I think we can now close the nominations for the NFL’s annual Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
J.J. Watt is likely to be a lock for the award – won the last three years by Eli Manning, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin – after showing that the power of celebrity can produce positive results.
As you probably know, the Houston Texans’ defensive star started a fund for the victims of the flooding in Houston last week with a modest goal of $200,000.
He quickly reached that goal, got to $500,000 in 24 hours and kept and kept raising the goal. It’s now up to a whopping $14 million and counting at YouCaring.com/JJWatt.
One-fifth of that came from the Titans’ controlling owner, Amy Adams Strunk, who lives in Houston and donated $1 million. And new Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul gave $50,000, but many of the contributions were obviously much smaller. Over 50,000 people have contributed.
Continue reading “Just give J.J. Watt the NFL’s humanitarian award already”
When the contributors’ committee met last week to select a candidate to be voted on at the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame selection meeting next February, they were looking at a strong field.
It included Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former general managers Bobby Beathard and George Young and scouting pioneer Gil Brandt of the Dallas Cowboys.
They could have easily just picked a name out of a hat.
Since there aren’t a lot of other slam-dunk contributor candidates at the moment, all four figure to be selected in the next three years.
There will be two nominated in 2019, then one a year after that.
Continue reading “Bowlen wouldn’t even be sniffing the HOF if he hadn’t inherited Elway”
In his five years as an owner, Shad Khan has transformed the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise off the field.
He updated the stadium with a lot of bells and whistles, including the world’s largest video boards and two swimming pools. He also built the Daily’s Place concert venue and has boosted the team’s revenue by playing a game in London every year.
Most of all, Khan ended all the talk about the Jaguars moving.
Off the field, though, Khan has yet to find a winning formula and has had five straight losing seasons.
He hired Dave Caldwell as the general manager in 2013 after firing Gene Smith, and Caldwell came in with the idea of starting over and even getting rid of players like Daryl Smith (who could still play). Oh, and not spending big on free agency in the first year or two.
Continue reading “Like his Trump endorsement, Khan still making all the wrong on-field moves”
Judging quarterbacks is one of the toughest jobs in sports.
It’s so difficult that even John Elway can’t seem to get the hang of it.
A first-ballot Hall of Famer who took the Broncos to five Super Bowls and won the last two, Elway would seem to know a good quarterback when he sees one.
The evidence, though, is that the Denver Broncos boss makes just as many mistakes as scouts who never played the position.
Just look at his record in trying to find a quarterback to replace Peyton Manning.
Continue reading “Elway was a great QB but stinks at scouting them”
Most of my younger readers have probably never heard of Frank Serpico.
He was a New York City police officer whose campaign against police corruption was chronicled in the 1973 movie “Serpico.’’ He was played by Al Pacino. It’s a very good movie, by the way.
Anyway, it turns out Serpico is now 81 and still an idealist.
He turned out at a rally Saturday of about 75 mostly minority police officers who gathered in Brooklyn wearing black shirts reading “imwithkap.’’
Kap, of course, is Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who remains unsigned after refusing to stand for the national anthem last year.
Continue reading “When will the NFL realize the Kaepernick issue isn’t going away?”