Some NFL players spend the offseason fishing, playing video games, or watching their daughters’ dance recitals.
Saints running back Mark Ingram spent time this week hunting wild hogs.
Ingram posing with his big trophy didn’t set off Twitter like, say, the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion did a while back. Lions are majestic creatures, the king of the jungle. Hogs are destined to become bacon or pork chops.
There’s been a much more positive response to Ingram’s conquest.
The Broncos’ playoff loss the prior year to Jacksonville was among the most shocking results in NFL postseason history; the Jaguars were in only their second season and had gone 9-7. How much did that drive Denver through the 1997 season? How much did John Elway want not only to get back to the Super Bowl, but win it? Making it to the Super Bowl required a road victory in the AFC title game, and winning it meant having to take down a Green Bay team that one year before had produced a season for the ages. Elway’s pure desire was in full view when he dove headfirst for extra yardage on a third-down Cheap Jerseys Throwback scramble deep in Green Bay territory — and the hit from three Packers spun him like a helicopter blade. The Broncos scored soon after.
Seeing these two guys here might be a surprise, but they Cheap Jerseys Sale were certainly the cream at the top of a lighter statistical NFL season in 1988. Boomer’s MVP year saw him pace all QBs in passer rating, yards per pass attempt (9.2) and fourth-quarter comebacks (3), while Craig caught a robust 76 passes out of the backfield and led the league in yards from scrimmage (2,036). Craig came through with 172 yards in the Super Bowl, as the 49ers squeezed out a 20-16 win and denied the Bengals their first title.