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William Davis | Contributor

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning was born Mar. 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The legendary ex-athlete and American television icon turned 43 years old on Sunday. A star quarterback at Tennessee, Manning was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Manning played in the NFL for nearly two decades before retiring in early 2016. (RELATED: Vote: Who Is The Best Quarterback Of All Time?)

Over the course of his career, Manning amassed five MVP awards and two Super Bowl titles. He is deservedly considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. (RELATED: 18 Times Peyton Manning Looked Like An Average Guy Than An Athlete [Slideshow])

Manning overcame some early playoff struggles to finally win a Super Bowl in 2006, and he was named the MVP of Super Bowl 41 with the Colts. Nine years later with the Denver Broncos, Manning won another Super Bowl, solidifying his career as a champion.

He then retired two months later.

While Manning’s future plans are still up in the air, I can’t imagine anybody with more options than he has. Will he head to the broadcast booth? Or, will he head to Congress?

Millions of Americans are anticipating his next move, but for now, we wish him a happy birthday!

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Logan Thomas is the latest free agency signing for the Detroit Lions.

The former Virginia Tech star quarterback agreed to a deal with the Lions, according MLive.com. Thomas has switched positions since entering the league, and now plays tight end. He joins Jesse James as another new TE on the squad. Financial details of the deal aren’t known at this time. (RELATED: Tight End Jesse James Signs With The Detroit Lions For $25 Million)

First, I’m a little surprised Thomas didn’t work out in the NFL as a quarterback. He is absolutely massive and dominated the ACC during his days with the Hokies.

Given how the quarterback play in the league has changed, you’d think he’d be perfectly suited to be spinning the rock. I thought he was going to be just fine in the league coming out of VT. Clearly, I was wrong.

Secondly, I’m all for getting Matthew Stafford all the help we can. If Thomas can excel in the blocking game and provide an option in the passing game, then I’m all for it.

Last season was a disaster, and we can’t let that happen again. Beefing up the offense and the protections around Stafford is a major key to not repeating the same mistakes as last season.

Welcome to the squad, Thomas. Happy to have you here.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Carolina Panthers lineman Taylor Hearn is expressing some remorse after engaging in a street brawl.

TMZ recently released a video of Hearn appearing to get absolutely jacked up by some random people, and it’s a pretty embarrassing look. The last thing the NFL or the Panthers want is a video circulating of a player getting rocked. (RELATED: Carolina Panthers Lineman Taylor Hearn Appears To Get Knocked Out During Street Fight)

You can watch the whole thing below.

The good news is that Hearn appears very aware of the stupidity of his actions, and is doing his best to acknowledge the issues at hand.

“Dear Panther Nation: I would like to offer my deepest apologies to the Panthers organization, my teammates and coaches, the fans and the league. I take full responsibility for my actions. There is no excuse for my behavior, and I will learn from my mistakes,” Hearn said in a statement Thursday, according to ESPN.

Listen up, everybody. Nobody should be getting into street brawls. That’s just a fact. People on NFL contracts absolutely shouldn’t be getting into brawls.

There’s absolutely nothing good that can come from it. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers come down hard on Hearn. A message clearly needs to be sent.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Philadelphia Eagles may have proposed the dumbest rule change in the history of football.

Just how stupid are we talking here? They thought it would be a good idea to make the Lions and Cowboys play on the road sometimes during Thanksgiving. (RELATED: Tight End Jesse James Signs With The Detroit Lions For $25 Million)

ProFootballTalk reported the following Thursday on the proposal, which was eventually withdrawn:

For decades, Detroit and Dallas have hosted Thanksgiving games each year. The Eagles attempted to change that, but they later withdrew their proposal.

The league confirmed today that the Eagles submitted a proposal for a change in the league resolutions that would have seen the Lions and Cowboys continue to play on Thanksgiving each year, but to play on the road every other year.

Here’s a live look at my reaction to this nonsense:

Are you kidding me? How dumb are the Philadelphia Eagles for even thinking this was a good idea? The only thing — and I do truly mean the only thing — the Lions have going for them is the Thanksgiving tradition.

There’s a better chance you pry my guns from my cold dead hands than there is you ever force the Lions to play a road game on our turkey day. It’s never going to happen.

Thanksgiving in Detroit is our one bright spot of the whole year. Win or lose, the entire nation is locked in on the Lions.

In what fantasyland would we ever want to change that? What cruelty would it be to take something away from us after we’ve already suffered for decades?

We have nothing left to give!

I will fight a million different wars on a million different fronts before I ever watch my Lions play a road game on Thanksgiving. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees, which is exactly what accepting road games would be.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Philadelphia Eagles may have proposed the dumbest rule change in the history of football.

Just how stupid are we talking here? They thought it would be a good idea to make the Lions and Cowboys play on the road sometimes during Thanksgiving. (RELATED: Tight End Jesse James Signs With The Detroit Lions For $25 Million)

ProFootballTalk reported the following Thursday on the proposal, which was eventually withdrawn:

For decades, Detroit and Dallas have hosted Thanksgiving games each year. The Eagles attempted to change that, but they later withdrew their proposal.

The league confirmed today that the Eagles submitted a proposal for a change in the league resolutions that would have seen the Lions and Cowboys continue to play on Thanksgiving each year, but to play on the road every other year.

Here’s a live look at my reaction to this nonsense:

Are you kidding me? How dumb are the Philadelphia Eagles for even thinking this was a good idea? The only thing — and I do truly mean the only thing — the Lions have going for them is the Thanksgiving tradition.

There’s a better chance you pry my guns from my cold dead hands than there is you ever force the Lions to play a road game on our turkey day. It’s never going to happen.

Thanksgiving in Detroit is our one bright spot of the whole year. Win or lose, the entire nation is locked in on the Lions.

In what fantasyland would we ever want to change that? What cruelty would it be to take something away from us after we’ve already suffered for decades?

We have nothing left to give!

I will fight a million different wars on a million different fronts before I ever watch my Lions play a road game on Thanksgiving. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees, which is exactly what accepting road games would be.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

An unnamed NFL executive unloaded on the college football system, and his comments seem pretty accurate.

Talk of paying college football players isn’t anything new, but it does seem to becoming more and more popular as time goes by. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have supported it, but now I think athletes in college should be able to make some money in some kind of way or another. Well, there’s at least one NFL leader who feels a lot more fired up than I do, judging from some recent comments posted Thursday afternoon. (RELATED: American Athletic Conference Signs $1 Billion Deal With ESPN)

The anonymous executive said the following in part to Robert Klemko:

The NCAA, they’re all crooks. It’s extortion of these players, because they’re all beat up. They’re 22-years-old and we can’t draft him, or we knock ’em down the board and the doctor says we might be able to get one contract out of him. They’re never more marketable than the four years they’re in college. Their stadiums are bigger than ours and everyone paid $100 bucks to get in and $50 to park and the conference has a TV contract and there’s national TV and the players don’t get a dime? How in the world is this legal?

You can read his whole statement below.

My guess is that there’s a lot of people who feel the exact same way in the NFL, but wouldn’t ever go on record to say it. Let’s not forget that the NCAA pretty much is a free minor league system for pro football, and it doesn’t cost the league a penny.

These young men go out there, get their bodies crushed and most of them will never even sniff the NFL. They’re 30 with broken bodies and nothing more than a degree to show for it. If they take one penny in college, they could be suspended forever. (RELATED: Clemson Beats Alabama For National Title)

I’ve been to more college football games than I can count. Major college programs print money. It’s an ATM machine for the NCAA, and there isn’t a limit on withdrawals.

Again, the kids get nothing more than their scholarship and what’s included with that. They blow out a knee and never play again; too bad.

It’s really time for something to change because at this point the NCAA should really just be embarrassed with itself.

I don’t have the answers as to how we change the current system, but I know it has to change. Maybe, we should have some more NFL executives come out and just publicly rip the system. If the NFL demanded change, it could happen pretty fast.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

An unnamed NFL executive unloaded on the college football system, and his comments seem pretty accurate.

Talk of paying college football players isn’t anything new, but it does seem to becoming more and more popular as time goes by. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have supported it, but now I think athletes in college should be able to make some money in some kind of way or another. Well, there’s at least one NFL leader who feels a lot more fired up than I do, judging from some recent comments posted Thursday afternoon. (RELATED: American Athletic Conference Signs $1 Billion Deal With ESPN)

The anonymous executive said the following in part to Robert Klemko:

The NCAA, they’re all crooks. It’s extortion of these players, because they’re all beat up. They’re 22-years-old and we can’t draft him, or we knock ’em down the board and the doctor says we might be able to get one contract out of him. They’re never more marketable than the four years they’re in college. Their stadiums are bigger than ours and everyone paid $100 bucks to get in and $50 to park and the conference has a TV contract and there’s national TV and the players don’t get a dime? How in the world is this legal?

You can read his whole statement below.

My guess is that there’s a lot of people who feel the exact same way in the NFL, but wouldn’t ever go on record to say it. Let’s not forget that the NCAA pretty much is a free minor league system for pro football, and it doesn’t cost the league a penny.

These young men go out there, get their bodies crushed and most of them will never even sniff the NFL. They’re 30 with broken bodies and nothing more than a degree to show for it. If they take one penny in college, they could be suspended forever. (RELATED: Clemson Beats Alabama For National Title)

I’ve been to more college football games than I can count. Major college programs print money. It’s an ATM machine for the NCAA, and there isn’t a limit on withdrawals.

Again, the kids get nothing more than their scholarship and what’s included with that. They blow out a knee and never play again; too bad.

It’s really time for something to change because at this point the NCAA should really just be embarrassed with itself.

I don’t have the answers as to how we change the current system, but I know it has to change. Maybe, we should have some more NFL executives come out and just publicly rip the system. If the NFL demanded change, it could happen pretty fast.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Robert Griffin III won’t be leaving the Baltimore Ravens anytime soon.

According to Ian Rapoport Thursday afternoon, the Baylor Heisman winner signed a new two-year deal with the team. Financial details of the contract weren’t revealed.

This is awesome for RGIII. A couple years ago, I’m not sure you could have found anybody that thought he was going to stick around in the NFL.

He went from being the second overall pick by the Redskins to flaming out of the league in only a few years. It was truly a bad run for him. Of course, it wasn’t all his fault.

The college legend suffered a brutal knee injury, and everybody knows how hard those can be to come back from.

Yet, RGIII stuck around all of 2018 with the Ravens, and they clearly want him around to mentor Lamar Jackson. (RELATED: RGIII Makes The Baltimore Ravens)

It’s not the same as starting, but getting NFL money is still better than working just about any other job. For all the ups and downs he’s had to go through, I’m happy to see him stick around for at least a little bit longer.

RGIII won’t ever be the star so many of thought he would be, but he managed to comeback after it looked like his career was over. At the very least, that’s worth the tip of a cap.

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Colin Kaepernick might not have been paid well at all to settle with the NFL.

Kaepernick recently settled his collusion case with the NFL after he claimed the league blackballed him for kneeling during the national anthem. There was a ton of speculation that he made bank. We might want to pump the brakes on claims of a gigantic windfall.

The Wall Street Journal reported the following Thursday:

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the NFL stars who alleged the league’s teams colluded to keep them off the field after they led protests during the national anthem, will receive less than $10 million to settle grievances with the league, according to people briefed on the deal.

The confidential agreement was widely celebrated as a victory for the players. But the settlement is far less than the tens of millions of dollars Mr. Kaepernick, especially, would have likely been owed if his grievance had prevailed. It couldn’t be determined how the payment is divided between the players and how much they will net after legal fees.

He reportedly settled for only $10 million? That’s not much cash at all. There was speculation the number could be tens and tens of millions of dollars. (RELATED: Nike Sells Out Of Colin Kaepernick ‘Icon’ Jerseys)

It’s also not clear how the money was divided up. How much did Kaepernick get compared to Reid? What a massive let-down. I thought we were about to see major dollar signs. That doesn’t seem to be the case at all.

I hope this was all worth it for him. That’s not generational money at all, and there’s also pretty much no shot he ever plays in the NFL again.

Was taking a knee worth it? That’ll ultimately only be up to him to decide.

As for we fans, this is hilarious if true. The Kaepernick saga dragged on for years, and it ended without a bang. You just hate to see it!

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Derek Carr is the only quarterback from the 2014 draft still with the team that took him.

Carr was selected by the Raiders and hasn’t played for any other team. The other 13 quarterbacks have all left their original teams or flamed out.

ProFootballTalk reported the following on the disaster that was the 2014 NFL draft:

While Carr is the only one still with the team that drafted him, four are currently plying their trade in the Alliance of American Football: First-round pick Johnny Manziel, fifth-round pick Aaron Murray, sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger and sixth-round pick Garrett Gilbert.

Other than Carr, Garoppolo and Bortles, first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater is the only quarterback from the 2014 draft who’s still in the NFL.

What an atrocious draft year for quarterbacks. How did it go so wrong for so many of them? A total of 14 were picked, and only three of them have experienced any kind of success. You can bump that number to four if you stretch a bit and included Bridgewater, who is on his third team down in New Orleans.

Obviously, Manziel was supposed to be a big-time player in the NFL and only lasted two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Of all the guys on that list, I think it’s fair to say he was the most disappointing. He’s trying to get it turned around in the AAF, and we’ll have to see how that goes. (RELATED: Johnny Manziel Signs With The Memphis Express In The AAF)

There’s still no doubt his NFL career was an utter disaster.

If you had told me Carr would be the only one on his team a few years later, I never would have believed you. Welcome to the world of the NFL, it’s a crazy place and things go wrong all the time.

For the vast majority of the guys taken as quarterbacks in the 2014 draft, things didn’t go well at all.

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