Frank Schwab

  • Sam Bradford considered quitting football after second ACL tear

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    When Sam Bradford went down with a second torn ACL in less than a year last preseason, it would have actually been odd if the thought of retiring hadn't crossed his mind.

    The road back from a major injury like that is not a ton of fun. When Bradford re-injured his ACL in a preseason game at Cleveland last season, the thought of doing all that rehab again had to be devastating.

    It's really no surprise that the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that Bradford, who was traded from the St. Louis Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, needed to be talked out of retirement by Josh Heupel, his former quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma.

    But Bradford is back and in a new environment, thanks to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's faith in his talent, which never translated to much production with the Rams. But the Inquirer story is a good reminder that Bradford still has plenty of physical hurdles, and probably a few mental blocks, to work through as he tries to establish himself as a top NFL quarterback. 

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  • Michael Sam says other NFL players came out to him as being gay

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    It has been widely assumed, as it should be, that Michael Sam was not the only gay player in the NFL when he was with the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys last year.

    Sam confirmed that, saying several NFL players contacted him after he was drafted and told him they were gay. The difference, of course, is that Sam was the only one who was openly gay.

    “I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

    “' Dancing with the Stars ' is my employer,” Sam said. “That’s my main source of income. … I’m unemployed, and I don’t believe I’m out of the NFL because I’m gay. But if it was a reason, it can hurt their livelihood, and you don’t want to take that chance.”

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  • Jets owner Woody Johnson sells N.Y. apartment for unbelievable record price

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    What was your first apartment worth?

    I shared mine with three roommates at the University of Wisconsin (Coyne Court!) and it was so cramped that you couldn't flush the toilet or the neighbors' shower would jump to like 200 degrees. I think my share of the rent was $150 or so.

    I don't think many of us live in the same world New York Jets owner Woody Johnson lives in. I'm about to relay a tale that is absolutely stupefying.

    Let me recap: A man just spent $77.5 million to buy an apartment he may never live in from another man who never lived in that $77.5 million apartment. More than 3.5 million Americans are homeless, by the way.

    The building is a famous one in New York, with 24 apartments over 16 stories, ranging from 4,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet, according to CityRealty.com. It overlooks Central Park and has a doorman and 24-hour concierge service. Sounds like some great digs, and maybe Johnson will regret giving the apartment up.

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  • Jonathan Martin, Dolphins bullying scandal victim, cut by 49ers

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    As it turns out, Richie Incognito has a job in the NFL, and Jonathan Martin now doesn't.

    The two will forever be linked, as the main characters in the Miami Dolphins locker room bullying scandal of 2013. According to the reports, Incognito was the main agitator to Martin, who left the team as a result. Martin never returned to the Dolphins but got a second chance when the San Francisco 49ers, coached by Martin's old college coach Jim Harbaugh, traded a seventh-round pick for him.

    After one year in San Francisco, Martin is looking for another team. Martin was cut by the 49ers, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. Martin started nine games last year as an injury replacement, struggled, and the 49ers save his $1.042 million salary by cutting him according to Maiocco. 

    Without Harbaugh, who left for the University of Michigan this offseason, there apparently wasn't a lot of support to keep Martin around. His release comes a couple of months after Incognito, who was out of football all last season, was given another chance by Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.

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  • Vikings sign absolute behemoth Polish tackle from German Football League

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    There's a template for making it to the NFL: Grow up in the United States watching and playing football, move on to play college football to get noticed, get drafted or signed by a pro team.

    It's not often you hear about a story like Babatunde Aiyegbusi .

    The Minnesota Vikings signed Aieygbusi, an offensive tackle who played in the German Football League last season, seven days after he got his travel visa to the United States. Aiyegbusi is – are you ready? – 6-foot-9 and 351 pounds. He's the fifth Polish-born player in NFL history. Three of the other four are kickers.

    Aiyegbusi never played college football. In 2013 he was playing in the Polska Liga Futbolu Amerykanskiego (the Polish American Football League if you need the translation). But when you're the size of an airport hangar and can move, you're going to get noticed if you're playing football on the moon.

    Ahhhh, you want more Babatunde highlights, don't you? I know I do:

  • Courtroom evacuated after bomb threat at Aaron Hernandez trial

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The ongoing Aaron Hernandez trial was interrupted Thursday when the Fall River Division of the Bristol County Superior Court received a bomb threat.

    The courtroom was evacuated at around 12:08 p.m. ET.

    Employees were allowed back into the courthouse a little less than an hour later. The trial will reconvene at 2 p.m. ET.

    Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, is on trial for the murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013. Thursday was Day 35 of the trial, where the prosecution is still making their case.

    Another bomb threat was called in to Superior Court in Taunton, which is less than 20 miles from Fall River, according to the Taunton Gazette.

    According to the Twitter feeds of Bob McGovern of the Boston Herald and Brian Fraga of the Herald News of Fall River, jurors in the Hernandez trial went to the UMass Dartmouth building nearby, with the doors protected by two court officers, while Lloyd's family and Hernandez's lawyers waited out the bomb threat at coffee shops near the courthouse.

    Law enforcement was brought in to investigate the threat and clear the area.

  • Tom Brady, just frolicking on the beach with his supermodel wife and kids

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Whenever Jim Harbaugh does the whole "Who's got it better than us?" thing, the proper reply really should be "Tom Brady!"

    Nobody is on a better run. He just won a fourth Super Bowl to take the top spot in the greatest quarterback ever debate. His wife is a supermodel who happens to make way, way more money than him, if you can believe that. He has three children. And he's off in Costa Rica on vacation (via NESN), just riding horses on the beach with his family in that post-Super Bowl glow (from his wife Gisele Bundchen's Instagram):

    Sure, Tom.

    He even had the kids bury him up to his neck on the beach, via his Facebook account:

    Don't get your hopes up, AFC East rivals: The kids didn't leave him there. We know from the video of himself digging out and then running around with his kids on the beach at the top of the post. Click the photo on top to watch.

    Who's got it better than Tom Brady?

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  • Devon Still announces daughter Leah's cancer is in remission

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Leah Still, the 4-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, became a mini-celebrity as everyone supported her battle with cancer.

    On Wednesday, Devon Still announced that his daughter won. Leah Still's cancer is in remission, a wonderful development in what became an inspirational story.

    Here's part of Devon Still's Instagram announcement (the full message can be seen here):

    "June 2, 2014 and March 25, 2015 are days I will remember for the rest of my life. As everyone probably knows, June 2nd was the day doctors walked into the waiting room to tell me my daughter had cancer. It was the most devastating day of my life. March 25th , however, is feeling like the best day of my life. Today we received news from Leah's oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling. Funny thing is there is really no way of describing it because I never knew this feeling existed."

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  • What a surprise: Lovie Smith indicates Buccaneers will take Jameis Winston

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Last year there was intrigue at the top of the draft. The Houston Texans, keeping their trade options open with the first overall pick, never divulged publicly who they'd take until handing in the card on draft day.

    There's no such intrigue this year.

    It became obvious at the NFL scouting combine, when Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said he was comfortable with Jameis Winston's off-field past, that Winston would be the top pick. And at the NFL owners' meetings this week, Smith basically confirmed that Winston will be the pick, even though he left himself some outs.

    Smith was asked if it would be an erroneous assumption to think the Buccaneers will choose Winston, and Smith shook his head, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

    Expect plenty of similar comments from Tennessee before the draft as the Titans try to put themselves in position to maximize the value of the second pick, if they want to go that route.

  • Shutdown Corner's NFL free agency grades for every team

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    There are still a few quality players remaining on the free-agent market, but for the most part the shopping has been done.

    There were big-name signings, under-the-radar additions and even some blockbuster trades. At this point teams might search for a bargain or two and look to the draft to fill any other remaining holes.

    How did each team do in free agency? Here are the grades, though there are still chances to help the grade a bit with a smart late signing (and for the purposes of this exercise, trades were included):

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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab