Catch a glimpse of your favorite NFL teams logo re-designed and inspired from European soccer badges. You’ll probably never see these logos ever actually hit circulation in the NFL, but it might be kind of neat if any of these teams ever designed alternate logos or uniforms with this type of inspiration. See all 32 alternative logos here, you may have even found your newest twitter avatar of Facebook profile picture by clicking here.
If things weren’t already bad enough for Manti Te’o, his trip to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine surely couldn’t have made things worse. Oh, but wait just a second, because that it did. Te’o and his stock have been reportedly plummeting every minute that he’s been in Indy. To top it off, while running his abysmal 40-yard dash, world champion Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was caught on camera showing his disappointment in the former golden domer linebacker.
But it didn’t stop there. While performing in the cone drill… Lennay Kekua, Manti’s imaginary girlfriend reared her ugly head again and tripped Te’o in the middle of the drill. This poor kid is officially the laughing-stock of the sports world right now. But don’t feel too bad for him, because in April, when he’s selected in the NFL Draft and we’re all laughing at him… He’ll be laughing even harder because he’ll be a millionaire and we aren’t. One more month Manti, one more month… keep fighting the good fight, sir. (Click the photo to watch the fall.)
Sunday’s AFC Wild Card match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts marked the end of an era for arguably the greatest field general to ever play the game. Ray Lewis was introduced for the last time at home as a Baltimore Raven. Lewis made a triumphant return to the field after suffering what was supposed to be a season ending triceps injury in week six of the regular season, against the Dallas Cowboys. Lewis vowed to return to the field this season, and that he did this weekend in the first round of the AFC playoffs. But before he took the field, the 13-time Pro Bowler announced that this would be his “last ride.”
Love or hate Ray Lewis, as a football fan No. 52 should be universally respected for the talent he’s brought to the game of football for the last 17-years. Lewis was built to play this game and he was built to anchor a defense, just as he has his entire career. The speeches that Lewis has made himself famous for is something almost written from a Hollywood script. You can’t help but get goosebumps when the man speaks and feel like you are ready to go to battle with him.
Below is a highlight from Lewis’ final introduction at M&T Stadium. We’ve also included an ultimate Ray Lewis highlight to get you a little fired up. With the Ravens victory over the Colts, the last ride will continue for at least another week when the Ravens square off against Peyton Manning and his No. 1 seed Denver Broncos.
Ray Lewis Career Stats: Via NFL.com
- 13× Pro Bowl (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- 7× AP first-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)
- 3× AP second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2010)
- Super Bowl champion (XXXV)
- Super Bowl XXXV MVP
- 2× AP NFL Defensive Player of Year (2000, 2003)
- 3× AFC Defensive Player Of The Year (2000, 2001, 2003)
- 2× NFL Alumni Linebacker Of The Year (1999, 2003)
- 2× All-American (1994, 1995)
- Record 13 Pro Bowls for an Inside/Middle Linebacker
- Record 10 All-Pro selections for Inside/Middle Linebacker
- Record 10 All-Pro selections for a Linebacker (tied with Lawrence Taylor)
- Most Games Started at Inside/Middle Linebacker (227)
- Most Interception Return Yards for an Inside/Middle Linebacker (503)
- Most seasons played at Inside/Middle Linebacker (17)
- NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
- 20 sack/20 interception Club- Quickest to reach (113 games)
- 30 sack/30 Interception Club- Quickest to reach (204 games)
- 40 sack/30 Interception Club- Only Member
Whether you’re a Ray Lewis fan or not, the guy epitomizes what an NFL linebacker represents on every front. From physical play, leadership, dedication, you name it and that guy bleeds it. One of his trademarks is his ability to motivate his teammates and everybody else around him. We came across this clip from his “Nothin’ But A Grind” documentary based on his 360 Football Academy and were blown away. The 360 Football Academy prepares high school students with aspirations of playing division I football and professional football on and off the field. It’s a camp the prepares these athletes for every aspect of success, with the main goal of academics. We’re going to check this documentary out and offer up a review ASAP. In the mean time, if this clip doesn’t get you a little fired up, well… then you should probably have your testosterone levels checked out.
Here are several examples of why 40-yard dash times tend to be just a bit overrated. Of the 15 all-time fastest times, we’ve selected a few gems that reflect why a prospects ability to run a blazing 4.2-4.3 doesn’t exactly translate to success in the NFL.
NFL Scouting Combine 40-Yard Dash Time: 4.29
Drafted: 6th Round of the 2011 NFL Draft
Holiday was selected in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He was placed on IR his rookie season with a fractured thumb. In 2011, Holliday was cut, then signed to the practice squad, cut from the practice squad, signed to the active roster and then cut again. For his career, Holliday has zero receptions and zero career returns.
College: University of Southern California
NFL Scouting Combine 40- Yard Dash Time: 4.24 (According to NFL Network)
Draft: 2nd round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 NFL Draft
Mays was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Mays was publicly upset when his college coach Pete Carroll, who had just been named the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, passed on him in favor of Texas safety Earl Thomas in the first round. Mays, a highly decorated safety at USC only produced 38 tackles for the Niners his rookie year. The following season he was traded to Cincinnati Bengals where he racked up a total of 10 tackles.
NFL Scouting Combine 40-Yard Dash Time: 4.30
Draft: 1st Round of the 2006 NFL Draft
Tye Hill was selected 15th overall in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Hill was impressive in his rookie season as he started 10 out of 16 games, putting together 50 tackles and 3 INT’s. Following his rookie season, Hill put together two disappointing seasons and was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2009. Hill was released after just one season, he has also played for the Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions. Tye Hill is currently a free agent and has not played in the NFL since 2010. For his career, Hill has 111 tackles and 5 INT’s.
College: Kansas State
NFL Scouting Combine 40-Yard Dash Time: 4.30
Draft: 3rd round of the 2007 NFL Draft
Figurs was selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Of this group, Figurs has been able to produce the most. After the Ravens primary kick-returner B.J. Sams was lost for the season to injury, Figurs stepped in as the teams starting kick/punt returner. That season Figurs returned 46 kickoffs for 1,138 yards and one touchdown. Two seasons later Figurs was cut. Since then, he has bounced around the league spending time with the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans. For his career, Figurs has returned 85 kicks for 1,956 and one touchdown.
NFL Scouting Combine 40-Yard Dash Time: 4.28
Draft: 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft
Mathis was selected in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Mathis shined in his rookie season with the Texans returning 54 kicks for 1,542 yards, earning the starting role for the AFC in the Pro Bowl as the return specialist. The following two seasons, Mathis was plagued by injuries and was eventually arrested. He was released by the Texans and has bounced around to both the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and the AFL with the Pittsburgh Power.