It used to be simply being a football player equaled popularity. Now that’s enough!
Pro football players are being ranked based on their likability.
*He has three years remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson from seeking a raise.
“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said Monday, two days after the Eagles’ season ended with a 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. “We’ll see how that plays out.”
Jackson, who is two seasons into a five-year deal, wants more than the $10.5 million (including a workout bonus) he’s set to earn in 2014, reports ESPN.com. He made $7 million this season, when he hauled in 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
*2013 has come and gone and honors have been given, but if Jemele Hill had her way she would make the N-word her “Sports Person of the Year” for the year that was.
Hill, revealed her pick during her “parting shot” segment on the Sports Reporters program. While mentioning that awards like Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” are used to highlight “impact, the ESPN host said she wouldn’t give athletes like Serena Williams or Peyton Manning the ““Sports Person of the Year” award.
*Michael Vick said Tuesday he expects to be starting at quarterback somewhere in the NFL next season but is willing to return to the Philadelphia Eagles to back up Nick Foles if “all else fails,” reports ESPN.com.
Vick, who turns 34 in June, began this season as the Eagles’ starter but injured his hamstring against the New York Giants on Oct. 6 and eventually lost the spot to Foles.
He hasn’t played a full season because of injuries since joining the Eagles in 2009, but he said he’s not worried that will hurt his chances to find a starting job in 2014, saying he knows “at some point I’ll be back out there.”
*Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said he was “really taken aback” by bullying accusations from former teammate Shawn Andrews.
“That is ridiculous,” McNabb told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t know what comments you expect to get from me, but that is news to me and completely false. For me to bully anybody, that sounds unbelievable.”
Andrews, a two-time Pro Bowl guard, said in an interview with Sync Weekly, a website based in Little Rock, Ark., that McNabb “was degrading to me and spread rumors.” Among the rumors, Andrews said, was one that he was gay.
The Eagles released Andrews in 2010 after seven years that included the two Pro Bowl appearances as well as a series of other issues, including back injuries and his 2008 refusal to report to training camp. Andrews told Sync Weekly that he was struggling with depression. When he did report to camp, he apologized in front of the entire team. McNabb, he said, “was rolling his eyes at me the whole time.”
Andrews’ accusations first surfaced in an interview with Philadelphia sports-talk station 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this month. They were prompted by the Miami Dolphins’ situation, in which Jonathan Martin accused fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito of bullying and harassment.
“I don’t really understand why this would come about, one, and two, how this would even be an accusation,” McNabb told the Inquirer. “If there’s anything I can say, I was more than open to Shawn. I always tried to be open to all the guys.”
The Inquirer story included corroboration of McNabb’s version from three other former Eagles teammates, Brian Westbrook, Jeff Garcia and Reno Mahe.
“I never saw anything negative or evil come out of [McNabb],” Garcia said.
Well, everybody except maybe cornerback Cary Williams, it seems. Vick was one of a number of players that jumped in to break up a skirmish between wide receiver Riley Cooper and Williams, who apparently didn’t appreciate Vick’s effort at peacemaking.
“I try to be the peacemaker, but these young dudes don’t respect me,” said Vick, according to Philly.com.
As we reported, Cooper was excused from the team for three days during training camp after he was seen on video making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. While Cooper apologized to the team shortly after that incident, Williams told the media at the time that he was hurt by the slur and it would take a while for him to accept Cooper’s apology.
After everything went down Thursday, the media was hoping to get Williams’ side of the story, but that didn’t happen. As for Cooper, he claimed the confrontation “was nothing.”
But Vick did speak with reporters after practice and expressed unhappiness with what went down. After all, the first game of the season is Sunday.
“Our maturity level has to be on a whole different plane,” Vick said. “Regardless of who the catalyst was for the whole fight, that doesn’t matter. We have to be men. We’re not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We’re teammates. It’s game week. We don’t have time for that. I don’t.
“It’s a distraction.”
A distraction is right. But who is really surprised to see the situation develop on the team in light of Riley’s racist statement and the fact that Williams still has not moved on from his stance against Riley. And Vick’s comment about not getting respect from the “young dudes” is problematic to say the least.