Boston College’s Alex Amidon, who ended his college career at The Heights with three school records, is considering leaving his football career behind to serve his country.
The former Boston College wide receiver and Greenfield, Mass., native may try to become a U.S. Navy Seal instead of pursuing a potential NFL future, but hasn't decided which direction he'll go, according to a BC athletic department official.
BC Interruption first reported Amidon's interest in the military on Thursday. But on Friday, Chris Cameron, BC's associate athletics director, said it was premature to suggest Amidon had made up his mind.
"It's something he might want to do," Cameron said of Amidon's interest in the SEALs.
In 2012, Amidon finished 11th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with 1,210 receiving yards and was named to the All-ACC first team. He led the Eagles in 2013 with 1,024 receiving yards and was named to the All-ACC third team.
He finished his BC career with 191 receptions for 2,792 yards and 15 touchdowns. Amidon set school records for receiving yards in a season, as well as most receptions and receiving yards in a career.
Amidon had the potential to be picked in the later rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin.
Amidon, along with Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, shared the 2013 Thomas Scanlan Award, given to the BC senior who is most outstanding in scholarship, athletic ability, and leadership. It is considered BC’s highest football honor.
Jason Collins has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, making him the first openly gay athlete in the four major North American team sports leagues.
Collins was available to play for the Nets Sunday when they facd the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Nets decided to move on Collins when their first choice, free agent Glen Davis, chose to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment."
A 12-year NBA veteran, Collins last played for the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics last season. The center has career averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. The 35-year-old Collins came out as gay last spring but failed to catch on with an NBA team for the current season. Collins played for the Nets between 2001 and 2008; his then-teammate Jason Kidd is now his head coach. Former Celtics and current Nets players Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have also played with Collins.
On February 10, Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam announced his was gay ahead of the upcoming NFL draft. If drafted, he could be the first openly gay player to play in the NFL.
I apologize for acting like a big baby the last few days. This has all been so much on me and my family. I just want to play football— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 17, 2014
Incognito also tweeted that he was thinking positively and continues to believe he will one day play in the NFL again.
I want everyone to know I'm in good spirits and looking forward to playing again one day— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 17, 2014
He also apparently attempted to mend bridges with Jonathan Martin, whom he called out last week for bringing his allegations against Incognito to light, saying to Martin that “the truth is going to bury you and your entire ‘camp’,” and also saying to Martin that “you started all of this when Kenny Zuckerman released the VM to ESPN.”
I would like to send Jonathan my apologies as well. Until someone tells me different you are still my brother. No hard feelings :)— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 18, 2014
An investigation report on the Dolphins by attorney Ted Wells was released last week and concluded that Martin’s claims of abuse by members of the Dolphins were valid.
In another tweet, Incognito apologized to Dolphins owner Steve Ross and Wells.
A sports anchor at an ABC affiliate in Dallas spent two minutes of his broadcast Monday night delivering a speech in support of Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end and NFL prospect who came out as gay Sunday night. Takes both critical and supportive of Sam have dominated the airwaves this week, but Dallas anchor Dale Hansen's take stands out for its simplicity and blunt, reasoned logic.
"You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy's welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they're welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We're comfortable with that. "You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far!"
Hat tip to the Huffington Post for surfacing the video. Hansen told HP he's received more than 700 "overwhelmingly positive" e-mails following his broadcast.
Richie Incognito, the offensive guard from the Miami Dolphins who was suspended indefinitely because of bullying allegations by teammate Jonathan Martin, lashed out at Martin on Twitter today.
Icognito's rant started when Omar Kelly, a NFL beat writer and columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, brought up the impending Ted Wells investigation into the situation.
Things escalated from there.
@OmarKelly this should have been over before it even started. False allegations and lies have kept this going.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
Dear Jon Martin..... The truth is going to bury you and your entire "camp". You could have told the truth the entire time.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
Incognito even got Outkast involved.
Jon Martin---you started all of this when Kenny Zuckerman released the VM to ESPN. The same VM we joked about with @brianhartline— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
Kenny Zuckerman from Priority Sports.... What do you have to say for your actions? Why did you release the VM. What was your goal ?— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
I'm guilty of being a loyal friend and good teammate. I apologize for my poor language and rude remarks. I've never denied it.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
I apologize to all of the women out there that I offended with my text messages to my close personal friend.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
@AlbertBreer the truth will set me free. I can't say the same about Jon Martin. The truth is what he's hiding from— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn't playing well. Told me he felt worthless.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
I have no further comment at this time. Please contact my attorney Mark Schamel @WCSRtweet 202-857-4481— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
Patriots fans may remember Jared Lorenzen as a backup quarterback to Eli Manning when the Giants defeated the 18-0 Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
The former University of Kentucky and NFL quarterback is still playing pro football, with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League, though not exactly at the same size he was during his days with the G-men.
He is listed at 320 pounds on the River Monsters roster, and as this tweet from LEX10 Weekend Sports Anchor Kyle Scott shows he is still out there on the gridiron (he’s No. 22).
Jared Lorenzen and NKY River Monsters warming up for 8 pm kick vs Bluegrass Warhorses. pic.twitter.com/hyswW5OAv0— Kyle Scott (@Ky1eSc0tt) February 4, 2014
Several Vines of Lorenzen’s play have also been making their way around the internet, including these from Barstool Sports of the River Monsters' Feb. 3 game against the Bluegrass Warhorses:
Lorenzen appeared in four games over two seasons with the Giants from 2006-2007. He completed four passes on eight attempts for 28 yards in 2007, earning a Super Bowl ring that season.
Former Celtics star Ray Allen gets a lot of grief from Boston fans for jumping ship to the Miami Heat, but the photo he posted to his Instagram account of the setup for his Super Bowl party makes it hard to blame him for moving to warmer pastures. At the time of this posting the temperature in Miami was a comfortable 77 degrees.
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