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For the first time in my blog I am not concerned about NFL stats; I am concerned about how the players played in college.  College football has had almost 150 seasons of different players from all around the country.  Obviously its hard to really say who the best college football players are/were, so the way I am doing this is I am just going to list players who I feel had incredible college careers.  It doesn’t matter what school you went to, what years you played, or how many championships you won; all I care about is how did you perform in those short years that they were in college.  I am sure there will be players that are not on this list, but I will do my best to outline who I feel had the best college careers.

Herschel Walker RB Georgia – From the first time he touched the ball he was impressive.  Just in his freshman year he rushed for 1,891 yards and 18 TDs.  Also, as a freshman he finished second in the Heisman race being beat out by Marcus Allen.  As a freshman he was a huge part in leading the Bulldogs to a National Title.  There was not a time where Walker failed to impress; even his work ethic was better than you could find in any other player.  As a junior he won the Heisman Trophy by rushing for 1,752 yards and 16 TDs.  There are few players who could even come close to the career that Walker had and earned his spot in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Archie Griffin RB Ohio State – Griffin is the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner and he delivered some epic performances.  Between the years of 1972 and 1975 Griffin rushed for more than 1,400 yards in 3 seasons; just in his junior year he rushed for 1,695 yards and 12 TDs.  By the time he ended his college career he totaled up 36 TDs, 5,589 rushing yards, and averaged 6 yards per carry.  There is still yet to be another player to win two Heisman trophies and during his time; there was no better RB than Griffin.

Barry Sanders RB Oklahoma State – Obviously cant have this list without including Barry.  All I need to say is “The 1988 season” and people will know what I am taking about.  Just in 1988, Sanders rushed for an amazing 2,850 yards, 37 TDs, averaged 7.6 yards per carry, and averaged 237.5 rushing yards per game.  He also easily won the Heisman Trophy during the 1988 season and it was well deserved.  I dare you to find a better season for a RB then that; and after that season Barry went pro. 

Tony Dorsett RB Pittsburgh – He was not the biggest guy on the field, but he knew how to make people miss.  Tony led the Panthers to the 1976 National Title and won the Heisman Trophy in the process.  Dorsett made first-team All-American three times and when he graduated he had rushed for 6.082 yards which was a record that stood until 1998.  Dorsett also still hold numerous team records and made the College Football Hall of Fame. 

Bo Jackson RB Auburn – “Bo Knows”.  Between the years of 1982 and 1985; Jackson terrorized defenses across the country.  In the 4 years Bo played at Auburn he totaled up 4,303 rushing yards, 43 TDs, and averaged 6.6 yards per carry.  His best season came in 1985 when he rushed for 1,786 yards in a season which earned him the Heisman Trophy.  After he retired the University of Auburn retired his number and named him to the college Hall of Fame.

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Pretty much everyone can throw their “pre-season” predictions out the window because it has been a crazy NFL season so far.  The worst team in the NFL in 2012 is now undefeated, we have two teams that have only won one game, and we have teams that were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders just fall off the face of the earth.  But, thats whats fun about football; you never know whats going to happen.  We are now 10 weeks into the 2013 season and a playoff picture is now starting to form.  There are some teams that we can tell are playoff bound, and at the same time I really think we will have a crazy Wild Card race going into the playoffs.  So, with that being said here is the current NFL Power Ranking; along with some other interesting facts.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) – Ten weeks ago when it was Week 1 the Chiefs were ranked at #22.  People will make the argument that the Chiefs have not played a tough team yet, but the fact remains they are undefeated.  The Chiefs defense has really been a surprise and they have been holding opponents to under 18 points a game.  The Chiefs offense is not the best in the NFL, but Smith and Company have been doing something that most teams do too much of and thats NOT turning the ball over.  It is very rare that the Chiefs turn the ball over and when you add that to a stout defense it equals victories.  In the next 3 weeks the Chiefs will play the Broncos twice so we will really see what they are made of.

2. Denver Broncos (8-1) – Peyton Manning has been a thrill to watch this year and he is leading the NFL in pretty much every passing category.  Another surprise on the Broncos offense has been Knowshon Moreno, he has found the endzone 8 times this season.  The Broncos defense has suffered some setbacks, but when you get an offense that will score almost 40 points a game it really helps.  The 3-headed monster on the team is the combo of Welker, Thomas, and Decker and with those 3 running routes at the same time makes it almost impossible to defend.  The lowest the Broncos ranking has been this year was 4th; I dont see a way that the Broncos wont be deep into the playoffs.

3. Seattle Seahawks (9-1) – When the season started the Seahawks were ranked #1 and the lowest they have gone is 5th.  The Seahawks have had one of the best defenses in the NFL, not to mention a very high powered offense.  Lynch has already scored 7 rushing TDs and is second in the NFL in rushing yards.  Between Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas they have combined for 8 interceptions which makes it very difficult to pass on the Seahawks.  I really cant see anything slowing Seattle down between Russell Wilson, Lynch, Golden Tate, and a powerful defense it would not surprise me to see Seattle playing in the Super Bowl.

4. New Orleans Saints (7-2) – When the season started the Saints were ranked at 14 and had a terrible defense in 2012.  It has been a major turn around this season with Brees throwing 25 TDs already and over 3,000 passing yards.  Lets not forget Jimmy Graham who has been a dominating force with 10 receiving TDs and 54 receptions; which is more than most receivers on other teams.  Someone that gets overlooked on this offense is Pierre Thomas; with Sproles not being as productive as usual Thomas has been the primary running back to shoulder the load in the running game and he has made a bigger impact this year than he has in previous years.

5. New England Patriots (7-2) – The Patriots have had their struggles this year, but they have made the adjustments they need to still win games.  Brady has been doing his best to utilize the young receivers he has and the running game has almost been non-existent up until a few weeks ago with Blount and Ridley.  Now with Gronkowski coming back into the mix it has given Brady a reliable target in the pass game and the young receivers have been improving every week. 

6. Carolina Panthers (6-3) – Yes you are reading this right; the Panthers are in the top 10 in the Power Rankings.  Just 10 weeks ago they were ranked down in the 23rd spot and now with a 5 game win streak they have cracked the top 10.  Its mostly the defense that is making this possible by holding opponents to under 19 points a game for the last 5 weeks.  Obviously Cam Newton has been keeping the offense rolling, but the defense is their best weapon as of late.  Players like Charles Johnson with 8.5 sacks, Mike Mitchell with 3 interceptions, and Luke Kuechly with 75 tackles is keeping the Panthers in games.  Believe it or not, but the Panthers could make a playoff run this season which would be the first in almost a decade.

7. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) – Despite getting handled by the Rams this week the Colts are still looking pretty sharp.  They have the weapons in Luck, Richardson, Hilton, and Fleener but they need to utilize them more.  Everyone thought that Richardson would be the answer to the run game, but so far it has been a disappointment and with Reggie Wayne going to IR the load has fallen on Hilton and Heyward-Bey.  The Colts defense has stepped up when needed as well in tough games.  What fans are hoping for is that Luck and Company can continue to get the ball to the endzone and make another playoff run.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-3) – Once again the 49ers defense is one of the best in the NFL; but the offense is not doing their part.  The 49ers have an incredible running game with Gore, Hunter, and James; but Kap is literally dead last in passing yards.  The Niners have weapons too in Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, and Mario Manningham.  Eventually Crabtree will come back, but its not going to matter if Kap cant get the ball to them.  It would not surprise me if the Niners still make a playoff run, but it will be short lived unless the offense steps it up soon.  The good news is that the defense is stepping up big time.  When you have players like Patrick Willis, Navarrow Bowman, and Justin Smith you are bound to have a solid defense, but the Niners cannot rely on them to get them to another Super Bowl.

9. Detroit Lions (6-3) – When I think of the Lions there are 3 names that come to mind; Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and now Reggie Bush.  Between those 3 guys the Lions have become a very powerful offense.  Calvin has already found the endzone 9 times and is almost to 1,000 receiving yards already.  Reggie Bush has been a double threat by being the main rusher on the team and a safety valve for Stafford.  Picking up Bush was the best thing for the Lions and Bush has taken advantage of it by having 4 total TDs and almost 1,000 total yards.  Lets not forget about the defense, DeAndre Levy leads the NFL with 5 interceptions and Stephen Tulloch with 72 tackles.  The Lions actually do have a good chance at a playoff run with the Packers and the Bears both multiple games in the last few weeks.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) – The Bengals have now dropped 2 straight games; both in overtime, but dont count them out yet.  AJ Green leads the NFL in receiving yards and second in receptions; and between Bernard and Green-Ellis the running game has gotten a lot better.  To me, the issue is Dalton.  He is a good QB, but he is still making bad decisions in crucial times of the game.  When Dalton is hot he is almost impossible to stop, but when he is cold he is ice cold.  The Bengals have had an incredible defense this year and it is because of the defense that the Bengals are leading in their division.  If the Bengals can pull the offense together they should be able to take the NFC North with no problem.

11. Chicago Bears (5-4) – I had high hopes for the Bears after they came out of the gates with 3 straight wins, but recently they have been a bit disappointing.  Part of it was the fact that Cutler was injured, but you cant blame all of it on that.  The Bears main weapon is still Brandon Marshall, but Alshon Jeffery has been a nice compliment in the pass game.  Also, the emergence of Martellus Bennett has been a nice addition in the pass game.  My problem with the Bears is that they have re-vamped offensive line and a killer RB in Forte, but they are not giving him the ball enough.  Forte is almost to the 700 yard mark and a solid 7 TDs, but I feel he should be used more like an Adrian Peterson type back.  With Cutler back under center I think the Bears can give the Lions a run for their money, but only time will tell.

12. New York Jets (5-4) – The Jets were ranked dead last when the season began, but they have clawed their way up to #12.  The best thing that the Jets did was bench Sanchez; I am not saying Geno Smith is that much better, but it is definitely an improvement.  You cant blame everything on Smith though; the offensive line has given up a lot of sacks and the running game has not been too impressive.  So, how are the Jets 5-4?  Simple answer; defense.  The offense has stepped up in big situations, but the defense plays a full 4 quarters of football. 

13. Green Bay Packers (5-4) – Very rough season for the cheese heads.  The Packers have just been plagued with the injury big with key players going down, such as; Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, and Jermichael Finley.  The bright spot though has been the outstanding play of rookie Eddie Lacy.  The Packers have been searching for a franchise RB and they found it big time.  Lacy as a rookie is ranked 8th in rushing yards and 7th in rushing attempts in the league.  This may not be the year that the Packers do well, but this team is going to be extremely tough for years to come.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) – Its been an up and down season for the Eagles, but I think they are on the right track now.  I think its official that Vick is not going to have a job next year, but Foles has played very well in a short amount of time.  And when you add in LeSean McCoy to the mix it just makes the offense that much better.  The Eagles have also found a star in Riley Cooper who is playing for the injured Jeremy Maclin; who also may not have a job next year.  The offense is finally coming together and even with the NFC East being a sloppy division, the Eagles could take the division easily.

15. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) – Speaking of NFC East its time to talk about the Cowboys.  What bothers me with the Cowboys is that they have all the weapons they need on offense and defense.  You have a better Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and DeMarco Murray.  And on defense you have Sean Lee and Ware who are having Pro Bowl years.  So whats the problem?  With the schedule that the Cowboys have I really thought they would be 7-3 right now.  Everyone wants to blame Romo (because its a habit), but I cant say its all his fault.  The Cowboys are going to need to step up their game if they hope to win this horrible division.

16. Arizona Cardinals (5-4) – Another team that has an awesome defense, but a mediocre offense.  I dont see the Cardinals making a playoff push, but if they can get some better offensive players I think they could be a contender in the NFC West.  In my opinion it starts with the offensive line.  The Cards have a decent run game and they have weapons in Fitzgerald and Roberts, but if Palmer cant throw the ball they will be useless.

17. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – They have had some bright spots in Woodhead, Rivers, and Gates, but they are having a tough time stopping teams from scoring.  Rivers is having a Pro Bowl type year, but that wont be enough in their division to make a playoff push.  They are competing in the AFC West that has the Broncos and the Chiefs; so I dont really see them going to the post-season. 

18. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) – Even with the Ravens being this low they could still make the playoffs.  The AFC North has the Bengals (who the Ravens just beat), the Steelers, and the Browns.  Over the alst few weeks the Ravens have been playing like the defensing Super Bowl Champs; especially the defense.  The biggest difference in the Ravens offense has been the poor play of Ray Rice who is barely averaging 3 yards per carry.  But, its not all his fault either the pass game has been almost non-existent this season.  But even with that said the Ravens could slip into the playoffs as long as they keep pulling in the wins.

19. Cleveland Browns (4-5) – Obviously in a re-building year trading away Richardson and going through QBs like I go through underwear.  The two bright spots have been the emergence of Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon.  The Browns and the Ravens have the same record, but dont expect the Browns to be a playoff team.  There are a lot of holes in the offense, defense, and staff that will not benefit them for the remainder of the season. 

20. St. Louis Rams (4-6) – Sam Bradford is out for the rest of the year, the running game is finally working, and Tavon Austin finally had a breakout game.  There were some high hopes for the Rams coming into the season but they were quickly put to rest.  Up until last week the Rams didnt even have a rushing TD and we were just waiting for Austin to show why he was a first round pick.  The Rams could improve for future seasons, but I dont see them advancing for this season.

21. Tennessee Titans (4-5) – Even being ranked this low the Titans could push to be a Wild Card team.  In their division its the Colts, Texans, Jags, and the Titans.  Obviously the Jags and Texans have sealed their fate for this season, but the Titans still have a sliver of a chance.  You wont find any of the offensive players leading in any stats, but when you combine Chris Johnson, Jake Locker, Kendall Wright, and Nate Washington I think they could slide into a Wild Card spot if they get more wins under their belt.

22. Miami Dolphins (4-5) – Everyone was shocked when the Dolphins came out guns blazing winning 3 straight games.  But it has not taken long for the whole team to just crumble.  Since their 3 win start they have only won one more game which was in OT against the Bengals.  People thought having Mike Wallace in Miami would be an improvement and that has proven to be a disappointment, and most people listed Lamar Miller as a sleeper for fantasy players which has also been a disappointment.  Now with the Dolphins getting a lot of negative attention its only going to add to a growing problem for the franchise.

23. Washington Redskins (3-6) – I just dont understand this team at all.  Alfred Morris is probably one of the more reliable backs in the game, yet he is getting a lot less carries than his rookie year and more importantly, Morris is getting a lot less redzone carries which confuses me greatly.  I really cant tell what is going on with RGIII either.  One week he is unstoppable then the next week he cant do anything right.  It has been a treat to see Garcon play to his potential this season and I think he is one of the main reasons that the Redskins have won 3 games.  The Redskins have a long road ahead of them, but I still think that RGIII is the answer to most of the problems.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) – Another team that just baffles me.  They are just letting games slip through their fingers.  Antonio Brown leads the NFL in receptions and has proven to be a reliable target for Big Ben, but he cant get in the endzone.  When it comes to the running game its literally hit or miss.  Le’Veon Bell is a good runner when he is healthy, but they do not have that reliable RB to back him up if something happens.  The “Steel Curtain” has not been up to par either this year and I cant tell what the problem is.  The Steelers are a good team and they have been for decades, but this has not been a good year and I dont see a playoff birth for 2013.

25. New York Giants (3-6) – Talk about a team that just fell right on their face.  It was mostly in the running game when they released Bradshaw, then Wilson played poorly, then Wilson and Brown got hurt, then Jacobs got hurt, then Hillis stepped in, and now Brown is back.  The defense has been really soft this year too by allowing well over 20 points a game which equals a lot of losses.  I know the Giants are a good team, but they got off on the wrong foot this year and they are paying for it now.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-7) – Between having a rookie QB and Spiller being a bust its just been one thing after another for the Bills this year.  People were really putting a lot of faith into Spiller and Manuel going into the season, but injuries put a stop to that quickly.  The Bills also have weapons that can add up tp wins, but they need to be able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.  Eventually I could see the Bills being a playoff contender; just not this year.

27. Oakland Raiders (3-6) – It has been a treat to see how much Pryor has improved since the beginning of the season and I think Oakland finally has a QB they can groom to be a franchise QB.  One piece of this puzzle though is DMC needing to stay healthy for a full season.  McFadden has put up good numbers this year, but he is still plagued with the injury bug.  I gotta give the Raiders defense some credit because the few wins they have had this year have been won by the defense.

28. Houston Texans (2-7) – I really thought the Texans were going to be a solid playoff team this year; was I off or what?  It was very hard to watch Matt Schaub literally throw this team into the ground for the first 4 weeks, but its even tougher now with Foster being injured and the defense has fallen apart now that they are talking about cutting Ed Reid.  I am hoping this is just an “off” year for the Texans and they come back next year and get back on track.

29. Atlanta Falcons (2-7) – Roddy White, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, and Tony Gonzalez.  When you look at those names all you see is Pro Bowls, TDs, and great players.  The fact that they are all on the same team you would think that it would be an unstoppable offense; well its been a different story this year.  I was predicting the Falcons to make another deep playoff run, but between injuries and just poor play they find themselves searching for answers.  2013 was not kind to the Falcons, but they will be better next season that much I know.

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) – I can sum up this teams season in two words; QB issues.  I can seriously say that the Vikings can blame the majority of this crappy season on the poor play of all 3 of their QBs.  Adrian Peterson is playing well and carrying the team as best as he can right now, but the QB (no matter who it is) is not helping matters.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) – With the loss of Josh Freeman and Doug Martin the Bucs have been using inexperienced players to try and carry the team.   Its been a sad year for the Bucs, but its mostly sitting on the offense to pick up the slack for next season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) – They finally got a win.  To be honest I dont really think too many people had high hopes for the Jags this season.

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.

Well; the first week of the 2013 season was everything I wanted plus more.  We had blow out wins, upsets, huge performances, and numerous busts.  I have been looking forward to the start of this season since the last play of the Super Bowl and watching the games this week was pure heaven.  There were a lot of players that were traded to new teams, numerous contract re-negotiations, and new coaches and managers.  It was really hard to tell how some teams were going to do just based on personnel and schemes.  

The Broncos and the Ravens got the season off to a huge start since it was a repeat of the AFC Divisional Game from 2012 when the Ravens just barely beat the Broncos in the final seconds which killed the Super Bowl run for the Broncos.  Peyton was not going to let that happen again and he had a career day throwing 7 touchdowns and over 400 yards to destroy the Ravens in the season opener.  There were other QBs that had awesome performances as well.  Eli Manning had 450 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in his loss to the Cowboys.  Colin Kaepernick had a career day passing with his first 400 yard performance and 3 touchdowns in his win over the Packers.

What surprised me was that there were only two running backs that rushed for over 100 yards in week 1.  LeSean McCoy took to Chip Kelleys offense very well with 184 rushing yards and a touchdown.  The other 100 yard rusher was Shane Vereen after Stevan Ridley had a terrible performance.  Vereen ended up with 101 yards on 14 carries in the Patriots victory.  It seemed that most RBs got their fun in short passes and touchdowns.  Adrian Peterson scored 2 touchdowns on the ground and caught 1 touchdown in the Vikings loss to the Lions.  On the other side of the ball Reggie Bush had 90 rushing yards, 101 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown.  Most of the first round draft picks for fantasy football did not do as well as owners wanted to, but it is early in the season so there is nothing to worry about.

A lot of the action in Week 1 came through the passing game and Victor Cruz took full advantage by having 118 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The surprise for week 1 was Anquan Boldin with his 13 receptions, 208 yards, and a touchdown in the 49ers win over Green Bay.  AJ Green did what he always does and had 9 catches for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Bengals loss to the Bears.  With Peyton throwing the ball almost every Denver receiver had a good game (excluding Decker), Demaryius Thomas pulled in 161 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Broncos victory over the Ravens.  Even though Andre Johnson did not find the end zone he did manage 12 catches for 146 yards in the Texans win over the Chargers.  There was a nice surge for the Cardinals with Palmer throwing the ball to Fitzgerald; he had 2 touchdowns and 8 receptions in the loss to the Rams.  There was also a lot of tight ends that made their name known in week 1.  Both Vernon Davis and Jason Witten had 2 touchdowns; and Jared Cook also had 2 touchdowns and 141 receiving yards.  The big surprise was Julius Thomas who had 2 touchdowns from Peyton Manning and 110 receiving yards.  Jordan Cameron led all tight ends with 9 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Browns.

+Scores+

Broncos – 49
Ravens – 27

Dolphins – 23
Browns – 10

Vikings – 24
Lions – 34

Raiders – 17
Colts – 21

Chiefs – 28
Jaguars – 2

Bucs – 17
Jets – 18

Falcons – 17
Saints – 23

Titans – 16
Steelers – 9

Bengals – 21
Bears – 24

Seahawks – 12
Panthers – 7

Patriots – 23
Bills – 21

Packers – 28
49ers – 34

Cardinals – 24
Rams – 27

Giants – 31
Cowboys – 36

Eagles – 33
Redskins – 27

Texans – 31
Chargers – 28

 

Brandon Marshall has been one of the most electric receivers in the game since he came to the NFL in 2006.  What makes Marshall different than other receivers is his size.  He has been referred as “a defensive lineman playing receiver”.  And when you look at his size he stands out frm other players which makes him very hard to cover.  He is 6ft 4 inches and 229 pounds; and even with that size he is very quick and strong.

Brandon Marshall was born March 23rd, 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Later in his life he was moved to Florida where he played high school football at Lake Howell High School.  In high school he played both offense and defense and was named to the All-State team.  He also liked playing basketball and excelled in track.  As a senior, Marshall won the Class 3A state triple jump championship by landing a jump of 48-feet, six-and-three-quarter inches.

Brandon decided to play his college ball at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  In college he played in 44 games as a wide receiver and by the time he ended college he wracked up 112 receptions, 1,674 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns.  His best season was in 2005 as a senior where he hauled in 74 receptions, 1,195 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns.  His best college game was in the 2005 Hawaii Bowl where he finished the game with 11 catches for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In the 2006 NFL Draft the Denver Broncos selected Marshall in the fourth round (119th pick).  In his rookie year he was nursing a slight PCL tear in his knee but still played in 15 games.  The next season was a nice breakout for Marshall as he recorded 102 receptions for 1,325 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Since that season Marshall has been a dominating force.  he went 3 consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches and he has had at least 1,000 receiving yards for 6 consecutive seasons.  In 2009 Marshall broke the receptions in a game record which was previously held by Terrell Owens.  Marshall had 21 receptions in a single game, which is still the record today.  Marshall had a few off-field issues, but he was a consistant player for the Broncos so it really surprised me when they traded him to the Dolphins in 2010.

The Dolphins were happy to have Marshall in Miami and quickly signed him to a 4 year, $47.5 million contract.  His first season as a Dolphin was not his best, but that mostly had to do with the QB situation in Miami.  He was still able to catch 86 passes for 1,014 yards and 3 touchdowns.  His second season in Miami was much of the same.  There were mixups at the QB position so it was hard to get Marshall the ball.  He still made the Pro Bowl; and in the Pro Bowl he was the MVP.  I think had the Dolphins had a solid QB to throw to Marshall that he still might be there, but in 2012 he was traded to the Chicago Bears.

The Bears were very excited to have Marshall since they were reuniting him with his former QB, Jay Cutler.  Even with Marshall being the only main weapon in Chicago, Cutler was able to feed him the ball a lot.  He ended his first year with the Bears with 118 receptions, 1,508 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns; all three of those numbers are personal records for Marshall.  Marshall is now entering his second year as a Bear and he has no signs of slowing down.

In his career so far he has totaled up 612 receptions, 7,755 receiving yards, and 45 touchdowns.  He has also been named to 4 Pro Bowls, 2012 Pro Bowl MVP, and was the 2005 Hawaii Bowl MVP.  Marshall has a handful of NFL records as well; such as Most Receptions in a game with 21, most receptions in a 5 game span with 55, and the first player since 1960 to record 8 career games of at least 10 receptions in his first 4 seasons.

It is very rare that a player comes along and immediately is one of the best players in the NFL.  AJ Green is one of those players; he came into the NFL and made a huge impact right away and now he is one of the best receivers in the NFL.  He is now entering his 3rd season and he has already done more than some receivers do in 5 years.  AJ is also a player that you will never hear bad publicity about; he goes on the field and does his job; then goes home with class.  Young players can learn a lot from the way AJ carries himself and his work ethic.

Adriel Jeremiah “AJ” Green was born July 31st, 1988 in South Carolina.  As a young kid AJ got very interested in juggling.  He would practice this almost everyday and could juggle up to 4 items at once.  Later in his life Green attributes his juggling skills as a huge help in his hand-eye coordination in football.  Green attended Summerville High School and was a gifted football player.  In 2008 Green was listed as the #1 national football prospects by Sports Illustrated.  Green was named an All-State athlete four times and USA Today named him as an All-American as a junior in high school.  His first year in high school he hauled in 57 receptions, 1,217 yards, and 8 touchdowns.  In his high school career he wracked up 5,373 receiving yards rank second in the all-time career receiving records of the National Federation of High Schools and his 279 career receptions rank fourth on that same list.  Rivals.com did a few articles on GReen and ranked him as their #9 prospect going into college.

After his brilliant high school career he went to the University of Georgia here he was a perfect weapon for the Bulldogs.  As a Freshman he led the SEC in receiving yards and was named second-team All-SEC.  In his next season he was battling some injuries, but he still played through most of it which just shows his determination.  Green only spent 3 seasons in Georgia, but he totaled up 166 receptions for 2,619 yards, and 23 touchdowns.  He decided to enter the 2011 NFL Draft after his third year.

In the 2011 NFL Draft the Bengals picked Green with the fourth overall pick.  They immediately signed Green to a 4 year deal worth $19.6 million.  Green was immediately a starter for the Bengals and by the end of the season he had 4 games over 100 yards and led all NFL Rookies in receptions and receiving yards.  By the end of the season he broke Chris Collinsworth receiving yards record that Chris set back in 1981.  Collinsworth as a rookie had 1,009 receiving yards; Green ended his rookie year with 1,057 receiving yards.  He also made the Pro Bowl as a rookie which had not been done since Anquan Boldin in 2003.  The 2012 season was brilliant for Green he ended up having 97 receptions for 1,350 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.  During this season he had a streak of 9 games with a touchdown which is the longest streak by a receiver in the history of the NFL.  Green made his second Pro Bowl; and in the Pro Bowl game he caught 3 touchdown passes.

Green is still a very young player, but he is going to have a very long career.  He has the chance to surpass all receiving records by the time he retires.  He is reliable, consistant, and dependable as a player and jus tas a person.  In his 2 short years so far he has totaled up 162 receptions, 2,407 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns.  He has made 2 Pro Bowls already and was named an All-Pro in 2012.  It is refreshing to see a player like Green on the field today and I hope he sticks around for a long time.

The NFL is s really starting to see some amazing receivers that will be future Hall of Famers; Roddy White is on that list.  Since entering the NFL he has been an unstoppable force or strength, speed, and durability.  He has been a reliable target for the Falcons for 7 seasons and he has no sign of slowing down.  White is an all-around athlete who has a burning passion for sports; especially football and that shows every season he plays.

Sharod Lamor “Roddy” White was born on November 2nd, 1981 in South Carolina.  He attended James Island High School where he lettered in 4 different sports.  He played football, baseball, soccer, and wrestling.  As a football player he had 2 All-State selections and was considered one of the best high school receivers in the country.  He was also a very good wrestler where he also made an All-State selection.  He was very quick and had amazing strength and was able to pin his opponents very quickly and made up his own wrestling move called the “Shanaz”.

White decided to go to the University of Alabama at Birmingham also known as UAB.  The Blazers never had a great football team, but with the help of White he helped take them to their only Bowl game in 2004.  He had a knack for finding the open spaces and getting into the endzone and created problems for defenders his entire college career.  In 2004 when UAB went to the Hawaii Bowl he caught 6 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown and gave the Blazers their only Bowl game win in school history.

In 2005 White was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (27th overall).  White had a mediocre rookie season due to him battling a minor ankle injury.  By the end of his rookie year he caught 29 passes and had 3 touchdowns.  The 2007 season is really when White broke out and became a premier receiver.  He ended the 2007 season with 83 catches, 1,202 yards, and 6 touchdowns.  After that season he always had over 1,000 receiving yards and at least 85 catches a season.  His best year to date was the 2010 season when he had an amazing 115 catches, 1,389 yards, and 10 touchdowns.  White is not the kind of player that will have bad publicity or be a bad role model and he leads by example on the field. 

So far in his career he has had 622 catches, 8,725 yards, and 52 touchdowns.  He has also made 4 Pro Bowls, 2010 receiving leader, and holds 6 franchise records for the Falcons.  White is the perfect fantasy football receiver; he will always put up good receiving yards, and more often than not he will find the endzone.  White still has a lot of good years left and even with the addition of Julio Jones he will always be a dominating force on offense.  White is a classy player on the field and a great role model off the field.