With the discussion on how Ray Lewis could potentially end his career with a Super Bowl ring, it is a true reminder that winning a playoff win is an amazing accomplishment, let alone a Super Bowl appearance. With that in mind, here are some successful NFL veterans who are still searching for their first playoff win.
Steven Jackson – St Louis Rams
Steven Jackson, 29, probably one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL today, has not won a playoff game in his career with the St. Louis Rams. The all-pro back led the NFC in rushing in 2009, and is a part of the 10,000 yard rushing club. He is the all-time rams leading rusher, surpassing Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson, which is an undermined accomplishment by many. Despite the accolades, he still hasn’t won a playoff game, and it doesn’t look like he will any time soon, unless the Rams get surprisingly good in the coming years.
Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans
The 2013 season for the New York Jets will be a season of change. With the firings of Mike Tannenbaum, and Tony Sparano, and the uncertainty of who will be under center for the team, many issues that ended the Jets season this past year are still lingering.
One main concern resides at the receiving position, specifically with the return of Santonio Holmes from an injury, and Stephen Hill, the rookie who many have considered to be a bust. Hill, drafted in the second round out of Georgia Tech, had 5 receptions for 89 yards in the Jets week 1 win against the Buffalo Bills. After that game, he didn't record a single reception for the next 3 weeks. Hill finished with 21 receptions for 252 yards and three scores for the season.
Hill battled with injuries throughout the season, specifically with his hamstring, until he injured his knee, in which he had surgery on recently. He will be healthy for the 2013 season, but will he be playing?
Newtown families packed in the local youth academy to get autographs and pictures with MLS current players, and soccer legends.
Newtown Youth Academy housed the likes of Landon Donovan, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm, Newtown's own Marcus Tracy, and many other soccer stars from the MLS. There were multiple autograph stations, a question and answer session hosted by ESPN's Bob Ley, and I even saw a pickup game started by ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas.
About 1500 people crowded into the turf wing at the NYA, eager to meet these players, and they left with smiles on their face. Newtown, who is still in shock over what has a little over a month ago, is still in the healing and rebuilding stages, and the MLS recognized this and did not fall short of trying to cheer us up.
The New York Giants will take the field to go up against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles tomorrow afternoon. What usually is a close, hard-fought battle that everybody’s eyes are glued to the field will be a somewhat decent game with everybody’s eyes glued to the NFL scoreboard in the upper left corner of the stadium.
The Giants must beat the Eagles tomorrow, and also hope that the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears all are on the losing side of the result in order to squeak their way into the playoffs. It’s not impossible, but it’s going to take a lot of doing for them to squeak their way into the playoffs.
First off, I just want to thank every single one of you for your support thus far towards my hometown of Newtown, CT. I attended that school, Sandy Hook, when I was in grade school. I am deeply saddened by the events that transpired, and I as well as my community have been profoundly affected. With that said, I wanted to take a moment to thank the “sports world” and individual athletes who have paid their tribute to my hometown.
Victor Cruz, a beloved athlete of Jack Pinto, age six, who unfortunately lost his life during the massacre, visited the Pinto family earlier this week. Cruz delivered the cleats and gear that he had marked up with Jack’s name for this past Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, to Pinto’s family. Cruz reportedly even played Madden 13 with Jack’s older brother, and his friends. I could tell you that the whole community appreciated the acts of Victor Cruz, and even though I am a New York Jets fan, Cruz will always have a special place in my heart, because of his acts towards the Pinto family.