Author Archives: Anthony Armstrong

About Anthony Armstrong

Anthony is a retired NFL Wide Receiver who played 7 years with the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins & Washington Redskins.

The One Man Gang #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Finding your way in the league is not easy.  Coming in as an undrafted player makes it that much more difficult to find a “home.”  During training camp for the Odessa Roughnecks of the Intense Football League, I became the holder for extra points and field goals on accident.  There were two kicking units and only one holder, so I volunteered. The starter got injured, so I took over the duties. Doing what it takes to make the team was something I was used to.   During my time in Washington, I had the pleasure of playing alongside the epitome of this very ideology.  Whatever coach needed, …
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Jason Taylor: Miami’s Santa Claus #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong People often ask if I miss playing ball.  My answer is always the same. “Playing, yes.  The business side of it, not so much.” One of the biggest things I do miss is the camaraderie inside the locker room…and the crazy situations that can play out there.   My first “real” NFL locker room was with the Dolphins in ‘08.  The team had big names, big personalities, and plenty of roster moves.  Guys would come in for two weeks and then be let go for another Band-Aid until the problem was fixed.   Promo Code “Prostyle Podcast” Of all the guys at the Dolphins facility, one guy …
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The Side of Joey Porter You Didn’t See #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong My first league experience was with the Dolphins in ’08. Bill Parcels and about half of the Cowboys staff made their way to sunny South Florida. A lot of vets came on board. I played Madden often, so I was hyped to share the field with names I recognized like Vernon Carey, Will Allen, Akin Ayodele, Jason Taylor and Ronnie Brown.   The highlight of it all was getting to know Joey Porter. We were actually locker neighbors. All I knew about JP was how loud his was, and he known for getting after quarterbacks. I didn’t rush to judgement, but assumed he would have an attitude …
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The Time Chad Greenway Jumped Through My Chest #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Football is a physical game, and that’s why we love it so much.  The intensity, emotion, and the battle that ensues on the field is hard to match in any other arena. The League has taken many steps to make the game safer on all levels.  They have made quarterbacks untouchable unless you’re 6’5 250lbs. Defenders have a not-so-clearly defined target area to tackle a player, and some youth leagues have completely changed the “old way” of bringing someone to the ground.  Hell, you can’t even talk about head placement at practice. It’s kind of crazy, but I get it. That doesn’t mean that big hits have …
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Dealing with Coaching Changes #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Yesterday morning, the Washington Redskins relieved Jay Gruden of his duties as head coach of the team.  Some players voiced pleasure, and others had thanks and kind words for their former head man. Both are equally correct in the praise or critique.  Quinton Dunbar spoke about the opportunity to move to DB which has paid dividends for him. Since switching from wide receiver to DB, Dunbar has recently signed a 3-year, $5.7 million deal with the team.  Others voiced displeasure about how the team had been run. As a player on a team that has faced a coaching change during the season, it means you are auditioning …
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Changing of the Guard: State of the QB Position #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong For most NFL teams, you can immediately name the starting quarterback. Brady in New England, Rodgers in Green Bay or Wilson in Seattle.  But after a high number of injuries to franchise quarterbacks, some lesser-known signal callers got the nod this past Sunday and for the coming weeks.   Cam is out in Carolina due to injury, so Kyle Allen got the start in his second season.  Mason Rudolph is calling the shots in his second season with Big Ben down for the year due to elbow surgery, and Mustache Mishnew is running things since Nick Foles went out in the first quarter of the opening game. …
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What’s Up With The NFL Officiating? #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong The biggest addition to the 2019 NFL season is the ability for coaches to challenge pass interference calls or, most notably, the no-calls. This all stems from the 2018 NFC Championship game between the Rams and the Saints.  The refs missed a blatant PI call that could have changed the outcome of the game. Who Dat Nation was pissed.  They told Commissioner Roger Goodell to, “Geaux to hell” and demanded some change.  The league answered with the most confusing and convoluted rule that would allow coaches to challenge pass interference penalties.  Of the 50 challenge flags that were thrown for pass interference in the preseason, only five …
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The Wildest Season #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong The 2012 NFL season had a lot on the line. I was coming off a disappointing 2011 campaign in which my head coach suggested I get into coaching if I can’t get off of press coverage…I’m paraphrasing, but you get it.  I had a lot to prove, but ended up getting cut.  I couldn’t break my lease, so I just had to pay rent in a place I wasn’t going to be staying. Next stop, a reunion with Miami.  There were a few recognizable faces, but the team was completely different.  The locker room had been overhauled, and the offense was this no-huddle, hand signaling system that …
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Cut Day #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong I had to dig through the archives to find this old post about cut day and what it feels like: Adam Schefter always refers to the Monday after the last regular season game as “Black Monday” since there are so many coaches and families who have to relocate. I don’t agree. Coaches get all of their money. The players? The kids get nothing. A vast majority have just played football for the last time. A child’s dream ends with the stroke of a pen. I think I wrote this in the hot tub at the Cowboys Valley Ranch facility.  Yesterday, just shy of 500 dreams and wishes …
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Shower Soap and the Socioeconomic Disparity in the Locker Room #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong It’s well documented that I worked my way up from Division II football, through two minor football leagues before reaching the NFL.  There are obviously differences along the way from one team to another. It could be the quality of equipment or facilities or the form of travel.  We rode charter buses at West Texas and Odessa. We flew commercial with the Desperados and told little old ladies that we were a swim team. When I first arrived at the Dolphins’ HQ at Nova Southeastern it was apparent who had money and who didn’t.  I rode up in a 16-passenger van driven by some interns and the …
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