Posts by Ted Brauneck

RotoRadar Podcast Episode 5

NFP is pleased to present On the RotoRadar. In partnership with RotoRadar, the podcast will dig deep into DFS advice with their experts as well as NFL best bets from professional sports bettor, Christian Pina. Pina will analyze which games are getting action and why, and provide opportunistic spots and angles including prop bets.

NFP is pleased to present On the RotoRadar. In partnership with RotoRadar, the podcast will dig deep into DFS advice with their experts as well as NFL best bets from professional sports bettor, Christian Pina. Pina will analyze which games are getting action and why, and provide opportunistic spots and angles including prop bets.

DFS analysts and experts include Cash Game Pro Analyst, OnceHarby went an amazing 18-3 last Season. GPP Pro Analyst, FadeToBlack has qualified for three FanDuel Live Finals. Handicapping Pro Analyst and @Ericsports

 

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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Pro Football Doc Podcast: Week 4

As we head into week four of the 2018 NFL season injuries are starting to pile up. Should Aaron Rodgers be expected to make it through the season considering his previous injuries? Is Garoppolo's injury serious? how long should I expect a player in my fantasy league to be out if they're on injured reserve? 

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As we head into week four of the 2018 NFL season injuries are starting to pile up. Should Aaron Rodgers be expected to make it through the season considering his previous injuries? Is Garoppolo’s injury serious? how long should I expect a player in my fantasy league to be out if they’re on injured reserve? 

Dr. David Chao’s Pro Football Doc Podcast breaks down everything the common fan needs to know about ACL tears, concussions, and other injuries in the NFL.

Dr. Chao, an internationally known sports medicine expert, has been practicing orthopedic surgery in San Diego, California for the past 17 years at OASIS, Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine. He is the former head team physician for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013), where he specializes in orthopedic sports injuries. He has also served as Chief Medical Officer for more than two dozen Summer and Winter X Games, team physician for the USA Sevens Rugby team, medical consultant for WWE, host physician for the U.S. Olympic committee and has consulted with the NBA, MLB, and NHL Players.  Dr. Chao attended Harvard before receiving his medical degree from Northwestern School of Medicine at Chicago.

In National Football Post’s previous incarnation Dr. David Chao had a column on sports injuries called Monday Morning MD. He opined about everything from how injury decisions are made, that all meniscus tears are not the same, to when to play or sit a player in his article Smart to Sit.

 

In this episode of the Pro Football Doc Podcast, Dr. Chao interviews NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Dr. Chao also breaks down injuries from Week 3 in the NFL and takes a few followers questions from Twitter.

You can follow David on Twitter @ProFootballDoc.

Pro Football Doc Podcast

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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Fanalytics Podcast 17: Nike and Colin Kaepernick

In Episode 17 economist Tom Smith and Mike Lewis analyze Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick in its “Just Do It” campaign. Is Nike pursuing the right branding strategy? Are they using Kaepernick to reposition the brand closer to Millennial and Generation Z sensibilities?

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Emory University Marketing Professor Mike Lewis weighs in on sports

In Episode 17 economist Tom Smith and Mike Lewis analyze Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick in its “Just Do It” campaign. Is Nike pursuing the right branding strategy? Are they using Kaepernick to reposition the brand closer to Millennial and Generation Z sensibilities?

Emory University Marketing Professor Mike Lewis weighs in on sports analytics – the business side and the on-field side. What makes us different? An academic perspective. This podcast is going to be rigorous both in terms of theory and in terms of statistics.  If you enjoyed this episode of Fanalytics previous episodes can be found here.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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NFL Ownership Position on Player Protests

Before the third preseason game of the 2016 NFL season, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem. His protest set off a slow-building storm across the league that effectively ended Kaepernick's career and brought politics into the middle of the sports arena. 

Two years later, there is no formal league-wide

Before the third preseason game of the 2016 NFL season, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem. His protest set off a slow-building storm across the league that effectively ended Kaepernick’s career and brought politics into the middle of the sports arena. 

Two years later, there is no formal league-wide policy on how to handle anthem protests. In May, the NFL announced that it would fine teams if players sat or kneeled. Two months later, after it was revealed that Miami Dolphins players would be suspended for up to four games for protesting, the league put its policy on hold. 
 
Every team and owner has handled the protests in different ways. This list serves as a cursory look at each NFL owner and their policy on the anthem protests. Many owners policies have been separated into two parts. For many owners they have had two separate stances. After Trump initially tweeted about the anthem in week 3 of the 2017 season, the owners responses were mostly to side with their players. Now that the owners have met and had a season to reflect on what it means for the business, most owners are taking a side of neutrality or support for punishing players who kneel.
 



AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Co-Owners: Terry and Kim Pegula

At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston in February, Kim Pegula said of the players protesting “They came in on the player side, so a lot of them just didn’t understand or know the impact that it had on the business, on the organization, on our community, good or bad. I do think there’s definitely an impact.”  She later added  “I wouldn’t shy away from it at all, because I think there is a common ground and I think a lot of it is just more about communicating and learning from each other on both sides and coming to some type of compromise at some points. And sometimes, you won’t be able to come to a compromise, but something usually gets done when that happens.”

The Pegulas bought the team in 2014 after the death of founder and original owner Ralph Wilson. 

 

Miami Dolphins

Owner: Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross released this statement through twitter on July 20th. The tweet and statement came after a reference from a leaked club document suggested that players could be fined or suspended for protesting.

New England Patriots

Owner: Robert Kraft

Back in 2017, Kraft seemed to take the side of the players when he criticized the president’s tone in a statement from September 2017.

Still, Kraft voted in favor of the new anthem policy which comes with penalties for players who kneel. The month before, at a confidential meeting about the anthem protests, Kraft called the president’s policies horrible. “The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, in that meeting as reported by the New York Times. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

New York Jets

Co-Owner: Woody Johnson and Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson is the acting chairman and CEO of the New York Jets while his brother Woody serves out his term as the U.S. Ambassador to Britain. In a May interview with Newsday Johnson said, “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. “I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Owner: Steve Bisciotti

Back in September, Steve Bisciotti released this statement, “We recognize our players’ influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”

Cincinnati Bengals

Owner: Mike Brown

Pro Football Talk reported that former 49ers safety and free agent Eric Reid met with the Bengals and talked with Brown personally.  According to PFT, Brown “initiated discussion regarding the issue of kneeling” and “the conversation almost exclusively centered on the topic.” During the conversation Brown told Reid he planned to prohibit kneeling during the anthem.

Cleveland Browns

Co-Owners: Jimmy and Dee Haslam

The owners of the Browns have been in conversations but haven’t put a clear stance on the record. The most recent statement defers to the ongoing discussions happening between the NFL and NFLPA.

“The league and the players’ association are working to come up with a win-win solution and I think there’s cautious optimism on both sides that that will happen,” Jimmy Haslam said. “So, until that happens, I don’t think we have any comment.”

Pittsburgh Steelers

Owner: Art Rooney II

After the policy to penalize players was put in place the Washington Post reported that Rooney said, “Those who are not comfortable standing for the anthem have the right to stay off the field.  We’re not forcing anybody to stand who doesn’t feel that that’s within the way they feel about particular subjects. But those that are on the field are going to be asked to stand. We’ve listened to a lot of different viewpoints, including our fans, over the last year. I think this policy is meant to come out at a place where we’re respecting everybody’s point of view on this as best we could.”

He later told the Post that he believes there is a “common ground” to be found that he is pleased at the NFLPA is willing to talk with the owners about a policy.

AFC South

Houston Texans

Owner: Bob McNair

The New York Times reported that during the confidential NFL meeting to discuss the national anthem protests in April, McNair thought that the players should influence their colleagues to stop kneeling, saying “You fellas need to ask your compadres, fellas, stop that other business, let’s go out and do something that really produces positive results, and we’ll help you.”

McNair is also the owner who compared the players to prisoners saying “we can’t have inmates running the prison.”

Indianapolis Colts

Owner: Jim Irsay

Back when the anthem protest first began in 2016 Jim Irsay told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, “I think it’s the wrong venue,” and that “It hasn’t been a positive thing. What we all have to be aware of as players, owners, PR people, equipment managers, is when the lights go on, we are entertainment. We are being paid to put on a show. There are other places to express yourself.”

In May, Irsay came out in favor of the league’s idea to fine players. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Owner: Shad Khan

Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement to Adam Schefter last year when he said, “Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms — race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the President make it harder.” Khan released the statement below after the policy vote in May. 

Tennessee Titans:

Owner: Amy Adams Strunk

Strunk herself hasn’t personally offered a statement, but before the protest policy was put on hold, WKRN reported that head coach Mike Vrabel said that if Titans players decide to stay inside during the national anthem they have Strunk’s full support. He said, “I told them this morning they had the entire organization’s and Miss Amy’s support to make a decision when that time came.” 

No Titans player has taken a knee and the team has not addressed how it will respond should a player decide to protest on the field.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

Owner: Clark Hunt

Last year, before a game with the Cowboys in November Clark Hunt said, “When it rolled around last year, it really wasn’t a big deal for us, and we’ve tried to stay with that this year. Obviously we’ve had some guys who have sat or knelt during some of the games this year, but we’ve continued to work with them and communicate with them that we prefer for them to stand. But at the end of the day, it’s their decision.”

With the NFLPA and NFL currently discussing the anthem policy, Hunt has taken a position of neutrality. “As you guys have probably read or seen elsewhere, the league and the players’ union are discussing that policy right now,” Hunt said in a press conference. “There’s really nothing to report on that. We’re not doing anything on it and until the league tells us what the policy is, there’s really nothing to talk about.”

Los Angeles Chargers

Owner: Dean Spanos

Despite standing and linking arms with players in Week 4 last season, Dean Spanos said, “I have the upmost respect for our players, and everybody has the right to express themselves the way they want to. I believe that all the players and everybody in our organization should stand for the anthem. I think the players know that. But if they elect not to? So be it.”

Oakland Raiders

Owner: Mark Davis

Last year when speaking with ESPN, Davis said, “About a year ago, before our Tennessee game, I met with Derek Carr and Khalil Mack to ask their permission to have Tommie Smith light the torch for my father before the game in Mexico City. I explained to them that I was asking their permission because I had previously told them that I would prefer that they not protest while in the Raiders uniform. And should they have something to say, once their uniform was off, I might go up there with them. Over the last year, though, the streets have gotten hot and there has been a lot of static in the air and recently, fuel has been added to the fire. I can no longer ask our team to not say something while they are in a Raider uniform. The only thing I can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with pride. Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come up with answers. That’s the challenge in front of us as Americans and human beings.”

Denver Broncos

Owner: Pat Bowlen

Bowlen is the owner but gave up football operations in 2013 because of a battle with alzheimer’s disease. That means the anthem policy rests on team president Joe Ellis. The Broncos made headlines last season when nearly half the team kneeled before a game in Buffalo. After that game, the players held a team meeting where they agreed to be unified and the whole team stood for the rest of the season. 

Now, with the NFL taking a new stance, the Broncos aren’t concerned. Von Miller believes the team already confronted this issue last year. “We have an understanding as players on what needs to be done regarding the national anthem,” Miller told the Denver Post. “We were already done with that last year and we came together as a team. It’s a situation that we were already past. Any new policy the league imposes it really doesn’t affect us.”

Ellis has basically left it up to his players but released a statement the week prior, “We want all members of our organization to stand for the national anthem. At the same time, we need to listen to our players and support the issues and causes that matter to them.”

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Owner: Jerry Jones

Jones has been quite outspoken about his stance on the national anthem protests.  Even after the NFL decided to freeze the national anthem policy, he said in a press conference, “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.” Jones also said that players would not be permitted to stay in the locker room during the anthem, and last year said that he would bench a player for an anthem protest.

New York Giants

Co-Owners: John Mara and Steve Tisch

The Giants have taken one of the most supportive stances of the protests when Tisch told the Hollywood Reporter that no Giants would be punished by the organization if they chose to protest during the national anthem.

Philadelphia Eagles

Co-Owners: Jeffrey Lurie

In May, Jeffrey Lurie released a statement saying, “I have always believed it is the responsibility of sports teams to be very proactive in our communities. In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us. We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all.”

Washington Redskins

Majority Owner: Daniel Snyder

Snyder stood locking arms with players last season, and a 2017 statement that was attributed to the team but not signed by Snyder, said: “Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievement. We are proud of the players, coaches and fans of the Washington Redskins for all that they have done to improve the lives of others in neighborhoods all across our region. We are also grateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces that have provided us the freedom to play football. In that great tradition, the Washington Redskins will work to address divisions and bring unity, civility and respect to our greater community.”

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Principal Owner: Virginia Halas McCaskey

Bears chairman George McCaskey, according to the Chicago Tribune, told reporters after the NFL announced the anthem policy, “There is no easy answer to the anthem issue. No one is entirely right, nor entirely wrong. The policy change enacted a couple of weeks ago by NFL teams, including the Bears, isn’t perfect. But we think it will return the anthem to what it should be — a unifying force — while providing an option to those players and other team personnel who choose not to stand.”

He went on to say that he personally believes that players should stand during the anthem. 

Detroit Lions

Owner: Martha Firestone Ford

Last season, Ford stood and linked arms with protesting players. Later in the season it was reported by the Detroit Free Press that she asked her players not to kneel before a game with the Vikings.  In exchange for not kneeling, Ford told players she would donate money to causes they care about in the community.

Green Bay Packers

Owner: Stockholders

Chairman and CEO Mark Murphy, the only person who is not an owner to vote on the national anthem policy, explained to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero on twitter the thoughts behind the policy.

Minnesota Vikings

Owner: Zygi Wilf

Wilf, who stood and linked arms in support of the players last season, hasn’t made a statement in regards to how the team would deal with protests this season only saying, “Whatever we do, we’re going to do as a team.” Wilf supports the policy the NFL rolled out in May.  

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Owner: Arthur Blank

The Associated Press reported that Blank said the Falcons are “very committed to the military.” He also said he believes players have “very significant rights” and appeared to say he wouldn’t fine players for exercising those rights. Blank said players should be allowed to make their own decisions on what he described as the “complex issue” of standing or kneeling for the national anthem.

Carolina Panthers

Owner: David Tepper

Tepper, the NFL’s newest owner, hasn’t addressed the national anthem policy specifically, but during a press conference in July he said he wants to be committed to social justice, reciting the pledge of allegiance and zeroing in on its final six words—”with liberty and justice for all.” Those words, as he described the players’ protests, are the “most patriotic thing going.”

Tepper was introduced as the Panthers’ new owner in early July. 

New Orleans Saints

Owner: Gayle Benson

Benson recently took over ownership and operations of the Saints after her husband, Tom Benson, passed away in March.  She hasn’t publicly announced her stance regarding the anthem protests.  Tom Benson was against kneeling during the national anthem, and although no reports of him benching players were made last season, some players for the Saints sat on the bench during the national anthem.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Owner: Malcolm Glazer

In the middle of last season co-chairman Joel Glazer posted this statement to twitter.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Owner: Michael Bidwill

ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss shared Bidwill’s stance in July: “I think it’s important to speak up. People are saying stick to sports? You know what? We ask our players 20 days a year—game days—to restrict their statements. The rest of the days, we want our players to get engaged in the community. Just like I am and other owners are. In fact, I’m working with [an NFL] committee called the Social Justice Committee, where we’re working with players across the league to get them more involved in changing policy and making America a better place for everyone.”

Los Angeles Rams

Owner: Stan Kroenke

Kroenke released this statement last season addressing the anthem protest, “The Los Angeles Rams, our fan base and our city are all comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. When we recognize that this diversity is our strength and seek to understand different perspectives, we are more enlightened and empathetic human beings. Our organization is committed to celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect, values that help define Los Angeles. We are proud of the work that our players and all NFL players do to make our communities better places to live. We believe in the tenets of the national anthem, which is a pillar of this country; just as freedom of speech is another pillar and a constitutional right. We will continue to support our players’ freedom to peacefully express themselves and the  meaningful efforts they make to bring about positive change in our country.”

San Francisco 49ers

Owner: John Edward York

York was the only owner to abstain from voting on the NFL’s anthem policy. KRON4 was able to question him on the subject.

Seattle Seahawks

Owner: Paul Allen

Allen released this statement on behalf of the Seahawks regarding the anthem protest.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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NFL Week 1 Game Odds: FanDuel Sportsbook

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DATE Time FAVORITE SPREAD UNDERDOG TOTAL AWAY MONEY LINE HOME MONEY LINE
September 6, 2018 8:20pm at Eagles -2.5 Falcons 45 116 -132
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Ravens -7 Bills 40.5 250 -300
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Colts -3 Bengals 48.5 132 -148
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Patriots -6.5 Texans 50.5 225 -260
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Jaguars -3 Giants 43.5 146 -164
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Steelers -3.5 Browns 46 164 -184
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Vikings -6.5 49ers 46 225 -260
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Saints -9.5 Buccaneers 49.5 350 -420
September 9, 2018 1:00pm at Titans -1 Dolphins 45 104 -118
September 9, 2018 4:05pm at Chargers -3.5 Chiefs 48 154 -176
September 9, 2018 4:25pm at Panthers -2.5 Cowboys 43 130 -148
September 9, 2018 4:25pm at Broncos Seahawks 42 116 -130
September 9, 2018 4:25pm at Cardinals pk Redskins 44 -104 -108
September 9, 2018 8:20pm at Packers -7.5 Bears 47 290 -340
September 10, 2018 7:10pm at Lions -6.5 Jets 45 240 -280
September 10, 2018 10:20pm ar Rams -4 Raiders 49 168 -192

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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NFL Banned Substance List

The NFL banned substance list covers a wide range of drugs from steroids to supplements. Players test positive defense is often a variation of, "I didn't know it was in the supplement I took."

It sounds like a questionable defense at first, but see for yourself the vast number of substances

The NFL banned substance list covers a wide range of drugs from steroids to supplements. Players test positive defense is often a variation of, “I didn’t know it was in the supplement I took.”

It sounds like a questionable defense at first, but see for yourself the vast number of substances players have to be aware of. Here’s the this list of all the NFL’s banned substances:

   
   
The following substances and methods are prohibited by the National Football League:
   
I. ANABOLIC AGENTS  
   
A.   ANABOLIC/ANDROGENIC STEROIDS:  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Androstenediol Androstederm
Androstenedione Androstan, Androtex
Androsterone  
1-Androstenediol 1-AD
1-Androstenedione  
5?-androst-2-ene-17-one  
(Delta-2-androst-17-one) Delta-2
Bolandiol  
Bolasterone Myagen
Boldenone Equipoise, Parenabol
Boldione  
Calusterone  
Clostebol Turinabol, Steranabol
Danazol Cyclomen, Danatrol
Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone Oral-Turinabol
Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA, Prasterone
Desoxymethyltestosterone DMT, Madol
Dihydrotestosterone DHT, Stanolone
Drostanolone Drolban
Epi-dihydrotestosterone  
Epitestosterone  
Ethylestrenol Maxibolin, Orabolin
Etiocholanolone  
Fluoxymesterone Halotestin
Formebolone Esiclene, Hubernol
Furazabol Miotolon
Gestrinone Tridomose
17-Hydroxypregnenedione  
17-Hydroxyprogesterone  
Hydroxytestosterone  
4-Hydroxytestosterone  
17-Keto-DHEA  
Mestanolone  
Methasterone  
Mesterolone Proviron
Methandienone Danabol, Dianabol
Methandriol Androdiol
Methandrostenolone Dianabol
Methenolone Primobolan
Methyldienolone  
Methyltestosterone Metandren
Methyl-1-testosterone M1T
7?-Methyl-19-nortestosterone MENT
Methylnortestosterone  
Methyltrienolone  
Metribolone  
Mibolerone Testorex
Nandrolone  
19-Norandrostenediol 19-Diol
19-Norandrostenedione 19 Nora Force
19-Norandrosterone  
Norboletone Genabol
Norclostebol  
Norethandrolone Nilevar
19-Noretiocholanolone  
Normethandrolone  
19-Nortestosterone (Nandrolone) Deca-Durabolin
Oxabolone  
Oxandrolone Anavar, Lonovar
6-Oxoandrosterone 6-Oxo
Oxymesterone Oranabol
Oxymetholone Anadrol
Prostanozol  
Quinbolone Anabolicum Vister
Progesterone  
Stanozolol Stromba, Winstrol
Stenbolone  
Testosterone Andronate
1-Testosterone  
Tetrahydrogestrinone THG
Trenbolone Finaject
  and other substances with a similar chemical structure and similar biological effect(s)
   
B.   PROTEIN AND PEPTIDE HORMONES:  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Saizen, Humatrope, Nutropin AQ
Animal Growth Hormones  
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Novarel, Menotropins
Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1)  
Erythropoietin (EPO)  
Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones (GHRH) CJC-1295, Sermorelin, Tesamorelin
Growth Hormone Secetagogues (GHS) Ghrelin, Ghrelin mimetics (Anamorelin, Ipamorelin)
Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides (GHRP)    Alexamorelin, GHRP-6, Hexarelin, Pralmorelin (GHRP-2)
   
   
C. OTHER ANABOLIC AGENTS (INCLUDING BETA-2-AGONISTS)  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Clenbuterol  
Zilpaterol Zilmax
Tibolone  
Zeranol  
   
D.   ANTI-ESTROGENIC AGENTS:  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Aminoglutethimide Cytadren
Anastrozole Arimidex
Androsta-3,5-diene-7,17-dione Arimistane
4-androstene-3,6,17 trione 6-oxo
Clomiphene Clomid
Cyclofenil  
Exemestane Aromastin
Fadrozole Afema
Formestane Lentarone
Fulvestrant Faslodex
Letrozole Femara
Raloxifene Evista
Tamoxifen  
Testolactone Teslac
Toremifene Acapodene
Vorazole Rivizor
   
E. SELECTIVE ANDROGEN RECEPTOR MODULATORS (SARMs) (LGD-4033, etc.)
(brand names include Andarine, Ostarine)  
   
II. MASKING AGENTS  
   
A.     DIURETICS  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Acetazolamide Amilco
Amiloride Midamor
Bendroflumethiazide Aprinox
Benzthiazide Aquatag
Bumetanide Burine
Canrenone  
Chlorothiazide Diuril
Chlorthalidone  
Cyclothiazide Anhydron
Ethacrynic Acid Edecrin
Flumethiazide  
Furosemide Lasix
Hydrochlorothiazide Aprozide
Hydroflumethiazide Leodrine
Indapamide Lozol, Natrilix
Methyclothiazide Aquatensen
Metolazone Zaroxolyn
Polythiazide Renese
Probenecid Benemid
Quinethazone Hydromox
Spironolactone Aldactone
Triamterene Jatropur, Dytac
Trichlormethiazide Anatran
  and other substances with a similar chemical structure and similar biological effect(s)
   
III. STIMULANTS  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Adrafinil  
Adrenaline  
Amfepramone  
Amiphenazole  
Amphetamine Greenies, Speed, Adderall
Amphetaminil  
Armodafinil Nuvigil
Benfluorex  
Benzphetamine  
Benzylpiperazine  
Bromantan  
Cathine  
Clobenzorex  
Cropropamide  
Crotetamide  
Dimethylamphetamine  
Ephedrine Ma Huang, Chi Powder
Etamivan  
Etilamphetamine  
Etilefrine  
Famprofazone  
Fenbutrazate  
Fencamfamin  
Fencamine  
Fenetylline  
Fenfluramine Phen-Fen, Redux Fenetylline
Fenproporex  
Furfenorex  
Heptaminol  
Isometheptene  
Levmetamfetamine  
Lisdexamfetamine Vyvanse
Meclofenoxate  
Mefenorex  
Mephentermine  
Mesocarb  
Methamphetamine  
2-amino-6-methylheptane Octodrine
P-Methylamphetamine  
Methylenedioxyamphetamine  
Methylephedrine  
Methylhexaneamine (Dimethylpentylamine)  
Methylphenidate Ritalin, Daytrana, Metadate, Methylin
Modafinil Provigil
Nikethamide  
Norfenefrine  
Norfenfluramine  
Octopamine  
Oxilofrine  
Parahydroxyamphetamine  
Pemoline  
Pentetrazol  
Phendimetrazine  
Phenmetrazine  
Phenpromethamine  
Phentermine Fastin, Adipex, Ionamin
Prenylamine  
4-Phenylpiracetam Carphedon
Prenylamine  
Prolintane  
Propylhexedrine  
Pseudoephedrine * Sudafed, Actifed
Selegiline  
Sibutramine  
Strychnine  
Synephrine Bitter Orange,Citrus Aurantium
Tuaminoheptane
   
* Except as properly prescribed by Club medical personnel.  

 

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The NFL Testing Procedure for PEDs

The official NFL testing procedure for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs):

The independent administrator for the NFL has the sole discretion to make determinations, consistent with the terms of the policy.

Typically urine testing is used but blood testing may be used during the off-season or under special circumstances when it's deemed necessary by the independent administrator.

The official NFL testing procedure for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs):

The independent administrator for the NFL has the sole discretion to make determinations, consistent with the terms of the policy.

Typically urine testing is used but blood testing may be used during the off-season or under special circumstances when it’s deemed necessary by the independent administrator.

The NFL outlines the following circumstances for testing:

Pre-employment: Pre-employment tests may be administered to free agent players (whether rookies or veterans). In addition, testing will be conducted at the annual scouting combines.

Annual: All Players will be tested for Prohibited Substances at least once per League Year. Such testing will occur at training camp or whenever the Player reports thereafter and will be deemed a part of his preseason physical.

Preseason/Regular Season: Each week during the preseason and regular season, ten (10) Players on every Club will be tested. By means of a computer program, the Independent Administrator will randomly select the Players to be tested from the Club’s active roster, practice squad list, and reserve list who are not otherwise subject to ongoing reasonable cause testing for performance-enhancing substances. The number of Players selected for testing on a particular day will be determined in advance on a uniform basis. Players will be required to provide a specimen whenever they are selected, without regard to the number of times they have previously been tested consistent with the limits set forth in the Policy.

Postseason: Ten (10) Players on every Club qualifying for the playoffs will be tested weekly so long as the Club remains active in the postseason. Players to be tested during the postseason will be selected on the same basis as during the regular season.

Off-Season: Players under contract who are not otherwise subject to reasonable cause testing may be tested during the off-season months at the discretion of the Independent Administrator, subject to the collectively bargained maximum of six (including blood tests) off-season tests. Players to be tested in the off-season will be selected on the same basis as during the regular season, irrespective of their off-season locations. Any Player selected for testing during the off-season will be required to furnish a urine specimen at a convenient location acceptable to the Independent Administrator, subject to the qualification set forth in Section 3.2 for specimen collections occurring away from the Club facility. Only Players who advise in writing that they have retired from the NFL will be removed from the testing pool. If, however, a Player thereafter signs a contract with a Club, he will be placed back in the testing pool.

Reasonable Cause Testing For Players With Prior Positive Tests Or Under Other Circumstances: Any Player testing positive for a Prohibited Substance, including a Player who tested positive or for whom there is sufficient credible evidence of steroid involvement up to two football seasons prior to his applicable college draft or at a scouting combine, will be subject to evaluation by the Independent Administrator, after which the Independent Administrator may in his or her discretion place the Player into the reasonable cause testing program. Reasonable cause testing may also be required when, in the opinion of the Independent Administrator, he receives credible, verifiable documented information providing a reasonable basis to conclude that a Player may have violated the Policy or may have a medical condition that warrants further monitoring.

Notification and Collection

Collection is done by the Independent Administrator and  Collection Vendor.

Collection at a Club facility, stadium or scouting combine venue requires no advance notice to the player and is required in no more than three hours.

For collection occurring away from the Club facility, the player will be contacted by telephone, voicemail or text message to notify him that he has been selected and to schedule a collection time within 24 hours at a site not more than 45 miles from the players’ location.

Urine may be collected on any day of the week. The collection of blood specimens is prohibited on game days unless the player’s day off is scheduled for the day following a game day, in which case blood collections may occur following the end of the game.

Failure or Refusal

Unexcused failure or refusal to appear for testing, or cooperate will result in disciplinary action.  Any attempt to substitute or dilute a specimen is considered a violation of policy and may result in more severe discipline than would have been for a positive test.

Notice to Player

After a positive result is confirmed, the Independent administrator will notify the player in writing of the positive result and request that the player call him to discuss the result.  The player with then go in for a medical evaluation and be placed on reasonable cause testing at a frequency decided by the independent administrator.

Discipline

Discipline comes in the form of game suspensions dependent on the severity of the offense and will begin when the player accepts discipline or the decision on appeal becomes final.

In the final article of this series, we’ll examine exactly which substances are banned by the NFL.

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The NFL’s Full PED Policy

With the majority of the suspensions at the start of the 2018 season coming from PED's, we thought it would be worth taking a moment to look a little deeper in the NFL's substance abuse policy on banned substances. If you're not in the mood for legal writing skip past this official statement of policy

With the majority of the suspensions at the start of the 2018 season coming from PED’s, we thought it would be worth taking a moment to look a little deeper in the NFL’s substance abuse policy on banned substances. If you’re not in the mood for legal writing skip past this official statement of policy for our explanation.

  1. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

The National Football League Management Council and NFL Players Association

(“NFLPA”) (collectively, the “Parties”) have jointly developed this Policy on

Performance-Enhancing Substances (the “Policy”) to prohibit and prevent the use of

anabolic/androgenic steroids (including exogenous testosterone), stimulants, human or

animal growth hormones, whether natural or synthetic and related or similar substances.

For convenience, these substances, as well as masking agents or diuretics used to hide their

presence, will be referred to as “Prohibited Substances.”1 These substances have no

legitimate place in professional football. This Policy specifically means that:

 

— Players may not, in the absence of a valid therapeutic use exemption, have Prohibited

Substances in their systems or supply or facilitate the distribution

of Prohibited Substances to other Players.

— Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Club Personnel, or Certified Contract Advisors may

not condone, encourage, supply, or otherwise facilitate in any way the use of Prohibited

Substances.

— Team Physicians may not prescribe, supply, or otherwise facilitate a Player’s use of

Prohibited Substances.

— All Persons, including Players, are subject to discipline for violation of this Policy.

The Parties are concerned with the use of Prohibited Substances based on three primary

factors:

 

First, these substances threaten the fairness and integrity of the athletic competition on

the playing field. Players may use these substances for the purpose of becoming bigger,

stronger, and faster than they otherwise would be. As a result, their use threatens to

distort the results of games and League standings. Moreover, Players who do not wish

to use these substances may feel forced to do so in order to compete effectively with

those who do. This is obviously unfair to those Players and provides sufficient reason to

prohibit their use.

Second, the Parties are concerned with the adverse health effects of using Prohibited

Substances. Although research is continuing, steroid use has been linked to a number of

physiological, psychological, orthopedic, reproductive, and other serious health

problems, including heart disease, liver cancer, musculoskeletal growth defects, strokes,

and infertility.

Third, the use of Prohibited Substances by Players sends the wrong message to young

people who may be tempted to use them. NFL Players should not by their own conduct

suggest that such use is either acceptable or safe, whether in the context of sports or

otherwise.

 

The NFL Player Contract specifically prohibits the use of drugs in an effort to alter or

enhance performance. The NFL Player Contract and the League’s Constitution and Bylaws

require each Player to avoid conduct detrimental to the NFL and professional football or

to public confidence in the game or its Players. The use of Prohibited Substances violates

both these provisions. In addition, the Commissioner is authorized to protect the integrity

of and public confidence in the game. This authorization includes the authority to forbid

use of the substances prohibited by this Policy.

 

The Parties recognize that maintaining competitive balance among NFL clubs requires that

all NFL Players be subject to the same rules and procedures regarding drug testing. The

rules and procedures set forth herein are designed to protect the confidentiality of

information associated with this Policy and to ensure the accuracy of test results, and the

Parties intend that the Policy meets or exceeds all applicable laws and regulations related

thereto. The Parties also recognize the importance of transparency in the Policy’s

procedures, including the scientific methodologies that underlie the Policy, the appeals

process and the basis for discipline imposed, and reaffirm their commitment to deterrence,

discipline and a fair system of adjudication.

The NFL has deemed the use of “any” performance enhancing drug on their banned substance list punishable.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the NFL’s procedure for administering this policy.

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Draft Kings Pre-Season Week 3 NFL Odds

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DATE Time FAVORITE SPREAD UNDERDOG TOTAL AWAY MONEY LINE HOME MONEY LINE
Thursday, August 23, 2018 8pm at Browns -3 Eagles 41.5 n/a n/a
Friday, August 24, 2018 7:30pm at Redskins -3 Broncos 43.5 123 -150
Friday, August 24, 2018 7:30pm at Jets -1 NY Giants 40.5 120 -142
Friday, August 24, 2018 7:30pm at Panthers pk NE Patriots 46.5 -110 -110
Friday, August 24, 2018 8pm at Vikings -3.5 Seahawks 40.5 143 -177
Friday, August 24, 2018 8pm at Buccaneers -3 Lions 44.5 -175 140
Friday, August 24, 2018 10:30pm at Raiders -6.5 Packers 40.5 240 -305
Saturday, August 25, 2018 1pm at Bears -1 Chiefs 47.5 -104 -114
Saturday, August 25, 2018 4pm at Rams -3.5 Texans 42.5 140 -120
Saturday, August 25, 2018 4:30pm at Colts pk 49ers 43.5 -110 -110
Saturday, August 25, 2018 7pm at Jaguars -2.5 Falcons 40.5 120 -148
Saturday, August 25, 2018 8pm at Chargers -2.5 Saints 43.5 112 -136
Sunday, August 26, 2018 4pm at Bills -1.5 Bengals 41.5 102 -124
Sunday, August 26, 2018 8pm at Cardinals 1 Cowboys 41.5 -109 -112

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2018 AFC Team Announcers for Radio and TV

Brent Musburger is the latest addition as he joins the Las Vegas Raiders in the Radio booth. Here are all the voices that will be representing teams in the AFC this year. 

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Brent Musburger is the latest addition as he joins the Las Vegas Raiders in the Radio booth. Here are all the voices that will be representing teams in the AFC this year. 

Team Format Play by Play Analyst Sideline Reporter
AFC East
Buffalo Bills Radio Jonh Murphy Mark Kelso Sal Capaccio
TV Adrew Catalon or Rob Stone Steve Tasker Mike Catalana
Miami Dolphins Radio Jimmy Cefalo Jason Tayloy (preseason), Bob Griese (regular season), Joe Rose Kim Bokamper, Keith Sims
TV Dick Stockton Bob Griese and Nat Moore Kim Bokamper
New England Patriots Radio Bob Socci Scott Zolak
TV Dan Roche Christian Fauria Steve Burton and Matt Chatham
New York Jets Radio Bob Wischusen Marty Lyons Larry Hardesty
TV Ian Eagle Greg Buttle Otis Livingston
AFC North
Baltimore Ravens Radio Gerry Sandusky Brian Billick Evan Washburn
TV
Cincinnati Bengals Radio Dan Hoard Dave Lapham
TV Mike Watts Anthony Munoz Mike Valpredo
Cleveland Browns Radio Jim Donovan Doug Dieken Nathan Segura
TV Jay Crawford Tim Couch Andy Baskin
Pitsburgh Steelers Radio Bill Hillgrove Tunch Ilkin Craig Wolfley
TV Bob Pompeani Charlie Batch Rickie Walsh and Missi Matthews
AFC South
Houston Texans Radio Marc Vandermeer Andre Ware John Harris
TV Kevin Kugler Spencer Tillman Drew Doughtery
Indianapoplis Colts Radio Bob Lamey Jim Sorgi Matt Taylor
TV Don Fischer Rick Venturi Caroline Cann
Jacksonville Jaguars Radio Frank Frangie Tony Boselli and Jeff Lageman Rick Ballou
TV Brian Sexton Mark Brunell Brent Martineau and Erica Benett
Tennesee Titans Radio Mike Keith Dave McGinnis Jonathan Hutton
TV Dan Hellie Charles Davis Cory Curtis or Joe Leadingham
AFC West
Denver Broncos Radio Dave Logan Rick Lewis Tyler Polumbis
TV Ron Zappalo Brian Griese Rod Mackey
Kansas City Chiefs Radio Mitch Holthus Kendall Gammon Dani Welniak
TV Carter Blackburn Trent Green B.J. Kissell
Los Angeles Chargers Radio Matt Smith Daniel Jeremiah Shannon Farren
TV Spero Dedes LaDanian Tomlinson Hayley Elwood
Oakland Raiders Radio Brent Musberger Lincoln Kennedy Chris Townsend
TV Beth Mowins Matt Millen and Rich Gannon JT The Brick and Nicole Zaloumis

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Player Props – Most Receiving Yards 2018 Season

Player to Record the Most Receiving Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Antonio Brown (PIT)                      4/1
Julio Jones (ATL)  
Player to Record the Most Receiving Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Antonio Brown (PIT)                      4/1
Julio Jones (ATL)                          5/1
Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)           13/2
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)            13/2
Kennan Allen (LAC)                    12/1
Michael Thomas (NO)                12/1
Adam Thielen (MIN)                   18/1
Mike Evans (TB)                         20/1
T.Y. Hilton (IND)                         22/1
Davante Adams (GB)                 25/1
Amari Cooper (OAK)                  25/1
A.J. Green (CIN)                        25/1
Doug Baldwin (SEA)                  33/1
Tyreek Hill (KC)                         40/1
Demaryius Thomas (DEN)        40/1
Stefon Diggs (MIN)                    50/1
Josh Gordon (CLE)                    50/1
Golden Tate (DET)                     50/1
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)                 66/1
Devin Funchess (CAR)              66/1
Allen Robinson (CHI)                 66/1
Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT)          66/1
Robby Anderson (NYJ)              80/1
Brandin Cooks (LAR)                 80/1
Michael Crabtree (BAL)              80/1
Pierre Garcon (SF)                     80/1
Alshon Jeffery (PHI)                   80/1
Sammy Watkins (KC)                 80/1
Marvin Jones (DET)                   100/1
Cooper Kupp (LAR)                   100/1
Jarvis Landry (CLE)                   100/1
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)        100/1
Robert Woods (LAR)                 100/1
Field                                            28/1
Data courtesy of Bovada.

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Player Props – Most Rushing Yards 2018 Season

Player to Record the Most Rushing Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)                     9/2
Le'Veon Bell (PIT)                      11/2
Player to Record the Most Rushing Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)                     9/2
Le’Veon Bell (PIT)                      11/2
Todd Gurley (LAR)                       6/1
David Johnson (ARI)                  13/2
Leonard Fournette (JAC)           15/2
Dalvin Cook (MIN)                       8/1
Kareem Hunt (KC)                      17/2
Saquon Barkley (NYG)               10/1
Melvin Gordon (LAC)                 20/1
Jordan Howard (CHI)                 22/1
Devonta Freeman (ATL)            25/1
Jay Ajayi (PHI)                           33/1
Alex Collins (BAL)                      33/1
Derrick Henry (TEN)                  40/1
LeSean McCoy (BUF)               50/1
Joe Mixon (CIN)                        50/1
Derrius Guice (WAS)                 66/1
Jerick Mckinnon (SF)                 66/1
Kenyan Drake (MIA)                  80/1
Alvin Kamara (NO)                    80/1
Ronald Jones (TB)                    100/1
Marshawn Lynch (OAK)            100/1
Lamar Miller (HOU)                   100/1
Rashaad Penny (SEA)              100/1
Field                                            33/1
Data courtesy of Bovada.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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All the NFL Suspensions for 2018 in One Place

Jameis Winston is the latest player to be suspended by the NFL after his incident with an Uber driver last winter. Jameis' incident is not a typical case, most suspensions in the NFL are drug-related.

Whether player-enhancing or player-relaxing, most suspensions fall under those two categories. As of right now there are 12 players suspended

Jameis Winston is the latest player to be suspended by the NFL after his incident with an Uber driver last winter. Jameis’ incident is not a typical case, most suspensions in the NFL are drug-related.

Whether player-enhancing or player-relaxing, most suspensions fall under those two categories. As of right now there are 12 players suspended for PEDs and two for marijuana-related charges.

Below is a list of all the players currently suspended, their charges and the length of their suspensions:

Player Team Position Reason Length (Games)
Aaron Jones Green Bay Packers RB Marijuana Possession 2
Cayleb Jones Minnesota Vikings WR PEDs 4
Corey Liuget Los Angeles Chargers DT PEDs 4
David Irving Dallas Cowboys DT PEDs 4
Demetrius Harris Kansas City Chiefs TE Marijuana arrest 1
Donald Stephenson Cleveland Browns LT PEDs 4
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Uber Incident 3
Jamon Brown Los Angeles Rams G Substance Abuse 2
Josh Huff New Orleans Saints WR Marijuana arrest w/ firearm in vehicle 2
Josh Mauro New York Giants DT PEDs 4
Julian Edelman New England Patriots WR PEDs 4
Kentrell Brothers Minnesota Vikings LB PEDs 4
Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints RB PEDs 4
Robert Turbin Indianapolis Colts RB PEDs 4
Roy Miller Kansas City Chiefs DT “Undisclosed” 6
Rueben Foster San Francisco 49ers LB Marijuana and weapon misdemeanors 2
Thomas Davis Carolina Panthers LB PEDs 4
Vadal Alexander Oakland Raiders OL PEDs 4
Victor Bolden San Francisco 49ers WR PEDs 4
Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals LB PEDs 4

This table will be consistently updated as new players are suspended

Added notes:

Vontaze Burfict: Claimed it was Adderall in his defense hearing. That would be substance abuse not a PED under NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.

Mark Ingram: Claims he tested positive for a substance that is allowed under the NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.

Josh Huff: Released by the Eagles after his arrest. He was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and marijuana under 50 grams when he was pulled over for speeding.

Roy Miller: He was waived from the Chiefs after being arrested on domestic battery charges. While the NFL declined to say that was the reason for his suspension, it’s not hard to connect the dots.

Jameis Winston: Last February, an Uber driver alleged that Winston grabbed her crotch. The investigation lasted seven months but it was reported he was receiving a three-game suspension on June 21st.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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Seven Former NFL Players Who Also Found Success in MMA

Many former NFL players already boast the impressive size and speed that helps with the transition to MMA. Brock Lesnar - who once held the title of UFC Heavyweight Champion - was briefly on the Minnesota Vikings pre-season squad. In previous years, players have made the transition to boxing successfully so it's no

Many former NFL players already boast the impressive size and speed that helps with the transition to MMA. Brock Lesnar – who once held the title of UFC Heavyweight Champion – was briefly on the Minnesota Vikings pre-season squad. In previous years, players have made the transition to boxing successfully so it’s no surprise to see ex-NFL pros transitioning to MMA. Let’s look at some of the pros who made their way into MMA and found success:

Greg Hardy

The former Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers defensive end was awarded a contract with the UFC recently after scoring a first-round knockout during his professional MMA debut against fellow ex-NFL player Austen Lane in April. The fight ended after Hardy knocked out Lane in just 57 seconds. Hardy expressed his excitement stating “I just want to get back in the ring. Whatever show it is, I just want another opportunity to fight. Man, I’m having the time of my life and really enjoying it.”

Bob Sapp

Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1997, Sapp was released and picked up by the Vikings. He was on Minnesota’s roster for two seasons but only played one game. Sapp has had a longer career in MMA with his current record standing at 11-20. He was a big draw in Japan fighting in K-1, and has competed in promotions across Pride, Stikeforce and Dream.

Wes Shivers

He played three games as an offensive lineman with the Atlanta Falcons in 2000. He took a break from competitive athletics and spent time as a police officer and an actor before making the transition to MMA. From 2007-10, he earned a professional record of 7-1 fighting in Strikeforce and Elite XC.

Herschel Walker

The most successful football player on this list, Walker was an athlete who could do it all. He won the 1982 Heisman Trophy, played on four NFL teams over an 11-year career, and competed in the Olympics on the U.S. bobsled team. In 2010, at 47, he competed in Strikeforce and won. He was 2-0 in two fights between 2010-11.

Marcus Jones

A first-round draft pick in 1996, he had a successful career as a defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 -2001. Turning to MMA after football, he racked up a 4-2 record with his last fight being the finale for UFC’s Ultimate Fighter 10 against fellow ex-NFL pro Matt Mitrione. On that note …

Matt Mitrione

He played two seasons in the NFL with the Vikings and New York Giants before making his way into MMA. Mitrione started his career with a win against Marcus Jones and has continued to fight with a respectable 13-5 record. Besides Hardy, he’s the only player currently fighting, and last February won by decision against Roy Nelson at Bellator 194.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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