Football is Back! What We Learned from the Hall of Fame Game
Finally! After months of staring at a blank television or having to watch college lacrosse, football is finally back! It’s time to start hitting the gridiron and spending the whole weekend glued to the couch as we watch grown men throw around a little ball for several hours.
Okay, so it’s only preseason NFL, but still, football is football. You can’t judge a team based on their preseason performance, but there are a few key takeaways that you should take note of as we gear up for the journey to that coveted Super Bowl trophy.
Wait, Blaine Gabbert Hasn’t Retired?
- Blaine Gabbert still plays football. If you’ve watched football regularly for the past couple of years, then you’ve probably heard his name. He has been on about 8 different teams in 7 years. He’s been bounced around more than a kid’s ball. Not only did we learn that he still plays football, but he could be a serviceable quarterback… maybe second string, but still, a serviceable quarterback. For the night, he completed 11 – 14 for 185 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. Sure, it wasn’t lighting up the scoreboard, but for a backup player, those aren’t bad numbers at all.
- The Cowboys could have another superstar tight end in the making, Rico Gathers. The plot-twist of the Rico Gathers experiment is that he’s a converted basketball player. He played basketball at Baylor University, but he knew that he wasn’t going to be good enough to make it in the NBA. He decided that he would give it a shot in the NFL, a sport that he hadn’t played in several years. He entered the NFL, and the Cowboys decided to give him a chance because of his size and athleticism (don’t you just hate it when you’re great at two sports?). After the first preseason game, it looks like the gamble could be paying off. Gathers reeled in three catches for 59 yards in the game. They aren’t superstar numbers, but for a guy that hasn’t played football since high school, they are pretty impressive. I think we all learned that both of those teams on the field have a legit shot and making it to the Super Bowl, or at least making it to the division playoffs. Preseason games don’t count for anything, but from the looks of it, both of those teams have some serious talent on either side of the ball.