costly of all. It is what ultimately decided the game. The Raiders were nearing field goal range and would have been at least a 9-point lead. The interception resulted in a Giants touchdown and a 1-point deficit.

The Raiders wouldn’t score another point in the game and Pryor finished 11 of 26 (42%) for 122 yards and a passer rating of 40.9. He also added a fumble late in the game.

The season in which JaMarcus Russell had his lowest point was his last in the NFL. It will take a major resurgence from Pryor to pull out of the tailspin he’s been in lately. Not even Russell had a five-game stretch at Pryor’s current rating.

NFL news roundup: Ed Reed signed by Jets, Christian Ponder expects to start

Limited Womens Omer Asik Jersey Veteran safety Ed Reed didn’t have a long wait without a team, as the New York Jets signed him two days after he was released by the Houston Texans.

Reed was supposed to be the final piece to the Texans’ defense, but disappointing performance paired with early-season injury cost him a starting job. It’s unclear whether Reed’s release was purely performance-based, as he was critical of coaches following the team’s Week 10 loss, but the Jets believe there’s something left in the tank.

New York currently has the NFL’s 22nd-ranked pass defense and is pushing for a playoff spot. The Jets hold a Wild Card spot currently, but have an opportunity to pressure the New England Patriots.

Houston’s season has been a disaster since preseason predictions pegged the Texans to be a Super Bowl contender. Now the team has placed running back Arian Foster on IR, ending his season.

Foster had returned from an early-season hamstring injury, but had been dealing with a back injury. It’s this back injury that placed him on IR and Ben Tate will now become the team’s starting running back.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without another running back in 2017 as Mike James broke his ankle in Monday night’s win over the Miami Dolphins.

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Injuries kept hitting Monday with the news Jake Locker’s season would be over. Reports emerged Monday night that Locker would be done for the season, but placing him on injured reserve made it official.

Locker sustained a lisfrac injury in the team’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was having his best season for Tennessee before the injury. The Titans have a difficult decision to make whether they will continue to support the oft-injured Cutler, or attempt to find a new quarterback in April’s draft.

Patriots White House visit: New England will make appearance on April 19

Game Mens Zach Line Jersey The New England Patriots are invited to the visit the White House on April 19 and celebrate the team’s victory in Super Bowl 51, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday. The question now is how many players will accept that invitation.

Recovery from the injury is expected to take 4-6 months, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, and Moreau hopes to be back in time for training camp. After suffering the injury Tuesday, Moreau sat out the remainder of the pro day workout, but Mora said it wasn’t crucial for the cornerback anyway.

His numbers were good enough at the combine that for him to come out here and work out today isn’t that important, Mora said. And all these teams that are really interested in him will be back to see him in an individual workout as well. So anything that happened to him I believe is minor and nothing to worry about.

The injury was more significant than that, but is still unlikely to tank the cornerback’s stock. Pectoral injuries rarely have a long-term effect on a player’s abilities, and unlike Washington’s Sidney Jones, Moreau’s 2017 season is unlikely to be in jeopardy.

Moreau is considered a fringe first-round prospect and is the No. 5 cornerback in the draft class, according to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.
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With time winding down, Paulinho netted his third, chesting in a cross from Dani Alves in the 93rd minute to add an exclamation point.

Now, Brazil manager Tite will have some room to experiment. He probably wants to make sure that his team’s qualification is mathematically secure before he gets too wacky with his lineups, but it would take an unprecedented meltdown for Brazil to miss out on a trip to Russia now. They’ve got the job done, and can now focus on building a team for 2018, rather than worrying about getting immediate results.

Rick Ross’ new album opener produced by Miami Hurricanes starter Chad Thomas

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College football players have a lot on their plates to begin with, between daily practices and workouts, film sessions, and a full class schedule. But one college football player, Miami starting defensive end Chad Thomas, has managed to balance all this while becoming one of the hottest up-and-coming producers in the Miami, Fla. hip-hop scene.

The Washington Post recently interviewed Thomas, whose producer name is Major Nine. Thomas’ most recent production is Rick Ross’ Apple of My Eye, which is the opening track on his new album Rather You Than Me, that was released just last week.

So how did this pair come together? Thomas, who has recorded 62 total tackles during his Miami career, said that he first met Ross through one of his high school teammates, back when he was a five-star recruit out of Booker T. Washington High School. A woman who worked with Ross had a son on his team, and she set up a meeting with Ross at a local Dave & Buster is.

I met Ross in high school, and we kinda connected. He treated me like his little brother. He knew I was into music, and he knew I was into rapping. I don’t think he really knew I made beats and all that. I like doing that more than rapping. We did a song with Lil Dred called Hurt Nobody probably a year back. That was the first time he was on my beat, but it wasn’t his song. Sam Sneak, his DJ, kept hitting me up saying, Send me some beats. He never told me what it was for. I Would send him everything I made. Out of nowhere, he called me and said, I got him on your beat.
@rickyrozay remember this one? I was just a small fry taking in the words of a boss.
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Thomas says he first recognized how much his music could impact and reach other people during the Under Armour Combine back in 2014. He also says making music is something he can fall back on when his football career ends one day.

The United States played a thrilling WBC game, and won

It was win or go home for the USA in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday night. And the U.S. decided to win. And considering the game was against the Dominican Republic, a team the U.S. hasn’t had a lot of success against, last night’s win was both important and symbolic. And you could tell! The DR players weren’t the only ones showing emotion. The U.S. team was fired up, too, showing more passion and emotion than it’s showed in any matchup thus far.

This game was legitimately thrilling; hard fought from start to finish. But there were two great moments. There’s the incredible, massive, extraordinary home run that was hit by — who else? — Giancarlo Stanton. It was glorious. It scored two runs, put the U.S. on top, and sent people in the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building running for cover.

The Wolverines conquered the threat. The Cards had a 36-28 lead at halftime and stayed in front well into the second half, but John Beilein’s team didn’t fold.

The Wolverines tied the game just inside the 10-minute mark, and they closed strong. Louisville almost mounted a counter-comeback after UM built a six-point lead with 1:18 left, but Michigan held on in the nick of time.

Michigan center Moritz Wagner had a career-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. D.J. Wilson added 17 for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines have an air of magic around them right now, and the combination of them being hot and having an elite offense makes them terrifying. The Wolverines were a bubble team for much of this season. That feels so long ago now.


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The Steelers are 2.5-point favorites over Oakland, with an over/under of 40.5, according to
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Pittsburgh looked dead and buried at 0-4, but has rebounded with two conference wins over the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. At 2-4, the Steelers have a chance to climb further toward the .500 mark on the road. Pittsburgh finally was able to run the ball effectively last Sunday, gaining 141 yards on the ground with 4.9 yards per carry.

Oakland is coming off a bye week, helping it get healthy after having all sorts of issues along the offensive line. Center Stefen Wisniewski should be ready to play, a huge boost to the group.

Jack Butler Authentic Jersey The Raiders are last in the league in passing yardage per game, averaging 191.7 yards through the air.

The Jazz are comfortable for the moment, but could see their standing at No.4 challenged during a tough stretch at the end of the season. The Clippers, Thunder and Grizzlies, though, are all just within a game of one another.

Current tiebreaker: Clippers and Thunder have split the season series, 2-2, though OKC has a better divisional record by two wins. The Thunder lead the Grizzlies in the season series, 2-1, and the Clippers hold the tiebreaker against Memphis, 3-1.