Tacleando la NFL: Resumen de la 2da semana en la NFL (Temporada 2020-2021)
Por Daniel "Mr. Clutch" Mercado Castro
Los Browns (1-1) abrieron la 2da semana con una victoria 35-30 sobre los Bengals (0-2) gracias a dos TD lanzados de Baker Mayfield y dos rush TD de Nick Chubb. Joe Burrow logró los primeros 3 TD lanzados de su carrera en la NFL. Mitchell Trubisky lanzó dos TD en la victoria 17-13 de sus Bears (2-0) sobre los Giants (0-2). Un on-site kick exitosos y un field goal de 46 yardas al expirar el tiempo de Greg Zuerlein, le dieron la victoria 40-39 a los Cowboys (1-1) sobre los Falcons (0-2). Dak Prescott lanzó un TD y corrió para tres mientras que Matt Ryan lanzó 4 TD. Aaron Rodgers lanzó dos TD y Aaron Jones corrió para dos TD y recibió uno adicional, en el triunfo 42-21 de los Packers (2-0) sobre los Lions (0-2). Ryan Tannehill lanzó 4 TD, 2 a las manos de Jonnu Smith, para que los Titans (2-0) vencieran 33-30 a los Jaguars (1-1). Stephen Gostkowski logró el field goal (49 yardas) de la diferencia faltando 1:36 de juego.
Rodrigo Blakenship se fue de 4-4 en field goals en la victoria 28-11 de los Colts (1-1) sobre los Vikings (0-2). Josh Allen lanzó 4 TD en la victoria 31-28 de los Bills (2-0) sobre los Dolphins (0-2). Jimmy Garoppolo lanzó dos TD en la cómoda victoria 31-13 de los 49ers (1-1) sobre los Jets (0-2). Jared Goff lanzó 3 TD, todos a las manos seguras de Tyler Higbee, en la victoria 37-19 de los Rams (2-0) sobre los Eagles (0-2). Ben Roethlisberger lanzó dos TD en la victoria 26-21 de los Steelers (2-0) sobre los Broncos (0-2). Tom Brady lanzó un TD y Leonard Fournette corrió para dos TD, en la victoria 31-17 de los Buccaneers (1-1) sobre los Panthers (0-2). La 1era victoria de Brady en uniforme de Tampa Bay.
Kyler Murray lanzó un TD y corrió para dos, en la victoria 30-15 de los Cardinals (2-0) sobre Washington (1-1). Harrison Butker empató el juego 20-20 con un field goal de 30 yardas al expirar el tiempo regular, y luego ganó el juego 23-20 en tiempo extra con un field goal de 58 yardas faltando 1:55 en el reloj. Chiefs ponen su marca en 2-0 al vencer a los Chargers (1-1) en tiempo extra gracias a las patadas de Butker. Justin Tucker se fue de 4-4 en field goals y 3-3 en extra points para ayudar a la victoria 33-16 de los Ravens (2-0) sobre los Texans (0-2). Russell Wilson lanzó 5 TD en la victoria 35-30 de sus Seahawks (2-0) sobre los Patriots (1-1). En el juego clásico del lunes; los Raiders (2-0) vencieron 34-24 a los Saints (1-1) gracias a tres TD lanzados de Derek Carr y un rush TD de Jalen Richard. Los Raiders inauguran su nuevo estadio en Las Vegas, Nevada con una victoria.
WEEK 2 THRILLERS BOOST ANTICIPATION:
PRIMETIME MATCHUPS HIGHLIGHT WEEK 3 SCHEDULE
A last-second goal-line stand, a 58-yard walk-off field goal in overtime and, believe it or not, a “watermelon” onside kick to help overcome a 19-point halftime deficit? The NFL is just getting started on its 2020 script.
The Week 3 screenplay could be just as thrilling.
SUPERSTARS DOING SUPERSTAR THINGS: MVP candidates are aplenty through two weeks. Several of those candidates will be on opposite sidelines this week.
Seattle and quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who leads the NFL in passer rating (140.0), touchdown passes (nine) and completion percentage (82.5), host the DALLAS COWBOYS (4:25 PM ET Sunday, FOX), who last week became just the third team in the last 15 regular seasons to win after overcoming a two-score deficit in the final two minutes of regulation. Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 450 yards and one touchdown while rushing for three touchdowns last week, becoming the first player with at least 400 passing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history.
Reigning NFL MVP LAMAR JACKSON and his Ravens host reigning Super Bowl MVP PATRICK MAHOMES and the Chiefs on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). Mahomes (81 touchdown passes in 33 games) averages 2.45 touchdown passes per game, the highest mark in NFL history (minimum 30 games), ahead of the two next-closest players, PEYTON MANNING (2.03) and AARON RODGERS (2.02). Jackson, meanwhile, reached 2,000 career rushing yards in helping his team to a 2-0 start last week. This week, he needs 193 passing yards to reach 5,000 career and become the fastest player in NFL history (34 games) to reach 5,000 career passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards. Both clubs also met with 2-0 records in Week 3 of 2019.
The Patriots and CAM NEWTON, whose four rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback through the first two weeks in NFL annals, host the undefeated LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1:00 PM ET Sunday, CBS). Newton, who has two rushing touchdowns in each of his first two games with New England, took sole possession of the NFL record among quarterbacks for most career games (eight) with at least two rushing touchdowns, surpassing JACK KEMP, STEVE MCNAIR and Pro Football Hall of Famers OTTO GRAHAM and STEVE YOUNG.
Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN, whose team welcomes the 2-0 LOS ANGELES RAMS on Sunday (1:00 PM, FOX), passed for 417 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 147.0 passer rating in the Bills' 31-28 win last week. Allen, who has passed for 729 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in the first two weeks of the 2020 season, is the fourth quarterback with at least 700 passing yards, six touchdown passes and zero interceptions through his team's first two games of a season in NFL history, joining TOM BRADY (2015), PATRICK MAHOMES (2019) and PEYTON MANNING (2013). On the other side, Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, is one of four quarterbacks since 2017 to have four games of three-or-more touchdown passes and a passer rating of at least 140. The others are DREW BREES, RYAN TANNEHILL and RUSSELL WILSON).
Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, hosts the DETROIT LIONS on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Murray, who has passed for 516 yards and rushed for 158 this season, is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era (1966-present) with at least 500 passing yards and 150 rushing yards through his team’s first two games of a season. His newly acquired target DEANDRE HOPKINS has a league-leading 22 receptions, the most ever by a player in his first two games with a new team.
Packers running back AARON JONES, who averages 6.9 yards per carry and has a league-leading 234 rushing yards, takes Green Bay into New Orleans for Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). The Packers, who have totaled 85 points and 1,010 net yards of offense in their 2-0 start, are the fourth team to score at least 80 points and register at least 1,000 net yards of offense through the first two weeks of a season in NFL history, joining the 2019 BALTIMORE RAVENS, 1998 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS and 1991 BUFFALO BILLS.
2-0 TEAMS ABOUND: Across the league, 11 teams have started 2-0, tied for the most in NFL history and most in 12 years. In addition to 2008, the NFL also had 11 clubs start the season 2-0 in 2006 and 1998.
Five of those 2-0 clubs – the ARIZONA CARDINALS, CHICAGO BEARS, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, LOS ANGELES RAMS and PITTSBURGH STEELERS – missed the playoffs in 2019. The Cardinals (5-10-1) finished last in the NFC West in 2019.
In 15 of the past 17 seasons, at least one NFL team won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 48 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 25 of them have done so in the past 17 years (2003-19), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006. Two teams during that span, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl after finishing in last place in their divisions the season before.
Last season, both Green Bay (NFC North) and San Francisco (NFC West) won their divisions after missing the postseason in 2018. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years.
COVERING THREE TIME ZONES: This week, three Pacific Time Zone clubs meet foes in the Eastern Time Zone on Sunday: SAN FRANCISCO at the NEW YORK GIANTS (1:00 PM ET, FOX), the LOS ANGELES RAMS at BUFFALO (1:00 PM ET, FOX) and LAS VEGAS at NEW ENGLAND (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
Teams from the West Coast traveling to play teams from the Eastern Time Zone are 5-0 this season, with one win by each of the five teams that practice, eat and sleep three hours behind the teams they defeated. Over a longer stretch, since the beginning of 2019 and including playoffs, those teams are 20-4 (.833).
Won-loss records of Pacific Time Zone teams playing road games against teams from Eastern Time Zone, since 2019:
BATTLES OF THE UNBEATENS: This weekend’s slate includes two matchups of 2-0 teams: The Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET Sunday, FOX) and Kansas City at Baltimore (8:15 PM ET Monday, ESPN). The Chiefs and Ravens actually met a year ago on Week 3 as 2-0 teams, with the Chiefs handing the Ravens one of their two regular-season losses in narrow fashion, 33-28. Mahomes passed for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
Since 2006, 17 games have featured 2-0 teams meeting in Week 3. The winners of those games have been harbingers of playoff fortunes.
And during that span, including the Chiefs last season, the winner of a matchup of 2-0 teams in Week 3 has gone on to the win the Super Bowl three times (Kansas City won Super Bowl LIV in 2019, New England won Super Bowl LI in 2016, and Indianapolis won Super Bowl XLI in 2006). Two other teams, the 2006 Chicago Bears and the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers, lost the Super Bowl. And one team that lost a matchup of 2-0 teams, the 2010 Green Bay Packers, went on to win the Super Bowl.
IT’S NOT HOW YOU START, IT’S HOW YOU FINISH: While 11 teams have started 2-0, another 11 teams have opened 0-2. Every football season brings adversity. Overcoming that adversity has been a characteristic of NFL teams since first-year Packers coach VINCE LOMBARDI replaced an injured LAMAR MCHAN with a 17th-round draft choice named BART STARR. Lombardi and Starr went on to win five NFL championships and capture the first two Super Bowls en route to enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Forty-two years later, TOM BRADY, the 199th overall selection in the prior year’s draft, took over for injured starter DREW BLEDSOE and led the 0-2 Patriots to a Super Bowl victory.
The NFL begins a 14-team playoff format this season, with two additional Wild Card teams, one each in AFC and NFC. From 1990-2019, during the era of the 12-team playoff format, at least four teams every season qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. Last season, five teams that missed the postseason in 2018 – Buffalo (10-6), Green Bay (13-3), Minnesota (10-6), San Francisco (13-3) and Tennessee (9-7) – earned playoff berths.
Over the last 30 seasons, since 1990, 30 teams have overcome 0-2 starts to secure playoff berths. Three of those clubs – the 1993 DALLAS COWBOYS, the 2001 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS and the 2007 NEW YORK GIANTS – won the Super Bowl. And four of those clubs – the 1992 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, the 1995 DETROIT LIONS, the 1998 BUFFALO BILLS and the 2018 HOUSTON TEXANS – made the playoffs after an 0-3 start.
The 30 teams to advance to the playoffs after an 0-2 start, since 1990:
*New York Giants
+San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
New York Jets
*Won Super Bowl +Started season 0-3
WEEK 3 NFL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 27-28
(All times Eastern)
Thursday, September 24
Sunday, September 27 (cont’d)
Miami at Jacksonville, 8:20 PM (NFLN)
Chicago at Atlanta, 1:00 PM (FOX)
Carolina at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 PM (CBS)
Sunday, September 27
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 4:05 PM (CBS)
Houston at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM (CBS)
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 PM (FOX)
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1:00 PM (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:25 PM (FOX)
San Francisco at New York Giants, 1:00 PM (FOX)
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 PM (FOX)
Las Vegas at New England, 1:00 PM (CBS)
Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Tennessee at Minnesota, 1:00 PM (CBS)
Washington at Cleveland, 1:00 PM (FOX)
Monday, September 28
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo, 1:00 PM (FOX)
Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:15 PM (ESPN)
NFL APOYA A NFL VOTES EL DÍA NACIONAL DE REGISTRAR VOTANTES
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NFL APOYA A NFL VOTES EL DÍA NACIONAL DE REGISTRAR VOTANTES
Como extensión de NFL Votes, Latinos Vote encomia a los latinos a registrarse y emitir su voto en este ciclo electoral
NEW YORK (22 de septiembre de 2020) – En reconocimiento al Día nacional de registrar votantes (National Voter Registration Day), la NFL hoy anunció una serie de esfuerzos continuos para alentar el compromiso cívico en las elecciones 2020 a través de “NFL Votes”.
“NFL Votes” se enfoca en tres componentes clave del proceso electoral: educación del votante, registro del votante y activación del votante. Estos esfuerzos para la votación son incorporados en la iniciativa de justicia social de la liga denominada “Inspire Change.” Al tiempo que la liga continúa amplificando causas sobre las que los jugadores se muestran más apasionados, jugadores y entrenadores se han manifestado abiertamente acerca de la importancia de votar.
El Día nacional de registrar votantes marca el lanzamiento de “Latinos Vote”
“Latinos Vote” es una campaña extensiva de “NFL Votes” y comienza hoy, en coincidencia con el Mes de la Herencia Hispana (Hispanic Heritage Month), que tiene lugar anualmente entre el 15 de septiembre y el 15 de octubre. Para más información, visitewww.nfl.com/latinosvote y para ver la campaña, haga clic aquí.
“De acuerdo con Pew Research Center, las elecciones 2020 marcarán la primera vez en la que los latinos serán el grupo racial y étnico minoritario más grande en el electorado”, explicó Javier Farfan, estratega de Mercadeo Cultural de la NFL. “El hecho de hablar directamente con nuestros aficionados latinos continúa siendo una parte importante de nuestra estrategia y Latinos Vote es el más reciente ejemplo.”
La NFL se suma a Civic Alliance en apoyo del Día de servicio en las elecciones (Election Day of Service)
La NFL se sumó a Civic Alliance y promoverá el “Día de servicio en las elecciones (Election Day of Service)”, un esfuerzo nacional organizado con Power the Polls para reclutar una nueva generación de trabajadores electorales jóvenes y diversos para apoyar unas elecciones seguras. Como parte de los esfuerzos del Día de servicio en las elecciones, la NFL alienta a que los empleados y aficionados cumplan funciones de trabajadores electorales el Día de elecciones. Un ambiente seguro para el COVID-19 requiere una capacidad reducida en los lugares actuales de votación, por el distanciamiento social. Debido a un aumento del riesgo sanitario, muchos trabajadores electorales de mayor edad que han prestado servicio en elecciones previas no estarán disponibles este año. De acuerdo con Civic Alliance, los expertos en las elecciones estiman que se necesitarán identificar al menos 500,000 nuevos trabajadores electorales para que las elecciones puedan realizarse este noviembre. Aquellos interesados en hacer un voluntariado pueden inscribirse en www.nfl.com/votes. Para mayor información, visite civicalliance.com.
"Aplaudimos a la NFL por sumarse a Civic Alliance y participar en nuestro Día de servicio en las elecciones cerrando sus oficinas y alentando a todos sus empleados, ex jugadores y aficionados a votar y cumplir funciones como trabajadores electorales", dijo Natalie Tran, directora ejecutiva de la Fundación CAA, y cofundadora de Civic Alliance y de I am a voter. "En Civic Alliance sabemos que, cuando una organización como la NFL toma esta significativa acción, sus aficionados, comunidades, y compañías asociadas tomarán nota, y eso tendrá un impacto tremendo en la conformación de la cultura cívica de nuestro país."
Los Chargers y Rams se convierten en los 13º y 14 º clubes en organizar actividades electorales
Los Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, y el estadio SoFi y Hollywood Park anunciaron hoy que habrá un Centro de votaciones en las afueras del estadio entre el 30 de octubre y el 3 de noviembre, convirtiéndolos en los clubes de la NFL decimotercero y decimocuarto en utilizar sus instalaciones en apoyo a las elecciones.
Otros incluyen a los Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, y el Washington Football Team.
“Con 41 días hasta las elecciones –y con el periodo de votación arrancando oficialmente en algunos estados– alentamos a todos en la familia NFL, incluyendo a los aficionados, a registrarse, si están habilitados para hacerlo”, señaló Kenneth Edmonds, vicepresidente de Asuntos gubernamentales de la NFL. “Los clubes que pusieron a disposición sus instalaciones para ser sede de actividades electorales ayudan a hacer aún más sencillo que los aficionados participen en nuestro proceso democrático y hacer oír sus voces en las próximas elecciones.”
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hursday Night Capsule - Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars
THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-2) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-1)
Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, September 24 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network), as the Miami Dolphins travel upstate to TIAA Bank Field to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The teams will meet for the ninth time, with the all-time series tied, 4-4. Jacksonville has won the past two meetings.
Last week, Jacksonville quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW passed for 339 yards, the second-highest total in his career, and three touchdowns in Week 2. To open the season, he completed 19 of 20 passes (95 percent) in the team’s Week 1 victory, becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history with a completion percentage of 95 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) in a single game. Minshew enters Week 3 as one of three quarterbacks, along with Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON and Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON, with a passer rating of 115 or higher (115.7) and a completion percentage of at least 75 percent (75.4) through the first two weeks of the season (minimum 20 attempts).
Rookie running back JAMES ROBINSON led the Jaguars with 102 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown last week and his 210 scrimmage yards on the season are the fifth-most by an undrafted player through his first two career games since 1970. Wide receiver DJ CHARK had a team-high 84 receiving yards in Week 2 and his nine receiving touchdowns since the beginning of the 2019 season are tied for second-most among AFC wide receivers. Linebacker MYLES JACK has recorded 11 tackles in each game this season and ties for the AFC lead with 22 tackles. Rookie cornerback C.J. HENDERSON, the No. 9 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, leads all AFC rookies with four passes defensed, while linebacker K’LAVON CHAISSON, the No. 20 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, registered his first-career sack last week.
Miami quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 100.3 rating last week in the Dolphins’ loss. The 15-year veteran has won his last three starts against Jacksonville and has recorded a passer rating of 105 or higher in three of his past four games on Thursday Night Football. Running back MYLES GASKIN had a career-high 82 scrimmage yards last week and aims for his fifth in a row with at least 50 scrimmage yards. Running back JORDAN HOWARD rushed for a touchdown in Week 2 and is the only AFC running back with a rushing touchdown in each of the first two games of the season. Wide receiver DEVANTE PARKER had his first touchdown reception of the season last week and his 10 receiving touchdowns since the beginning of the 2019 season are the most among AFC wide receivers. Tight end MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (eight) and receiving yards (130) last week while also catching a touchdown, and his 160 receiving yards on the season lead all tight ends. Linebacker JEROME BAKER ties for the AFC lead with 22 tackles.
Thursday’s contest marks the second of seven games exclusively televised on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call.
For the Week 3 Miami-Jacksonville capsule, click here.
CITY OF HOUSTON, STATE OF FLORIDA,
FT. LAUDERDALE’S SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL
PRODUCE MOST NFL PLAYERS ON KICKOFF WEEKEND ROSTERS
The City of Houston has started another pipeline.
With 24 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters, Houston led all cities in NFL hometowns. More 2020 NFL players graduated from high school there than any other community.
That’s no surprise to OTARO ALAKA of the Baltimore Ravens, who travel to play the Houston Texans Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). A graduate of Houston’s Cypress Falls High School, Alaka knows what brought his hometown to the top of the list.
“When you come from Houston,” Alaka said, “there’s a lot of competition amongst the 5A and the 6A schools. Everyone from Houston knows that it’s stacked, and you take great pride in it. That Texas high school football in Houston – it’s just a hotbed for talent, and there’s going to continue to be a lot of talent that comes out of there every year.”
That talent helped Houston dethrone Miami, which finished second with 19, for the NFL’s top hometown.
HOMETOWNS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
Fort Lauderdale, FL
While Houston edged Miami for the most NFL hometowns, Florida continued to lead the league in home states. More NFL players (194) graduated from high schools in Florida than any other state, according to 2020 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters. Texas (192) finished a close second.
STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
Specifically, the South Florida region continues to produce a plethora of NFL talent. Individuals who played high school football in Miami (19) and Fort Lauderdale (14) combined to fill 33 slots on NFL rosters last weekend. Another South Florida community, Deerfield Beach, contributed an additional six NFL players.
Fort Lauderdale’s Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, with 11 individuals, again tops the list of high schools with the most NFL players. The school, which also produced Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN, has led the nation in players on NFL Kickoff rosters for eight of the past nine seasons (2012, 2014-20). It tied for the lead in 2013.
HIGH SCHOOLS WITH THE MOST NFL PLAYERS
High School, City, State
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School;
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Damon Arnette, LV; Geno Atkins, CIN; Giovani Bernard, CIN; Joey Bosa, LAC; Nick Bosa, SF; Phillip Dorsett, SEA; Bobby Hart, CIN; Lamarcus Joyner, LV; Brandon Linder, JAX; James White, NE; Sam Young, LV
Allen High School; Allen, TX
Bobby Evans, LAR; Jalen Guyton, LAC; Greg Little, CAR; Kyler Murray, ARI; Cedric Ogbuehi, SEA; Jonathan Williams, DET
Deerfield Beach High School; Deefield Beach, FL
Jerry Jeudy, DEN; James Pierre, PIT; Jason Pierre-Paul, TB; Brandon Powell, ATL; Riley Ridley, CHI; Jason Strowbridge, MIA
Cass Technical High School; Detroit, MI
Delano Hill, SEA; Jourdan Lewis, DAL; Michael Onwenu, NE; Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE; Del’Shawn Phillips, BUF
Dematha Catholic High School; Hyattsville, MD
Ja’Whaun Bentley, NE; John Lovett, GB; Anthony McFarland, PIT; Rodney McLeod, PHI; Chase Young, WAS
IMG Academy; Bradenton, FL
Hjalte Froholdt, NE; K.J. Hamler, DEN; K.J. Osborn, MIN; Cesar Ruiz, NO; Tyree St. Louis, LAC
Mike Davis, CAR; Bruce Irvin, SEA; Preston Smith, GB; Montez Sweat, WAS; D.J. Wonnum, MIN
Thirteen high schools had four players each on NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters this year:
High School; City, State
High School; City, State
Desoto High School; Desoto, TX
Peachtree Ridge High School; Suwanee, GA
Glenville High School; Cleveland
Pickerington High School; Pickerington, OH
Grant High School; Sacramento
Saint Louis High School; Honolulu
Immokalee High School; Immokalee, FL
Tucker High School; Tucker, GA
Lawrence Elkins High School; Sugar Land, TX
Westlake High School; Austin, TX
Norcross High School; Norcross, GA
West Monroe High School; Monroe, LA
Norland High School; Miami
Overall, NFL players hail from high schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia, seven countries – Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Estonia, Germany and the United States – and a U.S. territory (American Samoa). The totals are based on the 1,730 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters.
NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA: Georgia, with one NFL player for every 73,952 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. Louisiana (one in 78,162) and Alabama (one in 82,409) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 180,447 U.S. residents.
STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA
NFL Players Per Capita
1 NFL player per 72,296 people
1 NFL player per 76,837 people
1 NFL player per 79,662 people
1 NFL player per 84,780 people
1 NFL player per 96,914 people
District of Columbia
1 NFL player per 100,287 people
1 NFL player per 112,242 people
1 NFL player per 118,599 people
1 NFL player per 123,664 people
1 NFL player per 130,966 people
1 NFL player per 138,194 people
1 NFL player per 141,025 people
1 NFL player per 180,447 people
*Based on most recent published U.S. Census Data (2010)
STATEMENT FROM NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL ON THE PASSING OF CARDINALS’ LEGEND LARRY WILSON
For more than 40 years, Larry Wilson played a remarkable role in the history of the Cardinals and National Football League as a Hall of Fame player and team executive.
While he will be recognized for his toughness and excellence on the field and his many contributions to the Cardinals organization, we will also remember Larry as loyal, humble and kind to everyone he met. Larry enriched the lives of many players and colleagues around the league.
Larry helped revolutionize the safety position in his 13 years as the versatile anchor of the Cardinals' defense. He popularized the safety blitz in the 1960's and also recorded 52 interceptions. His toughness and football instincts earned him recognition as one of the greatest to ever play the game. Larry was named to both the NFL's 75th and 100th season all-time teams. Following his retirement on the field in 1972, Larry remained with the team for 30 years in a variety of roles through his retirement as the Cardinals' Vice President in 2003.
We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Nancy, daughter Christie, and son Larry, Jr., his friends and the Cardinals organization.