Welcome to Down Under Digest, NFL Down Under’s new weekly news recap article. Every Sunday we’ll bring your attention to some of the biggest events of the past week in helpful, easily digestible bite-sized chunks. Enjoy!
THIS WEEK IN THE NFL.LaDainian Tomlinson Retires LaDainian Tomlinson officially retired from football on Monday, as a Charger, after 11 years in the NFL. Throughout his career Tomlinson managed 13,684 total yards, fifth all-time and scored 162 touchdowns, the third-most ever. Let there be no doubt that he should be a first-ballot Hall Of Famer. Those numbers alone, along with what he did for so many fantasy football leagues over his terrific career justify it. It's good to retire while not completely washed out - he had considered signing with the Denver Broncos. Ochocinco Raising Eyebrows At Miami Camp Chad Ochocinco appears to be making the most of his time at the Miami Dolphins camp. He has been drawing rave reviews from teammates, coaches and even the media. He is, of course, still being Chad, claiming he has been developing a "Brokeback Mountain type of chemistry" with the players. You do whatever earns yourself that starting spot, Chad. NFL Shows Bounty Evidence To Journalists The NFL invited a select group of NFL journalists and writers to view a presentation on the evidence of the Saints' Bounty program. While some have now heralded the NFL's sanction of the Saints as justified, others question the targeting of specific players, particularily Anthony Hargrove. Hargrove was reportedly taped saying, "Bobby, give me my money" after he was told Favre suffered a broken leg. He is currently suspended for 8 games for his part. But as this breakdown of the video shows, it's impossible to say truly whether or not it was Hargrove who said the words afterall. It is typical of the NFL that a presentation designed to clear the air only leads to more awkward questions for the organisation. Percy Harvin Wants Out.. Or Not? Arguably the only weapon the Minnesota Vikings have at wideout, Percy Harvin stated he wanted to be traded earlier this week. He even went so far as to sit out on a mandatory team session. But only a few days after, he now claims he is content with the Vikings and is back to work as usual. You can't blame him for wanting out, but it's clear the Vikings wouldn't have allowed their second best player on offence to leave. His best bet is to play well and drive up his value for next year.
You Tube Clip Of The WeekIt deserves viewing, here's LT's retirement announcment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwFzjbGU5ac
Andrew Luck Reportedly At Odds With Colts Over Endorsements The first overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, QB Andrew Luck, is reportedly unhappy with some stipulations the Colts are making during the contract negotiation process. The young QB is unhappy with how the Colts supposedly want to control his marketing and endorsement deals. Some reports go so far as to claim the Colts were, as an organisation, actually unhappy with the way Peyton Manning promoted himself and his image during his time there. It's ridiculous, of course. It's hard to imagine a player conducting himself better than Peyton Manning over his decade-long span with the Colts. Referees Fire Back At The NFL If you'll recall a few weeks back the NFL decided to lock out the NFL Referees Assiociation (gosh, unions sure are pesky eh?) and decided to train all new refs for the upcoming season. Let's put that insanity aside for the time being because the NFLRA has fired back and are now filing an unfair labor practices charge against the NFL. In case you're wondering, yes, that's exactly what the NFLPA did last year as well. How many organisations do you have to have sue you before you start thinking "wait, maybe the problem is me?"