Fox Sports activities heads to Naval Academy for army salute

Fox Sports activities may have had one of many extra intriguing video games of the week with Inexperienced Bay visiting Kansas Metropolis — till Aaron Rodgers went into the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol, ending a possible shootout with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Fox is taking its pregame present on the street, although, for its annual salute to the army for Veterans Day.

This 12 months’s salute will happen from the USA Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, marking the second time in three years the present is happening from a army academy. Fox visited the U.S. Army Academy at West Level in 2019.

“I believe there’s one thing particular when it’s in entrance of the scholars. They’ve such powerful days, and that is simply sort of a break day for them to have enjoyable with the fellows and to be a part of it,” Fox NFL Sunday producer Invoice Richards mentioned.

One of many options on Sunday’s two-hour pregame present is about New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick and his household’s historical past with the academy. Belichick’s father, Steve, labored there as an assistant and scout for over 30 years, and the Belichick Library within the Academy’s soccer advanced is believed to have one of the vital intensive assortment of soccer books outdoors of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.

The “Fox NFL Sunday” crew of Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Lengthy, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson and Jay Glazer will get to expertise many alternative features of life on the Academy together with attending to work together with the Midshipmen through the day.

In addition to the pregame present, the halftime and postgame exhibits can even originate from the Academy.

“For our group and all of the people who make our Sunday present occur, it’s their favourite factor to do,” Lengthy mentioned. “I believe it’s an important reminder of all of the sacrifice that many have remodeled the course of the historical past of our nation.”

YOUNG TOM BRADY

Panthers linebacker Haason Reddick mentioned Thursday what New England Patriots followers have been quietly hoping to listen to for months.

Reddick mentioned Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones reminds him of … you guessed it, a “younger Tom Brady.”

“To me personally, simply the type of the offense, and I’m saying this very flippantly as a result of I do know he’s nowhere close to as good of a participant as Tom Brady, however man, at occasions he does appear like a younger Tom Brady,” mentioned Reddick, a five-year NFL veteran. “Take that for no matter you need to take that for, however he undoubtedly is a strong soccer participant.”

Jones has the Patriots at 4-4 getting into Sunday’s recreation at Carolina.

The No. 15 total draft decide leads all rookie quarterbacks in completions (192), completion fee (68.1%), yards passing (1,997), landing passes (9) and QB ranking (90.1).

In fact, Jones nonetheless has a bit strategy to go earlier than matching Brady’s seven Tremendous Bowl championships and 5 Tremendous Bowl MVP awards.

STUDENT DEBT

Payments second-year kicker Tyler Bass, who was chosen the AFC’s particular groups participant of the month on Thursday, famous he was questioning about paying off his pupil loans from attending Georgia Southern earlier than the Payments chosen him within the sixth spherical of the 2020 draft.

Bass mentioned the debt retains him grounded and motivated him to make the group, which he did in supplanting Stephen Hauschka to begin his rookie season.

“It’s a continuing reminder about how a lot sacrifice went into it and I put into it,” Bass advised The Related Press. He ranks second within the NFL with 71 factors, having hit 16 of 17 field-goal makes an attempt this season, and 44 of 51 total.

Bass now has a four-year contract price $3.475 million.

Requested if he must have a dialog with Payments GM Brandon Beane to cowl his bills, Bass replied: “No. I’m proud of what I acquired. I’ll determine it out.”

PICKS DON’T WORRY BURROW

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow has discovered that each one interceptions within the NFL aren’t created equal.

The second-year star has thrown 9 picks, tying him with three different gamers for second most within the NFL. He’s tossed a minimum of one in six of the Bengals’ eight video games this season.

And he’s not all anxious about it.

“You return and watch the tape, and a few of them you possibly can management and a few of them you possibly can’t,” he mentioned. “That’s taking part in quarterback on this league. It’s not linear. Typically guys drop interceptions, generally guys make actually good performs on one thing that shouldn’t be an interception. I believe total, the previous few weeks I’ve performed job taking good care of the ball.”

Now, Burrow mentioned, shouldn’t be the time to dwell on precisely how all of them occurred.

“That’s sort of movie examine after the season the place you return and watch sack tapes and interception tapes and actually comb via all that on the finish of the 12 months,” he mentioned.

Burrow additionally occurs to be third within the league with 20 landing passes.

The Bengals (5-3) host the Cleveland Browns (4-4) in a vital AFC North conflict on Sunday.

GOOD VIBES

Bret Michaels, entrance man for rock band Poison, will be part of four-time Tremendous Bowl champion Rocky Bleier in honoring lively responsibility service members and veterans through the Steelers’ “Salute to Service” recreation towards the Chicago Bears on Monday night time.

Michaels is a Pittsburgh native and son of a veteran. Bleier misplaced a part of his proper foot serving within the Vietnam Battle after his rookie season with the Steelers. He returned to the group in 1970 and sat out a 12 months due to his accidents. He performed 10 extra seasons and ran for 1,036 yards in 1976.

Salute to Service is an annual NFL initiative that honors service members, veterans, and their households. Earlier than the sport, Michaels, Bleier and the Steelers’ fan of the 12 months, Military veteran Nelson E. Lowes, will conduct the ceremonial “Horrible Towel” twirl. The Steelers and Bleier can even be honoring Michaels’ late father, veteran Wally Sychak, with a dedication and donation to his VFW corridor.

“I couldn’t be extra honored to be on “Monday Evening Soccer” at Heinz Discipline standing by Rocky Bleier and Nelson Lowes, saluting our veterans and repair members across the globe,”

Michaels, who’s at the moment on his “Nothin however a Good Vibe” tour, usually invitations service members and first responders to be acknowledged on stage throughout his performances. He additionally meets with lively responsibility service members and veterans earlier than his exhibits and at army occasions such because the Army Baby of the Yr occasion.

A NEW PURSUIT

Matt Birk, a six-time Professional Bowl heart throughout a 15-year profession with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, has put collectively via his H.I.Okay.E. Basis a group of educators, enterprise professionals and entrepreneurs to create Pursuit Academy, a novel program for fourth-grade college students.

“Children today are careworn, depressed, exam-obsessed and social media-possessed,” Birk mentioned on the AP Professional Soccer Podcast. “And so what Pursuit Academy does is it actually teaches children the best way to be entrepreneurs of their very own lives. Life doesn’t go in a straight line. There’s going to be all types of issues, twists within the street, adversity. Schooling is designed to assist children have an important life, not nearly moving into school. In fact, they should be taught primary expertise, however Pursuit Academy, we now have expertise that we expect each little one must be taught.”

This system teaches six important expertise to empower children to create a path that allows them to pursue their greatest lives.

Pursuit Academy has already been piloted at Deephaven Elementary College in Wayzata, Minnesota. This system is delivered by way of a five-minute-per-day studying administration system. It’s out there to all colleges free of charge.

HEADING OUT

Roy Sommerhof is retiring because the vice chairman of stadium operations for the Baltimore Ravens.

Sommerhof started working for the group throughout its inaugural 1996 season. He manages all features of M&T Financial institution Stadium, together with parking and transportation, safety, visitor companies, catering, medical companies and stadium upkeep.

“Roy’s contributions to the Ravens are immense,” group president Dick Cass mentioned. “Main with professionalism, dedication and a forward-thinking mindset, he’s performed an integral position in each facet of our stadium operations.”

Previous to becoming a member of the Ravens, Sommerhof spent 16 years working in ticket gross sales and stadium operations for the Baltimore Orioles, and he performed a task within the 1992 opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sommerhof’s retirement is ready for the top of this season.

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AP Professional Soccer Writers Barry Wilner, Mark Lengthy, and Rob Maaddi, and Sports activities Writers Noah Trister, John Wawrow, Joe Reedy, Mitch Stacy and Steve Reed contributed.

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