(SL) –Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green were both ejected in the final seconds of the first half on Sunday following an
The two could clearly be seen talking to each other throughout the game. Finally, tensions hit a boiling point. Ramsey shoved Green after the whistle blew on a 1-yard run by Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon.
Green lost it. The seventh-year veteran grabbed Ramsey by the neck from behind him
and slammed him to the ground. Green then delivered several punches to the second-year defensive back until a group of players jumped into the fray.
Benches cleared and it took minutes before order was restored. The Bengals took a knee to end the first half, down 13-7. Green finished with one catch for 6 yards on two targets. Ramsey was credited with one tackle.
(SL)– Donald Trump may have lit a fire of unity across major league sports with his comments urging team officials to kick ‘SOBs’ that kneel during the anthem off of the field and fire them. The NFL and several teams have responded to Trump’s comments commending their players for their contribution to the game and their communities.
And today, it looks like a number a teams will stand or kneel in solidarity to push back against Trump’s attack that seems to be largely directed towards black athletes. Many wonder how he could call athletes exercising their 1st amendment rights as ‘SOBs’ but the racists that caused havoc in Charlottesville were very fine people.
It started early this morning while the Jags were playing the Ravens in London at Wembley Stadium. Jags owner Shadid Khan locked arms during the national anthem while dozens of players on both teams took a knee.
All eyes will now be on the Pittsburgh Steelers who reportedly will skip the national anthem all together in protest. Coach Tomlin says, “We’re not participating [in the national anthem] today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 percent.
We came here to play a football game and that’s our intentions, and we’re going to play and play to win,” They play the Bears at 1pm.
(SL) – It was Fall 2008 and AJ Bouye was playing cornerback for Tucker High School in the quarterfinals of the Georgia state AAAA football playoffs on the road against Westside Macon high school. During the contest, Bouye fell victim to “Sluggo”.
The QB for Westside pumped, Bouye bit on the fake and the receiver he was covering ran past Bouye and made a catch for a big gainer. Bouye recalls. “I read the play. I saw Macon’s QB getting ready to pass, so I reacted.
All I remember was hearing one of the opposing coaches on the sideline say “Got Him”. Next thing you know the receiver was by me”.
Later on in the game they tried the same play. This time Bouye was ready. Bouye picked off the pass and ran it back for a touchdown.
And that in a nutshell is AJ Bouye. He’s a learner. A quick study but most of all he has a competitive spirit and a work ethic that has driven him to success.
Now success comes in the form of a 5 year 67.5 million dollar free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bouye, won the state championship with
Tucker that year and earned a scholarship to Central Florida (The only division one school that offered).
Bouye’s Father, Steve Bouye, recalls Aj’s state of mind back then.
“Oh he was mad that he didn’t get more offers but that kind of thing just motivate’s AJ to prove them all wrong”. Steve Bouye also recalls another time he saw his son get really upset.
“When he didn’t get drafted he was mad”
but I knew he would just out work everybody. Like he always does.”
The Houston Texans took a chance on Bouye and signed him as a free agent. Now Bouye is one of the highest payed corners in the league.The mild mannered, unassuming and deeply faithful Bouye always has a positive outlook for everyone even after his Texans were knocked out of the playoffs by The New England Patriots this past NFL season.
“Not how we wanted to end but we gave it all we got! Been a long season of ups and downs but if I’ve learned one thing this year it’s to keep God first, work hard, and stay positive no matter what life throws your way.
Always remember what somebody says you can or cannot do is none of your business all you can do is control what you can and that’s focusing on your goals everyday while encouraging and helping others to reach theirs.
I believe if you can focus on that you will realize how great God is and the things he will continue to bless you with so that you can help others!
“Bouye will be paired with second year corner Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville. Giving the Jags one of the top young defensive backfields in the NFL. Both can play the slot which will give the Jags defensive plenty of flexibility.Bouye, said he was really thankful to Texans and really enjoyed his time with Houston but he’s ready for A new challenge. “I’m excited, ready to go” said Bouye.
(SL) – If preseason is indicative of how the dirty birds will start the 2016-2017 season, it should be a good one. The Atlanta Falcons left fans and coaches inspired after ending preseason play 3-1 with a 17-15 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night at the dome. And before anyone asks….yes they all stood for the pledge. Naturally, we didn’t see much play from Atlanta’s starters even though kicker Matt Bryant who missed the last two games with leg tightness showed he was loose and ready for the season after kicking a 27-yard field goal at the end of the 1st quarter and 2 extra points.
QB Matt Ryan took the first snap to which he connected with Devonta Freeman but that was it for both of them leaving Matt Sims, who was on the practice squad last year to lead the Falcons completing 16-23 passes for 217 yards.
And Terron Ward who ran for two touchdowns, boosting his chances for the third and possibly final roster spot at running back. Ward had missed the last two games with an ankle sprain but came back just in time to prove his worth especially after Will Ratelle left with an ankle injury.“It left me out there by myself, but as a running back sometimes you have to show you can shoulder the load, and I’ll do it every time if I have to,” Ward said. Ward is competing with rookie Brandon Wilds, held out with a knee injury, to be the third running back. The Falcons will start the regular season against Tampa in Atlanta 1pm on Sunday.