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.

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.

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.