Fans of the Denver Broncos are reeling from a bad case of Mile High anxiety. With this year’s game, the Broncos now share the NFL record for most Super Bowl appearances with eight. But the team has also lost more championship games than any other team with five, none of them close, most recently the nightmare 43-8 blowout against the Seattle Seahawks two years ago.
The last title game before the Super Bowl era, which featured the Packers and the Browns, marked the final appearance of running back Jim Brown, who retired after the game to begin an acting career.
Brown, a Washington native who started his broadcast career with the Washington Bullets, addresses being a part owner of the Nationals, the need for football to get safer and how the city is perceived as a sports town.
Manning hasn’t stated whether he will be retiring after the season, but the 39-year-old quarterback could follow in the footsteps of several others, including the Broncos’ John Elway, if his team beats the Panthers.
The problem isn’t recognizing that Newton, the Panthers’ quarterback, is black. It’s that a series of assumptions, preconceptions and stereotypes typically accompany that label.
Hood, a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2009, spent part of last season with the Jaguars and the Bears. He’ll provide the Redskins with additional depth with several players aging.
Friedgen attempted to recruit Newton to Maryland out of high school, and he has watched from afar as Newton blossomed into one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks and its likely MVP.
Newton challenged a reporter on Tuesday who brought up the issue of black quarterbacks playing in the Super Bowl, hoping to dispel any significance of his participation.
Oher signed with the Panthers prior to the start of the season at Newton’s insistence, and the decision has the left tackle playing in the Super Bowl for the second time in his career.
The Browns issued a statement on Tuesday that condemns the recent actions of Manziel, who was involved in a disturbance with an ex-girlfriend over the weekend.
Johnson, one of the best wide receivers since entering the league in 2007, appears ready to retire because of a variety of injuries. Manziel’s self-destructive behavior hasn’t allowed him anywhere near his prime.
Less than half of the group of 100 players surveyed by The Associated Press said they’re more worried about the long-term effects of concussions than of their recovery from other injuries.