The time has come. It is genuinely my Super Bowl.
To my delight, the New York Jets announced that Joseph Vincent Flacco will start at the quarterback position in Week 1. Who do they play, you ask? Why, his old team! The Baltimore Ravens!
ALLEGED starting quarterback Zach Wilson had knee surgery three weeks ago, making a return by Week One unlikely. The Jets wouldn't say which QB would be under center until Wednesday, but it appears Baltimore prepared for their former Super Bowl winner all along. Stakes will be high, but leave it to Flacco to keep emotions under wraps as he takes on a once-in-lifetime revenge game at Metlife on Sunday.
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The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver and kick returner Jakeem Grant on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his season. Grant is confirmed to have torn his Achilles after being carted off the field during Tuesday's training camp practice.
Grant was likely to take up the returner role with the Browns this season, along with some duties on offense. He recently signed a contract extension in March of this year.
Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas unexpectedly passed away at age 33 last December. Doctors at Boston University have now determined that the star WR had stage two CTE at his time of death.
Thomas was known to suffer from seizures in the last years of his life, one of which caused a 2019 car accident. One of the more disturbing quotes stated in the doctors' report was regarding these seizures. "His behavior became increasingly erratic in the last year of his life, which was marked by the memory loss, paranoia, and isolation that are hallmarks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits."
While an official cause of death has not yet been determined, it has been stated that Thomas suffered a seizure while in the shower.
Thomas spent eight seasons with the Broncos, where he won a Super Bowl and had four Pro Bowl seasons.
ooof of the day:
As soon as the confetti fell from the ceiling, rumors began swirling that legendary defensive tackle Aaron Donald was mulling retirement. However, with thoughts of 'going on top' on his mind, Donald ultimately decided to return to where he won a Lombardi. Famously known for creating the 'Dream Team,' the Los Angeles Rams are preparing to do the same this season with Donald, pushing an extra $40 million his way over the next few seasons. With a grand total of $95 million through 2024, Donald is now the highest-paid non-quarterback.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has done a lot in his career. Along with his recent Super Bowl trophy, Donald has stacked up three Defensive Player of the Year awards, seven All-Pro nods, and has been a Pro Bowler in all of his eight seasons in the NFL. But, at 31, Donald is in the midst of contract talks with his team and isn't shying away from the retirement talk.
As a guest on the 'I Am Athlete' podcast, Donald explained his decision to contemplate walking away from the game he loves. What's super interesting to me; is Donald said he went into the NFL expecting to play eight seasons. Now that his eighth season is up -- what's next? While many signs point to a deal getting worked out between Donald and the Rams, it's not going to be under his current contract. So, how long will we continue seeing Donald in an NFL uniform?
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