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Mike Munchak didn’t have a front-row seat for the revolution. But he could still feel the earth move under his feet every stinking summer.

As a player, Munchak watched — and groaned — as NFL playbooks in the 1980s ballooned in girth from the size of a Sears Wish Book (this was a thing, kids, the Amazon of its day) at the start of the decade to a beast more akin to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (that too was a thing), by the end of it.

“When I played, perhaps on first and second down, I played against one guy and on third down I saw another guy, and that’s it,” chuckles the Broncos’ offensive line coach, whose Hall of Fame career was spent as a left guard with the then-Houston Oilers from 1982-1993.

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“Defenses just didn’t do as much stuff. Everyone wasn’t trying to out-trick each other. It was more of, we just lined up and played. So mentally, it was a lot easier.”

Only not for long. After his sixth season, zone blitz defensive concepts introduced to the league by former Dolphins defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger in the ‘60s and ‘70s had been cranked up to 11 by Dick LeBeau in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The “fire zone” was all the rage, and offensive coordinators were compelled to counter with chess moves of their own.

“We were playing the run-and-shoot, so we saw all kinds of crap,” Munchak laughs, “and it just kind of evolved from there.”

By the time the Broncos were birthed in 1960, Paul Brown was the Bill Belichick and Nick Saban of his day — two steps ahead of the curve, admired in some circles, despised in others, and consistently kicking the holy stuffing out of his peers.

When the old AFC launched in 1960, Brown had already won four high-school national crowns, an NCAA title at Ohio State, and a combined seven pro football championships with the Cleveland Browns in the AAFC (four) and the NFL (three). What Enrico Fermi was to the atom, Brown was to the gridiron: a pioneering ninja who more or less invented the face mask, the draw play, the practice squad, full-time assistants, detailed film study — and the playbook as we know it.

“Before Paul Brown’s time, a lot of the head coaches let their quarterbacks call the plays,” notes Jon Kendle, director of archives and football information at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Paul Brown was the type who wanted to call his own plays. Before radio receivers were invented — also by Brown — he used messenger guards, so he was always rotating guards, sending with the guard the play he wanted to run.”

As archivist at the Hall, Kendle is the keeper of the NFL’s most sacred scrolls. Among the most sacred is a collection of 8.5-by-12 inch graph paper that Brown used to detail plays with Cleveland in 1954.

He treated football as an academic pursuit, seeing himself as an instructor, and the players as pupils. Which is where the playbook as we know it really comes to pass, as Brown had required his savants during lectures to copy the plays he’d devised on the board into spiral notebooks, even going so far as to collect said notebooks and check their work at the end of the season.

“Brown wanted to put his stamp on everything that the team was doing,” Kendle says, “not (giving) them any room for error, or to manipulate those plays. ‘This play, it’s in the playbook, we’re going to study it, we’re going to write it out on the chalkboard in the meeting room and once you have a full grasp of it, mentally, then we’ll execute it.’”

To be clear, there were playbooks — of a sort — before Brown drop-kicked the NFL into the modern age after World War II. Although, technically, they were more sheets or cards than actual books, and before Brown an NFL team might only have a handful of copies around. If they were lucky.

When Wayne Millner was coaching the Philadelphia Eagles in 1951, to cite an example, one of his young charges was a kid named Bud Grant. On the occasions the future Minnesota Vikings coach or his teammates would have a question about a play, Grant recalled to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, they had to sidle over to Millner, who would then “reach into his back pocket, unfold the playbook and look it up.”

We’ve come a long way, baby.

“It’s pretty much all done electronically now, which is nice, because you can not only go to a playbook, but you can pan back and forth between film,” Broncos rookie quarterback Brett Rypien says. “Which you couldn’t probably do (before).”

The Broncos joined the cutting-edge club roughly seven years ago. Instead of printing out and binding more than 120 copies of a traditional paper playbook, they dumped a 500-page binder in 2012 in favor of a fleet of iPads that featured tech provided by PlayerLync, a video software operation headquartered at the Denver Tech Center.

Since then, nearly half the NFL has adopted the same PlayerLync software, which provides not only playbooks — along with video breakdowns of said plays, all available at the push of a thumb or swipe of a finger — but also team schedules and other pertinent communication. The players can see the schematics of a play, then tap to open up videos of that play against a variety of opposing fronts.

“Now as coaches, we can overload them,” Munchak says. “For those guys, everything for them is so much easier to carry. And it’s good, because it’s more efficient — they have access to a lot more (data) than they had in the past. They can take it home with them, have it with them, they can practice with them, so there are a lot of pluses to it.

“Now, not everyone’s going to look at it. But some guys do appreciate (the convenience).”

While players are issued an iPad upon signing, it’s essentially a rental — the tablet must be returned if a player is cut, traded or leaves the franchise. As a failsafe, the software can be wiped remotely if the iPad isn’t given back immediately.

“I think it can be a little bit intimidating,” Rypien says. “You’ve got to know the looks, you’ve got to know when to get out of a bad play; you’ve got to know how you’re going to get into a good play. If you haven’t repped that stuff and you haven’t got that muscle memory, I think it is a little bit difficult.”

Rypien and fellow rookie quarterback Drew Lock crammed together during OTAs, quizzing each other on the finer points of Rich Scangarello’s system. For Rypien, who ran pro-style sets at Boise State, much of it was old hat. For Lock, who worked primarily out of the shotgun and spread formations at Missouri, a lot of it felt like learning a new language.

“Working together like that I think really helped us,” Rypien says. “And I think we’re definitely further along than we would be if you were going through that by yourself.”

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If Brown were still teaching today, Kendle says, he thinks the NFL icon would be at the front of the line on innovations such as virtual reality goggles, the kind Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians introduced to quarterback Carson Palmer in Arizona a few years ago and, once he’d landed in Tampa Bay, pushed into the path of his new signal-caller, Jameis Winston.

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“It’s totally changed,” says Larry Kennan, a former CU assistant and an NFL veteran who worked on the staffs of six NFL franchises, including the Broncos, from 1982-97. “What’s interesting is, that every (NFL) coaching staff has about 20-22 guys (now) and they have all the computer stuff — it’s so much more advanced (compared) to what it used to be. It used to be, we had 10 guys on the staff, we didn’t have a computer, we just used hand-to-hand stuff.”

He laughs.

“And it worked about the same as it does now.”

Munchak still prefers the hand-to-hand stuff, to be honest — even though he’s got one of those nifty Broncos iPads, too, always within arm’s reach.

“It’s just (about) adapting to that,” he says. “That’s the hard part for me. I’m more, ‘I want to see the paper, I wanted to see the hard copy.’ I’m still the same way with stuff you get through the mail. People want to send me stuff that somebody’s scanned. I go, ‘Hey, I want some paper, send me a copy.’

“I like putting my stamps on stuff. It only feels real when I write it out. I feel the pain of paying the bill, you know? I think you feel it when you write it out.”

Steve Baack Jersey For Sale

The University of Oregon Ducks struggled in the early 1980’s under head coach Rich Brooks. They suffered through 2-9 seasons and even had a game in 1983 that became infamously known as the Toilet Bowl, the last 0-0 scoreless tie in NCAA history. Despite their struggles, the Ducks had several players that were able to make it to the NFL. was fortunate enough to speak with Steve Baack last week about his time at Oregon under Brooks, his time in the NFL and what he’s doing now. Here’s what he had to say:


ANSWER: I grew up in John Day in Eastern Oregon. I didn’t really have anyone beating the door down to recruit me. Mouse Davis at Portland State was the only one who really tried to recruit me and discovered me so to speak. Then at the very last minute, Rich Brooks offered me a scholarship at Oregon.

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A. Well, because it was Oregon. I liked Eugene better than Portland area. It was also the Pac-10 back then. It was really a no-brainer for me.


A. Well, coming from a high school of 300 kids in four grades, the enormity of the stadium was a big difference. Even though it wasn’t what it is now, in terms of attendance, I was awestruck to some degree by the size of the stadium and the amount of people in attendance.


A. As a freshman coming in, I kind of tiptoed around until I could figure out who the established veterans were. The freshman class, as I remember it, was more trying to figure out who each other were rather than trying to integrate themselves with who was already there. There was good chemistry and I made some new friends. You get to hear stories from guys who came from across the country and traveled a long ways to get there. Most of them had never heard of where I was from in Eastern Oregon, so we had a lot to talk about.


A. Believe it or not, it was actually in a spring practice and not in a game. I was a redshirt freshman and we were all trying to establish ourselves as players. There was a stud running back, Vince Williams, and I was playing middle linebacker. We ran the 4-3 Dallas Cowboys flex defense back then and the offense ran a trap play with him running the ball up the middle. I read it perfectly and I just blew into the hole and I crushed the guy.

The whole defense just erupted, started hollering and screaming and it was a loud crack. It was actually written up in the Register Guard. Right after the play, coach Brooks came running up to me and grabs me by both shoulders. He shook me and looked me right in the eyes and yelled, “THAT IS THE WAY YOU FILL THE TRAP!” So it wasn’t a game so much as it was that particular spring practice.


A. You just have to pinch yourself. I think we had one winning season in my five years, having that extra year as a redshirt freshman. There was talk at the time that maybe we didn’t even belong in the Pac-10 and that we were the door mats year after year. I found it humorous the other day when I dug out one of my team pictures and it said on the bottom: First winning season in nine years, fifth straight win over OSU. That’s all we really had to hang our hats on back then. It wasn’t easy.


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A. For sure. To be able to say you played for Oregon in the past, you get to share in their current success. The fans that have been around since the days I played, remember that there wasn’t a lot of victories that were memorable, but a lot of difficulties. One of the toughest was the Toilet Bowl against Oregon State. So, to see them doing so well is awesome.


A. I would thrive. When I played in a flex defense as a defensive end, I had very strict gap responsibilities. We weren’t given the green light to just cut loose like Dion Jordan a few years back and Tony Washington. Now, the way that they turn the defensive ends loose and are aggressive at going after the quarterback, it would have really suited my style of play. If I could have done that, I would have had a ball.


A. It was great. It does take a while to get acclimated to the rigors of maintaining the grades. Then when you include practice, getting taped and so forth is a lot of work. Coach Brooks was always emphasizing heavily the need to make sure that we pulled grades. It certainly wasn’t like it is today, with all the resources that they have. It was a lot of work, but a great experience.


A. It’s like what I said about stepping on the field for the first time there. The enormity of it all and all the fans was an incredible experience. We didn’t have nearly as many fans at the games as they do now. It was loud and when coming from a small Eastern Oregon town of 2,000 people, it made it totally different experiencing over 35,000 fans.


A. After a couple of years, I had my counselors take a look at my transcripts and where my strength of study was and they suggested psychology. I found myself fascinated by the biochemistry of the brain and that has a lot to do with psychology. I like to joke that I was a psychology major because that’s four years of multiple choice tests, so that was a nice smooth path.


A. The level of responsibility that you have to assume for yourself was bigger and you couldn’t make any excuses. Coming from a small school, the change was a lot of work. However, I managed to get through it alright.


A. Well, when it came to the draft, I couldn’t pick where I wanted to play. The Detroit Lions may not have been my first choice, but I made the most of the opportunity. Things are faster, a lot bigger and have a lot more significance in the NFL. You’re being paid to do a job and have a lot of responsibility. Being late for a team meeting, for example, would cost you a $1,000 back then. It’s a lot more now because they make more money.


A. I was drafted in 1984 in the third round. I had five credited seasons with them. I played five years and had three head coaching changes. My body felt it even after that short of a time period. I made a position change during that time as well, which was difficult. The “Fridge” was doing his thing in Chicago and everyone else was looking for players that were big and athletic enough to play fullback or tight end. Learning how to pass block in the NFL, after never doing it, was a hard transition.


A. Oh, easily playing against the Bears. Playing against guys like Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Walter Payton. I tackled Payton on the goal line in Chicago at Soldier Field. It made the 1986 Lions Highlight Film and having Darryl Rogers call me the best short yardage player he had ever seen made me feel great.


A. I live back out in Eastern Oregon, in Moro, with my fiancée Debra. I work in sales out of my home as my full time job. We established a bed and breakfast out here called The Craftsman Inn Moro. It’s a beautiful 1917 home that’s been fully restored. We have some venues that we pull from. There’s a race track out here in Grass Valley and we also have the Maryhill Winery close by.


A. I would like to say thank you for your continued support of the team; especially the fans that were around during the lean years and stuck around to share the success that they are having now.


What was the team Nickname for you? Baackman

Best thing about your time with Oregon football? Never losing to the Beavers

Who do you think were the best players on the team during your time with the Ducks? Bryan Hinkle, Mike Walter and Steve Brown.

Toughest opponent (player) you faced while at Oregon? Bruce Matthews at USC

Toughest opponent (Team) you faced while at Oregon? Washington

Teammate or mates that you learned the most from? Scott Shepard

Did you have a pregame ritual? Listening to music.

Favorite game? Beating the Huskies 34-10 when they were ranked No. 13.

Team loss that you could turn to victory? The 0-0 tie against the Beavers.

Favorite U of O athlete for all time? Mac Wilkins

You can’t live without? Being able to work out.

Family? A son Brian (26) and daughter Lexi (19)

Q. Anything you would like to add?

A. With the interest and fan base that the Ducks now have, it’s nice to see all of the sites pop up, to be able to keep up with recruiting and news. I like what Charles Fischer has done with helping the average fan by breaking down plays for those who don’t understand exactly what it takes. I really like what FishDuck has done.

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“We have four daughters together. I didn’t sign up to do this alone,” exclaims Teresa.

On Wednesday’s episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice learned that Joe Giudice’s first appeal in his deportation case had been denied.

The Giudice family attorney, Jim Leonard, stopped by the house to discuss the next steps with Teresa. She wanted her brother, Joe Gorga, there to help her “understand everything.”

“I feel like I’m just so numb,” she told Jim as they waited for Joe to arrive. “I feel like I can’t even believe this is happening.

Once Joe got there, Teresa caught him up to speed. Joe asked if the girls knew. Teresa said she told Gia, who was “so upset.” She also told Gabriella so “Gia’s not the only one who has to deal with this.” She hadn’t told the youngest, Audriana, who earlier in the episode cried as she struggled to remember memories of her dad and family vacations while they sorted through old photos together. Tre also hadn’t told Milania, the most sensitive of the bunch.

“You better tell her,” Joe urged. “Don’t let her hear it from somebody else.”

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“I don’t want speak too loud,” Jim said as he looked around and lowered his voice, “but he’s in trouble. His immigration lawyers made the arguments to the lower courts, and the courts have denied it very aggressively. I mean, they blew up every single argument. So the next step is the other appeal, the third circuit, and saying, ‘Please, the lower courts have made mistakes.’”

“It could take months,” he went on. “We have to start the whole process all over again. But the problem is, this is his last chance, and you’re not bringing forward new information. So I think the odds are against Joe at this stage. Immigration is the hottest topic on the planet, and I think Joe is caught in the crossfire of that.”

A stunned Teresa sat silently as Joe asked, “What’s his percentage of coming home?”

“It’s not good right now,” Jim confessed, as a still-hopeful Joe asked, “50, 30, 10 percent?”

“Given what we learned this morning,” Jim lamented, “significantly less.”

Teresa’s eyes welled up as her brother leaned in to give her a hug. “I feel helpless,” she said. “I want him to come home. We have four daughters together. I didn’t sign up to do this alone. Joe was calling me, and he’s like, ‘I’m sorry I let you guys down. I’m sorry.’”

“He’s scared,” Jim said, but Teresa said she was “scared, too.”

“Let me ask a serious question here,” Joe interjected, looking at his sister. “Why continue to fight? You’re burying yourself financially.” Teresa said their daughters wanted him to fight. “Yeah, but when there’s no money,” Joe warned, “it’s that much harder. You know that, right? So for your future, your daughters, your everything — to keep going? You have to think now as a business person that he’s not coming home. Sometimes, you have to understand, ‘It’s not going anywhere. I might have to move on.’”

“I understand what my brother’s saying,” Tre later told the camera, “but I’ve been through financial strain before. I had to pay back taxes, I had to pay off all our debts, so how can I put a price tag on my daughters having their daddy home?”

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Earlier in the episode, while the ladies were still in Jamaica, the topic of Danielle Staub’s short-lived marriage to Marty Caffrey came up in conversation. Teresa blurted out that the two recently “had sex.” Margaret Josephs didn’t believe it and called Danielle “pathological.”

“I was on the phone with her, and she was like, ‘Hi, sweetheart,’” Tre recalled, asking Margaret, “What’s the point of lying?”

Dolores Catania, who hates Danielle almost as much as Margaret does, interjected, “All her lies doesn’t negate the fact that she slept with him.” Margaret said she believed Danielle “tried to have sex with him as her last-stitch effort to get the house.”

In her confessional, the Marge claimed Danielle and Marty were still living together in Marty’s home. “According to the terms of their divorce,” she said, “she has to buy him out of the house — over $2 million — or get the hell out.”

Melissa Gorga wanted to know if Marty would tell Margaret the truth about the situation. Margaret said he’d tell her husband, Joe, so they called up Mr. Benigno. Unfortunately, he didn’t answer, so the women suggested she “just call Marty.”

“I’m with the girls, and it seems like Danielle is spreading rumors that you and her are banging,” Margaret said to Marty, who replied, “What?! She’s gotta come up with the money on my house, so that’s where her game is.”

“So is that a no?” Jennifer Aydin asked. “I didn’t hear a definite no.” After Margaret hung up, the ladies were in agreement that they thought Marty was lying. “A stiff dick has no conscious,” Dolores noted. “One p—y can pull a freight train.”Jim Leonard Jersey For Sale

As all this was going on, Danielle called Teresa, who was petrified to answer because she thought she would be “in trouble.” She was. Danielle told Tre she was upset she told the girls her business and hung up on her. Teresa was concerned she had hurt Danielle’s feelings, but Margaret cavalierly asked, “Who gives a f–k?”

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The University of Tulsa has a proud football history. The Golden Hurricane was nationally relevant in the 1940s and the 1960s, and TU occasionally still rears its head to remind the nation that there are more than two major-college teams in Oklahoma.

OSU plays at Tulsa on Saturday, and here’s a primer on TU football history:

Conference titles: Steve Kragthorpe’s 2005 team and Bill Blankenship’s 2012 team each won Conference USA, beating Central Florida in title games. Tulsa also won 19 outright Missouri Valley championships and tied for six others. Tulsa was in the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference from 1914-28 and won five titles, and Tulsa was in the Big Four Conference from 1929-32, winning the league all four years. Tulsa played in the Valley from 1935-85, then was an independent until joining the Western Athletic Conference in 1996. In 2005, TU jumped to Conference USA, then joined the American Conference in 2014.

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Bowl history: Tulsa played in three straight major bowl games, 1942-44 seasons, and bookended those with the Sun Bowl (1941) and the Oil Bowl (1945). Tulsa lost to Tennessee 14-7 and Georgia Tech 20-18 in back-to-back Sugars but beat Georgia Tech 26-12 in the Orange Bowl (1944 season). TU is 10-11 in bowl games. Tulsa is 6-4 in bowls in the 2000s, with some notable results – victories of 55-10 over Central Michigan (2016 Miami Beach Bowl), 31-17 over Iowa State (2012 Liberty), 62-35 over Hawaii (Hawaii Bowl), 45-13 over Ball State (GMAC Bowl) and 63-7 over Bowling Green (GMAC), plus losses of 55-52 to Virginia Tech (Independence) and 24-21 to Brigham Young (24-21).

Best team: 1942. It was the World War II era, but in ’42, many players remained on college campuses. College football really became depleted starting in 1943. In 1942, Tulsa shut out its first six opponents and finished 10-0 before losing to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl. The Glenn Dobbs-led team beat OU 23-0 and Oklahoma A&M 34-6.

Greatest player: TU has had three consensus all-Americans – center Rudy Prochaska in 1934, receiver Howard Twilley in 1965 and offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski in 1991 – but its greatest player was Glenn Dobbs. The single-wing tailback from Frederick was a passer and punter extraordinaire. He later became TU’s head coach.

Arch-rival: OSU. Saturday, the Cowboys become Tulsa’s most-played rival. TU has played Arkansas 73 times, but trails the series 54-16-3. The Golden Hurricane and the Razorbacks have played just four times since 1993. This will be the 74th meeting between OSU and Tulsa. The Cowboys lead the series 41-27-5. The rivalry has taken extended breaks; no games between 1965 and 1976, only four games since 2000, but counting Saturday, they play 11 of the next 13 years.

Greatest win: On October 30, 2010, Tulsa won 28-27 at Notre Dame. Shawn Jackson returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown, Damarius Johnson returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown, Kevin Fitzpatrick kicked a go-ahead field goal with 3:23 left in the game and John Flanders intercepted a Fighting Irish pass in the end zone with 36 seconds left in the game. Tulsa has beaten OU five times, but beating Notre Dame tops them all.

Greatest coach: Henry Frnka went 40-9-1 in five seasons, 1941-45, before leaving to coach Tulane.

NFL legacy: Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent played at Tulsa in the 1970s, as did Drew Pearson, the leading receiver for Tom Landry’s 30 years as the Dallas Cowboys coach. Hall of Fame general manager Jim Finks also played at TU.

Biggest upset: Tulsa shocked 15th-ranked Texas A&M 35-34 in 1991, but TU’s biggest shocker came on September 25, 1971, when the Hurricane beat seventh-ranked Arkansas 21-20 after entering the fourth quarter trailing 20-0. That was not a great TU team; it finished 4-7. But quarterback Todd Starks threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes, outdueling Razorback star Joe Ferguson.

Stadium: Skelly Stadium opened in 1930 and had a capacity of 40,385. A major renovation in 2008 came with the rebranding to H.A. Chapman Stadium and reduced capacity to 30,000.

Historical importance: TU was on the cutting edge of the passing revolution almost 60 years ago. Tulsa led the nation in passing for five straight years, 1960-64, and in ’64 quarterback Jerry Rhome and receiver Howard Twilley led a unit that broke 20 NCAA records. Rhome and Twilley were back-to-back Heisman runnersup, in 1964-65.

Career rushing leaders: D’Angelo Brewer, 2014-17, has the TU record, with 3,917 rushing yards. The most impressive Tulsa rushers, though, were Michael Gunter and Len Lacy, who were teammates from 1980-82, with Lacy also playing in 1979 and Gunter in 1983. Gunter finished with 3,536 rushing yards, third all-time, and Lacy had 2,272 rushing yards, seventh all-time.

Career passing leaders: Of all the big-time throwers in Tulsa history – Rhome and Billy Guy Anderson in the ‘60s, Jeb Blount in the ‘70s, T.J. Rubley in the ‘80s-‘90s, Gus Frerotte in the ‘90s – the career passing leader is Dane Evans, who played four years, 2013-16, and threw for 11,680 yards.

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Career receiving yards: 54 years after Twilley’s final season, he remains the all-time TU leader in catches (261), receiving yards (3,343) and touchdown catches (32).

Famous alum: Susan Eloise Hinton, whose pen name is S.E. Hinton, became renowned for her young-adult novels like The Outsiders and That Was Then, This Is Now. Hinton wrote The Outsiders as a high school student in Tulsa.

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AURORA, Colo — Nearly every NFL player will tell you about the dream that began in childhood.

Not many will tell you about the dream of playing football and then going into the medical field — but David Bruton Jr. will.

“It’s something I loved being around as a kid,” Bruton said. “Getting PT on my hip flexors and just building that relationship with the physical therapist because you see them day in day out.”

Bruton is part of the class of 2021, pursuing a doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. His next dream is to graduate and open a clinic with a focus on youth concussion recovery.

Once a pre-med student at Notre Dame University, Bruton changed his major to political science and sociology, then he was drafted by the Denver Broncos.

As a strong safety and captain of special teams, Bruton enjoyed a lot of success and a Super Bowl victory. He also suffered a dislocated shoulder, a broken leg, broken ribs and a few concussions. After several years in the league, he knew when it was time to move on.

“Football’s given me the chance to provide for my family, continue to play the game I love and learn things that I can take into the next profession and help other people outside the family,” Bruton said.

Bruton is looking forward to achieving this dream. While he loved playing football at the highest level, he believes the reward will be greater in this next career, where he can help others get back to functioning at a high level to improve their own lives.

Assistant Professor Amy McDevitt considers him the ideal student because of his intellectual abilities and his previous life experience in the NFL.

“Before he was the patient and he was receiving the treatment, receiving the therapy,” McDevitt said. “And now he really gets to exercise his mind and apply his anatomy and apply his communication skills.”

In many ways, the current chapter of David Bruton, Jr.’s, life runs counter to his first career as a strong safety and Super Bowl 50 winner in the National Football League.

Where he once suited up in raucous NFL stadiums, Bruton now practices massage techniques in serene settings. Where he played a violent game on rapid-fire instinct, he now takes a thoughtful, analytical approach to evaluating the varying needs of each individual. Where his former employer, the Denver Broncos, expected him to dish out punishment, Bruton’s new mission is to become a licensed physical therapist so he can relieve pain and help young athletes get back in the game.

Bruton spent two years completing prerequisites at CU Denver and is now in the second semester of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the CU School of Medicine. The 32-year-old Ohio native played for the Denver Broncos and a final season with the Washington Redskins; the eight-year span was four times longer than the average NFL career.

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David Bruton enjoys a conversation with a classmate while eating lunch at the start of one of his physical therapy courses in Education 2.
“The NFL stands for Not For Long, so I definitely had a good run at it,” said Bruton, who played collegiately at Notre Dame. “I know in the grand scheme of things, life is a lot more than just between the lines on a football field. I have my family, my dreams and aspirations. Now I’m on to the next chapter.”

‘Seeing what his body has gone through’
Bruton frequently volunteers to be the “patient” in class or lab – offering up his shoulders or triceps for exam and evaluation, for example.

Michael “Mac” Mundie, a longtime classmate of Bruton’s, enjoys having the former pro athlete in the 69-member PT cohort. “It’s definitely interesting working with him – just seeing what his body has gone through in all those years with the Broncos. It makes labs more interesting,” he said.

Bruton sat down with CU Anschutz Today for an interview in Education 2, his home away from home these days.

Today: Your physical therapy program at CU Anschutz is a departure from playing football. Did you have a turning point where you realized you wanted to retire from pro football and pursue a new career?

DB: In high school, I thought about becoming a physical therapist. Having multiple encounters with different PTs throughout my football career … kind of drove it home. I definitely had my share of concussions … I don’t remember having them at all. The last concussion (with the Redskins) was definitely like an ‘a-ha’ moment. I realized I have so much more to look forward to … and I didn’t want to worry about hurting myself to the point where I couldn’t pursue another career.

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Justin Canale, a former college and professional football player and icon to an older generation of Memphians, died this week. He was 68 years old.
Justin and his five brothers, all of whom would play football at Tennessee or Mississippi State, were the subject of a story in Sports Illustrated in 1964 that compared the family farm to a gladiatorial training ground. Whit Canale, Justin’s older brother, died three weeks ago.

Justin played offensive guard and kicker for Mississippi State in the Joe Namath years of the Southeastern Conference. From 1965-1975, he played for the Boston Patriots of the AFL, the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League, and three different pro teams in Canada. He kicked straight on, old-school style, and could make them from 50 yards. He underwent 20 operations for football injuries, some performed by his cousin, Dr. Terry Canale of the Campbell Clinic.

A Paul Bunyanesque character said to be able to pop a basketball by squeezing it in his hands, Justin Canale was known for both his physical strength and his gentle disposition. As high school and college stars in Memphis and at rival colleges, the games where Whit and Justin squared off were legendary. They were a newspaper photographer’s dream as they posed in a three-point stance or with their mother kissing one or the other of them on the cheek. Justin also starred in track and once tossed the shot put 58 feet to win the SEC meet.

Every 98-pound-weakling in Memphis in the early Sixties would have given his Converse All-Stars, Superman comics collection, and allowance to look like Justin and Whit Canale in blues jeans and t-shirts.

“I remember him as being like a Greek god,” said his cousin, Drew Canale. “He and Whit were huge men. As a little boy, they scared me to death. Justin was probably the best known of all the Canales. He was a gentle giant.”

Another cousin, Billy Tagg, said the Canales “were the politest people. Everything was yes ma’am and yes sir. Their mantra was ‘say what you mean and mean what you say.’ I never saw them bullshit anyone.”

The Tagg clan also included some robust lads who probably could have combined with the Canales to field a football team that would have whipped Ole Miss without going outside the family gene pool.

I got to know Justin several years ago while doing research for a magazine article. He insisted on calling me “Mr. Branston” although I was several years his junior, and if he was behind the register at the family grocery store in Eads, I had as much chance of paying for a ham sandwich as I did of beating him at arm wrestling. Even in the age of weight training, he was one of the most massive men I have ever seen, with forearms and shoulders built up by farm work and hefting axles long ago at the family’s Sinclair Station on Union Avenue.

The funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Germantown.

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Mouse spent more than 15 years on patrol near inmates on work details for the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Tucker Unit, but on Saturday, she got to retire.

Mouse weighs about 1,025 pounds, stands 4-foot-7 at the withers and is one of 33 horses that the Department of Correction sold Saturday at the eighth annual Good Homes for Good Horses auction held at the Saline County Fairgrounds. The department breeds and raises its own horses to be strong, temperate mounts for inmates and officers to ride.

Saturday afternoon, a man in a white jumpsuit — one of the many inmates who care for the horses — trotted Mouse in an arena where more than 200 people were watching. For other horses, bids flew in faster than even professional auctioneer and former state Rep. Mark McElroy could count.

But for Mouse, only one person rose to his feet and signaled his bid — a little boy no older than 5.

“That’s what we like to see,” said Tom Green, horse program coordinator and emcee for the auction. “That’s what it’s all about.”

The horses, Green said, are mostly older animals who have served for years in some capacity for the department.

Some horses go out chasing escapees with the hounds, but most spend their days herding cattle, patrolling work units or working on one of the department’s many farms.

The Arkansas Department of Correction’s Agriculture Division’s work covers more than 20,000 acres across the state, spokesman Solomon Graves said. On those lands are crop fields, gardens, cows, pigs, chickens and, of course, horses.

The horses serve many purposes, livestock manager Jason Martin said, but one of their primary services is inmate rehabilitation.

Class 1B inmates — those who have proved that they are not flight risks or a danger to anyone around them — can sometimes work with the horses eight hours a day, Martin said. The bond that inmates form with the animals, he said, is extraordinary.

“If there are issues going on in your life, you have to drop them,” Martin said. “You have to make peace with yourself if you’re going to work on an animal that size.”

Derrick Witherspoon, who was released from prison about six months ago after serving a 17-year sentence, agreed.

“There’s nothing like the bond that you have with that animal,” said Witherspoon, whom correction administrators affectionately called “Spoons.”

“When you’re working with cows, you have to trust that that horse is going to protect you. You have to trust that it’s going to do what you say. It’s really incredible.”

Spoons, who was 17 when he was sentenced to 40 years in prison on a charge of capital murder, said his time working on the farm helped him turn his life around. He now works for a pipe production company and shoes horses on the side.

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“It’s had a tremendous effect on my life,” he said. “I’ve developed an affinity for them. I think it’s the calmness and peace you feel with them.”

One day, he said, he wants to buy his own horse again.

“There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man,” said Green, quoting Winston Churchill.

Wendy Kelley, director of the Arkansas Department of Correction, said working with the horses is therapeutic, but also helps the inmates learn responsibility and patience.

“It’s good, healthy, outdoor work,” Kelley said. “And the inmates really learn to care about the horses.”

Prison systems have used mounted officers for centuries, but Arkansas’ did not start breeding its own horses until the late 1980s, according to Earl Pepper.

Pepper, who started the breeding program around 1987, said it was difficult and expensive to find horses that were gentle but strong enough for hard work. So, Pepper suggested that the department begin breeding its own horses — and officials agreed.

Pepper stood near the arena Saturday afternoon as he mingled with the horses. All of this, Farm Administrator Davey Farabough said, was Pepper’s doing.

The auctions didn’t begin until 2011, when Green suggested to Mary Parker-Reed that instead of selling the horses at a local sale barn, the department should hold an annual auction.

The purpose of the auction, he said, is to ensure that each horse goes to a good home.

Green said Parker-Reed, Arkansas Board of Correction vice chairman, thought for a moment before saying, “You’re right. We should.”

“She did all the work,” Green said. “We’re very thankful for that.”

A few weeks after that conversation, the department held its inaugural auction. Since then, Green said, the event has grown to include horses from the Little Rock Police Department’s mounted division.

Double Deuce, a 20-year-old sorrel, is among the longest-serving horses in the Little Rock Police Department’s mounted division. Double Deuce served at 13 state fairs, 12 Riverfests, and at least 250 school and public demonstrations.

On Saturday, Double Deuce was loaded into a trailer headed for Texas, where he will spend his days in a therapeutic riding program.

“This is all about finding them a good home,” Farabough said. “They do a lot of good work, and they deserve that.”

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Brad Ford has spent a lot of his adult life giving back to youngsters trying to get into football. A 1992 graduate of Dadeville who then went on to play for the University of Alabama and the Detroit Lions, Ford has wanted to bring his football camps home to the Tigers for a few years now after witnessing a local child in need.

“Two years ago, I went to a peewee football game and saw a child with no cleats,” Ford said. “The other children were playing and picking at him. Then I saw him a couple months after that. I asked him if he was still playing football, and he told me he wasn’t playing anymore. He said he was just going to concentrate on basketball, but I knew the reason why.

“I said then if I could ever help a kid out who wants to play, I want to do that.”

Ford has been putting on youth football camps around the state and even in Georgia for years, but next weekend, he’ll be coming back to his alma mater. Dadeville will play host to the Brad Ford 11 Football Camp on June 8, and it’s open to any players ages 8 through 17.

Registration is $20, and the camps will last from 8:45 a.m. until noon. Pre-registration can be done before June 8 or kids can register from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the Dadeville gym.

All proceeds will be donated to the Dadeville Dixie Youth League, and Ford said his goal is to have at least 60 to 100 kids.

Ford isn’t the only former professional football player who will be coaching players at next week’s camp.

Others who will be coaching are: Sherman Williams (Alabama, Dallas Cowboys); David Palmer (Alabama, Minnesota Vikings); Roosevelt Patterson (Alabama, CFL); Pierre Goode (Alabama); Brent Dearmon (Auburn); Lionel James (Auburn, San Diego Chargers); Mike Goggans (Auburn); Eltoro Freeman (Auburn); Rodney Crayton (Auburn); Kevin Moore (Alabama); Dameian Jeffries (Alabama, New Orleans Saints); Toderick Malone (Alabama, New Orleans Saints); as well as possibly a few others. Current Dadeville boys basketball coach Jesse Foster will also be coaching.

Ford said current Tide linebacker Anfernee Jennings should be in attendance but won’t be able to coach due to his limitations with the University of Alabama.

“A lot of the guys when I went to the University of Alabama, I met them and played with them,” Ford said. “I’ve also been to football camps with the guys from Auburn, and we just had a bond and became friends.”

Fundamentals will be a main focus during Ford’s camp.

“If we have enough kids, we’ll try to separate them by position and let the guys who played the game coach them with certain things they need to be coached on,” Ford said. “We don’t want to take anything away from their high school coaches or the little league coaches, but I know they can use some of the things we’ll teach them to do on their own when they’re not doing organized activities for their football teams.”

Speed, agility, footwork and hand placements will all be taught.

Although football is of course the main focus, Ford said he also wants to teach the kids about hard work and doing the right thing. At the end of the camp, three of the coaches will speak about their experiences with football, and Ford hopes he and the other former players can be role models both on and off the field.

“I try to be more than just a role model on the football field,” Ford said. “Football is just something you play. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change anything because everything I did, I learned from. But it was rough. If you wanna get to the next level, you have to put the work in. Just dream big, and I always tell the kids to trust God first, put your heart and mind into it and anything’s possible.”

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GigEm247 has learned that North Carolina tight ends’ coach Tim Brewster has informed Texas A&M that he will be staying at North Carolina.

Brewster had previously been the Aggies’ tight ends’ coach in 2018 before going to the ACC and UNC head coach Mack Brown (Brewster had previously worked for Brown at Texas). The Aggies and head coach Jimbo Fisher are attempting to fill the shoes of the departed Joe Jon Finley who left A&M for Ole Miss. While at A&M, Brewster helped develop eventual third round draft pick Jace Sternberger from an unknown junior college transfer into a consensus All American with 48 receptions for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns.

An accomplished recruiter, Brewster helped Fisher land top ten classes at both Aggieland and Florida State. The Aggies’ had a top five class in 2019 per the 247 Sports Composite including five star rated tight end Baylor Cupp. In addition, before his departure for Chapel Hill, Brewster gifted the Aggies Jalen Wydermyer who didn’t arrive on campus until the summer but was considered the best freshman tight end in the SEC last season with 32 receptions.

Brewster helped build the Seminoles’ top-ranked 2016 recruiting class, which featured 18 four- or five-star rated players as well as 13 Under Armour All-Americans and four U.S. Army All-Americans. Brewster helped the Seminoles’ recruiting classes rank in the top 10 of ESPN’s team rankings all five years he was on the FSU staff, including in the top five four times. Brewster was named the ACC’s Top Recruiter by ESPN and made 247Sports’ Top 10 Recruiters list and was among Rivals’ Top 25 Recruiters.

Florida State made the tight end an integral part of their offense during Brewster’s time in Tallahassee. Current NFL standout Nick O’Leary was a two-time finalist for the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top tight end, and he won the award in 2014, as well as consensus All-America honors. Overall, O’Leary left Florida State as the school leader in every category among Seminole tight ends, including receptions (114), yards (1,591) and touchdowns (18).

Brewster was the tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers from 2002-04 and the Denver Broncos from 2005-06 after coaching that same position at North Carolina from 1989-97 and Texas from 1998-2001. Brewster coached All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates while with the Chargers and saw six tight ends sign NFL contracts during his UNC and Texas tenures.

Brewster joined the Florida State coaching staff in February of 2013 following a stint in 2012 as the wide receivers coach at Mississippi State where he helped the Bulldogs break several records.

Brewster was the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2007-2010 before spending the 2011 season as a college football analyst for Fox Sports. He led the Golden Gophers to the Insight Bowl in both 2008 and 2009.

Prior to Minnesota, Brewster spent five seasons in the NFL. He concluded his second season as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos in 2006. Brewster instructed the San Diego Chargers tight ends from 2002-04 and held additional responsibilities as the team’s assistant head coach for the 2004 season.

During his tenure with the Chargers, Brewster oversaw the rapid development of Gates, who in 2004 earned first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and a Pro Bowl selection after playing only his second year of football since high school. Gates set an NFL single-season touchdown record (13) for tight ends in 2004 while ranking third in receiving yards (964) and fourth in receptions (81) among NFL tight ends.

Before working for San Diego, Brewster enjoyed success coaching tight ends at the University of Texas (1998-2001) and the University of North Carolina (1989-97). He worked on Mack Brown’s staffs at both schools and developed six tight ends who signed NFL contracts.

In four years at Texas, Brewster tutored two tight ends who earned All-Big 12 Conference honors, including 1998 first-team selection Derek Lewis, and coached two players who signed NFL contracts in Lewis and Bo Scaife, who was drafted in the sixth round by Tennessee in 2005. Brewster’s tight ends at Texas blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons at the school, highlighted by Ricky Williams’ 2,124-yard season in 1998.

In nine years at North Carolina, Brewster mentored four All-ACC selections at tight end and helped the school advance to six consecutive bowl games from 1992-97. As recruiting coordinator, his efforts secured the talent that helped the 1997 team go 11-1 and finish fourth in the nation.

Brewster guided Alge Crumpler to a second-team All-ACC distinction and honorable mention All-America accolades from Football News as a sophomore in 1997. He also mentored Freddie Jones to a first-team All-ACC selection in 1995 and again in 1996 when Jones set a North Carolina single-season record for receptions by a tight end (32) to garner third-team All-America honors from Football News.

His tight ends at North Carolina were critical to the team’s rushing success as their blocking helped clear the way for five different 1,000-yard seasons, including Natrone Means’ back-to-back 1,000-yard years in 1991 and 1992. Greg DeLong, a first-team All-ACC tight end in 1994, twice earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors for his blocking in 1996 under Brewster’s tutelage.

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The province is now distributing new categories of legal non-medical cannabis products. This begins the second phase of available products since legalization began in October 2018.

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) received its first shipments of products under the new categories on December 18, 2019, and has made them available to private and public retailers throughout the province, including the BC Cannabis Store at 115-7035 Barnet Street in Powell River, via its wholesale customer portal, according to an LDB media release. Consumers can expect to see these products on legal retail store shelves in late December, in accordance with LDB’s shipping schedules.

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The LDB, the sole wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in BC, has registered more than 260 individual products within the new categories of edibles, extracts and topicals to make up its initial wholesale product assortment, according to the release. However, only a small number are expected to be available for retail sale within the first few months of 2020. Availability of products is dependent upon a number of factors, including the ability of manufacturers to meet demand from other markets across Canada.

“The addition of edibles, extracts and topicals represents the provincial government’s commitment to providing safe, regulated non-medical cannabis products to BC consumers,” stated LDB general manager and chief executive officer Blain Lawson. “A lot of work has gone into procuring these products and we look forward to working with our suppliers as they continue to introduce new products to market.”

New products registered within the initial release include:

· beverages, such as carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, tea bags, oils and powders

· products intended to be eaten, such as chocolate, cookies, soft chews and mints

· vaporizers and cartridges

· other extracts, such as shatter and hashish

· topicals, defined as cannabis-infused products intended to be applied to the hair, skin or nails

Oils and capsules, which were included in products legalized on October 17, 2018, are now reclassified as extracts.

Products in these newly legalized categories will have the same plain, Health Canada-approved packaging and labelling requirements in place for existing cannabis products on the adult-use market. They must be contained in a child-proof package that bears the cannabis symbol, health warnings related to consumption, and THC and CBD contents of the product.

The media release states the LDB will continue to expand its variety of wholesale products as licensed producers make new products available and Health Canada licenses new producers. The branch is working with more than 40 licensed producers to form its entire wholesale product assortment.

The provincial government recently passed legislation increasing the provincial sales tax (PST) on vapour products from seven per cent to 20 per cent beginning January1, 2020. The new tax rate will be applied at the point of retail sale to all vaping devices and substances used with the vaping device, as well as to any vaping part or accessory.

Buying legally from licensed, private non-medical cannabis retail outlets and government-run BC Cannabis Stores is the only way to ensure a product is regulated by Health Canada, according to the LDB.

Dry herb vaporizers (vaporizers used with dry cannabis) will remain subject to the seven per cent PST rate.