Cats in the NFL
Today’s headline game features a battle between the top two AFC teams, the New England Patriots and the Pittsburg Steelers.
I hope Bud Dupree sacks Tom Brady… a lot.
|Danny Trevathan||Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings||1:00/FOX|
|Randall Cobb||Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions||1:00/FOX|
|Bud Dupree||Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00/CBS|
|Za'Darius Smith||Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens||4:25/CBS|
|Corey Peters||Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks||4:25/FOX|
|Wesley Woodyard||Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans||4:25/CBS|
|Avery Williamson||Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans||4:25/CBS|
By Drew Franklin on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 1:00pm
If you stop by The Good Batch bakery in Brooklyn, you’re likely to see a man with a very unique tattoo. It’s a Tim Couch tattoo — a brown couch and the number 2 — and Kyle Hart, an employee at The Good Batch, got it on his arm because he is a huge fan of the Cleveland Browns and the franchise’s No. 1 overall draft pick in 1999.
According to SB Nation, which has an entire story on the tattoo, Hart isn’t from Ohio or Kentucky, and he once played in a band he named “Couch”:
Hart isn’t from Cleveland, and he isn’t even from Ohio. He’s also not from Kentucky, where Tim Couch was a Heisman finalist in the late ’90s. Hart actually grew up a Niners fan in the Bay Area, but his family was big into college football, and he loved watching Couch play. He was so into this guy that he named his old band Couch (they played music that was “very derivative” of Weezer).
After college, Couch (Tim, not Hart’s band) went on to become one of many somewhat-consistent quarterbacks the Browns have been lucky enough to have on their roster. Johnny Manziel, the promising Cleveland quarterback who flamed out a few years ago, also wore No. 2. The couch was necessary in the tattoo to make it clear which quarterback Hart was honoring.
“There was just something about [Couch],” Hart said. “He always seemed like a good person. He was just a great player, he was exciting to watch. When he got drafted by the Browns, your heart goes out – I just wanted him to succeed so much.”
Read the entire story here, which includes a response from Tim Couch himself.
By Nick Roush on ©December 08th, 2017 @ 12:00pm
Former Kentucky Wildcat linebacker Wesley Woodyard has been named the Tennessee Titans’ Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Each NFL team awards one of their players for his work in the community. The individual then becomes one of 32 finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year title, given each year during Super Bowl week. Along with the trophy, the winner also receives a $1 million donation to split with their charity and the United Way.
“It’s a huge honor,” Woodyard said. “Any time you get a chance to be compared to a great guy like Walter Payton, it means the world to me. The groundwork he put down in the past, and showing guys what to do in the community, it still inspires people to this day.
“I love working in the community and I love trying to make a change with others. And I really feel like it is my purpose to be here, to make a difference in their world and make a difference in their lives.”
The ten-year veteran has been a captain for ten years and his game has not taken a step back, leading the Titans in tackles this year with 139. However, that’s not why he won this award. Woodyard’s work through his 16Ways Foundation accomplishes a variety of goals; he’s built mini-libraries in inner-cities, he’s hosted countless free football clinics, and the foundation’s track club competes annual in the Junior Olympics.
If we’re being honest, Woodyard’s work off the field cannot simply be summed up in one post. To read more on his work and to help his cause, click here.
By Nick Roush on ©December 06th, 2017 @ 10:30am
If you’re looking to give Mrs. Tyler Thompson a Christmas present, her desk needs Randall Cobb’s goldeneyes on a bobblehead in a Kentucky jersey.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame has released a limited series of bobbleheads with NFL players in their college uniforms. Along with Rob Gronkowski, Von Miller, Carson Wentz and many more, Randall Cobb has been selected to rep his old stomping grounds.
You can own this miniature Cobb in Kentucky blue for $40. Act fast. Packer fans are rabid and they only made 2,017 Cobbleheads. And with that, I’ll show myself out.
Behind the legs of Derrick Henry and a steady performance from the defense the Tennessee Titans defeated the Houston Texans by a score of 24-13. Wesley Woodyard had another good game, finishing with 9 tackles, and 1 for a loss.
Avery Williamson put together another strong performance, finishing with 6 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. With the win the Titans record now moves to 8-4 as the team hopes to play its way into a bye in the first week of the post-season.
Randall Cobb failed to record a reception in the Packers 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers kept themselves in playoff contention with hopes of Aaron Rodgers returning to the lineup in two weeks.
Danny Trevathan returned to the field after missing two games with a calf injury, the 5th year pro played well finishing the day with 11 tackles as the Bears fell to the 49ers by a score of 15-14.
The Steelers fought back from 17 down to improve their record to 9-2 by defeating the Bengals 23-20 as time expired with a game winning field goal. Bud Dupree had a crucial sack on the Bengals last offensive drive that helped get the Steelers the ball back.
By Nick Roush on ©December 02nd, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Not long ago, Achilles tendon injuries put Corey Peters’s NFL career in jeopardy. Now the former Kentucky defensive tackle is cashing in.
Yesterday Peters finalized a three-year contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals that is reportedly worth $12 million, with $7.25 million guaranteed and a $2.75 million signing bonus.
Now in his eighth NFL season, his third with the Cardinals, Peters spent his first five years with the Atlanta Falcons. In the middle of his best NFL season in 2013, Peters tore his Achilles. He was able to recover in time to play in his contract year, which he turned into a fat paycheck from the Cardinals. Unfortunately, they injury bug was back. He tore his Achilles again before ever taking the field for the Cardinals. The second Achilles injury forced him to miss the entire 2015 season.
Peters choked up when talking about his injury struggled. “That stuff never really leaves your mind,” he said.
Despite it all, Peters has made an impact in his return to the field. Over the past two seasons he has 38 tackles and a sack. An ankle injury has forced him to the sideline for the last two games, but the Cardinals are confident he still has plenty of good football left to play.
At Kentucky, Peters was a fixture in the middle of a Kentucky defense that went to four straight bowl games from 2006-10. He finished his college career with 87 tackles, 27 for loss, 11.5 sacks and an interception.