Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this morning’s release about tight end Scott Simonson, who has been named as a Beyond Sports Network Third Team Preseason All-American:
Worcester, Mass. (July 11) — Senior tight end Scott Simonson (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) has been named as a Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Third Team Preseason All-American.
Simonson, a Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Second Team All-American and Daktronics First Team All-Region selection in 2012, is coming off a 36-reception, 558-yard season that included a team-high six receiving touchdowns. A Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference honoree, Simonson was also a Worcester Area First Team All-Star, a Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Super Region I First Team All-Region honoree and a two-time selection to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll.
He has also drawn the attention of National Football League (NFL) scouts as the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins have both conducted on-campus workouts with the 6-5, 240-pound senior.
The Hounds open the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7th as the team travels to Smithfield, R.I. to take on FCS Division I foe Bryant University at Bulldog Stadium. Assumption opens its home schedule on Friday, September 20th as the Hounds host Stonehill College for a 7 p.m. start.
On Wednesday, Mar. 8, the Indianapolis Colts decided they wouldn’t renew Peyton Manning’s five-year, $90 million contract, which included a $28 million signing bonus. So, instead of picking up the remaining four-years on his current deal, the Colts decided to show Manning the door. And now, he’s a free agent quarterback looking for a new home, as well as a fresh start, too.
So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d provide five various organizations that should certainly consider signing the highly touted veteran quarterback.
Miami Dolphins:Since losing out on the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes, Miami hasn’t made too much noise this offseason. First-year head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman are committed to implementing a west coast offense, which Manning has never conducted. However, the former Colts gunslinger does own a home in South Beach, as well as won a Super Bowl at Dolphins Stadium, too, so that could certainly provide some leverage at the negotiating table. Also, the Dolphins offense would excel quite well with him under center, and force Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Reggie Bushto step-up their “game.” Manning could be an excellent puzzle piece for a veteran squad, but would a west coast offense be the straw that breaks the camels back? We’ll see!
Denver Broncos: With Tim Tebowbecoming not only the face of Denver’s franchise, but also a cultural icon, then it’s highly doubtful that the Broncos head coach John Fox would make any changes to tarnish his image, right? Think again! Manning seems determined to remain in the AFC, and while executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants to win now, then it’s likely that the Broncos should consider signing him as soon as possible. Elway and Manning are golf buddies, so it’s possible that the former Denver gunslinger could woo the free agent quarterback to the “Mile High” city.
New York Jets: New York has invested time and money in their quarterback, Mark Sanchez, who has led Gang Green to the AFC Championship twice in the past three seasons. However, if New York wants to end their championship drought, then adding Peyton might be necessary.
Arizona Cardinals: Who wouldn’t want to play football in the desert? Wouldn’t you want to join the Cardinals, so you could toss numerous touchdowns to the NFL’s most lucrative receiver, Larry Fitzgerald? Manning would be a great fit for Arizona, who still hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Also, if you acquire Manning, you’d probably get Reggie Wayne, who is a free agent, too.
On Sunday against the Washington Redskins, Rob Gronkowski set the single season record for touchdowns by a tight end. His 14th touchdown catch is the most any tight end has ever caught in a season, and luckily for him, the New England Patriots have three more contests to play.
Gronkowski was a major contributors in the team’s 10th win, as he finished the game with two touchdowns, and six catches for 160 yards.
Here’s a video recapping his epic performance against the Redskins, enjoy.
It was exactly November 28, 1961, when Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis became the first African American football player to win the Heisman Trophy.
No African American had ever won this prestigious collegiate award until ‘61, but during a tumultuous period in the United States that saw numerous men, women and children divided over the idea of race, it certainly brought out the meaning of equality for all.
Davis remains the only Syracuse player to win this prestigious award, and was a major component of the team’s National Championship victory against the University of Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic in ‘60. He also was named the most valuable player in the ’61 Liberty Bowl, and was featured twice on the All-American First Team roster between ’59-’61.
However, despite a very successful collegiate career with the Orangemen, Davis never played a single down in the NFL due to his battle with leukemia. He was the number one pick in the ’62 draft by the Washington Redskins, but was acquired through a trade with the Cleveland Browns, where his number (44) was retired.
On Monday, Noontime Sports honors the spirit and life of Davis, who not only changed the game of college football, but also provided a ray of hope for many African American men, women and children. He became a hero and an idol, as well as someone President John F. Kennedy described as, “a worthy example of our youth.”