New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston met in the tunnel underneath Raymond James Stadium following Thursday night’s game, sharing an extended conversation that Winston had hoped would happen.
“I just said, ‘It was an honor.’ I told him thank you. A lot,” Winston said after the Buccaneers’ 19-14 loss. “That’s a blessing, man, to meet someone like that. I dream to be able to be the type of quarterback he is for his team to our team.”
On Wednesday, the president said via Twitter that he had spoken with Jones, tweeting in part: “Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”
Some inferred that the president’s tweet was equal parts attaboy and guarantee that the team would continue, perhaps under Jones’ orders, to stand in unison for the anthem.
“The implication that there was some kind of pat on the back is really not the case,” Jones said. “It was a simple discussion.”
Yes, Jones said, he has asked players to stand for the anthem because “the flag is first,” acknowledging that some Cowboys, notably wide receiver Dez Bryant, were being pressured to show some form or protest.
That’s the reality of the situation, he said, as is how fans feel about protests Cheap Jerseys Online connected to the anthem: “We recognize the most important thing for the NFL is to leave the impression Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping that we’ve not dishonored the flag. Perception is real.”
The entire NFL is getting reacquainted with the Minnesota Vikings, and many of them are getting acquainted with each other. The team that’s entering 2017 is recognizable in some areas, but in others, it couldn’t be more different from the same one a year ago.
Losing one of the greatest players in franchise history will do that. So will a catastrophic injury to the franchise quarterback, and a shakeup on and off the field triggered by that injury. The Vikings are going to look a lot different post-Adrian Peterson and, for the time being, post-Teddy Bridgewater.
They have to. Between that and the rapid decline after their 5-0 start last season, they have no choice. Here is where things are changing as the end of minicamp season approaches.
“We understand it’s a tough deal,” said Freeney, who was on the losing side of Super Bowl 44 with the Indianapolis Colts. “That’s the worst feeling you’ll ever have. But if we believe what we preach and are there for each other, we’ll get knocked down sometimes but get back up.”
Freeney and the Falcons know he isn’t at the same elite level from when he posted the bulk of his 122.5 career sacks, a total that has him ranked behind only Julius Peppers (143.5) among active NFL leaders. But his impact in Atlanta went far beyond the three sacks and 10 tackles Freeney produced as a rotational player in 2016.
“He was telling me, ‘I used to use you on Madden and grew up watching you as a player,'” said Freeney, referring to the popular NFL video game.
“He was starting to make me feel real old. But he also said he can’t wait to Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping be a part of that. He sounded like he was passionate. Hopefully, I’ll be there to Cheap Jerseys Paypal Payment help.”
That shouldn’t take too much longer to happen.