Shutdown Corner

  • Rex Ryan on father Buddy: 'He truly was our hero'

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago

    One of the greatest defensive minds the NFL has seen, Buddy Ryan, died on Tuesday. One of his two sons, Rex, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills (another son, Rob, has joined Rex’s staff this year), released a statement through the team sharing thoughts on his legendary father:

    “On behalf of the entire Ryan family, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sympathies, prayers and warm thoughts with the passing of my dad. He was many things to many people–outstanding coach, mentor, fierce competitor, father figure, faithful friend and the list goes on. But to me and my brothers Rob and Jim, he was so much more. He was everything you want in a dad–tough when he had to be, compassionate when you didn’t necessarily expect it, and a loving teacher and confidant who cherished his family. He truly was our hero.

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  • Peyton Manning wishes he could have played for Pat Summitt

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago

    Back in 2012, when Peyton Manning’s career was hanging in the balance following four neck surgeries and his release from the Indianapolis Colts, he placed a call to an old friend from his college days.

    We don’t know if it was for advice or reassurance, or just two friends chatting. But it also was a flashpoint in Pat Summit’s life, too. She had just finished her final season in a legendary career as Tennessee woman’s basketball coach after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011.

    Summitt, 64, died early Tuesday.

    Her impact on women’s basketball — and sports in general — can’t be overstated. So much so that Manning, who befriended Summitt when he was an underclassman at Tennessee in the 1990s, believes she could have succeeded as a coach in any sport.

    Yes, even football.

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  • Tim Tebow comes to aid of family in distress on flight

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago

    So here’s possibly the most Tim Tebow story we’ve ever heard: on Sunday afternoon, a man named Richard Gotti posted to his Facebook page the story of what happened on his flight from Atlanta to Phoenix.

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  • Jaguars' Dan Skuta recently arrested for battery on woman (Updated)

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago

    Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was recently arrested in Orlando, charged with battery after he allegedly got violent with a woman who rebuffed his advances.

    First reported by Jacksonville TV station CBS 47, Skuta was arrested in the early-morning hours of June 19 on misdemeanor battery charges.

    According to the police report, a friend of the victim approached an officer and said her friend had been hit by a man, and identified the “tall male subject.” The officer detained the man, identified as Skuta.

    The victim alleges that she and her friend were on the sidewalk when approached by Skuta, and Skuta began chatting and flirting with the victim. When Skuta asked for her phone number, she said no, and, the police report says, a verbal altercation ensued.

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