Frank Wycheck catches a pass in Super Bowl XXXIV | AP Photo: Susan Walsh
Frank Wycheck, a native of Northeast Philadelphia who played 11 seasons in the NFL, told a Nashville TV station he believes he has CTE.
CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repeated brain trauma. Wycheck, a three-time Pro Bowler best known for throwing the lateral in the Music City Miracle play, tells Fox affiliate WZTV he suffered 25 concussions in his career.
“From 5 until I was done at 33, and I added it up to 297,000 collisions,” Wycheck said. “I was a linebacker and I was a running back, so I was hitting with my head every single time.” He says he suffers from headaches, depression, antisocial feelings, and light sensitivity. “I go into a room and forget why I went there,” he said. Wycheck went to Archbishop Ryan High School in the Far Northeast. Read more »
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One Philadelphia-area man can prevent the Patriots from winning the Super Bowl with just his arm.
That man is Matt Ryan, Exton native and quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan, a 2002 graduate of Penn Charter, led the Falcons to a 44-21 win in the NFC Championship yesterday. He’ll face the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Yes, a guy from Philly can stop the Patriots from winning their fifth Super Bowl. Since every Eagles fan knows our team will never, ever win one, this is something we can all get behind. Read more »
Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)
Malcolm Jenkins looks tired.
The Eagles have just wrapped up a practice on the Thursday after Election Day at the NovaCare complex in South Philly, and Jenkins settles into a dark leather chair in the corner of a small spare office. He’s wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, black pants, and a black Eagles T-shirt that looks like it’s made of those synthetic fibers that are supposed to make you sweat less when you exercise.
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Last week, news broke of the NFL’s new rules for social media, which went into effect last Wednesday. The rules prohibit teams from using video or GIFs during games and restrict the streaming of press conferences. Teams are also limited to retweeting the official NFL account for game highlights, and can post a maximum of 45 videos and/or animated GIFs on non-game days.
The NFL says the rules were developed in the summer, but many see them as a response to slightly sagging ratings this year, saying the league wants to control how fans see the games. Fines are $25,000 for a first offense, $50,000 for a second offense, and $100,000 for third and further offenses.
Following the new rules, the Eagles did not post any game highlights during a 27–20 loss to Washington yesterday. But after Malcolm Jenkins returned a Kirk Cousins interception for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Eagles had a bit of fun with the new policy. Read more »
Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016
When “Formation” came out during Super Bowl Weekend, the height of American consumption, culture and entertainment, the opening image of the music video featured Beyonce atop a police cruiser in a flooded New Orleans. There was much to be unpacked in the imagery that coursed through the video, and while many fawned over the instances and message of bad-assery accompanying all things Beyonce, there was an undeniable power in those images in a music video showcasing not only a renewed Beyonce, but also the best leveraging of her brand: politicized, policed and persistent Blackness.
There’s been a litany of thought pieces about her use of a New Orleans styled setting evoking not only the tragedy of southern racism — a thing we still like to assign to geography as if racism’s waters don’t dampen things here up North — but her supposed co-opting of Katrina, the flood that drowned a city and tsunami-ed a black population out of the city. It was seen by some as an insult, an affront to the actual ordeal. A friend who spent some time in New Orleans around Katrina shared this sentiment: “I feel some kind of way about her using the Katrina/New Orleans stuff though.” The argument here being that of cognitive dissonance; that Beyonce — famous, rich, beautiful, presumably untouched by the taint and turmoil of Katrina — was therefore somehow aloof about the importance of utilizing those images and that setting; that, in essence, she had no right to do so. Read more »
Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, Carson Wentz was often linked to Ben Roethlisberger as a pro comparison. At least one scout is on the record for believing the two quarterbacks share similarities. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson doesn’t seem to disagree. Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
The second week of the 2016 NFL schedule is over. Now it’s time to see how all 32 teams stack up. Let’s dive right in to this week’s edition of NFL Power Rankings. For reference purposes, here’s a link to last week’s order. Read more »
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The NFL is speaking out against Georgia’s recently passed “religious liberty” bill.
Georgia House Bill 757, which will allow institutionalized LGBTQ discrimination, has received opposition from the National Football League. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement, “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.” In other words, Atlanta, which has been named a finalist for 2019 and 2020 Super Bowl consideration, might not make the cut. Other organizations, including Google and Apple, have also publicly criticized the legislation. Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
What offseason? We put together a collection of some intriguing afternoon notables, including a few notes on former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
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Super Bowl Sunday is finally upon us.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos face off against Cam Newton and the Panthers. Old guard vs. young gun. It should be an excellent game. Read more »