Lane Kiffin out of the Raiders

Lane Kiffin has now earned the title of former pro football head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was hired by Raiders‘ owner Al on January 23, 2007, making history by being the youngest head coach in the Raiders staff, and the youngest head coach since the formation of the modern NFL. Later that year, On August 12, 2007, in his NFL head coaching debut, Kiffin and the Raiders won their NFL preseason opener 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals.

Problems apparently started since the beginning of 2008, when it was reported that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis drafted a letter of resignation for Kiffin to sign after his first season with a record of 4-12. Kiffin said he was not going to sign the letter because it would cause him to forfeit his salaries for the remainder of his contract (2 years remaining at $2 million per year on his contract). The Raiders denied the story.

There were many rumors in the past few months and then on September 15, 2008 NBC Sports reported Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis was unhappy with the head coach; Lane Kiffin was officially fired on September 30th, 2008.

Lane Kiffin was preciously an offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans and football flows through his veins given that he is the son of veteran college and NFL coach Monte Kiffin, who currently serves as defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The future is not certain for the young head coach Kiffin right now since the Oakland Raiders said the move was made for cause, meaning they will avoid paying Lane Kiffin for the remainder of his NFL contract. He signed a two-year deal worth about $4 million with a team option for 2009 when he took over last year.



What’s there after the NFL?

The NFL is exciting and living under the spotlight of the pro football games provides certain status and life style to the players not easily compared to a regular way of living: hard trainings, traveling from state to state for the NFL games, money and luxury that are hardly enjoyed because of the hard work. NFL players are willing to live this life to achieve their goals, break records and be part of the NFL history. Is it really worth it? According to some experts, just the fact that most of these men will be thrust into the so-called real world with few marketable skills to increase their wealth some sort of cultural shock is bound to take place in some cases.

The NFL is part of the American traditions, part of our homes, families and memories, yet the main characters of all those memories will vanish from our minds as soon as they leave the NFL career that gave them so much. Apparently, 78% of all NFL players are divorced, bankrupt or unemployed two years after leaving the National Football League.

As a former NFL player and 12-year veteran with the Green Bay Packers himself Ken Ruettgers found a way to help athletes overcome this transition as the executive director of Games Over is a Non-profit organization that helps professional athletes address the transition from professional sports to other careers. Ruttgers explains that the most common losses after retiring any professional sports career (not only the NFL) will include:

  • Loss of celebrity status.

  • Instant name recognition vanishes.

  • Income is slashed.

  • Such perks as free meals and support staff end.

  • Self-doubt, fear and a lack of direction.

As corny as it may sound, this transition is not easy. As an NFL player you are waited on, served, assisted and usually it is very hard to be alone or even have a chance to feel alone, after a professional career in sports ends, all the attention ends with it. People are not aware that 50% of NFL players only have careers of a little more than three years, meaning that an average of about 320 veteran players lose their job each year. What are the odds? NFL stars, record breakers and idols can be really retiree material at the age of 35 years old?

Some Fun Facts about the NFL

Expecting the NFL season? Right now most of the NFL fans are excited waiting for the 2008 football season to start, looking forward to see their favorite NFL teams perform and NFL gambling fans are already doing research to bet on the best football picks they can get for this 2008 NFL season. 


As part of the NFL fever, I have come up with some interesting facts about the NFL for all you fans everywhere to pass the time. Most of these facts were taken from very well known compilations of the National Football League so I hope you enjoy them:


  • In 1972, long before he became a TV personality, Ahmad Rashad, the award-winning sportscaster, was chosen fourth overall pick on the 1972 NFL Draft. He was born Robert Earl Moore, but converted to Islamism and changed his name.
  • 1989 Of the top five picks of the NFL, only No. 2 Tony Mandarich did not develop into a Pro Bowl caliber player. He was known to have attitude problems and after only three seasons of a less than brilliant performance on a four-year contract, Mandarich was cut by the Green Bay Packers.
  • In 1998 a future war hero named Pat Tillman was selected with the 226th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals. He was killed in action in Afghanistan by friendly fire.
  • On the 2000 NFL draft, the Jets set the record for the most first-round draft picks of all time with four selections.
  • There was only one draft in the NFL history to contain 8 rounds: the 1993 NFL draft.
  • The most touchdowns scored during an NFL season by a team were the 1984 Miami Dolphins with 70 TD.


And as a sad fact:


  • The 2001 Carolina Panthers lost 15 games in a row, which are the most consecutive games a NFL team has ever dropped in a single season.

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Who is the Worst NFL Player?

With the NFL Season almost knocking on our doors, the fans cannot help but wonder about the history of the football game, highlights in the history of NFL, records and what not. As any other fan, I have been wandering and pondering around the subject for a few days now when it hit me: Who is the worst NFL player? It can be someone who played a bad game because of an injury (that also made me think of worst NFL injuries), or someone who was just drafted since they are new and still need to get used to the excitement of playing for the National Football League.


After doing a small research and investigation including some online polls and sports forums I came up with a very fair  response to the question, and as sad as it sounds people are very firmed about declaring their disgust with the players performance, attitude and overall image. NFL fans mainly agree that the worst NFL player is: Ryan Leaf.


Ryan Leaf: Is a former quarterback, played for the NFL between 1998 and 2002 for great teams such as the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys. On the 1998 NFL Draft Manning and Leaf were considered the two best overall players in the draft. His time with the Chargers was nothing but a huge disappointment: terrible performance and awful relations with the media in general. Later The Buccaneers thought that since he had such good athletic condition, they might be able to train him better, sort of speak and claimed him yet a previous wrist injury would not let him perform properly, he refused to have surgery and finally left the Buccaneers; Leaf was signed by the Dallas Cowboys a few weeks later but again failed to perform.


Some other NFL players came very close to win this spot, do you agree with the final result of my investigation?

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