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Running backs are almost becoming a dying breed these days in the NFL since its turning more into a passing league.  For running backs like Marshawn Lynch that is not a problem since he is a powerful runner and a great pass catcher.  Lynch has made a reputation for being a bruising running back that can punish you with his strength, or burn you with his speed.  Lynch is one of the best running backs in the league and he is always picked in the first round of every fantasy football draft since he has proven to be a tough player.  He has the potential to be a Hall of Fame player and if he stays in “Beast Mode” he should have no problem getting there.

Marshawn Terrell Lynch was born on April 22nd, 1986 in Oakland California.  Lynch attended Oakland Technical High School.  In his 2003 high school season he racked up 1,722 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in only 8 games.  In the postseason he had 375 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in two games.  He was voted a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American and was also voted as the San Francisco East Bay Player of the Year.  He also played defensive back, a little bit at QB, and dabbled in the wide receiver position.  Rivals.com ranked him as the #2 player in the nation right behind Adrian Peterson.  While in high school he kept in shape by being a track star and played basketball in the offseason. 

Lynch decided to play his college ball at the University of California, Berkeley.  He played football for the California Golden Bears and was a major in social welfare.  As a freshman he was the back up running back but still totaled up 628 yards and 8 touchdowns.  In 2005, Lynch was named the starter for the Golden Bears and he took advantage of it by rushing for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He led the team to the Las Vegas Bowl where he ran for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns and was named MVP.  The 2006 season was an interesting one for Lynch.  He was on track to win the Maxwell Award and the University launched a program for Lynch to win the Heisman.  He rushed for 1,356 yards and 11 touchdowns including a game winning touchdown against Washington.  Lynch was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and holds the school record for most 100-yard games with 17.

Lynch decided to enter the 2007 NFL Draft and was selected 12th overall by the Buffalo Bills and agreed to a six-year, $18.935 million contract.  The Bills were in need of a running back badly so they had him start as a rookie.  He made an immediate impact by being able to rush, catch, and even throw the ball.  He missed some time due to injuries but he still went over 1,000 yards and totaled 7 touchdowns.  He even threw a TD pass, which was the first touchdown pass completed by a Bills non-QB since 1981.  The next season the Bills got a new offensive coordinator and did not utilize Lynch like people expected.  Lynch still had 1,036 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns, but there were numerous times he was on the sideline during crucial parts of the game. 

In 2009, Lynch plead guilty to a weapons charge and was suspended for 3 games.  In his absence Fred Jackson shouldered the load while Lynch only had 450 yards and two touchdowns.  He did not have a single game over 100 yards while Jackson had over 1,000 yards.  In the 2010 season Lynch suffered an ankle sprain in the preseason and was expected to be out for a few weeks.  He played in three games that season before the Bills traded him to the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks, a fourth-rounder in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

Lynch went to Seattle where he was welcomed with open arms and utilized as much as they could.  His first TD came against the Bears on October 17th and then on Dec 5th he had 3 scores against the Panthers.  The Seahawks made the playoffs  that season and against the Saints Lynch had one of the best runs to ever be seen.  Lynch had a 67-yard touchdown run where he broke nine tackles for the touchdown.  The reaction from the crowd was so strong that it was recorded as seismic activity at a monitoring station 100 yards away from the stadium.  In the short time he played that season he still managed 747 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

The 2011 season would prove to be one of his best years by rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 TDs.  He set a franchise record that year for consecutive games with a rushing TD with 10.  After the season ended the Seahawks signed Lynch to a 4 year $31 million contract.  In 2012 Lynch was in the best “Beast Mode” we have ever seen by rushing for 1,590 yards and 11 TDs.  During the two seasons he has been on the Seahawks he has been playing the best football of his career and has made the Pro Bowl both years.  Now in 2013, Lynch is already off to a great start by making big plays and helping his team win.  He is already on pace to have a record year.

Lynch was ranked #24 in the Top 100 Players of 2013; been named to 3 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro in 2012, and ranked #94 in the Top 100 Players of 2012.  So far in his career he has 6,132 rushing yards, 46 TDs, and averaging 4.1 yards per carry.  I do not see anything slowing Lynch down at this point in his career.  He will be around for a long time and I can see him ending his career with a lot more awards under his belt.

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We get to hear it almost everyday about how wealthy some NFL contracts are, and how much NFL teams will spend on their team.  Sometimes the numbers seem outlandish and un-realistic; but they are very real and crazy to think about.  This article is going the other way; how much each NFL franchise is worth.  Surprisingly enough almost every team makes very good money (except for a few); but it is interesting to see how much a team makes compared to how “good” the team actually is. 

When you think about a revenue stream for an NFL team it is really is a science.  Even though owners will shell out a lot of money to player, coaches, and stadiums; the real revenue comes from us; the fans.  The NFL does obviously contribute to each team but think about how NFL teams make their money.  There are ticket sales, season ticket holders, VIP suites, parking, merchandise sales, television, cable, etc.  So like I was saying; even though owners will shell out a lot of money; there is a ton of money coming in.  Below is the complete list of the richest and poorest NFL teams as of 2013. 

1. Dallas Cowboys – Worth $2.3 billion
2. New England Patriots – Worth 1.8 billion
3. Washington Redskins – Worth $1.7 billion
4. New York Giants – Worth $1.55 billion
5. Houston Texans – Worth $1.45 billion
6. New York Jets – Worth $1.38 billion
7. Philadelphia Eagles – Worth 1.31 billion
8. Chicago Bears – Worth $1.25 billion
9. Baltimore Ravens – Worth $1.22 billion
10. San Francisco 49ers – Worth $1.22 billion
11. Indianapolis Colts – Worth $1.2 billion
12. Green Bay Packers – Worth $1.18 billion
13. Denver Broncos – Worth $1.16 billion
14. Pittsburgh Steelers – Worth $1.11 billion
15. Seattle Seahawks – Worth $1.08 billion
16. Miami Dolphins – Worth $1.07 billion
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Worth $1.06 billion
18. Carolina Panthers – Worth $1.05 billion
19. Tennessee Titans – Worth $1.05 billion
20. Kansas City Chiefs – Worth $1 billion
21. Minnesota Vikings – Worth $1 billion
22. Cleveland Browns – Worth $1 billion
23. New Orleans Saints – Worth $1 billion
24. Arizona Cardinals – Worth $961 million
25. San Diego Chargers – Worth $949 million
26. Atlanta Falcons – Worth $933 million
27. Cincinnati Bengals – Worth $924 million
28. Detroit Lions – Worth $900 million
29. St. Louis Rams – Worth $875 million
30. Buffalo Bills – Worth $870 million
31. Jacksonville Jaguars – Worth $840 million
32. Oakland Raiders – Worth $825 million

 

Most running backs earn their careers at one position or doing one thing.  Spiller has always been someones back up and yet he is still one of the best running backs that you can find.  He doesn’t have a sad story, he has never gotten into trouble, and he didn’t have a bad childhood.  The reason why he is interesting is because despite always being a second string running back, he made the most of the opportunities he has been given.  This season in 2013, this will most likely be the first season that Spiller will be a starter.

Clifford “CJ” Spiller Jr. was born on August 5th, 1987 in Florida.  He attended Union County High School where he was an outstanding athlete in footbal and track.  In his senior year of high school he posted the 4th fastest time in the nation in the 100 meter dash.  Due to his speed he was a natural football player as well.  In his senior year he rushed for 1,840 yards and 30 touchdowns.  In his high school career he rushed for 5,511 and was selected to play in the 2006 US Army All-American Bowl.  By the time he graduated he was also ranked the #1 player in Florida, #1 all-purpose running back, and #8 overall player in the nation.

Spiller received a full athletic scholarship to attend Clemson University; and as a freshman he mad an immediate impact.  Even though he was the second string running back he rushed for 938 yards and 10 touchdowns.  In his freshman season the coaches used him as a return man as well which gained him a lot of recognition for his speed.  His sophomore year was not as productive since he was still a second string running back; but he was a lot more useful as a receiver out of the back field.  So now he was a triple threat; he could run, catch, and return.  His junior year was similar to his sophomore year; he was still a second string running back, but once again he made a great name for himself as a return man and a catching receiver out of the backfield.  At the end of his junior year he was approached to enter the 2009 NFL Draft; and after much consideration he decided to finish his college career before entering the draft.  His senior year was a great one, he set numerous NCAA records for all-purpose yards, return touchdowns, and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award.  Spiller was also selected to the All-ACC first team and was the ACC Player of the Year.  In December of 2009, Spiller became the first person in his family to receive a college degree, and Clemson retired his #28 jersey.

In the 2010 draft, Spiller was projected to go in the first round and numerous teams were interested for his speed and agility.  The Buffalo Bills selected him as the 9th overall pick, and he became the highest Clemson player to ever be drafted.  The Bills offered him a 5 year $25 million contract which he accepted.  His rookie season he was mostly used for special teams, but had a disappointing year as a running back since he was playing behind Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch.  The 2011 started out much of the same; Fred Jackson was the starter and he was having a Pro Bowl year.  In week 12 Jackson went down and was put on the injured reserve list, so Spiller would finally get his shot to show what he could do as a starter.  In the remaining 4 weeks he rushed for 561 yards with 4 rushing touchdowns.  He also totaled up 39 catches, 269 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns.  Needless to say, people were impressed.  When the 2012 season rolled in, Jackson was still battling injuries so Spiller got the nod to be the starter.  Once again he took advantage and earned his first 1,000 yard season, and showed the league that he can run, catch, and score.

Going into 2013 Spiller is considered a top running back for any fantasy football league.  Spiller now in his short career has 2,088 yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 885 receiving yards, and averages 5.4 yards per carry.  To me, Spiller is a great example of being patient, and making the most of what you have.  Most people want to complain when they don’t get what they want, but not Spiller.  He will wait until his time comes, then prove to everyone what he can do.

 

There have been 47 Super Bowls and some of those games have been kind of boring; and then some have left us on the edge of out seats.  The Super Bowl is what every football player dreams of, playing in front of millions, getting a championship ring, and cementing a legacy for yourself and your team.  Below is my list of the best Super Bowls ever played.

9. Super Bowl XXVIII – Patriots pinned against the Panthers and it was a close one.  The Patriots were 14-2 while the under dog Panthers were 11-5.  It was kind of a slow game until the second quarter, and then the game opened up.  Between the two teams there was 868 yards of offense and combined 61 points.  The Panthers hung in there for the entire game and actually took a 4th quarter lead.  I remember watching the game and knowing Brady was going to drive them down the field.  Brady got the Pats into field goal range and Vinatieri drilled another game winning field goal.  Final score was Patriots 32 and Panthers 29.

8. Super Bowl XXXII – This game is memorable due to the quarterback match-up.  Broncos and Packers were two power houses going into the Super Bowl with Favre leading the Packers and Elway guiding the Broncos.  The Packers were looking to win their second straight Super Bowl, but the Broncos had other plans.  The Broncos had never won a Super Bowl before and Elway and Davis made sure that the Packers did not win.  Davis ran for 3 touchdowns and Elways famous “helicopter run” showed how hungry the Broncos were for a Championship.  Favre almost had a comeback, but it was not meant to be.  The final score was Broncos 31 and Packers 24.

7. Super Bowl XLIII – I remember watching this Super Bowl and found myself rooting for the under dog Cardinals even though the Steelers were favored to win.  This was the first time the Cardinals had ever been to the Super Bowl and the Steelers have the most Super Bowl experience.  The Cardinals hung in there despite being down 17 to 7 at halftime.  Right before halftime; Harrison picked off Warner and took it back 100 yards for a TD.  In the 4th quarter Larry Fitzgerald went off scoring two touchdowns, but it was the touchdown by Santonio Holmes at the end of the game that sealed the deal for the Steelers.  Final score Steelers 27 and Cardinals 23.

6. Super Bowl XXXVI – Believe it or not the Patriots were the under dogs against the Rams in this game.  The first half of this game was all Patriots; by halftime the score was 14 to 3 for New England.  Going into the 4th quarter the score was New England 17 and Rams 3; then Kurt Warner went on a rampage by running in a touchdown and throwing another one to tie the game with only a few minutes left on the clock.  On the Patriots final drive, Brady was amazing.  He drove his team down the field and set them up for the game winning field goal, which Vinatieri nailed.  Final score was Patriots 20 and Rams 17.

5. Super Bowl XXIII – The 49ers were set to play the Bengals in what was supposed to be a lop-sided game for the 49ers.  Through the first 3 quarters the 49ers were having lots of struggles and the Bengals jumped to a 13 to 6 lead.  When the 4th quarter came; so did the Niners offense and Joe Montana had a touchdown to Jerry Rice to tie the game.  But the Bengals held in and put together a drive that ended in a field goal to regain the lead.  The 49ers were up against the wall and Montana had to deliver on the last drive.  Montana was perfect in driving the team down the field and hit John Taylor on a 10-yard touchdown pass to seal the win for the 49ers.  Final score 49ers 20 and Bengals 16.

4. Super Bowl XXXIV – We always talk about how the offense goes on a final drive to win the game, but in the Super Bowl with the Rams and Titans it was the defense that had to step it up at the end.  It was all Rams the first half, by halftime it was Rams 9 and Titans 0; then in the third quarter the Rams scored the first touchdown to extend the lead to 16.  That is when the Titans realized they needed to get to work and fast; so Eddie George put the team on his shoulders and ran for 2 touchdowns and the Titans scored a field goal to tie the game at 16.  That was when Kurt Warner tossed a beautiful 73 yard touchdown to Isaac Bruce to regain the lead.  The Titans had one last chance and McNair was driving the Titans down the field one play at a time.  With no timeouts left the Titans had one play left and they needed a touchdown.  They were on the Rams 10 yard line, no timeouts, six seconds left.  McNair drops back and connects on a pass to Dyson, linebacker Mike Jones grabbed Dysons legs and brought him to the ground as Dyson reached out for the goal line, only to be stopped at the 1-yard line.  The final score Rams 23 and Titans 16.

3. Super Bowl XLII – Patriots went into the Super Bowl undefeated and looking to join the Dolphins as being the only undefeated team to win a Super Bowl.  But the Wild Card Giants were not going to lay down and take it.  There were very few people who thought the Giants could knock off the Patriots….very few.  The game was back and fourth most of the time and it was the fourth quarter where all the action took place.  The Giants took the lead when Manning hit Tyree for a touchdown, but the Pats answered back with a touchdown to Moss with only 2:42 left to play.  The final drive was a crazy one and Manning orchestrated one of the craziest pass plays in NFL history.  He ran around from defenders then chucked the ball to the middle of the field where Tyree caught the ball off his helmet, and then Manning hit Burress for the go ahead score.  The Patriots had no answer and ended up losing the final game.  The final score Giants 17 and Patriots 14.

2. Super Bowl XIII – This was an amazing match-up between the Steelers and the Cowboys.  14 future Hall of Famers played in this game and it was a Super Bowl I wish I could have seen live.  The Steelers and Cowboys were exchanging scores all the way up to the 4th quarter.  Then the Steelers scored two straight touchdowns to give them a 35 to 17 lead.  The Cowboys came back though with a pair of touchdowns of their own.  The play that will always be remembered is the play that would have won it for the Cowboys.  Staubach threw a pass to the endzone and it hit Jackie Smith right between the numbers and he dropped it.  That swung the game over to the Steelers who hung on to win it.  Final score was Steelers 35 and Cowboys 31.

1. Super Bowl XXV – This was a very intense Super Bowl between the Bills and the Giants.  Both teams played great football with no turnovers and very evenly matched.  The Bills were predicted to win, but the Giants held their ground and gave them a run for thei money.  At one point the Bills were up 12 to 3 after a Bruce Smith safety, but that is when the Giants cut the lead by Baker catching a touchdown pass to make it 12 to 10.  The Giants then scored again on a 1-yard Anderson touchdown to give the Giants a 17 to 12 lead.  In the fourth quarter Thurman Thomas had a 31-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 19 to 17 lead.  The Giants then put together a nice long drive that ended in a field goal to push the Giants to a 20 to 19 lead.  Buffalo then rode on the shoulders of Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas and they drove down to the Giants 29 yard line to set up a Norwood field goal with only 8 seconds left.  As the kick went up it looked long enough, but it sailed wide right and the Giants held on to win 20 to 19.