August 24, 2016 |
CALEB STURGIS had taken off his helmet and was wearing an Eagles cap, kicking balls for returners to field as the team warmed up at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field for last Thursday's preseason game. Then Sturgis was on the ground. "I watched the ball go up in the air. I kind of saw (Sturgis). Next thing I know, he was getting struck in the middle of the head with the ball," recalled punter Donnie Jones, who said he had never previously felled a teammate in an NFL career dating to 2004.
July 29, 2016 |
The game through the eyes of Blake Countess is a simple one, particularly as an NFL rookie trying to win a roster spot, and hoping to make a contribution more meaningful than just that. "Keep showing the coaches they can trust me out there," Countess said. "That's the biggest thing coming in, the coaches being able to trust you. So you keep grinding, and you get better every day. " Countess, a sixth-round pick in the April draft, is a versatile defensive back who played both safety and cornerback in college, often on the inside in nickel coverage.
July 29, 2016 |
Outside the NovaCare Complex, a police officer was stopping traffic at a cement barricade reinforced with a garbage truck. Around the corner, a delivery van with a haphazard paint job and rooftop speakers proudly announced to passersby that it was the BernieVan. Up Broad Street, a city full of protestors was gathering for another collective expression of their displeasure. Inside the NovaCare Complex, a sixth round draft pick was test-driving a new, helmet-mounted video camera that the Eagles hope will help their defensive backs evaluate and improve their head and eye movements while in pass coverage.
January 21, 2016 |
Hoverboards were among the most in-demand gifts this past holiday season. But the motorized skateboards also have been cause for alarm. For one thing, they're known to burst into flames. In light of those cases, and scores of reported injuries from falls off them, a member of Philadelphia City Council plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would slap adults with a $25 fine if children in their care use the boards without helmets, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. "People underestimate the dangers," said Michael Rivlin, a hand-and-arm specialist at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
September 19, 2015 |
Yousef Abuhillo knows exactly what will keep his bread buttered later in life, and it likely won't be chasing after a football. It will, however, be what's housed underneath his helmet. The 5-foot-11, 181-pound George Washington linebacker took last season off to focus primarily on his studies. His first appearance on the honor roll was the result. Just don't mistake his willingness to walk away as a lack of enthusiasm for the game. On Thursday against Roxborough, his passion nearly made him run afoul of first-year head coach William "Skip" Singletary after Abuhillo returned an interception for a touchdown during the Eagles' 44-0 triumph at home.
August 30, 2015 |
Waffiyyah Murray doesn't often come across a kid who doesn't want to ride a bike. But parents are often concerned about safety, especially in congested parts of Philadelphia. Nationwide, the number of students walking and biking to school has steadily declined, from 41 percent in 1969 to 13 percent in 2001, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Meanwhile, the number of children who go to school by car nearly tripled, from 20 to 55 percent. Murray, 30, has a psychology degree from Temple University and was born and raised in Philadelphia.
May 8, 2015 |
ALMOST A WEEK later and Clint Dolezel is still fuming. A scuffle during Saturday's win over Portland was made even worse, the Soul's coach contends, by two undeserved ejections. One of the players tossed was Soul wide receiver Marco Thomas, who Dolezel said wasn't even part of the fight. The other player, Portland's Quincy Butler, was so irate over his ejection that he threw his helmet toward the padded sideline wall at Wells Fargo Center. Problem is, Butler missed the wall and hit a spectator sitting at field level.
May 6, 2015
THE ARENA Football League's Portland Thunder waived defensive back Quincy Butler Monday, two days after he flung his helmet into the Wells Fargo Center stands. Butler was ejected in the third quarter of the Thunder's loss to the Soul on Saturday and appeared to be trying to throw his helmet against the sideline wall in frustration. Instead, he hit an unidentified female spectator who left the seating area shortly after the incident. Butler, 31, is no misguided kid. Though he was in his first AFL season, he spent time with several NFL teams after finishing his career at TCU in 2005.
May 5, 2015 |
THE ARENA FOOTBALL League prides itself on fan interaction. But this is not what the league had in mind. Following his ejection for a third-quarter fight on Saturday night, Portland defensive back Quincy Butler unintentionally threw his helmet into the Wells Fargo Center stands and hit an unidentified female spectator. It was unclear whether the woman was injured, though she did leave her seat shortly afterward. Just moments before, Butler tangled up with Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel, who was blocking Butler downfield.
March 31, 2015 |
YOUR KID plays hockey, so you shell out a little extra and buy a quality helmet to protect his or her noggin. Good idea, right? Yes and no. Any helmet is better than none at all. But, according to a report, over a quarter of the headgear worn by hockey players don't do a good job of protecting against the risk of concussions. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported yesterday that researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute will release their findings today after testing 32 helmets that received certification from the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC)