1 » Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed revealed in a feature written by The Washington Post’s Kent Babb that he nearly quit football – and the Florida Gators – during spring practice ahead of the 2012 season. Having seen little opportunity to be successful on the field and dealing with lingering shoulder and knee injuries, Reed had enough. “I thought my body was going to stay hurting like that,” he explained, “and it wasn’t going to get better and I had no future. And I felt like I was putting all this hard work in and nothing was coming from it.” Reed had decided to find a full-time job and support his family but eventually changed his mind, returned to school and wound up playing well enough to get selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
2 » Former Gators and Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder appeared on CNN‘s Piers Morgan Live on Monday to discuss the situation in Miami surrounding left guard Richie Incognito supposedly bullying right tackle Jonathan Martin. It is only a portion of Crowder’s segment, which will hopefully be posted in full later in the day.
3 » The Houston Rockets dropped their first game of the 2013-14 season on Monday, but starting forward Chandler Parsons played well in the contest by picking up 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go along with four assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block. Two of his 14 points came on this massive dunk.
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4 » Deadspin noticed this hilarious moment during the Florida-Georgia game on Saturday in which a Gators fan is absolutely clueless as a friend methodically places peanut shells on his head.
5 » Former Florida running back Fred Taylor is one of 16 current and former NFL players suing BB&T for “nearly $60 million in alleged investment losses,” according to Yahoo! Sports, which obtained legal documents in the case. “I haven’t wanted to talk about this because people almost try to put you in a shell of ‘the dumb jock’ and now you’re a victim,” Taylor told the website. “I was always afraid to open my mouth about it. But in my mind, at this point, I’m in a position where I’ve been taken advantage of and I want to shed some light on how these things can happen because I don’t want it to happen to any other guys. I can be one of those people to shed light on it and try to keep players from being taken advantage of in the future.”
6 » Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson has slowly but surely been phased out of the team’s offensive game plan despite being a bright spot in the offseason. Thompson, who dealt with a foot injury that kept him out of action for quite some time, is not worried about his roster spot but rather getting back to 100 percent and finding a way to contribute. “It’s pretty much been my health, but we’re going to get it going,” Thompson told The Baltimore Sun. “The foot is a lot better. … I want to get back in there and make some plays.” Thomson caught gained 24 yards on three receptions (out of four targets) on Sunday.