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Kissing Suzy Kolber:
One of Peter King’s Tryout Guys, Andrew Sweat, an undrafted linebacker from Ohio State, said that rather than report to camp with the Browns and risk possibly dealing with a lifetime of lingering concussion issues, Sweat instead is going to law school. More troubling fallout from the Junior Seau suicide or is it simply the best way to dodge having to play for the Browns ever? It’s only a possibility because Peyton Hillis didn’t actually follow through with joining the CIA.
Concussion symptoms didn’t want to risk it.. Thanks to the browns for the opportunity. Health trumps football any day
— Andrew Sweat (@asweat42) May 14, 2012
Deadspin’s Jack Dickey gave Sweat a bit of the ol’ snarky snark blogger grief, only for Sweat to respond directly, saying that he’s gonna do just fine as a lawyer ’cause he’s got a sweet-ass connect as his dad’s law firm. Just spitballing here, but I’m gonna ahead and guess that he ends up being commissioner one day.
The episode reminds me of the Scott Sicko story from two years back, in which an undrafted tight end turned down contracts from five teams because he said he wanted to pursue his Master’s. Sportswriters muscled each other like shoppers on Black Friday to suck him off for the decision. Then, Sicko proceeded to change his mind and sign with the Cowboys days later. I can only hope this plays out similarly.
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HAVING A BALL
A Twitter follower without a date to prom asked Joe Haden if he'd like to take her, and much to her surprise, he replied back that he'd love to.
SHOCK AND LAW
Citing concussions as the reason, undrafted rookie Andrew Sweat passed up a chance to make the Cleveland Browns in order to go back to law school.
I was unable to make it to rookie camp this weekend to see and behold the skills of Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson. In some ways that’s probably a good thing. I learned last year in regular training camp that it is quite a vacuum to look at football. Without some serious perspective it is easy to think the team is far better or far worse than reality.
That doesn’t mean it...
If you thought it was hard enough to believe Mike Homgren last week when he said he expected the 2012 Browns to make “a pretty good jump,” here comes the people who risk real money on these promises to say that if Pat Shurmur’s charges are going to make any kind of significant jump next season, it’ll be backward.
As reported last week, Cantor Gaming, which operates the sports...
Cleveland Browns DB Joe Haden saved the prom dreams of an Ohio girl after her date bailed on her at the last minute. Joyce Grendel asked Haden if he would attend her high school prom with her, a bold step taken via Twitter after her original date backed out in the days before the event. To [...]
The AFC North is always tough, and 2011 was no exception. All four teams were in the top 10 in overall defense. They made up half of the AFC playoff teams, going a combined 25-15 outside the division. Even the Browns were an almost respectable 4-6 outside the AFC North.
2012 should be similar. So getting a better look at the rest of the division to see what should be coming our...
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Cleveland Browns are optimistic that defensive tackle Phil Taylor will be able to make a significant impact during the 2012 season, despite the fact that he just tore his pectoral muscle.
I think Taylor will start out the regular season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, which will force him to miss the...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor has undergone surgery to repair a torn chest muscle he injured while lifting weights.
Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle while bench pressing during the offseason conditioning program last week at the team's facility. A Browns spokesman said the surgery "went well" and the 335-pound Taylor is resting comfortably...
What I will tell you is we’ve got a freshman at Alabama that’ll probably make us forget about Trent Richardson already. They’re that good down in Tuscaloosa right now. Trent’s a physical player. So is Ray [Lewis]. They asked [Ravens top draft choice] Courtney Upshaw about playing against Trent, and he said, ‘I think I can get him on the ground.’ That’s what’s fun...
When we last left sweaty palmed fat gland of opportunity, Peter King, he was actually lauding the Raiders for picking up Matt Leinart in free agency. For serious! It wasn’t all positive, though, as PK also took Starbucks to task for its doughy, tasteless scones. He also said that is Acela only way to travel the East Coast while in the same nutmeg-scented breath decrying the quality...
Purdue's Boilermaker Special VII.
First year Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien reveals his vision of the football program's future to a group of Nittany Lion boosters. (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Third Man.
The Sporting News ranks first-year Ohio State HC Urban Meyer as the third best HC in college football. Alabama's Nick...
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After retiring from the NFL last week, former offensive lineman Jacob Bell told Peter King of SI.com that he wants to educate players on the dangers of football when it comes to head trauma and concussions.
“My big goal is to help educate players,” Bell told me this weekend. “Information about head trauma and concussions from all of the studies...