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Gaming Interviews

Inside The Screen With Nick Cuomo

On this episode of Inside the Screen, ONE37pm’s Don speaks with All-Star Gaming Co-founder and CEO, Nick Cuomo. Cuomo is a ‘Link main’ and a former pro-gamer focusing on Counter-Strike 1.6, and creating gaming content is how he got his start.

All-Star Gaming is a New York City-based organization under the Mark Cuban Companies umbrella. The B2C cloud-based tech start-up founded in August 2019 focused on the gaming and media sectors.

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The company allows esports gamers to create and share their most remarkable moments of play without friction. They will soon be launching sections where gamers can share their favorite movements from games such as Fortnite, League of Legends, Rainbow 6, and Valorant.

“I created All-Star a little bit over a year ago with Gavin Silver. I am the CEO, and he is the CTO (Chief Technical Officer), and we are setting out to make it fast, easy, and fun to make and share really game content,” said Cuomo.

Dukes: Do you think being an OG Gamer has helped you build a brand like AllstarGG? 

Nick Cuomo: I think so, and I was there at the beginning of esports. I used to go to tournaments all up and down the east coast, and we were playing video games in shopping malls back then. I have always been very passionate about gaming, and I’ve loved Counter-Strike, and I still do. I still play CS Go.

I have certainly never been a pro, but I have my moments. I got to see space develop, and I think some of the things that made it special back then have gotten bigger and better today. 

Dukes: Can you talk about how you guys are using Cloud?

Cuomo: It depends on how competitive you are when you play one of these competitive shooter games.  Anything that can impact and threaten your ability to win, you will not want to mess with. So, in many ways, you create content by recording a screen unless you have an excellent computer. It is going to impact your gameplay. That is why many people do not mess with creating their own content because of that, and that is fair. Good computers are expensive, and playing these games at the highest graphics level is not always the best way to get your max up and win the game. So, I looked at that and said, how about we make the content for you in the Cloud. That’s how we essentially offload the work, resources, and create  content into our ecosystem in cloud-based content creation.”

Dukes: How did all of this get started?

Cuomo: I have been thinking about this for a very long time. I remember when I first made my first movies in Counter-Strike. The old one is how I got my career started; I remember going to the CPL (CyberAthlete Professional League), these are like the world’s biggest tournaments for Counter-Strike

At one of the events, I went and pitched a guy by the name of Jason Lee. He was a team owner of Complexity. I did not know him; I walked up to him and said, “you are a smart business guy, and you own a team. I make these videos, and there has to be a way to sell these things and make money, and I want to turn this into a career.” He was very nice and said we would be in touch, but nothing ever came of it. Back then, I was thinking about how I turn this passion that I have into a career.

So, I spent the last 15 years in marketing, creative, and technology, and finally, it came to me. I used to fly 30 to 50 percent of my time at my last job, and during a flight to Atlanta, I was not able to sleep. So, I ended up writing the business play for All-Star on my phone. Of course, something changed after, but that is when I said this is a problem I can solve. When I got home, I started pitching my good friend Gavin and told him it was something we had to do. It took some convincing, and once I proved it to him, we decided to quit our jobs to pursue it. 

Dukes: Is the typing mechanism a marketing strategy?

Cuomo: That was a deliberate decision, and the way I thought about it was when you would use something like this. After you just did something that is bad a**, and you got to say something in the chat, and what more can you say I just turned that into the content. 

Dukes: So will this be provided to the console community as well? 

Cuomo: So, long term, the plan is we want to be everywhere our goal to be the brand name and snackable content. To us, this starts in PC gaming, right? 

Competitive gaming is exciting to play; it is fun to watch, highly social, and has a lot of pain in making content. So, it is a space that I know very well, and it is a huge market. PC Gaming is more than a third of all video game revenue, and I think there will be many opportunities for growth to generate content for stuff like mobile, but right now, I don’t see it. There are like a handful of watchable mobile games, but I don’t want to watch Candy Crush, but like with you just started playing Counter-Strike, and if you get an awesome no scope. I want to watch that, and for me, that is a great opportunity and start there and what we are going to do is bring people back to games.”

Make sure to listen to the whole interview with Nick Cuomo above and follow him on Twitter

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Sports Strength

5 Under the Radar NBA Players Crushing It So Far This Season

Much like other sports, the 2020-21 season has been hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the NBA to postpone games and sideline players as they await test results and quarantine themselves.

However, with players being placed in safety and health protocol due to contracting COVID-19 or coming into proximity with someone who has tested positive, it has allowed other players to shine in their absence.

Here are just a few of the players succeeding so far this season in their teammates’ absence.

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1. Tyrese Maxey

Maxey is off to a hot start through the first 14 games for the Sixers, and he is averaging 11.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Since the start of the season, he has been able to really showcase his talents, as Sixers’ coach Doc Rivers inserted him in the starting lineup with Seth Curry and others in health and safety protocol. He is averaging 19.4 points and is shooting 48.9% from the floor, and Maxey has even caught the eye of NBA legend Dwyane Wade. Wade shared on his Instagram Story recently that the man can hoop.

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2. Shake Milton

Like his teammate Tyrese Maxey, Milton is also taking advantage of his increased playing time due to his teammates being in COVID protocol. Milton is averaging 16.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and shooting 50.7 percent from the field through 11 games.

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3. Chris Boucher

Boucher has provided some much-needed scoring for the Raptors this season. He is averaging 16.1 points, 7.0 rebounds,1.1 assists, and shooting 60.3 percent per game. Boucher is not the starting center for the Raptors, but Nick Nurse has him playing starter’s minutes. With the Raptors waiving Alex Len on Wednesday, Boucher will likely benefit immensely and inherit Len’s minutes.

On Tuesday, Boucher played more than half of the game in a 116-93 victory against the Dallas Mavericks, pouring in 21 points (8 out of 12 shots, 3 out of 3 shots), ten rebounds, two assists, a steal, three blocks, and two 3-point shots.

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4. Raul Neto

Neto has benefited in Washington due to Russell Westbrook being in and out of the starting lineup this season due to injuries and rest. Right now, he is averaging a career-high in points with 8.9 to go along with 1.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game through 11 games. He also raised his overall field goal percentages to 52.7% and is shooting 42.4% from behind the three-point arc.

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5. Cole Anthony

Anthony has been one of the under-the-radar rookies this season, but after hitting the game-winning shot against the Orlando Magic. If NBA fans did not know who he was before, they do now. Anthony is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Cole was coming off the Magic bench until Markelle Fultz went down with a left ACL injury and will miss the rest of the season.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue with Marisa Zupan, the Co-Founder of United Sodas

Marisa Zupan, the Co-Founder and CEO of United Sodas, was this week’s guest on ONE37pm’s Open Dialogue with Phil Toronto. The two discussed United Sodas, working in marketing and brand strategy, and ultimately made Zupan want to start her own business.

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So, what is United Sodas?

“We are a soda company that launched in May of 2020. The full name is United Soda of America. We are essentially premium all-natural sodas that focus on a variety of different flavors and are organically sweetened for everyone to enjoy. Also, it feels exciting, new, and captures the best part of soda, while leaving the worst part of soda in the past.”

Zupan did not have a background in the soda and beverage industry before entering it in May of 2020. However, she did work in the marketing and branding space and used her experience in both occupations to build United Sodas.

“I had been working in strategy, marketing strategy, brand strategy, communication strategy, and advertising strategy. I was at agencies, and I was at brands. I was a mentor to founders of new companies who wanted to learn how to build brands. And through that journey, I eventually found my way to making my own and doing it in a very different way. So, before starting United Sodas, I did not have any experience making a soda brand. I come from outside the beverage industry, and I am applying those brand principles to build a product and building a team, company, and culture,” shared Zupan.

According to Zupan, timing played a significant role in why she decided to create her own brand.

“Timing had to be right, and it was also the people that I was surrounding myself with that allowed me to feel I had the confidence, and the resources, and team to be able to do it. Essentially, I met my Co-founders during a time I was a consultant, and they had been working in the beverage industry for a while, and I had been working in it on the brand side,” Zupan said.

“And I cooked up, in an incubated way, this exciting idea because everybody was cooking up things outside of soda to capture the soda opportunity. So, why do we not do it on the inside and that was really the first exciting impetus started. Then we developed it, and it allowed me to transition. And I love this idea, I love this team, it is the right time in my life, and we just decided that we are going to make this jump together.”

You can listen to the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Marisa Zupan on Instagram and Twitter.

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Culture Movies/TV

Spencer Paysinger on How His Story Inspired the Hit Show, ‘All-American’

The CW hit series All-American will be premiering its third season later tonight. The show, based on the life of a former seven-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl Champion Spencer Paysinger, has become a hit with audiences everywhere.

Paysinger grew up in South Central Los Angeles but went to high school in Beverly Hills. After graduating, Paysinger attended the University of Oregon playing for Chip Kelly, who is now the head coach at UCLA.

Following his time in Eugene, he had a chance to play in the NFL. He went undrafted in 2011 but was signed as a free agent and went on to win a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.

Paysinger recently sat down with ONE37pm to discuss All-American‘s upcoming season, supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement, his thoughts on Nipsey Hussle’s passing, and how his personal story sparked a pop culture hit.

ONE37pm: When you get that first phone call from Warner Brothers after writing your one-sheet detailing what All-American could be, did you see the series headed into its third season?

Paysinger: I honestly couldn’t see that far ahead at the time. I had one foot out of the NFL mentally, and I was actively pursuing things off the field to have that transition. But, when they called, and I set up that initial meeting, it was one of those we will see where this can go. At the time, I knew for the most part how hard it was to get a show off the ground. However, it was not until we were in the weeds of it; I completely overshot my understanding of it. It is ten to 20 times harder to get a show off the ground, and going into the third season, and it wasn’t even on my mind.

ONE37pm: From your perspective, why do you feel that not only your personal story but the show has clicked with pop culture?

Paysinger: One, it’s great; two, it lets me connect with a lot of fans out there and even connecting with old teammates. I did not realize some of the things that were going on in my life when we were playing together. This was cool because it allows us to reconnect in that capacity and be a part of a show like this going into its third season that has come to the forefront in pop culture.

I always said, and this was when we were shooting the pilot playfully, saying every seven to ten years, there is this high school phenom show that grabs different demographics. Whether it is stories, representation, or that salaciousness of it and I felt at the time, we had all the pieces to be that show. So, you fast forward, and I would argue that we are that show.

That you can look back in 10 to 15 years, we will be aligned with The OC, Friday Night Lights, and maybe Gossip Girls, and whatnot. So, I am happy to shepherd this project through, but this show would not be where it is today if it wasn’t for our showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll and our amazing writers’ room.

ONE37pm: How much do you think it helped the show that it was listed under Netflix’s top-ten shows to watch?

Paysinger: Yeah, even going back to the first season, I chose to believe that if we didn’t pop off on Netflix after that first season, we might not be entering our third season.

Netflix gave us a huge bump in viewership and reach. So, the fact that we hit at excellent times, in my opinion, and I think we hit Netflix after two or three weeks of the pandemic. It gave a lot of people time to take in our show.

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ONE37pm: This season will showcase Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) and Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) at South Crenshaw High School after winning the state championship twice at Beverly Hills High School the past two seasons. When your parents informed you that you would be attending Beverly, what push back did you get from your friends back then?

Paysinger: Honesty, the real story is that I was always supposed to go to Beverly Hills. Billy Barker’s character is somewhat loosely based on my uncle Carter Paysinger, who was the coach of Beverly at the time. So, I went to Beverly straight out of middle school. Crenshaw had been my home school, but I was already out of the district. I lived right down the street from Crenshaw and was officially enrolled there for two weeks.

They literally called every day and said Spencer is not in attendance until my mom informed them that he is not going anymore because he is at Beverly.

So, leading up to that point in the seventh and eighth-grade, at that age with friends that you have been in school with for years, you start to figure out what school in LA you are going to attend. During this time, I was literally the only kid that knew for a fact I had to go to Beverly. I wanted to go to other schools with my friends, such as Inglewood High School and Clover High School, where some of my closest friends were going, but jokily at the time, I got a called an Oreo.

After middle school graduation, I knew that a lot of friends would die because I was going to play across town because of it. However, it also allowed other friendships to become stronger.

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ONE37pm: In the series, you play against Crenshaw. Did you get to face them in the championship in real life?

Paysinger: No, that is when we allowed creative freedom with the show.

I tell them to listen when creating a CW hit show; you must allow for creative freedom. It made sense to have Spencer have one foot in both worlds in South Central and Beverly.

We were like we need to put these two schools together, and technically, both schools are in different districts and never overlap.

ONE37pm: Nowadays, you must have a note or special reason to attend school out of the district. How did it work back then for you to attend Beverly?

Paysinger: I attended Beverly because of the multi-culture program, which was started in the late 1960s early 70s.

My uncle was like the second generation of black students to integrate Beverly High School. In the late 60s, the students petitioned the school to integrate the school because it is the 60s.

They felt like they didn’t have a realistic view of the world at the time and petitioned to integrate Beverly Hills High School. In the 70s, that started my trajectory to going to Beverly because all of my uncle’s family on my dad’s side went to Beverly and all my aunts and uncles on my mom’s side went to Crenshaw.

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ONE37pm: In the series, Tamia’ Coop’ Cooper and Patience showcased their talents as actresses and artists. Are there any artists you grew up with or attended Beverly Hills High School with you that made it in the music business?

Paysinger: I went to school with Romeo Miller (Lil Romeo). I think he was one or two years under me, and that was when Hurricane Katrina happened.

Many of those kids migrated to the west coast, and it got to the point where you got excited to see Master P (Percy Miller). He was a very involved parent, which I think is dope.

Leighton Meester went to Beverly, and I think she was a year or so beneath me. There were some others, but more so actors than artists.

ONE37pm: This season touches on the Black Lives Matter Movement and sexuality. Why did you guys feel that it was important to showcase these two topics in the third installment of the series?

Paysinger: I think it goes back to being a part of that show that deepens route in pop culture today. I do not think you can discuss anything in pop culture without turning on a light and seeing what is happening in this country. So, what we did with All-American is read those headlines and naturally integrate those in our show. You will see stories about Black Lives Matter, and the intersection of sexuality in our show.

We have been showcasing, and this season, we are discussing what mental health means in the black community. The reason All-American has become a hit beyond the football, drama, and the twist and turns that come with creating a dynamic show like this is that we are talking about issues that kids are actually dealing with today. I can’t tell you how many people hit me and say they can relate to a specific character.

ONE37pm: When you and Michael Evans Behling were interviewed by Complex, you shared that you just read the sixth episode for this year’s season. As of today, how many episodes are completely filmed and ready to go?

Paysinger: We are a little down the road from it, and I can’t tell the exact number just because of confidentiality reasons and with our shooting schedule up in the air because of COVID. With the starting and stopping restrictions that we have to deal out here in Los Angeles, I would say we’re down the road, and hopefully, come next week, and beyond, we can roll out without a hitch.

ONE37pm: Over the last three years, what has it been like being able to grow with all the cast and the rest of the crew?

Paysinger: What I have learned from this crew is how badly they want this show to not only do well but to resonate across the country and the world. A lot of our actors really tried to understand their roles at a deeper level.

Even when you looked at Daniel Ezra when he was creating Spencer James’s identity, he was walking around South-Central listening to Nipsey Hussle for weeks. He wanted to put himself into that mentality, which I think was great.

So, it is just these guys commenting on the role with the significance they have in this role and literally hitting out of the park every episode.

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ONE37pm: Like Nipsey, you had to grow up with navigating through gang violence. What were your first thoughts when you heard he passed away?

Paysinger: Ironically, I was waking up from a nap when I saw that I had a text from Rob Hardy, who directed our pilot episode. He sent me a video and a small article about it and said, “Is this real?” And mind you, I live right around the corner from where it happened. I am two days away from going on a trip on vacation, and essentially my neighborhood was ripped apart. Literally, one of the icons was taken away from us. It was cumbersome on my heart because as a father, he left behind kids; as a husband, he left behind a wife.

The fact that he had such an impact on the world, but specifically South Central, and he did rep anything other than South Central, is why we all loved him. It was a gut punch, and even when I was on vacation, and I could not enjoy myself at the time. I know I am fortunate enough to have this type of life, but things are happening in South Central, and I could not do anything about it.

Unfortunately, I was not able to meet Nipsey Hussle; he was supposed to be in the season finale of episode one, but we got rained out, and our schedules and he could not commit our extension. However, I think his legacy will live on.

ONE37pm: You went undrafted after four years at the University of Oregon, however, you signed as a free agent with the New York Giants and went on to win a Super Bowl. What were some of the things that you were hearing from NFL scouts before the draft?

Paysinger: Yeah, I heard mid to late-round to undrafted, and by mid, I mean anything after the fifth round to me, you might as well go undrafted. Because at that point, you might have a little more power in where you go.  So, my expectations were not high but come draft day, and mind you, we were in a lockout. I was always reading what was happening in 2011; I was not able to have conversations. However, on draft day, I got phone calls from seven or eight-teams, but I ended up not getting drafted. Fast forward three months, I received phone calls from teams, including the New York Giants, and literally off a five-minute conversation and presentation, I picked the Giants.

ONE37pm: How much did you learn from Eli Manning and Michael Strahan?

Paysinger: I didn’t play with Michael Strahan, but he was at the facility a lot, but I did play with Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Antrel Rolle, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Deon Grant. Those were the guys. When you play on an NFL team, especially as a rookie, you seek guidance from older guys. I have been on teams where the older guys are not necessarily the best leaders on the team, but they are able to drive the team in whatever direction they want it to go. And by far, the Giants and Panthers were the two teams where those vets had it down pat.

They came in, and I remember Justin Tuck and Tyler Sash, who was a safety with us, and you can see the New York Skyline from our practice field. He says, “look at that city, it’s undefeated, and if you try to go up against that city, it will eat you alive.”

You need to respect it, the fans, the people in the city, and do whatever you can to bring a championship to this team.  Just taking that and always know my place on this team. Each team has a high expectation of knowing what your job is, knowing what you are supposed to do, and your teammates know their job you are going to win.

By the time we got to the playoffs, no one was messing with us because we were so locked in.

ONE37pm: You played for Chip Kelly, while at Oregon. What are a couple of positive things about coach Kelly that does not get talked about in the media?

Paysinger: Yeah, Chip really took a hit from the media when he was in Philly for cleaning the house. I always understood the perspective that it is a team sport. There is no one player bigger than the team.

In his specific system at the time, I do not know how much it has changed, but at the time, it could thrive without superstars. So, when you have some of those people who think that they were potentially bigger than the team and mind you, I was not in those locker rooms. I am not speaking for anybody, but from my understanding, there were a lot of guys that thought they were bigger than the team and need x amount of whatever to produce. Chip was like, this can run with or without you, and if you do not want to be here, we can send somewhere else. So, I had that understanding in college of him allowing his players to think bigger. I am not going to speak for him with the NFL, but in college, he was the first guy that openly talked about winning a national championship that I played for. Before it was, we are going to win the PAC 12, but he was like, we can do that, or we can win a national championship. I think that is the type of energy that put Oregon to where it is today.

ONE37pm: There are reports of a possible All-American spin-off, which would focus on Jordan Baker’s girlfriend, Simone Hicks. Is that something that you might be apart of as well in terms of the creative team?

Paysinger: Nothing has been finalized on that right now. My team is working to potentially be part of that because it came from All-American, and I loved to be a part of that project. We are currently in talks to do so, but yeah, they will present the story, and I can’t talk about it outside of what has been reported. I think the stories that we’re presenting allow our spectrum to be a little bit bigger in telling black stories.

ONE37pm: CW just greenlit a nine-part series highlighting stories similar to yours. Why did you feel this thing to pitch to them?

Paysinger: All the credit goes to my co-host Yogi Roth, Blue Ox Films, and Rain Management. They put it together and came to me and said, do you want to be part of this. Once I watched what they had and understood the angle they were trying for, it was a no brainer. I feel like All-American has put me into a position as an ex-professional athlete to tell stories. If All-American was not what it was, nobody would care what my story was, but it shed light on how many different athletes and what they must go through to get where they are going.

ONE37pm: Outside of your work in Hollywood, what other business ventures are you involved with?

Paysinger: I am a co-investor and owner in a coffee shop called Hell-Top and Kitchen. It is co-owned by Issa Rae and other public figures in LA and it is blacked owned, and it is in Inglewood, and we have three locations out here in Los Angeles and are eyeing our fourth and fifth locations.

A dear friend, AJ, came to me the same year we were thinking about developing All-American. He wanted to have something that was black-owned outside of Starbucks, and I jumped at it and was the first investor and been a part of the process for three-years. Outside of that, I’m an angel investor with some other NFL athletes in companies and pouring it back into the community.

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These Are The 31 Best Undrafted NFL Players of All-Time

Numerous NFL greats did not take the traditional route to achieve their football dreams. While many enter the league through the draft, some do not get selected by one of the 32 teams and must prove themselves and get signed as free agents.

They might have had to go to the Arena Football League, Xtreme Football League, or even NFL Europe back in the 1990s and early 2000s, but they took those avenues and made lemonade out of lemons, sort of speak.

We here at ONE37pm elected to name who we think are the top 30 undrafted NFL players of all-time.

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1. Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner took a unique route into the NFL. After going undrafted coming out of Northern Iowa, the Green Bay Packers would sign him, but they released him from the roster.

Before the 1994 season, when no other NFL team would give him an offer, he went to work at a grocery store in Cedar Falls for $5.50 an hour, according to David Mikkelson of Snopes. 

In 1995, Warner signed a deal with the Iowa Barnstormers of Arena Football League (AFL). He would go on to be named to the AFL’s First-team in both 1996 and 1997. He would also lead the Barnstormers to ArenaBowl appearances in both seasons in the league. 

Before the 1997 season, Warner was invited to a tryout with the Chicago Bears, but an injury to his throwing elbow ended his opportunity. In 1998, he would sign a future contract with the St.Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams), but he was sent to play in NFL Europe, backing up future Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme.

After his stint in Europe, Warner was signed by the Rams, and during the 1999-2000 season, Warner led the Rams to their first and only Super Bowl. He would make one more appearance in the Super Bowl in a Rams uniform in 2001, but they would fall to Tom Brady and the Patriots.  

After a very successful career, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

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2. Warren Moon

Warren Moon was overlooked in a 12-round NFL draft in 1978 but made his way into the Canadian Football League, playing with the Edmonton Eskimos, where he won five consecutive CFL titles.

He then joined the Houston Oilers and set 37 franchise records in 10 seasons. After 1993, the Oilers elected to trade Moon to the Minnesota Vikings, where he played two and half-seasons before breaking his collarbone. He would play four more seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks before announcing his retirement in 2001.

He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2006, becoming the first undrafted quarterback to achieve this honor.

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3. Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates was recruited to play basketball and football in Michigan but ultimately decided on basketball and transferred to Kent State. 

Despite a standout career with the Golden Flashes, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder was too short of having any NBA career, so he chose to try out for the NFL and went on to be one of the most extraordinary tight ends in NFL history.

Gates has the most touchdowns of any tight end in NFL history (116) and was named to the Pro Bowl eight times.

He will most likely be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025. Gates decided to retire before this past season after playing 16 years in the NFL.

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4 . James Harrison

At six feet, 242 pounds, he was considered too short to play defensive lineman. However, he proved the doubters wrong by making five Pro Bowls, winning two Super Bowls, and the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2018, Harrison decided to hang it up for the second and final time after playing with the New England Patriots and 15 seasons in the NFL. 

After retiring from the NFL, he has decided to pursue a career as an actor. He was inspired by the Fast and the Furious series and in a recent interview with UPROXX, Harrison discussed how the movies sparked his interest in Acting.

“Acting has been something that I wanted to get into after seeing The Fast and Furious. And I’m like, “I could do what Vin Diesel is doing,” said Harrison.

“So, that’s what made me feel like I could do it. I mean the acting thing, I mean, I’ve been acting since I was a little kid. You know, everybody tells lies, so I just thought I was a little better at it than them (laughs).”

Harrison will most likely be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 2023 class.

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5.Willie Brown

Willie Brown was not a coveted prospect after his time at Grambling University. Initially signed by the Houston Oilers, then cut, but Brown got his foot in the door of the NFL with the Denver Broncos and became a starter in his rookie season.

Traded to the Raiders in 1967, Brown became a legend with the silver and black and would turn himself into a shutdown cornerback. 

Brown also won three Super Bowls with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (XI, XV, XVIII). Completing his career with 54 interceptions, he was a four-time Pro Bowler, five times All-Star, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

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6. John Randle

John Randle signed with the Minnesota Vikings after going undrafted out of Texas A&M-Kingsville, a Division II school in the Lone Star Conference. 

The Vikings decided to take a chance on Randle, whose older brother Ervin Randle played eight seasons in the NFL as a linebacker with the Buccaneers and Chiefs from 1985 to 1992.

Randle did not make the Vikings regret their decision and went on to become one of the best defensive linemen of the 1990s, and he had no problem letting the opposition know about it.

He was named to seven Pro Bowls and registered 137.5 sacks in his career, tied for ninth place in NFL history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, his second year on the ballot.

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7. Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane

Night Train had an exciting path into the NFL after spending a year at Scottsbluff Junior College.

Before attending Scottsbluff, Lane enlisted in the United States Army in 1948 and served for four years, according to Newspaper.com.

Lane worked in an aircraft factory in Los Angeles after leaving the army, lifting a heavy sheet metal from a bin and placing it in a press, according to Newspaper.com.

In 1952, he got an opportunity to play with the Los Angeles Rams as a defensive back.

In his first season in the league, he set an NFL record with 14 interceptions and is currently ranked fourth in league history with 68. He only trails Paul Krause, Emlen Tunnell, and Rod Woodson.

In 1974, He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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8. Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri is one of the greatest kickers of all time.

Vinatieri kicked the game-winner in multiple Super Bowls and has more points than any player in NFL history. 

While he has not officially retired after being released by the Indianapolis Colts before the 2020 season, when he does decide to hang it up, he will be on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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9.Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Tunnell served in the Coast Guard during the Second World War and then finished his college career at the University of Iowa at age 24.

He would go undefeated but would later sign with the New York Giants. He would be the first black player to play in the organization and became an impact player on New York’s defense.

During his rookie season, he would grab seven interceptions and finished his career with 79 picks. That is the second-most in NFL-history, and he was the first African-American inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1967.

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10. Emmitt Thomas

Emmitt Thomas went to Bishop’s College and was signed as a free agent by the Kansas Chiefs.

He played from 1966-1978, and his Hall of Fame career included 58 interceptions, a Chiefs franchise record, and five Pro Bowl appearances.

After playing for a long time, he had a long career as an NFL coach, winning two Super Bowls on the sidelines with the Washington Redskins in 1987 and 1991. He retired after the 2018 season.

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11. Lou Groza

Some might disagree, but kickers are football players, and Lou Groza was a trailblazer on the field. He also played on the offensive line but made a name for himself as a kicking specialist.

He was a part of four championship teams as a member of the  Browns and was appointed the Sporting News NFL MVP in 1954, the award’s first recipient. College football also named their best kicker award after Groza.

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12. Willie Wood

Willie Wood was an eight-time Pro Bowler, nine-time All-Pro, and five-time NFL champion.

However, shoulder injuries from his time at USC left him undrafted. Without a letter he wrote to legendary coach Vince Lombardi, Wood may never have gotten to the NFL. Thank goodness he did.

Wood received his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

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13. Joe Jacoby

Joe Jacoby was the pivot of the Hogs’ [Washington Football Team] legendary offensive line, playing left tackle for three Super Bowl-winning teams.

But he was not drafted back in 1981. However, he signed with Washington for training camp.

He would go on to be named four Pro Bowls and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/4Krt6XO4nL8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed14. Bill Willis</div>
14. Bill Willis

Bill Willis is in the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame simultaneously, but he hardly even had a career with the Cleveland Browns.

At 6 feet 2, 213 pounds, an undersized defensive lineman also played in an era when black football players’ opportunities were limited.

Willis started as a coach when he tried out for and made the Cleveland Browns at age 24. He ended as a four-time All-Pro and won the NFL championship in 1950.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/wYtXZd3Q5d4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed15. Priest Holmes</div>
15. Priest Holmes

During Priest Holmes’s career in the NFL,  he was one of the most feared running backs in football.

Holmes was passed in a stacked University of Texas backfield but blew up with the Kansas City Chiefs under coach Dick Vermeil.

Holmes holds the Chiefs’ franchise record for touchdowns, led the NFL in the race in 2001, and was the NFL’s offensive player of the year in 2002.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/H5IuZlImP-o” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed16. Marion Motley</div>
16. Marion Motley

Marion Motley was another NFL player who became a star, and they co-broke the NFL’s color barrier by joining the Browns and Bill Willis in 1946.

Motley was primarily a full-back who led the NFL by rushing like a 30-year-old for the Browns champion in 1950. His 4712 yards is number six in Browns’ history, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/B7_n68bJuiP\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”13″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/B7_n68bJuiP\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”><\/div><\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″><\/div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”><\/div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”> View this post on Instagram<\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”><\/div><\/div><\/a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/B7_n68bJuiP\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Rod Smith (@rodsmith80)<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote> “,”hed17. Rod Smith</div>
17. Rod Smith

At Missouri Southern, Rod Smith broke the conference (Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association) and academic records before becoming one of the best modern-day NFL wide receivers.

Smith has 11 Broncos franchise records, including most career catches (849), most career yards (11,389), and most touchdowns (71).

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/SqztzIGgGW\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”13″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/SqztzIGgGW\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”><\/div><\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″><\/div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”><\/div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”> View this post on Instagram<\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”><\/div><\/div><\/a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/SqztzIGgGW\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Wes Welker (@weswelker_83)<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote> “,”hed18. Wes Welker</div>
18. Wes Welker

Upon entering the league, Welker became Tom Brady’s favorite weapon on the Patriots. He led the NFL in 2007, 2009, and 2011 in catches and helped New England reach the Super Bowl twice in five seasons.

Though Welker never won a ring, he was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/CFFSKgiJ1TE\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”13″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/CFFSKgiJ1TE\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”><\/div><\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″><\/div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”><\/div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”> View this post on Instagram<\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”><\/div><\/div><\/a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/CFFSKgiJ1TE\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Jason Peters (@thebodyguard71)<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote> “,”hed19. Jason Peters</div>
19. Jason Peters

Jason Peters was a 320-pound tight end when he left the University of Arkansas. The NFL Scouts were enthusiastic about his talent but conflicted over what his potential in the league could be.

However, the Buffalo Bills gave him a shot on their offensive line, and he made nine All-Pro teams as a tackle for the Buffalo Bill and Philadelphia Eagles. He is still playing for the Eagles and is projected to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame whenever he decides to hang up his cleats.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/ceKAq-U5Anc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed20. Larry Little</div>
20. Larry Little

During the 1972 season, Larry Little started every game for the undefeated Miami Dolphins team and helped them back in 1973.

Little was named a five-time All-Pro, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

<div class =”code”>\n<blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/BZ4sfHqhxCm\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”13″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/BZ4sfHqhxCm\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”><\/div><\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″><\/div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”><\/div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”> View this post on Instagram<\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”><\/div><\/div><\/a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/BZ4sfHqhxCm\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Tony Romo (@tony.romo)<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote> “,”hed21. Tony Romo</div>
21. Tony Romo

Tony Romo is a 14-year veteran out of Eastern Illinois and did not get invited to the NFL draft in 2003.

Following the draft, he was offered a contract by the Dallas Cowboys, but it would take three years before Romo had the opportunity to start for the first time.

He took over for Drew Bledsoe after Bledsoe went down with an injury in Week 7 of 2006.

He would be named to four Pro Bowls and took the Cowboys to the playoff on four different occasions.

He now works as a color commentator for CBS Sports.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/BBRNmWIFtcg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed22. Nate Newton</div>
22. Nate Newton

Nate Newton was a five-time Pro Bowler and mainstay on one of the NFL’s best offensive lines with the Cowboys, who won three championships in the 1990s.

But every NFL team overlooked the All-MEAC right tackle out of College. 

The Washington Redskins cut Newton when he couldn’t make weight in training camp in 1983. Jimmy Johnson helped him figure it out in Dallas, and the rest is history. 

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/6KG7z-1fXC0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed23. London Fletcher</div>
23. London Fletcher

London Fletcher was just 5 feet 10 inches tall, but after an exceptional career with John Carroll, a Division III school in Ohio. The linebacker fully profited from his NFL opportunity with the Rams as a free agent not drafted in 1998.

He was one of the 1999 Rams Super Bowl champion team leaders and went to four Pro Bowls, all with the Washington Redskins.

A two-time All-Pro (2011, 2012), Fletcher finished his career with 1,380 solo tackles, the sixth all-time in NFL history.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/sKiZBDFI18U” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed24. Jeff Saturday</div>
24. Jeff Saturday

Jeff Saturday was excluded from the NFL Draft in 1998 due to his inadequate size. Despite this, the Ravens signed the 6-2 feet, 295 pounds lineman but released him before he played in a Baltimore uniform.

He then worked in retail before finding a home with the Indianapolis Colts, where he became a six-time Pro Bowler and twice All-Pro as a protector of Peyton Manning.

Now working in broadcasting, Saturday has been inducted into the Colts’ Ring of Honor and is still eligible to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/5oMZzA0Dutg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed25. Michael Bennett</div>
25. Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett did not get drafted after a tenuous career in College. The Seahawks signed him as a free agent in 2009, then released him after a couple of months, and the Buccaneers took him over.

After four seasons at Tampa, he went back to Seattle. He became one of the NFL’s most disruptive defensive linemen, Anchoring the Seahawk defense line for five seasons, earning three Pro Bowl appearances, and helping Seattle win its first Super Bowl.

In 2018, the Seahawks traded Bennett with the Eagles, which dealt him to the Patriots a year later. 

After ten years, Bennett announced his retirement before the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wanted to spend time with his family.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/m5lyov8mow8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed 26. Robby Anderson</div>
26. Robby Anderson

A rising star in the league, Robby Anderson finished second all-time in receiving yards at Temple University. He went undrafted but was signed by the New York Jets, where he started 62 out of 64 games in a Jets uniform. Before the 2020 season, he signed a two year deal with the Carolina Panthers, and over his five years in the league, he has 4155 yards and 23 touchdowns.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/o112cXBuMgA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed27. Chris Harris, Jr.</div>
27. Chris Harris, Jr.

Chris Harris Jr. went undrafted in 2011 out of Kansas but was signed by the Denver Broncos. It was a great decision because he made four Pro Bowls and helped them win a Superbowl. He was named to the 2010s All-Decade Team, and throughout his ten seasons in the league, he has snagged 22 interceptions.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/wBouVTA5bA4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed28. Doug Baldwin Jr.</div>
28. Doug Baldwin Jr.

Baldwin went undrafted out of Stanford in 2011, but the Seattle Seahawks scooped him up and paired him with Russell Wilson, and the pair hooked up for 49 touchdowns in seven seasons. Baldwin was a key piece for the Seahawks that helped lead the Seahawks to their first and only Super Bowl win.  Unfortunately, he suffered a career-ending injury in 2018 and was forced to retire.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/PYB4pVJfawg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed29. Bart Scott</div>
29. Bart Scott

Bart Scott went undrafted out of Southern Illinois University and played seven seasons, but was given a chance out of College by the Baltimore Ravens, where he would play from 2002-2008. The Jets would pick him up after that, where he played for four seasons, and he would finish his career with 538 tackles and 25 sacks.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/IgMh5_-hr64″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed30. Victor Cruz</div>
30. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz did not get drafted out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst but was picked up by the Giants, where he quickly made a name for himself. Every time he scored one of his career 25 touchdowns, he started salsa dancing in the endzone, quickly becoming his signature move. He would win a Super Bowl with the Giants during his six seasons in the league before he had to retire due to injury.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/hHsKT7yS8D0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed31. Spencer Paysinger</div>
31. Spencer Paysinger

After not being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Oregon where he played Chip Kelly, Paysinger signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. As a rookie, Paysinger did not get much playing time. In 15 games, he racked up just 12 tackles. 

However, he was a part of the Super Bowl XLVI winning team in 2012.  Over the next three years with the Giants, he accumulated 104 tackles in 47 games. He registered his first career sack in 2014, and in 2015 he signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins and re-signed in 2016.

During his time in Miami, he racked up 57 tackles. He would retire in 2017 after brief stints on the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers practice squads. After his football career, he moved onto acting, and he has been a major part of the CW hit series All-American, which is based on his life at Beverly Hills High School.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue With Sophie Bakalar, the Co-Founder of Fable

Sophie Bakalar, the Co-Founder of Fable, and her brother Jeremy Canade are rising entrepreneurs in the pet goods industry. Bakalar recently sat down with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto on the latest Open Dialogue episode to discuss the Fable brand, why she decided to start the company, and what she was doing before creating her business.

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So, what exactly is Fable?

“Fable is a highly innovative direct to consumer brand, and we make pet gear. So, all sorts of products to solve problems for you and your pets.  The idea is that we don’t just want to make stuff. We want to make stuff that solves problems, and that is the angle that comes with all of our products and design process,” said Bakalar.

“As much as we love and adore our pets, they do come with a lot of pain points and a lot of problems around cleanliness, convenience, anxiety, boredom, and time. There is just a huge range of issues with humans in the pet space. Usually, in urban areas, those are the problems that we want to solve.”

She continued: “So, we make all types of products for pets such as beds, leash, bowls, and toys. Everything that you would need for a pet, but we try to be thoughtful during the design process, trying to solve problems.”

Bakalar has always been a huge pet lover, which ultimately led her to start Fable with her Canade. 

“So, I have always wanted to do something in the pet space but never really thought about it from this perspective. However, at Collaborative Fund, as I was investing in consumer goods, I saw a lot of opportunities in the pet space. As things were changing from a consumer standpoint and a marketing perspective in terms of people getting married later, having kids later, and getting pets earlier,” shared Bakalar.

“This is all pre-COVID, which has changed all of that has accelerated a lot of these trends. But, even beforehand, there were so many different dynamics of how we live our lives have shifted—making it easier to care for pets.

So, I was looking for the pet space from an investment perspective and was surprised to see a lot of interesting opportunities in pet foods, Insurance, and other different categories.”

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Bakalar went on to say that she did not see many products that sparked her interest in the product space, and there hadn’t been anything introduced in some time. She took it as an opportunity to build a brand in the pet space. 

She also shared that she worked operations before getting into investing and was interested in getting back into the field. Meanwhile, Jeremy was in business development and strategies at Jet.com and had the itch to get back into operations as well. 

The first products that both Jeremy and Sophie collaborated on were a leash and collar.

“The first one that we did was a leash and collar set. In the beginning, some of the design’s thought processes were that we want to put ourselves out there and see what consumers want. See what consumers think, make sure that there is space in the market, and test our thesis to see if people want it in the market. So, start small, and those products are not even the main focuses anymore. We have introduced a slew of products, which focus more on our focus,” Bakalar said.

In a year where many businesses are suffering, how has the pandemic affected Fable?

“All of our expectations for this year have been turned upside down. Every month, mainly when COVID started, it completely shifted our expectations of how this business would go. We launched around January; we did a little testing last year but launched in January of this year.

Then we launched “The Crate,” and that did great. Then we had our second launch, “The Magic Link,” which is a walking system, and we were supposed to launch that in March. Then COVID hit, and then we had the discussion and came to the conclusion that it was the right time to launch a product,” said Bakalar.

Make sure you check out the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Sophie on Instagram and Twitter.

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Sports Strength

Tobias Harris Talks Social Justice, Esports, and Building His Dream Home

There is more to Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris than what you see on the basketball court.

When the NBA resumed its season after the forced suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Harris and the rest of the NBA were in the midst of fighting against social injustice issues such as police brutality and economic inequality.

On July 20, 2020, Harris was asked about Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook’s collaboration with the NBA on new social justice shirts. Instead of responding directly, he shifted the conversation to send a message to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to help bring Breonna Taylor’s killers to justice.

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“Nothing against the T-shirts, but we want to make sure that (Kentucky Attorney General) Daniel Cameron will arrest the cops and the officers involved with Breonna Taylor’s death, and that’s all I got to say,” Harris said before walking away.

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Harris recently spoke with ONE37pm’s Tyler Schmitt about his new property purchase on the west coast.

“I bought that about a year and a half ago, and it has been a process. Like no other learning process, too, from building something from the ground up, and I wanted to build my dream. Being able to get that off the ground, architect, planning, coastal, and it really is a true process,” said Harris. 

“It is also a learning experience as well, but [it is] really an interesting, cool thing, seeing it and making sure it is right. It has taken some time, and we are still in the process of dealing with the permits, but when it is all said and done, it is going to be beautiful.”

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How did Harris choose between purchasing something already established in comparison to building something from the ground up? It depends on how much knowledge he has on the topic and how he must complete it.

“If I have the time and really the knowledge to do things and understand, I am all for it. At first, I wanted to purchase something that was already established, but everything that I was looking at cost x-amount of dollars to really get what I wanted. So, that route came about out there in that area in San Diego, and the views are amazing, and I wanted to capitalize on that,” Harris said.

“So, when I saw the piece of land, that is when I knew that is where I wanted to live. I want to be able to wake up and see that view every morning and enjoy that with my family. So, that learning experience and being able to have that creativity factor is a real key for me.”

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Esports and gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry, and you are seeing numerous athletes such as San Francisco 49ers’ cornerback Richard Sherman and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine embracing it. Harris is not a big gamer nowadays, but in the past, that wasn’t the case. Harris also elaborated on his, let’s say, ‘lack of skill’ at video games.

“I’m not the biggest gamer I used to be. I used to play Call of Duty, Madden, and Fortnite, but I am not good at video games. I played Fortnite for three months, and I was not finishing in first place, and I was like, this is not for me,” he shared.  “However, I know it is a huge business, esports, and everything down that line is big. It is just tough for me to get into it.”

Be sure to check out what Tobias Harris is doing on the court and off it and watch the full interview above. You can follow Tobias on Instagram and Twitter.

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Sports Strength

These Are The 35 Best Michael Jordan Quotes of All-Time

Basketball legend Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. During those years in Chicago and Washington DC, Jordan achieved numerous accolades and is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player ever.

For example, he is a 14-time all-star, has six NBA championships, is a 5-time Most Valuable Player, 6-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, 3-time All-Star MVP, 10-time scoring champion, 10-time All-NBA First Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, 2-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner, NBA Defensive Play of the Year, and an NCAA National Championship at the University of North Carolina.

He is also widely seen as the best basketball player of all-time, but if you ask him, he doesn’t want the title because it is disrespectful to the players that came before him, according to CBS Sports’ Chris Bengel.

“I don’t want it in a sense because I think it disrespects Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West—you know all the guys that prior to me I never had a chance to play against,” Jordan said. “What everybody is saying I am, I never had the chance to compete against other legends that were prior to me. When I hear it, I cringe a little bit because it’s a little bit embarrassing because no one knows. I never had the chance to, once again, to play against those guys. I would love to have played against them, but I never did. And for you to say that I’m better than him … I mean it’s your opinion; it’s their opinion. I accept that as their opinion. If you ask me, I would never say that I am the greatest player. That’s because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan.”

With that being said, we here at ONE37pm have decided to name the top 35 quotes that one of the NBA’s most pulverizing figures said throughout his life and career.

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1. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

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2. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” — Michael Jordan

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3. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” — Michael Jordan

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4. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” — Michael Jordan

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5. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”— Michael Jordan

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6. “To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.” — Michael Jordan

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7. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan

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8. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed9. \t\u201cAlways turn a negative situation into a positive situation.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
9. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/43G3Url-R8\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”13″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/43G3Url-R8\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”><\/div><\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″><\/div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”><\/div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”> View this post on Instagram<\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”><\/div><\/div><\/a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/43G3Url-R8\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Michael Jordan (@michaeljordan)<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote> “,”hed10. \u201cEverybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
10. “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed11. \u201cTo learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
11. “To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed12. \u201cNever say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
12. “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed13. \u201cDon\u2019t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
13. “Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed14. \u201cMake it happen\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
14. “Make it happen” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed15.\u201cIf you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
15.“If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed16 \u201cI\u2019ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
16 “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed17. \u201cOnce I made a decision, I never thought about it again.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
17. “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed18. \u201cThe minute you get away from fundamentals \u2013 whether it\u2019s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation \u2013 the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you\u2019re doing.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
18. “The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed19. \u201cThe key to success is failure.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
19. “The key to success is failure.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed19. \u201cThe key to success is failure.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
19. “The key to success is failure.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/tv\/B6hSxeGH3tv\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”13″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/tv\/B6hSxeGH3tv\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”><\/div><\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″><\/div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”><\/div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”> View this post on Instagram<\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”><\/div><\/div><\/a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/tv\/B6hSxeGH3tv\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Michael Jordan (@michaeljordan)<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote> “,”hed20. \u201cSome people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
20. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed21. \u201cLearning\u2019s a gift, even when pain is your teacher.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
21. “Learning’s a gift, even when pain is your teacher.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed22 \u201cWinning isn\u2019t always championships.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
22 “Winning isn’t always championships.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed23. \u201cThere is no \u201cI\u201d in team but there is in win.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
23. “There is no “I” in team but there is in win.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed24. \u201cI play to win, whether during practice or a real game.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
24. “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed25. \u201cSometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
25. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed26. \u201cEvery time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
26. “Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed27. \u201cThe best come from the worst.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
27. “The best come from the worst.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed28. \u201cI never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot\u2026 When you think about the consequences you will always think of the negative result.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
28. “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… When you think about the consequences you will always think of the negative result.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed29. \u201cI\u2019ve never lost a game, I just ran out of time.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
29. “I’ve never lost a game, I just ran out of time.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/Bmb4CnHHgaI\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”13″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/Bmb4CnHHgaI\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”><\/div><\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″><\/div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”><\/div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”> View this post on Instagram<\/div><\/div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”><\/div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”><\/div><\/div><\/div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”><\/div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”><\/div><\/div><\/a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/Bmb4CnHHgaI\/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by Michael Jordan (@michaeljordan)<\/a><\/p><\/div><\/blockquote> “,”hed \r\n30. \u201cI\u2019m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
30. “I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed31. \u201cMy body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn\u2019t stand the sideline.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
31. “My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed32. \u201cThe game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
32. “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed33. \u201cI know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
33. “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed \r\n34. \u201cIt\u2019s heavy-duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can. People may not agree with that. I can\u2019t live with what everyone\u2019s impression of what I should or what I shouldn\u2019t do.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
34. “It’s heavy-duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can. People may not agree with that. I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.” — Michael Jordan

<div class =”code”>”,”hed35. \u201cIf it turns out that my best wasn\u2019t good enough, at least I won\u2019t look back and say I was afraid to try.\u201d \u2014 Michael Jordan”,”subhed”,”buttonText”,”buttonUrl,”jwplayer”</div>
35. “If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try.” — Michael Jordan

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‘NBA 2K21’ Best Jumpshot: Your Ultimate Guide

When it comes to setting up custom jumpshots, Jump Shot Creator from NBA 2K21 provides players with plenty of options. A lot of fans are working hard right now to find the jumpshot that meets their needs. After all, securing a good jumpshot is crucial to a player’s success in NBA 2K21. This guide aims to describe some of the best options fans can try in the game.

NBA 2K21 players have immediate access to the game’s Jump Shot Creator by opening the MyPLAYER Appearance tab nearby.

That is not exactly how things worked in NBA 2K20, where players needed to unlock the ability to create personalized jumpers by completing exercises at the team’s practice facility.

Fans who come straight from this title may be happy to know that the Jump Shot Creator becomes available even faster this time. There are over 300 combinations of basic Jumpshots animations that you can choose from, and you can even watch those NBA players demonstrate these techniques.

It’s also important to note that players should not expect the customized jumps described here to immediately repair their shot in this year’s NBA 2K. While fans will finally succeed with one of these jumpers, using them will not replace the need to learn how to shoot well in NBA 2K21.

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1. Isaiah Canaan Jumpshot

The Isaiah Canaan shot gives players the speed they need to lob shots fast, but they will need quite the reflexes to hit the green. If a player is comfortable with the game and has fast thumbs, this Jumpshot is really tough to beat. Getting down will not be easy, but it will be worthwhile once players start to land three-pointer after three-pointer.

The Isaiah Canaan Jumpshot is really good for those seeking out fast shots. One extra second may be the difference between a score and a blocked shot when it comes to your shooting form.

With Canaan’s shot, you will get the ball into the air almost as soon as you press the shot button. This fast shot will also work well with the release meter because the timing is simple enough to get used to it. Of course, this does not guarantee a made basket, but there is no doubt that it increases your chances.

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2. Kevin Love Jumpshot

Kevin Love’s shot is a general kind of Jumpshot. This cliché is aimed at new players who want to know that they will land in the green zone. It is reliable for all sorts of gameplay styles.

While it is not the best Jumpshots in the game for everyone, it is a great middle-ground for most situations. This makes it easy to use, whether players are actively defended or not.

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3. Steph Curry Jumpshot

Steph Curry is, without a doubt, one of the best shooters in the NBA, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he makes this list, as he has one of the best NBA 2K21 Jumpshots as well. It can go higher than any other NBA player, and while it is not the best in terms of speed, you can use this Jumpshot effectively during defensive games.

It is an easy jumpshot that is slow enough to make green zoning easy every time. There are several basic jumpshots you can work out with. Once you get the hang of them, you can mix and match to make your own custom Jumpshots.

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4. Custom Jumpshots to rising Above The Rest

Whether you are new to the game or simply need a shot to ease your way into landing all these perfect green areas for the best shots, these are the best setups for a perfect custom jumpshot.

Base

Carmelo Anthony

Release 1

Kyle Korver

Release 2

Release 1

This Jumpshot is relatively slow but precise and useful for younger players. As you become more skillful and get a sense of when to release the Jumpshots, a faster option might be more helpful. This provides ample time to get that timing down perfectly.

Base

Jump Shot 35

Release 1

Harrison Barnes

Release 2

Stephen Curry

This custom jumpshot is a bit faster, but it also provides the unique jump movement from Harrison Barnes. It also makes it possible to get an idea of the ideal time to go out. The Steph Curry jumpshot is less important here, but the motion from the wrist to the end is superb and reminds us of the great Steph.

For those who want something a bit faster, but that always looks good, remember to use Base 22 or Michael Jordan. Base 22 is probably a bit quicker, but not a lot.

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5. Speed It Up

Once you are comfortable with the hits and reliably enter the green area before the release, it’s time to speed up your game. Make sure you have a Quick Draw. Once this is done, try the following combination:

Base                    Jump Shot 38

Release 1            Tony Parker

Release 2            Carmelo Anthony

With a 75/25 mix between Parker and Anthony, this is one of the fastest Jumpshots in the game. Having the ability to land continuously perfect shots in the green area with this shot will make you feel lightning fast and unstoppable.

Another option for a fast, reliable Jumpshot also uses Jump Shot 38, but with two different releases:

Base

Jump Shot 38

Release 1

Rudy Gay

Release 2

LaMarcus Aldridge

This configuration still requires Quick Draw (Hall of Fame) but works wonderfully with its speed and reliability for any player.

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Gaming Interviews

Inside the Screen with Adin Ross

On this week’s episode of Inside the Screen, Don speaks with popular creator Adin Ross. If you are unfamiliar with him, he made headlines earlier this year, while streaming his 2K gameplay with Bronny James.

During that interaction, Bronny’s famous father, basketball superstar LeBron James, hopped on to chat with Ross for a couple of minutes, a big fan of the four-time NBA Champion.

Their conversation was incredibly insightful for those looking to enter the YouTube and Twitch spaces heading into 2021. Ross talked about how the E-Dating Show has helped him grow his following despite the pandemic.

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“It has been F***** crazy. When NBA 2K was dead, I made the hashtag make 2K fun again. If you do not know me, I made a hashtag that went number one worldwide ‘Make 2K fun again,’ all the content creatives retweeted it and stood by my side,” said Ross.

“Honestly, bro, 2K was s***, all gaming was s***, and I knew I had to switch it up. So, I went from averaging 10,000 views or 11,000 to doubling it. E-Date really helped me because people love it. It is interactive, it is like a tv show, and that is where it took me to that next step.”

 

Recently, Twitch banned the words  “Simp,” “Incel,” “Virgin,” and other “sexually focused terms.” If used by streamers or chatters on the popular streaming game service, they are subject to losing their accounts, according to ArsTechnica. 

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Twitch COO Sara Clemens said that the terms would be barred specifically when used in a context that “negatively refer[s] to another person’s sexual activity.” Twitch later clarified in a statement that “using these terms on their own wouldn’t lead to an enforcement [action], but we would take action if they were used repeatedly in a harassing manner.”

So, how will this policy change affect Ross and others like him?

“Dude, it’s f***** ridiculous, it is scary as s***, and I can’t be myself. It is really going to be hard to figure out what we are going to do, but we will get there when we get there. I’m going to try my hardest not to get banned. The hardest thing will be that I can’t say these words that I say to my friends.”

You can watch the full interview with the Adin Ross and the Don above, and you can follow Adin Ross on Instagram and Twitter.