Will Rackley grew up with two loves: football and art. Continue reading “Will Rackley’s Transition from NFL to Artist”
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.
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”
My fingers were trembling as I typed: “#Duke players sitting on bench with a look of disbelief. #Lehigh about to pull off one of best upsets in tournament history.”
My “#Lehigh” feed on TweetDeck was so relentless I had to remove it for the fear of my computer crashing during one of the biggest moments in March Madness history.
Many NFL players retire with fond memories of their careers.
Joe Montana has his four Super Bowl championships and three Super Bowl MVP awards. Aside from his extensive list of accolades, Franco Harris will forever be associated with the “Immaculate Reception.” Emmitt Smith has his NFL-leading 18,355 career rushing yards.
Former offensive lineman Will Rackley left the game with a different memento.
C.J. McCollum grimaced as he sat on the away team bench at Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.
His face was a look of anger, disappointment and frustration.
The then-Lehigh University senior guard, who was leading the nation in scoring, had one white Nike high-top shoe on, but his left foot and ankle were tightly wrapped with athletic tape.
“I feel like I want to run out there sometimes,” the senior wide receiver said. “I miss baseball so much. I truly did love the game. I grew up playing it my whole life. … To be honest, growing up I always thought college baseball would be my route.”