Pro Player Insiders Executive Editor Melissa Mahler Behind the scenes look at lives and lifestyles of NFL players and their families plus sports news, interviews & events Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:42:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Doug Baldwin’s Community event was a hit Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:42:59 +0000 Seattle, WA- Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin and the community of Renton, Washington came together to give back to their community with different activities that fans and their family could enjoy. Participants enjoyed different drills such as the 40-yard dash, catch and passing, kick returns, hit the tackling dummy, and the verticle jump. All of these participants had so much fun running with Baldwin and challenging him to compete.

There were two sessions that took place that were about an hour long. “I appreciate everyone that came out here to support something positive within the community. I had so much fun with all of you and I hope to do it again, said Baldwin.” The proceeds for the event will go into building a community center, which is in the works for Baldwin.

Baldwin has always been an inspiration to a lot of people on and off the field. He is very articulate in displaying how he feels with certain issues such as the injustice in the world, as well as improving the community of Seattle He is the pulse that keeps the community in a positive light.

“Community centers not only provide athletic and educational activities, they are the building blocks for character building opportunities. These opportunities are being denied to many of the youth of today especially in the Cascade/Benson area.” – Doug Baldwin.



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ESPYS & eBay are converging together for a great cause Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:07:24 +0000 Seattle, WA- The ESPYS and eBay are converging this year to help out the Jimmy V foundation. They are donating money to the foundation to find a cure for Cancer. Many athletes are joining the movement of helping out the foundation like Mark Cuban, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeria, and many more with their annual auction to raise funds. 


Fans can bid on different experiences as well. Take a look below at the many great experiences that fans can bid on.

  • Courtside Seats with Mark Cuban at a Mavericks Game
    • You can watch a Mavericks game with Mr. Cuban himself, COURTSIDE.
  • Sunday Night Baseball Experience with Alex Rodriguez, Jessica Mendoza, and Matt Vasgersian
    • You will get to go behind-the-scenes of ESPN’s premiere baseball programming and meet those that bring the game to life every Sunday!
  • A Day in the Life of a SportsCenter Anchor
    • You’ll get the chance to star in a mock segment with Kevin Negandhi and Sage Steele, hosts of ESPN’s 6PM SportsCenter!
  • Behind The Scenes SportsCenter Experience with Superstar Sage Steele
    • Join Sage in preparing for the 6PM SportsCenter live broadcast. Have lunch with Sage in the famous ESPN Café followed by a photo shoot with Sage at the SportsCenter desk. And, you’ll get an exclusive ESPN VIP Tour.


If you are not a fan of sports but would like to donate, here are some experiences that you could win as well.


2 Tickets to attend Season 23′s The Bachelor: Women Tell All
Tickets to see Disney FROZEN The Broadway Musical
Attend the Global Premiere of Aladdin
Attend the Dancing with the Stars Finale Episode
and more.

“The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The V Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. The V Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising, and philanthropy.”
The ESPYS brings hope to those who need it with finding a cure for cancer.
Here is the link to the eBay site:
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Antoine Bethea: Pride, Joy, and Happiness Tue, 10 Jul 2018 03:27:01 +0000 Arizona- Underdogs are molded into champions, because they had to endure a lot of criticism on what they will not do, what they will not accomplish, and at times these individuals are overlooked. Arizona Cardinals Safety Antoine Bethea was overlooked on many occasions and was told many times that he will not achieve his dream of making it to the NFL, but he did not listen to his critics. He was determined and motivated to prove his critics wrong. In 2006 he did just that. The Indianapolis Colts selected him in the 6th round and he has proven to himself, the world, and his critics that hard work does pay off.


“Like I tell the young guys that come in here during training camp. You have to believe in yourself. You do not have speak on what you already know, because your work ethic will speak for you. Go out there and be consistent. This may be your dream, but this is still a job. You have to be consistent. There are no days off and if you want to become the best, you  stay disciplined and just believe in yourself.”

Bethea played for the Colts for seven years (2006-2013) and was a great fit for the Colts. He was a playmaker, hard hitter, and gave it his all. After his career with the Colts, he played for the San Francisco 49ers for two years, and now he is going into his second year with the Cardinals. In his career, he has had over 1,102 tackles, 288, assists, 24 interceptions, and 305 yards.

“I am having fun and enjoying the moment. As I told you before, I have been an underdog for a long time and nothing has changed. I have to come out here and compete, but as I get older I know that people are watching to see if I will fall off. My motivation is my family, the people who look up to me, and my community.”

Bethea grew up in a small community in Newport News, Virginia, where the opportunities of being a professional athlete were slim to none. Bethea knew that hard work was going to get him out of the city to do bigger and better things, but he has not forgotten how much of a role model he is to his community. “It means a lot to me when people say that look up to me. I always wanted to uplift and encourage people. It makes me warm inside that people look up to me and have been motivated by my story. I just tell people, never give up on your dreams. Dreams can come true if you are willing to put in the effort.”

Recently, many NFL players have been speaking about mental illness, as well as the silent protest that has put Colin Kaepernick on the hot seat. Bethea spoke about the importance of bringing awareness about mental illness, as well as his stance on the silent protest. “I applaud all of the NFL players that are speaking about mental illness. We have a big platform, so we can use that to educate people on how to approach mental illness. You see so many people going through it and not really have an outlet to talk about what they are facing. We need to have more programs to get these people more help. As far as Colin is concern, I understand what he is doing and it is making people uncomfortable. From both sides of the spectrum, I personally have learned a lot. I feel like he is getting blackballed for something that he believes in.”

As the Cardinals prepare for Training Camp Bethea is excited for this season, as well as the new players that the Cardinals picked up. “I am really excited to see how these young players will help us achieve our goal this year, which is to be a contender in the playoffs. We have some speedy receivers, offensive blockers, and a tight end that is ready to push this organization in the right way. We had our ups and downs, as any other organization, but we are ready and I am so excited for these fresh faces and the speed we have on the outside.”


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We just released our top 300 seniors and now are looking at our top 150 juniors and 25 sophomores to keep an eye on for this fall. These players we feel could potentially declare early and while this is early and other players will have a breakout year, this gives an idea of where NFL teams should be putting some effort to prepare for the early entries.


Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver has already announced he will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft and there are many others we expect to be slam dunk entries such as Alabama’s Raekwon Davis and Jonah Williams, Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry, Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Dexter Lawrence, Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Dremont Jones, Michigan’s Rashan Gary, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, Mississippi’s Greg Little and A.J. Brown, among many others.


We usually don’t look at the underclassmen but with over 100 coming out early every year it only makes sense to focus on these groups.


Hopefully many of these players will only declare if given a 1st or 2nd round projection from the NFL Advisory Board. You will notice we did not put a round next to these guys because we don’t want to encourage any to come out.


Below is our very early look at who could be among the top names come January.




DT Raekwon Davis Alabama 6’7 306 FBS SEC
ILB Mack Wilson Alabama 6’2 244 FBS SEC
OLB Anfernee Jennings Alabama 6’3 262 FBS SEC
OLB Terrell Lewis Alabama 6’4 254 FBS SEC
OT Jonah Williams Alabama 6’5 301 FBS SEC
OT Matt Womack Alabama 6’7 324 FBS SEC
CB Clifton Duck Appalachian State 5’9 175 FBS Sun Belt
OT Victor Johnson Appalachian State 6’5 290 FBS Sun Belt
WR N’Keal Harry Arizona State 6’4 216 FBS Pac-12
ILB De’Jon Harris Arkansas 6’0 242 FBS SEC
CB Javaris Davis Auburn 5’10 186 FBS SEC
CB Jamel Dean Auburn 6’1 208 FBS SEC
DE Marlon Davidson Auburn 6’3 282 FBS SEC
DT Derrick Brown Auburn 6’5 316 FBS SEC
QB Jarrett Stidham Auburn 6’2 214 FBS SEC
WR Darius Slayton Auburn 6’2 190 FBS SEC
WR Denzel Mims Baylor 6’2 197 FBS Big 12
DE Chris Terrell Central Arkansas 6’3 266 FCS Southland
DT Trysten Hill Central Florida 6’1 330 FBS AAC
CB Trayvon Mullen Clemson 6’2 190 FBS ACC
DE Clelin Ferrell Clemson 6’5 260 FBS ACC
DT Dexter Lawrence Clemson 6’4 349 FBS ACC
OG Sean Pollard Clemson 6’4 315 FBS ACC
RB Tavien Fester Clemson 5’11 220 FBS ACC
CB Mark Gilbert Duke 6’1 175 FBS ACC
ILB Joe Giles-Harris Duke 6’2 230 FBS ACC
QB Daniel Jones Duke 6’5 215 FBS ACC
DE Maxx Crosby Eastern Michigan 6’5 265 FBS MAC
SS Brody Hoying Eastern Michigan 5’11 205 FBS MAC
CB Chauncey Gardner Jr. Florida 5’11 207 FBS SEC
DE Jabari Zuniga Florida 6’3 260 FBS SEC
ILB David Reese Florida 6’0 239 FBS SEC
OT Jawaan Taylor Florida 6’5 334 FBS SEC
RB Devin Singletary Florida Atlantic 5’9 200 FBS C-USA
DE Brian Burns Florida State 6’5 227 FBS ACC
ILB Jeffrey Allison Fresno State 6’0 250 FBS MWC
DT Tyler Clark Georgia 6’4 305 FBS SEC
K Rodrigo Blankenship Georgia 6’1 191 FBS SEC
SS J.R. Reed Georgia 6’0 194 FBS SEC
TE Isaac Nauta Georgia 6’4 246 FBS SEC
WR Mecole Hardman Jr. Georgia 5’11 183 FBS SEC
WR Riley Ridley Georgia 6’1 200 FBS SEC
WR Penny Hart Georgia State 5’8 180 FBS Sun Belt
DT Ed Oliver Houston 6’2 290 FBS AAC
FS Stanley Green Illinois 5’11 195 FBS Big Ten
DE Anthony Nelson Iowa 6’7 260 FBS Big Ten
TE Noah Fant Iowa 6’5 232 FBS Big Ten
RB David Montgomery Iowa State 5’11 219 FBS Big 12
WR Hakeem Butler Iowa State 6’6 219 FBS Big 12
FS Marlon Bridges Jacksonville State 5’11 200 FCS OVC
DE Reggie Walker Kansas State 6’2 242 FBS Big 12
OG Logan Stenberg Kentucky 6’6 318 FBS SEC
RB Benny Snell Jr. Kentucky 5’11 223 FBS SEC
OT Landon Young Kentucky 6’7 305 FBS SEC
DE Rashard Lawrence LSU 6’2 300 FBS SEC
OLB Devin White LSU 6’1 248 FBS SEC
WR Jonathan Giles LSU 5’11 193 FBS SEC
RB Darrell Henderson Memphis 5’9 200 FBS AAC
RB Tony Pollard Memphis 5’11 200 FBS AAC
TE Michael Irvin II Miami 6’3 248 FBS ACC
DE Joe Jackson Miami 6’5 258 FBS ACC
ILB Shaq Quarterman Miami 6’1 240 FBS ACC
OLB Michael Pinckney Miami 6’1 228 FBS ACC
RB Travis Homer Miami 5’11 195 FBS ACC
WR Ahmmon Richards Miami 6’1 190 FBS ACC
CB Lavert Hall Michigan 5’11 177 FBS Big Ten
DE Rashan Gary Michigan 6’5 275 FBS Big Ten
ILB Devin Bush Michigan 5’10 222 FBS Big Ten
SS Khaleke Hudson Michigan 6’0 205 FBS Big Ten
OG Ben Bredeson Michigan 6’5 308 FBS Big Ten
RB Karan Higdon Michigan 5’10 190 FBS Big Ten
QB Shea Patterson Michigan 6’1 203 FBS Big Ten
TE Zach Gentry Michigan 6’6 248 FBS Big Ten
DE Kenny Willekes Michigan State 6’4 244 FBS Big Ten
FS David Dowell Michigan State 6’1 191 FBS Big Ten
ILB Joe Bachie Michigan State 6’2 233 FBS Big Ten
ILB Thomas Barber Minnesota 6’1 233 FBS Big Ten
DT Josiah Coatney Mississippi 6’4 302 FBS SEC
OT Greg Little Mississippi 6’6 325 FBS SEC
WR A.J. Brown Mississippi 6’0 225 FBS SEC
DT Jeffery Simmons Mississippi State 6’4 301 FBS SEC
ILB Cale Garrett Missouri 6’3 225 FBS SEC
RB Damarea Crockett Missouri 5’11 225 FBS SEC
WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams North Carolina 6’1 205 FBS ACC
DE Darryl Johnson Jr. North Carolina A&T 6’4 226 FCS MEAC
WR Kelvin Harmon North Carolina State 6’3 213 FBS ACC
OLB Sutton Smith Northern Illinois 6’0 227 FBS MAC
DE Joe Gaziano Northwestern 6’4 271 FBS Big Ten
CB Julian Love Notre Dame 5’11 189 FBS Independents
WR Chase Claypool Notre Dame 6’4 229 FBS Independents
CB Kendall Sheffield Ohio State 6’0 193 FBS Big Ten
CB Damon Arnette Ohio State 6’0 195 FBS Big Ten
DE Nick Bosa Ohio State 6’4 270 FBS Big Ten
DT Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State 6’2 285 FBS Big Ten
OG Michael Jordan Ohio State 6’7 310 FBS Big Ten
RB Mike Weber Ohio State 5’10 214 FBS Big Ten
SS Jordan Fuller Ohio State 6’2 207 FBS Big Ten
RB Rodney Anderson Oklahoma 6’2 219 FBS Big 12
OT Bobby Evans Oklahoma 6’4 312 FBS Big 12
WR Marquise Brown Oklahoma 5’11 162 FBS Big 12
DE Jordan Brailford Oklahoma State 6’3 250 FBS Big 12
OG Marcus Keyes Oklahoma State 6’3 300 FBS Big 12
RB Justice Hill Oklahoma State 5’10 185 FBS Big 12
OLB Troy Dye Oregon 6’4 224 FBS Pac-12
OT Calvin Throckmorton Oregon 6’5 307 FBS Pac-12
QB Justin Herbert Oregon 6’5 225 FBS Pac-12
TE Jacob Breeland Oregon 6’5 241 FBS Pac-12
DE Shareef Miller Penn State 6’5 257 FBS Big Ten
C Connor McGovern Penn State 6’5 320 FBS Big Ten
OT Ryan Bates Penn State 6’4 305 FBS Big Ten
WR Juwan Johnson Penn State 6’4 229 FBS Big Ten
ILB Markus Bailey Purdue 6’1 235 FBS Big Ten
WR Nathan Stewart Sam Houston State 5’11 175 FCS Southland
CB Ron Smith San Diego State 6’0 170 FBS MWC
DE D.J. Wonnum South Carolina 6’3 251 FBS SEC
DT Javon Kinlaw South Carolina 6’5 302 FBS SEC
ILB T.J. Brunson South Carolina 6’0 230 FBS SEC
QB Jake Bentley South Carolina 6’2 220 FBS SEC
WR Bryan Edwards South Carolina 6’3 215 FBS SEC
ILB Christian Rozeboom South Dakota State 6’2 225 FCS MVFC
CB Jack Jones Southern California 5’11 170 FBS Pac-12
DE Christian Rector Southern California 6’4 275 FBS Pac-12
ILB John Houston Jr. Southern California 6’3 210 FBS Pac-12
WR Michael Pittman Jr. Southern California 6’4 215 FBS Pac-12
OG Nate Herbig Stanford 6’4 339 FBS Pac-12
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside Stanford 6’3 222 FBS Pac-12
CB Jeff Gladney TCU 6’0 187 FBS Big 12
WR Collin Johnson Texas 6’5 215 FBS Big 12
ILB Tyrel Dodson Texas A&M 6’2 242 FBS SEC
C Erik McCoy Texas A&M 6’4 315 FBS SEC
SS Justus Parker Texas Tech 6’0 210 FBS Big 12
WR Diontae Johnson Toledo 5’11 181 FBS MAC
TE Caleb Wilson UCLA 6’4 235 FBS Pac-12
CB Julian Blackmon Utah 6’1 187 FBS Pac-12
DE Bradlee Anae Utah 6’3 265 FBS Pac-12
DE Viane Moala Utah 6’7 270 FBS Pac-12
RB Zack Moss Utah 5’10 210 FBS Pac-12
CB Joejuan Williams Vanderbilt 6’3 208 FBS SEC
CB Bryce Hall Virginia 6’1 200 FBS ACC
ILB Jordan Mack Virginia 6’2 225 FBS ACC
DE Trevon Hill Virginia Tech 6’3 245 FBS ACC
SS Reggie Floyd Virginia Tech 6’0 218 FBS ACC
CB Essang Bassey Wake Forest 5’10 185 FBS ACC
P Dom Maggio Wake Forest 6’2 185 FBS ACC
SS Taylor Rapp Washington 6’0 207 FBS Pac-12
FS Jalen Thompson Washington State 5’11 191 FBS Pac-12
OT Colton McKivitz West Virginia 6’7 306 FBS Big 12
OT David Edwards Wisconsin 6’7 319 FBS Big Ten
DT Youhanna Ghaifan Wyoming 6’4 290 FBS MWC
ILB Logan Wilson Wyoming 6’2 240 FBS MWC




DT Quinnen Williams Alabama 6’4 285 FBS SEC
CB Chase Lucas Arizona State 6’0 178 FBS Pac-12
DE Nick Coe Auburn 6’5 270 FBS SEC
DE Curtis Weaver Boise State 6’3 252 FBS MWC
OG Solomon Kindley Georgia 6’4 335 FBS SEC
OT Alaric Jackson Iowa 6’7 320 FBS Big Ten
TE Chase Allen Iowa State 6’7 230 FBS Big 12
WR Dez Fitzpatrick Louisville 6’2 208 FBS ACC
CB Greedy Williams LSU 6’2 182 FBS SEC
OT Luke Campbell Michigan State 6’5 293 FBS Big Ten
WR D.K. Metcalf Mississippi 6’4 225 FBS SEC
DT Jordan Elliott Missouri 6’4 307 FBS SEC
TE Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri 6’5 260 FBS SEC
DE Tre Williams Missouri 6’5 250 FBS SEC
OLB Paddy Fisher Northwestern 6’4 245 FBS Big Ten
RB Tony Jones Jr. Notre Dame 5’11 217 FBS Independents
ILB Tuf Borland Ohio State 6’1 229 FBS Big Ten
OT Tyler Roemer San Diego State 6’7 305 FBS MWC
WR Tyler Vaughns Southern California 6’2 185 FBS Pac-12
TE Kaden Smith Stanford 6’5 250 FBS Pac-12
DT Ross Blacklock TCU 6’4 326 FBS Big 12
RB Shakif Seymour Toledo 5’11 218 FBS MAC
SS Brenton Nelson Virginia 5’11 180 FBS ACC
CB Byron Murphy Washington 5’11 184 FBS Pac-12
C Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin 6’3 322 FBS Big Ten





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Lauren Simmons; Changing the Tune of the New York Stock Exchange Sat, 07 Jul 2018 20:17:05 +0000 Seattle, WA- A woman by the name of Lauren Simmons has changed and turned the New York Stock Exchange around. At 23 years old, Lauren is the youngest woman to be a full-time stockbroker, as well as the first woman of color to do it. “It has been a long and exciting journey for me and I am very grateful for the encouraging messages I have been getting. At times it is overwhelming, but I am so excited to see how my story can help others, as well as encourage others. It is inspiring to see many people look up to me. It is an amazing feeling, sometimes surreal that this is happening to me, but I will love to see how my story has helped other propel into their careers, as well as more females on the floor with the New York Stock Exchange, ” said Lauren.


There have been a couple of women who have paved the way for Lauren to achieve what she has done as a Stock Broker. In 1870  Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin open a firm on Wall Street and were the first females who braved the storm of being in a male-dominated occupation. With Lauren being the youngest, as well as the first full-time stocker on the floor, she hopes that many women could look up to her and say yes I can make this happen. Lauren had to battle certain obstacles, such as self-doubt and at times worrying about being qualified or not, but she walked in faith, confidence, and she did not allow any drops of doubt stop her from completing her dream.

“I had to get out of my head and tell my self that you are qualified. Once I told myself that, it was over. You have to be confident in what you want, who you are, and just go for it. The advice I would give women is just confident in yourself and in your craft. You are capable to be in whatever field you are in and you have the work ethic to be equally compared with males in the work field.”

Lauren has been challenged and has dominated the course of being a stock-broker. “Numbers are a universal language that everyone can speak. I just fell in love with the pace of it all. It has its moments, but I rise to the challenge. You have to bring your A-game every day. It is something I love, but as I previously stated I would like my story to be told to help others. Hopefully one day more females will be on the floor full time.”

With the #Metoo campaign, many females have spoken up about sexual harassment and rape, when Lauren was asked about this topic, she had this to say. “It was inspiring that these women had the guts to tell the world their stories and not be afraid. There are power in numbers and it has created a movement that is about unity and taking back our  power.”

Lauren believes that we live in a great time where phenomenal  woman who are doing great things, despite society aspects on the traditional woman.”You see a lot of women building their empires, going for their dreams, and just speaking up about issues that need to be talked about. This is such a significant factor that young women are seeing how successful they can be when they are confident with themselves and just go for it. You have one life to live, why not do something you love.”

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With the season just around the corner we have decided to project the top 100 seniors as to who we believe will be in line for the Senior Bowl.


Our list has players from FBS, FCS, and D2 represented.


Among the highlights are that Washington leads all schools with 11 total on the list.  There are also 6 from Alabama, 18 from FCS, 11 from D2, and the SEC leads all conferences with 58 on the list.





OLB Ulysees Gilbert III Akron 6’1 225 FBS MAC
RB Damien Harris Alabama 5’11 212 FBS SEC
OLB Christian Miller Alabama 6’3 242 FBS SEC
OG Lester Cotton Alabama 6’4 324 FBS SEC
C Ross Pierschbacher Alabama 6’4 303 FBS SEC
TE Hale Hentges Alabama 6’4 249 FBS SEC
DE Isaiah Buggs Alabama 6’5 293 FBS SEC
CB Tae Hayes Appalachian State 5’9 183 FBS Sun Belt
RB Jalin Moore Appalachian State 5’10 211 FBS Sun Belt
CB Jace Whittaker Arizona 5’11 182 FBS Pac-12
QB Manny Wilkins Arizona State 6’2 200 FBS Pac-12
OLB Koron Crump Arizona State 6’3 222 FBS Pac-12
DT Renell Wren Arizona State 6’5 297 FBS Pac-12
OT Casey Tucker Arizona State 6’6 315 FBS Pac-12
OLB Dre Greenlaw Arkansas 6’0 229 FBS SEC
OG Hjalte Froholdt Arkansas 6’3 311 FBS SEC
OT Brian Wallace Arkansas 6’5 337 FBS SEC
QB Justice Hansen Arkansas State 6’4 218 FBS Sun Belt
OT Lanard Bonner Arkansas State 6’4 310 FBS Sun Belt
WR Ryan Davis Auburn 5’9 175 FBS SEC
ILB Deshaun Davis Auburn 5’11 246 FBS SEC
FB Chandler Cox Auburn 6’0 239 FBS SEC
DT Dontavius Russell Auburn 6’3 310 FBS SEC
OT Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn 6’6 307 FBS SEC
DT Ira Lewis Baylor 6’2 290 FBS Big 12
CB Tyler Horton Boise State 5’10 188 FBS MWC
ILB Tony Lashley Boise State 6’0 239 FBS MWC
QB Brett Rypien Boise State 6’2 208 FBS MWC
FS Lukas Denis Boston College 5’10 185 FBS ACC
OLB Connor Strachan Boston College 6’0 237 FBS ACC
OG Chris Lindstrom Boston College 6’3 305 FBS ACC
DE Zach Allen Boston College 6’4 285 FBS ACC
TE Tommy Sweeney Boston College 6’4 255 FBS ACC
OG Sam Schmal Boston College 6’7 310 FBS ACC
ILB Khalil Hodge Buffalo 6’1 235 FBS MAC
WR Anthony Johnson Buffalo 6’1 207 FBS MAC
DE Chuck Harris Buffalo 6’4 265 FBS MAC
QB Tanner Mangum BYU 6’3 223 FBS Independents
DE Corbin Kaufusi BYU 6’8 285 FBS Independents
WR Vic Wharton III California 5’10 210 FBS Pac-12
RB Patrick Laird California 5’11 200 FBS Pac-12
OT Patrick Mekari California 6’4 320 FBS Pac-12
FS Kyle Gibson Central Florida 5’11 182 FBS AAC
ILB Pat Jasinski Central Florida 6’0 233 FBS AAC
OG Wyatt Miller Central Florida 6’4 306 FBS AAC
WR Kyrion Parker Central Missouri 6’3 197 D2 MIAA
TE Seth Hebert Central Missouri 6’4 237 D2 MIAA
DT Marquise Copeland Cincinnati 6’3 290 FBS AAC
CB Mark Fields Clemson 5’10 180 FBS ACC
ILB Kendall Joseph Clemson 6’0 225 FBS ACC
QB Kelly Bryant Clemson 6’3 220 FBS ACC
DT Christian Wilkins Clemson 6’3 309 FBS ACC
C Justin Falcinelli Clemson 6’4 305 FBS ACC
DE Austin Bryant Clemson 6’4 265 FBS ACC
OT Mitch Hyatt Clemson 6’5 305 FBS ACC
WR Malcolm Williams Coastal Carolina 5’9 190 FBS Sun Belt
CB Darius Williams CSU-Pueblo 5’11 195 D2 RMAC
SS Nasir Adderley Delaware 6’0 197 FCS CAA
FS Jeremy McDuffie Duke 5’10 175 FBS ACC
OLB Ben Humphreys Duke 6’2 225 FBS ACC
TE Daniel Helm Duke 6’4 245 FBS ACC
WR Trevon Brown East Carolina 6’1 215 FBS AAC
DE Jeremiah Harris Eastern Michigan 6’5 255 FBS MAC
OT Oli Udoh Elon 6’6 337 FCS CAA
DE Cece Jefferson Florida 6’1 242 FBS SEC
OT Martez Ivey Florida 6’5 315 FBS SEC
CB Shelton Lewis Florida Atlantic 5’11 185 FBS C-USA
SS Jalen Young Florida Atlantic 5’11 185 FBS C-USA
ILB Azeez Al-Shaair Florida Atlantic 6’2 228 FBS C-USA
SS Kiy Hester Florida International 6’0 208 FBS C-USA
WR Nyqwan Murray Florida State 5’10 183 FBS ACC
FB Johnathan Vickers Florida State 6’1 239 FBS ACC
RB Jacques Patrick Florida State 6’2 234 FBS ACC
DT Demarcus Christmas Florida State 6’4 309 FBS ACC
C Alec Eberle Florida State 6’4 299 FBS ACC
CB Dylan Mabin Fordham 6’1 186 FCS Patriot League
TE Isaiah Searight Fordham 6’4 245 FCS Patriot League
SS Doyin Jibowu Fort Hays State 6’1 199 D2 MIAA
WR KeeSean Johnson Fresno State 6’1 198 FBS MWC
CB Deandre Baker Georgia 5’11 180 FBS SEC
WR Terry Godwin Georgia 5’11 185 FBS SEC
C Lamont Gaillard Georgia 6’2 301 FBS SEC
OLB D’Andre Walker Georgia 6’2 240 FBS SEC
DE Jonathan Ledbetter Georgia 6’4 277 FBS SEC
ILB Jahlani Tavai Hawaii 6’3 235 FBS MWC
SS Garrett Davis Houston 6’0 205 FBS AAC
CB Isaiah Johnson Houston 6’2 195 FBS AAC
C Will Noble Houston 6’4 297 FBS AAC
OG Nick Allegretti Illinois 6’4 326 FBS Big Ten
SS Jonathan Crawford Indiana 6’2 203 FBS Big Ten
C Nick Linder Indiana 6’3 300 FBS Big Ten
WR Nick Westbrook Indiana 6’3 210 FBS Big Ten
DE Parker Hesse Iowa 6’2 259 FBS Big Ten
CB Brian Peavy Iowa State 5’8 192 FBS Big 12
RB Marcus Marshall James Madison 5’9 207 FCS CAA
CB Rashad Robinson James Madison 5’10 182 FCS CAA
OLB Joe Dineen Jr. Kansas 6’2 230 FBS Big 12
DT Danny Wise Kansas 6’3 290 FBS Big 12
LS John Wirtel Kansas 6’3 234 FBS Big 12
OT Dalton Risner Kansas State 6’4 297 FBS Big 12
SS Mike Edwards Kentucky 6’0 200 FBS SEC
OLB Jordan Jones Kentucky 6’1 220 FBS SEC
CB Derrick Baity Kentucky 6’2 186 FBS SEC
CB Chris Westry Kentucky 6’3 195 FBS SEC
OLB Josh Allen Kentucky 6’5 230 FBS SEC
TE C.J. Conrad Kentucky 6’5 245 FBS SEC
WR Marcus Green Louisiana Monroe 5’8 191 FBS Sun Belt
WR Teddy Veal Louisiana Tech 6’0 189 FBS C-USA
OG O’Shea Dugas Louisiana Tech 6’4 339 FBS C-USA
DE Jaylon Ferguson Louisiana Tech 6’5 269 FBS C-USA
WR Jaylen Smith Louisville 6’3 219 FBS ACC
K Cole Tracy LSU 5’11 190 FBS SEC
OG Garrett Brumfield LSU 6’2 299 FBS SEC
TE Foster Moreau LSU 6’5 255 FBS SEC
WR Tyre Brady Marshall 6’3 208 FBS C-USA
DT Ryan Bee Marshall 6’6 280 FBS C-USA
RB Ty Johnson Maryland 5’9 208 FBS Big Ten
FS Darnell Savage Jr. Maryland 5’10 191 FBS Big Ten
OG Damian Prince Maryland 6’3 315 FBS Big Ten
OT Derwin Gray Maryland 6’5 330 FBS Big Ten
WR Andy Isabella Massachusetts 5’9 190 FBS Independents
RB Marquis Young Massachusetts 5’11 211 FBS Independents
SS Austin Hall Memphis 6’2 205 FBS AAC
OG Trevon Tate Memphis 6’4 290 FBS AAC
SS Jaquan Johnson Miami 5’11 190 FBS ACC
CB Michael Jackson Miami 6’1 200 FBS ACC
FS Sheldrick Redwine Miami 6’1 195 FBS ACC
C Tyler Curtis Gauthier Miami 6’4 305 FBS ACC
OT Tyree St. Louis Miami 6’5 305 FBS ACC
WR James Gardner Miami (Ohio) 6’3 216 FBS MAC
FS Tyree Kinnel Michigan 5’10 201 FBS Big Ten
DE Chase Winovich Michigan 6’3 253 FBS Big Ten
RB LJ Scott Michigan State 6’0 229 FBS Big Ten
WR Felton Davis III Michigan State 6’3 195 FBS Big Ten
OG David Beedle Michigan State 6’4 329 FBS Big Ten
OG Chandler Brewer Middle Tennessee State 6’6 320 FBS C-USA
RB Rodney Smith Minnesota 5’10 210 FBS Big Ten
OT Donnell Greene Minnesota 6’6 326 FBS Big Ten
K Casey Bednarski Minnesota State-Mankato 6’0 221 D2 NSIC
CB Ken Webster Mississippi 5’11 194 FBS SEC
WR DaMarkus Lodge Mississippi 6’1 199 FBS SEC
OG Javon Patterson Mississippi 6’2 314 FBS SEC
DE Victor Evans Mississippi 6’3 243 FBS SEC
SS Johnathan Abram Mississippi State 6’0 210 FBS SEC
RB Aeris Williams Mississippi State 6’0 217 FBS SEC
SS Mark McLaurin Mississippi State 6’2 215 FBS SEC
OG Deion Calhoun Mississippi State 6’3 315 FBS SEC
DE Gerri Green Mississippi State 6’3 250 FBS SEC
C Elgton Jenkins Mississippi State 6’4 315 FBS SEC
QB Nick Fitzgerald Mississippi State 6’4 230 FBS SEC
DE Montez Sweat Mississippi State 6’6 241 FBS SEC
OLB Terez Hall Missouri 6’1 235 FBS SEC
WR Emanuel Hall Missouri 6’1 196 FBS SEC
DT Terry Beckner Jr. Missouri 6’3 286 FBS SEC
QB Drew Lock Missouri 6’3 226 FBS SEC
OT Paul Adams Missouri 6’5 316 FBS SEC
TE Kendall Blanton Missouri 6’6 262 FBS SEC
OLB Josh Buss Montana 6’2 220 FCS Big Sky
WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Nebraska 6’0 194 FBS Big Ten
FS Dameon Baber Nevada 5’11 180 FBS MWC
LS Wes Farnsworth Nevada 6’0 230 FBS MWC
WR Damion JeanPiere Jr. Nicholls State 6’0 185 FCS Southland
OLB Cole Holcomb North Carolina 6’0 225 FBS ACC
DE Malik Carney North Carolina 6’2 235 FBS ACC
DT Jalen Dalton North Carolina 6’5 295 FBS ACC
WR Stephen Louis North Carolina State 6’1 217 FBS ACC
C Garrett McCain Bradbury North Carolina State 6’3 298 FBS ACC
OLB Germaine Pratt North Carolina State 6’3 241 FBS ACC
OG Tyler Jones North Carolina State 6’3 303 FBS ACC
P A.J. Cole III North Carolina State 6’3 230 FBS ACC
DE Darian Roseboro North Carolina State 6’3 287 FBS ACC
QB Ryan Finley North Carolina State 6’3 210 FBS ACC
CB Deion Harris North Dakota 6’2 200 FCS Big Sky
WR Emmanuel Butler Northern Arizona 6’3 220 FCS Big Sky
OT Max Scharping Northern Illinois 6’6 315 FBS MAC
CB Montre Hartage Northwestern 5’11 191 FBS Big Ten
OLB Nate Hall Northwestern 6’2 230 FBS Big Ten
OG Tommy Doles Northwestern 6’4 291 FBS Big Ten
QB Clayton Thorson Northwestern 6’4 227 FBS Big Ten
ILB Te’von Coney Notre Dame 6’1 231 FBS Independents
OLB Drue Tranquill Notre Dame 6’2 235 FBS Independents
OG Alex Bars Notre Dame 6’6 318 FBS Independents
DT Jerry Tillery Notre Dame 6’6 304 FBS Independents
WR Johnnie Dixon Ohio State 5’11 195 FBS Big Ten
WR Parris Campbell Ohio State 6’1 208 FBS Big Ten
OT Isaiah Prince Ohio State 6’6 310 FBS Big Ten
K Austin Seibert Oklahoma 5’10 214 FBS Big 12
OG Ben Powers Oklahoma 6’4 314 FBS Big 12
OG Dru Samia Oklahoma 6’5 297 FBS Big 12
OLB Justin Phillips Oklahoma State 6’0 228 FBS Big 12
DT Miles Fox Old Dominion 6’0 295 FBS C-USA
DE Oshane Ximines Old Dominion 6’4 252 FBS C-USA
FS Ugochukwu Amadi Oregon 5’9 199 FBS Pac-12
OLB Justin Hollins Oregon 6’5 237 FBS Pac-12
DE Jalen Jelks Oregon 6’5 246 FBS Pac-12
QB Trace McSorley Penn State 6’0 198 FBS Big Ten
CB Amani Oruwariye Penn State 6’1 204 FBS Big Ten
FB George Aston Pittsburgh 6’0 245 FBS ACC
OLB Oluwaseun Idowu Pittsburgh 6’0 225 FBS ACC
OT Alex Bookser Pittsburgh 6’5 315 FBS ACC
WR Jesper Horsted Princeton 6’3 225 FCS Ivy League
FS Saquan Hampton Rutgers 6’0 207 FBS Big Ten
CB Blessuan Austin Rutgers 6’1 195 FBS Big Ten
OLB Trevor Morris Rutgers 6’1 232 FBS Big Ten
OT Tariq Cole Rutgers 6’5 320 FBS Big Ten
WR Andre Lindsey Sacramento State 6’2 190 FCS Big Sky
WR Davion Davis Sam Houston State 5’11 175 FCS Southland
DE Ahmad Gooden Samford 6’1 240 FCS SoCon
OT Trey Pipkins Sioux Falls (SD) 6’6 310 D2 NSIC
WR Deebo Samuel South Carolina 6’0 215 FBS SEC
TE Jake August South Carolina 6’5 258 FBS SEC
OG Zack Bailey South Carolina 6’6 311 FBS SEC
WR Tyre McCants South Florida 5’11 235 FBS AAC
CB Iman Marshall Southern California 6’0 205 FBS Pac-12
FS Marvell Tell III Southern California 6’2 195 FBS Pac-12
ILB Cameron Smith Southern California 6’2 250 FBS Pac-12
C Toa Lobendahn Southern California 6’2 290 FBS Pac-12
TE Tyler Petite Southern California 6’4 250 FBS Pac-12
OLB Porter Gustin Southern California 6’5 255 FBS Pac-12
OG Chris Brown Southern California 6’5 310 FBS Pac-12
CB Jordan Wyatt Southern Methodist 5’11 195 FBS AAC
RB Bryce Love Stanford 5’9 191 FBS Pac-12
CB Alijah Holder Stanford 6’1 191 FBS Pac-12
P Jake Bailey Stanford 6’1 193 FBS Pac-12
WR Trenton Irwin Stanford 6’2 205 FBS Pac-12
ILB Bobby Okereke Stanford 6’3 234 FBS Pac-12
C Jesse Burkett Stanford 6’4 304 FBS Pac-12
OT A.T. Hall Stanford 6’5 297 FBS Pac-12
QB Eric Dungey Syracuse 6’3 228 FBS ACC
OT Koda Martin Syracuse 6’6 310 FBS ACC
ILB Jawuan Johnson TCU 6’0 218 FBS Big 12
ILB Ty Summers TCU 6’2 242 FBS Big 12
DE Ben Banogu TCU 6’3 245 FBS Big 12
SS Delvon Randall Temple 5’11 213 FBS AAC
CB Rock Ya-Sin Temple 6’0 188 FBS AAC
FS Micah Abernathy Tennessee 5’11 203 FBS SEC
WR Jauan Jennings Tennessee 6’3 205 FBS SEC
RB Tre Watson Texas 5’9 203 FBS Big 12
CB Kris Boyd Texas 6’0 200 FBS Big 12
DE Breckyn Hager Texas 6’3 245 FBS Big 12
DE Charles Omenihu Texas 6’6 280 FBS Big 12
DE Landis Durham Texas A&M 6’3 255 FBS SEC
ILB Otaro Alaka Texas A&M 6’3 240 FBS SEC
DT Kingsley Keke Texas A&M 6’3 305 FBS SEC
FS Jah’Shawn Johnson Texas Tech 5’10 185 FBS Big 12
OLB Dakota Allen Texas Tech 6’1 235 FBS Big 12
WR Charles Holland Tiffin (OH) 6’2 214 D2 GLIAC
WR Cody Thompson Toledo 6’2 206 FBS MAC
CB Blace Brown Troy 5’11 186 FBS Sun Belt
CB Donnie Lewis Jr. Tulane 6’1 190 FBS AAC
C Chandler Miller Tulsa 6’3 293 FBS AAC
WR Justin Hobbs Tulsa 6’3 218 FBS AAC
OG Tyler Bowling Tulsa 6’5 325 FBS AAC
WR Keelan Doss UC Davis 6’3 206 FCS Big Sky
CB Nate Meadors UCLA 5’11 195 FBS Pac-12
RB Lexington Thomas UNLV 5’9 170 FBS MWC
K Matt Gay Utah 6’0 220 FBS Pac-12
P Mitch Wishnowsky Utah 6’2 220 FBS Pac-12
OLB Chase Hansen Utah 6’2 220 FBS Pac-12
FB Winston Dimel UTEP 6’1 235 FBS C-USA
FS LaDarius Wiley Vanderbilt 6’0 205 FBS SEC
OLB Charles Wright Vanderbilt 6’3 240 FBS SEC
FS Rob Rolle Villanova 6’2 190 FCS CAA
OT Ethan Greenidge Villanova 6’5 337 FCS CAA
WR Olamide Zaccheaus Virginia 5’8 190 FBS ACC
SS Juan Thornhill Virginia 6’0 200 FBS ACC
OLB Chris Peace Virginia 6’2 245 FBS ACC
SS Mook Reynolds Virginia Tech 6’0 191 FBS ACC
DT Ricky Walker Virginia Tech 6’1 300 FBS ACC
OT Yosuah Nijman Virginia Tech 6’7 320 FBS ACC
DT Zeek Rodney Wake Forest 6’0 305 FBS ACC
C Ryan Anderson Wake Forest 6’5 305 FBS ACC
CB Corey Ballentine Washburn 5’11 182 D2 MIAA
RB Myles Gaskin Washington 5’9 191 FBS Pac-12
ILB Ben Burr-Kirven Washington 6’0 222 FBS Pac-12
CB Jordan Miller Washington 6’0 184 FBS Pac-12
SS JoJo McIntosh Washington 6’1 219 FBS Pac-12
DT Greg Gaines Washington 6’1 322 FBS Pac-12
ILB Tevis Bartlett Washington 6’2 234 FBS Pac-12
QB Jake Browning Washington 6’2 210 FBS Pac-12
TE Drew Sample Washington 6’5 259 FBS Pac-12
OT Kaleb McGary Washington 6’7 318 FBS Pac-12
OT Trey Adams Washington 6’8 331 FBS Pac-12
OT Andre Dillard Washington State 6’5 306 FBS Pac-12
SS Dravon Askew-Henry West Virginia 5’11 200 FBS Big 12
WR Gary Jennings West Virginia 6’0 210 FBS Big 12
QB Will Grier West Virginia 6’1 214 FBS Big 12
WR David Sills V West Virginia 6’3 203 FBS Big 12
OT Yodny Cajuste West Virginia 6’5 308 FBS Big 12
DT Khalen Saunders Western Illinois 6’0 318 FCS MVFC
C John Keenoy Western Michigan 6’3 300 FBS MAC
SS D’Cota Dixon Wisconsin 5’10 206 FBS Big Ten
ILB T.J. Edwards Wisconsin 6’0 247 FBS Big Ten
DT Olive Sagapolu Wisconsin 6’2 341 FBS Big Ten
ILB Ryan Connelly Wisconsin 6’3 237 FBS Big Ten
OLB Andrew Van Ginkel Wisconsin 6’4 229 FBS Big Ten
OG Michael Deiter Wisconsin 6’5 322 FBS Big Ten
OG Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin 6’6 323 FBS Big Ten
SS Andrew Wingard Wyoming 6’0 210 FBS MWC
DE Carl Granderson Wyoming 6’4 255 FBS MWC


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U.S. Special Olympics Ceremony Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:52:01 +0000 Seattle, WA- Sunday was the start to the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Special Olympics. There were a lot of people in attendants cheering on the athletes that will be competing in the games. The theme for the ceremony was unity. “Unity is something special, great, and inspiring. All of America can see this displayed in these athletes. It takes strength and what they are doing in life, as well as competing is inspiring,” said Gary Payton.

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Many stars were in the building, such as Mark Henry, Stephanie McMahon, Gary Payton, and many more. “To be out here celebrating these wonderful people is amazing. They have inspired so many people and it is such a great cause. I know they have worked hard to come out here and compete,” said Stephanie McMahon.

Many athletes have come from different states to show the world that they too are ready to be noticed and that they are regular people that love sports. This marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Special Olympics and it was pretty special. There were concerts, inspiring messages, and just people rooting for their states.

The week will start with different events and it is free to the public.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants everyone to know that these athletes represent the diversity, adversity, and hope of Americans around the world. “Your Courage, your spirit, and the pursuit of passion are truly inspiring. We can not wait to watch all of your hard work and training come together as you compete this week, but the Special Olympics is much more than sports and competition. It is a model for building a more inclusive world. A world where everyone is celebrated for their unique abilities.”

If you want to follow the games in-depth ESPN will be covering the games the entire week. You can see live action on ESPN 3.


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Damien D. Smith: Lights, Camera, Action Sat, 30 Jun 2018 17:38:57 +0000 Seattle, WA- Multi Award-Winning Filmmaker Damien D. Smith has stood his ground with bringing awareness to issues that are happening in the black community. He uses film to highlight the good, the bad, and the process of improving communities. “I like to shed light on what is happening in the black community. There are a lot of things that need to be heard such as education, suicide rates, insecurities, and many more issues that some people try to hide under a rug. I use my talents to let people know that they can talk about these issues.”

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As a director, there are so many challenging obstacles that they have to overcome. Directors have to have a team that shares the same vision as you. Directors have to understand that you have to work close to perfection, and have to think about how they want to convey their message to the public. Those qualities have been the ingredients for Damien’s success. “You have to have a vision for what you want to do. It starts out with a blueprint and how that director wants viewers to see his work. You also have to have like-minded individuals that can see your vision as well.”

Recently, Damien won the Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack Reel to Reel and he was very optimistic and grateful that his hard work was recognized. His film Daddy’s Big Girl was the film that won. Daddy’s Big Girl tells a story about a dad preparing his young daughter to adjust to a life with less of him in it. Smith directed the film and it was written by Latham Ford.

Real to Reel is a collaboration between the Gentleman Jack and Codeblack Entertainment that helps to uplift the next wave of Black film creatives and showcase their work to local and national audiences. “It was such an honor to be recognized for all of my hard work. It took me to another world that people were recognizing my talents and the feeling is hard to explain. I am grateful for the opportunity to be recognized, but that does not stop me from wanting more or doing more for myself, family, and my community.”

Damien has talked about bridging the gaps of America by loving each other and talking about issues that need to be talked about more such as racism, sexism, and even the injustice in this country. Some people have been uncomfortable with these types of conversations, but in order for America to be progressive, those are the topics that Americans needs to hear. “You have to understand that in order for growth in all communities, we have to take a stand on these issues that are going on, from sexual harassment to racism, as well as women equality. We have to tackle these types of issues because these issues are dividing the country up. We have to accept people for who they are and just love them for who they are.”


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Nello Petrucci; Recognizing Creativity Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:22:33 +0000 New York-Creative artist Nello Petrucci puts a lot of thought process with bringing the house down with his captivating paintings. He strives to put a sense of reality into his pieces. Just a few weeks ago, he presented his new art collection at a gala event called “From Italy with love.” The collection was called From Italy with love because it was something that everyone could relate to and enjoy “It was an idea by the curator and I want to keep the artwork exposed for all to enjoy,” said Petrucci.

Finishing a masterpiece or starting a painting takes time, effort, dedication, and a sense of direction. At times even the great artist such as Leonardo da Vinci struggled to find the creative juices flowing or a painting would take up a lot of time, but after it was finished the world was captivated with the message it had captured. Petrucci had to overcome the ding of hitting the trying to find the right messages or the struggles to figure out what he wanted to paint, but it only pushed him to become better. 

“Often times, they are inner voices that push me harder and harder… but they leave space for a great opportunity so I always welcome them. At times life does not go as you may want it to and we resign ourselves to do nothing or find the way to change and move forward. Taking advantage of this moment is an opportunity to talk and get through a difficult situation.”

Petrucci was discovered by Contemply and it has been a great relationship with both sides of the business. “Contemply is a company who represents Italian artists. They organize events and expositions and they give the artists the opportunity to join expositions worldwide like ArtExpo, ArtBasel, to name a few.  I have met Gianni Boccia many years ago through a mutual friend. When he started Contemply he contacted me and he started as my agent. That worked out really well! We trust each other completely and because of that, we are both good friends and excellent partners in business. Our relationship allows me to focus on what I do best, which is creating.”

In his spare time, Petrucci likes to motivate artist, who have not found their inspiration or struggle to finish a painting. “Pursue your creativity with integrity and when the wind comes in your favor,  you have to take it all in.”

Love, peace, and life is something that Petrucci has exhibited in his paintings and he feels very strongly that these characteristics are the way of living. “They are the three most beautiful words in the world! Love is the thrust of life: the most impregnable characters in the name of love, you would change cities, you would strip off your belongings and you would do things that are truly unimaginable. Peace is that goal that everyone would like to arrive to find themselves at that moment when you are not comfortable with the world and you are not at peace with yourself, nor the world! Life is wonderful!  It’s really an incredible thing. The living is a fantastic thing … and I think it is always dictated by something bigger.”

Petrucci has other projects in store, but in September he has an exhibition in Pompeii, Italy. He is very excited about the project and explained why this meant a lot to him. “The mysteries of great beauty, a very important exhibition, which I care a lot about and where I have the pleasure of exhibiting my work in a unique setting, inside the excavations of Pompeii.”

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The Chosen Sun. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:32:19 +0000 If you haven’t heard yet, the Phoenix Suns will be selecting number one overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft. For the Phoenix Suns despite being one of the oldest teams in the league, 50 years, this will be their first time selecting number one overall. This is unfamiliar waters for the Suns, but with a veteran General Manager like Ryan Mcdonough – who always seems to ace the draft- the Phoenix Suns seem to have all they need to make the correct decision. So, who will be this year’s Chosen Sun?


The Favorite Pick:

Deandre Ayton: 7′ 1″ 260LBS Center, University of Arizona

Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 1.9 BPG

NBA Comparisons: Shawn Kemp, David Robinson

-       It would be very tough for the Suns to pass up on a player with the capabilities of Ayton. The Former Wildcat’s abilities can be summed up in a single sentence. Experts claim that Deandre Ayton is “David Robinson with a jump shot”. The only knock on Ayton’s abilities is his defensive effort. However, this may be overblown, what many casual fans may not remember is Ayton played in a Wildcat defense that had 2, 7-foot players and Ayton wasn’t asked to be a defensive anchor. The Potential of Ayton is through the roof and his “bust potential” is very low. Not only is this the best pick but it’s the safest.

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Ayton with the University of Arizona.

The Underdog Pick:

Luka Doncic: 6′ 6″ 220 LBS Guard, Real Madrid

Stats (All competitions): 14.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.6 APG

NBA Comparisons: Manu Ginobili

-       LukaDoncic is the consciences number 2 player in the draft behind Ayton to most people. Doncic is a 19-year old Euroleague player that made a splash very quickly as the youngest player to ever win the MVP and lead his team to a championship title. Doncic is doing things that no NBA player has done overseas which makes him a hot commodity to many NBA teams. In my opinion, the biggest knock on Luka is his leadership and defensive abilities. There has been many reports that players don’t like playing with Luka overseas which can cause locker room trouble here in the NBA. Also, if you combine the backcourt of Devin Booker and Luka Doncic it’s clear that those two will give up a lot of easy buckets defensively. For those two reasons I have Doncic behind Ayton.


Doncic in Real Madrid.


The Unpopular pick:

Marvin Bagley III: 6′ 11″ 235 LBS Forward, Duke University

Stats: Stats: 21.2 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 61.4% FG

NBA Comparisons: Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh

-       The Arizona Native seems to be flying under the radar and for no good reason. He by far had the best NCAA Tournament out of all the top prospects and for some reason he isn’t getting the same amount of love as others. Marvin Bagley isn’t really a flashy pop-off-your-television-screen type athlete. Having said that, he does most everything exceptionally well including scoring and playmaking. The potential for a player like Marvin Bagley is through the roof. However, he’s not the most NBA ready prospect, which means wherever he gets drafted he probably won’t start right away, but with enough coaching the ceiling for Bagley could be the highest.


Bagley at the University of Duke.

The Diamond in the Rough Pick:

Michael Porter Jr. 6′ 11″ 210 LBS Forward, Missouri University

Stats: 10.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 33% FG (3 Games)

NBA Comparisons: Harrison Barnes, Kevin Durant, Joe Johnson

-       Michael Porter Jr. had an unusual one-and-done college experience where coming out of college he was one of the most coveted recruits but only played three games due to injury. Porter is one of my favorite players in the draft and although I know it’s very unlikely he would go number one to the Phoenix Suns the potential and scoring ability of Porter is undeniable. The single biggest question mark on Porter is his play, he only played 3 games in college therefore there’s not much film on him. And so it’s hard for an NBA General Manager to know what they have in him. Personally, I think MPJ will fall in this draft and whoever is lucky enough to have him fall into their collective laps will be likely very pleased with what they end up with.


Porter JR. as a member of the University of Missouri.



The Phoenix Suns have a lot to consider when it comes to the draft, it’s time they got a good pick and were able to convert it to wins during the season. The Suns have to get this pick correct, and with their first overall pick ever in the NBA Draft I believe the Suns should draft Deandre Ayton.  After all, with so much potential and based on the fact that he wants to be here Deandre would be very tough for the Suns to pass up. Tune in tomorrow on ESPN at 7pm EST to see who the chosen sun will be.

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Tamera Young; Empowering Women on and off the Court Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:09:21 +0000 Seattle, WA- Vegas Aces’ SF Tamera Young has impacted women on and off the court with her empowering words of encouragement, determination, skill, and leadership ability. Leadership has always been Young’s strong point during her WNBA career, as well as in everyday life. You can see her encouraging her team if they make a mistake or if they lose a game. Leadership builds confidence in individuals and that is what Young brings to the game, as well as helping her community out. There are a lot of people that look up to her as a role model.



“It is a great feeling that people look up to me. With everything going on in the world, we need to come together and encourage each other to be a better individual daily, In order to be successful and have a successful team, world, friendship, and community, you have to build people. Also, lead by example. Lead by helping others and supporting them. Be kind and again just encourage them to do what is best for them.”

Young has hurdled many obstacles in her life by not having many financial resources growing up, her mother being a single mother after her parents divorced, and dealing with her fathers’ death, but she always kept a positive attitude during her trials. Playing basketball helped her through the obstacles and she fell in love over and over with her passion. “Basketball molded me into the woman that I am today, because it gave me a lot of confidence, taught me to become a team player, and showed me that I can not rush the process. As a team, you have to count on each other, encourage each other, and uplift each other. The bonding, life lessions, and going through the process with your team is what basketball is all about.”

With the Aces struggling this season with a record of 3-8, Young is very optimistic that things will improve throughout the season. “We are very young and it will take some time to get our chemistry down pact. We need to cut down on the turnovers, but overall we have some great talent on our team. We just have to find out what works for us.”

Inspiring people is what Young loves to do when she is not playing basketball or doing positive events for the community. She leaves the words for anyone that is chasing a dream. “Never give up. Take the risks, follow the process, and never allow anyone to stand in your way. For ladies, never let any male tell you, you can’t do something. Work hard, be determined, and never sell yourself short.”

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Torry Holts: Guidance to a Successful Rookie Season Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:10:39 +0000 200px-Torry-Holt-Rams-vs-Jets-Nov-9-08

During the NFL Rookie Premiere, former player Torry Holt gave his insight on how to overcome your rookie season with success. Holt was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round as the sixth overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft. Holt had an impressive rookie season recording 53 receptions, 788 total yards, six touchdowns. He even scored a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV where he earned his super bowl ring. Adding to an impressive career, he is still the only receiver in NFL history to record 1,300 or more yards in six consecutive seasons. Holt was also voted to play in seven Pro Bowls. He earned numerous awards during his career.

He spent his first ten years with the Rams and after being being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots. Holt then retired with his first team the St. Louis Rams in 2012 after signing a ceremonial contract. And is remembered as one of the members of the “Greatest Show on Turf”.

When giving his speech to the rookies Holt gave advice about transitioning to the NFL but getting them to know the business side of the game also. Holt explained “if you don’t care of the game, you don’t take care of your business and be a professional then your career can be very short.” The game is already short term but without following protocol it can become shorter. Holt says the main points on getting through the rookie season were to, “be a pro, be serious about your work, be on time to every film session ready to study your opponent, practice, be respectful to the veterans, and most importantly treat the game with respect and enjoy the privilege of this job.” Holt adds  “A lot of these guys this is their dream, and so now their dream has come true, so now they have to do the most of going out and making it work.”

Holt has been recognized around the league for being a hard worker, and being idolized for his work ethic. Holt says “Work ethic is the key, anybody in the National Football League is good, everybody in the National Football League has the talent,but you separate yourself with how you work. The type of work that you do, the type of time that you put in of the National Football League.”

According to Holt “The game is a very detailed game, fast paced game, so your work ethic is key. The work you put in the film room understanding and studying your opponent, and the work that you put out on the field, and in the training room as well the weight room is very critical as well. Work ethic is huge, but staying consistent with your work, you know not working one day and taking one day off, working every single day to try to improve your craft. So I would say to guys, stay focused on your craft, put the work into your craft, and then you will see the results.”

At this point many rookies come into the league with a sense of entitlement a lot of times. Holt talked about some of the things he did to overcome this sense of entitlement. Holt says “I was fortunate enough when I came into the National Football League I had Isaac Bruce, Ricky Proehl, and veteran guys in front of me to show me how to be a pro every single day. It’s vital for rookies when they come in that they have someone like that in place some veteran in place that knows the game and knows how to go and approach the game.”

You need to know how to show respect being this is your first year in the NFL. Find someone that can be a mentor for you is key. The quicker you can find a mentor, the quicker it will help your transition from college to the NFL. Holt’s steps include but ” just the respect level, you need to show respect this is your first year in the National Football League, you don’t know anything about the league, you haven’t done anything yet, what you did in college is behind you, so you want to show respect pay homage to the veteran guys and then find someone that can be a mentor. Someone you can latch onto, pick their brains, ask questions, someone you can study, be around everyday find that mentor as quick as you can.”

By following the advice and guidance given by Torry Holt stated above, players can have longevity in this business and can also make it through a successful rookie season.

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Anfernee Simons: It is my time Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:35:21 +0000 Seattle, WA- NBA prospect Anfernee Simons is a recent high school graduate that skipped college and went straight to the NBA Draft. Simons’ numbers in high school were off the charts. When he attended Edgewater High School, as a sophomore he averaged 17.8 points, 4.6, assists, 2.4 rebounds, and at least a steal a game. His senior year he ripped opened the stats book. He averaged 23.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.8 steals a game.

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Simons thinks it is time to rip the band-aid off, skip college, and get drafted to an NBA team. “I have prayed and talked with my family about the decision and we both decided that this was the right decision. I mean why not now. I have worked hard at my craft and I think it is my time to go out there and make it happen.”

Simons has been a leader on and off the court. Many individuals in his community look up to him as a role model and a person that can encourage and inspire the youth today with his determination and mindset. “It is very humbling that people look up to me. It makes me grounded, focused, and determined to show individuals everywhere that they too can reach their goals and dreams. It starts with a positive support system and a will of not giving up.”

Basketball has been apart of Simons’ life since he was little and it has molded him into the person that he is today. “Basketball taught me the values of competition and working towards more. It taught me to be a leader and how to be a leader when things do not go the way that you expect them. You learn a lot of life lessions playing basketball and it has helped me grow into the man that I am today.”

A Couple weeks ago Simons had a practice with the Lakers and scouts loved him. The scouts that attended the practice said they like Simons’ footwork, his ability to shoot mid-range at a high percentage and beyond the arc, and his energy on the defensive end. When asked about the opportunities that he had with this iconic organization he simply said, “That it was a dream come true.”

As the NBA Draft approaches in less than a week, it will be very intriguing to see what team could pick up Simons and how he will fit into the system.


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Early 2019 NFL Draft Top 125 Seniors Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:12:27 +0000 Early 2019 NFL Draft Top 125 Seniors


Below is a look at our early top 125 seniors heading into the season.


Headlining our list is Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins followed by Missouri passer Drew Lock and Miami Hurricane safety Jaquan Johnson.


We have two quarterbacks in our top 15, five defensive linemen in the top 13, and our top rated small schooler is UC Davis receiver Keelan Doss.


There are three non FBS players in the top 125, led by previously mentioned Doss, Washburn defensive back Corey Ballentine, and Delaware S Nasir Adderley.


Below is our complete top 125 senior prospects.


Rank Pos First Name Last Name School HT WT Projection
1 DT Christian Wilkins Clemson 6’4 300 1st
2 QB Drew Lock Missouri 6’4 225 1st
3 SS Jaquan Johnson Miami 5’11 190 1st
4 DE Zach Allen Boston College 6’4 285 1st
5 CB Deandre Baker Georgia 5’11 180 1st-2nd
6 DE Montez Sweat Mississippi State 6’6 241 1st-2nd
7 CB Michael Jackson Miami 6’1 200 1st-2nd
8 RB Damien Harris Alabama 5’11 212 1st-2nd
9 DE Carl Granderson Wyoming 6’4 255 1st-2nd
10 OT Trey Adams Washington 6’8 331 2nd
11 QB Clayton Thorson Northwestern 6’4 220 2nd
12 ILB T.J. Edwards Wisconsin 6’1 248 2nd
13 DE Austin Bryant Clemson 6’4 265 2nd
14 RB Bryce Love Stanford 5’9 191 2nd
15 WR David Sills V West Virginia 6’3 203 2nd
16 OT Michael Deiter Wisconsin 6’5 321 2nd
17 CB Amani Oruwariye Penn State 6’1 204 2nd
18 OG Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin 6’5 322 2nd-3rd
19 WR Deebo Samuel South Carolina 6’0 215 2nd-3rd
20 FS Marvell Tell III Southern California 6’2 195 2nd-3rd
21 C Dalton Risner Kansas State 6’5 300 2nd-3rd
22 OG Ross Pierschbacher Alabama 6’4 303 2nd-3rd
23 OT Martez Ivey Florida 6’5 315 2nd-3rd
24 ILB Cameron Smith Southern California 6’2 250 2nd-3rd
25 DT Jerry Tillery Notre Dame 6’6 306 2nd-3rd
26 OT Mitch Hyatt Clemson 6’5 305 2nd-3rd
27 OT Max Scharping Northern Illinois 6’5 320 2nd-3rd
28 OLB Josh Allen Kentucky 6’5 230 2nd-3rd
29 ILB Dakota Allen Texas Tech 6’1 235 3rd
30 DE Charles Omenihu Texas 6’6 280 3rd
31 QB Will Grier West Virginia 6’1 214 3rd
32 DE Chase Winovich Michigan 6’3 253 3rd
33 WR Anthony Johnson Buffalo 6’1 207 3rd
34 ILB Joe Dineen Jr. Kansas 6’1 230 3rd
35 CB Iman Marshall Southern California 6’0 205 3rd
36 DE Jalen Jelks Oregon 6’5 246 3rd
37 WR Parris Campbell Ohio State 6’1 208 3rd
38 QB Ryan Finley North Carolina State 6’3 210 3rd-4th
39 RB Myles Gaskin Washington 5’9 191 3rd-4th
40 DE Cece Jefferson Florida 6’1 242 3rd-4th
41 OT Kaleb McGary Washington 6’7 318 3rd-4th
42 FS Lukas Denis Boston College 5’10 185 3rd-4th
43 QB Nick Fitzgerald Mississippi State 6’4 230 3rd-4th
44 CB Blessuan Austin Rutgers 6’1 195 4th
45 ILB Khalil Hodge Buffalo 6’1 235 4th
46 DE Corbin Kaufusi BYU 6’8 285 4th
47 WR Keelan Doss UC Davis 6’3 206 4th
48 FS Jalen Young Florida Atlantic 5’11 185 4th
49 OLB Te’von Coney Notre Dame 6’1 240 4th
50 OG Ben Powers Oklahoma 6’4 310 4th
51 ILB Kendall Joseph Clemson 6’0 225 4th
52 CB Corey Ballentine Washburn 5’11 204 4th
53 OG Lester Cotton Alabama 6’4 324 4th
54 DT Olive Sagapolu Wisconsin 6’1 338 4th
55 WR Terry Godwin Georgia 5’11 185 4th
56 OT Tyler Jones North Carolina State 6’3 300 4th
57 OLB D’Andre Walker Georgia 6’2 240 4th-5th
58 SS D’Cota Dixon Wisconsin 5’10 200 4th-5th
59 DT Dontavius Russell Auburn 6’3 310 4th-5th
60 QB Jake Browning Washington 6’2 210 4th-5th
61 OT Isaiah Prince Ohio State 6’6 310 4th-5th
62 DT Terry Beckner Jr. Missouri 6’3 305 4th-5th
63 DE Oshane Ximines Old Dominion 6’2 247 4th-5th
64 WR Jaylen Smith Louisville 6’3 219 4th-5th
65 DE Ben Banogu TCU 6’3 245 4th-5th
66 OLB Germaine Pratt North Carolina State 6’2 235 4th-5th
67 DT Jalen Dalton North Carolina 6’5 295 4th-5th
68 DT Greg Gaines Washington 6’1 322 5th
69 DT Danny Wise Kansas 6’3 290 5th
70 C Garrett McCain Bradbury North Carolina State 6’3 298 5th
71 DT Ricky Walker Virginia Tech 6’1 300 5th
72 FS Saquan Hampton Rutgers 6’0 207 5th
73 OG Alex Bars Notre Dame 6’6 312 5th
74 WR Emanuel Hall Missouri 6’3 200 5th
75 OLB Porter Gustin Southern California 6’5 255 5th
76 OG Garrett Brumfield LSU 6’2 299 5th
77 DE Jaylon Ferguson Louisiana Tech 6’5 269 5th
78 ILB Jahlani Tavai Hawaii 6’3 235 5th
79 RB Jacques Patrick Florida State 6’2 234 5th
80 DE Landis Durham Texas A&M 6’3 255 5th
81 WR Gary Jennings West Virginia 6’0 210 5th
82 OLB Charles Wright Vanderbilt 6’3 240 5th
83 OT Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn 6’6 307 5th
84 SS Mark McLaurin Mississippi State 6’2 215 5th-6th
85 TE Foster Moreau LSU 6’5 255 5th-6th
86 QB Trace McSorley Penn State 6’0 198 5th-6th
87 WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Nebraska 6’0 195 5th-6th
88 OLB Drue Tranquill Notre Dame 6’1 231 5th-6th
89 SS Nasir Adderley Delaware 6’0 190 5th-6th
90 SS Andrew Wingard Wyoming 6’0 210 5th-6th
91 DE Victor Evans Mississippi 6’3 243 5th-6th
92 ILB Ryan Connelly Wisconsin 6’2 236 5th-6th
93 FS Tyree Kinnel Michigan 5’10 201 5th-6th
94 DE Jonathan Ledbetter Georgia 6’4 277 5th-6th
95 OLB Dre Greenlaw Arkansas 6’0 229 5th-6th
96 OT Derwin Gray Maryland 6’5 330 5th-6th
97 OLB Justin Hollins Oregon 6’5 237 5th-6th
98 OLB Nate Hall Northwestern 6’2 230 5th-6th
99 FS Jeremy McDuffie Duke 5’10 175 5th-6th
100 TE C.J. Conrad Kentucky 6’5 245 5th-6th
101 C Justin Falcinelli Clemson 6’4 305 5th-6th
102 OT Paul Adams Missouri 6’5 315 5th-6th
103 CB Blace Brown Troy 5’11 186 5th-6th
104 SS Mike Edwards Kentucky 6’0 200 5th-6th
105 OG Dru Samia Oklahoma 6’4 302 6th
106 FS Kyle Gibson Central Florida 5’11 182 6th
107 ILB Otaro Alaka Texas A&M 6’3 240 6th
108 TE Tommy Sweeney Boston College 6’4 255 6th
109 DE Isaiah Buggs Alabama 6’5 293 6th
110 QB Eric Dungey Syracuse 6’3 228 6th
111 C Alec Eberle Florida State 6’4 299 6th
112 CB Kris Boyd Texas 6’0 200 6th
113 OLB Ulysees Gilbert III Akron 6’1 225 6th
114 C Toa Lobendahn Southern California 6’2 290 6th
115 OG Hjalte Froholdt Arkansas 6’3 311 6th
116 OLB Gerri Green Mississippi State 6’3 250 6th
117 OG Damian Prince Maryland 6’3 315 6th-7th
118 P Jake Bailey Stanford 6’1 193 6th-7th
119 CB Derrick Baity Kentucky 6’2 186 6th-7th
120 OT Yodny Cajuste West Virginia 6’5 308 6th-7th
121 WR Trevon Brown East Carolina 6’2 211 6th-7th
122 RB Jalin Moore Appalachian State 5’11 205 6th-7th
123 OG O’Shea Dugas Louisiana Tech 6’4 339 6th-7th
124 OLB Chris Peace Virginia 6’2 245 6th-7th
125 CB Donnie Lewis Jr. Tulane 6’1 190 6th-7th
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Tanjareen Thomas: Why not me Sat, 09 Jun 2018 20:35:25 +0000 thumbnail (8)Seattle, WA- Actress Tanjareen Thomas has been a phenomenal, dedicated, hardworking woman in the field, but she had to endure a lot of obstacles in order to make it t where she needed to be. At a young age, Tanjareen decided she wanted to become an actress after being in a school play. “I was six years old and I was in this play called  The Gingerbread Man and I just loved it. I loved how I could control the audience and at the moment I decided that I wanted to be an actress.”


Being an actor or actress is a ton of hard work, being rejected from different roles, and a lot of acting classes. In this field, you have to have a backbone and have faith that everything will piece itself together. Tarjareen has dealt with certain obstacles to dealing with her appearance, but after knowing who she was and her purpose in life, she overcame that obstacle. “At first I was insecure about my appearance and how I look to certain people, but after finding my purpose and worth, I really starting to focus solely on that. In this field, you see a lot of people that will get gigs based solely on their looks and at times it makes you doubt yourself, but if you are patient and know who you are, everything will work out fine.”

Outside of acting Tanjareen is very active in her community with the My Friend’s House Foundation, which helps out the homeless, gives people inspiration, and helps them with their daily lives. “I have been helping out this foundation for nine years and it has brought so much pleasure to me. I love helping people out and it’s something that I hold to my heart.”

Tarjareen has had roles in Johnson Family Vacation, Love For Sale, and Miss March, but she wants to do more with booking a role with a hit series. “My goal this year is to keep working hard and securing roles in a hit series. Who would not want that? I have been working hard day in and day out, so that is something that I am striving for. My hard work will pay off very soon.” Improvement is always good, so I am improving as an actress daily. ”

Dreams are meant to be achieved, but sometimes it takes patience, headache, and tears to overcome adversity, but Tanjareen has always been positive throughout her life. “You just have to love what you do and just go for it. Take the risks, because the reward is everlasting.:

Tarjeen has impacted the community, as well as her field. Her strength, dignity, and encouragement have propelled her to be a force as an actress.



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Jodi Woodruff: Free Agency in Pro Football Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:09:16 +0000 Seattle, WA- Jodi Woodruff published a book called Free Agency in Pro Football that talks about how the agency effects players, teams, as well as the financial background. Woodruff wanted to share her insight, because players, as well as teams, need to understand the process, statistics, and logic that is ignored at times by the general public. “I was intrigued by free agency because I studied some cases as a lawyer, which caught my attention. It is about marketing yourself to the highest level. Some players that are in free agency do not understand their value and end up taking a deal that is less than what they are worth. My book tells players how to market themselves to achieve what they want.”


Jodi has enjoyed watching football when she can because she is a busy woman, but she states that football has meaning behind everything.”When I was little football in our house meant bonding together, and that is what I see when I watch football. Different cultures coming together to play something that they are passionate about.”

When asked about the new rule for silently protesting the Nation Atheme, Jodi simply stated, “It is not a big deal. You can not force someone to agree with everything. People have different beliefs, so why make such a big s about people who are kneeling. They are not hurting anybody and honestly, maybe this topic of injustice needs to be talked about a little more.”

Jodi has conducted 20 labor relations negotiations and has done extensive research on the ins and outs of Free Agency and finds out that a lot of people do not know what is going on behind the scenes.  “I mean it is a lot of researching, but very interesting information that I can use to help others that do not know much about Free Agency. There is a lot of knowledge that players need to have before going after a deal. I am here to help them and give them advice.”

Jodi enjoys helping people market themselves to excel and whatever objective that they have in mind. Her book Fre Agency in Pro Football is a guide to become successful.

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Brittany Gilman: Taking strides in a male dominated occupation Thu, 31 May 2018 00:16:48 +0000 Seattle, WA- Ceo of BG Sports Enterprises, Brittany Gilman is creating a platform that a lot of people have been inspired by motivated by, and encouraged by. Brittany decided in 2007 that she was going to build the foundation of BG Sports Enterprises after a successful career of being a professional snowboarder and working with different marketing agencies when she was younger, she decided to risk it all and start her own business.


“Reputation is all you have, as well as being the best person that you can be on a daily basis, which is something that has shaped me into the woman that I am today. It is hard being in a field where it is dominated by males.  I have to watch everything I do because women, in general, have these type of stereotypes that attempt to define them. I like to work hard, as well as give opportunities to help people focus on their goals or dreams. I wanted to do something for others.”

BG Sports Enterprises is an agency that is built upon positive individuals that possess great characteristic about them. All of the players bring in a positive approach to their character, wisdom, and, mindset. Brittany feels it is important to surround yourself with like-minded individuals, as well as reflecting on improving yourself. “It starts with you. When times get tough you can always rally behind yourself and push yourself. Have faith and trust the process. The process may be hard at times, but it is so worth it. Rejection, hardships, and challenges teach many lessions that will go a long way in your journey.”

Brittany and her family have always been passionate about sports, as well as improving their community. Brittany likes to give advice to people who aspire to be in her shoes or is finding it hard to break barriers in the field. ” You have to keep dreaming and making action happen. Anybody can sit there and dream, but it takes patience, willpower, and faith to believe in something that is not happening right now. As humans, we rush things, because we want something right now, but with endurance, patience, and faith, you will get to your dreams. As a woman in this field, you have to be on point at all times. I like to embrace and encourage any women that are trying to build their own foundation of dreams whether it is a company, agency, or just a goal.  Go for it. Never let anyone or anything stop you from making it happen. You have to be flexible with learning new things to add to what you already know.”

Despite all of the challenges that Brittany has faced, she has always been optimistic, determined, and humble about progressing. Watch out for this inspiring woman who has achieved. a lot in such a little time.


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Kobe Bryant was a speaker for We Rise Wed, 23 May 2018 01:40:06 +0000 Seattle, Wa- With everything that is going on in the world, from bullying to school shootings, the We Rise Campaign wanted to get in front of topics that relate to mental health and make people aware of it. “In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, WE RISE will feature over 150+ artists presenting original pieces of art, over 50-hours of creative programming and workshops along with other performances and panels with the biggest names in pop culture, art, activism, and sports focused on using the arts to break stigmas around mental health, especially in youth communities.”


“WE RISE is free and open to the public and will run until Monday, May 28th. WE RISE is a project of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and its WHY WE RISE campaign.”

On Tuesday, Former NBA star, and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant surprised 300 students at the We Rise event. In his own words, he explained how he had gotten passed obstacles that he faced on and off the court, how he dealt with insecurities and talked about mental health. “It’s easy for us as people to kind of ignore the emotional side of it,  especially when it comes to things that deal with negativity, things that deal with insecurity, things that deal with fear. It’s very easy to take the fear and just push it down, try to act like it doesn’t exist. The reason why it starts with imagination is because you first must imagine the life that you want to have. You must first imagine what it is you dream of becoming.”

Many people suffer from mental illness and some have felt that they do not have an outlet to talk about it without being judged. The Netflix series 13 Reasons touched on mental illness, depression, suicidal, and many other problems that Americans face daily.

The slogan We Rise is uplifting people who suffer from any type of mental illness and brings awareness to what these people have to go through on a daily basis.


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Christian Kirk Comes Home Mon, 21 May 2018 12:22:23 +0000 The Arizona Cardinals have found their potential heir to the Larry Fitzgerald throne.  With the 47th pick in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL draft the Arizona Cardinals selected former Scottsdale Saguaro Sabercat standout Christian Kirk. After scoring a potential franchise Quarterback in the first round the Cardinals decided to continue to make headlines by bringing home the former Arizonian – to many experts the Cardinals found a diamond in the rough.  Being that the Cardinals have had an ongoing need at Wide receiver position, this isn’t just a typical “feel good” story. Kirk has big shoes to fill, and to be specific the person that wore those shoes before Kirk is a future first ballot hall of famer. So, we welcome Kirk back to the valley with open arms, the fans have big expectations.


Kirk at Saguaro High School


The former 5-star recruit is ready for the pressure –  while spending three full years playing in the rigid SEC conference, Kirk didn’t spend too much time watching from the sidelines, from Return man to Wide Receiver Kirk earned the right to be called Mr. do-it-all in his time with the Texas A&M Aggies. In the years spent with the Aggies Kirk was named SEC Freshman of the year (2015) and was named All-SEC 1st Teams in back to back seasons (2016, 2017). In his 3 collegiate seasons Christian Kirk reeled in 234 passes for 2856 yards with 23 touchdowns, and as a return man Kirk had 85 total returns and managed to squeeze out 1862 total return yards with 7 touchdowns. With Kirk’s experience as a kick or punt returner the Cardinals might think about not only using him as the number two Wide Receiver, but also as the feature Kick or Punt Returner. After all, Kirk is a star and stars make plays, so why not use him as much as possible?


On the Surface it looks like Cardinal fans have a lot to be excited about when it comes to the 2nd round pick. The dynamic Wide receiver also has much to be excited about – what better place to showcase all his hard work and talent then to the ones who watched him grow up into not only the player but the man who he is today. Many would say Christian has had a blessed life, as he grew up in the Scottsdale area, was a 5-star athlete coming out of high school, was able to play in the wildly famous SEC, and now to be mentored by the ego-less Larry Fitzgerald. Most of us have big expectations for Kirk, and throughout his life he has never fled from a challenge, and in fact I believe he’ll thrive as he seizes the moment and runs with it.


Kirk On Texas A&M.

The Cardinals have had much success in the 2nd round of the draft over the past few years. In 2015 they drafted the finesse 2016 Cardinal sack leader Markus Golden out of Missouri, in 2016 they packaged a 2nd round pick to trade for NFL Sack leader Chandler Jones, and with their 2017 Pick they drafted Pro Bowl Safety Budda Baker out of Washington. As if the pressure wasn’t already on the 21-year old to be an impact on this team, it is now. However, if he handles this pressure like he has in the past, then the rest of the NFL be warned, Christian Kirk is here.


Kirk as a Arizona Cardinal.

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J.J. Watt Pays Respects Mon, 21 May 2018 10:37:42 +0000 In what has become a reoccurring nightmare, this past Friday Santa Fe High School in Galveston County, Texas added their name to a lengthy list of schools affected by gun violence when eight children and two teachers were tragically gunned down by a fellow student. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has said he will pay for the funerals of all 10 victims. May we remember those who passed away not as statistics or victims, but as brothers, sisters, cousins, sons, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers. Hopefully Watt’s generosity will help family’s find closure in being able to provide their loved ones a service they truly deserve.

Those forever remembered are:

Ann Perkins (teacher)

Cynthia Tisdale (teacher)

Sabika Sheikh

Angelique Ramirez

Shana Fisher

Kim Vaughn

Chris Stone

Christian “Riley” Garcia

Jared Conard Black

Kyle McLeod

After raising over $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims late last year, the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year didn’t hesitate to again step up to help those affected in his community. The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” J.J. Watt may you continue to shine your light and spread your love, it is evident the world needs more of it.

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