Yankees’ key reliever goes down again with another injury

The New York Yankees had a prime opportunity to get closer to the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, but they ended up dropping the series opener at Fenway Park 5-3, even though they had runners on first and second base with no outs in the ninth inning.

Left-handed reliever Zack Britton had recently returned from a long stint on the injured list, and by the look of things, it appears he may be headed there again for a while, although the team hasn’t updated his status.

Pitching yesterday, the Yankees’ setup man winced in pain after a pitch and had to leave the game. The team later confirmed that it’s a left hamstring injury.

The Yankees will hopefully have an update on Saturday

Britton’s injury occurred in the eighth inning of Friday’s game. His final pitch was a 2-2 offering to Hunter Renfroe that missed the strike zone, and then he hobbled off the mound and toward the visiting dugout, per MLB.com.

“We’ll know (Saturday) whether it’s a cramp or a strain, but it was in the hamstring area,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, according to NJ Advance Media. “Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious. We’ll have to see. But I definitely feel for Britt in that spot knowing what he’s been through to get back.

“I thought (Friday) he was probably throwing the ball as well as we’ve seen. I thought he was really crisp. I thought it was coming out really nice, the sink. He threw some good sliders.”

Britton missed the Yankees’ first 63 of the 2021 season while recovering from March elbow surgery to remove a bone spur. He even suffered a minor setback during rehab that delayed his debut a little, but he eventually made it back. Now, the extent of his injury is unclear, but the team is expected to offer an update later on Saturday.

Will the Yankees’ bullpen be able to absorb another extended absence by Britton?

Knicks News, 6/26: Mitchell Robinson putting on serious muscle, Jared Butler a big draft target?

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One of the Knicks’ major struggles in the postseason was their lack of size and strength at the center position. Both Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson lacked the functional strength to take on Clint Capela in the paint in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks.

In fact, Capella recorded no less than 12 total rebounds in each of the five games against New York, reaching a high of five offensive rebounds in Game 5. It was clear that the Knicks were lacking a threat inside, and the hope is Mitchell Robinson will end up being that force during the 2021-22 season.

Robinson is listed at 240 pounds, but he has been working diligently to increase his weight and physicality down low. Via his Instagram, Robinson is now 275 pounds of muscle, which should help him tremendously when boxing out bigger defenders and picking up rebounds.

This past season, Robinson played in just 31 games after suffering a fractured hand earlier in the year and then a fractured foot in the latter portion. He averaged 8.3 points, 1.5 blocks, and 8.1 total rebounds while shooting .653 from the field. Ultimately, the Knicks missed his impact during the postseason, despite Noel and Gibson playing valiantly during his absence.

Robinson is heading into the final year of his rookie contract after the team picked up his option. They will pay him $1.8 million for the upcoming year at 23 years old, and if he performs well, he could receive an extension. There’s always the possibility the Knicks look to flip Robinson and assets for a player like Pacers’ Myles Turner, who offers more offensive prowess and fantastic shot-blocking in the paint, averaging 3.4 blocks per contest this past season.

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Are the Knicks keying in on Jared Butler out of Baylor?

Baylor point guard Jared Butler could be on the Knicks’ wish list during the 2021 NBA draft. At 6’3” and 195 pounds, Butler has been compared to players like Jrue Holiday, Fred VanVleet, and Seth Curry, but of course, there’s no guarantee he will reach their production levels.

The most intriguing aspect Jared offers is his winning mentality and strong resume. As a First-Team All-American who won the National Championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament, he not only offers versatility and quality offensive play from all points on the floor, but he is a legitimate leader that puts forth incredible effort on defense. Despite an underwhelming frame, his workload masks some of his deficiencies.

“My goal, if a team drafts me, is I want to fit their needs,” Butler said. “Whatever they’re lacking, what can I do to plug that gap or hole in their organization? That’s what I plan on doing. Just be reliable and be an impactful player.”

The Knicks have a significant hole at point guard and could use another solid shooter, and Butler offers the flexibility to feature in both spots. This past season, Butler averaged 16.7 points, 4.8 assists, and shot .471 from the field. He also connected on .416 of his shots from three, averaging 6.2 attempts per game. It is clear he can score from all points on the floor, which is exactly what the Knicks need from their point guard position.

Would you be happy if the Knicks selected Jared Butler out of Baylor? Comment below!

Yankees: Good news and bad news in disappointing loss to Boston

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In what felt like a must-win game for the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox managed to secure a 5-3 victory at Fenway on Friday night. Starting pitcher Domingo German picked up the loss, lasting just 4.0 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, striking out just three batters. German currently hosts a 4.32 ERA this season, and while the bullpen performed adequately, the offense couldn’t pick up the slack.

“We’ve got to come out and grab it,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. “If we’re gonna be the team we expect to be, we’ve got to play better against the top teams in the division.”

Offensively, the Yankees recorded nine hits and 10 strikeouts, leaving two men on base in the ninth inning, in which DJ LeMahieu hit into a double play to finish the game.

Thanks to a Clint Frazier walk and LeMahieu single in the second inning, the Yankees managed to get some runs on the board, but Boston features a lucrative offense this year, despite a recent cold streak of just three runs in the past two games.

Ultimately, traveling into enemy territory in a sold-out Fenway Park with nearly 37,000 fans engaged and energized, the Yankees were always facing an uphill battle. They currently stand five games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in first place and 4.5 games behind Boston in the AL East.

With two games remaining in the series, the Yankees have an opportunity to bounce back, and with Jordan Montgomery facing off against Nathan Eovaldi on Saturday night — they must get back in the win column if they want to remain in the hunt.

In other news, former Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury appeared as an honorary all-time great for Boston. He joined his former teammates Mike Lowell and Tim Wakefield, as well as Pedro Martinez, who saluted Dustin Pedroia, who retired earlier this year.

It’s always exciting to see Ellsbury, who brought in millions of dollars without offering much in return. It almost has the feel of sabotage from Boston.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from another Yankee loss to the Red Sox

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Last night at Fenway Park, the New York Yankees took on the Boston Red Sox for the fourth time this season, and for the fourth time, the Yankees came out of the short end. The Red Sox took the game 5-3. Before the game upon his retirement, the Sox celebrated the career of the iconic second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Before the start of the game, they retired his number 15 before a sell-out crowd. This series with the Sox is the shortest away series of the season. There are only three games before they return to the Stadium in the Bronx for a series with the Angels.

German fails again for the third time

After two disastrous starts in a row, Domingo German took to the mound in the first game of a series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The result was the same; he went four innings, giving up four runs while striking out just three Sox. German has been having command problems that he can’t see to solve.

During May, German was one of the best New York starting pitchers. The Yankees won four of his five starts, and he had an ERA of 2.40. However, June has been an entirely different German has been on the mound. He has pitched 23 innings in June, giving up almost a run per inning and pitching to an ERA of 7.20. In his last three games, he has pitched 12.1 innings giving up 15 runs.

A coach may have cost the Yankees the game

Phil Nevins is one of the best third-base coaches in the business, but he was out to lunch last night. In the fourth inning, with the Red Sox strong arms in the outfield, he waved Gio Urshela home; Ushela was caught ten feet before he reached home plate. At the top of the fourth, Gio Urshela hit one off the green monster at Fenway Park for a double. Andujar singled, The single wasn’t that deep, but Nevin immediately started waving Urshela to run for home. Nevin should have realized centerfielder Hernandez would be firing into a home and stopped Urshela at third. The blunder kept the Yankees from tieing up the game at 4 and ultimately may have cost them the game.

Zack Britton injured again

This has been a bad luck season for the Yankee’s setup man Zack Britton. Britton started the year with a bout of the coronavirus that hit him pretty hard. However, he recovered from that in time for spring training. The Yankees were looking for big things this season from Britton as he pitched to an ERA of 1.89 last season with eight saves during closer Aroldis Chapman’s bout with the virus.

Early in spring training, Britton developed elbow soreness that turned out to be a bone chip that needed surgery to remove. The rehab kept him away from the team until June 12th. Then, finally, after four games, Britton was returning to form. Last night, he came in in the eighth inning and faced two batters; he immediately grabbed his left hamstring on the last pitch. The trainer and Boone came to the mound, but there was no discussion; Britton immediately hobbled back to the dugout.

“We’ll know tomorrow,” Boone said of the severity. “We’ll know whether it’s a cramp, whether it’s a strain, whatever. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious, we’ll have to see. But, yeah, definitely some feel for Brit in that spot knowing what he’s been through to get back.”

 

 

Justin Fields-Allen Robinson will define Chicago Bears offense in 2021

Entering 2021, there are multiple factors that will define the Chicago Bears season but the connection between wide receiver Allen Robinson and rookie quarterback Justin Fields will be a major storyline. As Fields enters his first season in Chicago, Robinson is entering year four, which could also be his last should the Bears not sign him to a contract extension.

Fields isn’t just a rookie quarterback for the Bears, he’s a major selling point. With his presence, the Bears could use him as part of a sales pitch to keep Robinson around should the Bears ever decide to reopen contract extension talks with Robinson’s party. When looking at Fields development, Robinson plays a part too, giving the 11th overall pick a stable and consistent weapon during his rookie season.

From a production standpoint, Robinson has totaled 255 receptions for 3151 yards, and 17 touchdowns over the last three seasons. The eighth-year pro has also averaged 12.4 yards per reception since 2018, despite average quarterback play which many believe is hindering his ability to be among the game’s best receivers.

“From obviously watching the tape, you know, rather, you know how obviously how many yards and catches I had, you know, obviously there are some plays and some things that you want to get back,” Robinson said via the Bears official YouTube channel.

When Robinson mentions that there are plays he’d like to have back, he’s referring to missed reads that led to missed throws, which led to decreased production. The hope for Robinson is that more consistent quarterback play leads to an increase in production. This would mean Robinson earns a nice payday next offseason, with the hope that Fields is Robinson’s quarterback of the future.

The Bears know what they have in Robinson and the rapport that the star wide receiver develops with Fields could be a big indicator of what’s to come in Chicago throughout the 2021 season but also well beyond.

Should the Knicks retain PG Derrick Rose and at what cost?

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The New York Knicks have a bevy of decisions to make this off-season, and one important choice revolves around veteran point guard Derrick Rose. When President Leon Rose traded for Rose from the Detroit Pistons, he didn’t imagine the impact the three-time All-Star would have in helping the Knicks reach the postseason.

Having played a secondary role with Detroit, Rose elevated the entire next roster, providing offense and mentorship for youngsters like Immanuel Quickley.

Quickley grew up watching Rose play in the NBA, starting his career in 2008 and looking to continue coming off a stellar campaign that should award him a multi-year deal.

Rose is coming off a two-year, $15 million deal, averaging $7.5 million per season. However, he elevated his game enough to earn more, possibly upwards of $12 million per season. The question is, should the Knicks offer him a sizable extension or spend that money on a bonafide star who can handle a full season’s workload.

You could make the argument that Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, and Rose are incapable of playing 35+ minutes on an everyday basis without suffering an injury. Over a 72 game season, Rose played in 50 games last year, averaging 25.6 minutes. Paul, on the other hand, averaged 31.4 minutes over 70 games, showcasing a bit more resiliency toward father time.

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Rose currently sits in an estranged position, as he can’t feature as a primary starter but shouldn’t be considered a bench player either. What might be a more suitable situation for the veteran is pairing him with a young PG like Lonzo Ball or Dennis Schroder (would prefer Ball over Schroder personally), as they can split time and mitigate fatigue. This idea shouldn’t deter the Knicks from utilizing their draft capital to find a PG as well, possibly someone like Tre Mann out of Florida.

Of course, bringing back Rose would be beneficial for head coach Tom Thibodeau, who relied on him heavily as a leader and consistent player during the latter portion of the season. The two have spent time together in Chicago, Minnesota, and now New York, meaning they have a clear connection, which is valuable.

As Rose prepares to turn 33 years old, there is no doubt that his physical form will begin to degrade at some point, if it hasn’t already. That doesn’t mean he can’t be an adequate player that contributes in a significant way. We know he is capable of scoring efficiently, considering he posted a career-high .411% from three-point range last year over 2.6 attempts per game. He also connected on .487 of his shots over 35 games with the Knicks.

With $50+ million in funds available, offering D-Rose a one-year, $12 million deal might get the job done, but it would slash a significant portion of their salary space to land a star and another key contributor. Nonetheless, it is apparent that Thibodeau knows how to put together a winning team, even if they lack a few complementary pieces. The expectation is that RJ Barrett will take another step forward, and Quickly/Obi Toppin will also be more productive with their minutes.

As long as the Knicks can find a player to pair with Julius Randle and get the most out of their youngsters, they could take a step forward during the 2021-22 season, and Derrick Rose would undoubtedly play a key factor in their success.

Do you think the Knicks should retain Derrick Rose? What contract would you offer him? Comment below!

Giants could take cheap flier on Pro-Bowl guard David DeCastro after ankle surgery

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The New York Giants are heading into training camp without much depth at offensive guard. While management feels confident that Will Hernandez and Shane Lemieux can hold it down for the 2021 season, they remain major questions after letting Kevin Zeitler depart in free agency.

There is a reason to believe that Hernandez, who is making the transition to RG, will have an improved fourth season in the NFL. Last year in the first year of a new offensive scheme, Hernandez not only battled injury but also contracted COVID-19, which kept them out for multiple weeks. During that time, Lemieux, the Giants’ fifth-round pick from last season, took over starting duties. While he was sufficient as a run blocker in Jason Garrett’s pulling power gap scheme, he was graded as one of the worst pass blockers in the NFL.

Expecting LeMieux to be a consistent starter might be overly optimistic, but Hernandez has proven to be an average player over the course of his career. Having worked with Duke Manyweather this past off-season, Hernandez is projected to take a developmental jump, but after three years, we shouldn’t be putting all our chips in on a drastic improvement.

One alternative could be former Pittsburgh Steelers guard David DeCastro. Pittsburgh released DeCastro this past week due to a lingering ankle injury — he was also set to earn $5.5 million in 2021.

I have to get surgery on my ankle a third time,” DeCastro said in a text Thursday. “I tried to fix it last year but the bone spurs kept coming back. It nagged me pretty bad all last year.”

“Gotta see how the surgery goes,” he said. “But I’d have no problem calling it a day and moving on with my life.”

There is a good chance that DeCastro calls it a career and retires if the surgery doesn’t mitigate the impact of his bone spurs, but if he decides to return to football, the Giants could land him on a cheaper deal to compete for a starting guard spot.

Over 13 games last year, DeCastro didn’t allow a single sack, posting an 80.7 overall pass-blocking grade, per PFF. He spent the majority of his time at right guard, which would be a suitable landing spot for him with Big Blue, shifting Hernandez back to his traditional left guard position.

An incentive-laden deal seems to be a good option if DeCastro elects to return to football in the coming months. Considering he was set to earn $5.5 million after surgery, the Giants could snag him for half of that and allow him to compete with no guarantees during training camp. As a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro member, he undoubtedly has elite experience that would benefit QB Daniel Jones positively.

ESM EXCLUSIVE: Steve Weatherford on family, fitness, and football

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ESM sits down with former Giants/Jets punter Steve Weatherford, who has embarked on one of the most interesting career paths in NFL history.

When one thinks of the great Super Bowl heroes in New York Giants history, conventional conversation often skews toward Eli Manning, David Tyree, Justin Tuck, Chase Blackburn, and Mario Manningham.

Forgetting punter Steve Weatherford, however, would be foolhardy.

The Giants are preparing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their most recent Super Bowl trek this season, a 21-17 triumph over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. That upset victory began with the Giants gaining some early momentum through Weatherford’s leg. Forced to punt in New England territory, his 36-yard boot pinned the Patriots at their own six-yard-line. An ensuing intentional grounding penalty on the very next play led to a safety that gave the Giants a 2-0 lead before Manning found Victor Cruz for a touchdown when the Giants got the ball back after the unexpected double. That kick was one of three that Weatherford situated inside the New England 20-yard-line during the historic evening.

As Weatherford, now based in Texas, prepares to rejoin the rest of the 2011-12 Giants squad, the 38-year-old has had little, if any, trouble staying busy. The punter, who also spent three seasons with the New York Jets, has become a health and fitness guru, his feats of strength routinely on display on his Instagram account, and welcomed his sixth child earlier this spring. Before the Giants reunite at MetLife Stadium this year, Weatherford will make an early return to East Rutherford on June 28-29 through a motivational seminar entitled “Become the CEO of Your Life”. It will be a two-day event slated to be held at the Hilton Meadowlands centered on five power pillars that will boost listeners’ personal and business relationships. Tickets and can purchased here or by texting Weatherford at 949-763-5934

Upon his return, ESM sat down with Weatherford to talk past, present, and future…

Q: You’ve had one of the most interesting career paths in professional football history, going from specialist to fitness, health guru, and motivational speaker. What was the biggest factor in your shift from NFL punter to motivational coach/fitness expert?

A: If I had to boil it down to two things, I think it would be vision and disciplined focus. There were a lot of things that I was involved in that people were like, ‘Dude, why are you doing that?’. When I was in the NFL, I remember linebackers and positional players asking ‘dude, why are you working so hard, why are you so jacked?’, because I didn’t need to, to be a kicker. But I always had a vision for creating the strongest and the most flexible body that I could.

I didn’t work out just for football I worked out because I wanted to see what I was capable of doing. So from a vision standpoint, that allowed me to move that discipline and focus that it took to get into the NFL and be able to develop a skill and then be able to call upon that skill. I only played, think about it, seven plays a game. I think the NFL punter average is about 4.3 plays per game, so I was on the field for 28 seconds a game. To be able to discipline your focus, to be able to block out distractions, and being able to replicate a highly complex skill in adverse conditions when you have 250 pounds, athletic mutants running at you, it took a lot of mental and physical conditioning.

I would say the biggest factor would be vision, the fact that I had a vision of what I wanted to be or do, and still do. It’s the next version of myself that I want to become. I mean how much of a bummer would it be if I retired from the NFL at like 34 or 35 and those were like my best days? It’d be sort of depressing, retired at 35, and I just refused to accept that. I think that’s because I had vision, just constantly exposing myself to different people, or their different hobbies and different experiences and I think that will continue to allow people like you and me to continue to dream dreams and chase those dreams. Having vision is great but if you’re not disciplined and focused. It’s really easy to get distracted, and it’s really easy to be not disciplined.

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Q: How did it feel to leave an impact on both of New York’s NFL franchises?

A: I’m from Terre Haute, Indiana. I certainly wasn’t supposed to play in New York, or win a Super Bowl, or play for the Jets, or play for the Giants. I feel like I’m playing with house money, but I definitely am not satisfied. I’m blissfully dissatisfied. I’m so happy with my life, but I want to experience more, I want more relationships, I want to learn more, I want to know, I want to grow more, I want to do things that people in my family haven’t done before, just because I decided I can.

Q: The NFL released their COVID and vaccination protocols for the 2021 season last week. As someone who knows a thing or two about athlete health and wellness, what are your thoughts on the policies? 

A: To be fully honest with you, I saw a tweet and some Instagram posts about it, and that’s all the research that I’ve done so far. From what I gathered, the league is going to make the players who decide not to get the vaccination very difficult. ,

I know we’re not gonna get into politics, I don’t want to get into politics, but this is the National Football League. These guys are going to sweat all over each other. If people want to get the vaccinations for their reasons, get them. If people don’t want to get the vaccinations, then don’t get them. The people that got the vaccinations shouldn’t be worried about it, because you’re getting vaccinations. So what’s everybody worried about? Let’s play some football. That’s my opinion.

Q: What lessons can the 2021 Giants take from your championship squad back in 2011-12 as they seek back to get back to NFL relevancy?

A: I think it’s just synergy. If you look at our team from the 2011 roster, the one that won the 2012 Super Bowl, there were probably 10 other teams that were more talented than we were on paper.

But I believe it was two things: I believe it was our ability to achieve chemistry, but more important than being able to achieve chemistry, It was the timing in which we achieved the chemistry. We didn’t play our best football until we got into the playoffs, and we barely got into the playoffs. When we got into the playoffs, we went into, we went into Green Bay, we beat them. We went into Candlestick Park, we beat (San Francisco). We beat the Falcons at home. No one was really giving us much of a shot with any of those teams, but that’s because they hadn’t seen us play the level of football that we’re playing at that exact moment.

I almost felt like every day we woke up during the 2012 playoff run, we felt like we were the best version of the team that we had seen up until that point, and we just continued to get better, and to get better, and to get better. We played our best games when it mattered the most against Tom Brady and we did things that people didn’t think that we could do. It was because we got everything out of every person on the roster, and we did it at the right time.

Q: The 2011-12 team will be celebrating its 10th anniversary later this year. What’s the No. 1 memory you’ll take from the championship journey?

A: Training camp. There’s something special about collective suffering, and not just through world championship football games. Anytime that you go through a really difficult time with a group of people, be it boot camp in the military, or you know these firefighters or your law enforcement, Marines, that’s when you build the closest relationships. So my favorite memories were doing the stuff that we hated doing.

We actually have our 10-year Super Bowl reunion coming up. We’re going to be honored before the first game of the regular season this year. It’ll be cool to see a lot of those guys because after that season was over, some people went to free agency, went to other teams and it was the last time that I saw them. You still see them on social media and stuff, but it was the last time that I got to see a lot of those relationships in person. So it’s exciting to know that all those guys are gonna fly back ten years later.

Q: Your punt after the Giants’ first possession set up a safety that allowed you to take an early 2-0 lead. What do you remember about the kick?

A: I didn’t know it at the time, but Chris Collinsworth, who was doing the game for NBC, said at halftime that we would’ve given the MVP to the punter, Steve Weatherford. I was glad they didn’t have a TV on in the locker room the way that they normally do, because if I heard that, I would’ve had to change my pants! It was a pretty radical experience to have like the best game of your life in the biggest game of your life, especially against somebody like Tom Brady.

We knew that we needed every inch that we got. So every time the punt team went out there for the four punts that we had, (New England) wound up starting at the six-yard line, the four-yard line, and the eight-yard line. That really drastically changes how Bill Belichick’s going to call plays. You’ve got to rearrange game plans to give Tom a little bit more room, especially knowing that the first drive became a safety on the very first play.

Special teams played a big part of doing what we did in 46. I’m not just saying that because of my punts, all of the units did amazing. The whole reason we were in the Super Bowl was that Lawrence Tynes hit a field in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game and then overtime. It took every single guy on our team to do what we did.

Q: How can special teams assist a developing offense like the one we’re seeing with the New York Jets right now?

A: I remember when I was in my first year with the Jets. That was Mark Sanchez, his first year as a rookie quarterback and I remember Rex Ryan literally pulling him aside with me after practice one day. (Ryan) said ‘listen, Mark, we don’t need you, and we don’t need Steve to win the game. Our defense is the best defense, the National Football League has ever seen. I want you to possess the football and get us first downs, you don’t have to do anything more than what you’re doing right now. When you can’t, we’re going to use Steve and pin them deep inside of the 20, and we’re gonna let our defense do what they do’.

I think that was relieving for Mark, not because it was like, oh, Steve is gonna bail you out, I don’t want listeners to hear it that way. It was more along the lines of Rex saying, ‘listen, punting’s not a bad thing, because our defense doesn’t give them points. If we can just possess the ball and get a touchdown every once in a while, we’re going to win games’. That’s literally what we did and Mark Sanchez was able to take us to the AFC Championship Game as a rookie and as a second-year quarterback in a really, really difficult division.

Q: We celebrated Father’s Day this past weekend, as the timing couldn’t have been better for you to welcome your sixth child. How has fatherhood changed your outlook on life?

A: There’s no need for being a dad, just like there’s no handbook for being an entrepreneur. We only have our experience of our fathers to recollect and look back on how we want to be a father. We have an opportunity to father six times over. It’s really forced me to uplevel my ability to create structure, to create order. It’s kind of like what we talked about earlier, we talked about vision, we talked about discipline to focus. We all have a vision of being great fathers, great providers, great businessmen, great employees. But to be able to put some structure, and some order in almost kind of like implementing the playbook.

When I was in training camp, Tom Coughlin gave us a playbook with the rules and regulations of the team to have expectations and had our agenda. We were responsible to know all of that. He said if you execute this and you get to get to know this well, you have a chance to be a champion and the chance to be a New York Giant. There’s no handbook for being a father and that’s one of the reasons that it’s so difficult because we only have our own experience of it. One of the things that I’m into right now, right after I retired from the NFL, I got into entrepreneurship, I started a fitness company, a supplement company, and was able to gain some success. But that one thing that I was missing, the one major mistake that I made was I didn’t have a coach anymore so I didn’t have anybody to give me my agenda for the day, tell me what time to go to bed, what time to wake up.

I had a disciplined focus, but I didn’t have structure in order, and so I didn’t have a business mentor I didn’t have somebody to tell me. You’re doing too much, go be with your family, etc. All I knew was harder I work the more successful I’m going to be.

Q: What does the future hold for the Weatherford family? There are certainly NFL teams that would love to have you aboard as a special teams and/or strength coach. Would you ever consider a return? 

A: I really really love what I’m doing right now, working with entrepreneurs. The last thing I can envision myself doing is being a coach and the reason for that is that their structure, their order, the amount of time that that would require of me to invest into their mission could never supersede the mission that I have with my six kids.

As for the future, we’re actually about to launch our YouTube channel, My wife and I. We’re going to launch I guess you would call it a reality TV show, and it’s going to be focused on our faith, family, fitness business, and it’s pretty much calling me and my family around everything that we’ve got going on. We’ll be able to build a pretty nice community of people that support us on social media, so we’re going to take our show on the road to YouTube, and be able to have a platform to be able to share our lives. It’s called The Steve Weatherford Show: High Performance Tactics to a High Performance Life. So, for anybody that’s reading this, if you enjoyed our conversation and you want to hear more, you can come to this event, subscribe to our podcast because it’s personal development, it’s leadership it’s mind, discipline, it’s helping you create and live the life that God created for you to live.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags