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AFC Profiles

Although Steelers’ linebacker Jarvis Jones is no longer playing for the University of Georgia, this ESPN profile reveals the obstacles Jones went through just to get an opportunity to play football again.  It’s a great story to a year later because it shows how hard he worked and overcame adversity to get drafted 17th overall in last year’s draft.

Another great, inspirational profile is on Titan’s Tommie Campbell.  It was a great read about how he struggled in academics and let his dreams of playing in the NFL slip away but got back on his feet after being a janitor to support his two children.

Raleigh Harbin

By Jamie Han

Athens, GA-

Raleigh Harbin was basically born into the world of baseball, attending Atlanta Braves games even before he turned one.  When he couldn’t make it to the Braves game, he would stand in front of the television set for nine innings and imitate each batter’s stance, swinging at every pitch that was delivered to the plate.  He picked up the game himself at age five, playing second base and center field.  After 10 years of giving his life to the sport he loved, he came to realization that he was not good enough to play baseball at a higher level and gave up baseball.  Instead of dwelling on this, he decided to take his love for the game a different route.

Harbin was enrolled in a high school for creative writing.  He realized that he had a strong suit for writing his sophomore year of high school when his journalism teacher saw his immense amount of potential in the field.  He became passionate about writing and realized that he could incorporate his love for sports with his love for journalism.

Harbin transitioned his love for sports journalism to college.  The junior communications major is now writing for the Red and Black, the independent student newspaper at the University of Georgia.  He has covered women’s soccer, softball and miscellaneous events for the Red and Black.  He is the current golf beat writer and is enjoying covering a new sport.

  There are many aspects of sports writing Harbin loves, but his favorite is the opportunities that come with the field.  “I love it because I can get the inside information I always yearned for as a fan.  I also love talking to and meeting different personalities and learning how to converse with them,” said Harbin.  One of the best moments of his career was when he interviewed Bob Knight, Hall of Fame college basketball coach, and had the opportunity to write a story on him. 

When one door closed, another door opened for Harbin.  He hopes to turn his passion for sports journalism into a life-long career.

Peyton’s Homecoming

This past Sunday wasn’t just another Sunday Night Football game.  Some things were the same: the same name on the back of the jersey, the same #18.  Except this time, the jersey read Broncos and he was coming out of the visitor’s locker room of Lucas Oil Stadium.  Colts fan around the country along with the rest of the nation awaited as Peyton Manning returned to where it all began.

Peyton Manning, son of the legendary Archie Manning and big brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, was drafted first overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998.  14 years, 12 Pro Bowls, four NFL MVP awards, two Super Bowls, Player of the Decade and countless numbers of awards and records later, he was released by the Colts in 2012.  And since then, Peyton stepped foot on the field for the first time in Indianapolis as a Denver Bronco.  Manning received a warm welcome back to Indianapolis with a pre-game tribute.  The crowd was on their feet cheering for the man that was not only their quarterback for 14 seasons but the man who changed Indianapolis, some even showed up in split-team jerseys.

Aside from Peyton’s return and the drama with Colts owner, Jim Isray, the game between the undefeated Denver Broncos (6-0) and the Indianapolis Colts (4-2) was sure to be a thriller.  Manning has had a multiple-record breaking season so far and was taking on the 2012 first-round draft pick out of Standford, Andrew Luck.  A lot of comparisons have been made in the past, and how similar they are, Luck being the 14-years-later version of Manning.  But on Sunday night, a night tributes to Peyton, Luck and the Indianapolis Colts came out with a 39-33 victory.

The Broncos had more first downs, more passing and total yards, more tackles and more red zone appearances than the Colts.  But they also had more penalties and turnovers than the Colts, getting penalized 12 times for 103 yards and two fumbles and an interception.  Luck was 21-38 for 228 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.  Manning completed 29 out of 49 passes for 386 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.  Matt Prater’s 47-yard field goal made it a one-possesion game for the Broncos with 0:12 left in the game but a failed on-side kick secured a Colts victory, while giving Denver their first loss of the season.  “The guy who replaced Peyton” went home that night with a victory.

The Colts improve to 5-2 (1st in AFC South) and enter a bye week as the Broncos falls 6-1 (2nd in AFC West) and will face the Washington Redskins (2-4) in Denver.

Patriots vs Saints

I really enjoyed this second-day story on Week 5’s game between the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints.  It broke down big crucial parts of the game to point out what aspects of the game helped lift the Patriots over the Saints 30-27, which included Tom Brady’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 0:05 left on the clock.

Fate of the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) are sitting last in the AFC South standings.  They’re also last in the league averaging with only 10.2 points and 251.8 yards per game out of 32 teams.  Every team’s goal is to be holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February as the new SuperBowl champion and a 0-5 start just isn’t the ideal start to the season to reach that goal.

To add to the 5-game losing streak, the Jaguars placed a few players on the IR list after Sunday’s 34-20 loss against the St. Louis Rams.  The No. 2 overall draft pick from last year, OT Luke Joeckel, is out for the season with a broken ankle he inquired Sunday.  Also added onto the IR is starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, with a hamstring injury.  Safety Dwight Lowery and tight end Allen Reisner will also sit out Sunday with a concussion and a sprained MCL, respectively.

Chad Henne is to start in place of Gabbert this weekend against the undefeated Broncos (5-0), but Henne being on the field is not new-news for the Jaguars.  The two quarterbacks have been  dueling out this season, Henne appearing in four games while starting in two and Gabbert with three starts in three appearances.  Henne playing in this weekend’s game may be the better choice of the Jaguars, Henne being 53-95 for 601 yards with pairs of touchdowns and interceptions with one fumble.  While that may not be ideal stats for a quarterback, it’s better than Gabbert‘s 42-86 for 481 yards with one touchdown, seven interceptions and two fumbles.

Chad Henne will have to prove himself not only against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but against Gabbert for his return in hopes of keeping Jacksonville’s season in light.