During his playing days, he was very kind and sociable, especially with his younger fans. Even after long days at the ballpark, Willie would play stick ball in the surrounding neighborhoods with some of his young admirers, not just as a one-time thing, but also for all his time in New York.
However, now that Willie has publicized his blindness, I can tell people that his eyes were to blame for that incident, not his heart.
Willie turns a dazzling 87 years young on Sunday. He was a great ballplayer, and a wonderful subject for any interview, but, more than anything, he is a good friend, and an even better man.
The six-year, $103.75 million contract signed by Ryan in the summer of 2013 was due to expire after the upcoming season. Once Cousins set the market at $84 million in guarantees, both Ryan and Aaron Rodgers were fully expected to break the bank with their own mega deals. Now that Atlanta’s 2016 MVP has signed, it’s only a matter of time before Green Bay’s two-time MVP hopscotches that contract.
Franchise quarterbacks are the sport’s holy grail and are compensated accordingly. As Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff once lamented, Until you find your quarterback, the search for him consumes you.
There was never a chance that Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank would allow Ryan to reach the open market. The new contract removes the possibility of the organization applying the franchise tag next offseason.
Ryan, 32, holds the franchise record in nearly every major passing category, throwing for 41,796 yards with 260 touchdowns and 126 interceptions. No quarterback in history has passed for more yards over his first 10 seasons.
Now that Denver’s draft has come and gone without a marquee quarterback addition, general manager John Elway insists former first-round pick Paxton Lynch has a new lease on life with the Broncos.
Although Lynch has faceplanted in multiple opportunities to beat Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys out Trevor Siemian now banished to Minneapolis as Kirk Cousins’ backup Elway isn’t prepared to throw in the Cheap NFL Jerseys USA towel on a major investment.