by Cale Clinton
FOLLOW THE MONEY
"I'm entering the 2019 NBA draft after tonight…"
-- New York Jets defensive back Jamal Adams saw where the real money was at after the start of NBA free agency. On July 1 alone, the total dollar amount of every contract signed totaled $1.03 BILLION dollars. (Jamal Adams/Twitter)
WATER UNDER THE NITSCHKE BRIDGE
"The place that I was at, at that point, was I've seen a lot of guys who I was really close to come and go. I've seen a lot of coaches I was very close to, that meant a lot to my career that were here and gone. And so I looked around and even thought I had the most years of anybody on the team, including coaches, I was the odd man out, so to speak … I guess the moral of this story is if you play long enough, it will happen to you, too. And until that moment comes, you really won't understand it."
"I get it now. I get what you were saying or how you carried yourself. There is no clause that says, 'Hey, you groom the next guy who's going to take your job or else.' That doesn't work that way."
-- Rodgers' response to Favre's attitude now that he's had some time to reflect after several years in the league. (Barstool Sports)
IT'S DANGEROUS OUT IN THOSE TENNESSEE STREETS
"It was crazy. They were literally talking about a bulletproof vest. I'm like 'Come on guys, this is football.' They were like no, no, really. Then they had security with me the whole way, even walking on the field and stuff like that. I was like 'I'm not wearing a vest.'"
-- Former Tennessee Volunteers coach Lane Kiffin recalls the somewhat terrifying conversation he had upon his first return to Tennessee (A to Z Sports - Nashville)
NFL SUNDAYS ARE FOR THE GIRLS
"This is for the little girls. I want them to know that if this is what they want to do, they can do it."
-- Jennifer King became the first female coaching intern for the Carolina Panthers this past offseason. She will join the team for OTAs and minicamp this week, working mostly with the wide receivers. (Charlotte Observer)
"I've admired his work for a long time, and so in the back of my mind, I've always known I was going to meet Coach Brown somehow. I just knew it. I willed it to happen. And when I sent him that email, I was hopeful that he'd write back, but I was never expecting this."
-- Waynesboro Senior High School kicking coach Erica Vinson-Ondecko discusses her admiration for Baltimore Ravens kicking coach Randy Brown and how she reached out to him. Vinson-Ondecko was invited to the Ravens' minicamp to shadow Brown and learn from him during the team's camp (Baltimore Sun)
NO JOKING HERE
"@ChicagoBears yo I'm available.... vision, route running, pass protection etc... shooters shoot"
-- Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte applies for a job online after news broke that retired linebacker DeMarcus Ware would be brought in as a pass-rushing consultant for the Denver Broncos (Matt Forte/Twitter)
"Matt Forte jokingly asks the Bears for a job on Twitter"
-- The title of a 247Sports blog post reporting on the Forte tweet (Big Papa The Don/Twitter)
"I wasn't joking."
-- Forte makes it clear this is no laughing matter (Matt Forte/Twitter )
BREAKING: A PLAYER WHO HAS YET TO WIN A GAME AT THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL TAKES SHOTS AT A TWO-TIME FINALS MVP
"If I were him, I would've never made a move like that in the first place. Me, I'm too competitive to try and ride on somebody's coattails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you're at now. There's no point in leaving since you've already taken that moniker where he's been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning."
-- Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett gave his two cents on Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, accusing him of "rid[ing] on somebody's coattails to get a W." Durant lost to the Warriors during the 2015 Western Conference Finals as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He went on to sign with the 72-win Warriors that offseason. Since the signing, he has won two NBA Championships with the team and earned two Finals MVPs. Myles Garrett was a member of the 0-16 Cleveland Browns in his rookie season and has yet to win a regular season game at the professional level. (The Mary Cabot Show)
'I AM A REAL AMERICAN, PUNT FOR THE RIGHTS OF EVERY MAN'
"I was an American, in America, [wearing an American tank top], kicking an American football, blindfolded … We had practiced it like three times before the actual event and they were nowhere near. Nowhere near. Nowhere close. Didn't think it was possible. Then the adjudicator shows up. He's got a little suit on with a little Guinness patch on, all high and mighty, judging me. Wham! Right down the middle … You know, they called me 'officially awesome.' That's their thing, like when you get a record they go 'You are officially awesome!' I go, 'Thanks, adjudicator. I already knew that. Take a hike. Gimme the book.'"
-- Former Indianapolis Colts punter and renowned storyteller Pat McAfee recants the time he set a Guinness World Record for Longest Field Goal Made While Blindfolded in a previously unreleased interview for NFL Films' NFL Top 100 series. (NFL Films/Twitter)
MEMORIES FADE BUT INK ON YOUR SKIN LASTS A LIFETIME
"I met a guy at a signing the other day -- his whole back was me with a trophy on the Rocky Steps. I mean, it was his whole back. Forever. There's not much you can say. I was like, 'That's cool, man. That's there forever.'"
-- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles may not be the starting quarterback when Carson Wentz returns, but the people of Philadelphia will never forget what he brought to the city. And some people can't forget, because they have his face tattooed on their body. (David Murphy/Twitter)
THERE ARE PEOPLE PLAYING COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS SEASON WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN AN NFL WITHOUT TOM BRADY. LET THAT SINK IN
"I grew up in Boston. It would just be crazy to get a sack on Tom Brady. I mean he's been playing since the early 1900s, so I mean... Just like getting that opportunity to sack someone that could be my grandfather, that's very, very exciting. But also if I ever did get a sack [on Brady] I think my mom said she'd be mad at me. Like if I hurt Tom Brady, she would never forgive me."
STEP YOUR GAME UP
"Cowboys and Pro-Bowl G Zack Martin finally agreed today to 6-year, $84 million extension that includes $40 million guaranteed, per source."
"I really wish I was better."
KEEP FAITH, DON'T PULL THE PLUG JUST YET
"It's like when you have a grandparent who is sick for like eight years. You know they're going to die, but when they actually die, it doesn't make it easy."
IT'S THE HIGHEST OF PRAISE WHEN YOU'RE COMPARED TO THE TEAM THAT RUINED BASKETBALL
"It's almost like you're playing the Patriots"
-- NBA player LeBron James equates facing the dominant Golden State Warriors to playing the NFL's own mega-team, the New England Patriots. The real question is this: who's going to step up and become the NBA equivalent to Eli Manning? (Michael Lee/Twitter)
GRUDGES NEVER REALLY DIE OUT
"I gotta respect LeBron James for standing up for his teammate. McNabb would never do that for me."
-- Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell used the NBA Finals to bring up a long-forgotten feud between himself and his former quarterback Donovan McNabb. (Freddie Mitchell/Twitter)
THIS MONTH IN SOCIAL MEDIA
ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE
Tyron Smith is an All-Pro left tackle, and Shaq makes him look like a running back
(via tyronsmith77/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/DhG0HPAlGP
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 1, 2018
-- Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith, listed at 6-foot-5, is dwarfed in size during this photo with basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.
FULL-TIME FOOTBALL PLAYER, PART-TIME HOTEL REVIEWER
If you're ever in the Bay Area and need a place to crash, maybe you should check out which hotels Richard Sherman likes — he's still looking for a place and has been hotel hopping https://t.co/KmZpSDevqH pic.twitter.com/9651QUwdoU
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 20, 2018
-- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has yet to buy a house in the Bay Area since joining his new team, so he has been hotel-hopping and leaving detailed reviews on wherever he stays.
SUMMERTIME SUPER BOWL SHELL-EBRATION
A guy at the shore saw my ring and decided to make a sandring (or ringcastle if u prefer). Pretty impressive for only using sand, water and seashells pic.twitter.com/Mj5O9PBplm
-- Philadelphia Eagles guard Stefen Wisniewski inspired some awesome sandcastle art when he wore his Super Bowl ring to the beach.
CAN YOU TELL THEM APART?
We had to. pic.twitter.com/JqsGBGPwZj
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 19, 2018
-- Twins Devin and Jason McCourty are finally on the same team, and the Patriots' social media team has certainly been having fun with it
IT'S A COPYCAT LEAGUE
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 17, 2018
-- If an athlete's popularity is measured in how the youth emulates them, this picture from New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s camp should tell you all you need to know about his impact on the league.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PLAY THIS AT WORK OR IN SCHOOL OR ANYWHERE ELSE WHERE INNAPROPRIATE LANGUAGE COULD GET YOU IN TROUBLE
This also happened. pic.twitter.com/zT79omhIGR
— Samantha Wood (@woodsamantha) June 15, 2018
-- Philly-based rapper Meek Mill performs his 2012 smash hit "Dreams and Nightmares" at the Philadelphia Eagles' ring ceremony. The song received a resurgence in popularity after the Eagles used it to fuel their playoff surge late last season. At the time, Meek Mill was in prison for a parole violation. He was released in late April and has since become a local icon.
GRAHAM GANO WAS THE MOST POPULAR KID AT RECESS
Got home today and my fam was playing kickball so I joined in. The only rule is that I'm not allowed to kick it hard. So here is my first at bat... pic.twitter.com/pDeYuiF8yB
-- Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano definitely gets drafted first during recess kickball
THE BEST FOOTAGE NEVER MAKES THE AIRWAVES
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) June 26, 2018
-- NFL Films releases their NFL Top 100 every year, but a whole lot of their funny content doesn't always make the final cut. Here are the best of those unaired moments
FOLLOWING IN BO'S FOOTSTEPS
Tyler Gaffney is back to launching home runs with the Pirates after winning two Super Bowl rings with Patriots pic.twitter.com/zAj73a0ZsD
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 6, 2018
-- Former New England Patriots running back Tyler Gaffney has made the transition from Super Bowl Champion to left fielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates system.