February 20, 2014 |
RASHID WILLIAMS is living his dream - out of a van that he sleeps in on cold winter nights. No, he's not homeless. Not in the conventional sense. Williams, 26, who ran track at Holy Family University in Northeast Philly a few years back, is focused on a singular goal: to sign on with an NFL team. To that end, he quit his job in Harrisburg and signed up for a spot at the elite TEST Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J. "It is a sacrifice for sure, but I knew that putting myself through this program would be worth it in the end," Williams told Kristian Dyer, of Yahoo Sports.
February 12, 2014
FOR ANY NFL team thinking about drafting Michael Sam, the Missouri pass rusher who now has come out as gay, three questions will be considered. There should be only one question, the first one, but this is just a recognition of the reality in 2014. So: 1) Can he play? 2) Will the media distraction be overwhelming? 3) Will his teammates accept him? None of us can answer the first one. Sam is an undersized defensive end who probably cannot play that position in the NFL. How he would translate as an outside linebacker is a projection that only professional talent evaluators can make - and even they will disagree, in all likelihood.
February 6, 2014 |
Sean Chandler always would eat just part of his food - half of a hamburger, maybe, or one of the two slices of pizza. He wrapped up the rest to take home to his little sister. "This was all the time," said Brad Hawkins, who coached Chandler with the Whitman Park Tigers football program in Camden. "We'd take Sean to get something to eat, and he always had to make sure he had something to take back to his sister. " The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Chandler was one of New Jersey's best football players last season.
February 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is looking to expand the postseason by two teams, from 12 total teams to 14. That would provide one additional team to each conference's playoffs. Goodell said it will get "very serious consideration" by the league's competition committee. "There's a lot of benefits to doing that," Goodell said. "We think we can make the league more competitive. We think we can make the matchups more competitive towards the end of the season.
January 30, 2014 |
IT WAS A LOUD pop, almost as if a balloon had burst. Then came the feeling that everyone in the room was staring. Finally, the pain settled in. Pain that hasn't subsided, nearly two weeks after that bullet hit Tyler Lewis' arm. In fact, he says, it's worse since surgeons removed the slug Monday from his right forearm, just below the elbow. It lodged there when Lewis, 17, was shot in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School on Jan. 17, allegedly by a classmate he considers a friend.
January 27, 2014 |
It's not a big deal when baseball teams travel to South Carolina for spring break and play opponents from Georgia and Tennessee. It's not a big deal when basketball teams travel to Florida over the winter holidays and play opponents from Indiana and Virginia. But it's a big deal when football teams announce plans to do the same sort of thing. It irritates some folks. It intrigues others. Some see it as a dangerous trend. Others see it as a refreshing change. "It could really help our program," St. Joseph coach Paul Sacco said of his team's tentative plan to play at Steubenville, Ohio, in October.
December 25, 2013 |
LANGHORNE What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin - and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional. "The students will proceed in accordance with their published policy and, if disciplined for doing so, will take action to defend their rights," said the seven-page letter sent Friday by lawyers at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.
December 20, 2013 |
HYPERBOLE would cheapen what St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin accomplished this season. Just the facts should suffice. As the Daily News presents its 2013 All-City football team, the 5-10, 185-pounder is one of the four top honorees. All he did was return from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee to lead the Hawks to their first PIAA Class AAAA championship. Martin, the co-Catholic League Player of the Year, injured the knee in the AAAA city final, but returned in the state quarterfinals after missing two games.
December 20, 2013 |
I did some research Wednesday - no, this was not a career precedent - in an effort to find out how rare it is to be last in the NFL in time of possession and still be first in your division with just two weeks remaining. We all know that Eagles coach Chip Kelly believes time of possession ranks just behind color of sports drink, cleavage revealed by cheerleaders and amount of time spent with the media in determining how well his football team is going to perform. "Time of possession," Kelly has said time and time again, "is about how much time the other team can waste.
December 17, 2013 |
LONNIE RICHARDSON couldn't remember the last time he played in the snow, if at all. The Chester native and Navy junior defensive back took in the wintry mix of swirling snow and whipping wind at Lincoln Financial Field with a smile. Richardson couldn't feel his feet or his hands - and it wasn't the cold that was doing it, but being part of Navy's 34-7 victory over Army on Saturday. It meant that Richardson, and teammates like Jake Zuzek, Navy's junior right guard out of Brookhaven, kept intact the Midshipmen's winning streak against Army, which is now at 12 games, the longest in the 114-year rivalry.