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NFC Profiles

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9956212/arizona-cardinals-safety-tyrann-mathieu-turning-point

I really enjoyed John Weinfuss’ long-from article on Tyrann Mathieu because everybody likes a comeback story. Weinfuss does a great job of taking the reader back to a time when Mathieu was literally the king of his playground, and then contrasting that with his mindset in jail. I like the way the way Weinfuss jumped around from idea to idea, while keeping great organization.

http://www.gq.com/entertainment/sports/201309/colin-kaepernick-cover-september-2013?currentPage=2

I appreciated GQ’s Andrew Corsello’s article on Colin Kaepernick because he implemented a very fun style of writing. The story flows with ease and he touches on various facets of the quarterback’s life. I like that he started the article off with the fact that his high school coaches wouldn’t let him run because I think that sets a good tone for the rest of the story.

Family ties lead to aspiring career in sports for Kelly Fairbanks

Kelly Fairbanks got the luck of the draw.

Throughout her childhood, Fairbanks spent most of her time with her father while her sister was by her mother’s side.

Being a daddy’s girl, Sunday’s meant one thing—Vikings football.

“My sister always paired up with my mom and I always paired up with my dad and so our bonding time was always spent watching or playing sports,” the junior University of Georgia advertising major said. “My dad played baseball and always out there throwing the football and what not. Our Sundays were always spent watching the Vikings together.”

While Fairbank’s love for sports stemmed from her father, it was her older sister that got her involved in athletics.

Fairbanks grew up watching her sister play for Acworth, Ga.’s, travel soccer team at a young age, and from that point on, she no longer wanted to be a spectator.

“My sister started out playing soccer when she was in preschool or elementary school and I can remember watching her and not being able to wait until I was on that team,” Fairbanks said. “I just fell in love with soccer and I’m still in love with it.”

But with high school ending and no plans to play college soccer, Fairbanks knew she wanted to continue in sports, but just didn’t know where.

In her junior year at Georgia, Fairbanks was presented with the opportunity to intern for the social sports app, Fancred.

“It’s a social media app that’s just for sports where sports fan join together and just trash talk,” Fairbanks said. “It’s all sports. There’s soccer, baseball, football, college and NFL. Every week there is a hate week for college football and this week is Auburn. All the Georgia fans are hating on the Auburn fans.”

Fairbanks is charged with growing the Georgia fan base to the likes of Mississippi State and other Southeastern Conference schools.

The Acworth native takes to social media to get people aware of Fancred as well as creating twitter contests and making announcements in all her classes.

Fairbanks hopes that this experience and her family tie in sports will aid her as she pursues a career in sports marketing. “

“I more want to get involved in sports marketing so I thought that sports media would be a good compliment to advertising,” she said.

Vikings confident in Freeman despite struggles

It hasn’t been an easy road for Vikings’ starting quarterback Josh Freeman.

Freeman started the year as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback before getting dropped on Oct. 3 after leading his team to a 0-3 start.

Three days later Freeman signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, and stepped into the starting role two weeks later.

In his first start with the Vikings on Monday night, Freeman could not shake the struggles that haunted him in Tampa Bay against the Giants.

Freeman went 20-for-53 passing for 190 yards and an interception, making him the second quarterback in league history to throw for fewer than 200 yards on more than 50 attempts.

The former Buccaneer finished the game with a 40.6 quarterback ranking and overthrew receivers on 16 off his 33 incompletions, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

But despite his struggles Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is sticking with Freeman for the team’s next game against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

According to Frazier Freeman’s struggles had more to do with mechanics than preparation, but believes that these mistakes will be easy to fix.

“The ball kind of sailed on him a few different times, but I don’t think it was a lack of preparation,” Frazier said to reporters on Tuesday.

The Vikings have chosen Freeman to start over Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel, but Frazier has not committed to keeping him the starting signal caller for the season.

Ponder began the season as the starting quarterback before falling to a rib injury, which propelled Cassel into the starting role. Ponder went 0-3 as a starter while Cassel has a 1-1 record. Both are clear to play, but for the time being Leslie is sticking with Freeman who has not made the playoffs in his five years in the league.

He’s back, Robert Griffin III returns to old form against Bears

John Keim’s second day story on Robert Griffin III is very solid. I like the way he leads the story with a play that could have very easily went wrong for Griffin III. He writes about the former Heisman winners’ mindset as he let the ball go and knew it wasn’t going to be a good throw. Keim then points out that RGIII caught a break that he did so many times last year. That really set the tone of the story about how RGIII is back to his own form of last season. The quotes that Keim collected from Griffin III’s teammates really exemplify the reliance and confidence that they have in him when playing well, especially the quote from tight end Logan Paulsen. Keim ends the story with a kicker saying that postseason play is almost gone for the Redskins, but if RGIII continues to play well it’s still in their sights.