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Donovan Warren: Nothing but Respect for Rich Rodriguez

LBS interviewed former Michigan cornerback and current Steelers cornerback Donovan Warren at the premiere for 4th and Forever. 4th and Forever is a TV show that will debut Thursday at 9PM Eastern on Current TV, and the show chronicles last year’s football season at Long Beach Poly High School. Poly, where Warren attended high school, was named the “Sports School of the Century” by Sports Illustrated.

In our interview, we talk about Warren’s time at Long Beach Poly and Michigan. He explained why he chose Michigan over USC, and he shared his thoughts on the coaching switch at Michigan from Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke. Here’s our interview:

Michael Vick: Plaxico Burress Would be ‘Great Addition’ for Philadelphia Eagles

One former prison inmate, Michael Vick, would like another prison inmate to join his Philadelphia Eagles. In a radio interview with Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on 610 WIP in Philadelphia, Vick said he would want Plaxico Burress to join him on the Eagles when he’s released from prison.

“It would be a great addition for our team,” Vick said. “I think with the guys we have now I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year.

“I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can.”

The Eagles would not be the first team to consider signing the former New York Giant standout, however, signing the talented yet troubled receiver would be the wrong move.

Plaxico has not caught a pass in an NFL game since November 16, 2008. He’s 33 years old and the Eagles already have dependable dynamic receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Why take a chance on a guy who ruined the Giants by bringing a gun to a club and having it go off? Why take a chance on a guy who was widely viewed as a flaky teammate? Maybe because the same could have been said about Michael Vick when he left prison, but Vick has proven he’s changed. Will Plaxico show the same remorse and character development? We will find out, but there’s little doubt at least one team will be willing to take a chance..

Cincinnati Bengals Stubbornly Will Not Trade Carson Palmer but They Should

Even with the NFL season on hold, Cinncinati Bengals owner Mike Brown is staying consistent with his word on quarterback Carson Palmer.

“We don’t plan to trade Carson,” Brown told the NFL Network at the league’s spring owners meetings in Indianapolis. “He’s important to us. He’s a very fine player, and we do want him to come back. If he chooses not to, he’d retire. And we would go with Andy Dalton, the younger player we drafted, who’s a good prospect.

“Ideally, we’d have both of them. That’d be the best way to go forward. If we don’t have Carson, we’ll go with Andy.”

Mr. Brown continues to reiterate that, for Palmer, it’s either Cincinnati or nowhere. Palmer told the Bengals he was done with the organization and when former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was drafted, it seemed they’d finally grant him his wish. Instead, once the NFL season resumes, Palmer will be staring at retirement.

With a young core of talented receivers in Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham and A.J. Green, and the likely departure of Ochocinco and T.O., the Bengals should quit playing stubborn games with their former franchise QB.

By trading Carson, what’s the worst that can happen? Maybe, he’ll beat them later down the road in a measly regular season game. But realistically, at this point in his career, he’s washed up and not a Super Bowl-caliber threat. By sending him elsewhere, the Bengals would at least receive some compensation.

Let the guy go, get a draft pick in return and call it a day.

Ray Lewis: NFL Lockout Will Lead to More Crime, Evil

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis — along with seemingly the rest of America — wants the NFL lockout to be resolved.  While most of us point to reasons like increased boredom and decreased profits to explain why we need football, Lewis has a rather unique take on the matter.

In a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio (a pair that has chatted before), Ray Lewis had some bold words to express how he felt about the lockout and what he thinks will occur if there is no football in the fall.

“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game,” Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

That’s because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects “way more than us” — the owners and the players.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he said. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

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Video: Cam Newton Sings Justin Bieber

Not only can Carolina Panthers quarterback and recent top overall draft pick Cam Newton dominate SEC defenses, win a Hesiman Trophy and place his name in Auburn history, he can also sing. Check out this video of Cam Newton singing Justin Bieber’s baby, as shared with us by Marc Kohn on twitter:

That video shows exactly what the Panthers drafted: An outgoing, charismatic quarterback who wants to be more than just a football player. For better or worse, the rookie quarterback will not shy away from the spotlight for the Carolina Panthers.

David Bruton Working as Substitute Teacher During NFL Lockout

Denver Broncos safety David Bruton has decided to start working as a substitute teacher in his native Miamisburg, Ohio during the NFL lockout. Bruton is a ’09 graduate of Notre Dame and he decided to apply for a one-year substitute teacher’s license from the Ohio Department of Education during the lockout. He received the license and less than two weeks ago he received his first assignment as a sub — splitting time between two second grade classes. He was also called to sub in at Miamisburg High School on Friday, which is where he graduated in ’05.

Bruton made $90 for each day in the classroom and he says he’s not doing it for the money. Rather, Bruton is doing it to help pass the time in a positive way. “I’m just trying to keep busy,” Bruton told The Denver Post “and it’s nice to be able to give back to my community.” He also says his former high school football coach encouraged him to help the school out as a sub, and it seems to be working out pretty well.

We’ve highlighted the activities football players have been doing during the lockout. We’ve had Drew Brees pay for his team to workout, one quarterback-tight end combination practice in a parking lot, and then we have ding dongs like Chad Ochocinco spend his time riding bulls and playing pro soccer. I don’t think anyone’s doing anything much more worthy with his time than David Bruton.

Helmet knock to Pro Football Talk for the story

Photo Credit: David Kohl/The Denver Post

Minnesota Vikings DE Ray Edwards Wins Boxing Debut, Practiced Abstinence

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards made his boxing debut Friday night in Minnesota, defeating former kickboxer T.J. Gibson by unanimous decision. The 6-foot-5, 258 pound monster was much larger than the 5’9″ 222 pound Gibson and put his size to use. Yes, you’re eyes didn’t mislead you, he beat up on someone 36 pounds lighter and seven inches shorter than him.

Interestingly enough, to defeat his puny opponent (compared to his standards), Edwards practiced abstinence during his training regimen. By practicing abstinence, the Minnesota Viking was obeying the infamous boxing theory that sex affects fluidity in the ring.

“I’ve looked up to guys like Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather, guys who are the greatest to do it – they said they didn’t do it,” Edwards said, referring to his abstinence.

In this situation you must feel sorry for his poor girlfriend, or wife, who’s been deprived during his last two-months of training.

I’m happy for any NFL player who attempts something different during this NFL lockout. Especially, guys like Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski and Edwards who are tackling the grueling sport of boxing. However, I’m not a fan of Chad Ochocinco’s publicity stunts ranging from attempting to play soccer for an MLS team and idiotically trying to ride a bull.

Actually, forget it. These athletes need to get back to playing football. I’m past the point of annoyed with the NFL lockout. The next question is will Edwards decide to make this fight happen.

Photo Credit: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune