CB Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers, retires at 32

Another name to end his career in the NFL, CB Fernando Bryant.

Bryant, at 32, said his agent Drew Rosenhaus on June 23 that the cornerback is going to retire, thus ending his 10 years of career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He became a part of the Steelers on November 11, 2008, although he wasn’t seen much action during any of the Steelers play off games, not even on their Super Bowl XLIII triumph.

Bryant was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars as 26th overall pick during the 1999 NFL Draft. Bryant has played his first five seasons as CB for the Jaguars. After that, on 2004, Bryant signed as a free agent for the Detroit Lions, where he became a part of the Lions for 4 seasons, until he was released on February 25, 2008. And almost only a month after, Fernando signed a one-year contract with the Patriots, although he was cut by the team just on August 30 of the same year, until be became a part of the Steelers and until he announced his retirement with them.

If we can recall, The Pittsburgh Steelers released rookie Donovan Woods to give way for CB no. 31, although Woods re-signed with the Steelers on November 8, 2008.

Just like every other player who have turned 30 and up, Bryant now ends his 10 years of NFL career. Many of them will say it’s just the numbers, although some may also see it relevant, that age really comes as a factor, especially in football. But whatever they reason will be, sure Bryant have collected plenty enough of memories and experiences during a decade long of his NFL life.

Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals, will finally wear his new name for the 2009 season

At last, Chad Javon Ochocinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson, is finally allowed by the NFL to wear his jersey with his name “Ochocinco” behind it, for the 2009 season.

As we can recall, this Bengal’s wide receiver legally changed his last name from Johnson to “Ocho Cinco” (which means “8-5” in Spanish, although the proper way of saying 85-being his jersey number is “ochenta y cinco”) last August 29, 2008. But due to some paperwork technicality, it ended up to a single word “Ochocinco.”

After changing his surname, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to allow him to use his new name on his jersey, although the NFL disallowed it. Since Chad needs to pay first for the large amount of inventory that the Reebok already stocked-having his jersey for the coming season produced with his old name. However, Chad declined and it ended up that he still wore his jersey with the name “C. Johnson” on it for the rest of the 2008 season.

And now, for the coming 2009 season, the NFL finally agreed and permitted Chad to wear his new last name. Although Chad wanted it to be a two-word name “Ocho Cinco”, the league only allowed Ochocinco, since this is what is legally registered to be his surname.

In the end, whatever name this wide receiver might be wearing, it doesn’t change the Chad Johnson or Chad Ochocinco that we have always known. He will still be one of the Bengals’ greatest wide receivers in the history of NFL.

Ward honored to be a pure Pittsburgh Steeler

Hines Ward exclaimed that it is a big honor to start with his career, and eventually end up wearing a Pittsburgh Steeler Jersey.

Hines Ward, a ten year veteran wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, shares his thoughts about how privileged he is being started as a Steeler, and still being a Steeler ten years later. He told that not too many players are given that opportunity, to play his entire career belonging to a sole team. And as the Steelers signed him a four-year contract extension last April 25, 2009, Ward is pretty sure that before his playing days in the field will be over, he has definitely a few more seasons left to play for his beloved team.

Hines Ward was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his pro career, Ward had already been into 4 Pro Bowl from the 2001 till the 2004 season. He was also named to 3 team MVPs, one of them was on Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006, when he was the Most Valuable Player, as the team won 21-10. Ward was also shown in action as being the all-time leading receiver for the Steelers, on November 27, 2005, with Hines’ 538th catch versus the Cleveland Browns, finishing the game in favor of the Steelers.

Aside from Ward’s goal to arrive at his 10,000 yards in his professional career, which is just 220 yards away, one incredible record he did in the history was to surpass wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth along the way, which he quoted as crazy! Ward even added that he’d never thought he can ever do that, and having done that, in fact, Ward doesn’t know what more to ask for.

Maybe the answer is a few more Super Bowl rings, as the WR veteran has nothing in mind but to play his remaining games with the team, and win the Super Bowl titles for the Steelers.

Cleveland Browns welcomes Lockett

The Cleveland Browns’ roster keeps on moving, as they signed safety Bret Lockett on May 4, 2009 as a college free agent.

Playing college football for the University of California, Los Angeles, Bret started in 11 games during his senior year. He also had his career best of 12 tackles against a game with Arizona. Bret as well, led the UCLA football team against Fresno State with 11 stops. During the game against Washington State, he recorded 4 tackles; and with 7 tackles, Bret led the team against Oregon. On 2006, Bret was shown playing in all 13 games of the UCLA as a free safety, playing mostly on special teams. During his high school at Diamond Bar, he played the role of a safety, a wide receiver, and a linebacker.

Born with a full name of Bret Emanuel Lockett on October 7, 1986, by Frederick and Janice Lockett, Bret has one sister named Tatum, and a brother named Kolin.

Lockett is a Political Science major. Aside from football of course, Bret loves playing video games, reading, dancing, and being with his family. He has a high regard to the great Walter Payton, who was known to be one of the most dynamic running backs in the history of NFL and American football. According to Bret, he admires Payton a lot and sets him as an example from where he models his playing techniques.

On the other hand, also on that same day, the Browns decided to waive cornerback Antonio Smith, wide receiver Brent Casteel, tight end Mike Massey, and safety Corey Boudreaux.

John Beck, now a part of Baltimore Ravens

On May 2, 2009, QB John Beck signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Formerly played for the Miami Dolphins, Beck was selected as 40th pick overall in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Dolphins, out of Brigham Young University. John signed a four year contract with the Miami’s amounting to nearly $3.25 million, including incentives and guaranteed money totaling to $4.5 M, or a grand amount of $6.5 million for four years.

During his first training camp with the Miami’s, Beck was the team’s third-string quarterback, and on the 2007 season, he was assigned to play the role for Trent Green, a former Miami Dolphins’ QB, who was seriously injured during those times.

Under the hands of Miami’s Head Coach Cam Cameron during those times, Beck happened to serve his role in the team for the 2007 and 2008 seasons only, as he was released by the Dolphins last April 27, 2009. Now, as Beck signed a deal with the Baltimore Ravens last May 2, 2009, he is united for the second time with Cameron, which happens to be the current offensive coordinator of the Ravens.

But this wasn’t the first time that the Ravens had taken to consider about Beck being drafted by the team. Although, during the 2007 Draft, Baltimore’s passed up John and give way to QB Troy Smith of the Ohio State. Now that Beck and Smith belongs in the same team, these two quarterbacks are anticipated to contend as Joe Flacco’s backup.

According to Gen. Manager Ozzie Newsome of the Ravens, John Beck is a player that they have evaluated vigilantly since the 2007 draft. Newsome also added that Beck’s competitiveness is what really amazed them saying that they, the team, likes to bring in good athletes who love to compete, and that surely counts John Beck.

More than just Dhani of the Cincinnati Bengals

Dhani Makalani Jones pronounced as dah-HA-nee, is known to be the NFL linebacker for the the Cincinnati Bengals. But more than that, Dhani is also into basketball, wrestling, an avid bicyclist, actor, TV analyst, photographer, an accomplished bowtie company owner, musician, a traveler, and more! A traveler? Yes! In his recent series Dhani Tackles the Globe,” which airs every Monday at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel, Dhani travels around the globe, exploring every country, every city, and every locale, where he endeavors to communicate with the community, discovering their culture and history, and exploring what the community has to offer to the public (the bests places to eat, drink, shop, etc.) and shares it to the viewers.
Through the show, and through Dhani, the series aims to show the connection between sports and culture of each locality. Every filming of each episode seemed to be a new experience for the 31 year old bachelor. There had been Dhani learning the Thai culture and the martial art of Muay Thai in Thailand; playing the sport of Schwingen in Switzerland; experienced dragon boat racing in Singapore; learned the art of kickboxing in Cambodia; exploring what it takes to be an Australian Surf Life Saver; and many more. Surely, Dhani loves his job, where he can truly say he’s enjoying the best of both worlds- that is, sports, and traveling.
But the trick is how can he manage to divide his time for taping, for the game practice, and for other important endeavors this busy man is engaged with? Surprisingly, Dhani managed to split his hectic schedule to travel between San Diego, New York, Cincinnati, and even to Washington D.C., to visit his family as often as he can. In fact, there were times where he had missed the Bengals offseason workouts because of the film, but Dhani, on the other hand, haven’t shown any regrets telling he’s taking his chances and it was a risk that he has to take.
Definitely, there’s nothing to stop the 10 year veteran from moving and fulfilling his dreams. Jones told that he wants to expand his knowledge, explore the world, and share them all to the people as much as he can.