Fox Sports activities heads to Naval Academy for army salute

Fox Sports activities might 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 yr’s salute will happen from america 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 feel 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 time without work for them to have enjoyable with the blokes 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 complicated is believed to have probably the most in depth 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 facets of life on the Academy together with attending to work together with the Midshipmen in the course of the day.

In addition to the pregame present, the halftime and postgame reveals may also originate from the Academy.

“For our group and all of the those that make our Sunday present occur, it’s their favourite factor to do,” Lengthy mentioned. “I feel it’s an incredible reminder of all of the sacrifice that many have revamped 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 model of the offense, and I’m saying this very frivolously as a result of I do know he’s nowhere close to as sensible 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 positively is a stable soccer participant.”

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

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

After all, Jones nonetheless has slightly approach 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 crew, which he did in supplanting Stephen Hauschka to start out his rookie season.

“It’s a relentless reminder about how a lot sacrifice went into it and I put into it,” Bass instructed 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 general.

Bass now has a four-year contract value $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 usually are not 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 not less than one in six of the Bengals’ eight video games this season.

And he’s not all fearful 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. Generally guys drop interceptions, typically guys make actually good performs on one thing that shouldn’t be an interception. I feel general, the previous couple of weeks I’ve achieved a superb job taking good care of the ball.”

Now, Burrow mentioned, isn’t 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 by way of all that on the finish of the yr,” 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 energetic responsibility service members and veterans in the course of the Steelers’ “Salute to Service” recreation in opposition to the Chicago Bears on Monday evening.

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 crew in 1970 and sat out a yr 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 yr, Military veteran Nelson E. Lowes, will conduct the ceremonial “Horrible Towel” twirl. The Steelers and Bleier may also 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 Night time Soccer” at Heinz Subject standing by Rocky Bleier and Nelson Lowes, saluting our veterans and repair members across the globe,”

Michaels, who’s presently 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 energetic responsibility service members and veterans earlier than his reveals and at army occasions such because the Army Youngster of the 12 months occasion.

A NEW PURSUIT

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

“Children today are burdened, 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 how one can be entrepreneurs of their very own lives. Life doesn’t go in a straight line. There’s going to be all kinds of issues, twists within the street, adversity. Training is designed to assist children have an incredible life, not nearly moving into faculty. After all, they should be taught primary expertise, however Pursuit Academy, we’ve got expertise that we expect each baby must be taught.”

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

Pursuit Academy has already been piloted at Deephaven Elementary College in Wayzata, Minnesota. This system is delivered through a five-minute-per-day studying administration system. It’s accessible to all faculties totally free.

HEADING OUT

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

Sommerhof started working for the crew throughout its inaugural 1996 season. He manages all facets 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,” crew president Dick Cass mentioned. “Main with professionalism, dedication and a forward-thinking mindset, he’s performed an integral function in each side 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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