NFL Combine 2019 Is Here, Pay Attention

NFL Combine 2019 Is Here, Pay Attention

NFL Combine is often overlooked by fans, but it shouldn't be.

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Most of us tend to forget about the process our admired NFL players go through when they are off the fields and not playing the American dream game we all adore. There is much more "behind the scenes" action that the majority of individual's don't pay attention to. The problem is it's extremely relevant and important, so tune in now.

For those of you that were as unaware as I was, this past week was the NFL Combine. It started February 26th and ended March 4th. The NFL Combine is a week full of many events that are important especially for incoming NFL players. This week gives them all a chance to be scouted.

The process is intense players have to show their true value and be on their top game to ensure they receive the most beneficial contracts and opportunities they can. Players entire bodies are checked out by doctors, they meet with their teams, they show off their skills and talent and are even interviewed to eliminate those who may not be the best speakers. It's important to recognize as well that all topics are up for grabs during these interviews because all topics are up for grabs in the real world as well.

Throughout the convention, each and every brand that wants a part of the money-making NFL. Each brand has a booth where players and their agents approach, give their best spiel. After all the tests and opportunities these players are either leaving with some decent deals or they have just screwed themselves over by not presenting themselves the best they could.

Considering the American football is literally the most popular and favorited sport amongst American's, what more can you expect than for this combine to be a big deal? It is the ultimate opportunity for brands to catch the players while they are still fresh.

In my opinion, it's like stocks for these brands if they can pick out the players with the most potential and land them contracts before their competitors so they are golden. The tricky side of this, however, is that many players entering the NFL who appear to be the best of the best often fall short to their expectations. The future cannot be determined so it is a guessing game of who can pick out the players who have the most potential and who will successfully demonstrate that potential.

Who will better your brand? Who will better promote you? Who will catch the eyes of the millions of fans in those stands in a good way? Who is the most valuable to them?

But, who're the most interesting and noticeable players this year? We won't know till the full results come back, however, this time next week we'll know who truly shined in the eyes of the brands half of you probably have on this second. A year from today we will also know who actually upheld this shiny exterior.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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Possible Landing Spots For Antonio Brown In 2019

The seven-time Pro Bowl wideout looks to be on his way out of Pittsburgh.

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According to several reports, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown requested a trade from his team of nine years after their 2018 season ended without a postseason berth. Brown thanked the Steelers fan base for their support and said it was "time to move on and forward" in a tweet in February. Ever since the reports came out, speculation has run rampant about his next possible landing spot. Brown has developed into one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, posting the most receptions and receiving yards of any player since he entered the league. There are several potential suitors for the veteran wideout.

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco has a wealth of cap space in the near future. Their tight end George Kittle seems to have reached out to Brown and has received an eye-raising response from him. In addition, Brown liked a Photoshop image of himself in a 49ers uniform and Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice has stated that Brown wants to play for the team. San Francisco could use another dynamic offensive threat to complement Kittle and Brown certainly fits that bill.

Oakland Raiders

Another team with a significant amount of cap space, Oakland is in desperate need of playmakers after trading Amari Cooper. They are staring a steep rebuild directly in the face and could look to start it up by trading for Brown. The Raiders also have five first-round draft picks in the next two years, so they possess the capital necessary to execute such a trade.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers offense struggled last season without many viable receiving options besides Davante Adams. They could use a second weapon and possess two first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Playing with two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be tempting to Brown, and the Packers could be serious Super Bowl contenders if they acquire him.

Pittsburgh could keep Brown for the 2019 season and beyond, as he is signed through 2021, but it is clear that he wants out of the Steel City. He could end up on one of these teams sooner rather than later.

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