How cool is this?

Former Tennessee Titan player, Myron Rolle, traded in his shoulder pads and jersey for a stethoscope and lab jacket! The recent Harvard grad took to the ‘gram to announce his latest achievement…becomng a neurosurgeon!

 

 

 

In 2013, Dr. Rolle announced he’d be leaving the NFL to pursue medical school. As an Oxford MSc holder in Medical Anthropology, it’s no surprise  Doc wanted to leave the NFL.

Congratulations, Doctor Rolle!!

featured image by Jamie Esquire

 

 

Congratulations to The New England Patriots on their stunning FIFTH Super Bowl win over The Atlanta Falcons!

 

Via New York Times:

When James White sneaked into the end zone from 2 yards away, completing a 34-28 victory (IN OVERTIME) that defied the bounds of credulity and secured the Patriots’ fifth title, his teammates stormed onto the field, flung their helmets and hugged anyone who moved.

Across the field, the Falcons watched from their sideline as if fossilized in amber, too exhausted and dumbstruck to move.

The Patriots trailed by 25 points with 2 minutes 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter — and by 19 with 9:48 left in regulation — and they won.

They won because of Dont’a Hightower’s critical strip-sack and Julian Edelman’s Velcro hands and the clock management and coaching of a maestro, Bill Belichick, but mostly because of a truism that has beleaguered the league’s other 31 teams for 16 years running: the Patriots have Brady, and no one else does, not even the Falcons, who boasted the N.F.L.’s most valuable player in Matt Ryan.

Not including their 3-second possession at the end of regulation, the Patriots, after mustering only a field goal on their first seven drives, scored on their final five possessions.

“At halftime, I would say we weren’t down at all,” Brady said. “We were disappointed in the way we played, and we knew that we could go out and do a lot better in the second half.”  read more here

 

 

Team owner and Chairman of the Board, Dean Spanos, made the official announcement that the Chargers will relocate from Sand Diego to Los Angeles.

“Turning the page and beginning a new era as the Los Angeles Chargers” is the plan for the organization, despite negative reaction from a lot of Chargers fans and NFL fans alike.

Read official letter below, which is also posted on the team’s website.

 

A letter from Dean Spanos

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As a Ravens fan, I’m deeply saddened to see Steve Smith Sr. go.

He’s shocked Ravens fans with his recent announcement to retire, making the upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals the last game of his career.

Via Sports Illustrated:

Smith, 37, has played 16 seasons and sits in seventh place on the NFL’s all-time career receiving yards list with 14,697 yards. He has 67 receptions for 765 yards and five touchdowns in 2016.

“I’m about 89 percent sure,” Smith said.

Smith finishes his career having played in five Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls. In 2005, he led the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns and remains the lone wide receiver since 1992 to accomplish the triple crown. Smith is also one of just 14 receivers with more than 1,000 career receptions.

Click here for Smith’s press conference

 

 

 

In December of 2015, 15-year-old Zaevion Dobsonwas shot dead by gang members while trying to shield three young girls from the gunfire. The sophomore was a star football player at his Tennessee high school.

This year, on July 13, Dobson will be honored by the Espy Awards for his courage.

Dobson will be posthumously recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which is presented annually to sports figures possessing “strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril, and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”

Zaevion’s actions to risk his own life for others demonstrate the true meaning of the word courage, and his boundless bravery has inspired many,” Maura Mandt, ESPY’s executive producer, said in a release. “By celebrating Zaevion’s legacy, we hope to bring more attention to this serious issue and continued focus on the tragic loss of lives to gun violence.”

What a beautiful way to honor this brave young man. May he continue to rest in peace.

 

Source: Huffington Post

 

Baltimore Ravens Cornerback, Tray Walker (No. 25) was critically injured after crashing his motorcycle into an SUV. The accident happened Thursday night in Liberty City, Florida. The 23-year-old is currently in critical condition at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, a team spokesman said.

Via ESPN:

Walker was heading westbound on Northwest 75th Street on a Honda dirt bike when he collided with a Ford Escape heading southbound on Northwest 21st Avenue, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. The accident occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m., and police said Walker’s bike did not have lights and that he was wearing dark clothing.

Police said the driver of the Ford Escape stayed on the scene and was cooperating with detectives. Walker was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial in critical condition, according to police.

Walker was a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2015. He played only eight snaps on defense as a rookie, making one tackle.

John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens organization released a statement.

“Oh, my God, this is devastating news,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Our prayers and hopes are with Tray and his family tonight.”