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When people hear the name Kyle Turley they often forget he was once a storied offensive tackle in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. A first-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints, Turley was a two-time All Pro over a productive NFL career which spanned nine seasons. Yet it was the cumulative effects of those years – especially the numerous undiagnosed concussions, according to Turley –  that have led him to the strange, frightening world for which he now resides. Despite the support system loving wife and two kids, Turley has suffered multiple seizures, considered suicide and rarely feels like…

Former Chicago Bear and NFL safety Mike Brown remains a consummate fan favorite. A leader in the locker room and a player-coach on the field, Brown was a stalwart on the Bears defenses of the early 2000’s that would develop into the league’s best. After being drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brown started all but one game over his first four seasons. In 2001, he was a turnover-inducing machine with five interceptions and two forced fumbles, earning All-Pro honors. Brown was subsequently named an All-Pro in 2005, despite his season lasting only 12 games due…

Joe Horn’s path to the NFL was far from traditional.  A twisty road took Horn from community college to a bevy of fast foods jobs to make ends meet before trying out for the CFL. Only a technicality with his CFL contract made the NFL a possibility. After being drafted in 1996 by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round, Horn was mostly a special teamer before signing with the New Orleans Saints in 2000.  He immediately catapulted onto the scene in New Orleans with 1,342 yards and 8 touchdowns that first year. Horn would earn four Pro Bowl…

Welcome to the debut of NFL Afterlife, a series of conversations with former players about their careers, life without pads, and anything else we want to discuss. First up is former quarterback Caleb Hanie, predominately known for his tenure with the Chicago Bears as Jay Cutler’s backup. As a player, Hanie is most remembered for entering the 2010 NFC Championship against the Packers after Cutler sprained his MCL and backup Todd Collins suffered a shoulder injury.  Hanie’s performance that day was mixed – he led the Bears down the field for a dramatic touchdown but also threw two picks en…

NFL Afterlife is a series of conversations with former players about their careers, life without pads, and anything else we want to discuss. Former NFL tight end Jake Ballard is a classic example of how short-lived an NFL career can be. Make no mistake, Ballard experienced glory in four seasons. He sports a Super Bowl ring, which he earned as the starting tight end for the New York Giants who beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. But it was that game – on the world’s biggest stage– where Ballard suffered an ACL tear that derailed a…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they may fit in in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! When he’s not busy training for a soon-to-be NFL career, former Sooners safety Tony Jefferson likes to perform goofy skits with his buddies.  None of them are for air, Jefferson told me as he prepares for this week’s Combine.  Yet based on his energy and eloquence during our conversation, it…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they might fit in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! Every season, without exception, wide receivers emerge in the NFL who were not drafted until the later rounds or not drafted at all. Jacksonville’s Cecil Shorts III and New York’s Victor Cruz are recent examples. Kenbrell Thompkins, a wideout who finished his collegiate career at the University of Cincinnati hopes to join…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they might fit in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often!    Sanders Commings is one of those kids born to be an athlete. This April won’t be Commings’ first go-around with a professional league’s draft – the Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. Commings stuck with football and was a solid performer at Georgia, last…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they may fit in in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! A.J. Klein, the 6’1 inside linebacker out of Iowa State is a diehard Packers fan, which is mandatory for anyone from Kimberly, Wisconsin, a town 36 miles southwest of Green Bay. But Klein will be thrilled when his name is called by any team in April, even if that team…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they may fit in in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! It shouldn’t be a surprise that a quarterback with the last name of Rodgers has NFL quarterbacking aspirations. But this year it’s Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Aaron, who you might have heard is a pretty decent quarterback with the Green Bay Packers. When Jordan wasn’t listening to Taylor Swift…

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