Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Texans' new backup center said his disappointment at not being picked quickly turned to excitement when he was immediately signed as a free agent.
Newly-signed Houston Texans center/offensive lineman Graham Pocic, a graduate of Lemont High School and the University of Illinois, said watching the NFL draft was "nerve-wracking," and that his disappointment at not being selected quickly turned to excitement when he signed with the Texans shortly afterwards, in an interview with the Suburban Life. "Probably the biggest thing when you are undrafted," he told the paper, "is looking for the best opportunity to go in and make the team, make the 53-man roster. In talking with the Texans, they don't have a back-up center. The O-line coach made it clear to me that I could come in and be a back-up right away." According to the paper, Pocic, who had surgery on a torn labrum in December, is …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A current gay NFL player could come out in a few months and continue to play in the league, according to an online columnist. His biggest concern? Harm from homophobic fans. How would you react if he played for your favorite team?
In the same week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage case, a CBS Sports online columnist says a current gay NFL player could come out publicly within the next few months. This player would become the first athlete in one of America's major team sports to be openly gay and continue to play. READ: Check Out the Full CBSSports.com Column for More Details But the obstacle keeping this unidentified player from revealing his sexual orientation isn't the fear of how teammates or even opposing players will react, writes CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, citing former and current NFL players as sources for this information. It's a worry of what fans might do, Freeman …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Former Bears star Dan Hampton will speak at free prostate health event on Jan. 22 at Lincoln-Way West High School, hosted by Silver Cross Hospital and Advanced Urology Associates.
As football fans get excited for the run-up to the Super Bowl, Silver Cross Hospital, Advanced Urology Associates, the American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation and the National Football League are encouraging men to “Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer®.” Over 45,000 men in Illinois are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men. A sponsored article by Silver Cross Hospital Led by Pro Football Hall of Fame player and prostate cancer survivor Mike Haynes, fans and NFL players across the country can join the team at www.KnowYourStats.org to help spread the word about prostate cancer and the importance of knowing your risk factors. The national campaign is focused on …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Chicago Bears will host the Indianapolis Colts at noon Sunday at Soldier Field.
Hey, football fans: If you’re planning to watch the Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday, you’ll get to see Lemont’s own Coby Fleener in his first NFL start. But the Joliet Catholic and Stanford grad won’t be sporting the Bears’ blue and orange. Instead, Fleener will don a blue and white jersey as the Colts’ number 80. When Fleener steps onto the turf at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, the Lemont native may feel right at home. But that sense of familiarity won't just be about geography. The 23-year-old, 6-foot-6-inch, 252-pound tight end will take the field with his friend and former Stanford teammate, quarterback Andrew Luck. Stanford standout Fleener was tagged by the Colts in the second round of the NFL draft this …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Stanford tight end and 34th overall pick in the NFL draft will remain at Stanford until June before reporting to the Colts.
There's only one thing standing between Stanford tight end Coby Fleener and his new team, the Indianapolis Colts: a master's degree. The Lemont native and Joliet Catholic graduate, who was drafted by the Colts on Friday as the 34th overall pick in the NFL draft, has already returned to Palo Alto, CA, where he will remain until he graduates in June. In a phone interview Saturday, Fleener's mom, Michelle Nagel Fleener, said the excitement of the draft still hadn't worn off. "This has all been a whirlwind for Coby. It's really unbelievable and amazing," she said. Perhaps even more unbelievable than Coby achieving his NFL dreams is that he will be doing it alongside his college quarterback and good friend Andrew Luck, who was the first overall…
Friday, April 27, 2012
The tight end out of Stanford was the 34th overall pick during the second round of the NFL draft Friday night. He joins his college teammate, quarterback and No. 1 pick Andrew Luck.
The second round of the NFL draft proved worth the wait for Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday. Fleener—a Joliet Catholic graduate from Lemont—was the second pick for the Colts (34th overall), and the first tight end to be drafted. He joins his friend and college quarterback Andrew Luck, who was the first overall draft pick Thursday night. "I just sent (Luck) a text message that had a lot of exclamation points in it," Fleener told the Associated Press. "I expected to be on a team where I wasn't familiar with the offense or the quarterback. I can't wait to get started, to be honest with you." In his final season with Stanford last fall, Fleener led the Cardinal receiving core with 10 …
Fleener— a Joliet Catholic graduate and tight end out of Stanford—is expected to go during the second round Friday. Molk—a standout center at Michigan—is also expected to be drafted during later rounds.
After three hours and 32 first-round picks Thursday night, Lemont native Coby Fleener is still awaiting his fate in the 77th annual NFL draft. Fleener—a Joliet Catholic graduate and tight end out of Stanford—was projected as a late first-or second-round pick in the days leading up to the draft. Some reports even predicted he would go to the New York Giants in the first round, making him the 32nd overall selection. On Thursday, Fleener watched on as the country's top offensive players were called; none of them were tight ends. However, based on several reports and a standout performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, the 6-foot-6, 247-pound Fleener should have some good news by Friday night. The draft will continue at 7 p.m. with …
Friday, April 20, 2012
The Michigan center is waiting for next week's NFL draft—scheduled for April 26-28—to once again prove doubters that have ranked him improperly.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The standout tight end and NFL hopeful ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds Thursday, according to multiple reports.
A standout performance in the 40-yard dash may have brought Lemont native Coby Fleener one stop closer to the NFL, according to multiple reports. Fleener, a tight end at Stanford University, participated in a Pro Day workout in front of dozens of NFL scouts Thursday. NBC Sports reports that ESPN's Todd McShay clocked Fleener's 40-yard-dash at 4.45 —an extremely fast time for a 6-foot-6, 244-pound tight end. Fleener also had a 37-inch vertical and a broad jump higher than 10 feet, according to the report. In his final season with Stanford last fall, Fleener led the Cardinal receiving core with 10 touchdowns. He racked up 667 yards on 34 catches while also leading the team with a 19.6 yards-per-catch average. In December he was selected as …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The decorated Michigan center will enter the NFL draft April 26-28.