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July 19th, 2012
03:53 PM ET

NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan says he's not in prediction business for next season, talks about his 105 lb weight loss

This morning on "Starting Point," NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks about the upcoming football season, after the team acquired Tim Tebow.

"I think he's going to be great," Ryan says. "Obviously, Mark [Sanchez] is our starting quarterback without question. We feel great about him. We drafted Mark...and he's won a lot of games."

"Anytime you get two young quarterbacks with those kinds of resumes, that helps you," Ryan adds.

Ryan also talks about his lap band surgery and his incredible 105 lb. weight loss.

"I just let the lap band do its thing and let it work," Ryan says. "The lap band teaches you to eat like a human. And that's really what I did. And then it was just as simple as starting to walk."

"I am feeling so good about where I'm at, and how I feel," Ryan adds.


Filed under: Football
July 10th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Triple threat cheerleader saves coach's life

When Indianapolis Tornados head coach Jerry Senter collapsed during a game Saturday night, cheerleader Jessica Anderson had no hesitations about running onto the field. Anderson who is also a certified EMT and firefighter jumped to his rescue and gave the unresponsive coach CPR until he was rushed to the hospital.

Anderson says, “CPR is critical in situations like this. It’s definitely a big key to know CPR and… be willing to give it to people who need it the most.”

Anderson adds, that Coach Senter who had suffered a dysrythmia in his heart “is doing great… up and talking… and recovering.”


Filed under: Football • Health
May 4th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

'No indication' of depression during one of Seau's final interviews

One of Junior Seau's last public appearances was at a kids charity golf tournament in Dana Point, California on Monday, where he signed autographs and talked with fans.

Tim Abell and David Biber were at the event with the former football star and Abell had the opportunity to conduct one of Seau's final interviews.

Abell tells Soledad O'Brien on Starting Point today that he was "shocked" when he heard about Seau's suicide because the NFL legend showed "no indication" of depression at the event.

Biber, a friend of Seau's who is involved with the charity, also says that he was shocked by the news of Seau's death, telling Soledad that Seau "seemed to be in a very good mood" on Monday and that he was "lighthearted" while playing with children and taking pictures with fans.


Filed under: Football • Health • NFL
March 20th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Bye-bye Tebow, Hello Manning? Fmr. Falcons player on changes at the Denver Broncos

Jamal Anderson, former running back for the Atlanta Falcons, on reports Peyton Manning is in talks with Denver Broncos.


Filed under: Football
March 6th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

Former NFL Safety Izell Reese on 'bounty' incentives: 'We never tried to injure players'

Former NFL safety Izell Reese responds to reports that NFL players had "bounty" incentives to intentionally injure other players. As vice president of the National Collegiate Scouting Association, Reese also explains how he emphasizes sportsmanship in football.

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Reese: We never tried to injure players

Fmr NFL safety Izell Reese on reports NFL players had "bounty" incentives to intentionally injure other players.

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Fmr. NFL safety Reese on sportsmanship

Former NFL Safety & v.p. of National Collegiate Scouting Association Izell Reese on sportsmanship in football.


Filed under: Football • NFL
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