Javon Alexander "Alex" Mack is an American football center for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of California, was drafted by the Cleveland Browns 21st overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Mack was born in California, he attended San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, where he was named the Channel League's Co-Most Valuable Player on defense and earned a first-team all-league selection. He was selected to the All-CIF team. In the classroom, he compiled an 1180 SAT score. Considered a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Mack chose California over Stanford. In addition to football, Mack wrestled for four years with the Royals, losing only two matches his senior year and reaching the state final, he was a CIF champion as a senior. Mack played for the California Golden Bears football team while attending the University of California, Berkeley, he made 39 consecutive starts for the Golden Bears registering 256 key blocks/knockdowns, 32 touchdown-resulting blocks and 29 down field blocks.
Mack compiled a 3.61 undergraduate GPA at the University of California, Berkeley as a legal studies major. He played the 2008 season as a graduate student in education, he won the Draddy Trophy dubbed the "academic Heisman", for his academic success in 2008, becoming the first Cal player and the second consecutive center to earn the trophy, following Dallas Griffin of Texas. He won the Morris Trophy in 2007 and 2008, making him the third offensive lineman and the first since Washington's Lincoln Kennedy in 1991 and 1992 to win the award twice. Mack represented Cal at the 2009 Senior Bowl. Projected as a first-to-second rounder by Sports Illustrated, Mack was the highest ranked center available in the 2009 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 21st overall selection. He was the first Golden Bears offensive lineman selected in the first round since Tarik Glenn in 1997. Mack signed a five-year contract with the Browns on July 25. During the 2009 NFL season, Mack started on the Browns offensive line every game.
After a shaky start, the Browns line, anchored by Joe Thomas, paved the way to three consecutive 100+ yard games by Jerome Harrison and one game in which Harrison ran for 286 yards, which stands at third all-time in one game. At the end of the regular season, Mack was selected as center on the All-Rookie team, he committed only 1 penalty and allowed just 1 sack. During the 2010 NFL season, Mack again started every game for the Browns, he was named to the 2011 Pro Bowl roster as a second alternate to replace Nick Mangold. During week 5 of the 2011 NFL season, Mack played through appendicitis during a loss to the Tennessee Titans. Mack had an appendectomy during Cleveland's bye week and came back and started against the Oakland Raiders the week after the bye week. On December 27, 2013, Alex Mack was voted to his first Pro Bowl Selection, after having been added in 2011 to replace an injured player. On April 9, 2014, it was announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars had offered Mack a five-year contract, worth $42 million.
The Browns had a maximum of five days to match Jacksonville's offer, which they did on April 11. Mack had been assigned the transition tag, nullifying his free agency unless a team signed Mack to an offer sheet. During Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 12, 2014, Mack was carted off the field due to a leg injury. X-rays tested positive that his leg had a broken fibula, forcing Mack out for the rest of the 2014 campaign. Prior to Mack's injury, he had never missed a single snap in his professional career. On March 2, 2016, Mack voided his contract with the Cleveland Browns thus making him a free agent. On March 9, 2016, Mack signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons, including $28.5 million in guaranteed money. In the 2016 season and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots. Mack was the starting center in the game for the Falcons. In the Super Bowl, the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat. On December 19, 2017, Mack was named to his fifth Pro Bowl.
On December 18, 2018, Mack was named to his sixth Pro Bowl. Atlanta Falcons bio Cleveland Browns bio California Golden Bears bio
Brian Hill (American football)
Brian Hill is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He played college football for the Wyoming Cowboys. Hill played high school football at Belleville High School-West. Hill attended and played college football at Wyoming from 2014–2016; as a freshman in 2014, he rushed for seven touchdowns. On November 1, 2014, against Fresno State, he had 23 carries for 281 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with three receptions for 106 yards; as a sophomore, he had four games. During the 2015 regular season, Hill had 1,631 rushing yards on 281 carries for an average of 5.8 yards per carry to go along with six rushing touchdowns. On November 18, 2015, Hill was named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, he is Wyoming's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2008. He broke Ryan Christopherson's single-season Wyoming record of 1,455 yards set in 1994. On Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Nevada, Hill rushed for a career-high 289 yards and scored a career-high three touchdowns.
Overall, he finished the 2016 season with 1,860 rushing 22 rushing touchdowns. Source: Hill was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round, 156th overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft, he was the 16th running back selected in that year's draft. He was re-signed to the practice squad. On November 14, 2017, Hill was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals off the Falcons' practice squad, he finished his rookie season with 11 carries for 37 yards to go along with two receptions for 36 yards. On September 1, 2018, Hill was waived by the Bengals. On September 3, 2018, Hill was signed to the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad, he was promoted to the active roster on September 11, 2018. In Week 16, against the Carolina Panthers, he had eight. Atlanta Falcons bio Wyoming Cowboys bio
Hugh Thornton (American football)
Hugh Thornton is an American football guard for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football. He played college football at Illinois, was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Thornton was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Thornton attended Oberlin High School in Oberlin and played for the Oberlin Phoenix high school football team, he wrestled for the Oberlin HS wrestling team and in the 2008-2009 season placed third in Ohio at the OSHAA state tournament. Thornton enrolled in the University of Illinois, where he played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 2009 to 2012. Following his senior season in 2012, he was recognized as a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection; the Indianapolis Colts chose Thornton in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He began his rookie season as a backup to Donald Thomas at offensive guard. However, he was made a starter after Thomas sustained a season ending quadriceps tear in a week two loss to the Miami Dolphins, would go on to start 12 regular season games at left guard as a rookie, in addition to the two playoff games that the Colts played in that postseason.
In 2014, Thornton appeared in 8 as a starter. On December 28, 2015, Thornton was placed on injured reserve, he played in 13 games in 12 as a starter. On September 3, 2016, Thornton was placed on injured reserve. On March 21, 2017, Thornton signed with the Atlanta Falcons. On May 9, 2017, Thornton announced his retirement from the NFL. In 2019, Thornton came out of retirement and joined the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football, he was placed on injured reserve on January 30, 2019. He was activated from injured reserve on March 13, 2019; when Thornton was twelve years old, his mother and sister were murdered by his mother's ex-boyfriend in his childhood home in Jamaica. Indianapolis Colts bio Illinois Fighting Illini bio
Eric Saubert is an American football tight end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He played college football at Drake. On December 5, 2016, it was announced that Saubert had accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 East–West Shrine Game, he impressed scouts and analysts throughout practices for the Shrine Game, displaying his athleticism, receiving ability, received praises from multiple media members, including NFL analyst Mike Mayock. On January 21, 2017, Saubert played in the East–West Shrine Game and was part of an East team that lost 10–3 to the West, he was unable to record a reception although he was targeted twice. On January 26, 2017, it was announced that Saubert would be a late addition to play in the 2017 Senior Bowl, he Attended two days and was a part of Cleveland Browns' head coach Hue Jackson's South team that defeated the North 16-15. He was unable to record a reception with top draft prospects O. J. Howard, David Njoku, Gerald Everett on his team and only having a day of practice.
Saubert was one of 19 collegiate tight ends to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He tied for second amongst his position group in the bench press, fifth in the broad jump, eighth in the vertical jump and opted to only perform those drills. On March 28, 2017, Saubert attended Iowa State's pro day and performed all of the combine drills and positional drills, he ran receiving drills with Cincinnati Bengals' tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes for the 33 team representatives and scouts who attended from 22 NFL teams. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Saubert was projected to be a fifth or sixth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts, he was ranked the 12th best tight end prospect in the draft by CBS Sports and was ranked the 13th best tight end by NFLDraftScout.com. The Atlanta Falcons selected Saubert in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, he was the first player selected from Drake since Pat Dunsmore was selected in the fourth round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
Saubert was the 12th tight end drafted in 2017 and was the 20th player drafted in Drake University history. On May 11, 2017, the Atlanta Falcons signed Saubert to a four-year, $2.62 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $227,388. With the departure of Jacob Tamme in free agency, Saubert competed for the starting tight end job throughout training camp, against Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo. Head coach Dan Quinn named him the third string tight end to begin the regular season, he made his professional regular season debut in the Atlanta Falcons' season-opening 23-17 victory at the Chicago Bears. He did not record any statistics. Atlanta Falcons bio Drake Bulldogs bio
LSU Tigers football
The LSU Tigers football program known as the Fighting Tigers, represents Louisiana State University in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. LSU ranks 16th most in victories in NCAA Division I FBS history and claims three National Championships, 15 conference championships, 35 consensus All-Americans; as of the beginning of the 2018 NFL season, 40 former LSU players were on active rosters in the NFL, the second most of any college program. The team plays in Tiger Stadium and Ed Orgeron is the head coach. Louisiana State University played its first football game in school history on November 25, 1893, losing to rival Tulane in the first intercollegiate contest in Louisiana; the game sparked the Green Wave that has lasted generations. The Tigers were coached by university professor Dr. Charles E. Coates, known for his work in the chemistry of sugar.
Future Louisiana governor Ruffin G. Pleasant was the captain of the LSU team. In the first game against Tulane, LSU football players wore purple and gold ribbons on their uniforms. According to legend and gold were chosen because they were Mardi Gras colors, the green was sold out; the rules of play in 1893 were more like rugby than. LSU achieved its first victory by beating Natchez Athletic Club 26–0 in 1894. Samuel Marmaduke Dinwidie Clark has the honor of scoring the first touchdown in LSU history; the first football game played on the LSU campus was at State Field on December 3, 1894, a loss against Mississippi. LSU's only touchdown in that game was scored by Albert Simmons; this was the first year of play for William S. Slaughter. Slaughter was LSU's first five time football letterman. By 1895, LSU had its first win in Baton Rouge; the 1896 team was the first to be called the "Tigers" and went undefeated, winning the school's first conference championship in the school's first year as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the first southern athletics conference.
Coach Allen Jeardeau returned for his second but final year at LSU in 1897 for two games in Baton Rouge. A yellow fever outbreak throughout the South caused the postponement of LSU's classes starting, the football season being cut back to only two games. Another outbreak of yellow fever similar to the one in 1897 caused LSU to play only one game in 1898. By the time LSU was able to play its only game of the season, Allen Jeardeau had departed from the school as head football coach, no provision had been made to replace him; the job of coach fell to the team's captain, Edmond Chavanne. New coach John P. Gregg led the Tigers to a 1–4 season in 1899, including a loss to the "iron men" of Sewanee; the only wins were in an exhibition game against a high school team—which LSU does not record as a win—and against rival, Tulane. Chavanne was rehired in 1900, he was replaced by W. S. Borland as head coach in 1901 -- 1 season. After a 22–2 loss to Tulane, LSU protested to the SIAA and alleged that Tulane had used a professional player during the game.
Several months the SIAA ruled the game an 11–0 forfeit in favor of LSU. The seven-game 1902 season was the longest yet for the Tigers and featured the most games on the road; the 1903 season broke the previous season's record, with nine games. Dan A. Killian coached the team from 1904 to 1906. Running back René A. Messa made the All-Southern team in 1904. Edgar Wingard coached the team in 1907 and 1908. In 1907, LSU became the first American college football team to play on foreign soil in the 1907 Bacardi Bowl against the University of Havana on Christmas Day in Havana, Cuba. LSU won 56–0. John Seip ran back a 67-yard punt return; the 1908 team posted an undefeated 10–0 record. Quarterback Doc Fenton led the nation in scoring with 132 points, he threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Mike Lally in the win over Auburn. The National Championship Foundation retroactively awarded 1908 LSU the national championship though it is not claimed by LSU; this season led to an SIAA championship. Auburn and Vanderbilt were among those listed as alternative conference champions.
1910 was a disastrous year for the Tigers. After a strong 1909 campaign which saw their only conference loss come to SIAA champion Sewanee, the team lost some star power with Lally and center Robert L. Stovall all graduating. In 1912, coach Pat Dwyer developed a "kangaroo play" in which back Lawrence Dupont would crawl between offensive lineman Tom Dutton's legs. Fullback Alf Reid made the All-Southern team in 1913. LSU's largest loss margin came on October 1914 in a game against Texas A&M in Dallas, Texas. In 1916, three different coaches led the team for parts of the season; the coaches were E. T. MacDonnell, Irving Pray, College Football Hall of Fame coach Dana X. Bible. Due to World War I, no games were scheduled or played for the 1918 season by LSU. Pray served as head coach full seasons in 1919 and 1922, compiling a total record of 11–9 at LSU. In 1923, Mike Donahue left Auburn to become the seventeenth head football coach at LSU. 1924 saw the first game played at the newly built Tiger Stadium, with an original seating capacity of 12,000.
Donahue retired after the 1927 season. Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin recommended Russ Cohen for the LSU coaching job, which he accepted in 1928; that season, offensive tackle Jess Ti
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League where the champion of the National Football Conference competes against the champion of the American Football Conference. The game is the culmination of a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Roman numerals are used to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 1967, following the 1966 regular season; the sole exception to this naming convention tradition occurred with Super Bowl 50, played on February 7, 2016, following the 2015 regular season, the following year, the nomenclature returned to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI, following the 2016 regular season. The upcoming Super Bowl is Super Bowl LIV, scheduled for February 2, 2020, following the 2019 regular season; the game was created as a part of the merger agreement between the NFL and its then-rival, the American Football League. It was agreed that the two's champion teams would play in the AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was to begin in 1970.
After the merger, each league was redesignated as a "conference", the game has since been played between the conference champions to determine the NFL's league champion. The National Football Conference leads the league with 27 wins to 26 wins for the American Football Conference; the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots have the most Super Bowl championship titles, with six. The New England Patriots have the most Super Bowl appearances, with eleven. Tom Brady has six Super Bowl rings, the record for the most rings won by a single player; the day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some as an unofficial American national holiday, is called "Super Bowl Sunday". It is the second-largest day for U. S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the Super Bowl has been the most-watched American television broadcast of the year. S. television history are Super Bowls. In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most-watched American television program in history with an average audience of 114.4 million viewers, the fifth time in six years the game had set a record, starting with Super Bowl XLIV, which itself had taken over the number-one spot held for 27 years by the final episode of M*A*S*H.
The Super Bowl is among the most-watched sporting events in the world all audiences being North American, is second to the UEFA Champions League final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The NFL restricts the use of its "Super Bowl" trademark; because of the high viewership, commercial airtime during the Super Bowl broadcast is the most expensive of the year, leading to companies developing their most expensive advertisements for this broadcast. As a result and discussing the broadcast's commercials has become a significant aspect of the event. In addition, popular singers and musicians including Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga have performed during the event's pre-game and halftime ceremonies. For four decades after its 1920 inception, the NFL fended off several rival leagues. In 1960, it encountered its most serious competitor; the AFL vied with the NFL for fans.
The original "bowl game" was the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, first played in 1902 as the "Tournament East-West football game" as part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and moved to the new Rose Bowl Stadium in 1923. The stadium got its name from the fact that the game played there was part of the Tournament of Roses and that it was shaped like a bowl, much like the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut; the Tournament of Roses football game came to be known as the Rose Bowl Game. Exploiting the Rose Bowl Game's popularity, post-season college football contests were created for Miami, New Orleans, El Paso in 1935, for Dallas in 1937. By the time the first Super Bowl was played, the term "bowl" for any major American football game was well established. Lamar Hunt, owner of the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, first used the term "Super Bowl" to refer to the NFL-AFL championship game in the merger meetings. Hunt said the name was in his head because his children had been playing with a Super Ball toy.
In a July 25, 1966, letter to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Hunt wrote, "I have kiddingly called it the'Super Bowl,' which can be improved upon." The leagues' owners chose the name "AFL–NFL Championship Game", but in July 1966 the Kansas City Star quoted Hunt in discussing "the Super Bowl — that's my term for the championship game between the two leagues", the media began using the term. Although the league stated in 1967 that "not many people like it", asking for suggestions and considering alternatives such as "Merger Bowl" and "The Game", the Associated Press reported that "Super Bowl" "grew and grew and grew-until it reached the point that there was Super Week, Super Sunday, Super Teams, Super Players, ad infinitum". "Super Bowl" became official beginning with the third annual game. Roman numerals were first affixed for the fifth edition, in January 1971. After the NFL's Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls, some team owners feared for the future of the merger. At the time, many doubted the c
Blidi Bertrand Wreh-Wilson is an American football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he played college football at Connecticut. Wreh-Wilson attended General McLane High School in Edinboro, where he was a four-sport star in football, basketball and soccer, he played for the McLane Lancers high school football team. He was an honorable mention all-state pick as a senior. Rated only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, he committed to Connecticut over an offer from Buffalo. In track, he ran the 100-meter dash in 11.4 seconds, the 400-meter dash in 51.03 seconds. While attending the University of Connecticut, Wreh-Wilson played for the Connecticut Huskies football team from 2008 to 2012. After being redshirted in 2008, Wreh-Wilson saw action in all 13 games of the 2009 season, he started nine games, including the final seven games of the season, recorded a total of 40 tackles and one interception.
Wreh-Wilson started all 13 games for the Huskies at the cornerback position in 2010. He had four interceptions on the season, two of which were returned for touchdowns, recorded 57 tackles, five pass deflections, one fumble recovery. In the 2011 season, Wreh-Wilson only played in eight games due to a knee injury, but managed to start all eight games, recorded 37 tackles, including two for a loss, along with two interceptions and seven pass deflections; as a senior in 2012, Wreh-Wilson played in and started 11 games, was honored as the team's Most Valuable Player. He was a second-team All-Big East selection and recorded 47 tackles, nine pass deflections, an interception; the Tennessee Titans chose Wreh-Wilson in the third round, with the 70th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed his four-year rookie contract with the Titans on June 20, 2013; as a rookie, he played in 13 games in a reserve role and contributed nine tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass defensed, one forced fumble while adding five tackles and one forced fumble on special teams.
In 2014, Wreh-Wilson started 11 games at cornerback and ranked second on the team with 10 passes defensed. He recorded 57 tackles, an interception, a quarterback pressure in the 2014 season. On August 28, 2016, Wreh-Wilson was waived by the Titans. On November 29, 2016, Wreh-Wilson was signed by the Atlanta Falcons, he was released by the Falcons on December 9, 2016. Wreh-Wilson was inactive for the Falcons' 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. On March 10, 2017, Wreh-Wilson signed a one-year contract with the Falcons. On March 10, 2018, Wreh-Wilson signed a one-year contract extension with the Falcons. On February 22, 2019, Wreh-Wilson signed another one-year contract extension with the Falcons. Wreh-Wilson's parents are from Liberia. Atlanta Falcons bio UCONN Huskies bio