Frank Schwab

  • Johnny Manziel's father says jail 'best place' for his son

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Johnny Manziel's entire off-field life, from Texas A&M until now — when he has virtually no chance at getting back in the NFL  — has played out in an intensely public manner.

    In a normal world, an athlete's father sharing his pessimistic and dark feelings about his son's future through the media would be very odd, but Manziel hasn't lived a normal life since he burst on the scene as a redshirt freshman in college and won a Heisman Trophy.

    So on the heels of a story that Manziel's lawyeraccidentally texted the Associated Press with his concerns that Manziel could stay clean as an apparent part of a plea bargain in his domestic violence assault case, Manziel's father again had some startling words about his son.

    There have been numerous public messages from soon-to-be former agents, ex-teammates, friends and family begging Manziel to make changes in his life. It's pretty clear nothing is working yet.

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  • Police report: Tarvaris Jackson pulls gun on wife who taunts him about NFL career

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Tarvaris Jackson, a longtime NFL quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks who is currently a free agent, was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun on his wife, according to Chris Hush of WESH in Orlando.

    Hesh reported the news in a series of tweets, citing the police report that he also tweeted. Hesh said an intoxicated Jackson allegedly loaded a gun, pointed it at his wife and said "I'll kill you."

    According to Hesh's tweets, Jackson's wife said, "You better be accurate (because) you ain't accurate on the field."

    Jackson, who was in Kissimmee, Fla. visiting family, was grabbed by a witness to stop him from shooting, Hesh reported. The police report, which was cited by Hesh, said the victim grabbed a kitchen knife and a clothing iron for protection. The Osceola County County Corrections website said Jackson was booked Friday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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  • Johnny Manziel attorney mistakenly sends text to AP about his case

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

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    Even by the standards of Johnny Manziel's 2016, the story the Associated Press reported on Friday is unbelievable.

    The AP reportedthat Manziel's lawyer Bob Hinton mistakenly sent the AP a long text message, which he said later was meant for another attorney, presumably discussing a plea bargain in Manziel's domestic violence assault case and apparently suggesting he believes Manziel might have trouble staying clean if that is part of any deal.

    "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle," Hinton accidentally wrote to the AP, the news organization says.

    Hinton also wrote, the AP said, that he was emailed a "heads up" receipt "which purports to reflect" that Manziel spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store this week, 15 hours after an incident in which his car was hit and the other car that hit his drove off.

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  • The crazy story behind Steve Young's crazy 43-year USFL contract

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history.

    A $42 million pro football contract barely causes a ripple anymore. In 1984? Steve Young's deal that brought him to the USFL was a tsunami.

    Oh, and the deal was for 43 years. Yeah, it was a memorable one.

    The historic contract and the story behind how it got signed, from Young’s agent Leigh Steinberg, sum up the USFL’s existence in general: fun, different and a little insane.

    So no, Young won’t still be getting paid on that contract in 2026. He made a reported $4.8 million total from the deal.

    Even though the contract was a fraction of what it was supposed to be, it still lives on in football lore. So does the story of how it got signed.

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  • Jalen Ramsey wanted No. 23, but couldn't buy it off a teammate

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    How much is a jersey number worth? For Jalen Ramsey, $30,000 sounded about right. For James Sample, that wasn't enough for the No. 23 he has and Ramsey wanted. Sample made it clear his number was not for sale.

    This week Ramsey, the cornerback who was the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick a couple months ago, happily announced on Twitter that he's going to wear No. 20. That's not really his number of choice, but he was happy to give up No. 38, which was assigned to him when he found out the No. 23 he wanted was already taken by Sample.

    His dislike of No. 38 apparently became a running joke among the Jaguars, because both Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson acknowledged on Twitter how happy Ramsey is to be done with No. 38.

    @jalenramsey lol that man happy he out that 38 lol bout time

    Lol & you know this https://t.co/VCEXaSpxdd

    @A1hurns @jalenramsey wasn't playing no games getting out that 38 😂😂

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  • Join the club: Eric Decker tired of Ryan Fitzpatrick uncertainty

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Wide receiver Eric Decker seems worn out by the speculation of whether Ryan Fitzpatrick will sign with the New York Jets before the preseason. We hear you loud and clear, Eric.

    Decker wants Fitzpatrick back, for obvious reasons. Fitzpatrick had a good year, with 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns, nearly leading the Jets to the playoffs. Fitzpatrick wanted to be rewarded for that season by the Jets, who haven't been willing to meet his demands. So he remains unsigned. Decker has made it clear what his feelings are on the matter, holding his own version of a sit-in by skipping OTA practices in an apparent protestover Fitzpatrick being unsigned.

    "All offseason, in New York, having to answer questions, it's at a point now where we don't have an answer going into camp on who is going to be the quarterback," Decker said on "NFL Total Access." "Get that timing, build that identity offensively so hopefully something gets figured out."

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  • Johnny Manziel reports his car was damaged in hit-and-run incident

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Johnny Manziel is not having a good 2016, but the latest incident doesn't appear to be his fault.

    Manziel's car was damaged and he reported it to police as a hit-and-run accident, the Associated Press reported. Manziel had a witness from his car and an impartial witness say his car was struck on the driver's side and then that car left the scene, AP said.

    Manziel was not seriously injured, according to the report, although his publicist said he hit his head in the accident.

    TMZ had a picture of the damaged vehicle.

    This isn't the first car accident Manziel has had in 2016. In April the former Cleveland Browns quarterback was a passenger in a car that crashed into a light pole in Los Angeles. Manziel wasn't accused of any wrongdoing in that accident either.

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  • Mark Sanchez among athletes bilked out of millions in scheme

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez was among several professional athletes who were reportedly bilked out of more than $30 million in a " Ponzi-like scheme."

    Even worse, the man accused of cheating the athletes out of money was reportedly an NFLPA-approved financial adviser.

    Sanchez, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy and former Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt were named by federal investigators as being the victims in the case, according to the Associated Press. An adviser, Ash Narayan , put about $33 million of the athletes' money into a ticket business without their knowledge. Even worse, the lawsuit filed by the S ecurities and Exchange Commission a gainst Narayan says he was given a $2 million finder's fee from the ticket company for directing the money its way. The ticket company, The Ticket Reserve, had lost money for four straight years.

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  • Tim Tebow visits old teammate who was injured in Orlando attack

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Rodney Sumter isn't Tim Tebow's most famous former football teammate, but Tebow came to be with his friend after Sumter was shot in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

    Sumter was Tebow's teammate at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High . While Sumter is still in the hospital recovering from being shot three times and suffering two broken arms in the attack, he was visited by Tebow. According to Sumter's Instagram post, "My high school quarterback left the Bahamas to come and see me. Tebow has always been an awesome person."

    Sumter went on to play at Jacksonville University after high school, the Orlando Sentinel said. Tebow, of course, became a phenomenon at the University of Florida and for a brief time in the NFL.

    "Still in excruciating pain but, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' - Philippians 4:13."

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  • The man who turned down the NFL because of his religious beliefs

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 days ago

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history.

    Eli Herring was good enough to play in the National Football League. He was so good that even though he told teams he would not play, the Oakland Raiders picked him in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft anyway. He never joined Oakland.

    That's unfathomable to most of us. Who would turn down the money, fame, the thrill of playing on Sundays? It's that last part — playing on Sundays — that kept Herring away.

    Herring, who went to Brigham Young University, is a devout Mormon. In the LDS church, Sundays are for worship and rest. Not sports. That's why BYUis never scheduled for a Friday-Sunday location in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

    And that's why Herring, who was a mountain of an offensive lineman for the Cougars, turned down a fortune to play in the NFL and became a math teacher instead.

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