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Russell Wilson files for divorce from wife Ashton

Russell Wilson wife Ashton

Russell Wilson came into the NFL as a rookie who was mature beyond his years. He had already played pro baseball, he had been in college for four years, and he was already married. But it sounds like his marriage isn’t working out, unfortunately.

The Seattle Seahawks released a statement Wednesday saying Wilson filed for a divorce from wife Ashton, whom he married in January 2012.

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time.”

Ashton went viral on the internet during the 2012 draft for her classic facial reaction after her husband was drafted:

Ashton Wilson draft

The two met in high school and were together during college. Ashton had this to say last year when describing their marriage:

“Honestly, we just try to keep our home life as normal as possible,” Wilson said to KIRO Radio’s Tom and Curley Show. “We just try and keep it real, realize what my husband does is a job, it can change at any minute, and what really matters is we don’t change no matter what changes around our environment.”

Ashton went to NC State with Russell and graduated from the school. Russell proposed to her on Aug. 1 2010.

The timing of the announcement has led to many questions for people. Wilson is still on his rookie deal and making a fraction of what Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks earn. Some believe he is divorcing before signing his big contract extension so that he doesn’t have to split the money with her.

Also see: Mel Kiper and Jon Gruden argue over Russell Wilson during NFL Draft

Arizona Cardinals remember Pat Tillman on 10th anniversary of his death

pat-tillmanFrom 1998-2001, Pat Tillman was a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals after being selected in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

In 2002, he joined the U.S. Army, putting to the side a career many aren’t fortunate to experience in order to serve his country.

On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan.

Ten years later, we remember Pat Tillman’s life, legacy, and selflessness. He did what few in his situation would probably do. In his prime, Tillman walked away from millions of dollars to put his life on the line for our country. Unfortunately, that life came to an end entirely too soon.

The Arizona Cardinals retired Tillman’s uniform No. 40. On Tuesday, that number could be found on the side of University of Phoenix Stadium, along with a reminder that Pat Tillman will never be forgotten.

Doug Marrone had cancerous mole removed

Doug Marrone BillsNot long after a deleted story on the Buffalo Bills’ website had everyone concerned that Doug Marrone had cancer, the coach shared a statement explaining his medical situation.

According to WKBW sports director Jeff Russo, Marrone had a cancerous mole found on his skin during a recent visit to the doctor.

“The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my ability to coach the team moving forward,” Marrone said in a statement, according to Russo.

Marrone just needs to have his skin checked every three months.

[Earlier: Does Doug Marrone have cancer? Bills website deletes story]

I’m sure this comes as a huge relief to everyone who was rightfully concerned about Marrone’s health. The images of Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano battling leukemia during the 2012 NFL season is fresh on many of our minds, and the last thing we wanted to see was another coach dealing with something similar.

Does Doug Marrone have cancer? Bills website deletes story

Doug Marrone cancer story

Does Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone have cancer? That’s what many are left wondering after the Bills’ website posted a story making the announcement before deleting it.

The Bills’ website posted the headline and what appeared to be the shell for an upcoming story announcing that Marrone has cancer.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone announced today that he was diagnosed with BLANK TYPE OF CANCER and that it is highly treatable,” said the first line of the story.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone shared the news today that he’s been diagnosed with BLANK cancer. He says it’s ‘not aggrive’ and highly treatable,” the story also read.

You could tell the story wasn’t ready to be published yet because they also included this line:

“QUOTE FROM MARRONE.”

The story appeared on the stream on the Bills’ website:

It also made the app:

The Buffalo News says the story was on the site for 9 hours before being pulled by the Bills with no explanation.

So there’s no mistake about it, this is how it looked on the site:

Unless this is some sort of hoax, it looks like a story was mistakenly published by the site. We hope Marrone is fine and will hope for the best for him.

UPDATE – WKBW sports director Jeff Russo reports that Marrone had a cancerous mole found on his skin that was removed.

Via Deadspin

Marqise Lee was a Queen Street Bloods gang member when he was 10

Marqise Lee USCMarqise Lee is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft, and it’s pretty incredible that he’s made it this far when you consider his background.

Lee caught 29 touchdown passes over three seasons at USC, including a sophomore season where he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards. The speedy receiver grew up in Inglewood, Calif., and his mother lost custody of him and his siblings when he was five. From there, he moved around different foster homes and even lived in a motel. Without much direction or guidance, he ended up joining a gang at a young age.

“My brothers went down the wrong road as far as gang banging and everything. I followed them for a couple of footsteps but then I had to change,” Lee recalled in a video feature for ESPN’s “Draft Academy.”

According to the “Draft Academy” special on Lee, the former USC receiver joined the Queen Street Bloods gang — based out of the west part of Inglewood — when he was 10. One of his older brothers was actually killed, while the other ended up in jail.

In a story on Grantland, Lee even shared that he had to fight a high school-aged member to get in the gang and he won the fight despite being an elementary school kid. But his brothers prevented him from partaking in most of the gangbanging and he moved away before long, which pretty much ended his gang life.

Lee eventually begged his way into Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., and eventually moved into a home with one of his friends.

So far, Lee has made it. He definitely came a long way and overcame a lot and figured out the proper path to success.

“It’s surreal to me because I never had a dream of going to the NFL. I never watched it. I didn’t even watch football because I never thought I was going to actually make it. And that’s where I’m at now — training for the combine,” Lee told Draft Academy.

Warren Sapp the latest to question Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic

Jadeveon ClowneyThe debate continues to rage on over whether Jadeveon Clowney is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There is no denying Clowney’s athleticism, but there have been plenty of questions about his work ethic. On Monday’s edition of “NFL Total Access,” former NFL players Warren Sapp and Heath Evans ripped Clowney’s decision to decline private workouts with teams before the draft.

“I look at Jadeveon Clowney’s tape and I don’t see a guy that’s playing the game with his hair on fire,” Sapp said. “If it’s my pick, I’m taking Teddy Bridgewater. I believe Teddy Bridgewater is that quarterback who gets it done.”

Bridgewater has tumbled down the draft boards with poor performances during the offseason, but that’s a debate for another day. Sapp and Evans both blasted Clowney for turning down NFL teams who are interested in jumpstarting his career.

“What else is he doing, not waking up?” Sapp said. “The next job you have is rushing the quarterback, young man, getting ready for the NFL. If you wake up every morning and you’re not prepared to go out and do the things you have to be either be an outside linebacker or pass rushing specialist, what else is there?

“You can blow your knee out walking your doggy. So why would you not work out for a team that has twenty million-plus dollars for you?”

Evans was just as harsh.

“There’s just so many little things about this kid that deter you from getting on his side,” he said. “This kid turns down private workouts? He says, ‘Well, I don’t want to get hurt.’ You should be training harder on the day that you’re not at a private workout than how hard they would work you on the private workout.”

Of course, Sapp had to throw in some crap about how he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer who was happy to work out for NFL teams when they wanted him to, but both he and Evans have a point. You can understand Clowney not wanting to risk injury, but he must be working out anyway. Why not get a head start on working with NFL teams?

John Harbaugh describes Super Bowl postgame handshake with brother Jim

John-Harbaugh-Jim-HarbaughJohn Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh said very little to each other on the field after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Considering they are two of the most competitive people in sports, that did not really surprise anyone. What might surprise you is that Jim wouldn’t let John hug him.

John was honored at Miami University (Ohio) over the weekend when he was inducted into the school’s Cradle of Coaches. At his reception, he told the 260 in attendance the story about his and Jim’s famous postgame handshake. The Ravens’ website has video of him sharing the story.

“I walk up across the field to shake his hand, and he’s a big, strapping guy,” Harbaugh said. “I look at him and I’m going to give him a little man hug, a little bro hug to say congratulations…”

Harbaugh then demonstrated the exchange with a person who was sitting next to him, showing how Jim gave him a stiff outstretched arm when he tried to go in for the hug.

“It was like then he says, ‘There will be no hug!’” John joked.

Remember, John also went on David Letterman after his Super Bowl victory and said he had yet to speak with Jim after the game. That was nearly a week later. We’re not surprised Jim wasn’t in the mood to get sentimental after losing the biggest game of his life.