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.
After months of speculation, the NFL Draft finally kicked off on Thursday night. This year’s draft was held later than usual and, it seemed as if everyone’s mock drafts changed several times. But when the first pick was called, there wasn’t much surprise: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney went first overall to the Texans. In a somewhat surprising fall, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel — the most talked-about prospect in this year’s draft — went No. 22 to Cleveland.
Many of the first-round draft choices are considered elite players, which means we should see them on NFL fields a lot during their rookie years.
Here’s a look at the draft’s opening day:
The 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight, and all eyes will be on Radio City Music Hall in New York. For the players projected to be selected in the first round, this is the biggest night of their lives.
But while they prepared themselves for the emotional roller coaster of the draft, some future superstars gave a group of local kids the thrill of a lifetime.
At Chelsea Waterside Park yesterday, 30 top prospects and 80 local kids were brought together for a day of loose fun and football at the NFL Play 60 Draft Celebration.
Play 60 is a NFL campaign aimed at motivating kids and families to become more physically active by setting a goal of at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
At yesterday's event, star quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel threw touchdown passes to groups of the children, lineman Taylor Lewan and linebacker Khalil Mack led agility cone drills, and NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell issued a closing message to the kids at the center of the field.
The NFL Draft is Thursday, so things are about to go all football, all the time. And that includes your cartoons.
On Wednesday night, Nicktoons will air a special episode of NFL Rush Zone: Guardians Unleashed to coincide with the Draft. Called "Knights of the Sky," an all-star cast of guest stars — Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, New York Jets center Nick Mangold, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, and former Cincinnati Bengal and current NBC broadcaster Chris Collinsworth — team up to save the Rusherz from the evil forces of Sudden Death.
Check out a clip that sets up the episode's action:
After a terrible 2013 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to make some changes. First, they fired head coach Greg Schiano and replaced him with former Bears coach Lovie Smith. Then they introduced a new logo. And today, the team debuted a new jersey.
The uni is based on the NFL Nike Elite 51 design, and is a sort of mix of the Bucs' past, present, and future. The team retained the red that has been a staple of the uniform since 1997. But it has replaced the pewter gray with black and have incorporated flashes of orange found in the team's original uniform. The numbering is also new: Out is the standard blocky numbers found on most NFL jerseys, and a system that looks like a digital clock display is in.
"Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history," Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer said in a press release. "We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward."
Here's a closer look at the new jersey, along with the team's new logo design:
The Seattle Seahawks didn't just win Super Bowl XLVIII — they demolished Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. From the safety on the game's first play to Percy Harvin's second-half kickoff return for a touchdown to all the interceptions forced by Seattle's D, the Seahawks dominated from start to finish.
That might have made the NFL championship a boring game for some fans, but it gave us a bunch of great plays we'll be talking about next season and the season after that and the season after that. And with the help of our friends at OYO Sportstoys and four monkeys animation, we have immortalized some of the best of the best plays in excellent OYO brick animation!
Super Bowl XLVIII officially ended the 2013 NFL season. But as some New York City students learned this week, football fun continues all year long.
On Monday, 60 kids from P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School in the Bronx participated in football-inspired activities like football tossing, sprints, and push-up hockey. They also had the perfect personal trainer: New York Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl XLVI champion Victor Cruz.