What's pro-Football Hall of Famer, Jerome Bettis up to these days? We sat down with one of the best all-time running backs in the NFL to talk life, his forecast on the upcoming NFL Draft and much more this week, in New York City.
*******nfldraftmag.blogspot**** - This is the first video in our series on the 2007 NFL Draft Magazine luncheon hosted by EA Sports and the NFL and staged at The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. It stars Sterling Sharpe, Mario Williams, Steve Jackson, and Reggie Bush.
*******nfldraftmag.blogspot**** - We meet the marketing people behind promoting the Oakland Raiders' new running back Darren McFadden. We also talk to Darren's Mom -- all at the NFL Draft.
*******nflbiz.blogspot**** -- Matt, one week from today you're going to be in New York for the NFL Draft as player and I as media. Many people expect The Detroit Lions, holding the first pick in the player selection event, to make you the number one pick. I've got some advice for you:
Don't let 'em.
Matt, the Detroit Lions are an organization of rich tradition, but a history of failure. The Lions have never reached the Super Bowl and playoff appearances have been few and far between. And the ownership has focused more on hiring personalities than building a winning organization. You won't win there. Distributed by Tubemogul.
I'm in New York for the NFL Draft and its related events, one of them was held Friday, and called NFL Play 60 in Central Park. This fun affair served as the backdrop for media interviews with the nine top college football players invited by the league to attend the draft. Given that many of the reporters, bloggers, and columnists were not experiencing their first rodeo, as the saying goes, one would think the questions would be good ones. Well, not at all. In fact some of the most seasoned writers asked the stupidest questions and Georgia Quarterback Matt Stafford and Texas Tech Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree had to deal with them. Distributed by Tubemogul.
I'm stationed in the Interview Room at the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall where everyone with a camera's assigned to go. The Interview Room is actually two rooms and while I could describe it to you, it's better to see it in video-blog form: Distributed by Tubemogul.
*******nflbiz.blogspot**** - This video captures the train ride my friend Bill Chachkes and I took to Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Draft Day One events. Bill, a 35-year-draft veteran, talks about the needs of the Raiders, Niners, and NY Giants on the way there. We then get out and Bill gets into one of his celebrated arguements with a Giants fan over the receiver they should pick in the Draft. Oh Boy! Distributed by Tubemogul.
*******nflbiz.blogspot**** - Of all the players invited to the 2009 NFL Draft, Wake Forest Linebacker Aaron Curry is one you just want to root for. Curry's got this "I'm just happy to be here" look and when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called his name as the 4th pick in the Draft going to the Seattle Seahawks, he cried. He was just plain happy to have the entire ride over with and delighted to "get to the mountaintop" as he said later.
This video introduces Curry to the NFL Media and the world where you can see just how positive a person he came accross as being, especially when I asked him to give a message to those impacted by the slumping economy Distributed by Tubemogul.
My long-time friend Richard Lieberman is prone to hyberbole and god-love him, this is one of those moments. The San Francisco Chronicle blogger may have made some hay by charging ESPN with a "bias" against the Oakland Raiders, but where I am in New York, and where I was at Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Draft, the notion was quickly put to rest. I'm going to spend about as much time on this as ESPN did, but the bottom line is a lot of people didn't like the Raiders draft, almost from top-to-bottom. Distributed by Tubemogul.
On the eve of the NFL Draft, Predicto TV talks to football fans Alyssa Milano and Whoopi Goldberg, plus legends Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. See their forecasts for the upcoming season, predictions on Tiger Woods, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and more. Watch Episode 68 of Predicto TV now!
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On the eve of the NFL Draft, Predicto TV talks to football Hall-of-Famers Barry Sanders and Dan Marino. Check out their forecasts for the upcoming season. Watch Episode 69 of Predicto TV now!
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Heisman Trophy winner and BCS National Champion Cam Newton has announced he will enter the 2011 NFL draft. Newton, who helped lead the Auburn Tigers to a National title, is rated as one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, but some are speculating whether his talents will translate to the NFL....
Newton has received praise for his natural athleticism, leadership skills and overall ability as a player. But ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper says, he isn’t without his flaws.
“The BCS title game did bring to light some flaws and Cam Newton projecting into the NFL. The inaccuracy on the throw, the short throw -- this could have been a touchdown. The overthrow on the deep ball that could have put that game out of reach, the interception as well. Again red flags for Cam Newton in that game. Now he does have ideal size, a great arm, mobility all of that, but I think he is a developmental quarterback. If they need him to be the guy right away, don’t draft Cam Newton. If you have time to develop him, he could be the right man for the job two or three years down the road.”
A writer for sports blog Mocking the Draft says, love him or hate him....
“Cam Newton will be the most polarizing player in the 2011 NFL Draft...Newton is a rare talent. With his size, athleticism and arm strength, Newton has more potential than any player in this year's draft. That alone will get him picked in the first round...But his negatives may scare some teams off completely. Newton will have to greatly refine all of his mechanical flaws if he wants to succeed in the pros.”
On FanHouse, former NFL player LeCharles Bentley says critics be damned.
“He loves the game, he has what you call the intangible facet to him as a football player, and more importantly as a quarterback. Now as far as his ability as a quarterback right now, everything that he doesn’t have he can learn. He can learn how to read coverages, he can learn how to take snaps from under the center, he can learn how to do those things. His throwing mechanics, you can improve on those."
And a blogger for CBS Sports says, he’s not sure if Newton will be a great pro, but says the quarterback is already in better shape than some other high-profile first round picks.
“I will say this: I think he's a better passer than both Vince Young and Tim Tebow were coming out of college. Some will say that's not hard to do, but both were first-round picks. Should Newton be a first-round pick? Time will tell.”
So what do you think? Is Cam Newton ready for the NFL?
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