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Former NFL player Joe Montana shakes hands with an Israeli football player in Ramat Hasharon, near Tel Aviv, Israel. 18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who arrived for a weeklong visit to meet some of the 2,000 active players in Israel’s various leagues organized by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has been sponsoring the sport in Israel since it was launched in 1999.

NFL Hall of Famers' visit giving Israeli football huge boost - Former NFL stars Joe Montana, Jim Brown, Roger Staubach among 18 "Gold Jackets" are visiting the country - 16 June 2017

 Joe Montana, Jim Brown and Roger Staubach were among 18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to begin a weeklong visit to Israel on Thursday, with a small field in Ramat Hasharon playing host to one of the most impressive groups of former athletes to ever visit the Holy Land.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker are leading the delegation named “Touchdown in Israel II – We Are All Patriots.”
“It is so special to bring the best of the best to ever play my favorite sport to my favorite country in the world,” Kraft told The Jerusalem Post. “In almost 100 years of the NFL, I don’t believe a group of this caliber has ever come together outside of the US, and I am very proud to be able to put this trip together.”
The star-studded group of Hall of Famers – which also includes Lem Barney, Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter, Dave Casper, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Andre Reed, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary – viewed a series of scrimmages between local teams on the artificial turf in Ramat Hasharon.
“When the mainstream media speaks about Israel, it is usually brought up as a place not to visit,” noted Faulk. “But so far, our experience in Tel Aviv has been nothing short of incredible.”
Several of the former NFL greats joined in as honorary coaches, adding to the festive atmosphere and the excitement of the young players.
As well as touring the country and visiting the holy sites, the “Gold Jackets” will be hosted by the American football community in Israel at Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem on Sunday.
The program in Jerusalem will include addresses by Kraft, Baker and American Football in Israel President Steve Leibowitz. Several members of the Hall of Fame will recall stories from their playing days and the visitors will take part in a breakout session, where they will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” their Israeli fans.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, opened in 1963 with 17 original inductees. There are currently 310 Hall of Famers who have been elected. Those enshrined are chosen annually on the day before the Super Bowl by a group of 48 selectors, who are members of the media.
Robert Kraft and the Kraft Family have been the leading sponsors of football in Israel since 1999 with the opening of Kraft Family Stadium.
The AFI is the official federation for all football activities in the country. The AFI includes the Kraft Family IFL (men’s tackle football), the Kraft Family IHFL (youth tackle), and eight flag football leagues (including men’s, women’s and youth) totaling over 80 teams. Under the auspices of the AFI are currently almost 2,000 players, coaches and officials taking part in organized football activities in Israel.
“It is really amazing to see how football has really taken hold here in Israel,” exclaimed Montana.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this trip and to experience the influence of our wonderful sport throughout the world.”

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Back behind his desk in his office, Roy is trying to make a list of likely questions Freddie might be asked at his press conference on Thursday. The only thing Freddie wanted to discuss with him this morning was music, specifically the song he wanted to use for his grand entrance onstage. It had to be something suitably triumphant, but not too cocky. Freddie’s wife Chantelle was keen on  Don’t Stop Believin’. Freddie favoured Eye of the Tiger. He also suggested to Roy that he be allowed to sing the chorus to Eye of Tiger himself, because apparently he has a rich and soulful voice and might have been a recording star had he not decided to pursue a career in sports. Roy closes his eyes and wonders if it’s not too late to cancel the  media conference and just issue a simple press release instead.

His encounters with Gus, Freddie and Anita this morning are all combining to deliver him the mother of all headaches. He wishes Sonia was there to put a cool, non-nonsense hand to his forehead and order him to swallow two aspirin. If he moaned enough she’d sometimes even be persuaded to give him a scalp massage. On an instantly regrettable, self-pitying impulse he rings her number. It goes straight to voicemail. He rings the house. Apollo answers after several eternities.

Roy: Where’s Sonia, Apollo?

Apollo: Did you try her number?

Roy: Obviously. Duh.

Apollo: There’s no need to get snippy. Anyway, as I’ve told you myriad times, I’m paid to babysit the children, not Mrs Goddard- 

Roy: I’ll put a nice bonus in your paypacket this week.

Apollo: I cannot be bought, Mr Goddard.

Roy: §100.

Apollo: She was meeting Genevieve for lunch. That’s all she told me.  

Roy: Genevieve? Who the hell is Genevieve?

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ariaste  asked:

I have been so terribly good this year. Tell me a new interesting fact about Vadrans! :D

Only three Vadrans have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame since the inception of the NFL. They are Skoldur Hausingar (wide receiver, 1972), Aingrin Serpent-Hands (cornerback, 1984) and Hiskun “Vomit Comet” Hiskunskar (kicker, 1997).

Chicago Bears tight end Mike Ditka talks with head coach George Halas during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 5, 1961 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. A Hall of Fame player who made five Pro Bowls, Ditka also compiled a 121-95 record in 14 seasons as a head coach. He was an NFL champion with the 1963 Bears and is a three-time Super Bowl champion, playing on the Cowboys Super Bowl VI team as well as winning as an assistant coach for Dallas in Super Bowl XII, and coaching the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX. Ditka turned 77 years old on Oct. 18, 2016. (Neil Leifer)

RAVENS UNVEIL STATUE OF RAY LEWIS

Ray Lewis is a legend in Baltimore. He won two Super Bowls as a member of the Ravens, he’s a lock to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he left the game a champion after helping the Ravens win their last title.

He is definitely the greatest player in the Ravens short history and it makes sense that they would do something to honor him. And the Ravens did just that on Thursday when they unveiled a statue of Lewis outside of M&T Bank Stadium. (Photo: Baltimore Ravens)

In the Denver locker room Sunday night, after his 246th NFL regular-season game, Peyton Manning asked, “Where’s Demaryius?”

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, someone said, was on his way out to the field to do an interview with NBC.

“We gotta get him back,” Manning said. “Get him back in here for a second.”

Someone went to intercept Thomas, and while he was being summoned, Manning found a blank piece of white paper in a notebook, wrote “509” on it with a black Sharpie and ripped the page out. He had a plan to commemorate setting the all-time touchdown-pass record with the 509th of his career, thrown in the second quarter to Thomas; Manning usually does have a plan. Now Thomas was back, and Manning posed with the ball, the piece of paper and the pass-catcher for the record-breaking touchdown pass. You know, like the old days. When Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in an NBA game in 1962, he wrote “100” on a piece of white paper and held it up for the cameras. A few more photos, and then he gave the ball to Pro Football Hall of Fame vice president Joe Horrigan, who was there to ferry it back to Canton this morning.

“I land at 3:15 in the afternoon,” Horrigan said. “Hopefully, it’ll be on display by 4 p.m.”

(from mmqb.si.com by Peter King)

anonymous asked:

Ok not important but Harry's a Green Bay packers fan and the packers #1 rivals are the Chicago Bears, whose logo is on that sign.

oh, you’re right. i didn’t even realize it was an american football reference.

“The Bears–Packers rivalry is a rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. The two clubs have won a combined 22 NFL championships (13 for Green Bay and 9 for Chicago) including 5 Super Bowls (4 for Green Bay and 1 for Chicago) and have 58 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Chicago with 30 and Green Bay with 28.)

The rivalry began in 1921 and is the league’s most played, with 191 regular-season and post-season games.[1] (Note that the rivalry is not the league’s longest continuous rivalry, as the 1982 strike-shortened NFL season did not include a Bears–Packers game. That title goes to the Lions–Packers rivalry, who have played each other at least twice a year since 1932. Also one meeting between the Bears and Lions was canceled in 1987 due to another strike.) Because both the Packers and Bears are in the same division—the NFC North—they play each other at least twice every regular season.

Chicago currently leads the series 93–92–6.”

The Hall of Fame Speech Junior Seau’s Daughter Couldn’t Give

In his 20-year N.F.L. career, Junior Seau established himself as one of the game’s greatest linebackers. He committed suicide in 2012 at age 43 and was subsequently found to have had a degenerative brain condition linked to repeated hits to the head. Before his death, Seau told his daughter Sydney, 21, that she should speak on his behalf if he made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the Hall, citing a five-year-old policy of not letting others give full speeches for deceased inductees, did not allow Sydney to deliver her speech.

Recorded in her hotel room in Canton, Ohio, this is the speech Sydney had hoped to deliver on Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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First off, I would like to thank the generous people of Canton, Ohio, for opening up their homes for this event, the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee for voting my father into the Hall, and of course the other seven deserving inductees.

Before I start thanking communities, teams, family and friends that I do know and many others that I have yet to have the pleasure of getting to know, I would like to say that this is not my speech to give. This speech was meant for a man that worked 20 years within the sport he loved most in this world.

I cannot speak for him because I am not him. I have not played in the N.F.L. for one second, let alone 20 years; I do not have past seasons to reminisce about or hilarious locker room stories to joke about. But I do have one thing, and that is unconditional love.

Your Junior Seau, your No. 55 and your buddy, was also my father. And although I didn’t know every aspect of his life, I did know one particular part very well. His athleticism and talent made him extraordinary enough to make it into the Hall, but it is his passion and heart that make him truly legendary and deserving of this tremendous honor. Tonight I would like to honor him and his legendary heart.

The two words that exemplify my dad the most are “passion” and “love.” Everything he achieved, accomplished or set his mind to was done with both qualities. In every situation — whether it be practice, a game, a family barbecue, an impromptu ukulele song or just a run on the Oceanside Strand — he always gave you all of himself because to him, there was never any other option.

I would like to think that his selflessness and ability to love unconditionally were instilled in him by his family. Nana, Papa, all my aunts, uncles, cousins, mother and brothers who share the Seau name, I know that he would say that this honor is also yours. You all were the motivation he needed to become a success. He wanted nothing more than to make you all proud, and I hope you know that without you he wouldn’t have been the man, the player or the father he was, and for that, I also thank you.

Being the first Polynesian and Samoan to make it into the Hall of Fame is such an accomplishment. He is proof that even a young boy from Oceanside can make his dreams a reality. All his success is a direct reflection of the Oceanside community and family that raised him and molded him into the man he became. Although he is the first Polynesian to make it into the Hall, I know he will not be the last.

San Diego, you are and always will be home. You have embraced my father with open arms and allowed him to carry on his athletic career, but more importantly the Junior Seau Foundation. In my mind, one of his greatest achievements was being able to give back to the community and home that gave him everything.

Looking back, it’s unbelievable because my father was an Oceanside Pirate, a U.S.C. Trojan, a Miami Dolphin, a New England Patriot, a San Diego Charger, and now he is, and forever will be, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. I think it’s safe to say that he has most definitely made it.

Even though he would never admit to retiring, I think this is the perfect final graduation. I say final graduation because in 2006, instead of retirement, my dad decided to graduate from being a Charger after 13 years. Today is the day he graduates from the game itself.

I think the point is, he could never fully retire from this game because that would indicate that he was quitting and you can’t quit something that is a part of who you are. Instead he graduates, and this is the diploma he has always dreamed of.

What keeps coming to mind when I think of him is the fact that he was basically superhuman. On the field he was relentless, hard-hitting, passionate and unstoppable. Off the field he was caring, gentle, hilarious and generous. On top of that he played within the league for 20 years, and that in itself is pretty exceptional.

But I think what we tend to forget about our favorite invincible, unstoppable, indestructible superhumans is the minor detail that they are also human. That is something that we all must endure today without his physical presence. We cannot celebrate his life and achievement without feeling the constant piece that’s missing.

May 2, 2012, we all endured a loss. Thousands lost their all-time favorite linebacker, hundreds lost their favorite Charger, tens lost their buddy, and four lost their father. The reason why this honor is so hard to accept is because we had always envisioned him still being here to accept it.

But something that we all cannot deny is that we are all still here. We can keep working today, we can keep building our tomorrows, and we can keep praying for the rest. This superhumanlike man truly blessed us with one of the most precious gifts he could have given. He gave us his time. With that time, I know he made one hell of an imprint on my life, and from the amount of emotion and love in this room, I think we all could say the same.

Something that is hard for me to admit to myself and to you all is the fact that I miss his singing. I miss his huge mangled hands strumming on his uke, playing the only five chords he knew, to the hundreds of songs he would attempt to sing off-key. I miss him calling me Beau, my girlie middle name, and I miss him hugging me too long and too tightly, almost to the point where I couldn’t breathe.

Yes, I witnessed his career and accomplishments as a pro athlete, but what I remember most is the way he made me feel. I can honestly say that he made me feel like I was the most important person in the world. The reason why I think he wanted me to present him is because I didn’t know his athletic career but I did know his heart, and I’m blessed to say that I felt his love for 18 beautiful years, and I still feel it to this day.

Dad, you gave us your time, your presence, your love, but most of all you gave us your heart. For that we honor you with this induction and this final graduation. I know at times it seemed as if everything you accomplished in life wasn’t enough, but today and every day since you held me in your arms for the first time, you weren’t just enough; you were more than enough. In fact, you were everything.

There’s nothing I want more than to see you walk up on stage, give me a hug and tell me that you love me one last time, but that isn’t our reality. You would always say you loved me, and even after I would respond and say I loved you, too, you would look me in the eyes and say, “I love you; do you hear me?”

Well, after this speech, I hope you can hear us when we say that we love you, and I hope that this induction can exemplify the fact that you were more than just Junior Seau — you were a light, and you’re still mine. This is your speech, your moment and your honor, and to say that I’m the most proud daughter on Earth would be an understatement. Congratulations, Dad; you made it.

Southern Miss quarterback Brett Favre (at 19 years old) eats a po boy with his family on Sept. 19, 1989 at their home in Kiln, Miss. Favre was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and won the NFL MVP three times, including in 1997 when he led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl victory. Favre, a 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, turned 47 years old on Oct. 10, 2016. (Ronald C. Modra)