Peyton Manning addresses retirement, HGH allegations

From Yahoo Sports: Despite the chatter, Peyton Manning insists he has not made a decision about his future. The Denver Broncos’ quarterback was asked point blank at Super Bowl Opening Night if he plans to retire after Super Bowl 50, but he told NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk that he hasn’t decided and is focused on Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. “I don’t know the answer to that,” Manning said to Faulk’s question. “I think one thing I’ve done well all season and the team has done well all season is stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand.” Manning later told reporters he didn’t “see himself knowing” about retirement until after the season. See the video...

Hawks’ Al Horford expanding his game as free agency looms

From Yahoo Sports: The NBA’s star-studded free-agent class this summer could include LeBron James and Kevin Durant, yet Atlanta Hawksbig man Al Horford is confident he won’t get lost in the crowd. The nine-year veteran has had a solid career, averaging 14.3 points and nine rebounds per game. Yet he hasn’t stopped expanding his game. “The NBA game is changing a lot,” Horford, 29, told Yahoo Sports. “I know everyone always says that, but especially these past three seasons I feel like it changed even more. For me, I’m in the process of re-changing some aspects of my game to fit this new mold. It’s kind of forcing me to do some things that I haven’t done in the past. “As you probably have seen, I’m shooting more from 3-point range. I’m making sure I penetrate more to the basket. Little things you need to be able to do in the new NBA.” Horford is averaging 15.2 points, seven rebounds and three assists through 49 games this season and is taking a career-high three 3-pointers per game. He’s shooting a respectable 33.1 percent from long distance, hitting 48 of 145 attempts after making a career-high 11 3-pointers last year. Horford, a three-time All-Star, is making $12 million in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Atlanta can offer Horford a maximum five-year, $146 million contract, which Horford is seeking, a source told Yahoo Sports. Read the full story...
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...
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...
Jairus Byrd Raises the Bar as Highest Paid Safety

Jairus Byrd Raises the Bar as Highest Paid Safety

The 2013 NFL season saw the continued rise of the pass-first offense. As more and more teams look to move the ball downfield through the air, the safety and cornerback positions are increasingly important for opposing defenses. Perhaps that helps explain the unprecedented deal offered by the New Orleans Saints to safety Jairus Byrd. Drafted from the University of Oregon in 2009, Jairus Byrd was most recently a safety for the Buffalo Bills. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time AFC interceptions leader, Byrd was widely considered to be one of the most coveted free agents available after the 2013 season. Despite limited salary cap space — less than $2.5 million — the New Orleans Saints considered Byrd’s signing to be a priority. The recently inked contract amounts to 6 years and $54 million, making it the most lucrative deal ever signed by a safety. While the contract is laden with incentives, $26.3 million is guaranteed. The deal breaks down as follows: $12.3 million fully guaranteed upon signing ($11 million signing bonus and a $1.3 million base salary for the 2014 season), with an additional $14 million guaranteed in base salaries through 2016. After that, there are roster bonuses, including per-game roster bonuses, and additional incentives tied to certain benchmarks, such as Pro Bowl appearances. Before Byrd’s signing, it was Eric Berry’s rookie contract with the Kansas City Chiefs that set the bar for the safety position. That contract, signed in 2010, has a base value of $50 million over six years. Needless to say, Byrd’s deal ups the pressure on other teams looking to sign valuable players...