NFL great Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Hall of Famer and former NFL great Cortez Kennedy was found dead today in Orlando. According to Orlando PD, “there is nothing suspicious to report.”

Kennedy, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, played 11 seasons in the NFL; all with the Seahawks.

The investigation into Kennedy’s death is ongoing.

 

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Redskins’ Vernon Davis on Kaepernick: ‘He’s the type of guy you want on your team’

Former 49er and Redskins TE Vernon Davis gave his support for Colin Kaepernick. Davis told TMZ Sports his thoughts on Kaepernick, and what he can bring to a team:

“Great teammate, never really had any problem out of him. I know he’s an extremely hard worker. He’ll outwork anyone, any day; that’s what I always loved about him. Always come to work. He gives a 110 percent; all day, everyday, hands down. But yeah, he’s a great guy.” 

Davis, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco, still believes Kaepernick can play:

“He’s fast, he can throw, he does it all. He’s one of those guys you want on your team.”

NFL: ‘There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion’

Gisele Bundchen, the wife of New England Patriots OB Tom Brady, told CBS This Morning that Brady had suffered a concussion in 2016. Here is the problem, according to reports, there is no record of this concussion.

Here is a statement from the NFL on Bundchen’s claim:

“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.”

“There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms.”

“Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady.”

“The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.”

Brady and Bundchen are probably in heated argument right now!

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett: ‘I think that Kaepernick getting the opportunity to be on our team would be really cool’

Colin Kaepernick is not getting much love from around the league. Currently, he is a free agent, and there does not seem to be much interest from the NFL. Yesterday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Kaepernick could be an option for the team.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett feels Kaepernick would be a good fit in Seattle. He expressed that opinion to John Clayton and Gee Scott on 710 ESPN Seattle:

“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room? Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? So I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.”

“I think that Kaepernick getting the opportunity to be on our team would be really cool, would really be a good place for him because you have a coach like coach Carroll who is up for challenges like that. You have an owner who spends and gives back to the homeless. You’ve got players on your team that give back in the community. You’ve got Russell Wilson who shows that our team is built around community. So this is a perfect place for him.”

Seattle needs a veteran backup, and if Kaepernick is willing to take that role, the Seahawks should sign him. Their current backup Trevone Boykin is unproven, and is having a hard time staying out of trouble. Kaepernick may not be a star, but he could help an organization. He can be a solid a backup for some team in the NFL.

 I still believe he gets a shot somewhere in 2017.

 

Glen Coffee on why he’s returning to football: ‘A little bit of unfinished business’

When Glen Coffee retired from the NFL in 2010, many thought he was going to become a pastor.  While he never became a pastor, Coffee was involved in ministry. Now, Coffee wants to return to the NFL. “People would look at my age (30) and say why I waited so long, but I really feel like I am 23, and really believe I can play another five, six years if I wanted to,” Coffee told Paul Gant.

Coffee, who played for the 49ers in 2009, recalled the moment when he realized that he wanted to play the game of football again. “I was watching Monday Night Football, and the 49ers were playing. And Carlos Hyde was running the ball, and he was having a great game. And I just had a thought in my head, like man, I was really blessed with great athleticism, and God was really giving me the opportunity to express that through football. And I kind of felt, I don’t want to say guilty, but it was kind of like, man, I really wanted to experience this before it’s too late.”

In 2013, three years after he retired, Coffee decided to enter the military. He explained why: “I just came to the realization to have a country, and say we have borders you have to have a military to contain those borders, to keep those borders. I don’t want to make it seem like I’m being patriotic, but I just felt like if I were abled body to do it, then I should do it.”

Coffee did acknowledge that one reason for his return to football is financial. However, he plans on doing some interesting things with his NFL paycheck. “I want to be what you would call a permaculturalist.  It just stands for permanent agriculture, and I want to farm man. I want to kind of be off the grid.”

Eventually, Coffee would like to learn how to grow and gather his own food.

“I want to know how to grow things. I want to know how to butcher animals, and I want to be able to fix things,” Coffee said.

Coffee believes that his hard work as well as his faith in God will get him back to the NFL.   “First and foremost, I just believe that God has got me. I just feel like I wouldn’t be given this opportunity, and I feel like it wouldn’t be out there on social media, and SportsCenter, and yadda, yadda. Unless, it was really meant to be, it’s really on faith man. I just can’t sit here and say I deserve to be, or I will be, because of this or this. It’s really on faith.”

Coffee feels he has heard enough around the league to believe that he will get another chance in the NFL.

“I believe with hard work you can get anything. I just think they’re will be enough interest out there for me to get an invite to camp, and if I touch down on camp, its on from there.”

We’ll see what the future holds for Glen Coffee.

Listen to the complete interview below:

Rolando McClain arrested in Alabama

According to police in Hartselle, Al, and the Decatur Daily,  free agent LB Rolando McClain was arrested today, and charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, marijuana possession and misdemeanor equipment violations.

McClain was stopped for having tinted windows on his car. After a search, McClain was found with marijuana and a firearm, according to the Decatur Daily,

The 27-year-old McClain was sent to the Morgan County Jail.  McClain’s bail is $2000.

McClain was suspended indefinitely in December from the NFL for substance abuse. McClain played for the Raiders and Cowboys during his six-year career.

Michael Floyd to Vikings

According to ESPN,  WR Michael Floyd will sign with the Vikings.

Also, Floyd announced the signing on his Twitter page.

Floyd , who pleaded guilty to one count of extreme DUI, was sentenced to 24 days in jail, and 96 days of house arrest back in February.

Great chance for Floyd to resurrect his career.

NFL announces new head of officiating

Alberto Riveron a member of the NFL’s Officiating Department since 2013 and a nine-year veteran NFL game official has been named NFL senior vice president of officiating.

Riveron will oversee all aspects of the league’s officiating department – including the implementation of the centralized replay model approved by clubs at the annual meeting in March – as well as administration, evaluation and development.

A native of Cuba, Riveron moved to Miami at age five with his family and developed a passion for the game.  He began as an official in local youth leagues in 1977, made his collegiate officiating debut in 1990 before joining the NFL officiating ranks in 2004.  In 2008, Riveron was promoted to referee, earning the distinction as the NFL’s first Hispanic referee.  Riveron came off the field following the 2012 season to join the league office as senior director of officiating.

“Al has done a terrific job as a key member of our officiating staff for the past four seasons,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL.  “Prior to that, Al was an outstanding on-field official who earned the respect of his fellow officials, as well as coaches and players alike.  To have Al leading our officiating department, and then to add talented, knowledgeable instant replay and officiating experts like Russell and Wayne, is a tremendous positive for us as we look forward to the 2017 season.”

Reporting to Riveron, who will report to NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT, will be two new hires designed to aid in the department’s long-standing goal of excellence in officiating performance –RUSSELL YURK and WAYNE MACKIE.

Yurk joins the staff as Vice President of Instant Replay and Administration.  In this role, Yurk will direct the league’s instant replay operations in the Art McNally GameDay Central room and oversee all instant replay-related personnel.  Yurk will also be responsible for officiating administration, including supervising operational aspects of scheduling and logistics as well as the training and development of instant replay personnel.

Yurk spent the past seven seasons as an NFL instant replay official after working as an on-field official for 10 seasons at the high school and college level. An instant replay expert, Yurk assisted in authoring the replay section of the NFL Referee’s Manual for the past two years.

Mackie, a 10-year veteran NFL game official, has been named Vice President of Officiating Evaluation and Development, responsible for the officiating evaluation and development program, managing the on-field officials weekly crew evaluation process, as well the staff of officiating supervisors and trainers, and the management of the Officiating Development Program.

A highly-respected on-field game official for the past two decades at the collegiate and professional level, Mackie entered the NFL in 2007 as a head linesman and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top officials at his position.  Mackie has officiated in eight NFL playoff games, including serving as head linesman at Super Bowl 50 and for two conference championship games during his 10-year NFL career.

Mackie began his collegiate officiating career in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1996 and also officiated in the Atlantic 10 and Big East through his final collegiate season in 2006 prior to joining the NFL.

Riveron, Yurk and Mackie will all work in GameDay Central throughout the season and have the final say on instant replay decisions, in consultation with the referee as part of the new replay rules for the 2017 season.

“Al, Russell and Wayne are a team dedicated to delivering the highest quality of officiating and game administration in professional sports,” Vincent said.  “The structure of their responsibilities will provide us with a sustainable model for greater efficiency, improved performance from our officials, and operational excellence in collaboration, development and training of our officiating team.”

NFL announces preseason dates and times!

The NFL announced their preseason schedule with dates and times today.  It starts with the Hall of Fame Game on August 3 in Canton, OH, as the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals.

Find out the dates and times for your favorite team:

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – AUGUST 3
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
DAY DATE Guest HOME LOCAL ET
Wednesday Aug. 9 Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 11 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00 PM (CT) 9:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 12 Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 12 Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 6:00 PM (PT) 9:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 12 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1:30 PM (ET) 1:30 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 17 Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 17 Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
Friday Aug. 18 Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans 2:00 PM (CT) 3:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 New York Jets at Detroit Lions 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:00 PM (ET) 4:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
Monday Aug. 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 24 Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 24 Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 25 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Saturday Aug. 26 Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Saturday Aug. 26 Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM (CT) 1:00 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 4:30 PM (ET) 4:30 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Thursday Aug. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 PM (CT) 8:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM

Cardale Jones gets his degree!

As a freshmen at Ohio State, Buffalo Bills’ OB Cardale Jones tweeted this out:

 

 

Today, after receiving his degree from The Ohio State University, he tweeted this out:

Jones got his degree in African-American Studies and African Studies.

Congrats to Cardale Jones!