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Andre Johnson Working Towards Degree
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is working towards his degree at the University of Miami. Johnson promised his mother that he would complete his studies. "I told my mom I'd finish," he told the Houston Chronicle. "I just never said when." Johnson turned 29 this year. "I was sitting around one day this season thinking about what I'd told my mom," he said. "Why not do it now? I've been out seven years and just felt it was time." He's 30 hours away from a liberal arts degree and is taking three sociology classes worth 12 hours this spring.
Goodell: 2011 Pro Bowl Could Be Before Super Bowl
The Pro Bowl may return to Hawaii next season, but it could be played the week prior to the Super Bowl. "We have the option when we go back to Hawaii, we can do it before or after (the Super Bowl)," Goodell said. "Here's where I like it: I think you should stop or end your season when you reach the pinnacle. The pinnacle is the Super Bowl. I think it's anticlimactic when you come back with the Pro Bowl the week after the Super Bowl." Traditionally, the Pro Bowl has been held the week after the Super Bowl. Goodell acknowledged that not having the Super Bowl players in the Pro Bowl is a "negative," but overall, he likes the new date for the league's all-star game.
Jenkins: Favre's 'Superstar Status' Caused 'Animosity' In New York
Kris Jenkins took some shots at former Jets teammate Brett Favre on Friday night's NFL Total Access on NFL Network. Jenkins said Favre's presence caused a rift in the New York locker room in 2008. "No, no it was not," Jenkins said when asked if the team's chemistry was good. He didn't call out Favre or any of his teammates in particular, Jenkins cited some negative comments made by some Jets in the papers which he says, "destroy the morale of the locker room." "It was a snowball effect," Jenkins added. "And once it was a snowball effect, and some things started happening here, there -- then the next thing you know it gets out of control, and the team was lost at that point."
Rex Ryan Flips Off Dolphins Fans
Jets coach Rex Ryan flipped off Dolphins fans in Miami during an event on Saturday night. Ryan made the obscene gesture during an MMA event, according to a report in the Miami Herald. Sunday, Ryan apologized in a statement released by the Jets: "It was stupid and inappropriate. I wouldn't accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players and it's unacceptable from me. I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere."
McMahon: Cutler Relies Too Much On Arm Strength
Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon says that Jay Cutler relies too much on his arm strength. Speaking to the Denver Post recently, McMahon was critical of Cutler's decision-making. "The little bit that I saw when I'd watch replays of his interceptions, I'd think, 'Where is he throwing the ball?' " McMahon said. "The guy has a great arm, but I think he relies on that too much." McMahon is the last Chicago quarterback to make the Pro Bowl. "You don't have to throw it through the wall to be a good quarterback in this league," McMahon said. "You need timing and instincts. You can't teach instincts. You either got 'em or you don't."
Herschel Walker Successful In MMA Debut
Herschel Walker was victorious in his mixed martial arts debut for Strikeforce on Saturday night. Walker, 47, defeated newcomer Greg Nagy (1-2) when the referee stopped the fight at 2:17 of the third round. The former NCAA and NFL star is a fifth-degree black belt with training in Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo karate and Muay Thai. Following the fight, Walker did not rule out fighting again.
Tebow Struggles, Is 'Open' To Work
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow struggled during Saturday night's Senior Bowl, but said after the game that he's "open" to working on his fundamentals. Tebow looked shaky running a pro-style offense and fumbled twice in the South's 31-13 loss to the North. "I think I'm definitely open to improving my fundamentals," Tebow said after the game. "I think I definitely showed that by being here. If you just watched the way I played, you could see there is room for improvement and what I need to work on."
Report: Martz Met With Cutler
Mike Martz met with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in Nashville on Saturday, according to a published report. Martz is a candidate for Chicago's offensive coordinator job. The Bears quarterback has met with offensive coordinator candidates during the interview process at Halas Hall, but Saturday is the believed to be the first time a candidate has traveled to meet with Cutler.
Antrel Rolle Wouldn't Mind Playing For Dolphins
Antrel Rolle is in limbo because the Cardinals are scheduled to pay him $12 million in salary and a bonus in 2010. The two sides could enter renegotiate a new deal or cut ties. "That would be nice," Rolle told the Miami Herald of playing for his hometown Dolphins. "You know what I mean. I would love to take some of the burden off of mom and dad seeing as they travel to every game. Miami is home for me. I haven't played here in five years, but hey, we can make it happen." Rolle repeated that his parents fly across country to every game he plays. "I'm still a Cardinal right now, you know," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen. But I love the Cardinals and their organization. I've been good to them and they've been great to me also. Let's just see what plays out. "I don't know what's going to play out. They haven't given me any indication. I know they want to keep me there. We're trying to keep our franchise together, but I don't know what they're thinking right now."
NFL Donates $100K In Grants To Hawaii Groups
The NFL says its commitment to Hawaii remains, even though this year's Pro Bowl is being played in Miami. The league has announced 19 island nonprofit organizations will benefit from $100,000 as part of the long-standing NFL Charities Pro Bowl Grant Program. After being play in Honolulu since 1980, the Pro Bowl is scheduled for Sunday in Miami. The game is set to return to Hawaii in 2011 and 2012.
All-Pro Tom Brookshier Dies At 78
Former Eagles defensive back Tom Brookshier has died at 78.
Whisenhunt: Leinart Has Shot To Lead Cardinals
Matt Leinart is really Arizona's only option at quarterback right now.
QB Coach Leaves Giants After Three Seasons
Eli Manning has lost his quarterbacks coach.
Banner Creates Doubt About McNabb's Future
Joe Banner placed some doubt over Donovan McNabb's future.
Owens: I'm As Good As Jerry Rice
Terrell Owens says he'd be approaching Jerry Rice's numbers if he had great quarterbacks all his career.
Allen: If Favre Comes Back, He Can Slap My Butt Everyday
Jared Allen will let Brett Favre smack his behind everyday if he returns to the Vikings in 2010.
Former Saint Dobler Doesn't Like Brees
Conrad Dobler doesn't think to much of Drew Brees.
Peterson Says Ball Security Will Be An Off-Season Focus
Adrian Peterson was involved in three fumbles in the NFC Championship Game.
Samuel To Wilfork: Pats Don't Care About You
Asante Samuel has been in Vince Wilfork's position before.
NFL: Hit On Favre Should've Been Flagged
The Vikings would have had a first down at the Saints' 19-yard line.
Sources: Jackson To Ask Eagles For New Deal
DeSean Jackson wants a pay raise in Philadelphia.
Goodell: Switching Pro Bowl Date Has Been A Success
Roger Goodell says there is more attention on the Pro Bowl this year.
Rhodes May Remain With Jets After All
Kerry Rhodes is owed a $2 million roster bonus in March.