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Larry Fitzgerald says many younger players don't appreciate

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:30 am    Post subject: Larry Fitzgerald says many younger players don't appreciate Reply with quote

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Larry Fitzgerald prides himself on being Authentic Danny Woodhead Womens Jersey a historian of the NFL. As a child growing up in Minneapolis, Fitzgerald immersed himself in anything football-related. When his father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., a sports writer, would bring home media guides, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. would read them from cover to cover, learning about everyone inside, from the owners to the trainers. It gave him an appreciation for the game that he still holds as he enters his 14th NFL season at age 33. When Fitzgerald spent last weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, that appreciation intensified as he took in the game’s history and reconnected with the game’s greats. But, Fitzgerald is wary that the next generation of NFL players doesn't share his level of respect for the players who laid the groundwork for the benefits they now reap. “I know all the players who have come before me and have a great respect for them,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t know if the younger generation really knows or cares that much. It’s a completely different generation. “You can take a young guy in there, they probably wouldn’t know 70 percent of the guys through there. I knew everybody from sight." But Fitzgerald will admit, he’s not like most players. “That’s just how I am, though,” he said. “My appreciation might be a little different than most.” The NFL took an important step Wednesday in what has been a five-year process to convert its officials into full-time league employees. After months of negotiations prompted by the NFL competition committee, the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) agreed to the structure of a modest transition during the course of the 2017 season. How will this work? What will this mean for the industry? And, most importantly, will it improve the state of officiating? Let's take a closer look -- even closer than we did in this post from December. The current structure is a vestige of an otherwise forgotten era when almost everyone in the game -- including players and coaches -- were seasonal employees who had other jobs in the offseason. To this day, the NFL's 124 officials work on a contractor basis. They are paid well, but most of them have "day" jobs during the week and throughout the offseason. Some, including referees Logan Thomas Youth Jersey Walt Anderson and Terry McAulay, are officiating supervisors at the college level. Others have careers entirely unrelated to football. They are attorneys -- including referees Ed Hochuli, Ronald Torbert and Clete Blakeman -- as well as insurance agents, high school principals and financial advisers. The college football season is inching closer, which means the 2018 NFL draft will be here before you know it. The crew from Scouts Inc. and I spent the summer scouring tape and ranking the top draft prospects at each position. Each day over the next two weeks, we'll roll out a new position. We'll hit defense this week and offense next week. And remember: These are preliminary rankings -- there's no telling who will emerge this season. Click the links below to read our rankings of the positions we've evaluated so far: Luckily for the virtual Steelers, Bell won't be holding out of your game (although that would be a fantastic feature for future years, EA). But if you like running in Madden, Bell is the pixelated person for you. His agility (95) and awareness (91) are tied for fifth among running backs, and he has the best stiff arm among backs (95). His balance isn't surprising after he had 724 yards before contact and 544 yards after contact last season -- both numbers in the top 10. Antonio Brown was the top guy last year, and he's right behind Jones this year. Some could argue he should be ahead of him. But virtual and real-life Jones have earned the spectacular catch rating he has (9Cool after an 83-catch, 1,409-yard season last year -- better than Brown's 1,284 yards. Jones and Brown are together in catching (9Cool and are close in spectacular catch (Brown is 97), catch-in-traffic (Brown is 98, Jones is 97) and route-running (Brown is 97, Jones is 96). They are close in almost every rating except strength, where Jones is a 78 and Brown is a 54. That might have been the difference.
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