Tag: Detroit Lions

Ramadan Fasting Beneficial for Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah enjoys a little pain and adversity. He favors wearing long sleeves or a hoodie—sometimes both—under his jersey when it’s hot out. Why? Well, if he can handle tougher conditions, playing on a normal day will be easier. Continue reading “Ramadan Fasting Beneficial for Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah”

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Life of an NFL Practice Squad Player

Sponsorship deals with Nike, Papa John’s Pizza commercials, comedy movie cameos and big-money contracts aren’t guaranteed just because you play in the National Football League.

Sure, some players like Peyton Manning, J.J. Watt and Tom Brady have those added ‘perks’ of being stars, but the majority of the league’s players don’t. They aren’t on your TV screens for three hours on Sunday afternoons then for 30-second snippets throughout the week trying to persuade you to change car insurance. These players are more anonymous. Some, though, are truly unknown.

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Ryan Spadola, Like Many Others, Had Unheralded Journey to NFL

Cam Newton was selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback won the Heisman Trophy and a national championship while at Auburn University.

Peyton Manning was an All-American quarterback at the University of Tennessee before being chosen No. 1 by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. We all know the caliber of career he had in the NFL.

While players like Newton, Manning and countless others dominate the headlines and spotlight, there are many players, if not more, who are relative unknowns. Continue reading “Ryan Spadola, Like Many Others, Had Unheralded Journey to NFL”