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  • Darrelle Revis, 33, retires from National Football League

    July 19, 2018 • AFC, AFC East, Breaking News, Front Page, New York JetsComments (0)

    It’s the end of an era.

    Seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, having just turned 33-years-old five days ago, has officially retired after 11 seasons in the National Football League.

    The Pitt product, drafted by the New York Jets with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, spent his time with New York (eight seasons), Tampa Bay (one season), New England (one season) and Kansas City (one season).

    In his prime, Revis was the league’s top shutdown corner and a Hall of Fame-caliber player. The four-time First Team All-Pro even won a Super Bowl title during his one season in New England in 2014. He finished his 11-year career with 497 combine tackles, 29 interceptions (25 of which were during his NY days) and 140 passes defensed.

    Revis was a Pro Bowler for five of his eight seasons with the Jets, and played his best football while donning the green and white.

    Thanks for NFL Films, we have the opportunity to get a look at the top 10 plays of his career:

    I think I prefer this career highlight video, though:

    He may not get in on the first try, but he’ll likely be immortalized in Canton one day.

    ALTHOUGH, this is not a good look for him in his final game as a professional football player as he and his Chiefs fell to the Titans in January’s AFC Wild Card round:

    Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

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  • Training Camp Battle to Watch: Flacco/Jackson in Baltimore

    July 19, 2018 • AFC, AFC North, Baltimore Ravens, Features, Front Page, Training CampComments (0)

    With a 20-22 record as the starter of the last three seasons and a first-round pick rolling into town this season, 33-year-old Joe Flacco’s future as the Baltimore Ravens’ starting quarterback appears bleak.

    Despite being under contract through the 2021 season, I just can’t see Flacco starting a full 16 games this season. Especially if Lamar Jackson, the 32nd overall pick in this spring’s NFL Draft out of Louisville, impresses in training camp (see tweet below ↓).

    https://twitter.com/Ravens/status/1020040585275568129

    If Flacco struggles in the first few games of the season, there’s no doubt fans will be calling for his benching in favor of Jackson. Because of this, I think the Flacco/Jackson QB battle (yes, I’m classifying this one as a full-on QB battle) in Baltimore is certainly one to monitor throughout July and August.

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  • Antonio Brown Lands EA Sports’ Madden Cover

    July 18, 2018 • AFC North, Features, Front Page, Pittsburgh SteelersComments (0)

    It was only a matter of time before 30-year-old wideout Antonio Brown found himself donning the cover of Madden.

    That day has finally come, and I just can’t wait for him to break the “Madden Curse” once and for all and keep up his GOAT-like pace.

    https://twitter.com/search?f=images&vertical=default&q=Antonio%20Brown&src=typd

    Brown has now put up five consecutive 100+ catch/1,000+ yard seasons and been selected to six Pro Bowls in his eight NFL seasons. He’s pretty much already a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he only just turned 30 eight days ago. It’s impressive. And he has at least one more season with Roethlisberger and Bell, given the 2018 season is likely Bell’s last one with Pittsburgh.

    AB projections? 115 catches, 1,500 yards, 12 touchdowns. No Madden curse here.

    Photo: EA Sports

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  • AFL Announces All-Arena First & Second Teams

    July 17, 2018 • Albany Empire, Arena Football League, Baltimore Brigade, Front Page, Philadelphia Soul, Washington ValorComments (0)

    Press Release from ArenaFootball.com:

    LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced the 2018 All-Arena First and Second Teams. Of the 36 players named, 11 earn their way on to a 2018 All-Arena Team for the first-time in their career.

    Headlining the First-Team All-Arena is Albany Empire quarterback Tommy Grady who was named to an All-Arena team for the second-time in his career as he led the League in passing yards (2,960) and passing touchdowns (81). Teammates Joe Hills and Malachi Jones join Hills as the pair of Empire players were among the League leaders in receiving categories; Hills led the AFL with 33 receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards with 1,045 while Jones was first in receiving yards with 1,156 and second in touchdown receptions, hauling in 24. Center Ryan Cave, offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks, defensive end Joe Sykes, linebacker Terence Moore, and defensive back Marrio Norman round out the Empire players on the First-Team.

    The Baltimore Brigade are well represented on the First-Team All-Arena list with six players; offensive lineman Jordan McCray (1st time First-Team honoree), defensive lineman Justin Lawrence (2nd straight First-Team All-Arena), linebacker Dexter Jackson, defensive back Virgil Gray, kicker Mark Lewis, and special teams Brandon Thompkins.

    Rounding out the First-Team All Arena are four players from the Philadelphia Soul. Wide receiver Darius Prince earns his first selection to the All-Arena First Team and is joined by fullback Jeramie Richardson (1st time First-Team selection, Second-Team last two seasons), defensive end Jake Metz and defensive back James Romain.

    2018 FIRST TEAM ALL-ARENA
    QB Tommy Grady – Albany
    FB Jeramie Richardson – Philadelphia
    WR Joe Hills – Albany
    WR Malachi Jones –Albany
    WR Darius Prince – Philadelphia
    C Ryan Cave – Albany
    OL Hayworth Hicks – Albany
    OL Jordan McCray – Baltimore
    DE Joe Sykes – Albany
    DE Jake Metz – Philadelphia
    DT Justin Lawrence – Baltimore
    MLB Dexter Jackson – Baltimore
    JLB Terence Moore – Albany
    DB Marrio Norman – Albany
    DB James Romain – Philadelphia
    DB Virgil Gray – Baltimore
    K Mark Lewis – Baltimore
    ST Brandon Thompkins – Baltimore

    2018 SECOND TEAM ALL-ARENA
    QB Randy Hippeard – Baltimore
    FB Rory Nixon – Baltimore
    WR Reggie Gray – Washington
    WR Brandon Thompkins – Baltimore
    WR Aaron Wascha – Philadelphia
    C PhillipKeith Manley – Philadelphia
    OL Neal Tivis – Philadelphia
    OL Wayne Tribue – Philadelphia
    DE Darryl Cato-Bishop – Albany
    DE Rodney Fritz – Baltimore
    DT Brandon Sesay – Albany
    MLB Derrick Summers – Albany
    JLB Joe Goosby – Philadelphia
    DB Dwayne Hollis – Philadelphia
    DB Joe Powell – Baltimore
    DB Varmah Sonie – Albany
    K Adrian Trevino – Philadelphia
    ST Chris Duvalt – Washington

    The Washington Valor earn two spots on the Second-Team All Arena, headlined by “Big Play” wide receiver Reggie Gray and special teams Chris Duvalt (1st time selection).

    Photo: thealbanyempire.com

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  • A Dynasty That Could Have Been?: The Jags From the Late ’90s

    July 3, 2018 • AFC, AFC South, Features, Front Page, History, Jacksonville JaguarsComments (0)

    If you’re like me, you’re constantly thinking about “what if” scenarios. Especially when it comes to the history of the National Football League.

    In January, the Jacksonville Jaguars came just one win shy of making the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in history.

    It was Jacksonville’s first playoff appearance since the 2007 regular season and its first AFC Championship appearance since the 1999 season. The Jaguars had gone nine straight seasons of winning eight or fewer games and missing the postseason.

    Because of the long playoff drought, I think people tend to forget about all of the success the Jaguars experienced in the franchise’s early days.

    Did you know: In four out of the first five seasons of existence, the Jaguars made the postseason? The team, after debuting in 1995, made the playoffs in 1996, ’97, ’98 and ’99, which included two AFC Championship appearances (1996 and ’99) and a combined 45-19 regular season record.

    As a lefty, I absolutely loved Mark Brunell growing up. But, these days, people seem to forget just how great the Brunell, Fred Taylor, Jimmy Smith trio was in Jacksonville.

    Well, we’re here to remind you. Let’s take a look back at the team’s impressive four-year stretch from 1996-99:

    1996

    After putting up a 4-12 season as an expansion team in 1995, the Jaguars bounced back in its second year of existence with a 9-7 regular season record.

    Led by third-year, 26-year-old Mark Brunell, who made his first of three Pro Bowl appearances that season, the Jacksonville Jaguars won its last five regular season games to sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card team.

    Brunell threw more interceptions than touchdowns (19 TD, 20 INT; league-leading 4,367 passing yards) and leading rusher James Stewart put up 723 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground, ranking the Jags’ offense as the 14th-best scoring offense in the league.

    The defense wasn’t any better, ranking the 19th-best scoring defense in the league that season. But, luckily for Tom Coughlin’s Jags, they got hot at just the right time and carried its late-season success over into the postseason.

    As an AFC Wild Card team, Jacksonville knocked off the Buffalo Bills, 30-27, in the Wild Card round behind a 175-yard performance from a 24-year old Natrone Means. The defense limited Jim Kelly to 239 yards and a touchdown and one interception through the air and Thurman Thomas to 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

    A fourth-quarter Jimmy Smith touchdown catch and Mike Hollis 45-yard field goal allowed Jacksonville to pull off the stunner.

    The following week, Jacksonville won another 30-27 playoff game, this time over John Elway’s Denver Broncos. Brunell out-dueled Elway while Means added another 140 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

    Means was much less effective in the AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots (19 carries, 43 yards), and the Jacksonville offense managed just a pair of Mike Hollis field goals in the team’s 20-6 loss. New England would go on to fall to Green Bay in the Super Bowl two weeks later, of course.

    1997

    The running back duo of Stewart and Means combined for 1,378 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground for the 11-5 Wild Card Jaguars in ’97.

    Between the RB tandem and Mark Brunell’s 18/7 TD-INT ratio, Jacksonville’s scoring offense jumped from 14th to third in the league in ’97, with receivers Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith each catching 80+ balls for 1,100+ yards.

    The ’97 season, though the overall numbers and team record improved from a season ago, ended with a one-and-done in the postseason as they fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos, 42-17, in the Wild Card round.

    1998

    If it weren’t for Randy Moss’ incredible rookie season in ’98, I have little doubts that the Offensive Rookie of the Year award would have gone to Taylor that season. The rookie 22-year-old running back, the No. 9 overall pick out of the University of Florida, broke onto the scene in ’98 with his 1,223 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns (14 rushing, three receiving).

    Thanks to the newfound rushing attack for Jacksonville, some of the pressure was taken off the Brunell/Smith/McCardell passing trio and the Jaguars became a top five rushing team with 2,102 yards 19 touchdowns on the ground.

    At 11-5, the Jaguars captured its first division title in team history and defeated the Patriots, 25-10, in the Wild Card round. Taylor ran for 162 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries and the Jacksonville defense limited New England to just 35 rushing yards on 19 carries.

    A week later, Jacksonville ran into the New York Jets and went home early following a 34-24 Divisional Round loss. Taylor put up another 86 rushing yards, but Brunell’s three picks were too much to overcome.

    1999

    As far as regular season records go, the 1999 season is still Jacksonville’s best season yet. The franchise has only hit double-digit win totals three times since ’99 — 12 wins in ’05, 11 wins in ’07 and 10 wins in ’17.

    Jacksonville snagged its second consecutive division title and the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, giving them a first-round bye in the postseason.

    Fred Taylor started just nine games that season, posting 732 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Even with an unhealthy Taylor, Jacksonville finished second in the league in rushing yards (2,091) with James Stewart adding a team-high 931 yards with 13 touchdowns and Brunell adding 208 yards and one touchdown.

    It also didn’t hurt that the Jags ended the regular season with the No. 1 scoring defense, led by Pro Bowlers Kevin Hardy (98 total tackles, 10.5 sacks), Tony Brackens (68 total tackles, team-high 12.0 sacks) and Carnell Lake (57 total tackles, 3.5 sacks). Aaron Beasley led the team with six interceptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns, while Fernando Bryant led the team with 106 total tackles.

    Once playoff time rolled around, the Jags took care of business in the Divisional round by defeating Miami by an incredible 62-7. The legendary Dan Marino threw for just 95 yards, 1 touchdown and two interceptions on 11-for-25 passing and was eventually replaced under center by backup Damon Huard.

    Huard would go on to complete just five of his 16 attempts for 46 yards and get sacked three times.

    Taylor ran for 135 yards in the win, while Brunell and JAC backup Jay Fielder only needed to attempt 20 passes between them in the win. By game’s end, Jacksonville ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns to Miami’s 21 yards on 18 carries.

    Unfortunately, the success didn’t carry over to the following week as Jacksonville’s magical ’99 season came to an end in the Conference Championship. The Tennessee Titans would defeat the Jags 33-14 to earn the Super Bowl trip.

    – – – – –

    Do you believe 1999 still remains the best season in Jacksonville’s team history? Who do you think is the best player in the franchise’s history? Would your thoughts on the Jacksonville franchise be any different had they won those two AFC Championship games back in ’96 and ’99??

    Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  • Edelman’s Appeal Denied: WR to Sit Out First 4 Games of 2018

    July 3, 2018 • AFC, AFC East, Breaking News, Front Page, New England PatriotsComments (0)

    It’s official. New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the first four games of the 2018 NFL season.

    Edelman’s appeal has officially been denied by the National Football League

    https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/1014286079107764224

    The 32-year-old wideout caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards and a trio of touchdowns for New England in 2016 and missed the entire 2017 season due to a torn ACL in the preseason.

    Week 5 of this year, Edelman will finally have the chance to hit the field for the first time since catching 5 passes for 87 yards in New England’s 34-28 Super Bowl win over Atlanta Feb. 5, 2017.

    Looks like we’ll see a heavy dose of Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews and Phillip Dorsett in early September.

    Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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  • Owens to Give HOF Speech at University of Tennessee Chattanooga

    July 3, 2018 • Features, Front Page, HistoryComments (0)

    Terrell Owens finally received the call to the Hall of Fame, but will be skipping the August enshrinement ceremony in Canton this August.

    Instead, as he announced via his official Twitter account, he’ll be holding a free event and giving his HOF speech Saturday, Aug. 4 at University of Tennessee Chattanooga — his alma mater.

    He’s received a lot of blowback from the decision to skip the Canton ceremony, but what’s the big deal? It’s his enshrinement and, as the No. 2 greatest receiver in pro football history (arguably, of course), he’s allowed to make a decision such as this. It’s his weekend.

    Although, the one legitimate complaint I can see people having is the fact this could take away some of the spotlight on the rest of the inductees — it’s their weekend, too.

    Will you be watching the PFHOF induction ceremony this year?

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  • AFL: 3 Teams Enter Final Weekend Tied for First

    July 2, 2018 • Albany Empire, Arena Football League, Baltimore Brigade, Front Page, Philadelphia Soul, Press ReleaseComments (0)

    Press release from philadelphiasoul.com:

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – The regular season is coming to an end and the battle for the top seed will come down to the final weekend. The Albany Empire, Baltimore Brigade, and Philadelphia Soul all enter Week 13 with a 7-4 record. The Washington Valor are locked in at the 4 seed. The following are the scenarios for each team:

    1. Albany Empire have the most straight-forward path to the top seed
    a. Beat Philadelphia
    i. Seeding:
    1. Albany
    2. Baltimore
    3. Philadelphia
    4. Washington
    *Albany holds the tiebreaker over Baltimore with a +9 point differential in head-to-head games; therefore even if Baltimore wins or loses against Washington they will be the second seed in this scenario

    2. Baltimore Brigade
    a. Beat Washington AND
    b. Philadelphia beats Albany
    i. Seeding:
    1. Baltimore
    2. Philadelphia
    3. Albany
    4. Washington
    *Baltimore holds the tiebreaker over Philadelphia with a +23 point differential in head-to-head games

    3. Philadelphia Soul
    a. Beat Albany AND
    b. Washington beats Baltimore
    i. Seeding:
    1. Philadelphia
    2. Albany
    3. Baltimore
    4. Washington

    ArenaBowl XXXI will be awarded to the participating team with the highest regular season average home attendance.

    “The fans are what make the AFL great,” Commissioner Randy Boe said. “We are excited to award the opportunity to host ArenaBowl XXXI to the fans that have supported their team the most all season.”

    The postseason schedule is as follows:

    Home and Home Series (Game 1) – Weekend of July 14
    Home and Home Series (Game 2) – Weekend of July 21

    *If the teams split Games 1 and 2 and the aggregate score is tied following regulation of the second game, the game will move to a standard overtime period to determine which team will advance.

    ArenaBowl XXXI – Weekend of July 28

    *Exact date, times, and locations will be announced after the conclusion of Week 13

    Photo: philadelphiasoul.com

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  • AFL: Empire Close Out Season Sweep of Valor

    June 30, 2018 • Albany Empire, Arena Football League, Front Page, Washington ValorComments (0)

    Press release from thealbanyempire.com:

    The Albany Empire (7-4) defeated the Washington Valor (1-10) 55-41 Saturday night at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. in front of a crowd of 5,044.

    Empire quarterback Tommy Grady went 19-of-24 passing for 256 yards, seven passing touchdowns and one interception earning himself the game MVP award.

    Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson went 27 of 42 passes for 303 yards, five passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one interception being named Offensive Player of the Game.

    Empire jack linebacker Terence Moore led the way with 9 total tackles including a sack and a forced fumble being named Defensive Player of the Game. The victory for the Empire completed the season sweep of the Valor.

    Washington took the field on offense to start the game on their own five-yard line after Empire kicker Kenny Spencer kick the ball through the slack net. On the opening play, quarterback Arvell Nelson hit his top target, Reggie Gray, for a quick nine-yard gain. After an incomplete pass, the Valor were able to pick up a first down on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Nelson.  After receiving the new set of downs, Nelson quickly found receiver Jared Dangerfield for a short pickup. One play later, Nelson went right back to Dangerfield as the Valor crossed into Empire territory. Two plays after, Nelson was able to escape the pocket and rush ahead for 12 yards for the Valor score.

    The Empire began their opening drive on the five-yard line after Valor kicker Pat Clarke also found the slack net on the kickoff. On the first play, quarterback Tommy Grady found receiver Joe Hills for a four-yard gain. Working quickly, Grady found Malachi Jones on a short pass to give Albany a first down. Trying to target receiver Collin Taylor down field, Grady was intercepted by defensive back Oshay Dunmore as Washington took over on their own five-yard line. The Valor picked up where they left off, pushing the ball towards midfield on just three plays. On third and one, Nelson rushed ahead for a yard and Washington was helped by a defensive penalty to push the ball further into Empire territory. One play later, Nelson hit receiver Chris Duvalt for a 19-yard touchdown giving the Valor a 14-0 lead.

    Albany went back to work on their own five-yard line following a touchback on the kickoff. Grady found Hills on a short route for eight yards as the first quarter came to a close. To open the new quarter, Grady found Taylor near the sideline dasher who was able to make a move on his defender and take the ball into the end zone for a 37-yard score.

    The Valor offense came back out starting on their own five-yard line and began with a quick four-yard pass to Gray. Washington was able to cross midfield on the following play as Nelson hit Dangerfield for a 22-yard gain. Keeping the pace, Nelson rushed ahead for 16-yards down to the three-yard line before Varmah Sonie was able to upend him and force a fumble recovered by Wes Mauia.

    Starting from their own three-yard line, Albany came out firing with two quick-hitters to Joe Hills. The second reception marked the 800th catch of Hills’ career. After a penalty and an incomplete pass, Grady found Taylor across the middle to set the Empire up for a fourth and three situation.  Albany picked up more than the necessary yardage as Jones was able to break through the coverage downfield and haul in a 29-yard touchdown to tie the game.

    Washington’s offense took over on their own five-yard line after the kickoff bounced high off the back net and was nearly recovered by Albany. Nelson was able to find receiver Josh Reese on consecutive throws as the Valor moved forward for a first down. After two rushes by Nelson, he was intercepted by defensive back Marrio Norman as he looked deep to the end zone. On the first play of the new possession, Grady found Jones deep down field for a 45-yard bomb. The extra point was blocked as the Empire took their first lead of the game, 20-14.

    Albany failed to recover an onside kick setting up the Valor inside the red zone on the six-yard line. Nelson rushed forward down to the two-yard line on the first play as the Empire took their first timeout of the half. After another short rush attempt by Nelson, the quarterback was able to find receiver Doug McNeil III for the short score to tie the game at 20 apiece.

    Washington was unable to recover an onside kick attempt of their own as Albany began their next drive from the opposing 10-yard line.  In an effort to run some clock, Grady pitched it back to fullback Mykel Benson who plowed ahead for two-yards, Washington used their first timeout of the half.  The Empire went right back to Benson on the following play as he worked his way into a pile for another two-yard gain as the Valor used their second timeout.  On third down, Grady found Hills to move the ball down to the one-yard line as Washington burned their final timeout.  On fourth down, Albany handed the ball off to Benson who found space on the outside for the short score leaving just 14 seconds on the clock before halftime.  Duvalt brought the ensuing kickoff to the seven-yard line as the Valor offense took the field with must nine seconds left in the half.  Nelson was able to hit Reese who worked his way across midfield but was taken down and time expired as Albany took a 27-20 lead into halftime.

    To open the second half, newly acquired returner Terrance Smith brought the ball to the nine-yard line as Grady and company came back onto the field.  With Taylor in high motion, Grady was able to hit him for a five-yard gain to open the drive. On the following play, Grady went back to Taylor on a screen who moved ahead for 16-yards to the Valor 20-yard line. Albany was helped by a couple of Valor penalties to bring the ball into the red zone, but the yardage was quickly erased due to an offensive pass interference penalty on Hills.  Two plays later, Taylor was able to blow past the defense as Grady found him wide open in the end zone for the 20-yard touchdown.

    The Valor began their initial drive of the second half from their own five-yard line with a three-yard pass to Reese. On second down, the Valor were helped by a facemask penalty on Albany to push the ball to their own 20-yard line before Nelson connected with Gray to move across midfield.  On first down, Nelson rolled out of the pocket, eventually being sacked by defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop for a loss of three yards. Washington was able to pick up the long yardage on a pass to Reese over the middle for another first down inside of the red zone. After two penalties, Washington was backed up to their own 24-yard line looking at a third down and 26 yards to go situation heading into the fourth quarter.  On the first play of the final quarter, Nelson connected with Gray in the back of the end zone who made an impressive catch as he slammed against the wall.

    After attempting to recover a squib kick down the sideline, Albany took over on their own 17-yard line.  Starting with the ground game, Benson took the pitch from Grady and rushed ahead for five yards. On the following play, Grady found tight end Mo Ruffins on a short screen who carried the ball all the way down to the Valor six-yard line. Two plays later, Grady found Hills in the end zone for an eight-yard score. The touchdown marked the 91st consecutive game for Hills with a receiving touchdown.

    Starting from their own six-yard line, the Valor opened with a short scramble by Nelson for two-yards.  On the following play, Nelson hit Dangerfield over the middle who was able to run the ball down to the Albany 15-yard line.   After an incomplete pass, Nelson found Reese in the corner of the end zone for another Valor touchdown.  Albany recovered the Washington onside kick attempt and were set up on the Valor 16-yard line.  After a five-yard rush by Benson, Grady found Jones on a screen who burst past a defender and into the end zone for an 11-yard score.

    Down two possessions, the Valor offense took the field on their own 11-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Nelson found Dangerfield over the middle who ran down field to the 14-yard line. After a short gain and two incomplete passes, Washington was about to pick up a first down inside of the two-yard line approaching the one-minute warning. One play later, Nelson found McNeil III for his second score of the night leaving just 56 seconds on the clock.

    Albany recovered the onside kick attempt and the offense came out on the 18-yard line. After a no gain rush by Benson, Grady floated one up for Hills who came down with the ball in the end zone for his second score of the night. Washington was quickly in a hole due to a false start penalty on McNeil III. The Valor used their second timeout following a big gain over the middle to Reese as he pushed across midfield. After an incomplete pass and two false start penalties, Nelson was sacked by linebacker Terence Moore leaving no time on the clock as the Empire came away with a 55-41 victory.

    Photo: Albany Empire official website

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  • Opinion: Yes, Frank Gore is a Hall of Fame Player

    June 2, 2018 • Features, Front PageComments (0)

    It feels a little weird to say out loud, but Frank Gore may have quietly run himself into a Hall of Fame career.

    Following his 961-yard rushing performance in Year 34 last season, Gore finds himself fifth on the all-time rushing yards list (14,026) behind legends Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin.

    Gore, now a 35-year-old Miami Dolphin, is just 76 yards away from passing Martin for fourth on the list and is 1,244 yards away from passing Sanders for third all-time.

    While it’s incredibly rare these days to see a 35-year-old break 1,200 yards on the ground, the fact he started all 16 games and ran the ball 261 times at the age of 34 is promising. Not to mention he’s sharing the RB duties with Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage (rookie) and Senorise Perry in Miami this year. So, yes, I think it’s safe to say he’ll receive another 200+ carries as long as he’s healthy.

    Although Gore’s Dolphins contract is only a one-year, $1 million contract, give him two more seasons in the league and I have little doubt that he’ll have a shot at finishing up his career third on the all-time rushing list.

    Add to the fact he’s a five-time Pro Bowler who has racked up nine 1,000-yard seasons and has accumulated 1,200+ yards from scrimmage in all but one of his 13 seasons and you have a recipe for a Hall of Fame career.

    Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

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