The next morning, Dale Baker brought his son, Roger, to practice, and Andersen, in his soccer shoes, tagged along. Under

realize those promises weren’t going to be delivered on. In fact, they cropped up even before they left New Orleans International Airport. Arriving in town a week before the game, the players said taxi after taxi refused to pick them for the trip downtown.

The Lions paid QB Matthew Stafford handsomely in the offseason and if his performances through two weeks are anything to go by, it’s money well spent. Stafford’s stats weren’t head turning on Monday night against the Giants, but his decision making at crucial times was impressive. Detroit’s defensive unit is underrated, but faces its biggest test of the season though against Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and co..

Assistant Equipment ManagersNFL teams also hire assistant equipment managers to work in conjunction with equipment managers. Most individuals start off as assistant equipment manager before finding a job as a team full time equipment manager. Ed Carroll, the Baltimore Ravens equipment manager as of 2011, was the Cleveland Browns assistant equipment manager before becoming the team equipment manager from 1990 to 1995.

Also, specifically about “DBU,” there are probably a dozen teams that consider themselves that, so many that this CBS article from a couple years ago doesn’t even include Virginia Tech in the conversation and this one by ESPN in 2014 barely has the Hokies inside the Top 10. So for as unique as a lot of Hokies fans think Virginia Tech’s success in the defensive backfield has been over the years, it’s not really all that special when compared to other schools around the country. I’m sure NFL types hear a lot of “DBU” chatter when they make the rounds during their scouting.


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