PHILADELPHIA — Brian Dawkins is tackling mental health issues the same aggressive way he took on anyone who dared cross the middle during his Hall of Fame career as a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos.Since revealing he suffered from depression and had suicidal thoughts early in his playing career, Dawkins has been on a mission to spread awareness. He recently spoke at the Stay in the Game Forum to identify ways sports can be leveraged to have a positive impact on mental wellness. The event was organized by groups including Beyond Sport and the major professional sports leagues, including MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL."We're trying to bring awareness to something that affects 44 million people," Dawkins told The Associated Press. "One in five adults have a mental health condition or are going through some things. I like to talk about my cerebral wellness instead of mental health. I believe we need to begin to change the narrative when we begin to speak about our … [Read more...] about Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins tackling mental wellness head on
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Arnie Stapleton, Ap Pro Football Writer Updated 4:57 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Forrest Gregg was remembered Wednesday as a gentle giant who was as comfortable playing Barbie dolls with his daughter as he was playing football for Vince Lombardi. Gregg died Friday at age 85 after a long fight with Parkinson's, a disease his neurologist and family believe might have been triggered by the countless concussions he sustained while playing football in the 1950s at SMU and in the NFL from 1956-71. "Forrest Gregg is one of the giants of the game," Hall of Fame President David Baker said, noting Gregg was one of a handful of players to win six NFL titles in a league that's celebrating its 100th season. The others are his Packers teammates Herb Adderley and Fuzzy Thurston and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Gregg's booming baritone that was reduced to a whisper in his later years reverberated through the First United Methodist Church … [Read more...] about Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg remembered as gentle giant
You’re not going to believe this, dawg. Maybe the Pro Football Hall of Fame really does love Denver. Or at least has started to make amends for the most under-represented NFL team in Canton, Ohio. For the first time, two Broncos are going to be inducted during the same year. But other than a piece of football immortality and a date to be fitted for a gold jacket, know what Pat Bowlen and Champ Bailey share? Well, you’ve probably heard how fond Bowlen was of Bailey from the time the cornerback walked into team headquarters after arriving in a trade from Washington in March 2004. How fond? Well, Bailey had trouble believing it when I told him. “Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me,” Bailey said. “A dog? Really?” The dog is a 13-year-old Samoyed. A regal and tough animal, whose ancestry herded reindeer in Siberia. It’s fluffy, white and Pat Bowlen’s best friend. Related: Pat Bowlen selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame The dog’s … [Read more...] about Kiszla: How much does Broncos owner Pat Bowlen love fellow Hall of Famer Champ Bailey? You’re not going to believe this, dawg.
Cork Gaines, provided by Published 10:57 am CST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Tom Brady is the GOAT. Whenever Brady calls it a career, he will get a pass to the front of the line for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only three players in NFL history were taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft and went on to become Hall of Famers. Tom Brady has five Super Bowl rings and has cemented his legacy as the greatest quarterback ever, a status made even more improbable if we consider where his career started. By this point, it is no secret that Brady was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, with 198 players going before him. Of all the players voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just three were selected in the sixth round, according to data from the Hall of Fame. Of the Hall of Famers who were selected in the NFL Draft, more than half (53%) were taken in the first round, 78% went in the first three rounds, and only … [Read more...] about The draft history of players already in the Hall of Fame puts Tom Brady’s improbable career in perspective
Bill Ballou has changed his mind. Last month, the longtime Red Sox writer for Worcester’s Telegram and Gazette made the remarkable announcement that he would not be casting his Hall of Fame ballot for former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Rivera, who is eligible for the first time this year, has the chance to become the first player in baseball history unanimously voted into Hall of Fame when the inductees are announced Tuesday night. So, the distinction of being the lone public holdout earned Ballou national attention, particularly from the New York media. Even the Telegram’s own readers criticized the decision. Ballou conceded that Rivera was “the greatest closer in baseball history,” but argued that saves are the “lowest-hanging fruit on the game’s statistical tree.” He noted that Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel went six for six in save opportunities this past postseason, while posting an ERA of 5.90 and permitting … [Read more...] about The Red Sox writer who said he wouldn’t vote Mariano Rivera into the Hall of Fame is voting Rivera into the Hall of Fame