- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
When it comes to athletes and sexuality, fans are naturally curious — especially when they date other very public figures.
In Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop singer Ciara you have the perfect mashup to get the internet buzzing about just what they're up to. But Wilson dropped a mini-bomb on Sunday in an appearance at The Rock Church in San Diego when he said, about midway through a lengthy interview, that he and his celebrity girlfriend are remaining abstinent.
Here's how Wilson came upon the story to host and pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player:
“I remember she was on tour, she was traveling. I was looking at her in the mirror. She was in the dressing room getting ready to go before she went on stage, and she was sitting there, and God spoke to me and said, ‘I need you to lead her.’
"And I was like, ‘Really?’ And he was like, ‘No, I want you to lead her.’ So I told her, ‘What would you do if we took all of that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus’ way?’ And she was relieved.'"
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene last year with an incredible one-handed touchdown catch on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.
Beckham went on to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and is putting in the work this offseason to build off his huge first season as a pro. Miami Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry, Beckham’s teammate at LSU, posted a video on Instagram Monday that shows Beckham is in midseason form even in July.
Check out these awesome catches:
Beckham hauled in 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, breaking a number of NFL and Giants rookie records in the process.
The Giants certainly hope he can match (or even surpass) those numbers in 2015.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Earlier we brought you the news of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and his July 4 firework accident that injured his hand and later spun it forward to speculate if the team could pull his franchise-tag designation in light of this non-football injury.
Now there's more news: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants have removed what had been a standing offer for a long-term contract — a $60 million extension — as the two sides had been negotiating a new deal with JPP shackled under the franchise tag.
What does it mean?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
We're still gathering details from the July 4 fireworks-related hand injury to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but several reports Monday suggest that his short-term health and long-term prognosis both appear to be OK, even with the possibility of nerve damage in his hand.
The Giants placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, their best pass rusher, this offseason, but the two sides have not come to an accord on a long-term deal. There have been a few tense moments over whether it will be done. And now the Giants could opt to rescind the franchise tender.
That's right: The CBA states that teams are allowed to pull a franchise-tag designation when a player fails to “establish or maintain his excellent physical condition,” which might include not allowing pyrotechnics to go off in a player's hand.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested in Miami Beach over the weekend for allegedly firing two gunshots in the air during an argument.
The incident reportedly occurred around 5 a.m. Saturday outside of a parking garage and Quarless has been charged with discharging a firearm in public, a misdemeanor.
Miami Beach Police say a witness reported that Quarless was riding in a black Porsche with three other people around 5 a.m. Saturday when they pulled up to a car full of women. An arrest affidavit says the football player and another man approached the car. It said the conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.
That's when authorities say Quarless, who is entering his sixth season with the Packers, pulled out a handgun and fired two shots in the air. Quarless and the driver of the Porsche fled, but were later found and the gun was recovered, the affidavit states.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will become the cautionary tale of not playing with fireworks.
Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ star defensive end who was given the franchise tag this offseason, reportedly suffered a severe hand injury during a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July holiday.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
This summer, NFL Films' Greg Cosell will be doing a series of posts for Shutdown Corner taking a deeper look into the finer points of football, explaining how fans can look for the subtle nuances that make the game so interesting beneath the surface.
On Sundays, I usually watch games without taking notes or looking at schemes or searching for details about why plays did or didn't work. I just watch casually. And I know most people watch games that way, and that's great.
But I also love when I come to the NFL Films offices on Monday and start to look at the coaches' film to unlock why certain plays worked or didn't, and what makes players successful or not. Those nuances, to me, are what football is all about.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is an extremely rich man, but he's also very generous with his money.
Johnson attended a ceremony on Wednesday in which Army Sgt. Adam Keys , who was wounded by improved explosive devices five years ago in combat in Afghanistan, was given a "smart home" in Annapolis, Md., that allows him to live independently. Johnson gave $1 million to build the houses for Keys and Army Sgt. Bryan Dilberian , who was also wounded by explosive devices in combat. Dilberian's home is being constructed in Staten Island, N.Y. The Newark Star-Ledger wrote about Johnson's amazing gift.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made an appearance “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night. Predictably, his contract situation was a point of discussion early on in the interview.
Wilson is in the final year of his rookie contract despite leading Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, and Kimmel asked him if he wants to be the league’s highest-paid player. Wilson made sure to say all the right things.
“I just want to be paid based off my play. It will all work out in the end. We’ll figure it out,” Wilson said.
Wilson is scheduled to be paid $1.5 million in 2015.
Wilson is also an accomplished baseball player and played parts of two seasons of minor league ball in the Colorado Rockies organization after being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB draft.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
Blake Bortles played great in preseason games in August, then not so great late in the season long after he became the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback.
There are plenty of reasons, but apparently one that he was dealing with a "dead arm."
General manager Dave Caldwell told USA Today's Tom Pelissero about Bortles' dead arm issue, which makes it seem like Bortles was a starting pitcher in spring training. It's not an injury you hear about too often in football, though it happens. Bortles had shoulder inflammation, but it didn't require surgery. It did require Bortles to change his mechanics just to get velocity on the ball, Caldwell said.
"You've just got to do what you've got to do to survive," Caldwell said. "It wasn't anything that was ingrained in him [mechanically]. He knew he was doing it. But in order to drive the ball 15 yards, there were some things that he needed to do to get the velocity on the ball."