Any time anyone privately or publicly trashes Ben Roethlisberger, it makes me smile. That person yesterday was former teammate Antonio Brown, who tweeted and deleted this tweet in response to Roethlisberger saying their little tiff ruined their "friendship." Chuckle along, you know you want to.
Throwing your quarterback under the bus is terrible, unless it's Big Ben, and then please throw as hard as you can. Thanks.
Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended an event in New York City on Tuesday and of course since the entire world won't stop talking about the retirement of Andrew Luck, Gronk was asked about it. Reminder in case you live under a rock -- he also retired what would be considered "early" and was also frequently injured.
Gronk explained that he was hurt a lot (duh), and also agreed with Luck, where he stated that he was not mentally able to handle the game of football any longer. One of the anecdotes that he mentioned was during this past Super Bowl when he was hit by two Los Angeles Rams defenders.
Like the tweet mentions, this is a totally normal football play. One that doesn't even make you cover your eyes or wince. That is terrifying. Gronk went on to say that he barely slept for weeks following because of the pain, and therefore couldn't even enjoy a Super Bowl win.
You have to think more players will follow this trend of "retiring early." Even if one of the top players, on the best team of our generation (I hate the word 'dynasty,' so just bear with me here) can't enjoy a Super Bowl -- which is what every single player plays for at the end of the day -- what else is there? I think plenty of players will see top-tier players like Luck and Gronk and compare it to their own football horror stories (and everyone has them, trust me), and will definitely start to weigh their options. I don't blame them one bit.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked to respond to the weekend's biggest NFL news -- that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck just decided to up and retire two weeks before the season begins. Of course, Belichick had the most "Bill Belichick" answer of all time --
The Patriots later clarified to ESPN that that's not what Belichick meant -- he's not that out of touch with the world. He just meant he literally didn't see it coming -- he's just like us!! So before all the Pats fans sit here and harp about how DIALED IN OMG GGGG SHFGSOSILDJ Belichick is, stop right now.
Even the most corrupt of sports franchises (The Redskins) and the biggest squid of an owner (Dan Snyder) should do the bare minimum and take care of the health of their players, don't ya think? We're giving them too much credit here.
Backup quarterback slash starter backslash who the fuck really knows or cares anymore Colt McCoy will sit out tonight's (Thursday's) preseason game because his injury from LAST DECEMBER is still bothering him. Seriously.
Keep in mind this isn't the worst injury the Redskins have somehow botched recently. Something sketchy is going on there, and I'm not even gonna mention RG3.
McCoy broke his leg last season, and the team basically didn't give it enough time to fully heal before putting him back on the field. Sound familiar? He had a third "minor surgical procedure" on his leg just this spring, which for a basic broken leg... sure seems like a lot. McCoy was just the second Redskins quarterback to break his leg and have it become extremely complicated afterwards. Alex Smith suffered a horrific leg injury last season, only to battle a post-op infection that he's still recovering from. He says he wants to play football again, but I highly doubt he will.
Let's keep going, shall we? Derrius Guice, their supposed new star player, tore his ACL last preseason and is also ruled out for tonight's game and still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff to play. He also needed three surgeries, and had to be on a fucking IV all day.
There's more. Su'a Cravens almost retired because of how badly the Redskins handled his concussions, then promptly called them out for being shady and "withholding information." DeAngelo Hall hated the training staff. Trent Williams is literally holding out and refuses to play because he hates the training staff.
Not trying to point any fingers here (I totally am) but someone needs to check this shit out pronto before the entire team's heads fall off or something equally as tragic.
Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long has been fighting frequently during this year's training camp - once last Sunday, and once on Wednesday, when he did this:
Please note the barfing. Sorry, my guy, but if you want to beat a dude's ass that badly that you're barfing over it, you need to sit down and relax. Do some yoga. Have a beer.
Long was ejected from practice because of it, and head coach Matt Nagy was less than pleased.
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