Reggie Bush signs 1-year deal with Bills

Running back Reggie Bush is getting another chance to recapture his old magic. After Bush passed a physical with the team Monday, the Buffalo Bills signed the 31-year-old to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The team officially announced the signing Monday afternoon.

The San Francisco 49ers brought in Bush on a one-year deal before the 2015 season, hoping he would provide some spark on offense. However, injuries reared their ugly head once again. He was limited by a calf strain early on in the season, seeing just eight carries and four catches in five games while Carlos Hyde ran away with the every-down role.

(If it had been a Kenny Chesney concert, totally different story. Remember what happened at Heinz Field in 2013?)

Everyone had a really great Gary Barnidge Jersey time at the show, including this year’s inductees like the Ol’ Gunslinger, but you knew he was going to have an awesome time at a Tim McGraw concert.

There’s certainly some credence to Denver Ibraheim Campbell Jersey being a place to bomb field goals from long distance. Jason Elam tied the record of 63 yards in Mile High Stadium in 1998 and it was tied again 13 years later by Janikowski, who also nailed his in Denver. The current record belongs to former Broncos kicker Matt Prater, who successfully blasted a 64-yard attempt in 2013.

Unfortunately for Tucker and for those of us who would love to see a ridiculous field goal attempt, the Broncos aren’t on the Ravens’ schedule in 2016.

But here to save the day might be Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. Not only does does he want to see Tucker try, he’s even willing to pay big bucks to see the attempt.

“I will give him an all-expense paid trip if he can do it,” McManus told Mike Klis of 9News in Denver. “I’ll pay for his flight, his hotel, if he wants to come out here and do it. I’ll kick with him, I’ll witness it and I’ll vouch to the world that he can do it.”

Tucker was the recipient of the franchise tag and eventually secured a four-year, $16.8 million deal with the Ravens just before the deadline in July, while McManus is still on his rookie contract. So maybe Tucker can cut him a break and pay for his own trip to Denver for a kicking challenge.

With good bud Brett Favre last night at the Tim McGraw concert. What a show Tim put on. Can’t wait till #4 takes center stage tonight and joins us as an official teammate.

Mark Sanchez is now the NFL’s Kirk Van Houten. Can he borrow a feeling?

SIEMIAN THE STARTER: Trevor Siemian is the Broncos starting quarterback. The Broncos announced that second-year quarterback Siemian would be the starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champs.

WHAT ABOUT SANCHEZ? The Broncos looking to trade Mark Sanchez. If they don’t find a taker, he could be cut. Will they deal him to the Cowboys? They called the Cowboys to see if they’d be interested, given the need for a veteran backup, but Dallas reportedly doesn’t want his current contract, which pays him $4.5 million this year. Understandable.

Earlier in August, the Hall of Marvin Jones Jr Jersey Fame Game was canceled altogether due to unsafe field conditions.

Tropical Depression Nine is in the Gulf of Mexico and, as of Tuesday morning, centered about 300 miles west of Key West, Fla. According to the Weather Channel, the National Hurricane Center expects the system to become a tropical storm later in the week and projects it to take a northeast path toward Florida on Thursday.

Aerial drones have measured the winds of the depression below tropical storm levels for now, so the sooner the preseason game can happen, the more likely the teams are to avoid the seemingly impending inclement weather.

“We came to a fair deal,” Bosa said at his Matt Prater Jersey introductory press conference. “There’s no animosity between any of us.”

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the deal is for four years and $25.8 million dollars. It includes a $17 million signing bonus, and the entire contract is fully guaranteed.

The Chargers and Bosa compromised on the sticking points that delayed this agreement. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chargers included offset language in Bosa’s contract, which will let them off the hook financially should they choose to decline his fifth-year option. Bosa, in return, receives the largest signing bonus in the Chargers’ history.

Ever since the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement established a rookie wage scale, holdouts among first-round picks have largely become obsolete. But Bosa was an outlier due to squabbling over his offset language and signing bonus. Bosa’s camp sent a proposal to the team on July 28, but did not hear back from the Chargers for weeks.

Kasa was like any other fan of the Broncos

I thought too much was made of the controversy surrounding Magic coach Gundy calling Shaq out for flopping like a fish out of water while trying to guard. Gundy’s remark hurt Shaq’s pride, which is why Shaq responded with stinging criticism of his own. reality, what the so-called flop boiled down to is Shaq can’t guard one-on-one, but then who can? Shaq used to despise opposing centers — Vlade Divac comes to mind — for the same tactics, which overmatched defenders resort to with hopes of leveling the playing field. Shaq, welcome Jacquizz Rodgers Jersey to the other side of the fence, buddy. you know how it feels trying to guard you.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Last, Kasa was like any other fan of the Broncos. On Super Bowl, he’ll be one of the Broncos. The tight end, out of football since the, got a phone call while sitting the stands last weekend, watching the Broncos beat New England the AFC title game. He dropped his phone and cracked the screen — that’s another story — but when he finally restored his service, he learned the Broncos wanted to sign him to the practice squad to help them get ready for the Super Bowl against. It’s been pretty crazy. Kind of indescribable, said Kasa, who Jared Allen Jersey was signed Monday and would have to be activated from the practice squad order to play the game. These guys have been working hard toward this for a time. For me to come at the end here, is just kind of out-of-the-ordinary event. I’m honored to be here and ready to do whatever I can to help. That includes playing the part of Panthers tight end Olsen practice. He’s been studying film of the Pro Bowl tight end to give ‘s top-ranked defense accurate portrayal. role is to be the best Olsen that I can, said Kasa, who went to high school Broomfield, Colorado, and played at the University of Colorado. I didn’t this coming. I thought the was drawing to end.

I was ready to move on to the next year. Surprised me with this call. I’m ready to go. Kasa was drafted the sixth round by Oakland 2013, and played all 16 games his rookie. The only catch of his career was the final week of that, when he hauled a 9-yard TD pass against, fittingly enough, the Broncos. He missed 2014 after being placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Last, the Raiders let him go and he’s been looking for NFL job ever since. To stay tip-top tight-end shape, Kasa worked out just a few blocks away from ‘s practice facility. Still pretty much the same start to day, Kasa cracked. Only now he’s making around $6 per week on the practice squad and will be going with the team to, California, for the big game. He gets Super Bowl tickets, too, even if he won’t be suiting up. It’s a dream come true, for sure, the 25-year-old Kasa said. I ‘t know how to describe it.. It’s just good to be here. I ‘t want to distract from this team at all. They’ve been working hard for a time. To think, he initially missed a call he’s been waiting to receive. While attending the AFC championship game, the phone dropped out of his hand and the screen broke. As he was taking ‘s 20 win over and the Patriots, the team was trying to get touch with him. It wasn’t until the next day, when he picked up a new phone, that he saw the messages. His heart sank. I was out, for sure, Kasa said. But got it all turned around enough time and made it over here. I’m just on to however I can help.

Galvis will need to play well this to keep a job

It gave Cincinnati a 1 lead. I felt great physically, so that’s a positive, Cozart said. I think getting that first hit calmed me down a little bit. It’s the same game I’ve been playing forever. It’s just been a while since I’ve played. Hellickson’s first impression: The Phillies acquired Hellickson from the D-backs November because they thought he could stabilize the rotation and return to form a free agent year. He looked like that guy, allowing three hits, one unearned run and striking out six six innings his Phils debut. Hellickson pitched really, really well, then the wheels fell off that eighth inning, Phillies manager Mackanin said. Galvis steps up: The pressure is on Galvis, who has top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford breathing Tyus Jones Jersey down his neck.

Galvis will need to play well this to keep a job. He got started the right way. He hit a two-run home run to right field the second inning to give the Phillies a 2 lead. He also turned inning-ending double play the third inning. Iglesias looks good: Raisel Iglesias allowed the leadoff batter to get a hit four of his six innings, but it was still a strong performance with two earned runs, six hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. a 13-pitch first inning, he threw 11 strikes and retired the side order following a hit to begin the game. his final inning, one Zach LaVine Jersey of the perfect frames he had, Iglesias needed only six pitches. All of a sudden Galvis hits the home run to give them a 2 lead, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh,’ Reds manager Price said. Hellickson threw a great ballgame and he was very sharp. How much wiggle room do you really have after being down 2? I thought handled that really well. He made big pitches and gave us six innings, when at times it looked like it would be a challenge to get through four with his pitch count. He clutched up for us big time there and got us through six.

QUOTABLE I hope that the right guys are here right now. I’m not going to condemn Hernandez because he didn’t pitch that well tonight. He’s going to get more opportunities. We’ll continue through the and we’ll who rises to the occasion. — Mackanin, on the Phillies’ bullpen woes SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Votto struck out three times his first three at-bats. It was the first time he struck out each of his first three plate appearances since 15, against the Padres’. Hellickson became just the ninth pitcher to strike out Votto three times one game, according to Stats Inc. Mesoraco OK the fifth inning, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was hit the head by the follow-through on Maikel Franco ‘s swing. The bat got under the mask of Mesoraco, who needed a few moments to collect himself. He was checked out by head trainer Steve Baumann before staying the game. After the game, the catcher said he was doing fine. I know I felt it pretty good there for a second, Mesoraco said. He hit me right the temple; that’s where I felt it. WHAT’S NEXT Phillies: Right-hander had been considered for the Opening Day start, but the Phillies will have him pitch the second game of the Wednesday night against the Reds at 7 p.m. ET. It allows to pitch the home opener next Monday against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. has never faced the Reds his brief career. Reds: Following Tuesday’s day off, Finnegan will get the ball for Game 2 of the vs. the Phillies on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Finnegan struggled the latter half of camp and posted a 10 six spring, including five starts. This will be the left-hander’s fifth career regular- start, after a four-start debut last. Watch every out-of-market regular game.

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Controversial venue opens Red Auerbach Jersey with Friday concert, attracting thousands of Jay-Z fans and a few diehard protesters Jay-Z on stage at the Center. Photograph: Carlo Allegri Reuters New is already known for mega-venues like Square Garden and tiny cult spaces like Joe’s Pub and the Blue Note, but now a new name has been added to the list: the Center. The controversial rust-coloured arena, which faced years of protest before it was built, opened the heart of Brooklyn on Friday night as rapper Jay-Z held its inaugural concert. The vast space attracted thousands of fans – and a few diehard protesters – to its first event, crowding the tight network of residential streets around the huge building. Tonight is a celebration of the borough where I’m from. Welcome to my house, Jay-Z, a Brooklyn native, told the crowd before he began his set. The sold-out gig was the first of planned concerts at the Center, which promoters have hailed as a way of rehabilitating downtown Brooklyn and critics have said destroy a vibrant local community. Other big names set to play there coming months include Bob and Barbara Streisand. The arena also be the new home of basketball team the Nets, bringing American team sports to Brooklyn for the first time since baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers Reggie Lewis Jersey left for southern California 1957. The first game the billion dollar state-of-the- complex, which can seat 18 people, be on 1 November against rivals the New Knicks. That game end more than half a century of sporting drought for Brooklynites, who have seen other franchises play the Bronx, Manhattan and – horror! – even New Jersey instead of Brooklyn. However, the Center has opened the face of determined protests. It is the first stage the massive Atlantic Yards development, which is heavily subsidised with public money and represents the biggest development ever tried Brooklyn. However, proposed housing towers on the site, complete with affordable units for local residents, have yet to materialise, raising concerns that the needs of corporations and profits for developers have been put far ahead of the interests of the local community.

Taking a keen interest food… Brown eating fish and chips with 2001 Photograph: Argles Guardian Brown would whip up a Chequers steak pie for the Scottish athlete Eric Liddell, immortalised the classic film Chariots of Fire, while David would take the time to slow roast a shoulder of lamb for recipient Johnson Beharry. The prime minister and Conservative Party leader have revealed the recipes they would serve up to personal heroes for a cookbook designed to raise money for Help the Heroes, a set up to help wounded military personnel. gained his sporting fame at Edinburgh University, Brown writes the book, and if the food was the same as it was days there, he would have approved of hearty fare like the Chequers pie. His recipe sees him cooking up beef steak, onion, celery, carrot and leek – with a dash of Worcestershire sauce – to create the pie’s filling, which is then covered with puff pastry, brushed with egg and cooked until. ‘s recipe is a little spicier, with two red chillies and a bottle of red wine adding a touch of zing to his lamb roast. More than 80 people have contributed to the book, with around 40 servicemen and women providing recipes alongside Brown, and other politicians and personalities including Ewan, Worrall Thompson, Forsyth, Holmes and Fry. The book is the brainchild of squadron leader Jon Pullen, who was moved by the plight of wounded soldiers Iraq that he decided to raise money for Help the Heroes. I thought, ‘are you going to lie a bath of beans to try and raise £125, or are you going to do something different?’ he said. I didn’t want to beg, I wanted to raise £100, which be slightly challenging. The first celebrity to sign up was, who revealed he would cook his mum’s beef and casserole for American actor. Jonny Wilkinson would put together a healthy-sounding spicy chicken pitta pocket, complete with almonds and apricots, for his hero Payton, the Chicago Bears running back. Hatton, meanwhile, plumped for boxer Duran – but as everybody knows I can’t even boil egg, what I would do is take to local cafe the Butty Box Hyde, and let the girls do the cooking while we have a chat and a brew, he writes. All profits from the book, which goes on sale for £14 on Armed Forces Day, 27 June, go to. Military chefs are cooking all the recipes the book to make sure they’re up to scratch, said Pullen – some, he added, needed a little doctoring. Brown appears to be suddenly and strangely busy as a food writer. This is the third contribution to a cookbook revealed by the prime minister this week. The Daily Mail reports that he has given his recipe for vegetable and mozzarella parcels to the Saints and Celebs Cookbook, raising money for All Saint’s Parish Church Ilkley, West Yorkshire. He has also penned a hymn to rumbledethumps, a Scottish version of bubble and squeak, for Donaldson’s School for the Deaf Edinburgh.

It definitely was exciting day

MIAMI — In any other, there might be more smiles, more laughter, more back slaps and congratulations. Ruiz is honored and excited to make his first National League All- team, but he is not going to go overboard expressing it. It is difficult right now, considering the Phillies are 36 and last place the NL East, 11 behind the first-place Nationals. He’s not going to give you too much, especially at this point, Phillies right-hander Leonard Johnson Jersey Halladay said following ‘s 5 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park. It’s been tough as a team, he’s not going to celebrate his individual achievements. But it definitely means a lot to him. I know he’s excited to go. I’m happy to go, the catcher said. I still can’t believe it.

It’s the first time. It definitely was exciting day. It would have been a shock had Ruiz not made the roster. He entered leading baseball batting average. He also ranked third on-base percentage, eighth slugging percentage and fourth OPS. Ruiz said making the team is a big deal for his family back Panama. He spoke to his mother the morning. She was real happy, I can tell you that, he said. She said congratulations like four times. She’s Logan Mankins Jersey excited. Said Phillies manager : I think that’s great. is a great example of what baseball is and how he’s improved the last few years and the player he’s become. That’s kind of what you work for this game, and what you strive for. Hamels and Papelbon are heading back to the All- Game. Hamels is 10 with a 3. He is tied for fourth the Majors wins. It is his third All- appearance. He also made the team 2007 and ’11. Papelbon is 2 with a 3 and 18 saves 19 opportunities. He is tied for eighth the Majors saves. It is Papelbon’s fifth All- Game, and first with the Phillies. He made the American League All- team with the Boston Red Sox from 2006. It’s a tremendous honor to be selected, Hamels said. It’s a hard game to play.

It’s hard to do well. Hamels did not pitch last year’s Midsummer Classic, he is hoping for the opportunity this year. I think that’ll be kind of fun, he said. But he also should be prepared for plenty of questions from reporters. The Phillies have been gauging interest on Hamels as a possible trade chip for some time. said the Phillies are looking for a huge haul for Hamels, a package of four to five prospects, including some A-plus prospects. The Phils could trade Hamels because they could be far out of contention before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Hamels be a free agent after the. Hamels said it won’t be a big deal answering the questions. Why not? Because I ‘t have to answer questions, he said.

Papelbon said he is excited to represent the Phillies. Every time it’s honor to go out there and represent your team, the closer said. None of them are taken lightly. And every time you have a to appear, you want to do everything you can to make your team and city proud. The 83rd League Baseball All- Game be televised nationally by Sports, Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. 6 p.m.. Radio and Radio Deportes provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, and Sirius XM also provide comprehensive All- Game coverage. Fans also have the opportunity to participate the official voting for the Ted Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 All- Game MVP Vote during the All- Game on. Zolecki is a reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Sorry, got carried away again. State, which didn’t even have a football team as recently as 2010, take the field their first-ever bowl game. The Panthers had been downright awful before this , going a combined 2 since 2012. Almost as rare a sight a bowl game? 5 San State, which play its 10th postseason game school history and third since 1990.

Miami J.R. Sweezy Jersey Beach Bowl: Kentucky vs. South , 12 The Hilltoppers have made life the FBS look too easy, reaching a bowl game for the second straight year and capturing the Conference USA title with 11 record just their eighth since moving up from the FCS. Of course, WKU was a national powerhouse at that level, winning 12 conference titles and a national championship 2002. . South , meanwhile, is making its way back to national respectability after a disastrous end to the Leavitt , when the program was a consistent winner. The Bulls are back a bowl game for the first time since 2010.

San County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State vs. Northern Illinois, 12 Well, first off…if you live San County, how can you not watch this one? Even if you ‘t, you never want to Boise State a bowl game, as they tend to do incredible things. But it’s not just the ’07 stunner over Oklahoma–the Broncos came from behind to win the Fiesta Bowl last year, too. 32. Hyundai Bowl: Miami vs. Washington State, 12 It’s always interesting when two teams that have absolutely nothing common go up against each other, and this matchup certainly has that. Washington State has excellent offense under head coach Leach, while Miami is looking for stability after hiring new coach Richt. 33. NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: vs. Colorado State, 12 Not sure why how it’s cool that two teams James Carpenter Jersey from the same conference can meet a bowl game, but at least these two teams didn’t play each other during the regular.

Of course, you have to how they match up now. 34. Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T, 12 This is the first-ever Air Force Celebration Bowl, which is celebrating the two champions of the historically black college conference. that’s pretty cool. You’ll want to how good these teams are, and pick out a favorite team you can have a rooting interest the second-annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski ‘satisfied’ with how injured hamstring is healing

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski stopped short Tuesday of making any declarative statements about the health of his injured hamstring or his availability for Thursday night’s home game against the Houston Texans, saying only that he felt “decent.”

“We’ll see,” he said. “It will definitely be a coach’s decision, a trainer’s decision. We’ll all come together.

“I’m just doing everything I can right now to be as healthy as I can be. I’m improving every single day. Basically, day by day right now. бн Obviously, you just don’t wake up and you’re 100 percent, but I’m satisfied with the improvements.”

Gronkowski was a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice, showing up in full pads for the walkthrough session. He explained that he wore the full pads to get a feel for them, and that it’s also part of his recovery and training regimen.

“You just want to get a feel for your shoulder pads when you haven’t been in them,” he said.

Yes, he is. It’ll be interesting to see the Redskins’ approach Sunday. The fourth quarter switch came as a surprise, given defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s response last week explaining his reluctance to not only adopt this strategy but also to make such a change in-game. Both corners said they did not practice this during the week.

In the process, McCarthy has created a homogeneous offense that leaves little to the imagination. In two games, he’s used a three-receiver set on 95 of 123 offensive snaps, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s 77.2 percent of their plays with three receivers on the field. Of those 95 snaps, all but 11 featured that same trio of receivers.

What’s more, 86 of those 123 snaps featured the exact same personnel group: three receivers, one tight end and one running back. That’s 69.9 percent of their offense with the same look that most teams call their “11” package.

The Packers’ offensive struggles have surprisingly carried over from last season even though Nelson, a Pro Bowl receiver in 2014 before he blew out his knee last year and missed all of 2015, and free-agent tight end Jared Cook were expected to change the dynamic.

Instead, two games into the season the same questions that dogged McCarthy last season remain on the table for the asking.

Elvis Dumervil says he’s not playing in Ravens’ opener after setback

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil said Wednesday that he will not play in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Dumervil acknowledged he had a minor setback in his recovery from an offseason procedure in the foot area. He was the only Ravens starter who was not practicing Wednesday.

Since 2006, Dumervil ranks second among active players with 96 sacks. His 31 multiple-sack games leads all players in the past 10 seasons. Dumervil has been one of the most durable defenders in the NFL since joining the Ravens in 2013. He’s only missed one game and has played in 35 straight games.

“It’s one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it’s ready,” Dumervil said. “So we’re all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.”

“The big thing for both of them, they might try to play mind games with each other,” Roethlisberger said in preparation for the Sept. 12 opener at FedEx Field. “I’ll talk to my guy and makes sure he keeps a level head.”

Norman, who became the richest cornerback in the league after signing a five-year deal with the Washington Redskins this offseason, never backs down from a verbal confrontation, most famously scrapping with New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham last year.

Brown’s passion was on display in the preseason when an official in a preseason scrimmage issued an ejection warning after Brown complained ferociously about the lack of holding calls on Detroit Lions corners.

There’s a healthy respect between Norman and Brown. At the least, though, they will engage in some healthy debate about what happens downfield.

Roethlisberger isn’t sure whether Norman will shadow Brown, as he’s “traditionally been a one-spot kind of guy” but sometimes moves around. “We’ll be ready for anything,” Roethlisberger said. “[Norman’s] one of the best, if not the best in the business.”

At 6-foot and 200 pounds, Norman has size on his side against the 5-foot-10 Brown. But save the 6-3 Richard Sherman holding Brown to six catches and 51 yards last season, Brown typically toasts all comers. Brown averaged 10 catches a game with Roethlisberger in the lineup.

Trump on Kap: Maybe he should find another country

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has weighed in on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to refuse to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems as racial injustice in the United States in addition to recent comments from the quarterback on Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

It’s unclear if the Saints expect McCain to push third-year pro Kasim Edebali for a starting job or if they were just looking for depth and special-teams help. But the Saints have essentially been in the market for pass-rush help since back in March — a need that became even greater after second-year defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha went down with a knee injury this summer.

New Orleans apparently decided to look outside the building for help after being disappointed with its most recent preseason results. Coach Sean Payton called the pass rush “very concerning” after Friday’s preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coming of age in America’s turbulent 1960s, though, Brown is also recognized for a social activism beyond football that led to the Black Economic Union and the Amer-I-Can program which has changed the lives of former gang members and ex-convicts.

Appearing on Monday’s edition of NFL Total Access, Brown weighed in on the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s recent protest during the playing of the national anthem.

“I listened to him and he makes all the sense in the world. He’s within his rights and he’s telling the truth as he sees it,” Brown explained. “I am with him 100 percent. … Now if you ask me ‘Would I do that?’ No I won’t, because I see it a little differently. I’m an American citizen, I pay my taxes, I want my equal rights but this is my country, and consequently I don’t want to open up for ISIS or anybody that will take away what we’ve already gained.”

When Brown arrived on the NFL scene in 1957, he fought for equal rights in a league that still limited the number and influence of African-American players.

“We had to fight in a certain kind of way to make it better,” Brown said, “so these young people can make the kind of money they’re making and the league can be 80 percent African American.

“Young men in my day really stepped up. … These were champions for freedom, equality and justice for all humans beings, and they were educated individuals that used their education and knowledge to represent their case. So now 50 years later we have a young man saying something that was kind of taken for granted in our day. We were way past that. For me it’s like going back in time.”

While professional athletes have been reluctant to speak out in recent years, Brown believes there are signs that they are becoming more outspoken and willing to deal with the public backlash — as Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett implored late last month.