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Devin Hester’s record-breaking punt return touchdown (Video)

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devin-hester-record-breaking-returnWith his idol and mentor Deion Sanders in the building, Devin Hester high-stepped his way into the NFL record book yet again.

Hester came into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tied at 19 return touchdowns with Sanders. During the second quarter, Hester grabbed the top spot on the list by himself with a 62-yard punt return score as his former head coach Lovie Smith looked on.

Hester now sits three ahead of Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and has six more than long time Buccaneer Ronde Barber.

Tony Gonzalez thinks Robert Griffin III should see sports psychologist

Robert Griffin IIIIn the first quarter of the second game of the year, Robert Griffin III’s 2014 season came to a halt when he was carted off the field with what would later be diagnosed as a dislocated left ankle.

Optimistic predictions have Griffin back in around eight weeks. Between now and whenever Griffin does return, there will be plenty of analysis about Griffin and the idea of him being the quarterback best suited to lead the Redskins to success.

Long time NFL tight end, and future Hall of Famer, Tony Gonzalez weighed in on Robert Griffin Thursday during an interview with The Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. During the segment, Gonzalez thought seeing a sports psychologist would beneficial to the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

“Once confidence goes in this sport, you will get taken advantage of,” Gonzalez said via CBS Washington. “People are too good around here to have any type of lack of confidence. Let’s hope he gets back from that injury, I’d love for him now, to maybe — that knee gets to heal up even better — get that ankle right. When he does come back, get back in that flow of things.”

“But most importantly, I believe in seeing a sports psychologist as well, because as far as I’m concerned, the way he was looking out there, it was not that old RGIII,” Gonzalez said. “He needs to get back to that guy and feel comfortable in his own skin, where he’s not thinking too much, and just go out there and play.”

It’s been noted by many on more than a few occasions that Robert Griffin hasn’t looked the same as he did during his rookie season, with recovering from the knee injury chief among the proposed reasons.

Gonzalez is right about confidence being crucial, especially at the quarterback position. Griffin may or my not have a lack of it at the moment, but it’s visible to atleast one person that it may be the issue. And that wouldn’t bode well for Griffin or the Washington Redskins.

H/T Eye On Football

Chris Davis helps flip truck over after accident on highway

Chris-Davis-silent-treatmentAfter accepting a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall, Chris Davis will be away from the Baltimore Orioles for the immediate future.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Davis will be out of the news, however.

On Monday, the Orioles first baseman found himself in a situation that required assistance, and he provided just that.

There are surely more than a few who are disappointed at Davis for his suspension, but even they can be appreciated of his act during a time of need.

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Radisson suspends sponsorship of Minnesota Vikings due to Adrian Peterson situation

Adrian PetersonThe Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday that Adrian Peterson, who was inactive for last weekend’s game against the New England Patriots, will participate in practice this week and play in the team’s next game against the New Orleans Saints.

Peterson was indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child after allegedly beating his son with a switch and turned himself in to authorities on Saturday.

The Vikings running back issued a statement on Monday regarding the charges he faces. Later in the day, Radisson, a sponsor of the Vikings, issued one of their own.

Here’s the hotel chain’s statement from the press release:

“Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children. We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances”

Brandon Marshall makes ridiculous one-handed touchdown catch (Video)

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brandon-marshall-one-hand-catchLeading up to Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, there was some doubt as to whether Jay Cutler would have his top two targets available. To the delight of Cutler (and Bears fans) Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery received the green light and were active after battling ailments during the week.

Chicago’s offense was dormant for the majority of the first half, but just before it ended Brandon Marshall made a ridiculous one-handed catch that brought out superlatives from everyone who saw it. And every one of them are justified.

There aren’t many receivers in the NFL capable of making a play like that. Brandon Marshall is certainly among them.

Texas Longhorns kicked off to start both halves because of coin toss blunder

Even before the Texas Longhorns-UCLA Bruins game got underway, there was plenty of action in AT&T Stadium.

As rules expert Mike Pereira explained above, when UCLA won the coin toss and chose to defer that gave Texas the option to kick, receive, or choose a goal to defend. Texas chose to kickoff to start the first half. Since UCLA chose to defer, they would have the option to receive to start the second half.

Not surprisingly, Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong was less than pleased.

Texas went into the game probably needing quite a few things to go their way to pull off an upset over the No. 12 team in the country. They didn’t do themselves any favors before the opening kickoff.

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Mike London wore hat of different military service branch each quarter

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It was Military Appreciation Day at the University of Virgina on Saturday. In addition to festivities pregame and during halftime, there was also a very nice tribute by the school’s football head coach, Mike London.

London wore the hat of a different military service branch during each quarter of Virginia’s 23-21 victory over No. 21 Louisville.

While the players will rightfully receive the share of the spoils they deserve for knocking off a top 25 team, head coach Mike London also should receive credit, and not just for the outcome of the game.

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