Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 9:46 AM EST Nov 23, 2018 Shea Patterson didn’t have to listen hard to hear the gunfire. Semi-automatics blasting in the distance. Bap. Bap. Bap. Bap. Bap. Almost every afternoon, the drug cartels sprayed bullets on the other side of the Rio Grande River. It got worse after dark. When the time changed in the fall, and the sun fell off the horizon an hour earlier, Patterson’s football coach sent the players who lived among the cartels home early. It was easier to avoid stray bullets in the light. Patterson learned to think of the gunfire as normal, part of the aural backdrop to football practice in Hidalgo, Texas, during his freshman year of high school. He'd moved to the U.S.-Mexico border from Toledo, Ohio, where he’d spent the first 11 years of his life. Everything was different in south Texas. Many of his classmates barely spoke … [Read more...] about Michigan football: Star Shea Patterson’s rise began at Mexico border
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Kelly Lyell Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 11:41 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 EATON – Harvested fields of corn surround the town. Downtown is a stretch of two blocks just west of the former Western Sugar factory whose giant towers now hold fine silica sand used in the region’s rapidly growing hydraulic fracking industry. Children ride bicycles after school down the middle of the wide, tree-lined streets with wood and brick houses in the older parts of town surrounded by new subdivisions cropping up between cornfields. Welcome to Eaton, Colorado, home to a population of 5,224 and one operational stoplight. The town 20 miles east of Fort Collins is known for its baseball, with the high school claiming 11 state titles. That only adds to the surprise that the town is home to three current NFL players — Mitch Unrein, a defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Austin Ekeler, a running back for the Los Angeles Chargers; and Trent Sieg, the … [Read more...] about How did tiny Eaton, Colorado, turn out 3 current NFL football players?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 4:05 PM EDT Oct 27, 2018 FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — The old heads inside the annex of the recreation center at Carter Park stopped their game of dominoes the minute Bennie Blades walked through the door. A little bigger now than when he played his nine seasons with the Detroit Lions, Blades still cuts an imposing figure wherever he goes. “That’s the enforcer,” one of the center’s regulars, a 70-something-year-old man with a Bluetooth in his left ear, said as Blades made his way to a small kitchen in the back, packed with bags of hamburger and hot dog buns and boxes of chips and Capri Suns for the Kids Festival later that day. Two decades after he retired from the NFL due to back problems, Blades remains an icon in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He made his name here as a football and track star as a youth. He went on to play for some of the greatest college football teams in history just down … [Read more...] about Ex-NFL star Bennie Blades feels sting of Pro Bowl career with Lions
Zak Keefer Indianapolis Star Published 7:13 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS — Life in NFL limbo is a brutal existence, fleeting and restless and exasperating. It is cold and humbling. At its cruelest, it turns players into commodities, their statuses shuffled as kickoff nears and needs are addressed. Dreams can die in an instant, and they often do. They can be resuscitated, too. What’s often overlooked: The real-life emotional roller coaster that comes with it. For one Indianapolis Colt, it looks like this: Getting yanked from a team meeting in Green Bay one afternoon and being told you’ve been traded, given hours to pack your life into a single suitcase, a physical the minute you get off the plane, two pink slips in 20 days, a contract signed hours before kickoff, a 10 p.m. call from the GM, who’s telling you that you’re going from the practice squad to the starting lineup in a span of 48 hours. “We really need you,” Colts … [Read more...] about NFL: What life is like for players at the bottom of rosters
Tom Schad USA TODAY Published 6:29 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson said on his radio show late last week that there is "something wrong, mentally" with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston if he groped a female Uber driver in 2016, as has been alleged. Amid reports that Winston is facing a multi-game suspension from the NFL as a result of the incident, Johnson said on ESPN 710 AM on Friday that his initial reaction to the latest Winston news was simple: "Man, you just can't stay out of trouble." "I’m not a doctor, nor do I plan on being — but there’s something wrong with you," Johnson continued, in reference to Winston. "If this is in fact true, the fact that you keep coming up with some sexual type behavioral problems against women, there’s something wrong, mentally. I don’t care what anybody says. There’s something wrong." Johnson, who was an All-America wide receiver at USC and … [Read more...] about Ex-NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson says ‘something wrong’ with Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston