Duh…of course he is. I’ll tell you why.
Before I do that, who are we to judge whether or not someone is or isn’t worth whatever their employer wants to pay them. Why are we counting another man’s money? Is anyone worth what they earn? I’ll say this, outside of my first job out of grad school in 2009, I’ve never been paid what I deserve but I’ve always managed to get away with highway robbery and negotiate a higher salary that I didn’t “deserve”. No one ever gets paid what they are “worth” they get paid what the negotiate.
With that said, I don’t think Kaep did a great job of negotiating a blockbuster deal. He could have easily had the figure balloon up to $150M, but the kid wants to win so he made sure the 49ers would be able to sign other players.Read more
It’s that time of the year again. Summer is here which means football and Madden ’15 is around the corner. Check out the official trailer that just came out.Read more
Mark Clayton was an All-American wide receiver at the University of Oklahoma and a first round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. Clayton had a seven-year career, he was arguably one of the best careers out of the 31 wide receivers drafted in his class. The former NFL wideout has gone deep in his entrepreneurial pursuits and developed his own line of athletic headphones. Life after the NFL can be tough, and Clayton has experienced this first hand, but instead becoming another statistic, he’s chosen to Livv. We caught up with Clayton recently to talk about his new endeavors.
Tell me about Livv Headphones.
Livv was birthed out of my want and desire to be able to workout at full speed and have my headphones stick with me. I’m an over the ear headphone guy. I didn’t like the in-ears, they get annoying. The on-ears, they never stay on and the over ears kept slipping off. They were too big and bulky. After breaking a couple pair, I just set out to create my own headphones. I started sketching out some designs. I was able to contract out the right people to get us rolling with some cab models and 3D models. At that point we saw a potential for a headphone that could be as functional as it needed to be for me to be able to workout the way that I wanted. It grew tremendously from there. We filed our first patents in 2011. I came across my business partner Dale Lott, he runs Aurisonics, and they do great work.
Our prayers go out to Jim Kelly who’s going through throat cancer. He was diagnosed in 2013, but was informed earlier this year that the cancer has returned and is/was spreading.
His annual charity event took place this past weekend, but Kelly who’s undergoing radiation treatments could not attend. Several people stopped by, including his old AFC East rival and friend, Dan Marino.
Get well soon Jim, you’re in our prayers.Read more
We normally wait until the football season has started before we start giving out props for players being spatted up, but we’ll break our rules for Johnny Football aka…John Football. He’s rocking Jordan 6 cleats, specifically named Jordan Retro 6 TD, which Nike is already selling here. I’ve been wanting Nike to sell retro kicks since I saw Terry Allen rocking Jordan 12′s when he played for the Vikings. I’m glad they finally are…dope.
S/O to my Complex family, Solecollector.comRead more
When I first saw this on Vine, I dismissed it instantly as being fake. There’s no freaking way someone can throw a 40-45 yard pass to themselves. Then I watched the video above and the video below and I was convinced. If you throw it the ball high enough with some air under it and run faster email then you can.
Gary Haynes is the speed genius you see in this video. He hails from Houston, TX and is a junior at Manvel High school in Houston. Haynes’ highlight footage below shows that he has wheels. He’s tiny at 5’8″ 157 pounds, but he’s already got a scholarship offer from Houston and is receiving interest from Baylor, North Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.Read more
by Chad Stanton
Michael Sam hasn’t lined up for a play and his drafting by the St. Louis Rams is already exposing the ways in which the NFL and the culture surrounding the NFL will fall into the familiar pattern of heightened policing for people who are different.Read more
So…about five minutes after Michael Sam was drafted, it was announced that he will have a reality TV show on Oprah’s OWN network. Here’s what I have to say about it.
1. My bad…they’re calling it a documentary, but in reality…it’s a reality show.
2. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone this day in age because everyone has a reality show.
3. This deal with the OWN network was in place before Sam was drafted.Read more
by: Chad Stanton
With the NFL draft being delayed and the Dallas Mavericks participating in playoff basketball I ended up skipping a lot of my usual pre-draft routine. I watched bowl games when I could, ignored the combine, and skipped at least 1,000 mock drafts. I kept myself updated with where free agents were going only in passing and gave the only sustained football attention I had to whatever moves the Dallas Cowboys were making instead of the league as a whole. Basically I acted like a casual fan instead of a football junkie.Read more