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February 6, 2013 |
In his first game in 1963 with the San Diego Chargers, Walt Sweeney established a pattern that would mark his 13 seasons as a star in professional football. Even though it was only an exhibition, Sweeney played with a fearsome aggressiveness. As a special teams player, he raced down the field ahead of the veterans, making several tackles over the course of the game and becoming a fan favorite as the Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders. But there was something the fans did not know: Sweeney, then a 22-year-old first-round draft choice from Syracuse University, was so high on speed that his heart would not stop pounding after the game.
January 23, 2013 |
The Manti Te'o saga may not be as unusual as we thought. Although an athlete finding out that his deceased girlfriend never existed in the first place -- as the Notre Dame linebacker claims to have happened to him -- is an extreme example, Te'o apparently is not the only athlete to be duped into a relationship with someone who has assumed a false identity. A woman using the Twitter handle @RedRidnH00d established dialogues with pro athletes, particularly players for her favorite team, the Washington Redskins, while going by the pseudonym Sidney Ackermann and using photos of Internet adult entertainer C.J. Miles as her own, according to a story on NFL.com.
January 11, 2013 |
Even though Robert Griffin III continued playing for the Washington Redskins on an injured knee, the NFLPA will not demand a formal investigation of the team's handling of his injury, the union announced Friday. The NFLPA launched an informal inquiry this week but decided that a formal probe was not needed. “The quality of medical care [Griffin] ultimately received is only one part of this,” the union's medical director, Thom Mayer, said in a written statement. Griffin appeared to re-injure his knee in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks yet he continued to play.
January 9, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive knee surgery Wednesday and faces a challenging rehabilitation if he is to return for the start of next season. The Washington Redskins quarterback had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee reconstructed for a second time. The surgery was performed in Florida by orthopedist James Andrews , who was optimistic that Griffin would be back on the field this fall. "We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody's hope and belief that due to Robert's high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season," Andrews said in a statement released by the Redskins.
January 9, 2013 |
Is it any surprise that Richard Sherman graduated from Stanford with a degree in communications? Of the survivors in the NFL playoffs, there's no more watchable communicator than Sherman, the trash-talking, playmaking cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks whose constant, boisterous button-pushing on the field belies his friendly, easygoing attitude off it. "You have to be that way," Sherman said this week in a phone interview. "I'm not rude or anything off the field, but on the field I'm a dog. " And there's bite to go with his bark.
January 7, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III had to leave the Washington Redskins' 24-14 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday when he injured his knee while trying to recover a bad snap. The heralded rookie quarterback, who led Washington to the playoffs for the first time since 2007, already had his right knee braced because he strained a minor ligament during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9. With more than six minutes remaining in Sunday's game, which featured the first NFL playoff matchup of rookie quarterbacks, the Redskins were set to run a play from the shotgun formation when a low snap glanced off Griffin's left hand and began to roll on the ground.