SIX BITS: Patton, Moss, NFL, Bonner, Noah

By Adam Silverstein
January 15, 2014

1 » Florida Gators wide receiver Solomon Patton on Wednesday confirmed to that he has been invited to the 2014 Senior Bowl. Patton plans to leave for the game, which is played in his hometown of Mobile, AL, on Saturday along with cornerback Jaylen Watkins and guard Jon Halapio, both of whom will be participating in the game. Patton got on the Senior Bowl’s radar after hauling in a MVP award in the inaugural 2014 Medal of Honor Bowl over the weekend. In other news Wednesday, Halapio was announced as a signee of Paradigm Sports Management. Patton and Watkins are both being represented by agent Tom Santanello of Elevate Football.

2 » One of five former Gators back in Gainesville, FL this spring taking classes in pursuit of their college degree, defensive end Jarvis Moss saw his semester start off on the wrong foot. Moss late Monday night was arrested and charged with a felony for tampering with evidence as well as a misdemeanor for possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis after he was stopped near 900 NW 7th Ave in Gainesville. He was initially pulled over for running a stop sign, but the arresting officer smelled “a strong odor of ‘fresh’ cannabis coming from the vehicle” and “observed the defendant chewing intently.” Upon asking Moss to open his mouth, he identified “large pieces of cannabis … that he was trying to swallow.” Additionally, according to the police report, Moss “denied eating cannabis” after being read his Miranda rights but “did admit to smoking cannabis earlier.”

3 » While Moss’s return to Gainesville certainly could have been more pleasant, he is indeed one of five former Florida players giving college another go in the NFL offseason. Joining him on campus are Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam, Jacksonville Jaguars S Josh Evans, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Miami Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins. Scott Carter of Florida’s school website spoke with a few of the players about coming back to take classes and possibly train with strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman.

4 » According to the New York Post, the New York Jets have signed former Gators defensive end Jermaine Cunningham to a one-year, $730,000 deal. Cunningham, who was cut by New England in the preseason and both signed and cut by San Francisco during the 2013 campaign, landed in New York towards the end of the season and has obviously earned an opportunity to spend one more year with the franchise.

5 » San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner, performing at a charity event, recently put together this spot-on recreation of a performance once done by deceased comedian Andy Kaufman on Saturday Night Live. Check it out below.

6 » Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has always been a man of the people but enhanced that persona even more recently after an conversation with the Chicago Tribune in which he broke a weeks-long silence with the media that he began as the team considers some major roster changes. “When I look at the top of the arena, and I see the guy who looks this big and he’s up cheering up and down, that’s the guy I play for,” Noah said. “To me, that’s what this city represents. There’s a lot of hardship in here, a lot of adversity in this city, and I feel like when I play basketball, I want people to be proud of their team.”

He also recently filmed a commercial for BMO Harris Bank, which you can watch below.


  1. gatorboi352 says:

    Just make the damn stuff legal already. Ridiculous.

  2. Ray says:

    Think Joakim picked out the coffee mug sitting on the coffee table of their book club meeting?

  3. SWFL Joe says:

    Watch out Matt. If Jerry Lawler sees this he’ll want to pile drive you for sure.

  4. Fernzpat says:

    Matt even got the facial expressions correct. Pretty good. “Late Night With Matt Bonner” in his future?

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