Today starts a weekly series that I hope you all will enjoy as I know I will enjoy writing it. My good friend Tom Wacker has a Saturday blog series titles “Saturday Shortstop” and to piggyback off of that theme I will write a weekly series titled Thursday Throwback, highlighting some of the meanest, toughest and ionic players in the history of the NFL. No player will have played past 1990 and they will all be players that are what we in the US call “Old School”
The first post is in honor of Jack Youngblood, DE of the Los Angeles Rams, yes kids, the Rams used to be in Los Angeles, not in St Louis as they are now. Youngblood played 14 seasons in the NFL from 1971-1984, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2001 and is most remembered for playing in the entire 1979 playoffs and Super Bowl XIV with a broken Left fibula.
Storylines I am watching as the weekend approaches:
- NHL conference Finals Rangers/Canadians & Kings/Blackhawks, these guys are good!
- A new Class Action lawsuit has been filed against the NFL by former players that claim the league illegally used prescription pain killers to hide injuries that allowed players to continue to play while injured.
- While the NFL jumps to punish players for off the field behavior, players are speaking out over the alleged hypocrisy over the handling of owner Jim Irsay’s arrest for DUI, possession of prescription drugs, and carrying 29k in cash.
On a feel good note, new Brown WR Miles Austin approached Browns Icon and hero Bernie “Sidearm” Kosar this week, asking if he would allow Austin to wear his iconic 19 jersey on the field. No player has worn that jersey since Bernie left Cleveland outside unknown WR Frisman Jackson, who wore it for a year in 2004, but abruptly the next season switched to 88, and it has always been sort of taboo for other players to wear it, despite the jersey not being retired by the Browns. Kosar was impressed with the respect and humbleness of Austin asking to wear his number, and Kosar agreed has granted permission to Austin to wear the number. In a time where class sometimes to be missing among NFL Players, this story is a testament to Austin, and the respect he shows to one of the most beloved players in Browns History.
in non sports news, I am a proud member of Team Lucky 13 in CTP Teams and we are rocking it. we have consistently been in third place and my fingers are so tired from Surfing Traffic Exchanges I need an ice pack after I am done. Seriously the guys (and gals) at TimTech have blown the TE World wide open with the addition of teams to click Track profit, and it is a great way to learn how to work together, gain new friends and have fun I the process. Now if only I could figure out how to surf remotely while at work or when I am sleeping, not enough hours in the day.
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Jack Youngblood was one of the most fearsome DE’s that ever played the game, he played in 201 consecutive games for the Rams, finished with the most career sacks in the playoffs (8.5) and the most playoff starts (17) in Rams History. His performance in the 1979 playoffs is considered one of top 10 gutsiest performances of all time by the NFL and in my book one of the most memorable. He is inspiring in that no matter the odds, no matter what obstacles are in your way, you’ve got to go out and get what you want, do what you love, and don’t let anything get in your way.
Get in the Game… or Stay on the bench, the choice is up to you…