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  1. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Browns TE Ben Watson's recruiting advice, Jack Bechta's inside glimpse of the player-agent interviews & NFL DT Chris Hoke retires for health & family

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 02-02-2012 11:58 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • Longevity is a very important goal for today’s athlete, and this article provides a few tips from several NFL players 34 or older. [NFL’s Fountain of Youth]
    • For any baseball players aspiring to make it to the pros, ESPN offers an article with some details of the advantages of playing college ball over being drafted immediately after high school. [The Benefits of Choosing College Over Pros]
    • Each year, many overlooked high school football players head to Nike Football SPARQ Combines around the U.S. hoping to improve their regional and national buzz. For Miami Class of 2012 DE Dwayne Hoilett, the experience was a major benefit. “Without those camps, I would be a lot more underrated than I am,” Hoilett says. “I’d be good for my area, but I wouldn’t have the state or national recognition. I wouldn’t have had as many offers.” [Players Use Camps to Earn Scholarships]
    • In an ESPN article, several NFL pros were asked to reflect on their senior seasons in high school. Cleveland Browns TE Ben Watson’s advice about the recruiting process stood out. “I think the greatest advice would be to be really proactive in the process. It's hard to speak up and ask the tough questions that you want answered when a smooth coach is recruiting you or some older guys on the team are showing you around, but it's really about you and how you feel about the school and the program. Have a firm set of priorities and don't waver from them just because you are impressed by a visit or a call. Never forget that it's about you and your decision in this important stage of life.” [Senior Season: Insights From Proven Pros]
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    • If you and your family had to meet with several agents to determine who is going to represent you, how would you choose? What questions would you ask? If you have never thought about it or are stuck, prominent NFL agent Jack Bechta offers some topics to consider when interviewing a player agent. [Inside the Player-Agent Interviews]

     

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  2. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Cam Newton's work ethic is the key to his success, Money will never change Derrick Rose & Dennis Horner's longshot NBA dreams came true

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 01-02-2012 11:38 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • NFL rookie QB Cam Newton had lots of expectations coming into this season, as well as many critics who questioned his ability and work ethic to run an NFL offense. After setting several league records with the Carolina Panthers, Newton’s head coach and several teammates discuss the level of commitment the Rookie of the Year candidate displays on Sundays. [Work Habits, Once Questioned, Are a Key to Newton’s Success]
    • Derrick Rose will never let a lucrative contract extension dampen his desire to improve his game. "“Knowing that nobody ever in my neighborhood ever saw that kind of money and knowing the background that I came from, the struggles that I went through, it’s just going to make me work harder. That’s the only thing that I thought about: I’m never satisfied. No matter how much money I have or whatever, I will never be satisfied as a player.” [Rose held firm by his Chicago roots]
    • DeMarcus Cousins better start listening to Kurt Thomas' advice or he won't be in the League for long. Thomas told ESPN, "This is a business.  You're not playing for just one team, you're playing for the 29 other teams. You've got to keep playing, keep your head. A lot of guys think it's all show. You've got to keep your head." [Cousins Must Grow Up -- On Another Team]

     

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  3. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Former Super Bowl winner Ben Utech suffering memory loss at 30, Retirees file a rash of lawsuits against the NFL over head injuries & Peja Stojakovic and Brandon Roy retire due to injuries

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 12-26-2011 11:18 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • Former NFL TE Ben Utech won a Super Bowl as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, but he retired after suffering multiple concussions in six seasons. “Will I experience early-onset dementia in my 50s? Will I experience more issues with amnesia or headaches or behavioral changes? All of these things are consequences of brain injury. I think now that I'm aware of them -- especially now that I'm the father of three beautiful little girls -- it's definitely in my heart and on my mind. I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't.” [Former Super Bowl Winner Suffering Memory Loss at 30]
    • As a response to the Browns not testing QB Colt McCoy for a concussion he suffered during a game, the NFL has decided to hire an athletic trainer who specializes in brain injuries for each team. [NFL Adds Concussion-Specific Trainers for Games]
    • More former pro athletes are speaking out about how concussions they sustained during their playing day have affected their lives. Former New York Jets wide receivers Al Toon and Wayne Chrebet recently shared their stories. [Two Ex-Jets Have Moved On, but Concussion Effects Linger]

     

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  4. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Terrence Jones focused on taking next steps at Kentucky, with mo' money comes higher expectations for Chris Johnson & DeAngelo Williams & Jared Allen assists wounded veterans

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 11-13-2011 09:39 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • It appears more often than not that each year the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft will be highly scrutinized. While Stanford QB Andrew Luck seems to be the favorite to be selected first on draft day, he has at least one tough critic: former Giants QB and Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms. “I think the hype is a little too much,” Simms said. “I feel bad for him in that respect. I mean, [how's] he going to do to match what they say he can do? There's a lot to him…But the one thing I don't see, I just don't see big-time NFL throws. I don't care what anybody says. I've watched a lot of him. He never takes it and rips it in there…Hey, he can develop it but, even in the USC game, you know, he's very careful with it, guides it a lot. That's what I see.” [Phil Simms: Andrew Luck hype is ‘a little too much’]
    • It’s no secret that many of today’s pro athletes, including the star athletes, are talented. Yet, one factor that appears to fuel their success at sports, and elsewhere, is a motivating factor or a source of inspiration. For Kentucky Forward Terrence Jones, his inspiration came from the role his aunt Ava Mashia played in his life. ESPN writer Dana O’Neil takes a look at how that relationship has helped him currently, and perhaps will help the sophomore lead a Wildcat squad with a talented freshman class back to the NCAA Final Four. [O'Neil: Mature Jones Focused on Taking Next Step at Kentucky]
    • This LA Times article takes an in-depth look at why NFL rookie receivers are having so much success this season. The interesting part in particular is the input from a couple of Hall of Famers at the position. [For Rookies, It's So Much Better To Receive]
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    • Imagine having to go to work with the feeling that your employers have little regard for your physical well-being. Well, that’s the scenario Bears RB Matt Forte paints with his comments regarding his current stalemate in contract negotiations: “The running back position is the most physically demanding on the field. Everyone acknowledges that. So to continue to give me the touches I've had since my rookie year but not award me a long-term contract sends the message that you're OK grinding me into a pulp.” [Matt Forte: Bears Are Grinding Me Into A Pulp]
    • New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden feels that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is “in the top two” at his position. And he may have a valid point: the signal caller has more Super Bowl wins and appearances than every starting QB in the NFL not named Tom Brady. Yet, Big Ben’s off-the-field issues have critics overlooking his success on the gridiron. A classic case of how your personal life can interfere with your work life. [Video: Credit Where It’s Due]

     

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  5. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Student-athlete graduation rates are up, Michael Beasley countersues his ex-agent & JaMarcus Russell finally tells his side of the story

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 10-30-2011 04:58 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • In the NCAA’s annual report of graduation rates over the last six years, student-athletes are earning their degrees at a higher rate than the overall student body at Division I universities. For any student-athletes interested in going pro, here’s some evidence that perhaps going through college first wouldn’t hurt. [NCAA: Six-Year Grad Rate at All-Time High]
    • Ironically while student-athlete graduation rates are improving, a powerhouse may be penalized for its players underperforming academically. The defending national champion UConn Huskies may not be eligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament due to its low Academic Progress Rate (APR). The program already has lost 2 scholarships as a result of their APR scores. [UConn Academics Could Jeopardize 2013 Tourney]
    • While many speculated that injuries to players would increase due to the NFL lockout, one Pro-Bowler has publically made that claim. Redskins TE Chris Cooley, who was recently placed on injured reserve, alleges that the NFL’s no contact policy between players and team personnel during the lockout affected him. “I fe[e]l 100 percent that I'm a casualty for the season of the lockout,” Cooley said. “I think it was a shame that they didn't let players who had surgery spend time with the doctors and trainers they trust on daily basis, I wish I could've.”  [Redskins TE Cooley Says He’s a Lockout Casualty]
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    • In response to decades of countless scandals due to improper benefits, the NCAA approved several changes, including allowing conferences freedom to increase the amount and length of athletic scholarships and allocate an additional $2,000 of spending money per student-athlete. Many NCAA critics believe these rule changes were a much needed step in the right direction. “I think it needs to happen or else I think what's left of the system itself is going to implode,” said an Ohio University professor and past president of The Drake Group, an NCAA watchdog. “We've always lost the moral high ground by saying the educational model is what makes this thing go. I think we're delivering a model that can exploit kids while they're here.” [NCAA Approves Scholarship Changes]

     

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  6. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone doesn't believe in saving for retirement, undefeated boxer Edwin Rodriguez Sr. puts his family first & Diddy' son Justin Combs is making a name for himself on the football field

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 10-22-2011 01:30 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • Although college athletes getting suspended is hardly unusual, the reason these three LSU football players were suspended is an exception. CB's Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon and RB Spencer Ware suspended after failing a drug test with synthetic cannabinoids in their system. The drug is a mixture of exotic herbs and plant materials that produces a high similar to the one produced when smoking marijuana. [Sources: LSU Players Had Positive Tests]
    • It’s amazing how a minor detail in a trade (a physical) can be so vital in one’s life (and health). Fortunately for Detroit Lions RB Jerome Harrison, his failed physical to complete a trade to the Philadelphia Eagles allowed him to learn of his benign brain tumor. [Jerome Harrison’s Failed Physical Turned Up A Brain Tumor]

     

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  7. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Texas Longhorns' Nolan Brewster quits football after concussions, Sixers star Andre Iguodala interns with Bank of America & Former NFL player LaMar Campbell's commentary addresses the challenges of transitioning to retirement

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 10-05-2011 10:07 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • It’s tough for anyone to walk away from doing what they love, but even more so for an athlete. Yet, in many cases, it’s typically the best long-term decision they can make. I tip my hat off to Texas safety Nolan Brewster for making such a prudent choice. "It was probably the toughest decision I've had to make so far in my life, but I think at the end of the day, it's the right one," Brewster added. "It's difficult because I love football and playing for Texas, but I know in my heart this is the right thing to do. I just know I can't keep playing worrying about this continuing to get worse and knowing that I'm risking my long-term quality of life."  [Texas' Nolan Brewster quits football]
    • New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden offers a piercing critique of the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles for allowing QB Michael Vick to start and play in last Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, a week after suffering a concussion in a tough, physical game. [Weighing The Risk With Vick]
    • Eagles’ Pro-Bowl WR Desean Jackson has been involved a lengthy contract negotiation with his current team. Yet, he has made clear what his main goal this season is: to stay healthy. That way, e can prove he’s outplayed his current contract (he’s making $600,000 this season) if he’s injured. “Whether I have the ball in my hands or not, I feel like I already established myself in this league as one of the great receivers,” said Jackson. “I just gotta go out there and keep doing what I can do. Stay healthy is the biggest thing. As long as I can stay healthy, regardless of where I’m playing, I think I’ll be alright.” [Desean Jackson's First Priority: To Stay Healthy]

     

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  8. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Jason Wright passes up the NFL for business school, Logan Morrison battles losing his father to cancer & being sent down to minors & Money Mayweather's business model is a license to print money

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 09-27-2011 12:45 AM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • This article is full of lessons. But to me the biggest takeaway is you have to ask yourself why you are playing the game? What is your motivation? Love of the game? Money? Fame? Jason Wright was not getting enough satisfaction from playing in the NFL. In the article Wright, who spent seven seasons in the NFL, says, "That was the thing that was on my mind, the biggest hiccup. What's the motive behind me playing longer? What is it in there that draws me? So people would know my name? For me, it was superficial. For me and my family, and our belief in God, it wasn't a good enough motivation." [Jason Wright passes up NFL contract to attend business school]
    • Getting sent down to the minors is always a tough pill for any baseball player to swallow. But given what Logan Morrison has been through after losing his father to cancer and his brother to a car accident, Logan is battling more than any 23-year-old should have to at his age to get back to playing for the Florida Marlins. I highly suggest you read this heart-wrenching Outside The Lines story by Amy K. Nelson. [Marked For Life]
       
    • Injuries are a part of sports, especially in such an extremely physical sport like football. Yet, sustaining injuries from practicing too hard is not common. An investigative committee recommended that the University of Iowa football program abandon its intense workouts that resulted in 13 student-athletes being hospitalized. Prospective athletes looking at programs, please research their workouts, practices and training. Always factor your health and safety into which school you ultimately select. [Iowa Football Players' Injuries Blamed On Brutal Workouts By Report] 
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    • Far too often athletes make the news for lawsuits stemming from an altercation either they or a member of their entourage were engaged in. It’s quite rare to hear about an athlete suing others. Yet, Braylon Edwards aims to collect money he claims he lost in free agency after being falsely linked to a fight at a restaurant that he didn’t take participate in. [Braylon Edwards Sues Restaurant  After Altercation]

     

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  9. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Novak Djokovic uses CVAC pods to boost performance, Ray Williams & Chris McAllister are broke & Pittsburgh's Nasir Robinson bounces back

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 09-18-2011 11:21 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • Here’s an interesting article on Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, who discussed his decision to not pitch the rest of this season in order to fully rehab from multiple injuries. This quote really stood out to me: “You find out what you’ve got maybe in a couple of these younger kids and I can start the rest to recovery and start what I look forward to being a good winter of work, just coming back next year and being hopefully a brand new man.” [Peavy: Multiple Reasons for Shutdown]

     

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  10. Athlete Weekly Rundown: John Wall tackles the high expectations, Cam Newton is humbled by his past mistakes & depression is more common among elite athletes than general population

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 09-11-2011 11:53 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • There’s so much hype, expectations and money thrown at today’s elite athletes—especially for a No. 1 overall selection. While there are countless stories of folks shrinking under such enormous pressure, Washington Wizards star guard John Wall is taking the road less traveled by embracing the lofty expectations placed upon him. [John Wall Wants To Prove He's A Franchise Star]
    • Many times, the saying “Birds of a feather flock together” could apply to almost anything but sports and/or education. Yet, the Associated Press recently reports a trend occurring with student athletes at BCS institutions “clustering” or choosing the same majors. With networking and building connections a major part of sports and career advancement, today’s athlete should take note of this development. [At BCS Schools, Players Tend To Pursue Same Major]
    • Imagine being the most recognizable and arguably best athlete in your sport, one of the youngest team captains and already a world champion. If you were injured and needed extra time to heal, would you take it, or would try to play through it while knowingly putting yourself at a greater long-term health risk? Well, these are some of the factors Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby must weigh in deciding to return from a concussion that kept him out most of the 2010-11 NHL season. [Crosby Says His Concussion Symptoms Continue]

     

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  11. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Another NHL player commits suicide, Oscar De La Hoya hits rock bottom & journeyman Alex Owumi's harrowing escape from war-torn Libya

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 09-03-2011 06:10 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of former NHL player Wade Belak, who died on Wednesday. His death, the third from professional hockey since May, has many wondering if the NHL should remove fighting from the sport, just as the NFL has repealed much of the gratuitous violence in its sport to protect their players. [Deaths of NHL Players Raises A Deadly Riddle]
    • One of my favorite quotes is “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” The following reinforces why that statement holds value. For unsigned NFL players, also known as “street” free agents among GMs and coaches, it’s become increasingly important to be prepared, as the lockout and increased injuries have caused many teams to look their way. [Giants Pluck Cornerback From His Living Room]
    • A famous cliché that is losing traction is that “an athlete knows their body better than anyone else." While many of today’s athletes are physical specimens, there are many illnesses and conditions that are not widely known. Tennis star Venus Williams discusses one such condition: Sjogren’s syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease that she has battled for years. [Venus Williams Describes Fight With Fatigue]
    • The New York Times recently released a video highlighting Men’s Tennis star (and my favorite player) Rafael Nadal’s amazing forehand, arguably his most dominating weapon on the courts. From one southpaw to another, enjoy. [Speed and Spin: Nadal's Lethal Forehand]

     

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  12. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Larry Johnson's last opportunity, Matt Leinart's advice to Andrew Luck & high school football phenom Dorial Green-Beckham overcomes adversity

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 08-31-2011 12:54 AM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • As many athletes—professional and amateur alike—are constantly searching for new ways to train, they must be careful not to injure themselves in the process. 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Gatlin arrived at the World Championships with frostbite on his feet as a result of his personal training methods. [Justin Gatlin Dealing with Frostbite]
    • Former Chiefs and Penn State running back Larry Johnson, who signed with the Miami Dolphins, must now prove he can both contribute and stay out of trouble. The following quote sums it up: “It's kind of hard to convince anybody with my colorful background that, yeah, I've changed. But you change with every situation you go through. You know that you can't get many more shots. You do the best you can with your opportunity and ride on out to the sunset." [Larry Johnson Signs with Dolphins]
     
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    • For those of you aspiring to be the face of a franchise, please take into consideration factors other than your physical tools and knowledge of your sport. For example, your physical appearance may also be a factor. Ask No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton. [Cam Newton Told To Be Tattoo-Free]

     

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  13. Athlete Weekly Rundown: ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating (TQR), Real Madrid signs 7-year-old & deer antler supplements contain HGH

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 08-13-2011 07:48 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald recently allowed Yahoo! Sports the chance to see a glimpse of his unusual, but highly effective training techniques. The All-Pro wideout incorporates track and field, plyometrics and other training styles into his routine. While they are intense, the numbers don’t lie: according to NFL.com, Fitzgerald has totaled more than 600 receptions and 8,000 yards to go with 65 TDs since 2004. Oh, and he’s only missed four games and fumbled a whopping five times during that same span. [Larry Fitzgerald: Elite Athlete of the Week]
    • If all QBs aren’t created equal, then why should they continue to be graded as if they are? This week, ESPN launched a new QB rating system. Led by former NFL QB and Super Bowl XXXV champ Trent Dilfer, ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (TQR) measures the overall effectiveness of a team’s signal-caller. My opinion: this new rating will be a major upgrade from the current QB Rating. TQR accounts for other factors besides yards, touchdowns and interceptions: decision-making, how many sacks a QB takes, 3rd & 4th down conversions and more. If ESPN’s TQR becomes a hit on Monday Night Football, expect it to trickle down to other NFL broadcast providers (Fox, CBS) and perhaps the NCAA. [Total Quarterback Rating Shifts the Way We See the Position]
    • On the ESPN program, Outside The Lines, the subject of high school 7-on-7 football leagues was discussed. These summer leagues, similar to summer clubs track and field or AAU basketball, are becoming more prevalent. The collegiate governing body and high school coaches are concerned that these leagues may become opportunities for major NCAA violations. While the benefit for a high school athlete would be more chances for development and exposure, the cost for the NCAA, as well as high coaches, appears too steep, as agents, scouts and other individuals affiliated with college football programs may use these teams as illegal pipelines.  [7-on-7 High School Football Draws Scrutiny of NCAA, High School Coaches Over Fears of Third Party Influence]
    • Washington Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg had such a great start to his career last season: his starts were so good for an underperforming Washington squad that they were named “Strasmas." Yet, unfortunately the pitching holiday season, and Strasburg’s, were cut short when the rookie suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Now, the human strikeout film himself started his 1st rehab start in 11 months. The former No. 1 overall pick appeared sharp, striking out four and allowing one run in 1 and 2/3 innings of work for the Class A Hagerstown Suns. While he has yet to return to the majors, a lot of credit is due to the Nationals for being patient and making sure their ace of the future is fully healed before returning. [Stephen Strasburg Looks Sharp In Return]
    • With the NFL becoming the 1st of the “Big Four” American sports to have random testing for HGH, a popular new drug may make the testing more difficult to track. Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), a chemical found in deer antlers, has been used for healing by ancient Asian cultures. While the chemical is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and all major sports, it’s one form of HGH that is currently untraceable by the tests administered by MLB, and those soon to be implemented by the NFL. While the HGH testing included in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement was a step in the right direction, IGF-1 may have pushed its impact back a couple of steps. [Deer Antler Supplements Might be a Major Challenge for Pro Sports' Drug Policies]

     

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  14. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Athletes & heat-related deaths, Delvon Roe pursues an acting career & Brandon Jennings has quite the internship with Under Armour

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 08-06-2011 04:04 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • As the majority of the country faces an unusual heat wave, several football players and coaches from high school and college teams have died due to heat-related conditions. Yet, many athletic physicians and medical professionals have openly stated that many of these tragedies are preventable, regardless of the temperature increase. [Experts: Heat Deaths Are Preventable]
    • In his prime, Patriots DT Albert Haynesworth was arguably the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL. However, his failed season with the Washington Redskins—marred with holdouts, failed conditioning tests and gross underperformance—left many fans and pundits wondering if his better years are behind him. So far, Haynesworth has impressed coaches and observers at Patriots camp and appears motivated to an All-Pro-caliber season.  [Albert Haynesworth Looks to Restore Name]
    • This week the NFL officially ratified its collective bargaining agreement, thus completely ending the labor talks between the owners and newly-recertified NFLPA. Included within the 10-year CBA was testing for HGH, making the country’s most popular sport the first of the four major leagues to take such a stance. While the NFL has taken precautions for player safety, with increased rules on concussions, fewer two-a-day practices, HGH testing could possibly reduce NFL athletes from using these substances, which are used to quickly heal from injury. [Source: HGH Test Part of CBA]
    • Eagles DT Mike Patterson was informed that he may need to undergo surgery for a brain condition, a day after being hospitalized for having a seizure at training camp practice. The seven-year veteran was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a condition that affects the blood flow or certain blood vessels near the brain. Eagles athletic trainer said AVM is not a football-related injury. Patterson will receive a second-opinion on diagnosis, but his timetable to returning to the Eagles is uncertain. [Eagles DT Patterson Could Require Surgery for Brain Condition]
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    • “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” Excuse the cliché, but in the case of former Michigan State basketball player Delvon Roe, it’s fairly accurate. After several knee injuries forced him to abandon his once likely dream of the NBA, he pursued an acting career, which recently landed him a role in an independent film. Now, as he prepares for his final season at Michigan State, the 25-year old also much decide whether to pursue his first passion, or his promising new career. [When Basketball Ends, Spartans' Roe Preparing for Next Act]
    • Milwaukee Bucks star Brandon Jennings is living the good life, and it has nothing to do with pro basketball. Sort of. The rising young star is in the midst of an sports marketing internship with athletic apparel company Under Armour, the same company who signed him to an endorsement deal to be its ambassador for their new basketball line. With the NBA lockout shaping to be a lengthy one, the 21-year old is taking advantage of the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. That and access to his boss’ tricked-out jeep. [Jennings Lands Perk-Filled Internship]
    • Now that the NFL is finally open for business again, many folks are feeling the fast and furious rush of cramming nearly four months of free-agent deals, trades, workouts and preparation in half the time. NFL players, coaches and other employees are trying their best to adjust to the crunch. What about those who provide services to these individuals? Our friend Chris Dingman is the head of The Dingman Group, a company that specializes in relocating pro athletes and their families who have been traded or have signed with other teams. With so much wheeling and dealing this offseason, The Dingman Group is as busy as ever. [A Busy Time of Year]

     

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  15. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Nutrition-conscious athletes, Mark Doman's financial planning practice & Kellie Wells overcomes a tough past

    by Al-Hassan Sheriff 07-29-2011 06:42 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is on a short list of the greatest NBA players of all time, and one would think most folks looking to improve their basketball skills and IQ would heed the Hall of Famer’s advice. Enter former No. 1 overall pick, Michael Olowokandi. The NBA all-time career scorer still harbors some frustration with the former Los Angeles Clippers center, claiming the “Kandi man” was “a player who fits the description of ‘talented but uncoachable’” after his coaching stint with the Clippers. [Kareem Abdul Jabbar says a former NBA first round pick can’t take constructive criticism] 
    • After a breakout season with the Houston Texans, NFL rushing-leader Arian Foster answers questions about his journey from being an undrafted rookie in 2009, to becoming one of the league’s premiere running backs. [Q&A with Texans Pro Bowler Arian Foster]

     

     

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