Many were confused when the New York Giants drafted former Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth-overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, but after just one week of preseason play, some fans seem to be changing their tune.
The rookie, assumed to be the heir apparent of 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning, made his debut at MetLife Stadium on Thursday and impressed on his only drive of the game. Jones was a flawless 5-for-5 with a touchdown before being taken out of the game.
Long-suffering Giants fans were understandably excited over Jones’s preseason perfection. Head coach Pat Shurmur, however, had a message for those calling for Jones to start over Manning.
Tom Brady says he doesn’t want to think he’s “any different than everyone else” — but he can acknowledge that the situation he’s in is “unique.”
The star quarterback is entering his 20th season both in the league and with the New England Patriots and just days ago celebrated his 42nd birthday. He is the winningest quarterback in regular season, postseason and Super Bowl history, and thanks to a recent contract extension with the Patriots, he has some more time to add onto those totals.
After this season, however, there’s some uncertainty.
Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray is preparing for his first taste of NFL action as the preseason kicks off on Thursday night.
All eyes will be on the 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick, as well as new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, when the Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Chargers.
Murray addressed the media from training camp just ahead of his NFL preseason debut to discuss his excitement to “play actual football again” — but there was one question that had the young star cracking up.
You don’t become the winningest quarterback in NFL history by eating pizza – or at least, not bad pizza.
Tom Brady’s bulked-up physique at New England Patriots training camp last week had some fans wondering if he had ditched his famous TB12 method. Now the star quarterback is admitting that he does, in fact, occasionally cheat on his diet.
“You should never restrict what you really want,” the 42-year-old told Men’s Health.
Brady has famously avoided popular foods like tomatoes and strawberries — healthy foods to mere mortals — in favor of avocado ice cream and veggies. So it comes as a bit of a shock to find out that the six-time Super Bowl champion and seemingly ageless wonder does partake in the pleasures of bacon, pizza and chocolate every now and then.
Katelyn Ohashi became a celebrity overnight when her perfect-10 gymnastics floor routine was posted by the official UCLA Twitter account in January and almost immediately went viral.
Fans were taken by her upbeat personality and high-energy performance. The rest of the sporting world took notice too. At the 2019 ESPY Awards in July, the recent UCLA grad won both Best Play of the Year and Viral Sports Moment of the Year.
Ohashi used her time on stage after winning Best Play to deliver a poetic speechabout body image and gender stereotypes.
“It was a really amazing opportunity,” she told AOL Sports on behalf of Gatorade. “You can feel the vibe of the room, of all these driven, like-minded people.”
Ohashi was nervous, naturally, to speak in front of the most famous athletes in the world, as well as a massive television audience, upon winning her awards, but she pushed through and delivered her message with poise.
There was one person in attendance, however, that left the 22-year-old “starstruck.” It wasn’t Serena Williams, any member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team or Rob Gronkowski – rather, it was high school football coach Rob Mendez, the recipient of this year’s Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
Eight months ago, Katelyn Ohashi was simply a student gymnast at UCLA – and now, she’s a viral sensation working alongside the likes of Peyton Manning and Serena Williams.
“My phone was blowing up,” Ohashi told AOL Sports of the day her high-energy floor routine went viral back in January. “I don’t even have my [Twitter] notifications on like that, so I didn’t understand what was happening.”
Within days, the college athlete and her parents were flown out to New York to appear on Good Morning America, and Ohashi’s ascension to internet royalty was complete. Since then, she’s gone viral again, stolen the show at the 2019 ESPYs with a moving speech on female stereotypes and has paired up with Gatorade to use her newfound platform for a good cause.
The Pittsburgh Steelers may have found their next star to complement wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster: his dog, Boujee.
The third-year receiver (and Pittsburgh’s brightest star after the departures of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell) ran routes with his French bulldog over the weekend in quite possibly the cutest scene of 2019 training camp.
Adorable footage of the sweet moment was posted on the official Steelers Instagram account.
The Odell Beckham Jr. show has officially made it to Ohio.
The superstar wide receiver, known for his one-handed catches since his rookie year in the NFL, certainly didn’t look rusty at Cleveland Browns training camp while he practiced his favorite trick.
Beckham Jr. caught passes both from quarterback Baker Mayfield as well as from a football throwing machine at close range last week just ahead of the start of the preseason.
Le’Veon Bell doesn’t regret sitting out the entire 2018 NFL season, but there is one group of people he wants to apologize to.
No, it’s not his teammates or coaches from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who raided his locker and called his holdout a “distraction.” It’s not Steelers fans or NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Bell wants to apologize to fantasy football owners.
The star running back took to Instagram on Monday to address the fantasy team owners who drafted him last season – a season during which he didn’t play a single minute.
Le’Veon Bell-watch was one of the biggest stories of the 2018 NFL season, and he didn’t even play a single snap.
The back-and-forth, will-he-or-won’t-he contract dispute between Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers caused the three-time Pro Bowler to sit out the entirety of the year when he believed he wasn’t being offered what he was really worth. Players around the league praised his decision, calling it a “game-changer” and “well-thought-out decision” that encouraged others in the league to stand up for themselves and what they want.
Bell ultimately signed a four-year, $25.5 million deal with the New York Jets in free agency.
“I don’t regret anything that I’ve done,” he told Steve Smith Sr. from the Jets training camp.