New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings was only six when he first fell in love with magic. "I was watching TV, and this guy pulled a rabbit out of his hat — the old classic," says the sixth-year player, who signed with the Giants in March. "I was like, 'Wow! I wonder how he did that.' " He received a magic kit from his family for Christmas, and he was hooked. "I figured out one or two little tricks," he says, "but when I tried to do them, they didn't have any awe effect."
It wasn't until Jennings got to Liberty University that he focused on honing his skills as a magician in his spare time, choosing to focus on card tricks for an entire semester. When he went home for a family dinner, he practiced what he had learned. "They lost their minds," he said of his family's reaction to his sleight of hand work. Has he tricked his Giants teammates yet? "I'm going to wait for camp," he says. "When everybody is tired, it's a good time to make everybody smile."
This summer, Jennings shared his tricks to pull your own card tricks. Check them out, and watch Jennings work his magic on one of SI Kids' editors!
Starting this season, there will be a new way to crown a champion in college football —and a new trophy to go with it. The National Championship Trophy that will go to the winner of the first-ever College Football Playoff was unveiled at a press event in Irving, Texas, on Monday.
“We are confident that it will become an icon of college football,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, at the trophy unveiling.
The trophy is actually two pieces. The top is a 26.5-inch trophy with a football shape at the top. It fits into a 1-foot-high base. This is really cool because the trophy can be pulled out and held up over the winner’s head. The trophy is made of 24 karat gold, bronze and stainless steel. Where the trophy fits into the base also is in the shape of a football, which also is pretty neat.
I got an up close look at the trophy at the end of the press event:
The start of the 2014 NFL season is more than 10 weeks away, but football fans can relive last season's thrilling Seattle Seahawks playoff journey now. The NFL, NFL Films, and Cinedigm compiled the three action-packed postseason games that catapulted the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in the Seattle Seahawks: Road to XLVIII DVD and Blu-Ray, which was released last week.
The collector's item is a three-disc set, featuring the original broadcasts of the Seahawks’ playoff contests, including the big game where Russell Wilson and company were crowned Super Bowl champions.
Here's another sign we're getting closer to football season. EA Sports today released the first real trailer for Madden NFL 15, and it features a solid look at its gameplay and features like two new defensive cameras and improved open-field tackling mechanics.
Like the first commercial for the game, this spot features Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly as he's transformed from human player to video game character. Then he hits the field against Super Bowl champs the Seattle Seahawks. That matchup isn't random: Kuechly and Seahawks star corner Richard Sherman are finalists to be the face of Madden 15. We'll know who will be the cover star tonight at 6 p.m.
In the meantime, check out this brief but awesome look at the game:
Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson is no stranger to acting. He's shown up as himself on grown-up TV shows before, but this month he makes his first appearance on a kids program. On June 9, Peterson will guest star on Disney XD's Mighty Med, a show about two normal boys who are doctors in a superhero hospital. For the episode "Fantasy League of Heroes," two characters challenge each other to a sports trivia competition — and one of them drafts AP to help him win the contest.
Recently, SI Kids Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch spoke with Peterson about his role on the show and whether he thinks he could be an actor once his NFL career is over.
The Seattle Seahawks took another Super Bowl victory lap today, spending the afternoon at the White House and getting honored by President Barack Obama. He praised cornerback Richard Sherman, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, coach Pete Carroll, and quarterback Russell Wilson for their contributions to the Seahawks' success and applauded the team for winning its first NFL championship despite so many people saying it would never happen.
"Let me just say as a guy who was elected President named Barack Obama, I root for the underdogs," he said. "And so seeing folks overcome the odds excites me. But it also excites me when you see the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. And that’s what team is all about. And this is a team."
Day one of the 2014 NFL Draft produced tons of hype and drama. With big names like Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel learning which teams they would play for, football fans across the country started predicting how their favorite teams would improve with their newest players.
But the process of getting better was far from finished Thursday night. There were still hundreds of picks left, with some big names remaining on the board.