Watson speaks against racism

taking a stand — Ben Watson speaks out against racism while sharing his story during Convocation. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

New Orleans Saints tight end shares thoughts on racial prejudice in America Ben Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints who just finished his 11th season in the NFL, tackled the issues of racism and identity in his appearance at the second Convocation of the semester Friday, Jan. …

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Kelly family inspires

oppurtunity — Students hear from NFL legend. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Hall of Famer praises God for life lessons learned For the first time in the family’s history, Jim Kelly, his wife, Jill Kelly, and their daughter, Erin Kelly, took the stage together to speak to students during Convocation Friday, Oct. 25. The three spoke about God’s goodness in the midst …

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Tich’s Take

America loves the NFL. So it makes sense for the NFL to have a game on Thursdays. The more football, the better, right? Wrong. On paper, Thursday Night Football is great. For the consumer, it gives more football to watch during a part of the week that normally is void …

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Editorial: NFL ousts Rice

Shamed — This may be the last time Ray Rice is seen wearing an NFL jersey after his indefinite suspension and release. Google Images

Ravens running back Ray Rice is paying for his actions Following Monday’s release of the shocking elevator video that has been shared by sports sites, social media and news outlets alike, former NFL superstar Ray Rice was both fired and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. The TMZ Sports video showed …

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Editorial: NFL kicks off

After a seven-month wait, the NFL is up and running It is finally upon us. After a long summer of practices, training camp, and the preseason, week one of the NFL regular season arrived. The Green Bay Packers and defending Superbowl champion Seattle Seahawks kicked things off Thursday night, and …

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Should NFL decide what is racist?

How detrimental to sportsmanship is the use of profanity during football games? This is the question the NFL must answer in lieu of the Competition Committee wanting to implement a 15-yard penalty for players who use the N-word on the field. Two clear sides exist on this issue, and current …

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Giving back

smile — NFL players Rashad Jennings (left), Mike Brown (right) and Flames 
running back Desmond Rice (middle) greet each other at Williams Sadium. Photo credit: Tom Foote

NFL players Rashad Jennings and Mike Brown start community youth project Former Liberty Flames football players Rashad Jennings and Mike Brown returned to Lynchburg to promote Habitat for Humanity and R&M Endeavors Friday, Feb. 21. R&M Endeavors was formed by Jennings and Brown and is designed to serve Lynchburg and …

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Editorial: Crossing a line

Has bullying become a serious issue in the NFL? The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin conflict is certainly not a simple situation. The two were teammates with the Miami Dolphins NFL team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, but Martin left the team in late October of 2013, citing repeated bullying by …

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Judge on talent, not on sexual orientation

COMING OUT — Michael Sam will be the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is selected in the 2014 draft. Google Images

Being gay should not affect the decision-making process when evaluating a player’s talent before the draft Many different character traits have been hidden by NFL uniforms over the years. Drug addicts, those convicted for crimes and homosexual players have all at one point laced up their cleats for an NFL …

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Playing with something to prove

Walt Aikens had a successful showing at the Senior Bowl and looks to impress NFL scouts on his pro day Thousands of football players walk onto the gridiron every Friday and Saturday, but only a select few get the opportunity to play on Sundays. For players in major conferences, getting …

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Incognito’s true identity revealed

Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito is suspended after harassing fellow teammate Johnathan Martin To be a professional athlete, you do not only need the skills to compete at a high level, but also the wherewithal to deal with emotion and, sometimes for young players, hazing. As an offensive lineman, National …

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NFL Week One Recap

The first week of the 2013 NFL season is in the books. Opening weekend brought both surprises and expected outcomes. Let’s take a look at some of the best week one storylines. The Super Bowl champs need some work Even with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed no longer on the …

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NFL preview: A quest to be champion

Following Flacco — Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, the Ravens look to their leader Joe Flacco to repeat as champions. Photo credit: Keith Allison

With the start of the regular season beginning this week, teams look to be crowned as the leauge best It is that time of year again. The days of summer are drawing to a close, and the days until the start of football season can be counted on one hand. …

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Editorial: NFL Draft: Winners and losers


Although the 2013 draft has been completed, we will not be able to tell who is a stud or a dud for a few more years I’ll bet you began reading this column thinking that I would break down who I thought were the biggest winners and losers from the …

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Advice from the NFL to LU

It is not often to see players that play on Friday night, play Sunday on television. However, Jake Grove is the exception. Grove started his love for football at 10-years-old in the town of Forest, Va. He was a local star from 1994-1998 at Jefferson Forest High School, and continued …

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