Inside sources revealed that President Trump had a conversation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell just prior to Super Bowl 51. Unidentified sources are confirming that Trump and Goodell met just before kickoff and Trump issued some strong words to Goodell.
Goodell is known for taking the Super Bowl very serious and he considers the Super Bowl the most important event for the NFL.
Trump reportedly said to Goodell; “I sure hope the New England Patriots win this year. It would be nice to see Tom Brady win again. Tom is a good friend and a great guy, I hope he wins”
While Goodell is playing down the story a representative from the Atlanta Falcons is requesting a special investigation to determine if Trump attempted to obstruct the outcome of the game.
Tom Brady was asked to comment on this story but declined other than to say he he hopped some of the hot air would be released and we can all move on as a country. Brady and Trump are long time friends until recently when Brady’s wife, super model Gisele Bundchen, denounced Trump
In October 2015 NFL Great Irving Fryar, who spent 16 years in the NFL, with the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, MIAMI DOLPHINS AND PHILADELPHIA EAGLES was convicted for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that involved his 74-year-old mother and cost several financial institutions $1.2 million.
He was sentenced to five years for his convictions on charges of conspiracy and theft of deception. Allene McGhee, Fryar’s mother, was sentenced to three years of probation. Read more at ESPN
At a Touchdown Club meeting many years ago, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant told the following story:
I had just been named the new head coach at Alabama and was off in my old car down in South Alabama recruiting a prospect who was supposed to have been a pretty good player, and I was having trouble finding the place.
Getting hungry, I spied an old cinder-block building with a small sign out front that simply said “Restaurant.” I pull up, go in, and every head in the place turns to stare at me. Seems I’m the only white fella in the place. But the food smelled good, so I skip a table and go up to a cement bar and sit. A big ole man in a tee shirt and cap comes over and says, “What do you need?”
I told him I needed lunch and what did they have today?
He says, “You probably won’t like it here. Today we’re having chitlins, collard greens and black-eyed peas with cornbread. I’ll bet you don’t even know what chitlins are, do you?”(small intestines of hogs prepared as food in the deep South)
I looked him square in the eye and said, “I’m from Arkansas , and I’ve probably eaten a mile of them. Sounds like I’m in the right place.”
They all smiled as he left to serve me up a big plate. When he comes back he says, “You ain’t from around here then?”
I explain I’m the new football coach up in Tuscaloosa at the University and I’m here to find whatever that boy’s name was, and he says, “Yeah I’ve heard of him, he’s supposed to be pretty good.” And he gives me directions to the school so I can meet him and his coach. As I’m paying up to leave, I remember my manners and leave a tip, not too big to be flashy, but a good one, and he told me lunch was on him, but I told him for a lunch that good, I felt I should pay. The big man asked me if I had a photograph or something he could hang up to show I’d been there. I was so new that I didn’t have any yet. It really wasn’t that big a thing back then to be asked for, but I took a napkin and wrote his name and address on it and told him I’d get him one.
I met the kid I was looking for later that afternoon and I don’t remember his name, but do remember I didn’t think much of him when I met him.
I had wasted a day, or so I thought. When I got back to Tuscaloosa late that night, I took that napkin from my shirt pocket and put it under my keys so I wouldn’t forget it. Back then I was excited that anybody would want a picture of me. The next day we found a picture and I wrote on it, “Thanks for the best lunch I’ve ever had.”
Now let’s go a whole buncha years down the road. Now we have black players at Alabama and I’m back down in that part of the country scouting an offensive lineman we sure needed. Y’all remember, (and I forget the name, but it’s not important to the story), well anyway, he’s got two friends going to Auburn and he tells me he’s got his heart set on Auburn too, so I leave empty handed and go on to see some others while I’m down there.
Two days later, I’m in my office in Tuscaloosa and the phone rings and it’s this kid who just turned me down, and he says, “Coach, do you still want me at Alabama ?”
And I said, “Yes I sure do.” And he says OK, he’ll come.
And I say, “Well son, what changed your mind?”
And he said, “When my grandpa found out that I had a chance to play for you and said no, he pitched a fit and told me I wasn’t going nowhere but Alabama, and wasn’t playing for nobody but you. He thinks a lot of you and has ever since y’all met.”
Well, I didn’t know his granddad from Adam’s housecat so I asked him who his granddaddy was and he said, “You probably don’t remember him, but you ate in his restaurant your first year at Alabama and you sent him a picture that he’s had hung in that place ever since. That picture’s his pride and joy and he still tells everybody about the day that Bear Bryant came in and had chitlins with him…”
“My grandpa said that when you left there, he never expected you to remember him or to send him that picture, but you kept your word to him and to Grandpa, that’s everything. He said you could teach me more than football and I had to play for a man like you, so I guess I’m going to.”
I was floored. But I learned that the lessons my mama taught me were always right. It don’t cost nuthin’ to be nice. It don’t cost nuthin’ to do the right thing most of the time, and it costs a lot to lose your good name by breaking your word to someone.
When I went back to sign that boy, I looked up his Grandpa and he’s still running that place, but it looks a lot better now. And he didn’t have chitlins that day, but he had some ribs that would make Dreamland proud. I made sure I posed for a lot of pictures; and don’t think I didn’t leave some new ones for him, too, along with a signed football.
I made it clear to all my assistants to keep this story and these lessons in mind when they’re out on the road. If you remember anything else from me, remember this. It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable.
Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant
This story was shared on my Facebook wall orginally posted by Bobby Vadnais
Former NFL star, Matt Birk, a practicing Catholic and an outspoken advocate for the Pro-Life movement, will be speaking at the 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
After winning Super Bowl XLVII, Matt turned down an invitation to the White house. When asked about his decision Matt said;
“I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.'”
“Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the pro-life movement and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way.”
Matt, and his wife Adrianna, who is also involved in the Pro-Life movement and volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center have 6 children.
“God is everything. Always keep God first. Always pray. Don’t be afraid to pray, he’ll always hear your cry. […] If you have dreams, go chase em. If you believe it, you can achieve it. God will be there every step of the way. I’m a living testament, man. […] I never thought I’d be up here, but, you know, God is good. I get on my hands and knees every night and pray. I’m thankful for everything. Keep God first, always pray, and always chase your dream.”
Known for making the sign of the cross before every kick, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker beautifully sings Ave Maria at the Baltimore Basilica for Concert Artists of Baltimore’s Catholic Charities event.