The NFL’s players had a long weekend for digesting last Wednesday’s changes to the anthem policy. And some of them are now sharing their thoughts about the situation. Panthers receiver Torrey Smith explained his own views on Tuesday.
The Dolphins parted ways with longtime starting center Mike Pouncey this offseason and acquired Daniel Kilgore in a trade with the 49ers as a replacement. Jake Brendel, who saw action in every game as a reserve last season, is also on hand.
That was not a problem for Luis Perez at first.
I was getting my butt kicked every single day by coach Carthel, Perez said. He would kick my butt every single day and I was tired of it, and I hated losing.
So, Perez went to YouTube and started researching. He figured out how to hold the pool cue a little better. He started learning to put spin on the ball. He occasionally ducked into the facility between classes and practiced. He started winning, sometimes in spectacular fashion.
Nearly every team to win a national title in recent memory, it turned out, did so using a Wilson 1005 ball. And so after his redshirt junior year, the first in which he started, Perez asked Carthel to switch over from the more cost-effective Wilson GSTs. Despite some apprehension on Carthel’s part, he texted Perez a week later: Hey, we’re ordering your footballs.
The actual motive was more simple: Perez liked the balls he had played with in junior college and needed a way to persuade Carthel to buy them. Once the Lions made the semifinals, they were the only team left that played with Wilson 1005s. So how could they lose?