For all the nonsense surrounding new rules designed to make the game safer, an inability to determine what is and is not a catch, and controversy regarding kneeling during the national anthem, for my money, there is not a better spectator sport than professional football.
When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
"The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go," the wide receiver tweeted. "It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish."
When the Ravens traded back into the first round to pick Lamar Jackson on Thursday night, they not only acquired a quarterback of the future, they authored the ultimate tribute to Ozzie Newsome's draft skills.
Ozzie Newsome's final draft as general manager lands the Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst and quarterback Lamar Jackson in the first round. “It was masterful the way it came down in the draft room tonight,” Newsome said. “It was unbelievable.”
With Joe Flacco going into what could be his last season as the Ravens' franchise quarterback, the team might use a high draft pick on the sport's most important position for the first time in a decade.
This is a story about how the MVP of the Super Bowl — Nick Foles — fell into Under Armour’s lap and the decision the company must make about whether to extend him to a long-term deal when his contract is up next year.
New Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban worked with Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick with the Philadelphia Eagles and then moved to the Cincinnati, where he mentored Bengals receivers, including A.J. Green.
As a priest I was trained to “find God in all things.” But as a human, I know that we sometimes want to take the credit for ourselves. And Americans can do it well, with swagger. But the Philadelphia Eagles repeatedly gave the glory to God after their Super Bowl win.
Like a lot of Americans, I love football, and I don’t want to see it go anywhere. But I’m not naïve enough to think the game is going to survive if we don’t consider changing how we present it to young people and parents concerned about their child’s safety.