Wesley Woodyard’s Scary Remarks During Game #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Inside of a Riddell helmet there is this huge “WARNING” sticker. The sticker explains all the dangers of improperly using the helmet.  For me, it was the last few words that really hit me after I was told by Wesley Woodyard that he was going to kill me during my freshman year when Kentucky played Vandy in Nashville.  Trash talking is one thing. Very typical in sports all around and no different in football. You hear the usual “You suck,” “Take your sorry ass to the sideline,” and “Your mom should be ashamed of your sorry ass” quotes all the time. Trash talk is a part of …
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Jerraud Powers intercepts Peyton Manning #StoryTimeWithJP

By Jerraud Powers My first training camp in the NFL was tough. Two-a-day practices and a defensive coach who thought I couldn’t do anything right. Every athlete has had the one coach who saw a wrong in every right thing that they did. Larry Coyer was my defensive coordinator, and he had to be 70 years old (or older) at the time. My roommate for camp was Jacob Lacey. He was out of Oklahoma State and was a baller. In our coaches eyes, we were too cool and too relaxed for his liking. We rarely showed any emotion when it came to work but we worked hard and had a …
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Sneaky Vandy #StoryTimeWithTori

By Tori Gurley For some odd reason Vandy would give us a hard time. We had   the better team, coaches, fans and facilities, but the Commodores would give us a run for our money. Usually the games would come down to the last possession. Coach Spurrier would draw up plays for his star players like Marcus or Alshon, but guess who would end up with the ball? Yours truly! LOL 2009 we were back up at home on our 1-yard line and Coach Spurrier wanted to call 9 seam (All Go) to get us away from our own end zone. I went to Alshon and told him, “Hey Alshon, …
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What Hall of Famer, Brian Urlacher, Told Me! #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore As a young player in the National Football League, I did not know what to expect once I was drafted.  I remember walking in the locker room eyes wide open to the possibilities that were before me. The first thing I noticed when entering the locker room were the names above all the lockers.  Then you look up and see your own name.  I remember the first time I saw Brian Urlacher.  I watched him walk by me afraid to say something to him because of a perceived notion that he might be an asshole.  I assumed all-stars were assholes because all the movies I watched portrayed …
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The Road Never Taken #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I made my own path through the trees and mud, and that has made all the difference.  That’s my rendition of Robert Frost’s classic poem, The Road Not Taken, and it’s the best way to describe my journey to the NFL. Nothing about my path to the league was normal, and it was more like a storyline from a movie.  I’ll save you most of the details, but my first city league squad was the Cowboys, I wore 22 and was a killer running toss right.  Just a skinny kid with some speed.   Fast forward to my senior season at West Texas …
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The Time I Got Tebowed Twice in One Year #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie The year was 2011. I was coming off a nice showing in the previous season’s NFC Championship game where I pumped some life into our offense, that had been struggling all day and just fell short of tying the game on the final drive. My rookie contract had ended, and I headed into the year having been tagged with a low-round tender. This kept me from being an unrestricted free agent and meant I was “on rent” for one year with a decent salary while the team delayed having to decide on a longer-term contract. Cutler had been injured, we had gone 0-2 in my first 2 starts and we were headed to Denver, close to where I had played college ball at Colorado …
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The Fight Between Robbie Gould and Hester That Almost Happened #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl B. Bennett Playing with Future Hall of Famers comes with positives and negatives. The positive is obvious. You are playing with great generational players who are headed into Canton, Ohio. The negative can sometimes be that they know they are great players and may overlook flaws in their own game. But, when one Future Hall of Famer points out another future Hall of Famer’s flaws, prepare for a showdown.  This battle was between Specialists — Devin Hester vs Robbie Gould in an epic face-off. Devin is quiet and reserved. Say less, but shows up more on the field. Those are the guys who I adore. Let the play …
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Iron Bowl and The Dog Bite #StoryTimeWithJP

By Jerraud Powers Nov 24, 2007. Iron bowl. The one game that you can be remembered for forever in the state of Alabama. The one game that make families separate, the game that gives you an excuse to stop whatever it is that you are doing and watch closely, praying to the football gods that your team wins.  It was my redshirt sophomore season and I was having a great year. Our defense was filled with a lot of good players, and I was able to stand out among a talented group. Just to name a few players, Quentin Groves, Senderrick Marks, Antonio Coleman, Tray Blackman and Patrick Lee, all …
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Aaron Rodgers and Packers Playoffs #StoryTimeWithTori

By Tori Gurley I know how it feels when a sports gambler or fantasy owner loses $200,000 on an NFL game. 2011 – my rookie year with the Green Bay Packers, I was fortunate enough to make the team as an undrafted free agent. I started out on the practice squad but was elevated to the active roster when several NFL teams wanted me to sign with them during the season. I was in football heaven. My QB was Aaron Rodgers and my position room of wide receivers was loaded with the best skill players in the NFL. Every day I was able to learn from Pro Bowlers like Greg Jennings, Donald …
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Bears Shuffle Remix Goes Limp #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I normally didn’t get frustrated with losing games, but there was one game that really got to me. It wasn’t the outcome, but what had transpired during the game that baffled me and continues to do so. The game started off terrible as we all remember. Rodgers comes out, bang left, bang right, bang touchdown and the score 7-0 Green Bay! The Packers added another touchdown before the half. The defense anchored down after that and kept them from scoring any more offensive points for the remainder of the game.That was an impressive feat considering the quarterback we were playing. Then our QB got hurt. Not sure …
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