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  • Speaking of Oher, the book about his rags-to-riches upbringing ("The Blind Side") is being made into a movie scheduled for a Thanksgiving release. Quinton Aaron ("Fighting," "Be Kind, Rewind") will portray Oher, who was living a nomadic existence in high school until taken in by a loving family. Oher's surrogate parents Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy are being played by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw respectively. Some of the college coaches who recruited Oher — including Nick Saban in full Louisiana State regalia — make cameo appearances as well ...

  • The recent loss of 2009 fourth-round pick Stanley Arnoux to a torn Achilles' tendon during minicamp could better Dan Morgan's chances of making New Orleans' 53-man roster. Morgan, 30, retired because of the same injury himself after the 2007 season. Morgan also has a history of concussions (he says three; numerous media reports claim at least five). Morgan said he has received clearance from a neurologist and, with three children, promised he wouldn't be playing if told he was at risk for permanent damage. Morgan is working at outside linebacker but could also prove a valuable backup at middle linebacker behind Jonathan Vilma, who followed in his footsteps at the University of Miami ...

  • Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway says he would support the signing of Brett Favre provided he was "all in" — i.e. a participant in the team's offseason program like fellow quarterbacks Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson. Good luck on that happening.

    Week in review

    Big winner: St. Louis rookie linebacker James Laurinaitis. Last Friday's release of strong-side linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa should help ease the sting of Laurinaitis' draft-day slide into the second round. Laurinaitis now has a great chance to crack the Rams' starting lineup as a middle or strong-side linebacker.

    Big(gest) loser: Tennessee running back LenDale White. This isn't a bad thing. According to The Tennessean, White arrived for offseason workouts at 238 pounds. While that may sound a tad heavy for a rusher, White was 23 pounds heavier when he lumbered 80 yards for a touchdown last October against Kansas City. White's motivation may stem from being in the final year of his contract. Or he may have noticed that Tennessee chose Michigan State running back Javon Ringer in the fifth round as a potential replacement. Regardless, a (ahem) hungry White is good news for Tennessee's run-intensive offense.

    Under-the-radar move: Detroit running back Kevin Smith predicting on his blog (Smith34.com) that the Lions "will definitely" reach the playoffs. Smith also said the 0-16 Lions "weren't far off last year" and could have won every game "except for Tennessee. They manhandled us, but no one else did." Whoa! The Lions were crushed by teams like San Francisco (31-13), Chicago (34-7), Jacksonville (38-14) and New Orleans (42-7) that didn't even make the playoffs. I like Smith's enthusiasm for 2009, but I would set the bar a little lower at first. You know, like winning a game.

    Alex Marvez interviewed Morgan, Greenway and Leigh Anne Tuohy while co-hosting on Sirius NFL Radio.

    Author:Fox Sports
    Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
    Added: May 12, 2009

  • Baltimore Ravens News

    News » Vick needs an extreme makeover before return

    Vick needs an extreme makeover before return

    Vick needs an extreme makeover before return
    If anyone was ever in need of an extreme makeover, it's Michael Vick.

    No other active athlete will face such heavy public scrutiny as the former star quarterback attempts an NFL comeback. Vick's name has become synonymous with dog fighting, a heinous crime that landed him a 23-month prison term slated to end July 20 (followed by three years of probation). He is scheduled to begin house arrest on May 20.

    Vick wants to resume his football career, but immediate reinstatement isn't a given. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said Vick must genuinely show remorse and be "prepared to handle himself differently going forward."

    Vick, though, will have to convince more than Goodell if his comeback is to succeed. Vick needs to reinvent himself so at least some of the skeptical teams, fans, media members and animal-rights activists are willing to give him a second chance. Otherwise, Vick may remain such a pariah that no franchise will sign him. Atlanta has reportedly shopped Vick for a mere seventh-round draft pick. They found no takers for what was one of the NFL's most physically gifted quarterbacks.

    Vick's representatives should already be formulating a plan to rebuild his image. No pun intended, but I'm willing to throw Vick a bone despite my utter disgust for what he did (my wife and I have eight pets — all of which were strays or rescue projects). Here are five suggestions for how Vick can help salvage his livelihood:

    A mainstream mea culpa

    Vick's first sit-down interview shouldn't come on a sports network. Try hitting Oprah or The View. These are shows that have more mainstream appeal and help influence public opinion, which has a trickle-down effect on media coverage. Vick also should receive a sympathetic ear provided he comes clean about what transpired. Public service announcements decrying dog fighting are a given. If the folks at PETA are not sympathetic, find another animal rights group that is. There are plenty out there.


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