Former NFL player Arian Foster launches secret rap career, and he's quite good

Former NFL running back Arian Foster recently released his first album, “Flamingo and Koval.” “It’s been my life since I quit football,” he tells USA TODAY Sports.

      

 

 

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NFL worst-to-first candidates: Which teams could make big leaps in 2018?

Three NFL teams claimed at least a share of first place in their respective division last season after finishing last in 2016. Which cellar dwellers will make the leap this season?

      

 

 

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Joe Hawley retired from NFL. Then he moved into van and hit road in search of new path

He retired from the NFL. He gave away most of his stuff. Now, former Tampa Bay Bucs offensive lineman Joe Hawley is traveling around the country in a tricked-out van, trying to fill the void that football left behind.

      

 

 

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Odell Beckham, Le'Veon Bell among NFL offensive players poised to cash in after Matt Ryan's megadeal

Falcons QB Matt Ryan will become the NFL’s highest-paid player when his extension kicks in next year, but several of his peers at other positions are also poised for massive paydays.

      

 

 

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Officials at NFL Office Can Now Eject Players During a Game

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Officials at the NFL office will now have the ability to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for that act is called on the field, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports.

The rule to allow in-game ejections from the league’s officiating office was designed to address egregious hits last season by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans in separate incidents.

Both were penalized 15 yards, but referees declined to eject them. Referees will retain the authority to eject players as necessary.

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Johnny Manziel Doesn’t Want His Comeback Compared to That of Colin Kaepernick

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Former Texas A&M and Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel badly wants another chance in the NFL but he is “tired” of people comparing his comeback attempt to Colin Kaepernick according to Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report.

Manziel posted a message on Twitter with his thoughts on the subject: “This will probably cause an uproar, but I’m tired of the @Kaepernick7 vs myself comparisons and anger. Kap is doing amazing things right now changing lives and donating millions of dollars. His impact off the field from a societal standpoint is legendary and straight admirable.” The 25-year-old 2014 first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns also tweeted it’s clear Kaepernick is not signed because of “non-football” reasons, saying “The guy took a team to the Super Bowl and continuously wreaked havoc on the NFC West and the league. Standing up for people who often don’t get heard and for a race that continually deals with problem after problem in this country for CENTURIES,” Manziel added. “This world we live in is absolutely crazy and I believe what he’s doing has an amazing impact.”

Maybe Johnny Football really has grown up. At least he is grown-up enough to understand that his own banishment from the NFL was due to off-the-field issues coupled with poor play. Manziel took part in the University of San Diego pro day on Thursday and plans to take part in the NFL Spring League, hoping to get an invite to an NFL camp.

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NFL Pass Interference Rules Expected to Stay As Is

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The NFL’s Competition Committee is hitting the breaks on momentum to change defensive pass interference to a 15-yard penalty, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network’s Judy Battista reported Thursday the committee is not in favor of changing the spot foul to a standard 15-yard violation and is not expected to recommend approval to owners at next week’s Annual League Meeting.

Battista’s report comes after league executive vice president Troy Vincent told ESPN there was some “momentum” in discussing the rule change.

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The Seahawks Face A Difficult Transition

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The Seattle Seahawks have signaled the end of the ‘Legion of Boom’ era by releasing Richard Sherman. The cornerback was a key cog in the unit that delivered the team’s first Super Bowl by defeating the Denver Broncos in the 2013 season. However, after seven seasons with Seattle, Sherman’s tenure was ended and he was quickly signed by bitter rivals the San Francisco 49ers.

Pete Carroll’s men also traded away star defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round pick and wideout Marcus Johnson. The futures of Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor are far from certain due to injury, while Earl Thomas is reportedly available for a trade. Seattle are a team in transition and are in dire need of a strong 2018 draft to put building blocks in place for the future of the franchise.

The Seahawks were on course to become the new dynasty of the NFL. They were two yards away from winning back-to-back Super Bowls when positioned on the goal line against the New England Patriots. However, Malcolm Butler’s interception of Russell Wilson ended their dreams, and effectively end the Seahawks’ run of success with their core group of players.

The decision of Carroll to pass on the goal line rather than handoff to Marshawn Lynch irked the locker room in the aftermath and appeared to loom over the team for the past three seasons. Carroll and general manager John Schneider have decided to face the issue head on ahead of the 2018 campaign. Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner appear to be the only safe stalwarts of the Super Bowl side remaining on the roster. Both players will be the key elements of future success of the franchise, with the hierarchy pinning their hopes on the duo to help maintain the culture, although their prospects look bleak on sportsbet.io for the 2018 campaign.

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Seattle’s rise to the top began with the 2010 draft, with the addition of Thomas, while running back Lynch was acquired later in the campaign. Sherman and Chancellor would follow in 2011 before Wilson was added to the mix in 2012. The ‘Legion of Boom’s’ breakout game came in a win over the Patriots at CenturyLink Field, highlighting their potential, although their season ended in a defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs. However, following the signings of Bennett and Avril the club romped to the Super Bowl, defeating the 49ers in a thriller in the NFC Championship Game before crushing the Broncos in New York to win the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Although their defeat to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX denied them back-to-back crowns, there was still the possibility of a dynasty. However, poor drafting and a lack of clutch play knocked them out of contention, resulting in the club missing the post-season for the first time in five years last term. Schneider and Carroll have to get back to their best in the draft to rebuild the side emulating the steps taken to drive the Seahawks to their first crown. It will not be an easy transition and it may take a few seasons at least before the NFC West outfit are back in contention for the crown. With the Los Angeles Rams and the 49ers on the rise, the Seahawks could be on the outside looking in for the foreseeable future.

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Is Football Really That Much Better Than Rugby?

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Is football really that much better than rugby? Of course, football is America’s favorite contact sport – while Rugby Union is England’s – so which is truly the best of the best?

To help us decide, let’s take a look at the two top teams from each nation – the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, and England’s national rugby team, the Three Lions.

Each team has won their league’s top prize just once – the Philadelphia Eagles of course won the Super Bowl Championship this year, while England won the Rugby World Cup back in 2003 (though England have won the annual ‘Six Nations’ trophy 28 times). SBO.net have searched far and wide to answer the question, collecting all the data on each team – from player stats, team performance, stadium capacity and everything in between. The results might surprise you!

Infographic: American Football vs. Rugby - NFL vs.English Rugby Union

There are some striking similarities between each team. For instance, the average age of players in the Eagles is 25, while the average age of England’s rugby team is 26. Both teams have an average player height of 6’2” – and their tallest players, Will Beatty of the Eagles and Courtney Lawes of the Three Lions, are both 6’6”.

Having said that, the Eagles are the larger team of the two – with an average weight of 240lb compared to England’s 227lb. Philly’s heaviest, Brandon Brooks, is an astounding 332lb, almost doubling the size of Jake Elliott, their lightest player at 170lb. The weight range of the England rugby team spans just 90lbs.

To put it in a slightly different perspective, you would need 1,358 Bald Eagles to measure up to the weight of the Philadelphia Eagles, while you’d need 3,885 red roses – the icon of the English team – to weigh up to their boys.

While England Rugby has a more impressive win record than our Eagles, Philadelphia has seen more individual performances take the spotlight than those across the pond. David Akers tallied up more points in his 11-year career – 1323 – than England’s superstar point-scorer Jonny Wilkinson scored in his 13 years donning the red rose – 1179.

So who really is the best? We’ll leave the ultimate decision up to you. Take a look at the numbers – who knows – maybe your next game day will see more ‘try scoring’ than touchdowns!

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