Cooper Helfet is an American football tight end, a free agent. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012, he played college football at Duke. Helfet attended Mark Day School for elementary and middle school and Redwood High School, where he played football and lacrosse; as a senior, he earned first team all-conference honors. He was recruited by college football scouts, only receiving attention from FCS football programs including the University of San Diego and various Ivy League programs. However, he committed to Johns Hopkins University on a full lacrosse scholarship. Helfet accepted a full lacrosse scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, where he played lacrosse for the Blue Jays in the fall of 2007. After one semester at Johns Hopkins, Helfet transferred to Santa Rosa Junior College with hopes of pursuing a football career. Helfet started his collegiate career at Santa Rosa Junior College in California, he was one of the few junior college players to transfer to Duke University.
In his junior year, his first season at Duke, he was named as an honorable mention All-ACC. In his senior season, he was among the players named to the 33-member watch list for the John Mackey Award, he was selected to the pre-season All-ACC by both Lindy's Sports second team and Athlon Sports third team prior to his senior season. On May 16, 2012, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. On August 31, he was released. On January 17, 2013, he re-signed with the Seahawks to a futures contract. On August 31, 2013, he was released. On September 2, 2013, he was signed to the practice squad. On February 5, 2014, he was signed to a reserve/future contract, he would remain on part of the 2016 season. On October 11, 2016, Helfet was signed to the Oakland Raiders' practice squad, he signed a reserve/future contract with the Raiders on January 9, 2017. On July 25, 2017, the Raiders placed Helfet on the Non-Football Injury List, he was released on September 2, 2017. Seattle Seahawks bio
Tackle (gridiron football position)
Tackle is a playing position in American and Canadian football. In the one-platoon system prevalent in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a tackle played on both offense and defense. In the modern system of specialized units, offensive tackle and defensive tackle are separate positions, the stand-alone term "tackle" refers to the offensive tackle position only; the offensive tackle is a position on the offensive line and right. Like other offensive linemen, their job is to block: to physically keep defenders away from the offensive player who has the football and enable him to advance the football and score a touchdown; the term "tackle" is a vestige of an earlier era of football in which the same players played both offense and defense. A tackle is the strong position on the offensive line, they power their blocks with quick steps and maneuverability. The tackles are in charge of the outside protection. If the tight end goes out for a pass, the tackle must cover everyone that his guard does not, plus whoever the tight end is not covering.
They defend against defensive ends. In the NFL, offensive tackles measure over 6 ft 4 in and 300 lb. According to Sports Illustrated football journalist Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman, offensive tackles achieve the highest scores, relative to the other positional groups, on the Wonderlic Test, with an average of 26; the Wonderlic is taken before the draft to assess each player's aptitude for learning and problem solving. The right tackle is the team's best run blocker. Most running plays are towards the strong side of the offensive line; the right tackle will face the defending team's best run stoppers. He must be able to gain traction in his blocks so that the running back can find a hole to run through; the left tackle is the team's best pass blocker. Of the two tackles, the left tackles will have better footwork and agility than the right tackle in order to counteract the pass rush of defensive ends; when a quarterback throws a forward pass, the quarterback's shoulders are aligned perpendicular to the line of scrimmage, with the non-dominant shoulder closer to downfield.
Right-handed quarterbacks, the majority of players in the position, thus turn their backs to defenders coming from the left side, creating a vulnerable "blind side" that the left tackle must protect. A 2006 book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, made into a 2009 motion picture, sheds much light on the workings of the left tackle position; the book and the film's introduction discuss how the annual salary of left tackles in the NFL skyrocketed in the mid-1990s. Premier left tackles are now sought after, are the second highest paid players on a roster after the quarterback. Recent examples include Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson, Matt Kalil, Trent Williams, Jake Long, Joe Thomas
History of the San Diego Chargers
The professional American football team now known as the Los Angeles Chargers played in San Diego, California as the San Diego Chargers from 1961 to 2017 before relocating back to Los Angeles where the team played their inaugural 1960. The Chargers franchise relocated from Los Angeles to San Diego in 1961; the Chargers' first home game in San Diego was at Balboa Stadium against the Oakland Raiders on September 17, 1961. Their last game as a San Diego-based club was played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on January 1, 2017 against the Kansas City Chiefs, who defeated the host Chargers, 30–13; the Chargers played in four of the first five AFL national championship games -- winning once. In the early years, the wide receiver, Lance Alworth made 543 receptions for 10,266 yards in his career of eleven AFL and NFL seasons, he made a record at ninety-six consecutive games with a reception. With players such as Alworth, Paul Lowe, Keith Lincoln and John Hadl, the Chargers reached the AFL championship game four times and won it once.
In 1959, the team began as the "Los Angeles Chargers" when they entered the American Football League, joining seven other teams: the Denver Broncos, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, New York Titans, Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots. The Chargers' first owner was Barron Hilton, the son of Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotels corporation. Lamar Hunt, instrumental in organizing the AFL, said that he had asked Gene Mako for a suggestion for somebody to start a team in Los Angeles and he recommended Hilton. Hunt said that he visited Hilton for less than an hour and Hilton agreed to start a team. Barron Hilton held a contest to find a name for his team; the prize was a trip to Mexico. A man from Hollywood named Gerald Courtney won. Conrad Hilton said, "I liked because they were yelling "charge" and sounding the bugle at Dodger Stadium and at USC games". Hunt said he thought Hilton picked the team name from the first batch of letters as publicity for his new charge account business Carte Blanche.
The team's first general manager was a former University of Notre Dame football coach. The team's first head coach was Sid Gillman from the Los Angeles Rams, his strength lay in offense innovation and he was honoured in the Hall of Fame. Gillman signed a contract with the team for three years; when Frank Leahy resigned due to poor health, Gillman became the general manager in addition to his coaching role. The Chargers planned to play at the Rose Bowl, but instead signed a lease to play at the Los Angeles Coliseum; the Chargers were to host the first AFL national championship game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1961. However, as its attendance for home games was falling below 10,000 league and ABC television officials fearing that showing empty seats in the 100,000+ seat Coliseum might jeopardize the entire league persuaded the Chargers to give up the advantage and move the game to Houston. In December 1960, reports surfaced that Chargers were considering relocation offers from San Diego and Seattle.
Greg Gregston of the San Diego Union reported that the Chargers "have learned in one season that Los Angeles has been saturated beyond sensible proportions with sports." In January 1961, the team announced the move to Balboa Stadium in San Diego. Hilton was reported to have lost $900,000 in the first season. San Diego would spend $250,000 to increase stadium seating from 22,000 to 30,000; the Junior Chamber Commerce reported. Seating was increased more in May 1961 with upper deck bring the total capacity to 34,000. By Detroit native George Pernicano had become a minor shareholder in the team. In the 1961 season, their first in San Diego, the team's defense made forty-nine pass interceptions; the term, "Fearsome Foursome" described the 1961 Chargers' defensive players' lineup. The anchoring players were Ernie Ladd; the "Fearsome Foursome" phrase was used by other NFL teams. In 1961, the Chargers lost the championship to Houston by ten points to three with 29,556 patrons attending the game at Balboa Stadium.
In 1962, the team won four games and lost ten, including eight of the final nine games of the season. This was due to injuries. In the 1963 season, eight Charger players scored in the final week. Paul Lowe rushed over 183 yards, scoring 2 touchdowns on 17 carries. In the championship game, the Chargers beat Denver 58 points to 20 and became the AFL West champions; the season ended a week late due to a postponement of games after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963; the Chargers won the 1963 AFL title when they defeated the Boston Patriots 51 points to 10. Spectators numbering 30,127 attended the game at Balboa Stadium. Keith Lincoln's effort made up 349 yards of the total offense. In 1964, the Chargers played the New York Jets resulting in 17 points each. 50,222 spectators attended the game at New York. The game earned $46,828 in entrance fees. On Thanksgiving Day, Buffalo defeated the Chargers 27-24 at Balboa Stadium; the attendance was 34,865 spectators. The Chargers won their fourth AFL West title by defeating the Jets 38-3 before 25,753 spectators at Balboa Stadium.
Lance Alworth left the game with a knee injury, the fullback, Keith Lincoln was sidelined in the first quarter with a fractured rib. At the 1964 championship game in Buffalo, the Chargers were beaten 20-7; the AFL teams signed a five-year tel
Super Bowl LI
Super Bowl LI was an American football game played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017, to determine the champion of the National Football League for the 2016 season. The American Football Conference champion New England Patriots, after trailing by as many as 25 points during the third quarter, defeated the National Football Conference champion Atlanta Falcons, 34–28 in overtime; the Patriots' 25-point comeback is the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, Super Bowl LI was the first to be decided in overtime. The Patriots' victory was their fifth, moved them into a three-way tie with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers for second place on the all-time Super Bowl wins list, trailing only the Pittsburgh Steelers who have six victories. New England, after finishing the regular season with a league-best 14–2 record, advanced to their record-setting ninth Super Bowl appearance, their second in three years, their seventh under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
The Falcons entered the game after completing an 11–5 regular season record, were trying to win their first Super Bowl title, having lost their only previous appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII. After a scoreless first quarter, Atlanta scored 21 points before New England made a field goal with two seconds left in the second quarter, to make it a 21–3 halftime lead; the Falcons increased their lead to 28–3 midway through the third quarter, with quarterback Matt Ryan completing his second touchdown pass. The Patriots scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game, 28–28, with 57 seconds left in regulation. New England won the overtime coin toss, received the kickoff and drove 75 yards to win with a 2-yard touchdown run by running back James White; when the game ended, more than 30 team and individual Super Bowl records had been either broken or matched. White's 14 receptions and his 20 points scored. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who broke single-game Super Bowl records with 43 completed passes, 62 pass attempts, 466 passing yards, was named Super Bowl MVP for a record fourth time.
Fox's broadcast of the game averaged around 111.3 million viewers down from the 111.9 million viewers of the previous year's Super Bowl, while the total number of viewers for all or part of the game hit a record number of 172 million. Average TV viewership for the halftime show, headlined by Lady Gaga, was higher at 117.5 million. On the following day a number of media outlets hailed the game as the greatest Super Bowl of all time; the NFL selected the sites for Super Bowl 50 and Super Bowl LI at the owners' spring meetings in Boston on May 21, 2013. On October 16, 2012, the NFL announced that Reliant Stadium in Houston, renamed NRG Stadium in 2014, was a finalist to host Super Bowl LI. Houston competed against the runner-up for the site of Super Bowl 50: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida; the South Florida bid for either Super Bowl depended on whether the stadium underwent renovations. However, on May 3, the Florida Legislature refused to approve the funding plan to pay for the renovations, dealing a blow to South Florida's chances.
The NFL selected Houston as the host city of Super Bowl LI. This was the second Super Bowl to be held at NRG Stadium, the other being Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, which featured the New England Patriots against that season's NFC South champion Carolina Panthers, it was the third time the Super Bowl has been played in Houston, with Super Bowl VIII in 1974 having been held at Rice Stadium. With the Astros baseball team reaching the World Series eight months Houston would become just the fourth city to host both the Super Bowl and Fall Classic in the same calendar year, following San Diego and Arlington, the first among the four to win the Major League Baseball championship. Proposition 1, an ordinance which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in Houston's housing, public accommodations, city contracting, was rejected by voters during the November 3, 2015 elections. Subsequently, the NFL announced it would not alter plans to have the city host Super Bowl LI.
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair donated $10,000 to Campaign for Houston, an organization that opposes the ordinance, which he rescinded. In 2016, New England tied an NFL record. Though starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games, All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski was lost to injury in midseason, the Patriots still recorded an NFL-best 14–2 record, they scored 441 points while allowing the fewest in the league. Brady missed the first four games of the year on suspension due to a 2014 postseason incident known as Deflategate. Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett each started two games in Brady's place. After his suspension ended, Brady took back command of the offense and went on to earn his 12th Pro Bowl selection, passing for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns, with only two interceptions, while his 112.2 passer rating ranked second in the NFL. The team's leading receiver was Julian Edelman, who caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards and added 135 more returning punts. Wide receivers Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell were significant receiving threats.
Gronkowski caught 25 passes for 540 yards before suffering a season-ending back injury in week 13. Tight end Martellus Bennett stepp
Richard Sherman (American football)
Richard Kevin Sherman is an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times and voted All-Pro four times, including three times to the first team. He led the NFL in interceptions in 2013, when he helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl. Sherman played college football for the Stanford Cardinal, beginning his career as a wide receiver before moving to cornerback as a junior, he was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Since entering the league, he defended passes of any active player. During his time as a member of the Seahawks, Sherman was part of the "Legion of Boom", the Seahawks' starting secondary which contributed to Seattle having the best pass defense in the NFL in 2013; this unit helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks made it to Super Bowl XLIX the following season losing in a close game against the New England Patriots.
During his time with the Seahawks they led the league in scoring defense four years straight between 2012-2015, making them the first team to do so since the 1950s Cleveland Browns. Sherman was born in Compton, where he attended Dominguez High School, starring in football and track and field; as a senior in 2005, he accounted for 1,030 all-purpose yards, including 870 yards on 28 catches and three punt returns for touchdowns. He recorded 45 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception as a defensive back, helped Dominguez to a CIF Southern Section Division III title with a 41–14 victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School in the championship game, he graduated from Dominguez High School in 2006, where his classmates voted him the "Male student most to succeed." A scholar-athlete, he was salutatorian in his high school class. He graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA. As a member of the school's track team, Sherman was named a USA Today All-American after winning the California state title in the triple jump, with a mark of 15.44 meters, was the 7th ranked triple jumper in California in 2005.
He made it to the finals of the state meet in the 110-meter hurdles, placing third with a time of 13.99 seconds, finished sixth in the long jump, with a mark of 7.25 meters. He was timed at 10.77 seconds in the 100 meters. Recruiting Sherman received an athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University, where he played for the Stanford Cardinal football team from 2006 to 2010, he began his career at Stanford as a wide receiver and led the Cardinal in receiving as a freshman in 2006 while being named a Freshman All-American. In the 2006 season, he had 34 receptions for three receiving touchdowns, he caught 47 passes over the next two years before suffering a season-ending knee injury after playing in the first four games in 2008, which became a redshirt year. He was granted his request to switch to cornerback after his injury and made 112 tackles over his final two years, with six interceptions, he was part of the 2010 Stanford Cardinal team that finished a school record. Sherman is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in communication.
He began work towards his master's degree when he returned for a fifth year during his final year of eligibility. On January 29, 2011, Sherman played in the 2011 Senior Bowl and deflected two passes as part of Marvin Lewis' North team that lost 24-10 to the South. Sherman was added as a late replacement after Curtis Marsh Jr. sustained a hamstring injury on the first day of practice. His Senior Bowl performance was expected to raise his draft stock. Sherman completed all of the combine and positional drills. On March 17, 2011, Sherman participated at Stanford's pro day and attempted to improve on his combine performance, he performed the 40-yard dash, 20-yard dash, 10-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, short shuttle, three-cone drill. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Sherman was projected to be selected anywhere from the fourth to sixth rounds by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts; the Sporting News projected Sherman to be a second round pick and Fox Sports' Peter Schrager projected Sherman to be a fifth round pick.
He was ranked as the fourth best cornerback in the draft by The Sporting News, was ranked the 22nd best cornerback by USA Today, was ranked the 24th cornerback prospect by DraftScout.com, was ranked the 30th best cornerback by Pro Football Weekly. The Seattle Seahawks selected Sherman in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Sherman was the 25th cornerback drafted in 2011. While watching the draft with his family at home, Sherman was "livid" about players he perceived as inferior players were getting drafted before him. On July 22, 2011, the Seattle Seahawks signed Sherman to a four-year, $2.22 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $182,424. Throughout training camp, Sherman competed to be a starting cornerback against Walter Thurmond, Kelly Jennings, Byron Maxwell, Brandon Browner, Kennard Cox. Head coach Pete Carroll named Sherman the fourth cornerback on the depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Marcus Trufant, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, he made his professional regular season debut in the Seattle Seahawks' season-opening 33–17 loss at the San Francisco 49ers.
In Week 4, Sherman made his first career solo tackle during a 13-yard punt return by wide receiver Eric