Kurt Warner considering unretiring at 43
Kurt Warner, who quarterbacked the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl victory in 2009, considered making a comeback at 43 when his former team recently lost Drew Stanton to a sprained knee. KTAR in Arizona quoted Warner saying, “As crazy as it sounds, I actually did consider could I come back and play and help them? But the hope is that Drew’s injury won’t last long and that he will be able to be back out there and lead them in the playoffs.” The Cardinals have clinched a playoff berth, despite losing 35-6 to Seattle. However, even if they wanted to sign Warner, that would not be possible, as he’s on the retired list and cannot be signed during the last 30 days of a season.
Bears’ Conte says NFL career is worth dying young
Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte, who has had two concussions this season and numerous other injuries during his football career, says the health risks are worth it. Conte, 25, told WBBM radio in Chicago: “I’d rather have the experience of playing and, who knows, die 10, 15 years earlier than not be able to play in the NFL and live a long life.” Longevity studies show that NFL players have a life expectancy of less than 60, with concussions being the main factor.
Brent Grimes’ wife is no fan of Ryan Tannehill
Miko Grimes, wife of Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, has a weekly radio show on 560 WQAM, and she’s outspoken about her impressions of the team. One of her targets is QB Ryan Tannehill, who by most accounts is playing well, considering that his offensive line has lost three of its starters. “Ryan Tannehill is not getting balls where they need to go,” she said. “Somebody needs to make a decision on what we’re going to do.” Asked if Tannehill had the support of his teammates, she said, “There are some that are on one side and a lot that are on the other side.”
Brady’s sideline language provokes complaints to FCC
New England’s Tom Brady is drawing attention for more than his stellar quarterbacking on the field. What he says on the sidelines is bringing criticism. Television video and audio have caught him numerous times this season spewing profanity. So much so that some viewers have complained to the Federal Communications Commission. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, who last month drew a $100,000 fine for obscene language, told the New York Daily News – very much tongue in cheek — that when he recently watched film of Brady, “I was offended by the language. . . . I’m thinking, ‘Boy, that fine’s got to be hefty because that’s one, two, three, four, five of those bad boys, I think.’”
Pelini issues profane tirade against Nebraska AD
Soon after he was introduced as Youngstown State’s new head football coach, Bo Pelini found himself enmeshed in controversy surrounding his exit from the U of Nebraska after he was fired. The Omaha World-Herald reported that audio tape shows Pelini giving a farewell speech to his players in which he used profanity while lashing out at Nebraska’s athletics director Shawn Eichorst. “He’s a f—ing lawyer who makes policies. That’s all he’s done since he’s been here, hire people and make policies to cover his own ass. . . . Look at his team of people. C’mon, man, I’d rather f—ing work at McDonald’s than work with some of those guys.” The World-Herald reported that Pelini is due $7.9 million buyout compensation, but it is tied to a non-disparagement clause, which he may have violated with his rant to the team.