By SEAN BERMINGHAM
Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, will be featured on GQ magazine’s front cover for their man of the year issue. This will be the second time Kaepernick will be a feature for the publication. The first was in 2013 when he was featured as an outstanding athlete and top-notch quarterback. This time is different. Kaepernick is being featured because he is no longer a professional athlete.
By SEAN BERMINGHAM
Usually a competitive team in the American Football Conference, the Denver Broncos have suffered these past two week with a litany of injuries greatly hampering both their offensive and defensive efforts.
By GINNY BIXBY
After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.
By RYAN BRAUCH
With a little bit over a quarter of the 2017 NFL season in the books, the league took a huge turn during Week five with numerous key injuries and the trade sending Adrian Peterson to Arizona.
By JAMIE MCGUIRE
NFL players kneeling during the national anthem recently set off a storm that swept up all of America, sparking discussions in homes across the United States — including here at the University of Mary Washington.
By EMILY KUBE
The NFL has been the subject of much controversy around the country over the last couple of weeks. Some players are kneeling during the National Anthem, while some are not even coming onto the field. It is saddening to watch your favorite team or player use the field as a place to protest, especially during a time that means so much to us.
By SEAN BERMINGHAM
At a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, President Donald Trump spent a portion of his time on stage talking about the National Football League. What started as a tangent about how penalties for hard hits are making the game soft and “ruining it,” quickly became a tirade on the National Anthem protests started last year by former forty-niners’ quarter back, Colin Kaepernick, and how the players “disrespect our flag,” according to President Trump.
By RYAN BRAUCH
The Washington Redskins avoided their usual 0-2 record start this season, with a big 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Following their brutal loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home, Redskins fans were relieved to see them get a big win. Even though Washington will be coming home with a victory, they struggled to get it. Although rookie, Samaje Perine got most of the touches on offense, running back Chris Thompson carried the team early in the game by setting the bar at two rushing touchdowns along with 77 yards on only three carries.
By WILL BRORSEN
The Washington Redskins finished the 2016-17 regular season with a record of 8-7- 1 and failed to make the NFL playoffs, yet again. The Redskins have not made a playoff appearance since 2015.
To make things worse …
By ROBERT TATA
As the National Football League hits its midway point going into Week 9, it is time to discuss midseason awards to come out. The league’s TV ratings have been down because of a multitude of reasons: NFL Redzone, the presidential election, players kneeling during the National Anthem, and the overall crackdown on players having fun and being creative with their celebrations.
By YOUSEF NASSER
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a first round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2018.
The Vikings lost their starting quarterback, Teddy …
By AMIR KOREHI
The National Football League is a name known throughout every American household. With the 2016-2017 regular season fast approaching, fans are ready to throw on the jersey of their favorite player and watch as many games they possibly can every …
By HOGAN LEPORE
The National Football League is not a formal business. If it were, it could arguably be the largest business in America. The NFL’s revenue is estimated at about $9.5 billion. As for all the 32 teams, the overall market value is near $46 billion.
By HOGAN LEPORE
The game of football is very brutal on the human body. Therefore, National Football League teams have been playing exhibition, preseason, games since 1939 in order to prepare players for the long regular season. Previously, these exhibition games were prevalent in order to give players reps so that they could be prepared both mentally and physically.
By COLEMAN HOPKINS
The New England Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick, are no strangers to cheating or the subsequent scandals that arise from their rule breaking. For instance, Spygate, the filming of the Jets’ defensive signals during a regular season game in September 2007, resulted in the loss of draft picks and fines for stealing the signs, a highly egregious and impactful offense.
Letter to the Editor: Requesting The Blue & Gray Press not use the name or logo of the Washington NFL teamSeptember 24, 2014 | The Blue & Gray Press
To the Editors of The Blue & Gray Press:
We are writing to ask that the newspaper cease using the team name and logo for the Washington NFL team in its coverage of professional sports.
By SEAN KINSLOW
Coming off a disastrous 2013 season, the Washington Redskins looked to right the ship in their season opener against the Houston Texans. Instead, the Redskins lost the game 17-6, continuing a league worst nine-game losing streak.
By COLEMAN HOPKINS
A video surfaced last February of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino repeatedly beating his girlfriend, Janay Palmer, and dragging her out of the casino by her hair.
Once the postseason is here, the Hawks could have Wilson turn and handoff to Lynch 30 plus times a game and punish the opposing defense. There is not much an opposing defense can do, especially not once the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl littered offensive line heals up.
Week 10 is in the books, and we now have a better sense of who is for real and who is not. The 2013-2014 season is past the halfway point, and we are now at that mark where every week becomes a must win for playoff hopefuls.
If you believe someone on my top ten NFL quarterback list is undeserving and should be replaced, I offer a suggestion: imagine my choice and your own on the opposite team. If you believe Alex Smith (No. 9) does not produce enough stats to be on the list, and Eli Manning and his two rings should be instead, try to imagine the Giants with Smith. Their record would probably be better now. Also, the Chiefs would be incapable of going unbeaten to this point if the turnover happy Eli was running the show. Now, to the top five!
Everyone knows the NFL is a passing league. Long gone are the days of a premiere running back toting the rock 25-30 times a game. Nowadays it is common for a team to pass on 50 or more plays and sprinkle in runs here and there amongst a committee of backs.
The Denver Broncos are the darlings of this NFL season, but elsewhere in the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs have begun to stir up their own buzz. The Chiefs are currently tied with the Broncos atop the division, leading with a perfect 6-0 season thus far.
Numbers and statistics are important aspects of modern sports. They provide sports fanatics with ammunition for sports bar banter with buddies and give sports writers evidence for their arguments. This week’s column is all about presenting the numbers most relevant to each NFL team five weeks into the season.
Following the NFL’s annual tradition of playing one game outside the U.S. in order to spread football across the globe, the Pittsburgh Steelers battled the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, Sept. 29.
A few weeks ago, this column discussed how Giants fans did not need to press the panic button. I now withdraw that statement. Some may have foreseen a Panthers victory Sunday, but not even the most brazen of black cat fans would bet on a 38-0 romp over the Giants.
Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins’ cornerback and member of the NFL Hall of Fame, comes to the University of Mary Washington with plenty of goals as a special assistant for student athletes, and none of them are football related.
The NFL is back! With week one in the books, we will briefly recap each team’s game and project how the season will unfold.