Found December 21, 2012 on Helmet2Helmet:
After dedicating his cleats to each victim of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, Chris Johnson gave his best to one family in particular. The Associated Press reports that the Titans' star running back on Tuesday called the family of seven-year old Grace McDonnell, who was among the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Through the team, the family got in touch with Johnson, who conversed with Grace's older brother, Jack. "You get a whole sense of it and just him and the kids ... that he [Jack] was trying to be strong, but it's a situation I can tell how he feels," Johnson said. "I lost my grandmother earlier in this year and just knowing how that feels I just kind of wanted to do something to at least try to lift his spirits." In a heartwarming gesture, Johnson also sent the McDonnell's Christmas gifts and gave them his phone number, offering his help in the future. He said he plans on auctioning off the cleats to raise m...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Flacco shoulders blame for Ravens' 3-game slide

Joe Flacco has lost three fumbles and thrown three interceptions in his last three games, each of which the Baltimore Ravens lost. Flacco understands that an NFL quarterback often receives an inordinate amount of criticism in defeat and perhaps too much credit for a victory. And he's OK with it. Asked how much blame he deserves for Baltimore's current skid, Flacco replies...

Report: Ray Lewis will not return during regular season

The Baltimore Ravens were hopeful linebacker Ray Lewis would return sometime during the regular season, but according to NFL Network's Ian Rapport, Lewis will likely not return until the playoffs.   The Ravens have until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to add Lewis to their 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's pivotal matchup against the New York Giants, but the team doesn't plan...

Titans WR Wright unlikely to play against Packers

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright has missed his third straight practice with a rib injury and isn't expected to play Sunday at Green Bay. Wright is listed as questionable on the Titans' injury report. Linebacker Colin McCarthy (concussion), receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) and defensive end Scott Solomon (knee) also are listed as questionable, but they...

Joe Flacco optimistic he’ll get an extension from the Ravens

With  quarterback Joe Flacco’s running out at the end of the season, he remains optimistic that he’ll get a long-term extension from the Ravens. “Yeah, I always am [optimistic],” Flacco said, per the Baltimore Sun. “This is a great organization and you’re always upbeat about that.” Flacco says he doesn’t even think about his contract situation. “I’m sure it...

Bernard Pollard on the Ravens freefall: “We are the problem”

At the start of the season, the Baltimore Ravens were one of the favorites to go to the Super Bowl. They were within one dropped pass in the 2011 AFC Championship game of reaching that goal, however, after a hot start that had the Ravens firmly in command of the 2nd seed, they have tailed off badly. Cam Cameron wanted to install an offense similar to the New England Patriots...

Titans WR Kendall Wright Not Expected to Play Sunday

Titans WR Kendall Wright likely won’t be playing Sunday, according to Jim Wyatt. Titans HC Mike Munchak updated Wright’s status, saying that the receiver is “sore” from his rib injury and that the pass catcher isn’t expected to play Sunday. The Titans have to face a tough Packers team that has a solid secondary, so the team will have trouble getting many big plays over...

Titans Have No Plans To Cut RB Chris Johnson

Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean reports that sources familiar with the situation have informed him that the Titans have no plans to release Chris Johnson despite the fact that he will make $9 million in guarantees next season. Given Johnson’s struggles last year, the idea was floated that the Titans could get out from under Johnson’s monster contract if they were to...

Porous Titans' 'D' now one of stingiest in the NFL

The Tennessee defense was giving up more points than anyone else in the NFL earlier this season. The Titans were so bad they nowhere to go but up. Over the past six weeks they've gotten better. Much better. The Titans head to Green Bay on Sunday ranked in the top five in six different categories, including fourth in scoring defense holding opponents to 17.6 points per game...

Ray Lewis might play Sunday against the Giants

According to the Baltimore Sun, there’s a chance Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will play this coming Sunday against the Giants. The Ravens will again wait until Saturday afternoon to make a decision on Ray Lewis, but early indications are that the inside linebacker will attempt to play Sunday against the New York Giants. Lewis, who is trying to come back from a torn triceps that...

Franchise Tag Coming For Joe Flacco?

Albert Breer of the NFL Network tweets that the Ravens are prepared to franchise QB Joe Flacco at the end of the season if they’re unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. The two sides have been discussing a deal for months now, but Flacco’s performance this season doesn’t lineup with his overall asking price, which makes it seem as though the franchise tag...

Johnson lifts spirit of Newtown family

Chris Johnson first wrote the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims on his cleats. Now the Titans running back has sent gifts to the family of Grace McDonnell after speaking with them by telephone. He had the names on his cleats for Monday night's game against the New York Jets, and he scored on a franchise-record 94-yard touchdown run. The family reached...

Report: Ray Lewis not expected back before playoffs

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t expected back before the playoffs.  There’s a chance he’ll be able to play in the postseason, but nothing is certain at this point. #Ravens LB Ray Lewis is NOT expected to return from his triceps tear for the regular season, I’m told. Back for the playoff still possible — Ian Rapoport...

Bradshaw, Smith questionable for Giants-Ravens

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith were both listed as questionable after taking part in limited practice Friday in advance of Sunday's game. Bradshaw has knee and foot injuries that kept him out of last week's loss at the Atlanta Falcons. Smith suffered a concussion during the Ravens' loss to the Denver Broncos...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.