(I dropped Pierre from my fantasy team earlier today so I agree)
NFL Security is the force responsible for “protecting the shield” and the measures they take to do that are almost unimaginable.
In an appearance on SportsCenter the morning of September 11, former Colts executive Bill Polian said something he wasn’t supposed to. When asked if he thought it was possible that Roger Goodell and the NFL’s front office hadn’t seen the tape of Ray Rice punching his wife in an Atlantic City elevator, Polian told anchor Chris McKendry, “For all the years that I was in the NFL, NFL Security and the NFL’s ability to protect its integrity—the so-called ‘protection of the shield’—was unmatched in American business. I mean, you did not step out of line in the NFL… The office was there to make sure that the clubs, the players, the reputation of the NFL remained unsullied.”
The segment was cut short for unknown reasons, according to Deadspin. Polian appeared on SportsCenter again 20 minutes later and was asked the same question by McKendry. His new response was perfectly milquetoast: “Things can slip through the cracks… The CEO, who is in effect Roger Goodell, doesn’t get all the information he needs all the time.” Polian made no mention of NFL Security the second time around.
Not half an hour following Polian’s mention of NFL Security, he completely changed his tune. This leads to an obvious question: What is NFL Security?
NFL Security covers a wide terrain; ranging from stadium game-day security to running background checks on NFL players to keeping trespassers away from team practices. It is the group responsible for preventing gamblers, game fixers, drug pushers, con artists and others from manipulating NFL players to devious ends. They inform players how to stay on the good side of the law and avoid negative press. To help perform these duties, the NFL employs a vast network to spy on NFL assets and others near the teams, a force that serves as Roger Goodell’s brand police.
This investigative force, comprised of former police officers all the way up to ex-FBI and CIA agents, is the piece of NFL Security most relevant to the Ray Rise case. As theWashington Post reported in September, the unit is “set up just like the FBI” with “field offices” in all NFL cities.
There’s some crazy good shit in this article
Son, I want to draft you so bad my dick is hard.
Bill Belichick to Warren Sapp in a 1995 pre-draft workout with the Cleveland Browns [source]
Profound wisdom from ex-NFL QB analyst
I was on looking at Frank Gore’s career stats the other night figuring out how much more he’d have to do to be considered for the Hall Of Fame.
I don’t think he’ll make it but I really want him to.
I think he can easily break into the top 15 rushers of all time. But even if he gets there he’s going to need a ring and some awesome playoff performances.
Its do-able…. just going to be hard
As the NFL nears an end to its long-running legal battle over concussions, new data from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on traumatic brain injury has found evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former players it’s examined.
The findings represent a more than twofold increase in the number of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, that have been reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Bedford, Mass.
Researchers there have now examined the brain tissue of 128 football players who, before their deaths, played the game professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school. Of that sample, 101 players, or just under 80 percent, tested positive for CTE.
To be sure, players represented in the data represent a skewed population. CTE can only be definitively identified posthumously, and many of the players who have donated their brains for research suspected that they may have had the disease while still alive. For example, former Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson committed suicide in 2011 by shooting himself in the chest, reportedly to preserve his brain for examination.
Nonetheless, Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the brain bank, believes the findings suggest a clear link between football and traumatic brain injury.
Deion Sanders said that a “prominent 49ers player” told him that the players want Harbaugh gone because he’s too strict and hard to deal with.
I would rather keep Harbaugh and get rid of every player who opposes him. Even if its Kaepernick, Crabtree and Vernon Davis.
Good players fall off of trees. A coach that can take you to the NFC Championship game 3 years in a row does not.
If there was a player mutiny against Bill Belichick, those players would be fucking gone because Robert Kraft knows what Bill is worth.
I really hope the Niners ownership doesn’t pick players over their coach
Being a sports fan is so stressful
Anonymous said: Aye Perv, what do you think of Bill Simmons getting suspended from ESPN for 3 weeks? I don't think he deserved it, but he's a boss for threatening ESPN to suspend him.
ESPN’s contract with the NFL is worth 15.2 billion dollars. Not million… billion.
Speaking purely in terms of business, that relationship can’t be jeopardized for anything, not journalistic integrity, not morals, and certainly not bill simmons popping off at the mouth.
ESPN has a vested interest in the success of the NFL. Bill Simmons can’t be allowed to run around dragging the league.
I personally don’t think Bill Simmons did anything wrong but I completely understand why ESPN suspended him
Adrian Peterson is going to have to be nailed to the cross.
America demands its pound of flesh, and too much money is on the line to ignore
Salute a real nigga when you see one