Post-Game Work

Post-Game Work

Every wonder where some of these football players ended up after leaving the NFL?  Here are some of the most interesting examples of what happens to players once they leave the gridiron behind. Peter Boulware This Raven’s defensive player went from defending the QB to defending Florida.  In 2008, Boulware ran as the Republican candidate for the Florida state house.  Although Boulware lost, he was given a position on the Florida Board of Education.  His interest in children’s welfare extends beyond education and has hosted numerous charitable activities for kids, and is a board member of U Maryland’s Medical Children’s Hospital. Terry Bradshaw This one is a familiar face, and is usually found on TV on Football Season Sundays.  He’s also done a little acting on the side such as in the Matthew McConaughey rom-com Failure to Launch, and he played a version of himself on FX’s fantasy football-comedy The League.  Bradshaw is a Hall of Famer who spent his 13-year career playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. John Frank Not many would think that after playing football one becomes a doctor, but don’t tell that to this Super Bowl 23 champ (yes that is the one Montana one in the last minutes of the game).  Frank studied medicine while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.  He retired after the Super Bowl victory and earned an MD in 1992.  He is now a board certified ENT with a hair-restoration practice in New York City. Than Merrill This guy has been everywhere.  After getting drafted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001, he went on to play ball in Europe.  Afterwards...
2014 Sochi Olympics Ice Dancing Champions

2014 Sochi Olympics Ice Dancing Champions

The United States took home nine gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including the top honor in Ice Dancing awarded to Meryl Davis and Charlie White. An Olympic event since 1976, Ice Dancing is an event that combines elements of figure skating and ballroom dancing. Elements that make Ice Dancing stand out from the seemingly similar Pairs Skating competition are the lack of throws and jumps, the importance of staying in a close dance hold, and a different emphasis on the beat of the music rather than melody. Likely key to their success, Davis and White have been skating together since 1997, when they were just ages eight and nine. Both originally from Michigan and currently students at the University of Michigan, the pair took second at the Junior Olympics during their first year together, and have won numerous awards in the almost two decades since culminating in the top prize in their sport with the Olympic Gold. Meryl and Charlie brought a new appreciation to their sport after the 2014 Olympics. Ice Dancing has often been mocked and had its legitimacy as a sport questioned, but the popularity of the reigning champions and the thrill of watching their Olympic glory seems to be convincing many of Ice Dancing’s rightful place on the international sporting stage. The popularity of dancing competition shows like Dancing With the Stars may also be a part of the new appeal of Ice Dancing. In fact, Davis and White sought guidance and choreography help from DWTS’s Derek Hough. Following their Olympic win, Davis and White seem to be capitalizing on their enormous popularity...
March Madness: Who Will Play in the Final Four?

March Madness: Who Will Play in the Final Four?

There is always some form of uncertainty when picking the top four for the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Some teams will make the cut and others won’t. Some teams will make the cut that you never even thought would have a chance. Sometimes it all comes down to those final moments. And when those final moments happen, certain teams do surprise you. So who will be the top picks for the NCAA March Madness Tournament? Well for one, Florida States is being headlined to be in the top billing. According to many experts, the Gators are on the list to take home all the winnings this year. This is according to at least 13 different experts. These experts watch these games more than any other person, so they should at least have some idea. Michigan State is another one that is pegged to take home the gold. Michigan came in at number 8, just under the Florida Gators. If you watch ESPN at all, you will find that these guys love their Michigan State. When looking at the top five brackets, about four of them have the Michigan Spartans taking home the gold this year. The third team that is predicted to turn things around is Kansas. When looking at the charts, you will find that about 3 experts have picked them. Some have even predicted that Kansas will beat even teams like Wichita State and Creighton. They have them even beating Arizona. And Arizona was the last team to make the cut on the list. The fourth one predicted to do well is Louisville. And again, Louisville has...
Blackhawks Strong After Loss of Kane

Blackhawks Strong After Loss of Kane

The Chicago Blackhawks have to be worried about their post season hopes, after forward, Patrick Kane went down in the second period during a game against the St. Louis Blues. Kane got tangled up in a crosscheck his teammate Sheldon Brookbank put on Brendon Marrow, and he fell to the ice. The awkward and unexpected fall caused an injury to his left leg, but Kane was able to skate off the ice, and into the locker room to get examined by team physicians. The Blackhawks were still able to win the game 4-0. During the after game press conference the organization stated Kane is going to be out at least 3 weeks, which takes them to end of the regular season. Head Coach Joel Queneville isn’t hopeful that he will return to play any regular season games. Having Kane out is a huge loss for the Blackhawks, and teammates like Ben Smith will need to step up if the team wants to have a strong finish to their season Kane is such a dominant factor for the team, and more players will need to get into the four-line rotation. The Blackhawks seem to be making changes to their roster, to help with the loss of their star forward. The incredibly talented 19 year old Teuvo Teravainen, who has just wrapped up his season in Finland, may be hitting the ice for the Blackhawks, and arrived in Chicago on Friday. The organization is determining when he should play, and if he will play more than 10 total games to help out the team, which would affect the terms of his...
Top Performing NFL Quarterbacks of 2013

Top Performing NFL Quarterbacks of 2013

While the younger crop of NFL quarterbacks have changed much of the landscape in the NFL, the top tier quarterbacks are still dominated by the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. As the 2013 NFL season began, Aaron Rodgers was the highest paid quarterback at $22 million per year. Rodgers now has 10 NFL seasons under his belt after being selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 24th selection in the 2005 NFL draft. Rodgers is the NFL’s all-time career leader in passer rating during the regular season with a 104.9 rating and was named Super Bowl MVP for the 2010 season. Peyton Manning has been considered by some to be the best quarterback in NFL history. While that will continue to be debated, there is no doubt that he should be part of that conversation. After missing the entire 2011 season with several neck surgeries, Manning left Indianapolis and became the signal caller for the Denver Broncos. Manning is now in his 17th NFL season and he was selected as the first pick in the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He led the Colts to eight division championships, two AFC championships and a Super Bowl championship. He currently holds the NFL record for being named NFL MVP five times. Tom Brady was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. After an injury to then starter Drew Bledsoe in the 2001 season, Brady stepped in and led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory that year. At that point, Brady was the youngest quarterback...