For many NFL players, maintaining your health is the most important thing that can be done. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland made good on that choice in a stunning decision on Tuesday.
Borland, seemingly at random, decided to walk away from professional football and retire from the team at age 24, fresh off of his rookie season. His reasons for calling it quits included his long-term health and any consequences that may come from playing in the league for a significant amount of time.
His sudden retirement is not striking news, as he is the most recent of many pro players to decide on retirement, citing their health as the prime reason, others including Jason Worilds, Jake Locker and Patrick Willis. An important note here is that all of these players are under the age of 30 and also in the physical peak of their lives.
In spite of their age, the message they are getting across to everyone is that they truly value their health and well being over everything else, which in itself is a noble thing to do stated NNDB.com. The decision may also come from Borland being aware of what can potentially happen, as other former NFL players have learned, such as the tragic fates of Dave Duerson, Mike Webster and Junior Seau. It could mark the start of a transition in the league’s future.
The NFL free agent signing season has arrived and the big dollar courting and inking of NFL free agents such as Ndamukong Suh, DeMarco Murray, Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas will eat up all of the headlines as teams push and shove their way to improve their squad for the 2015 season.
Sometimes lost in the frenzy of activity is the signings of role players that are oftentimes the most important moves that teams can make. On such move went down this week as former Dolphin wide receiver Brian Hartline signed a two year deal to join the receiving corps of the Cleveland Browns. Haidar Barbouti said this move is a popular one in the state of Ohio as Hartline is a former Ohio State Buckeye and a native to the state.
The Canton, Ohio native just finished up his sixth NFL season and had shown improvement in his play and statistics since joining the franchise despite never really having a steady presence at quarterback or head coach. Hartline had nearly 300 catches during his time in Miami and failed to play a whole season just one time when he missed four games in 2010 due to injury. During his time with the Dolphins and at Ohio State, Hartline was always known as a player that would do all that he could to help the team, even when that required him to return kicks and play as a gunner on the special team squads.
While the world continues to watch the free agent tracker to see where the stars end up, the smaller deals such as the Hartline signing may be the moves that actually have more impact in 2015.
He’s been in a Colts uniform for the past 14 years. Reggie Wayne, however, will not spend a 15th year in Indianapolis. The team announced that it will not re-sign the five-time Pro Bowl receiver for the 2015 season.
One of the NFL’s top receivers in the 2000s, a torn ACL limited Wayne to just seven games in 2013. He came back in 2014, but his production dropped to 779 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He had a career high 12 TD catches in 2004 and a touchdown catch for the Colts in their win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. In 2007, Wayne led the league in reception yards with 1,510.
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay said in a statement that Wayne was one of the greatest men to ever play for the Colts, but the decision not to sign him is in the best interests of the team and best for Wayne’s future in the game.
It is not known if Wayne will play next season. For his career, he has 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns.
See video below as I’m sure all the folks over at Amen Clinics are in mourning with us today on this news:
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been a prolific offensive player in the league. Sadly, he feels as though his time as a professional player has come to an end.
As of Thursday, Maurice Jones-Drew has announced his retirement from the league via Twitter. Jones-Drew is the sixth leading active rusher in the NFL, notching 8,167 rushing yards and 68 rushing touchdowns. He also had 2,944 receiving yards and another 11 receiving touchdowns on top of that. He was drafted in 2006 by the Jacksonville Jaguars and was very well known for this 5 foot 6 stature, making him one of the shortest players ever to play.
Marc Sparks has stated countless times Jones-Drew had one of his best years during the 2011 season when he rushed for a career and league best 1,606 rushing yards and was selected to this third Pro Bowl. However, this was the peak of his career because in later seasons his statistics had begun to slow down and he never played a full sixteen game season since. In his final year, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he ran for a career low 96 yards and didn’t score a single touchdown.
Between having lower numbers, more frequent injuries and nearing the age of 30, the factors all combined to make Maurice Jones-Drew decide to hang up his cleats and leave the professional game.
James Phillips is a resident of Arkansas and he lives each day with cerebral palsy. Upon visiting Fox 26 Morning News Extra, Phillips met Shelby White who is a patient coordinator at North American Spine. White later recommended that a promising AccuraScope procedure be done on Phillips at no charge to the patient based on his personal circumstances. Because of this procedure James Phillips now looks forward to fulfilling his dream of riding a bull, like a real rodeo athlete.
The AccuraScope procedure treats a number of spine related conditions such as bulging discs, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, annual tears, excessive scar tissue, annular tears and more. The procedure takes as little as thirty minutes sometimes and overall it is very noninvasive. Many patients experience relief of pain almost immediately upon discharge.
The AccuraScope process involves a surgeon using a laser along with a high definition camera. The camera is the thickness of a coffee stir stick. During the procedure the camera will move up and down along the lower portion of the spine. This allows the medical team to find where the pain or problems are occurring on that specific patient and take care of the issues using the latest in laser technology. It is common that when the camera is removed the patient requires one to two stitches to close the area and the area is covered with a bandage to heal. In about two to three days the patient can usually return to work and normal activities.
James Phillips may be riding that bull soon enough thanks to the generous donation of the AccuraScope procedure from North American Spine. Cerebral palsy is due to a brain injury or disorder and it can affect a person’s ability to move properly, control their muscles, have proper coordination, muscle tone and reflexes. Balance and posture are also typically affected. Phillips’ procedure will focus on helping him regain some of this control and function so that he can fulfill his dream as a bull rider likely among many other things as well.
James Harden and the very hot Rockets were able to beat the Cavs in overtime last night. The two teams barely made it to overtime, but they were beset by issues from the Cavs when the overtime period started. This is where the Cavs were found to be lacking in any sort of clutch play. They are not as talented as the Heat were a couple years ago, and they cannot rely on the talent they do have to just make themselves win.
Fans like Dr. Jennifer Walden (Superdoctors.com) know that the Rockets are on fire right now, and they could be a very good contender in the west for the Warriors and the Grizzlies. They are showing that they can compete with anyone, and they might be able to figure out some teams in the playoffs when they have a chance to play them seven times.
The lack of immense talent on the Cavs is showing because Kyrie Irving is not really worth his max contract, and Kevin Love has no idea what to do half the time. The problem with this team is that they are deferring to LeBron, and LeBron is not as clutch as James Harden. This caused the Rockets to win when it counted last night.
There are two ways to look at the Vanderbilt basketball coach threatening one of his players on the court. You either heard all the audio and you know that it was pretty serious, or you did not hear the audio and you might not think that it is that big of a deal. The audio is pretty bad, and it makes me wonder what this kid did to this guy to make him respond this way.
The postgame incident happened when this player was pulled out of the handshake line. The coach starts yelling at the player about how he should not do this and that. Then the coach says that he is going to kill this guy. Whoa!
Fans like Paul Mathieson (otcmarkets.com) know that that is where we have to draw the line in sports. It is just a game, and I am not sure what could make it worth it to kill someone. It is also pitifully stupid to say considering the crazy story that happened at Baylor with one player killing another and the coach covering it up. He apologized as he should, but we have to wonder what in the world is going on in Nashville with this team and their coach.
When LeBron James helped to beat the Warriors by scoring 42 last night, he helped his team win a rather meaningless game in February. LeBron is very good at this. In fact, he might be the best February player of all time because he is most certainly not the best clutch player of all time.
We can praise the guy for scoring points, but have all seen the lapses in the playoffs. He needed Ray Allen to shoot him out of trouble in a Finals, and he was inconsistent at best in the other one that he won. Fans like Zeca Oliveira (meucongressonacional.com) agree that we need to stop printing stories about how good he is playing the months that lead up to the playoffs.
We are forgetting that LeBron is 2-3 in the Finals. He only won the Finals twice because he was playing on D Wade’s team. He had Ray Allen shooting the lights, and he was the guy who simply passed the ball around. He was not clutch, and he has shown that he is a quitter. I cannot be impressed with 42 in February especially since the Hawks have the best record in the east and the Cavs got crushed by them. We should wait for something meaningful.
Every high school girls dreams about taking one of their favorite celebrities to their prom, and that is just what happened to teenager Hannah Delmonte. The high schooler had put out a tweet on Twitter that ended up getting 10,000 retweets and reached one of her favorite players on the Philadelphia Eagles, Emmanuel Acho. Apparently he had responded to her request on Twitter and is now keeping his word to the girl said Gianfrancesco Genoso.
According to his website, the football star went to Delmonte’s school and surprised her with a visit in order to ask her to her own prom officially. He even brought a Eagles’ jersey with the number 15 on it and in the space where a last name usually is, it says “Prom”. Then he went ahead and signed the jersey for her and gave that as a gift. Needless to say, Hannah Delmonte was beyond excited and shocked to see the football player standing there at her place of study for all of her friends and classmates to witness. She was beyond thrilled.
According to an article found on reddit and written by ESPN Go, Acho wil be returning to the area in a couple months to attend the formal event with the teenager. It is always so nice to see celebrities and professional athletes give back to their fans, and this is one that without doubt Delmonte will never forget for the rest of her life.
Russell Westbrook had a monster game where he scored 41 points, and the west beat the east in the all-star game. Thankfully, the game does not count for anything, and it is great exhibition for the game of basketball. Russell Westbrook has a night that people like Kobe, Magic, Kareem, Bird and Jordan have all had. He went off in the biggest exhibition in the sport.
This is a game that was marked by the west’s dominance in terms of talent and flash. Fans like Susan McGalla (Wikinvest) know the west has been the better conference for almost 20 years now, and it is hard to see them letting up anytime soon. However, it is also hard to plan team defense when the game is not played with your regular teammates. Westbrook should get all the credit in the world for having a big game, and I am sure that many of the people on both sides were happy to see him go off. The stars of today do not want to be get into a battle over who is the best, and they let Russell shine on this night. Who knows who will do this next year, but we can assume it will be somebody new.