Articles by Samer Kalaf

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Kerry Collins and his Colts comeback

When Kerry Collins announced his retirement as Tennessee Titan in early July, it wasn’t a big surprise to most. At 38 years old and after playing 17 seasons in the NFL, Collins was basically at the end of his career and didn’t feel that he had the “willingness to commit to the preparation necessary to play another season”, as he said in his press conference. With that setup, it came as a shock when almost…

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Ochocinco and Haynesworth: Can New England’s gambles pay off?

As the NFL’s brief free agency period unfolded, the New England Patriots caused the most heads to scratch when they traded for Chad Ochocinco, wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals and Albert Haynesworth, defensive tackle of the Washington Redskins. Both have been attractors of good and bad attention with their statements to the press, and it seemed like a mismatch for them to go to a team known for having its coaches and players give minimal quotes to the…

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Revamped Eagles secondary threatens NFC East

Andy Reid doesn’t look very agile, but his stealth this offseason has Philadelphia pulling off a huge heist. The Eagles got two talented cornerbacks when they signed Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year contract and received Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Arizona Cardinals in a trade involving Kevin Kolb. These two acquisitions could potentially solidify the Eagles’ secondary as the best not only in their division or conference, but possibly the league. Many analysts had Asomugha projected to sign with either the New York Jets or the…

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Young’s future relies on NFL teams’ QB needs

Vince Young was living the dream at Texas. After signing with the university in 2002, he finally broke out on a wide scale in 2004 with an 11-1 sophomore campaign that saw him net 1,849 passing and 1,079 rushing yards with 12 passing and 14 rushing touchdowns. He didn’t, however, stop there. The next season, as a junior, Young dominated the competition, passing for 3,036 yards with 26 touchdowns and rushing for 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns….

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Rivalries and depth define AFC East

The New York Jets’ braggart attitude and dominating defense. The New England Patriots’ passive-aggressive methods of commenting about their opponents and efficient offense. TheBuffalo Bills’ skilled secondary and young running game. The Miami Dolphins’ stingy allowance of points and beautiful cheerleaders. When you throw in the complicated and long-enduring rivalries between fan bases, it looks like the AFC East will maintain its high level of entertainment and talent for the next NFL season, whenever that may be. The division saw…

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Asian population critically underrepresented in NFL

While the NFL received its first “A” grade this past year for racial hiring practices by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, there is always still room for improvement. According to the University of Central Florida-based group in their 2010 Racial and Gender Report Card, white and African-American players combined to make up 97 percent of the league. That left only three percent for any other races. It seems the demographic of Asians…

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The path from Division III to the NFL

When Cecil Shorts from Mount Union was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in this year’s NFL Draft, the selection flew predominantly under the radar. Viewers at home were most likely unaware, but Shorts joined a very small club of football players from Division III colleges who have been taken in the draft. If a player chooses to go to a Division III school, it usually means that they are planning for a career in something…