Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! This is it — your final day without football until February. To help pass these last few hours, we present you the following headlines to enjoy over your morning coffee.
“We are privileged to bring Peter to our staff,” said Haslam. “He is a high-quality individual with extensive NFL experience. Peter also has a stellar reputation with the New York Giants, as well as with local and national media. He will greatly benefit both our football and business communications.
“In addition to being a respected leader by both his peers and media throughout the league, Peter’s time in a demanding New York market with Super Bowl championship teams make him an incredible asset as we continue to build positive relationships with media and Browns fans.”
Millions of kids grow up with dreams of one day joining the NFL.
"I pinch myself every day walking into that facility," Davis said in a phone interview with Bleacher Report. "I can't believe I'm a New York Giant, doing what I love to do. Sometimes I just can't believe it."
Ninety-five in the shade down on the banks of Bayou Lafourche and Archie Manning, sire of two Super Bowl champions, looks across the Nicholls State University football field that bears his surname to witness what he’s created.
To his right, middle son Peyton, the five-time Most Valuable Player of the NFL, pushes a group of 12 campers paying $585 to be put through the Manning Passing Academy paces, minding their throwing forms and footwork, critiquing technique. One student, unprompted, yells, “Omaha! Omaha!” and waves his hands before taking a three-step drop to spin a spiral 10 yards to a target. Peyton shakes his head. To his mimics, Manning’s hand jive is jazz.
In the opposite end zone, Florida State’s Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, leads 13 beanpole teenagers through Saigon squats, sings “The Hokey Pokey” while stretching and tells his Seminoles to keep their eyes up, to “look at all the pretty girls in the stands.” He is one of 40 college quarterbacks invited to learn from the Mannings and teach aspirants at camp. Winston is also a controversial figure — he was accused of sexual assault by a female FSU student in 2012; although no charges were filed, a federal investigation persists over the school’s handling of the case. Here at the academy, he is a member of the yeomanry. He shags errant throws — chasing one ball up a watchtower — and arranges a garbage can in the back corner to serve as a target for lobs.
“That’s the price we gotta pay because we quarterbacks, baby!” Winston says. “We get all the women, all the love, all the fun. We touch the ball every play. Us and the center. Every damn play. Don’t ya’ll love it?”
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