Standing six-foot-four, weighing 234 lbs., and a handspan of 10″, the man is a tough Quarterback to knockdown. The way he moves in the pocket reminds this journalist of a later-career Brett Favre. The calmness in spite of the blitz, the completions he makes before the hits, there’s no argument that he is one of the most coveted QBs this year.
One could argue that the Heisman winner this year, Robert Griffin III (or more commonly refered to as RG3), has a better game, and no team could do wrong with him, but let’s face it; only eight people to receive the prestigious award have ever made it to the Football Hall of Fame, and only six have ever been named MVP. For such awesome honor, it really is its nickname: The Kiss of Death.
The statistics aside, should we really put so much stock into a system where the winner isn’t evaluated by skill alone? I can hear the protests already, so let me explain my meaning. In 2005, Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy. Yet, when you look up the winner for the Heisman that year, you won’t find one. Even though the Heisman Trophy Trust never made an actual ruling, Reggie Bush made an official announcement to return his Trophy. Why? The official reasoning consisted of an investigation by the NCAA. It was claimed that Bush and his family recieved over $290,000 in gifted money, which went against the rules of the NCAA. Let me repeat that, so the hugeness of the late situation can sink in further.
Reggie Bush received $290,000 in gifts, including a limo ride to the Heisman Trophy Award presentation for his family, nice clothes for the ceremony they otherwise couldn’t afford, along with lodgings and other such expenses, which were expected to be paid back (and allegedly were, according to the person who allegedly handed it out). If these “gifts” were improper according to NCAA (which not only tarnished the reputation of this brilliant player, but banned USC from playing two seasons, vacating scholarships for three years and forcing them to permanently disassociate themselves from Bush [which is impossible by the way]) why is it that the Heisman Trophy Trust never officially asked Bush to give the trophy back?
It makes no sense that talent is rated, voted upon, then not acknowledged. So the most talented man in 2005, a Super Bowl winner in 2008, and the man on everyone’s tongues last year couldn’t keep his trophy over… money? That doesn’t sound fair, and the NCAA should be ashamed. They may have rules about a player and his family receiving money, but if someone makes a deal with someone, or gives someone a gift, why should they turn it down? Even Vince Young said Reggie Bush deserved that trophy, but Bush let it go, beacuse he understands the thing isn’t all that important. What is important is the heart, and talent, of the player.
That taken into account, Robert Griffin III is a phenomenal player. He’s not exactly what the Colts want though. After their last season, I’m sure the Colts want to bury their head in the terf and call it a year, instead, they’re going rise up and lay claim to Andrew Luck (if they know what’s good for the team anyway), leaving Griffin available for the Redskins, who need all the help they can get. This leaves one unanswered question: What will happen to Peyton Manning?
Sure, the Broncos welcomed him to the family three weeks ago, that much is clear. They say he’s ready to start, and he’s just as strong as he used to be. Their preseason games, however, don’t look promising, and no one will know whether Peyton can avoid injury long enough to play through the season. This journalist would love to see Manning take the field and dominate the season and make it to Playoffs. The absence of Peyton Manning was felt, though there was a distraction: his brother, Eli, who fought his way to Super Bowl glory, recreating an unthinkable rematch against the Patriots. Perhaps this year, we’ll get to see more of Peyton. Time will only tell if Denver got lucky or not, but the word on the street is the Colts will definitely get Luck.
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges
Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.
According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).
Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.
Kraft has denied the allegations.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.
Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.
“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.
The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”
While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.
Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.
The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo
In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.
Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.
Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:
- Caught 71 percent of the passes
- Targeted 449 times
- 319 passes caught
- 130 passes dropped
- 3,271 reception yards
- 23 Touchdowns
For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.
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