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Michael Vick named Eagles starter

It’s not a surprise to many, but Michael Vick will enter the 2013 season as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback.

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Michael Vick will enter the season as the Philadelphia Eagles starting QB.

Michael Vick will enter the season as the Philadelphia Eagles starting QB.

After two preseason games and dozens of practices, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made his decision to go with veteran quarterback Michael Vick as the starter for week one over second-year QB Nick Foles. This decision announced on Tuesday effectively ends the quarterback competition in Philadelphia.


Many thought Vick was the favorite to win the job being that he was the more experienced quarterback and his playing style seems tailor-made for Kelly’s offense. As arguably the most athletic quarterback in the history of the league, Vick has the ability to run Kelly’s up-tempo offseason to a tee, as he is capable of completing short and intermediate passes, while also being able to run the read-option to keep defenses honest.

Thus far in the preseason, Vick has run a rather vanilla version of the offense almost perfectly, as he has completed 87% of his passes, and thrown for one touchdown.

Vick’s first start in the Kelly-era will come on Monday night football on September 9th against division rival’s, the Washington Redskins.

Brian Sprowl is a senior at Hampton University majoring in journalism, minoring in sociology, and simply loves to write. Avid sports fan who never misses a beat when it comes to his Redskins and Wizards. After graduation, plans on pursuing a master's degree in counseling while still feeding his love of writing by writing for The Urban Twist.

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Michael Bennett on Arrest: I Was Profiled, But Not All Police Are Bad

Super Bowl champion and Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett said he was assaulted and threatened at gunpoint by police during a chaotic incident in Las Vegas last month, and he now is exploring his legal options.

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Michael Bennett elaborated more during a press conference, about a video that showed him being aggressively arrested in Las Vegas after the Mayweather Vs. McGregor fight.


The Seahawks star told the media, “It sucks that the country we live in now sometimes you get profiled for the color of your skin. It’s a tough situation for me. Do I think every police officer is bad? No. I don’t believe that. Do I believe that there’s some people out there that are judging people on the color of their skin? I do believe that. I’m just focused on trying to push forward and keep continuously … the quest for justice for people. Keep pushing the quality for oppressed people.”

He went on to further state, “I’m just lucky to be here to be able to speak about it. At any moment I could’ve made the wrong decision or rather move and felt like I was resisting or doing something wrong and you guys would be wearing, the Seahawks would be wearing the patch with No. 72 on it. So I’m just lucky to be here right now to be able to continuously fight for people, fight for the equality of all people regardless of their color, regardless of their gender.”

You can check out the full press conference below.

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Protesters Demand That Colin Kaepernick Play This Season Outside of NFL Headquarters

Protests take place outside of NFL headquarters to support Colin Kaepernick’s return to the game.

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Fans protested outside of the NFL headquarters in New York City on Wednesday, August 23, demanding that Colin Kaepernick be able to play for a team this season. Any team.


The protesters believe that the star athlete is being blackballed for participating in a protest of his own while kneeling during the national anthem at the start of each game.

Derrick Johnson, NAACP interim president, and CEO, requested a meeting with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, as he believes it’s “no sheer coincidence” that Kaepernick hasn’t been picked up by a team this season. Johnson added, “No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech – to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL’s own regulations.”

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancee and Family to Get Copies of Suicide Notes Found in Prison Cell

A Massachusetts judge has granted the request of Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee and mother of his daughter to receive copies of the three notes the former NFL tight end left in his cell last week before he killed himself.

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A Massachusetts judge has granted the request of Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee and mother of his daughter to receive copies of the three notes the former NFL tight end left in his cell last week before he killed himself.


Attorney George Leontire told reporters around 12:25 p.m. that a Bristol Superior Court judge had ordered the notes to be released to the family after Leontire filed a motion Monday demanding that they be able to “know their loved one’s final thoughts.”

As previously reported, Hernandez reportedly wrote one note to his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, one to their daughter and one to a man described as Hernadez’s jailhouse lover. The letters were left next to a bible.

The Boston Globe reports that Jenkins-Hernandez’s attorney, George Leontire, made the request to the judge Monday morning, hours before Hernandez’s funeral was to begin in Bristol, Connecticut.

“The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one’s final thoughts,” Leontire wrote in the motion. Leontire said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office had refused to share the notes’ contents.

The former New England Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence for the slaying of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins-Hernandez’s sister.

He hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last Wednesday. He had just been acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012.

In a statement, Hernandez’s family asked for privacy as it mourns and thanked people for offering condolences.

After the Massachusetts medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, Hernandez’s brain was taken to Boston University, where scientists will study it for any signs of repeated trauma suffered during his years of playing football.

A judge on Friday ordered key evidence preserved, granting a request from Jenkins-Hernandez so the family can investigate the circumstances of his death.

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