13) Pretty cool that Lorenzo Neal will be the presenter for LaDanian Tomlinson at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night. Neal was the fullback for the Chargers who cleared holes for Tomlinson for most of his career; now he is leading his way into the Hall of Fame.
12) Denmark’s flag is flying over Tom Benson Stadium here; Morten Andersen lived in Denmark for a few years until moving here as a kid.
11) Jets’ owner Woody Johnson was named the US ambassador to the United Kingdom.
10) Dallas Cowboys’ backup QB Kellen Moore is the only lefty QB on any NFL roster. He was 50-3 as a starter at Boise State.
9) Blaine Gabbert is competing with Drew Stanton for the backup QB job in Arizona; he is in his 7th NFL season, playing for his third team, 8th head coach, 7th offensive coordinator. He played really well last night against Dallas.
8) In 1989, Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys for $150M; now Forbes Magazine says they’re worth $4.2B. If there was a Money Hall of Fame, Mr Jones would be in there, too.
7) Four oldest active players in the NFL are all punters/kickers; Tom Brady is the 5th-oldest active player— he turned 40 on Thursday.
6) Tony Romo/Jim Nantz were in Canton last night, doing a practice broadcast as Romo crams for his first season as a TV analyst. Will be interesting to hear what he has to say next month.
5) Nick Saban has won five national titles (4 at Alabama, 1 at LSU), with four different play callers. He has to be tough to work for; that, and he wins a lot, so his assistants move on to better jobs.
4) Miami QB Ryan Tannehill had a non-contact knee injury Thursday; Dolphins fear he will need season-ending knee surgery, however no decision on the operation has been made yet.
There will be second and third opinions; Tannehill still could decide to rest it for six to eight weeks and try to come back without season-ending surgery. There are rumors that Jay Cutler may delay retirement to come back and he the Dolphins’ starting QB.
3) Weird summer in the NFL; Luck-Newton-Flacco-Tannehill are all hurt. Hard to have a great training camp if your quarterback isn’t practicing.
2) Steph Curry shot 74 (+4) on the web.com tour Thursday. Impressive, competing against pros. His caddy is Jonnie West, son of Jerry West, who played college ball at West Virginia a few years ago.
1) Rico Gathers caught a TD pass for Dallas last night; he was a basketball player at Baylor and a good one— he didn’t play football from his 8th grade season until last year, but he has a shot to make the Cowboys’ squad now. Interesting story, like Antonio Gates with the Chargers.