- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner53 mins ago
The bond between the Kemoeatu brothers is so tight that when Chris' career with the Pittsburgh Steelers ended because he needed a kidney transplant, that was it for Ma'ake and his Baltimore Ravens career too.
"He couldn't play anymore, and I didn't want to be in a position where he couldn't play but I'd keep playing," Ma'ake Kemoeatu , a former nose tackle, said according to the Associated Press. "As soon as my brother's health was at risk I wanted to stop everything."
Chris Kemoeatu's health was more important than football, and Ma'ake Kemoeatu helped him in an incredible way, not only quitting his NFL career but donating a kidney.
The kidney transplant surgery on Aug. 27 went well, and the two talked to the media on Wednesday. Ma'ake, now 35, quit the Ravens in 2012. Chris, now 31, was a guard for the Steelers for seven seasons before his health forced him from the game.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
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Now, before I get to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's outright lie about why Philadelphia cut receiver DeSean Jackson, I know why he did it.
Before Jackson's first game against Philadelphia since the Eagles cut him, Kelly was of course asked about why the team cut Jackson this past offseason. The Redskins signed Jackson shortly after he was cut. There were plenty of rumors about why the Eagles let him go, including one explosive story from NJ.com that said the team was worried about Jackson's possible gang activity.
Whatever Kelly's real reason, Jackson was gone after a 1,332-yard, nine-touchdown season. And it serves Kelly no purpose to say the real reason. He doesn't want to make Jackson any more motivated than he already is, not to mention that he doesn't need the union looking into what his reason was.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Peyton Manning is probably the most oft-interviewed NFL player in the game, and it's because he's a good, thoughtful quote no matter what the subject. Peter King took on the challenge of asking Manning questions he'd never been asked, and the result was an interesting and far-ranging, though not particularly controversial, Q&A in King's MMQB.
Best moment: Manning, who owns interest in Papa John's franchises, drops a broad reference to Colorado's new legalized-marijuana laws: "There’s some different laws out here in Colorado," Manning said, answering a question about his political awareness. "Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes." Why, Peyton, WHATEVER COULD YOU MEAN?
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The hands that had 951 career receptions during a sparkling 16-year NFL career now has some Pro Football Hall of Fame bling and Yahoo Sports has the first look at Andre Reed's Ring of Excellence.
Set in 14K gold with a total diamond weight of 1¾ carats, Reed will receive his ring this Sunday when the Buffalo Bills honor him at halftime. Reed spent 15 years with the Bills and had all but 10 of his career receptions with one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history.
Reed could never get a Super Bowl ring with the Bills, despite four trips to the Super Bowl, but the group that has a Hall of Fame ring is much more exclusive.
On one side of the ring is Reed's likeness along with his position and years played (Which leads to the question of will ‘Personal Punt Protector’ be on Tim Tebow’s ring? Ah, never mind). Each Hall of Fame ring is produced by Kay Jewelers, the official jewelry store of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the official designer of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring. Every enshrinement begins with Kay, apparently.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTSan Diego at BuffaloPreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Tom Brady has one of the greatest quarterbacking résumés of all time: three Super Bowl titles, nearly 50,000 passing yards, a 361-134 TD-INT ratio, a 149-44 regular-season record, and plenty more.
As it turns out, Brady had a pretty decent résumé before his NFL career started, too.
Brady was a sixth-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2000, and he even considered selling insurance as he kept sliding in the draft.
So it's no surprise that he had his life experience well organized and ready to send out to prospective employers in case that football thing didn't work out. Brady found his old résumé and posted it on his official Facebook account on Thursday.
Some fun stuff in there for Mr. Thomas E. Brady, Jr. Among the highlights:
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
It's been a string of bad news for the NFL — on the field and off — but here's a bit of good news for fantasy football owners and Cincinnati Bengals fans alike: A.J. Green appears healthy enough to play in Week 3.
The right toe injury that forced Green from Sunday's 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons "feels good," and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on a conference call to Tennessee Wednesday — and reiterated to Sirius XM radio Thursday — he expects his All-Pro wide receiver to take the field against the Titans.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTTennessee at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
For some, the Adrian Peterson controversy comes down to personal feelings about what is acceptable when disciplining your child.
Peterson, the Vikings star running back who was indicted for causing injuries to his 4-year-old son, faced physical punishment when he was growing up, and his mother didn't hide that fact. Peterson's mother Bonita Jackson, speaking to the Houston Chronicleon Wednesday, said her son was "trying hard to be a good parent" and stuck up for Peterson. The Chronicle story said Jackson said she " used her hand, switches and belts to occasionally spank all of her six children in order to correct their behavior ."
"I don't care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes," Jackson, who lives in the Houston suburb of Spring, told the Chronicle. "But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world.
"When you whip those you love, it's not about abuse, but love. You want to make them understand that they did wrong."
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
A few days after Michael Brown was shot by a member of the Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department, a minister strolled up to a group of young men standing on the street curb amid the protests and riots. Moments before, a police car drove by the group of men, and several made a lewd gesture and cursed at the officers. The pastor didn’t want to reprimand, but simply listen.
They felt powerless and he heard it in their voices. He spoke with them, offered to pray with them and let them know they could always reach out to him. His church was located in Ferguson, just minutes away from where they stood. They smiled and he walked away.
If the young men knew they were just talking to a Pro Football Hall of Famer, they never let on.
Aeneas Williams feels like his post-NFL path led him to helping in Ferguson when it was needed most.
Ordained by his church early in his NFL career while he played for the Arizona Cardinals, Williams is founder and pastor of The Spirit Church which meets at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson. He teams with his wife Tracy in a ministry that reaches into the inner-city of Ferguson, which is about 10 miles from where the former NFL cornerback lives.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Because Ray Rice punched his wife unconcious in an elevator and Adrian Peterson admittedly "whooped" his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, NFL personnel now face questions from the media in an effort to advance the story, as if players are leading experts on these matters.
Given this scenario, some players are bound to say something stupid — frankly, it's surprising it doesn't happen more often — and Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush fell into that trap Tuesday.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTGreen Bay at DetroitPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
After 10 days in which the NFL has been forced to come to terms with the specter of domestic violence among some high-profile players, Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on allegations of two incidents of aggravated assault that occurred over the summer. The Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer from all team activities.
Tyler Baldwin of Arizona's 3TV first offered this news:
The Phoenix Police Department indicatedthat the incidents involving Dwyer's wife and 18-month-old child took place over the summer on July 21 and 22. Dwyer's wife left the state of Arizona shortly afterward and took their child with her. According to Phoenix police, Dwyer admitted to the incidents but denied any assault took place.