2018 NFL Schedule: Here are the 10 best games, including the NFC Championship Game rematch More Do you wonder what Tom Brady will be doing when the NFL season opens and his New England Patriots are playing host to the Houston Texans? You know, the Brady who supposedly hasn’t committed to playing in 2018? Yeah, OK. We know exactly what he’ll be doing that first NFL Sunday.
A piece of my heart will always be in football, but my mind ended it. Borland, who started playing tackle football in ninth grade, finds it preposterous that children are still playing the sport with fewer rules protecting them than the adults in the pros. Even the rules in the NFL like limits on contact in practice and a recent rule change to outlaw leading with the helmet are only small steps.Those are all incremental improvements, Borland said.A lot of it is PR. When they do those things, they’re able to say the game is safer than ever. Safer than ever is a euphemism for dangerous and football is inherently dangerous.
In his third year at Central Florida, 2015, O’Leary told Griffin to stay home in St. Pete for the summer while Shaquill trained in Orlando. He says O’Leary even considered banishing him to a junior college.
I wasn’t playing because I had one hand; I wasn’t going to be naive anymore, Griffin says. That’s when I really felt that I was here for the wrong reasons.
Griffin spent the summer towing trucks for his father 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., working out and then cleaning offices 8 p.m. to midnight.
O’Leary wouldn’t be around for long, though. After starting the 2015 season 0-8, he retired. That offseason, Scott Frost was hired. And Griffin felt released into the wild, like that four-year-old kid again.
Working twice as hard as everyone else could now reap real rewards. He remembers hearing Frost’s voice in the weight room. Feeling his presence. When they spoke, there was sincere eye contact. So Griffin kept running and running and chasing ball-carriers 60, 70, 80 yards every snap in practice to the point of literally throwing up. He’d vomit, wipe his mouth clean and run some more.