Sanchez vs. Clemens, For New York Jets’ QB

It is confirmed, June 10, when Mark Sanchez signed a $60 million bucks worth of deal with the New York Jets, having $28 million guarantee.

During the Jets minicamp, Sanchez showed the hype hitting Wright short, for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Together with the rookie, Coach Rex Ryan also commented on Eric Smith, Marques Murrell, as well as Wallace Wright, who have exceptionally preformed during their minicamp.

Going back to Sanchez, Ryan indeed feels the battling between Sanchez and Clemens, for the starting quarterback position.

Clemens, as we can recall, recently was the first option for the New York Jets, to play as their starting QB, since Brett Favre has already retired. But with the presence now of Mark Sanchez who is indeed showing a great potential, there will now be a big question mark to answer and to find out whose gonna be the man to lead their offense.

Clemens, however, remains cool about it. He even told that the deal with Sanchez was surely out of his business. And being the highest paid player doesn’t conclude that he’s going to be the man to play; but instead, the best player, is the one who’s definitely had to take the spot.

Coach Ryan told that it’s really gonna be a dogfight between the two. And when the right time comes, they will then decide whose going to be the man to play the offense.

The Jets’ full team practices is projected to finish till July 31, and until their training camp holds, maybe that’s the perfect deciding point, where the competition for the New York Jet’s quarterback will start to heat up, and later on, be concluded.

Who do you think will win the battle? The newly drafted Sanchez? Or Clemens who had been with the Jets since the 2006 season? Do you think there’s really an issue having Sanchez to receive such a big deal?

We just hope that whosoever going to be the Jet’s starting quarterback, he will surely drive the Jet’s offense towards its victory; and will definitely drive all the fans as well, to cheer and shout for them in this coming 2009 season.

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Lenon, Fills The Need Of The New England Patriots For A New LB

May 27, 2009, when Paris Lenon, the former linebacker of the Detroit Lions, signed with his new team – the New England Patriots.

Lenon is going to fill the position of LB McKenzie. As we can recall, Tyrone McKenzie was drafted by the Patriots during the 2009 NFL Draft. But during the rookie minicamp, McKenzie was badly injured on his right knee resulting to torn ACL. With that, McKenzie will not be able to play for the entire season.

Lenon has marked his career best during the 2007 season with the Detroit Lions, where he totaled 116 tackles (in which 86 of them are solo), 2 forced fumbles and 1 interception. Last season, he also led the Lions with 12 tackles versus the Tennessee Titans. Also the same season, Lenon soar leading the team against the Minnesota Vikings with 13 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and half a sack.

Before Lenon’s three-season career with the Lions, he has also been with the Green Bay Packers for two times, totaling of four seasons with the team. Aside from that, Lenon has already been with the Carolina Panthers (where he was originally an undrafted free agent in 2000), also had been a member of the Seattle Seahawks, as well as the Memphis Maniax of the XFL.

The 31 year old veteran having spent his seven years with the NFL has surely a lot to offer to his new team. The Patriots indeed believes that this move will surely benefit the team for the coming 2009 season.

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Brady Of The New England Patriots, Getting Ready For The 2009 Season

At last, Tom Brady is back in shape and once more ready for action for the 2009 season.

The 31 year old veteran attended on the New England Patriots OTA days for the first time, after suffering a serious injury on the left knee, which lead his absence for the remaining of the 2008 season.

According to Patriots spokesman Stacey James, Brady already go through his normal practice by throwing passes and other similar activities, just like the rest of the team.

As we can recall, during the Patriots opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on the 2008 season, Brady was hit by safety Bernard Pollard, causing Brady a serious injury on his left knee. With the incident, it was later revealed that Brady was placed on injured reserved, and needs to undergo surgery, for suspected torn MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) and ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).

October last year, Brady at last confirmed that he had undergone 2 knee surgeries, and had 2 more to go, because of some post surgery complications. He has in fact undergone ACL reconstruction, as well as MCL repair.

However, his doctor announced that Brady is recovering very well.

And with Brady’s fast improvement, it shows that the Patriot’s QB will indeed be ready for their season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 14.

On the other hand, quarterback Matt Cassel, who took Brady’s spot during his absence, was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last Feb. 28.

Brady is indeed very positive about his situation. He’s glad that there are no restrictions or pain he felt with his movements. He also feels great to back, training with his teammates, and work together to prepare and do their best for the 2009 season.

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Miami Dolphins holds its rookie minicamp

The players of the Miami Dolphins headed their way for a three-day rookie mini camp to be held from May 1 -3, 2009.

It was reported that safety Chris Clemons, who played his college football at Clemson Tigers, starred during the practice game, with two interceptions. He also impressed Miami’s Head Coach Tony Sparano, the latter saying that Clemons indeed stood out and definitely did a good job during the camp.

Besides Clemons, Sparano was also impressed with rookie wide receivers Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner, and linebacker Cameron Wake. The head coach shared how these three had been very attentive and cooperative with the coaches, paying attention to all information fed to them within the training.

As the Dolphins’ mini camp continues, 5 Miami Dolphins veterans have joined and volunteered to take over the participants, and impart with them some facts these rookies ought to know. Some of those are tips about being professional, and how it is like to be a part of the Dolphins and what does it take to belong to the Dolphins family. The Dolphins’ who attended the mini camp were cornerback Will Allen, linebacker Reggie Torbor, wide receiver Davone Bess, linebacker Matt Roth, and wide receiver Greg Camarillo. Quarterback Pat White was also present which did an impressive play throughout the weekend. However, Receiver Todd Lowber wasn’t able to attend the last day practice because of an injury.

Overall, can you conclude that the Dolphins mini camp had been a success? May be we’ll all find out as the 2009 NFL season progresses.

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RB Rhodes signs with the Buffalo Bills

“I do not see myself as a backup.” Those were some words from the eight-year veteran running back Dominic Rhodes, one of the newest piece on the Buffalo’s offense team.

Dominic Dondrell Rhodes signed a two year contract deal with the Buffalo Bills last April 17, 2009.

As Rhodes signed the deal for the backup running back position, Dominic on the other hand doesn’t see himself that way. The RB exclaimed that he doesn’t consider himself being a backup, and that he doesn’t go there to sit on the bench, but instead to start the season, specifically the Buffalo’s game against the New England Patriots. Dominic also added that when he plays the game, he would not provide any reason for anyone to take him out of it, but to keep him in action inside the field. Rhodes even told that through intensive training and hard play, he’ll definitely show them everything he has to offer.

Rhodes started his pro career with the Indianapolis Colts, as he signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in the 2001 NFL Draft.
During the 2001 season against Kansas City Chiefs, starting running back Edgerrin James of the Colts, accidentally had a knee injury, resulting to Rhodes, playing for his position for the rest of the 2001 season. Although Rhodes happen to start only the last 9 games for that season, he had recorded to ran the most rushing yards being an undrafted rookie, with 1104 yds. Unluckily, Rhodes didn’t get the chance to play for the whole 2002 season because of anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. Although after recovering, he once again was shown great action for the rest of his years with the Colts. Under the Colts, Dominic had received a Super Bowl ring during the Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007.
After seven seasons with the Colts, Rhodes signed with the Oakland Raiders, a two year deal amounting to $7.5M on March 9, 2007. Although only after a month, he was freed by the Raiders on April 28, after choosing RB Darren McFadden during the 2008 draft.
May 7th, when Dominic reunited with the Colts for a one-year contract. And until a year later, Dominic is now under a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills, signed last April 17, 2009.

At the moment, as RB Marshawn Lynch will be unavailable because of his suspension, together with RB Fred Jackson and rookie Xavier Omon, Rhodes is expected to fill and solidify the running back position.

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Andre Tippett of the New England Patriots, a Jewish Sports Hall of Famer.

Andre Bernard Tippett, the New England Patriots’ former linebacker in the NFL, and now its Executive Director for Community Affairs, had been awarded the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame last April 26, 2009.
Originally a Baptist, Andre converted to Judaism when he got married to Rhonda Kenney in 1997. Today, they already have three daughters namely Jenea, Asia and Madison, and a son, named Coby.
Tippett had spent his entire 12-year career with the Patriots, where he had received plenty of honors and awards, for himself and for the team as well. Formerly selected by the Patriots in the 2nd round of the 1982 NFL Draft, Tippett had been chosen to five Pro Bowls in his career, where he recorded as 4th among all the linebackers in history of the league- having 100 sacks in 151 games, with an average of 0.662 sacks per game. Tippett was also awarded the AFC’s Linebacker of the Year by the NFL Players Association for the 1885 till the 1987 seasons. Andre was also named to the NFL Films All-Pro team in 1984, the Newspaper Enterprise Association co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1985, and the UPI AFL-AFC Defensive Player of the Year, also in 1985. Aside from being a pro football player, Tippett is also a licensed Godan/5th degree black belter.

The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located at Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N.Y., is devoted to acknowledge and honor exceptional Jewish individuals who outshines in the field of sports. The Hall of Fame aims to remind us that in this world where racism and discrimination is still inescapable, in terms of sports- everything and everyone are equal.

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Brett retiring from the New York Jets

On Feb. 11, 2009, the 39 year old Brett Lorenzo Favre #4, QB of the New York Jets, declared that he is ending his professional football career and has no plans of coming back.

Having been an 18 year veteran, Brett has spent his 16 years of career with the Green Bay Packers. Playing as their starting quarterback from 1992 till 2007 NFL seasons, and having been named as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the league, Favre has been one of the drivers that led the Packers to its victories. Several of those were when he led the Packers to 7 division championships from 1995-97, 2002-04, and 2007; NFC Championship games from 1995-97, 2007; 1 Super Bowl Championship (Super Bowl XXXI) and more.

But this is not the first time Favre announced his retirement. Just this March, after a loss against the Giants on January 2008, Favre told his quitting. But eventually he requested his return to the team before the start of the last season.

The Packers traded Brett to the Jets prior to the 2008 season. Since then, Brett had shown quite a good performance with the Jets, which even made him selected as the FedEx Air Player of the Week on week four of the 2008 season, where Brett threw 6 touchdowns against the Cardinals. Though on Dec. 29, 2008, the news revealed that Favre has torn biceps tendon on his right shoulder. However, Brett later announced that there’s no need for a major surgery for his injury.
When the season ended, the words of Favre to Jets’ General Manager Mike Tannenbaum may have been a hint, saying “it may be time to look in a different direction,” pertaining about his position being the quarterback of the New York Jets. Until finally, on Feb. 11, 2009, he told the team that he is retiring for good.

Will it be really goodbye for Favre? Or will he changed his mind again? Whatever decision he made or will make later, surely, Brett Favre will live his own legacy in the history of NFL.

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