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Colin Kaepernick Continues To Help Out Communities By Handing Out Suits Outside NY Parole Offices

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Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and current free agent, may not yet be sure where he’s headed next season, but he’s nevertheless making his free time count.

Kap’s good deed is in partnership with 100 Suits, an organization that aims to provide suits and workwear to men and woman preparing for job interviews, as well as tailoring and grooming services. – WMUR

The ballad of Colin Kaepernick is an interesting one. He came on the scene like a bolt of lightning and brought the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl under coach Jim Harbaugh. Once Harbaugh was ousted, Kaepernick was out of the spotlight as quickly as he entered it, and that’s when things started getting testy. He notoriously kneeled during the national anthem during last year’s games as a protest towards the treatment of African Americans and minorities in the US. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, that is the first and sometimes only thing people will bring up when discussing Kaepernick. “He kneeled during the anthem and he was wrong!”. That’s the consensus among a lot of people, and they don’t take into account that this was something Kaep thought long and hard about for a long time, and discussedwith his family and friends before finally deciding to take a stand. For someone with very little to gain besides hate and contempt to do something like he did seemed honorable to me, and while I may not agree with the action of kneeling during the national anthem, I respected his right to do it.

With the kneeling controversy dying down and Kaepernick himself saying he will stand for the national anthem this year (if he finds a team), it seems like the media doesn’t have much use for Kaep anymore. That’s a shame, because all he’s done over the past year is donate close to a million dollars to charities and social causes, including Meals on Wheels, Life After Hate Inc., Silence is Violence and the above mentioned 100 Suits. This is also all being done while Kaepernick is out of a job, as NFL teams don’t want the stigma of signing someone with a negative image in the media (unless they beat their wives or girlfriends or stockpile assault weapons). Again, the Kaepernick story is unfortunate but not surprising, as a person can only stand up for what they believe in if it’s convenient for everyone else too. I stand by Kaepernick’s charity work, and I look forward to the donations he’ll be making in the future.

-Ryan

 

Preveiwing Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning – Part XVII

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I think you and I are destined to do this forever.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, both two of the greatest quarterbacks of their generation and of all time, will face each other for the 17th time this Sunday with a trip to Super Bowl 50 on the line. As AFC rivals their entire career, the stakes literally could not be higher. Brady is 11-5 in his career vs. Manning, but in their 4 career playoff meetings, each man has come away with two victories. In those four seasons, either Brady or Manning’s team have gone on to win the Super Bowl three times.

Living in New England, Tom Brady, now in his 16th NFL season, has taken on an almost God-like status. Whether you love him or you hate him, you cannot deny how superior the man is at football. Over a 15 year period, the team that represents the AFC in the Super Bowl has almost exclusively gone through Foxboro. Since the 01-02 season, this will be the 10th time (!) that Tom Brady and the Patriots have played in the AFC Championship game. Of the previous nine, they’ve won six, and gone on to win four of those Super Bowls. Brady has a career record of 22-8 in the playoffs, but is only 3-3 on the road, which goes to show how dominant his Patriots teams have been in the regular season. He’s Batman in football form, dispensing his enemies with relative ease all while keeping up the poster boy charm.

Peyton Manning, now in his 18th NFL season, has been the Joker to Brady’s Batman. Manning holds 15 NFL regular season passing records, including the most yards and touchdowns of all time. Manning’s success in the regular season is only rivaled by Brady’s, and where Brady thrives (playoffs) Manning has faltered. Manning is 12-13 in his career in the playoffs, and the only postseason stat in which he equals Brady is in the amount of Super Bowls he has lost (2). Now for a guy to play in 25 playoff games (and counting), win a Super Bowl and have all those regular accolades is an amazing career. But Peyton Manning was put on this Earth to play football at the same time as Thomas Brady, and they will forever be entwined.

While stats are fun for casual conversations with friends, all that matters to Patriots, Broncos, Brady and Manning fans is the outcome of Sunday’s matchup. From now until Sunday you’ll see a million articles about how the game is so much more than Brady and Manning, but when it comes down to it, it really isn’t. It’s all about Brady and Manning. It’s about two guys who love the game of football and are really, really good at it, and for the 17th time they get to duke it out to see who is the better man. I can confidently say we will never see a quarterback rivalry at this level again, and I’m just glad I got to be a fan during their tenures. As for Sunday’s game? Patriots 23 Broncos 16.

-Ryan

H/T 6th ring & SI

 

 

The Freeman Era is Over in Tampa – A Quick Look at Bucs QBs since 2000

The Josh Freeman era seems to be over in Tampa. Unfortunately, I saw this coming. Josh has all the ability to be a great quarterback but struggles when it matters.

Sunday, Mike Glennon, a third round pick out of NC State will start for the Bucs. I really have no idea what he is capable of in the NFL. So before we move on, let’s take time to look back.

Shaun King

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My first ever NFL jersey was good ol’ number 10 back in 5th grade.

Brad Johnson

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My one true Tampa Bay Quarterback love. Brought home the Vince Lombardi trophy in 02.

Rob Johnson

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The most dependable backup QB in Buccaneer history. Solid and accurate.

Chris Simms

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Chris came aboard from Texas and in his sophomore year brought the Bucs back to the playoffs three years removed from their Superbowl win.

Brian Griese

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The first of many “band aid” quarterbacks to walk through Tampa.

Tim Rattay

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Acquired from San Fran for a 6th round pick and was the third different starting quarterback in the 2006 season.

Bruce Gradkowski

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The wildcard.

Luke McCown

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Backup turned started turned backup.

Jeff Garcia

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One of 4 QBs to bring Tampa to the playoffs in the 2000’s. Did I mention he has a playboy model for a wife? Extra points in my book. (And T.O. thought he was gay….. pshhhh)

Byron Leftwich

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Basically brought in as a cushion for Josh Freeman. He was benched mid-2009 and replaced by Freeman. Had the biggest and slowest release the NFL has ever seen.

Josh Johnson

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Mostly a backup for Freeman. Started a few games in 2010-2011.

and of course….

Josh Freeman

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