Bills general manager Brandon Beane confirmed there was an exchange between Bills guard Richie Incognito and Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in Sunday’s playoff game, but called it a misunderstanding.
Ngakoue went on Twitter after Jacksonville’s 10-3 victory and accused Incognito of using racial slurs. Great win to day!, Ngakoue tweeted. And 64 (Incognito’s number), Lanny McDonald Youth jersey you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league.
Lisa Ertz works on the board of a company called VICIS, which has developed a $1,500 helmet designed to help prevent concussions. Of her four sons, the eldest, Shane, had his football playing career cut short when he was knocked unconscious in a high school game for five minutes. Last month Russell Wilson invested in the company’s mission to provide the helmets to youth teams that could normally not afford them. Wilson, Alex Smith and Doug Baldwin all wear the helmet.
We want to see this game stay vibrant, Lisa says. It’s a cornerstone of our culture, and what happens when football goes away? It’s important for kids to play a sport where you’re fighting for your teammate, and you don’t get that with other sports.
Lisa, who is wont to spontaneously burst into cheer (Game Day! Game Day! Game Day! Game Day!) had a hand in most of the big decisions in Zach’s career. He calls his choice of Stanford over UCLA the best decision my mom ever made. They picked boutique NFL agent Steve Caric of Caric Sports Management in part because I wanted an agent like Jerry Maguire, Lisa says. She’s a voracious reader of NFL content, and a big supporter of Julie’s soccer career.
Justin Houston Limited Jersey She has four boys, and really I’m the only female in the family, Julie says. She’ll joke and say I’m the most athletic one in our family.
Far less organized is the room holding the tokens of Zach and Julie’s athletic achievements. Since Ertz entered the NFL in 2013 as a second-round pick out of Stanford, he ranks fifth in receptions among tight ends. Ertz has traded jerseys with some of the best tight ends in the league this season including Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, whose shirt is among a half dozen draped over a rolling chair in the office.
Landon Collins Youth Jersey Julie’s magazine covers line the walls; she made her first U.S. Women’s National Team appearance in 2013 at age 20, and before that captained the Under-20 and Under-23 national teams. In 2014 she was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL and won the rookie of the league award that season, then spent the next two years splitting time between her pro team and USWNT duties, including the 2015 World Cup in Canada (where Zach was in the stands) and the Rio Olympics.
I’m just so proud of Zach, she says. Being an athlete myself, I see all the hard work I do in my sports, so it’s really cool to see your spouse doing it too. It’s really cool to be a part of his career. It’s a really unique experience. I don’t take any of it for granted.
The singer and wife of motocross star Carey Hart will make her first Super Bowl appearance, unlike halftime headliner Justin Timberlake, whose last show caused quite a stir.
Timberlake had previously created a controversy during halftime of New England’s 32-29 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 38 in 2004 when he exposed Janet Jackson’s breast at the end of the show.