In one way or another, the passing of Reggie White has touched us all.
His accomplishments are milestones of a man that was as equally feared on the field, as he was loved off the field.
Last week as family, friends and former teammates took time to reflect on the twelve-year veterans' illustrious career, former Denver Bronco and current CBS Analyst Shannon Sharpe poignantly put into perspective the memories of a man who, even in death, continues to share his message of hope those he left behind.
"The thing that struck me about him is that he always had time for everyone," Sharpe lamented in his weekly column for NFL.com. "He was never in a rush and always had time to talk."
"Around Thanksgiving, I told myself that I should give him a call but I decided to wait until New Years. Then Christmas came and I thought about him again, but figured that New Years was only a week away so I'd wait. Sure enough, last week I was as shocked as everyone else. Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today because you just never know what can happen."
A Giant no more…
Don't look for quarterback Kurt Warner to hang around any longer than he has to, once the New York Giants season officially comes to an end this Sunday.
Warner is openly discussing his desire to land with a team that could give him the opportunity to start, and with the Giants decision to force-feed rookie Eli Manning, it became apparent that opportunity would not involve the Big Apple.
"I want to be somewhere starting next year," Warner told reporters following Wednesday afternoon's practice session. "They know it's not here with the New York Giants, and they understand my point of view 100 percent."
With his penchant for signing previously successful quarterbacks a few steps past their prime, don't be surprised if Raiders guru Al Davis doesn't make a bid for the former Iowa Barnstormer's Most Valuable Player.
Speaking of Al Davis…
If last week's public intoxication arrest of four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson wasn't enough to jack up Al Davis' stress level, you can rest assured that the recent comments made by his other starting cornerback, Philip Buchanon, certainly will.
"I mean there is a lot of stuff that goes on here and it ain't right," he said. "I am not feeling too good here. I am not happy with the organization. Things ain't good right now."
Ah come on Phil, tell us how you really feel.
Turley vs. Martz – Round One…
Unable to avoid the issue any longer, St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz relented to reporter's questions regarding a highly publicized confrontation he had with injured offensive tackle Kyle Turley.
"He came in and basically was concerned with a remark I made when I was asked on TV, 'Where's Kyle?' and I said 'I haven't seen him, I don't know," Martz said. "He came in out of the blue, and it was pretty animated. He's a very emotional guy and we had a discussion about it."
While he reiterated that it was "a nothing deal," he drew short of commenting on a report that he had filed a formal complaint with NFL Security, claiming Turley had threatened him.
Not a surprising accusation considering Turley's probably best known for his 2001 tirade where he ripped the helmet off New York Jets safety Damien Robinson, threw it downfield, made an obscene gesture and was promptly ejected from the game.
Life outside football…
With the Seattle Seahawks on the verge of clinching their first division title in five years, head coach Mike Holmgren interrupted his Wednesday afternoon press conference to address the devastating situation in Southern Asia.
Holmgren, whose wife Kathy serves as a board member for Northwest Medical Teams, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization which is actively involved in the on-going relief efforts, has helped organize a donation drive as fans enter the stadium for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
"What we are going to do on Sunday is have volunteers at the stadium trying to get donations as people enter the stadium and that money will go directly towards relief," Holmgren said.
"You have all seen it on television and seen the devastation. People are always asking ‘what can I do', and this is one of the things we can do. It is a wonderful organization, and rest assured all the funds go towards the right cause."
Every once in a while it's good to be reminded that some things really are more important than football.
No word yet on whether or not the NFL, a league which prides itself on it's global outreach, will be joining in the relief efforts.
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