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Cardinals’ Dan Williams: I Did Not Work Out Hard During the Lockout

If you believe that there is something to be said for honesty, you’ll love Dan Williams.  Williams, who was a first-round pick for the Cardinals back in 2010, showed up to camp out of shape and overweight following the lockout.  The coaching staff was obviously not pleased with the 334-pounder’s condition, but what can you say to a guy who fully admits he should have worked harder during the offseason?

While Drew Brees was taking matters into his own hands with the Saints, Williams was just coasting along.  Bart Scott is worried about the league going soft without two-a-day practices, and he may have a point if guys like Williams can’t motivate themselves without the help of a team strength and conditioning coach.

“I’ll be the first one to say, I didn’t work out like a (strength coach) John Lott workout,” Williams admitted to the Arizona Republic. “I should have done more. Next year I’ll know the proper steps and I’ll put this behind me … I messed up and it won’t happen again.”

The defensive tackle added that he is not in football shape and playing at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level doesn’t help.  Again, there isn’t really much the Cardinals can do.  Obviously Williams knows he screwed up and should have worked harder, but the fact that he has acknowledged that likely means he’s willing to put in the work to get to where he needs to be.  Some guys worked hard during the lockout and others had to pick up watering jobs. That’s the nature of the beast during a work stoppage.

Roger Goodell, NFL Reportedly Convinced Michael Vick to Join Philadelphia Eagles

If you’re wondering why Michael Vick chose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles out of prison instead of a team where he would have had a chance to start, it’s because the NFL reportedly influenced his decision. In an interview conducted for GQ, Vick tells Will Leitch that he didn’t want to sign with the Eagles as a third-string quarterback.

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth… I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Those two teams wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.”

With those comments, Vick will have ticked off at least two fan bases, and his words should incense the fans, 31 other owners, and the NFLPA. FOXSports.com reported the Bengals offered Vick a two-year contract after he was released from prison. Buffalo had just brought in Terrell Owens and wanted Vick too. Clearly Goodell did not want him starting immediately after prison and directed him to the Eagles which is nothing short of fixing the league.

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Eli Manning Puts Himself in Elite Quarterback Class along with Tom Brady

Feel free to keep laughing. We’ll be here when you’re done rolling on the floor.

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Asked point blank by The Michael Kay Show Tuesday if he’s an elite quarterback, Eli Manning said yes. He also was asked if he’s in the Tom Brady class of quarterback, but he hesitated before answering.

“Yeah, I consider myself in that class, and Tom Brady is a great quarterback. He’s a great player and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than he was when he was winning those championships,” Manning said Tuesday.

Eli also gave himself room to grow the way Brady has. “I think [Brady's] grown up and gotten better every year and that’s what I’m trying to do. I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best.”

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David Akers Reportedly Lost $3.7 Million in Ponzi Scheme

Ponzi schemes seem to be much more common than most people ever realized and have had a widespread effect on the sports world. First, we had Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion scheme that resulted in a partial sale of the New York Mets. Then, we learned about a contributor to a Dodgers charity who ran a Ponzi scheme. Recently, former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan has been accused of running a scheme that involved several other coaches. Now, the latest allegations have come to light in a federal trial this week.

San Francisco 49ers kicker and longtime Eagle David Akers testified in a federal trial Monday that he lost $3.7 million by investing with Triton Financial in Austin. According to The Austin American-Statesman, prosecutors claim that Triton CEO Kurt Barton continuously lied to investors about where their money would go, how it would be used and about how he had a large amount of personal wealth to back the investments in building a $50 million Ponzi scheme. Burton’s lawyers say he wasn’t running a scheme but rather he made a series of poor business decisions.

“I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights,” said Akers. “As I said, this is my family’s future. I said that to Kurt a lot of times. I said, ‘Man I’m trusting in you.’”

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Bill Belichick: The NFL Wants to Eliminate Kickoffs Altogether

After only one week of preseason games, a ton is already being made about the new NFL kickoff rule.  It is no secret that the rule change was put into effect to protect players and increase the amount of touchbacks.  An increased number of touchbacks means a decrease in high speed collisions.  There is one way the NFL could eliminate kick returns altogether, and that would be to eliminate kickoffs.  According to Bill Belichick, that is the direction the league hopes to head in.

According to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com, Belichick hinted on Monday that the NFL intends to eliminate kickoffs altogether.  When pressed further, the Patriots coach basically said it was a fact and not his opinion.

“That’s what they told us,” he said hastily. “I’m not speaking for anyone else. That’s what they told us, that they want to eliminate the play.”

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Tony Romo Played Hide-and-Seek at his Alchohol-Free Bachelor Party

There may be no quarterback in the NFL who appreciates good, clean fun more than Tony Romo.  Remember last summer?  You know, when Romo did up Six Flags with his brother-in-law and was spotted having a blast in the front row of a speedy roller coaster?  It should come as no surprise that the same guy also claims to have enjoyed an alcohol-free bachelor party prior to marrying Candice Crawford.  In fact, Romo and his boys even went big and put together a game of hide-and-seek.

Romo told Yahoo! Sports, via People,  that he and about 15 friends took a beerless trip to a cabin in West Virginia.  It was anything but your typical bachelor party.

“I didn’t feel like going out drinking that night,” Romo explained. “We tried to come up with a game, but when you’re with 14-15 guys, there aren’t a lot of non-drinking games at that age you can do.

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Rex Ryan Freaks Out, Rips Shirt During Preseason Game Against Texans (Video)

Mark Sanchez may want to think twice about fighting his coach if Rex Ryan is capable of getting this fired up during a preseason game.  The Jets lost a tough one in Houston Monday night, sending their fan base into a panic.  No one likes to lose game one of the preseason.  That can only mean bad things are on the horizon.  All joking aside, I would probably like that Rex is this worked up over a preseason game if I were a Jets fan.  Check out the video of Rex Ryan ripping his shirt during a preseason game, courtesy of Cosby Sweaters via SI Hot Clicks:

Don’t let the tattoo fool you, this guy means business.  If you have already guaranteed your team will win the Super Bowl this season, it’s best to start caring early.  Rex has no choice but to rip shirts and spike headsets during the preseason.  It’s either that or lose again in the AFC Championship game.