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NFL Launches NFL Career Tours



FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady hands off to running back Leonard Fournette during an NFL football training camp practice Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. When Brady announced he was ending his brief retirement and returning to the NFL for a 23rd season, Fournette wasn’t caught off guard. Brady, who turned 45 a week into training camp, cited “unfinished business” as one of the reasons for changing his mind. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

The NFL today launched a professional development program called NFL Career Tours, to provide current players and Legends with exclusive access to major organizations to learn about various career opportunities and network with industry leaders.

Designed by the NFL Player Engagement Department, which supports NFL players and their families during their playing experience and beyond, NFL Career Tours includes 60 current NFL players and Legends attending the behind-the-scenes experience to learn more about entertainment, sports business, and the music industry. This year, the NFL has partnered with the Fifth Season and Hidden Empire film groups, Nike, and Interscope Records.

“We are very excited about the innovation of the offseason player programming,” said Tracy Perlman, NFL Vice President of Player Operations. “The career tours will give players an opportunity to experience different industries as they look to explore their off-field passions.”

“The NFL Career Tours gives our players an opportunity to see beyond the football field and prepare for their future by networking and learning the key elements to advance in various industries,” said Cleveland Browns Director of Player Engagement, Ron Brewer. “We are excited that our players have decided to take advantage and will support them in every way to help them grow and succeed in areas outside of our game.”

“As athletes — and by extension entertainers — it’s important for us to understand the business of entertainment and the layered work that goes into building revenue, compelling storytelling and consumer connection,” said Kelvin Beachum of the Arizona Cardinals. “I’m grateful to the NFL for providing the experience to learn and understand the industry at every level to inspire more well-rounded career development.”

On March 6-7, attendees will travel to Los Angeles to work with Fifth Season and Hidden Empire to gain an all-access look into all facets of the entertainment industry, including acting, casting for roles, directing, financing, producing, and distributing movies.

Another group will travel to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., on March 13-14 for a look at the sports business industry, including product development, marketing, and branding. They will also tour Nike’s state-of-the-art campus.

Finally, a third group of attendees will travel to Interscope Records in Los Angeles on March 20-21. They will learn about all aspects of the music industry, including becoming an artist, managing an artist, promoting the music, operating a record label, and envisioning the money needed to be successful. The participants will also connect with artists, producers, and various executives involved with Interscope Records, Universal Music, and Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

Fifth Season/Hidden Empire

The 18 players that will participate in the career tour on March 6-7.

Arizona CardinalsKelvin Beachum
Carolina PanthersTaylor Moton
Carolina PanthersLaviska Shenault
Cleveland BrownsD’Anthony Bell
Cleveland BrownsDavid Bell
Cincinnati BengalsKeandre Jones
Jacksonville JaguarsVidaunte (Taco) Charlton
Kansas City ChiefsTrey Smith
Los Angeles RamsQuentin Lake
Las Vegas RaidersAmeer Abdullah
Las Vegas RaidersKeelan Cole Sr
Las Vegas RaidersKyle Peko
Minnesota VikingsDanielle Hall
New England PatriotsTerez Hall
New York JetsConor McDermott
Pittsburgh SteelersMadre Harper
Tennessee TitansJoshua Kalu
Tennessee TitansTre Avery



The 16 players that will participate in the career tour on March 13-14.

Baltimore RavensTyus Bowser
Carolina PanthersJeremy Chinn
Cleveland BrownsDaylen Baldwin
Cleveland BrownsMichael Harley
Cleveland BrownsOctavious Davis
Denver BroncosKaden Davis
Free AgentCedric Thornton
Minnesota VikingsNick Mullens
New York JetsMichael Remmers
Philadelphia EaglesJack Driscoll
Las Vegas RaidersJalen Elliott
Las Vegas RaidersTashawn Bower
San Francisco 49ersDemetrius Flannigan-Fowles
Tampa Bay BuccaneersJamel Dean
Tampa Bay BuccaneersDavid Wells
Tennessee TitansKristian Fulton



The 16 current players and Legends that will participate in the career tour on March 20-21.

Carolina PanthersKeith Taylor Jr
Carolina PanthersPreston Williams
Chicago BearsTrevis Gipson
Cleveland BrownsMichael Woods
Cleveland BrownsAlex Wright
Las Vegas RaidersDarren Waller
LegendJoe Barksdale
LegendAntone Exum
Legend – Kansas City ChiefsTamba Hali
Los Angeles ChargersDerwin James
San Francisco 49ersJanoris Jenkins
San Francisco 49ersQwuantrezz Knight
San Francisco 49ersRaymond McCloud
Seattle SeahawksGodwin Igwebuike
Tennessee TitansJulius Chestnut
Tennessee TitansBud Dupree


Bucs re-signed defensive tackle Deadrin Senat



Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today re-signed defensive tackle Deadrin Senat.

Senat (6-1, 305) has played in 34 career games, logging 51 tackles (four for loss), six quarterback hits, one sack and one fumble recovery. In the 2022 campaign, Senat appeared in 12 games for the Buccaneers, finishing with 17 tackles, two quarterback hits and one sack. He originally entered the league as a third-round selection (No. 90 overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Immokalee, Florida, native played collegiately at the University of South Florida from 2013-17, earning all-conference honors in his final two seasons with the Bulls. Senat wears No. 95 for the Buccaneers.

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Orlando Magic Rally Late to Beat Washington Wizards 122-112



Moritz Wagner dunks the ball in the second quarter for the Orlando Magic during their match against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Moritz Wagner dunks the ball in the second quarter for the Orlando Magic during their match against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Orlando Magic had a lot of ground to make up for at home after their long road run, and the Washington Wizards didn’t make it easy on them–their defense greatly frustrated the Magic.


First Half

The Wizards led most of the first quarter, especially since the Magic made none of their three-pointers…until Moritz Wagner came in off the bench with just over two minutes left in the first. With a couple of shots, he switched the lead to Orlando by a single point at the end of the first quarter, 26-25.

Cole Anthony got a nice and-1 after his rebound from a failed Wizard free throw. Bradley Beal fouled him as he ran into the paint, but Anthony’s fadeaway shot was successful as he fell to the floor.

In the second quarter the Wizards regained the lead, but like in the first quarter, the Magic rallied near the end of the quarter. When Gary Harris, Markelle Fultz and the other Wagner, Franz, got back on the court, the Magic began sinking more shots.

Mo Wagner contributed 11 points in the first two quarters, while Franz, Harris and Anthony each followed with 10 points. The Magic also made up for their three-pointer deficit in second quarter. They were seven of 17 (41.2 percent) on threes in the first half compared to the Wizards’ five of 15 (33.3 percent) and were 23 of 43 on field goals (53.5 percent) compared to the Wizards’ 21 of 40 (52.5 percent).

For Washington, Deni Avdija and Monte Morris led the scoring with 12 points each; Kristaps Porzingis followed with 11 points.

The Magic secured a four-point lead heading into halftime, 60-56.


Second Half

The Magic ended third quarter one point behind, 88-87.

The Magic brought the fire in the fourth quarter, getting on a run between Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr. and Paolo Banchero, who went to the free throw line three times late in the fourth and nailed every free throw. The highlight play of the second half happened within the final minute of the game: Banchero had pressure on him and made an ugly fadeaway baseline three-pointer…and sank it in.

The most critical hit of all was Bradley Beal fouling out of the game, which dealt a huge blow to the Wizards’ offense in the final stretch. Porzingis tried to pick up the slack, but the Magic saw the blood in the water and piled on the pressure, closing out the game with a 10-point win, 122-112.

For the night, Gary Harris led in scoring for the Magic with 22 points, going six for nine on three pointers and seven for 10 on field goals. Franz Wagner followed with 20 points with four rebounds and six assists. Banchero contributed 18 points and was six of six on free throws. Fultz contributed 17 points with five rebounds and five assists.

For the Wizards, Porzingis led the scoring by far, with 30 total points, six rebounds and three assists. Beal followed with 16 points, five rebounds and seven assists.


Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. |

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2023 DAYTONA 200: Josh Herrin Claws Back from Penalty to Snatch Victory



Josh Herrin (center) celebrates his DAYTONA 200 win at the Daytona International Speedway Saturday, March 11, 2023, 12 years after his last win. Josh Hayes won second place and Cameron Petersen won third. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.
Josh Herrin (center) celebrates his DAYTONA 200 win at the Daytona International Speedway Saturday, March 11, 2023, 12 years after his last win. Josh Hayes won second place and Cameron Petersen won third. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN) – Josh Herrin rallied back from the 7th position in a ten-lap restart to defeat Josh Hayes by .070 seconds in the 81st running of the DAYTONA 200, the annual single-man motorcycle endurance race.

Josh Herrin started strong and held the lead for most of the race. Two racers crashed out early, but things didn’t really get disruptive until the race got down to less than 10 laps remaining.

The most notable crash of the race was Herrin’s contact with Richie Escalante, who had been keeping up with Herrin for the majority of the race. The contact sent Escalante sliding off the track–and out of the running–with just eight laps to go. Escalante attempted to lift the bike up to get back on it, but there was no chance remaining for him to get back in the race. Seeing his chance of victory lost, he slammed his gloves to the ground as he removed them.

The call of whether the contact was an intentional push or race incident was tricky because when played back in slow motion, the collision looks incidental since Escalante had leaned in a bit too far and then just barely lifted back up at the last second while Herrin went wide in the turn as he was sometimes doing throughout the race. However, when played back in real time, it looks like Herrin intentionally went wide to knock Escalante out. The collision went under review.

Despite the brief break after Escalante’s crash, Herrin regained the lead. With five laps remaining, Teagg Hobbs crashed into Jason Waters, causing a red flag. After the red flag period, Herrin got penalized for his collision with Escalante by dropping six positions to the number seven spot. Five laps were added, making it a 10-lap race for the restart.

Ultimately, Herrin was penalized six positions to start at seventh for the restart. Herrin confessed he wasn’t sure he could make it to the end, given the amount of pain he was in, but he heard the struggling conditions of several other racers, since they couldn’t switch out tires during the red flag period, and give it all he had.

“After 15 years of trying I finally got it right,” Herrin said. “This is by far my favorite event that I ever get to race. It’s the one race a year where we really see the teamwork that goes on.”


Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. |

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