- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
There was a time when no praise was too strong for Seantrel Henderson.
Then there was a time when no scorn was too strong.
These days, Henderson gets little of either. And it might be the best thing for him.
People knew Henderson's name before he was old enough to drive. He got a scholarship offer to Notre Dame when he was in ninth grade. He was named Rivals' No. 1 prospect for 2010 while it was still 2008 and still finished at No. 2. He was 6-foot-8, 337 pounds at age 17.
He was strong enough to play in the NFL before he was old enough to play varsity football and he was agile enough to play prep hoops along with it. His high school position coach once said he could "dance on a light bulb." If there was one high school player in 2010 who was most likely to get his name announced on the first day of the 2014 NFL draft, it was Seantrel Henderson.
Then everything began to slowly unspool.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
The headlines and photos are enough to scare anyone.
"The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone is increasing to more than 20 deaths daily," one newspaper reported on Tuesday. "Forty-nine new cases were confirmed on Monday."
Here in America, the fear has spread from the disease itself to the nations plagued by the disease. A Texas college rejected two student applicants because they were from Nigeria even though that nation has successfully contained the disease. For people who have roots in affected African countries, it's beyond hurtful. It's personal.
Olympic gold medalist Jeneba Tarmoh is one of those people.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
The Seattle Seahawks cleaned up a problem in their locker room.
Now they have a new one on the field.
Whatever tension Percy Harvin caused in Seattle – no matter who he punched or didn't punch, irritated or didn't irritate – he could stretch a defense like few other players in the NFL. The same can be said for Golden Tate, who left Seattle via free agency. The Seahawks have suffered without Tate, and now they will suffer without Harvin after Friday's shocking trade to the New York Jets. That pain will be hard to immediately alleviate.
With all due respect to Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch, quarterback Russell Wilson doesn't have many weapons left. And if you want to know the special challenges of having a talented young quarterback with a power rusher and not much on the flanks, just ask the San Francisco 49ers. That's who the Seahawks are now, and it's not a compliment.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSeattle at CarolinaPreview Game
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
A Browns quarterback has captivated the city of Cleveland, vaulting the team to a 3-2 record with his creative play and lifting his jersey sales to fifth in the NFL. And along the way, he’s created a ripple of controversy with comments that have ignited concern about whether Cleveland will be able keep him long-term.
We’re talking about Brian Hoyer.
Leading a maniacal comeback over the Titans and then following it up with a beatdown of the rival Steelers has led to Hoyer’s Captain Phillips moment. He is the captain now. The local boy who was supposed to capsize in the wake of Johnny Manziel’s arrival in Cleveland is now 6-2 as the Browns’ starter, completing 60 percent of his passes, including seven touchdowns against one interception this season. One of the more popular hashtags on Twitter among Cleveland fans is now #johnnywho.
Perhaps the best example of the sea change comes from Browns superfan “Pumpkinhead” (real name: Gus Angelone), who showed up at the draft in New York and shed tears of joy when his team picked Manziel. Now he’s “behind Brian 200 percent!” and has made T-shirts with sayings like “Brian Cleveland” and “Home6rown Hoyer.”Sun, Oct 261:25 PM PDTOakland at ClevelandPreview Game
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
On Sunday morning, before he runs out onto the grass at Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers linebacker Sam Barrington will think back to a cab ride he took when he was 16 years old. He will be grateful, and heartbroken, and inspired.
Eight years ago, Barrington was a 16-year-old sophomore at Terry Parker High in Jacksonville, Fla. He didn't have his driver's license yet, and there were times when his mom was too busy to take him from football practice to his night job as a cook at Zaxby's. So Barrington called a cab.
On one afternoon, a taxi driver picked him up and introduced himself.
"My name's Travis," he said.
Barrington didn't speak a lot, so the ride was mostly quiet.
The next time, though, Travis Newsome came around again and the two of them started talking. Travis was a football fan.
"Are you on Rivals?" the cabbie asked.
"Not yet," Barrington said. "I guess I haven't made a splash yet."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
Five hundred nine is a pretty special number.
One hundred ten is even more impressive.
With three more touchdowns, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will have thrown for more scores than anyone in NFL history. That mark will be revered, and deservedly so.
Those three touchdowns will also get Manning to 110 for his Broncos career, and that part of his time in the NFL is arguably even more impressive than his glory years with the Indianapolis Colts.
Only 117 quarterbacks have thrown 110 touchdown passes in their entire career, and Manning has done that in less than 2 1/2 seasons in Denver. Think Trent Dilfer had a decent career? He played from 1994-2007 with five teams, and won a Super Bowl. He had 113 touchdown passes in 14 seasons. Manning has nearly matched that starting at age 36.
Manning has more touchdowns for Denver than the following quarterbacks had in their NFL lifetimes: Chad Pennington, Jim McMahon, Doug Williams, Greg Landry, Jeff Hostetler and Elvis Grbac. The list goes on.Sun, Oct 261:25 PM PDTIndianapolis at PittsburghPreview Game
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Michael Bradley closed his eyes and shook his head when asked about the stinging comments United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made about him on Monday. To Klinsmann's usual bluntness, Bradley responded with his usual intensity.
"I have broad shoulders and thick skin," Bradley told Yahoo Sports after the U.S.'s 1-1 draw with Honduras at FAU Stadium on Tuesday. "I'm not ever going to change who I am."
Klinsmann expressed concern over star players like Bradley and Clint Dempsey transferring from elite European leagues to Major League Soccer. Bradley suddenly can't stop Toronto FC from freefalling after suffering through a lackluster World Cup, and his national team coach isn't overjoyed.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports11 days ago
The NFL will review the tackling methods of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the next two days, according to a league source.
Multiple Carolina Panthers accused Burfict of deliberately trying to injure quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen on Sunday by twisting their ankles as he tackled them after touchdowns.
"At some point, if the NFL wants to really say they care about guys' safety, they've got to start putting guys out for weeks," Olsen told reporters Monday. "Me and Cam are lucky we aren't out for weeks."
Olsen and Newton have battled ankle injuries, and so Burfict's play raised the ire of the Panthers even more than it normally would. Newton was particularly effective as a rusher in a 37-37 tie to Cincinnati, but he's been far less mobile in prior games this season because of the ankle issues.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTBaltimore at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports16 days ago
Troy Vincent has a booming voice, the kind preachers use to wake up the guy in the last row of pews. The former NFL cornerback uses that voice when he cares about something, which is pretty often.
When he talks about his childhood, though, Vincent speaks slightly above a whisper.
"You're a young boy, you're 10, 11, 12, 14," he says. "The sounds, the visuals, they never leave."
Vincent grew up in a two-bedroom apartment in Trenton, N.J. He and his younger brother, Sam, slept in one room and their mom, Alma, slept in the other. Between the two rooms there were "8 inches of sheet rock," Vincent says, and through that wall he heard things that terrified him.
"You ball up, get under a bed, go hide in the closet," Vincent says. "You hear the rumblings, the screams. You're helpless."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports17 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Erin Rohe is a stay-at-home mom with four children below the age of 10. Her days are organized around preschool runs and errands. "I don't get out much," she said Sunday afternoon with a smile.
She did have a ticket to the Jacksonville Jaguars' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, though, and she decided to check out the new party deck with its cabanas and pool overlooking the field on a sunny mid-70s afternoon.
"I didn't have a [swim]suit," she explained, "but I was here, and the energy was so amazing. I just wanted to get in."
So Rohe just walked into the pool, in her Maurice Jones-Drew jersey and her shorts.
"I'll dry off on the way home," she said.
Rohe was not the only one. At least two people waded into the water in their jeans Sunday. A New England Patriots fan named Shawn Livesey whipped off his Tom Brady jersey and hopped in.
"It was awesome!" he said, before being interrupted by a Steelers fan who was wondering if Livesey took his watch.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTMiami at JacksonvillePreview Game