Falcon's Ben Garland Already A Captain- For the Air Force
The 29-year-old offensive lineman, entering his fourth NFL season, already has been designated a captain -- by the United States Air Force. Garland went to the Air Force Academy, then became a second lieutenant after graduation. He served two years on active duty and was deployed for a short stint to Jordan, although Garland could not share details about the mission. Now he's a captain with the Air National Guard 140th Security Forces Squadron, based at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.
Former NFL Player Delights Children With Message of Attitude, Effort
Usama Young, founder of an organization called Believe in U (BIU), played for eight years in the NFL, including stints with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Saints. He spoke to a group of children with the Lighthouse Church youth group at the Statesville Fitness and Activity Center Tuesday, talking about his NFL career but also encouraging the youngsters to live out their dreams and not give up after failing.
Giants' Sterling Shepard Gets Made Into Children's Book Character
Sterling Shepard happens to be the main character of a new children's book written by his sister, Ashleigh. The book, titled "The Adventures of Young Shep: Young Shep Saves the Game," is based off a short story written by Sterling Shepard when he was in second grade. Ashleigh and her mom, Cheri, found the original two years ago in the family's garage. It inspired Ashleigh to write an expanded version with the help of her younger brother. After a year of work, the children's book was recently released with Sterling Shepard as a co-author. He admittedly was more a consultant.
ShowerPill Product Gets Boost From NFL Lineup
Former NFL running back Justin Forsett and his teammates often raced from grueling football workouts to class during their time at Cal. A stench would radiate around them as they sat in their lecture, the luxury of a shower prohibited by a crowded schedule. Forsett and two fellow Golden Bears, Wendell Hunter and Wale Forrester, quipped that they needed a pill-like replacement for a shower.“We realized that they had a supplement for everything,” Forrester said. “They had Gatorade for hydration, Muscle Milk for supplementation, Nike for performance. But they didn’t have anything for our hygiene. That was our eureka moment.” That realization prompted the trio to found ShowerPill in 2011 with the debut of the Athletic Body Wipe, which aims to efficiently clean and nourish the entire body, one wipe at a time.
With Cancer Behind Him, Conner Just Another Rookie With the Steelers
If James Conner is being honest. He’s ready to move on. While his spirited and ultimately one-sided battle with lymphoma in 2015 and 2016 turned the former Pitt star into a role model, made #ConnerStrong very much a thing and turned his No. 30 Steelers jersey into a hot seller before he even signed his contract now he sees himself as just another rookie trying to make it.
Warner's Charity Work Endures in St. Louis
It has been 14 seasons since Kurt Warner last threw a pass in St. Louis. But Warner's charitable foundation, First Things First, is as active as ever in the area. Perhaps the most well-known charity endeavor for Kurt and wife Brenda in St. Louis, the Warner's Warm-up, began in 2001 when the "Greatest Show on Turf" was still dominating with Warner at quarterback for the Rams. Sixteen years later, the annual coat drive is still going strong.