Cowboys Tight-End and future Hall Of Fame inductee, Jason Witten, announced Thursday that he would be returning to the Dallas Cowboys after sitting out for one year. The 36 year old veteran returns to the gridiron after spending his last year as a ESPN analyst. Witten will return to the Cowboys on a 3.5 million one-year contract. Witten holds the Dallas Cowboy’s franchise record for most receiving yards and receptions within a career. Take a look back at Jason Witten career so far with the Cowboys, down below.
Super Bowl LIII was supposed to be one of the most high scoring affairs ever. After last season’s high flying Super Bowl that featured the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the Los Angeles Rams there was no reason to believe this one wouldn’t be more potent offensively. Wrong. The Rams and New England Patriots combined for just a measly 16 points in the Patriots 13-3 victory.
The first half of this year’s Super Bowl only featured three points between the Rams and New England Patriots. Neither team took a snap in the other team’s red zone while the Pats committed the only turnover on Tom Brady’s first pass attempt of the game. The Rams were only able to muster 52 total yards and two first downs in the half and Todd Gurley was again shunned as he only received three touches (He only had four all of last week). Both team played worse than usual and it led to the 3-0 stalemate that fans were left with at halftime.
The second half began almost no different than the first half as both teams continued to struggle offensively. The Rams added on to a streak they began in the first half as they wound up punting on eight straight possessions through midway of the third quarter. The Patriots ended up with a few first downs in the third quarter but after the quarter the score was just 3-3 as Greg Zuerlein connected on a 53 yard attempt near the end of the third.
It all came down to the fourth quarter in this Super Bowl of defenses as neither team was able to create separation through three quarters. The Patriots were able to finally break through offensively with a one-yard Sony Michel touchdown to make the score 10-3. They coupled that with a Stephon Gilmore interception on the following Rams possession with under five minutes to play in regulation. That interception proved to be the biggest play of the game as Tom Brady and the rest of the offense ran the time down to under two minutes before Stephen Gostkowski put the game away at 13-3.
Super Bowl LIII was Tom Brady’s sixth NFL championship and it was also the Patriots’ 11th appearance in the big game (Third in a row). Their defense held the Rams usually superb offense to just 3 points, 12 first downs and 205 total yards in addition to the 4 sacks they got on Rams QB Jared Goff.
In a season where the Patriots were doubted repeatedly they persevered and showed everyone around the league why they are still the gold standard around the league.
Saturday evening, one day before the super bowl, the NFL committee decided who would be apart of this year’s Hall Of Fame selection. The Hall Of Fame induction will happen August 3rd, in Canton, Ohio.
Among those selected were Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Tony Gonzalez, Gil Brandt, Pat Bowlen, Ed Reed, Kevin Mawae, and Johnny Robinson.
Champ Bailey headlines the Hall Of Fame Selection with such an amazing career. Bailey joins the Hall Of Fame as a twelve time Pro-Bowl Selection, and a number of other outstanding accomplishments.
Ed Reed set the foundation for how the safety position should be played. Reed, a nine time pro bowl selection, was a huge contributor to the 2013 Baltimore Ravens whom won Super Bowl XLVII. Ed Reed will join the Hall Of Fame as the franchise leader for most career interceptions, interception return yards (1,541), return touchdowns (7), passes defended (137), and interception-return yards in a single game (150).
Ty Law joins the Hall Of Fame as a five time Pro-Bowl selection at cornerback. Law won three Super Bowls during his stint with the New England Patriots. Law was a 2x First-Team All-Pro, 2x NFL interception leader, and apart of the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team.
Tony Gonzalez enters the Hall Of Fame as a fourteen time Pro-Bowl Selection and a six time First-Team All-Pro. Gonzalez ends his career as the NFL record holder for career receiving yards for a tight end(15,127), career receptions (1,325) and a number of more impressive accolades.
Gil Brandt was selected into this year’s Hall Of Fame class at age 85. Brandt was the former Vice President Of player personnel in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and was apart of two Super Bowl wins.
Pat Bowlen joins the 2019 Pro Football Hall Of Fame as the majority owner of the Denver Broncos. Bowlen has three Super Bowls and seven AFC championships while being apart of the Broncos Franchise.
Kevin Mawae was an eight time Pro-Bowl selected Center in the NFL. Mawae joins the 2019 Pro Football Hall Of Fame as a current offensive analyst for Arizona State.
Johnny Robinson joins the Pro Football Hall Of Fame as a six time AFL All-Star and a one time Pro Bowl selection. Robinson had 57 interceptions over his 11 year stint with the Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.
There is big trouble brewing in New Orleans between the Pelicans and their star forward Anthony Davis. Davis previously requested a trade fr the team and the team recently removed his picture from the team’s home intro video. Is that a sign of something to come?
With all of the uncertainty going on, let’s take a look at the best possible trade scenarios for Anthony Davis.
Los Angeles Lakers get: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle
New Orleans Pelicans get: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma
Houston Rockets get: Anthony Davis, Elfrid Payton
New Orleans Pelicans get: Chris Paul, Ken Faried, Gerald Green
Boston Celtics get: Anthony Davis, E’twaun Moore
New Orleans Pelicans get: Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown
The 2018 NBA season has finally came to an end. To cap the season off, the NBA issued out their annual awards which were given to five players and a coach throughout the NBA. The awards that were given are as followed: Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive player of the year, Sixth Man Award, and Coach of the Year.
James Harden (Houston Rockets) – MVP
2018 Regular Season Stats: PPG: 30.4 | FG%: 44.6 | 3P%: 36.7 | REB: 5.4 |AST: 8.8 | STL 1.8 | BLK: 0.7
2018 Playoff Stats: PPG: 28.6 | FG% 41.0 | 3P%: 29.9 | REB: 5.2 | AST: 6.8 | STL: 2.2 |BLK: 0.6
James Harden had an impressive season in 2018. Harden led the league in scoring (30.4 PPG), Three pointers made (265), 50-point games (4) and also led his team to a franchise record of 65 wins. Impressively, Harden led his team to the Western Conference Finals in which they lost 4-3 to the Golden State Warriors. James Harden proved to be a dominant force in the NBA and in the years to come.
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) – ROY
2018 Regular Season Stats: PPG: 15.8 | FG%: 54.5 | 3P%: 0.0 |REB: 8.1 | AST: 8.2 | STL: 1.7 | BLK: 0.9
2018 Playoff Stats: PPG: 16.3 | FG%: 48.8 | 3P%: 0.0 |REB: 9.4 | AST: 7.7 | STL: 1.7 | BLK: 0.8
Ben Simmons had an incredible rookie season. Simmons led his 76ers to a regular season record of 52-30. Simmons and his 76ers were able to flip their win-loss record around, from which they had the previous season (28-54). Many feel Simmons should have not won rookie of the year award because of the class he was drafted in (2016). Simmons missed what would have been his rookie season with a foot injury. Although Simmons technically was not in last years rookie draft class, he showed how ready he was to play and tremendous promise in Philadelphia’s future.
Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) – MIP
2018 Regular Season Stats: PPG: 23.1 |FG%: 47.7 | 3P%: 37.1 | REB: 5.2 | AST: 4.3 | STL: 2.4 | BLK: 0.8
2018 Playoff Stats: PPG: 22.7 |FG%: 41.7 | 3P%: 40.4 | REB: 8.3 | AST: 6.0 | STL: 2.4 | BLK: 0.4
Victor Oladipo showed just why he earned this award. Oladipo set career highs in five different categories, Points per game (23.1), Field goal percentage (47.7), Rebounds (5.2), Assists (4.3), and steals (2.4). Oladipo led his Utah Jazz to a first-round win over his old team (Oklahoma City Thunder) and into the Western-Conference Semifinals, in which they lost to the Houston Rockets 4-1. Oladipo was able to prove to the world why the Utah Jazz will be a force to be reckoned with.
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) – DOPY
2018 Regular Season Stats: PPG: 13.5 | FG%: 62.2 | DREB: 7.8 | REB: 10.7 | STL: 0.8 | BLK: 2.3
2018 Playoff Stats: PPG: 13.2 | FG%: 65.5 | DREB: 6.8 | REB: 10.7 | STL: 0.9 | BLK: 2.3
Rudy Gobert was a key piece how well the Utah Jazz’s season went. The Utah Jazz were able to lead the NBA with the best defensive rating (97.5), in the final 38 games after Gobert returned from a knee injury. Despite missing 26 games, Gobert ranked 4th in blocking (129). Gobert and Oladipo together show how much of a promising future the Utah Jazz have.
Lou Williams (Los-Angeles Clippers)- 6MA
2018 Regular Season Stats: PPG: 22.6| FG%: 43.5 | 3P%: 35.9 | REB: 2.5 | AST: 5.3 | STL: 1.1 | BLK: 0.2
2018 Playoff Stats: (N/A)
Lou Williams proved how dominant of a player he is this season. He started 19 games due to injuries the Clippers had, but remained the better half of the year as a 6th man. He was able to set a new career high in points per game (22.6). Williams had a breakout game against 2018’s NBA champions the Golden State Warriors in which he scored 50 points. This is Lou Williams second 6th man of the year award. Doesn’t seem like Lou will be a 6th man for much longer.
Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) – COY
Dwane Casey won Coach of the year award under his time as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Sounds a little weird, but reason in me saying this is because he is now the Detroit Pistons head coach. Casey was fired after the Cleveland Cavaliers swept him and the Raptors in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs. Although they were swept, Casey helped engineer a franchise record of 59 wins during the 2018 season. He showed his prominence as a coach, and hopes to bring that same energy to Detroit.