Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

Charice Wows the NFL!

September 11, 2011

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Charice Pempengco, the teen singing sensation from the Philippines






What a treat to see Charice sing at the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans today! I can sum up my reaction to her performance with one word: chills.







In a statement, the NFL said that the series of tribute games today aims to “unite fans to recognize those who lost their lives, honor the families who lost loved ones, and salute the American spirit, the early responders on 9/11, and other heroes that contributed to the nation’s recovery.”



Want more of Charice? You got it! Here she is later in the same game singing God Bless America to the (more…)

NFLer Earnest Byner’s Triumph Over Public Humiliation

September 3, 2009
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Earnest Byner was introduced as the Tennessee Titans' new running backs coach on March 10, 2008

Football player Earnest Byner will forever be linked with The Fumble. What is The Fumble? Any rabid NFL fan will tell you that it was the turning point of the AFC Championship game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos on January 17, 1988 at Denver’s Mile High Stadium.

With 1:12 left in the game, running back Byner appeared to be on his way to scoring the game-tying touchdown, but was stripped of the ball by Broncos defensive back Jeremiah Castille, and fumbled at the 3-yard line. Denver recovered the fumble and Cleveland ended up losing 38-33, another heartbreaking defeat for a city renowned for them.

Byner went on to have an outstanding NFL career that included a Super Bowl championship with the Washington Redskins. At the time of his retirement in 1997, Byner ranked within the NFL’s top 30 all-time leaders in rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and total yards.

Why am I writing about football? Because of the way Byner handled his notoriety. He was devastated at first but eventually came to see the value of such a public, humiliating failure. On the August 27, 2009 edition of the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show, Byner said:

It was really a spiritual thing that I had to go through to kind of forgive myself for not being successful in that particular instance in my life. The reality is, it stuck with me probably about three, four years. And the thing that was most difficult, (more…)