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Peyton Manning wears brother Eli's Ole Miss jersey on 'Monday Night Football' after Tennessee loss to Rebels

For the first time this season, Peyton and Eli Manning's football rivalry broke through in a big way during the ManningCast of "Monday Night Football."


No, not between the Giants and Colts/Broncos, but between the Ole Miss Rebels and Tennessee Volunteers. Their latest broadcast opened with Peyton Manning sporting his younger brother's Ole Miss jersey, which neither brother acknowledged until three or four minutes into the broadcast. Eli Manning finally broke the tension when he complimented his brother's style.


"I lost a bet, folks. Ole Miss beat Tennessee two weeks ago," Peyton Manning said. "That was the bet: The loser had to wear the other guy's jersey. I thought throwing six interceptions was tough against the Chargers, but having to wear an Ole Miss jersey on national TV, having to broadcast the Saints-Seattle game, two teams that beat me in the Super Bowl, it just doesn't get any better than this, (Eli)."
For those who don't remember: The Manning brothers took a three-week hiatus from broadcasting "Monday Night Football," during which time Tennessee and Ole Miss faced off in Neyland Stadium. The game was hotly contested, as Rebels coach Lane Kiffin made his first return to Knoxville as a head coach. It was a 31-26 win for the Rebels, though that wasn't the biggest story from the night by a long shot.


Late in the game, officials ruled a Tennessee player just short of the line to gain on fourth-and-24. That stirred the hometown crowd into a frenzy, as fans in the stadium forced the game to be delayed for 20 minutes after pelting Kiffin and Co. with trash.
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Peyton Manning Wears Eli s Jersey on Monday Night Football s Manning Cast

A Manning brother always repays his debts.


Peyton and Eli Manning made their triumphant return to the air waves for Monday night s matchup between the Saints and Seahawks, and there was plenty of intrigue before the game even started. Peyton appeared on screen rocking Eli s Ole Miss jersey as part of a lost bet from two weeks ago, when Tennessee Peyton s alma mater lost to the Rebels at Neyland Stadium. In typical Manning fashion, the settled bet did not come without the usual brotherly verbal sparring.
 I know you asked for one of my own, real jerseys,  Eli said after Peyton complained his was too small.  But I didn t want your big head stretching out the neck too much, because then I would never be able to wear it again. 


Ole Miss won that game, 31 26, a week before knocking off LSU at home on a night that the school retired Eli s jersey. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, a frequent Twitter user and persistent social media presence, seized the opportunity to remind Peyton that the jersey he was sporting was no longer available.
Both Eli and father Archie starred at Ole Miss, while Peyton went his own way to Tennessee. Though it was Peyton who had to pay up tonight, he had the upper hand in college, winning his only two meetings with Ole Miss by a combined score of 72 20.

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Ole Miss football will be rolling out the red carpet for Eli Manning's jersey retirement Saturday

Ole Miss football is honoring one of their own this Saturday against LSU, as the school will retire Eli Manning's No. 10 jersey. 


Manning, who played from 2000-2003, will be honored with a ceremony that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the third jersey retired in Ole Miss history, with Manning joining his father, Archie Manning (No. 18), and Chucky Mullins (No. 38). 


Eli Manning is Ole Miss football's career leading passer with 10,119 yards and the school's career leader in touchdowns with 84. Manning finished third in the 2003 Heisman Trophy voting and won the 2003 Maxwell Award before becoming the first pick in 2004 NFL Draft. He is the only Ole Miss player to be taken first overall in the NFL Draft. 
Ole Miss football:Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin comments on Ed Orgeron news, addresses LSU coaching rumors


Bowl projections:Ole Miss football bowl projections: Where experts expect Lane Kiffin, Rebels to play


The game will be a family affair as Manning's nephew, Arch Manning, son of Eli's brother Cooper, plans to be at the game on a recruiting trip. Arch is a five-star quarterback out of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a part of the 2023 recruiting class. 
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Eli Manning Talks Ole Miss, Jersey Retirement, Life After Football

Eli Manning is having his No. 10 jersey retired at Ole Miss on Saturday when the Rebels play host to LSU, and he is spending time reminiscing on his career as a Rebel.


Manning was made available to media on Thursday at The Inn at Ole Miss, and he discussed how important this day is for both him and his family.


"I'm just excited about it, honestly," Manning said. "I love Ole Miss and loved my time here. Still a fan and watch and root for the team. I grew up an Ole Miss fan, coming to games and coming to the Grove, and to be here for five years and have my jersey retired up there next to my dad and Chucky Mullins is going to be special."


Manning helped lead Ole Miss to a 10-3 record in 2003 with a victory over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl, and once his career in Oxford was over, he took a plethora of memories with him to the NFL.
"I have a lot of great memories," Manning said. "Beating Alabama my sophomore year was pretty special. My junior year, beating Florida here when they were a top-five team in the country. My senior year, being with a lot of guys who came in, and a lot of us redshirted. Having the senior year we did and finishing in the Cotton Bowl was pretty special, as well."


Manning was originally supposed to have his jersey retired last season when Auburn visited Ole Miss, but due to the pandemic, it was postponed to 2021. During the pandemic, Manning made the most of his opportunities with his family.


"We actually spent a lot of that time here in Oxford," Manning said. "Enjoyed being with the family and going through bike rides through campus. Threw some routes on the field to the kids and found a way to enjoy that time. It's been fun teaming up with Peyton again and doing Monday Night Football. We're having fun doing that."


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Patrick Mahomes' Brother Apologizes For Dancing On Late NFL Player Sean Taylor's Retired Jersey Number

Jackson Mahomes, the brother of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is issuing a public apology to deceased NFL player Sean Taylor's fans and family after a video surfaced of him dancing in a roped-off area painted with the athlete's retired jersey number. Jackson posted a brief video of himself dancing behind the roped-off area at the Chiefs game against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, People reports. Under his feet, viewers can see Taylor's jersey number, 21, painted in a large font on FedEx Field. He's since deleted the TikTok from his account, though it's been reposted on several platforms.
Jackson was called out by multiple users on social media, some of whom called the move "unbelievable," before he gave an apology Sunday night. He said he meant no disrespect toward Taylor's family but said he was instructed by FedEx Field workers to stand in the sectioned-off area. 


"I want to sincerely apologize for accidentally being on the Sean Taylor #21 at FedEx Field. We were directed to stand in that area and I meant absolutely no disrespect to him or his family," Jackson tweeted.


The Washington Football Team (WFT) announced the organization would be retiring Taylor's jersey last week. Taylor died tragically in 2007 while protecting his family during a home invasion. He played for four seasons in the NFL, all of which were with WFT. In addition to the retired number, the team also renamed the road leading to FedEx Field in Taylor's honor. Both ceremonies took place at Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, with Taylor's family present. 


According to Fox 4 Kansas City, Jackson became popular on TikTok for his football game day content. He's been seen making videos with his brother's fiancée Brittany Matthews, as well as Travis Kelces girlfriend Kayla Nicole. 


The recent TikTok controversy is only Jackson's latest move to draw backlash. He was publicly called out in September after he was caught on video dumping a bottle of water on a Baltimore Ravens fan who was sitting in the row beneath him at Maryland's M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens fan was reportedly giving Jackson a hard time after the Chiefs fell short to the Ravens 35 36. 
His brother opened up about the incident, telling the Kansas City Star that his brother typically has to take a lot of jabs from fans in the stands. 


"He takes a lot and he's usually pretty good at it," the quarterback said, adding that "he'll learn from it and just try to stay away from those people as best he can."
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The Washington Football Team is retiring NFL star Sean Taylor's jersey after he was killed 14 years ago

(CNN)The Washington Football Team paid tribute Sunday to beloved football legend Sean Taylor, who was killed in 2007 while protecting his family from a home burglary.


The National Football League (NFL) team retired his jersey number, 21, during a ceremony before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. During the pregame ceremony, nearly 100 alumni players were also honored at FedExField in Prince George's County, Maryland, the Washington Football Team said in a press release Thursday.
This is the third time in the Washington Football Team's 89-year history a jersey number was retired, according to the team.
"I came into the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him apart. I and many others looked to him as a role model," Washington Football Team president Jason Wright said in the release.
"The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him up as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to mirror his excellence in our own ways."
Taylor was 24 years old when he was shot during an apparent burglary at his home in Miami, where he was rehabilitating after a knee injury. He died the next day.
Police said Taylor and his girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were awakened by noise coming from the living room early November 26. Taylor got up and locked the bedroom door, but the door was kicked in and two shots were fired.
A bullet struck the femoral artery in Taylor's leg, causing massive blood loss. Garcia and the couple's 18-month-old daughter were unharmed.
Four men were charged with felony first-degree murder in Taylor's shooting death.
Honoring the father, brother, and football star
Taylor played for the Washington Football Team all four seasons of his NFL career, according to the team. He was regarded as one of the hardest-hitting players in the NFL.
The 2004 first-round draft pick also played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003.
Taylor recorded 257 tackles (206 solo) during his brief career, two sacks and seven interceptions.
Dubbing him "the prototype NFL free safety," Washington credited Taylor's team-leading tackling prowess for sending him to his first Pro Bowl after 2006.
Along with retiring his jersey number, the Washington Football Team also renamed the road leading to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road in his honor, according to the release.

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Blake Griffin Reveals Details of Jersey Retirement Ceremony Clippers Held For Him

Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin finally revealed specifics of the jersey retirement ceremony the LA Clippers held for him
Just months before dealing him to the Detroit Pistons, the LA Clippers did all they could to convince franchise player Blake Griffin to re-sign with the team. These efforts included a fake jersey retirement ceremony for Blake, which illustrated his jersey being lifted into the Staples Center rafters after being a Clipper for life. Until recently, details of this ceremony were widely unavailable; however, in a recent interview with Graham Bensinger, Blake revealed some details.


According to Blake, the ceremony began with a walk through memory lane of his life. Blake said, "It was crazy, we walked in and a lot of my teammates were there. Obviously good to see them, but I also felt bad, I was like sorry guys you didn't have to come to this." On the details of the presentation, Blake said, "They had like different phases of my life, like my childhood with big giant blown up pictures. They had certain things from my childhood like this green bike, a basketball, a little tike goal, then you turn a corner and it's high school with my high school state championship trophies, and medals, and pictures again."
Blake said the visual trip down memory lane began from his childhood and walked him all the way through college and his early days in the NBA. The presentation ultimately led Blake to a couch at mid-court of the Staples Center floor where he sat with his family and watched his jersey get lifted into the rafters. According to Blake, they also had Andra Day there to perform her song "Rise Up" with a choir during the ceremony.


Blake said the ceremony was one of the craziest things he had ever seen, but it wasn't what convinced him to re-sign. When asked how much of an impact the ceremony had, Blake said it was actually the business discussion that followed the ceremony that convinced him to re-sign with the Clippers.


Just months after giving him this ceremony, the Clippers dealt Blake to Detroit where he ultimately added one more All-NBA appearance to his hall-of-fame career before agreeing to a buyout and joining the Brooklyn Nets.
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The Brooklyn Nets, in Desperate Need of Good PR, Should Retire a Former Legends Jersey, Says ExNBA Guard: Hes One of the Greatest Players to Come Through There

Its been an eventful offseason for the Brooklyn Nets, to say the least. With Kyrie Irvings vaccine drama dominating headlines, the Nets enter the new season surrounded by lots of negative publicity. But should the franchise follow the advice of exNBA guard Nick Anderson, they could bring themselves some good mojo by retiring the jersey of former Net Vince Carter.


Vince Carter had a productive stint with the Nets
About 18 months after Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets appeared in their second straight NBA Finals, the team swung a trade for Carter. The highflying guard, who entered the league in 1998, spent over six seasons with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Nets in December 2004.
Carter immediately became a force for New Jersey. The twotime AllNBA selection averaged 23.6 points across 4.5 seasons in East Rutherford. Carter made the AllStar team from 200507, while also playing no fewer than 76 games in any season.


With Vinsanity, the Nets made the playoffs in each of Carters AllStar seasons. But once Kidd was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2008, New Jersey had consecutive 3448 seasons. Then, with the Nets ready for a rebuild and Carter on the books for two more years and over $30 million, the eighttime AllStar was shipped to the Orlando Magic in 2009.


Nick Anderson says the Brooklyn Nets should retire Carters jersey
Vince Carter, pictured here with the former New Jersey and now Brooklyn Nets. | Chris McGrath/Getty Images
The 13year veteran Anderson spent most of his career with the Magic, one of Carters eight former teams. In an interview with Bally Sports, the former guard said the Nets should immediately hang Vinsanitys number 15 in the rafters
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New Jersey Devils Sign Jimmy Vesey to a One Season Contract; Cut 3 More from Camp

Elliotte Friedman reported this afternoon that the New Jersey Devils have signed Jimmy Vesey to a one season contract worth $800,000. Per the Devils  official website, it is a one-way contract. Vesey was with the New Jersey Devils on a professional try-out basis in the hopes of getting a contract. He succeeded. Vesey now joins Frederik Gauthier as players out of camp that earned a contract. Since Gauthier was placed on waivers today, it appears that Vesey has also made the New Jersey team for the time being.


Seeing Vesey get a deal makes more sense to me based on what he did in preseason. Vesey played in more games. He played in a bottom-six role which would align with where he would likely play in New Jersey. He received PK time, which is an area of some need among the forwards. While I did not think Vesey played great, he certainly was not bad. Being able to hold his own is enough for the role of 12th to 14th forward and Vesey showed that. The signing makes sense.


Gauthier was the only Devil placed on waivers, which does confirm that Utica is in his future. There are some interesting names on the waiver wire  Alex Barre-Boulet, Jacob MacDonald  but I do not know if the Devils will be interested in taking someone. Even if they are, I am not sure where they stand in the waiver order after claiming Mason Geertsen last week. If they are near the back, then they would need to hope the rest of the league is not so interested. But I think the Devils  aims are going to be more about cutting down the roster to 23 men by 5 PM ET, which is the league s deadline, rather than adding names.
To that end, the Devils made two more cuts today. Per Corey Masisak, the Devils assigned Jesper Boqvist and Akira Schmid to Utica. Schmid to Utica was inevitable. He is a goalie, this is his first pro season, and he is nowhere near the top two at that position. The AHL makes sense for him. As for Boqvist, this is a disappointment for him. He never really shined in preseason. He has done poorly at the NHL in past stints in New Jersey. Given that he is 10 games away from losing his waiver exemption, moving him down now is a lot easier than later. Boqvist has done well in the AHL so a call up is in the cards. But if he wants to stick in the NHL, he really needs to make the next opportunity count. I do not know how many more he will get.


The demotions of Schmid and Boqvist and the eventual demotion of Gauthier brings the Devils down to 28 players on their roster. Unless I am mistaken in that count, the Devils have to cut at least five more players. Tyce Thompson could be demoted without going through waivers. Tyler Wotherspoon could be released from his PTO. Then it gets a bit tricky given the injuries in the lineup. Given that Scott Wedgewood, Marian Studenic, Colton White, and Geertsen are still with New Jersey, I would imagine some of the waiver ineligible players may be moved down to Utica tomorrow. Even if it is just for the day to allow for others to clear waivers. So if you see Alexander Holtz and/or Dawson Mercer moved down tomorrow, then do not freak out. It may be a paper move.


Going back to Vesey, congratulations to him for earning a contract out of camp. I wish him the best in New Jersey. Look for more moves to be made tomorrow before 5 PM ET. Please leave your reactions to this signing and what other moves the Devils will make tomorrow in the comments. Thank you for reading.
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Lorain senior football players share jerseys with staff members who've meant most to them

LORAIN  By the time they reach senior year, high school students have interacted with countless school staff members.
On Thursday, senior football players at Lorain High School honored the staff members who have meant the most to them by sharing their jerseys for the day. The idea for the jersey exchange program came from head football coach Damion Creel, who brought it with him from his previous coaching job at Beachwood. Thursday was senior night for the team.


 Relationships are big for me,  Creel said.  And I just want our kids to have those relationships with the adults at Lorain High, so that they can learn how to deal with people and create a culture and an atmosphere here that is loving and respectful from teacher to student, and student to teacher. 


Wilfredo Gotay Cotto, who plays outside linebacker for the Titans, chose school safety officer Michael Grissom to wear his jersey. Gotay Cotto said he can always find Grissom on the sideline at football games, but he also considers the safety officer a mentor in life outside of sports.
 How I walked in and how I felt, he saw right through it. He knew when something was wrong,  Gotay Cotto said.  He would talk to me as reality. 


Being a mentor who really knows the students is something Grissom said he aspires to, so he can help address situations before they even happen. He said it has been a pleasure to watch Gotay Cotto grow from his freshman year to now, and he became emotional when learning the senior had chosen him to exchange his jersey with.


 Sometimes as people working with students, you dont know you have that (connection) until something like this happens,  Grissom said.  You can talk to them all the time, but yeah, it was an emotional part for me. 


Senior center and guard Jacob Addis chose health and physical education teacher Melissa Sayers Wodtly to wear his jersey because she taught him how to push through adversity and leave grudges behind.


 Shes basically taught me a lot of things that helped me through high school,  he said.
Addis is now the president of the peer mediation club at Lorain High School, which is advised by Sayers Wodtly. He was drawn to the club as a freshman because the members at the time made the group feel like a family, and now he is in a position to have that same impact on other students.


Looking back on the moment he told Sayers Wodtly hed like her to wear his jersey, Addis smiled and remembered how excited she was to be recognized in that way.


She described her teaching style as  firm but fair  and said her caring nature makes her a mother figure for some students. Sayers Wodtly said she has seen many of the seniors grow from  young boys to amazing young men  during their time at Lorain High School.


Damarion Rivera, a senior offensive tackle, reflected on his freshman year when selecting early college and academic specialist Matthew Kielian as the staff member to wear his jersey.


 One time I basically had a breakdown, and I went to him and talked to him,  Rivera said.  We just connected after that. 


When this school year began after the COVID 19 pandemic kept students home for large parts of the previous two years, Rivera said Kielian again gave him excellent advice for his classes.
Kielian  who also is Lorains head boys basketball coach  said it means a lot for a staff member to realize how appreciated they are and how much they appreciate their students. He said many of his conversations with Rivera are about maximizing every opportunity given to him.


 I think there are times when our kids need that extra push, that extra encouragement. Damarion is doing really well, and Im extremely proud,  Kielian said.


Lorain faced Shaker Heights at George Daniel Field on Thursday evening. Creel plans to have the entire football team participate in the jersey exchange before the final game of the season, against Shaw High School.

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Pau Gasol retires Lakers reportedly planning to hang up No. 16

Pau Gasol retired from basketball on Tuesday and is expected to soon have his jersey retired by the Lakers.
Former Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol is expected to soon join the ranks of franchise immortals as the team reportedly plans to retire his jersey. Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group and Shams Charania of The Athletic both report the news in the wake of Gasol announcing his retirement from basketball earlier on Tuesday.
 Pau Gasol is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished players of his generation. A two time NBA champion six time NBA All Star three time Olympic medalist and world champion Paul inspired countless fans through his remarkable skill and passion for the game. But what sets Pau apart is his tireless commitment to giving back to his native Spain and other communities around the world which he continues to make a priority. We congratulate Pau on an outstanding career and thank him for being such a dedicated ambassador for our league. 
He announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday ending a career that lasted more than two decades and earned him two NBA titles and a world championship gold with Spain s national team.


In having his No. 16 retired by the Lakers Gasol would become the 11th player to receive that honor and the first since Kobe Bryant had his Nos. 8 and 24 retired in 2017. The other numbers retired by the Lakers: Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13) Elgin Baylor (No. 22) Gail Goodrich (No. 25) Magic Johnson (No. 32) Kareem Abdul Jabbar (No. 33) Shaquille O Neal (No. 34) James Worthy (No. 42) Jerry West (No. 44) and Jamaal Wilkes (No. 52).


Gasol was acquired by the Lakers at the trade deadline in 2008 in a deal that saw the Memphis Grizzlies send him and a second round pick to L.A. for Kwame Brown Javaris Crittenton Marc Gasol Aaron McKie and two future first round picks.


The 41 year old Gasol had already announced his farewell from international basketball in August after Spain lost to the United States in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games which marked his fifth Olympics.
Gasol had been with Spanish club Barcelona since February. His career had stalled before that because a left foot stress fracture that lingered and kept him from playing for nearly two years.


 I m going to retire from professional basketball,  Gasol said.  It s a difficult decision after so many years but it s a decision that I really thought over. 


Gasol won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 while averaging 17 points and 9.2 rebounds in 1,226 regular season games with five NBA teams including the Memphis Grizzlies Chicago Bulls San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks. He was the No. 3 pick in the 2001 NBA draft being selected by Atlanta and traded to Memphis.


Gasol last played in the NBA with the Bucks in 2019. He signed with the Portland Trail Blazers that year but never got to play.


Gasol won a world championship title with Spain in 2006 in addition to European titles in 2009 2011 and 2015.
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Capitals Sign Vincent Iorio

The defenseman has signed a three-year entry level contract
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Vincent Iorio to a three-year entry level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Iorio's contract will carry an average annual value of $875,833.


The Capitals selected Iorio, 18, with the 55 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The 6'4", 200-pound defenseman appeared in one preseason game for the Capitals on Sept. 29 against the New Jersey Devils before being assigned to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) on Oct. 1.


The Coquitlam, British Columbia, native was ranked 27th among North American defensemen by NHL Central Scouting prior to the 2021 NHL Draft. Iorio registered 12 points (5g, 7a) in 22 games with Brandon during the 2020-21 season. He ranked third among Wheat King defensemen in points last season, and his 0.55 points per game was the highest of his three-year WHL career. 


During the 2017-18 season, Iorio won the WHL Cup gold medal. Additionally, Iorio played two seasons with Shattuck St. Mary's hockey program, which has included former players such as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise.
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The Green Bay Packers added a pocket to Aaron Jones' jersey so he can play while carrying his father's ashes

(CNN)Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers received a heartwarming gesture from his team after losing a pendant containing his father's ashes during a game.


After the black pendant was found, Red Batty, the team's equipment manager, built a small pocket onto Jones' jersey, perfectly measured to securely hold the pendant, the Green Bay Packers said on Twitter Sunday.
"I can just drop it in there and I don't have to worry about it falling out, so I can play with it," Jones said during a press conference Friday, confirming he wore the jersey with the pendent during the Packers' last game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 26.
Jones' father, Alvin Jones Sr., passed away in April from Covid-19 complications, KTSM producer Andra Litton confirmed on Twitter.
The Packers' running back initially wore the football-shaped pendant on a chain, but lost it in the end zone during one of his touchdowns in a game against the Detroit Lions on September 20. Team trainer Bryan "Flea" Engel found the pendant, Jones tweeted, along with a photo of the pendant.
Jones added he is looking to get a new chain for the pendant, so he can keep it on him nearly "at all times," but for now, he wears it on game days.
"It's something I'll continue to do," Jones said. "Just keep my dad with me everywhere I go."
The athlete was very close to his father, who didn't miss any of his son's' games in nine years, Jones said in an Instagram tribute to his dad following his death.
The athlete was featured during an episode of The Adam Schefter podcast, that will air next week, in which he spoke on the significance of the gesture from his team, ESPN reported.
"It just shows how special our staff is, and our support staff here with the Packers in Green Bay from the training staff to our equipment staff to [the] coaching staff to [the] GM," Jones said during the episode.
"Just the whole time I've been experiencing this and dealing with this, they've been there for me, from the funeral to this."
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New Jersey Devils Cut Four More from Camp; Claimed Mason Geertsen from Waivers

The New Jersey Devils cut four more players from camp today: Chase Stillman, Nate Schnarr, Robbie Russo, and Brian Flynn. The Devils also claimed Mason Geertsen, a large minor league skater from waivers.
The New Jersey Devils announced four more cuts from their training camp roster this afternoon. According to the team s official website, they are Chase Stillman, Robbie Russo, Nate Schnarr, and Brian Flynn. Stillman is being re assigned to his major junior team, the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. Russo and Flynn have been placed on waivers; should they clear them, then they will be assigned to Utica. Schnarr has been directly demoted to the Utica Comets.


This announcement is not a big surprise. While all four played in a preseason game in this past week, neither of them had made a significant impact or had any large expectation of making the team. Flynn and Russo were signed primarily for Utica and Schnarr has yet to impress enough at the AHL to warrant a look at the NHL level. I would expect Flynn and Russo to clear waivers unless someone in another organization really likes them. As for Stillman, he needs experience. He was just drafted after a season of only eight season games in a Danish U 20 league and a World U 18 Championship appearance. It makes sense for him and his development to go back to Sudbury and hopefully emerge as one of the OHL s better forwards.


However, the Devils did not go from 46 to 42 today as they made an addition. The team claimed defenseman Mason Geertsen from waivers this afternoon. (UPDATE: Per a reader by an email, Geertsen has been converted to a forward in recent seasons. This post has been corrected accordingly) The words  size  and  toughness  were used in the subheadline of the team s announcement on their website, which should give you a good indication as to why he was claimed. Unless you follow the AHL or Vancouver and Edmonton of the WHL, then you may not know who Geertsen is. Per EliteProspects, he is a 26 year old left shooting defenseman (now forward) listed at 6 4  and 216 pounds. He was drafted by Colorado in the fourth round back in 2013. He did get an ELC with Colorado in 2015, where in he spent his entire time in either the AHL or ECHL racking up PIMs and very few points. Avalanche management did give him a second, one season deal in 2018. In 2019, Hartford   the AHL affiliate of Our Hated Rivals   signed him to a deal. Our Hated Rivals retained him and he has remained there up until this day where the Devils claimed him off waivers.


I would not expect to see him in Newark. Geertsen has played in zero NHL games in his career. He never got a shot with Colorado or Our Hated Rivals since turning pro in 2015. In his 297 AHL games, Geertsen has put up nine goals, 41 assists, and 519 PIM. From where I stand, this is more or less an acquisition for Utica. Whether it is a good one remains to be seen as there is no shortage of defensemen (or wingers) in the organization between the Devils and Comets. Still, he is an addition and so I wish him the best.


What do you think of the cuts the Devils made today? Will we see more of them made tomorrow? What do you think of the acquisition of Geertsen? Please leave your answers and other thoughts about these moves in the comments. Thank you for reading.
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