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The NFL seems to be going through a major transition at the QB position. Think about it, to start the 2012 season there possibly could be 10 teams starting a quarterback who is either in his second year or a rookie. Seems like after the 2011 season, when Cam Newton took the NFL by storm teams are willing to start QB's young and hope they catch lightening in the bottle.
One team looking to go this route is the Tennessee Titans. Jake Locker was recently announced as the starting QB for the team, beating out veteran Matt Hasselbeck. As if being a starting NFL QB in your second year wasn't stressful enough Jake is also dealing with something else for the first time; being a dad. In July, Jake Locker's wife Lauren Greer gave birth to a baby girl. I'm sure Jake is enjoying the life balance of NFL training camp and diapers. One thing I can safely say about Jake and Lauren's new baby is this, she is going to be one athletic child.
Now we all know about Jake's athletic prowess but Lauren can come close to matching Jake step for step in that category. Lauren was a big time player for the University of Washington Huskies softball team. Originally from Placentia, California Lauren made her way up the coast to attend college at UW. In case you were wondering where Lauren got her softball skills, she was lucky enough to have her father, Brian Greer, who played in the Padres system. Along with that her brother Keith played football at Idaho.
One area Lauren trumps her husband is in team championships. As a senior Lauren helped Washington win the softball national championship in 2009 with Jake in attendance. Jake's college teams, for lack of a better term, sucked. Take the 2008 team for example, they went 0-12. Don't think Jake will last very long in the NFL if he posts a winning percentage like he had in college.
As you can well imagine Jake and Lauren met while at college. Jake and Lauren got engaged right before Jake's last college football game in December of 2010. The couple got married in Jake's hometown of Ferndale, Washington on July 3rd 2011.
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It's not often that we are forced to dip into the retired player pool to come up with a post, even if said retired player is one of our favorites of all time. However, Eddie George has been in the news recently, forcing our hand, and making us come up with this post:
Let's start with the facts before the drama:
Eddie George is married to Tamara Johnson-George, who is better known as Taj from her days in the R&B group SWV. Eddie and Taj were married in 2004. People may know Taj better in current days from her stint on Survivor: Tocantins (in the name of full disclosure, my mother told me a year ago that I should cover her, but I didn't listen never imagining we'd need to talk about her again). Taj made a strong impression on that season as she clashed with teammates and host Jeff Probst, but managed to win America's affection in the process, evidenced by her finishing second in the fan favorite vote, despite beginning the show not knowing how to swim.
Off screen, the George family has spent a lot of time in the charity community, specifically focusing on and holding fundraisers for organizations supporting victims of domestic abuse.
OK, so now for the drama: After a charity golf event in Florida on March 7, 2012, George was a passenger in a car driven by smokeshow pro golfer Rachel Connor. Unfortunately said car was pulled over by the cops and Connor was booked for DUI, though George was charged with no wrongdoing. Immediately after the borderline suspicious story came out, George insisted through a statement that he was not infact cheating on Taj. George's statement said that he learned that Connor happened to live closest to where he was staying, and he believed she was ok to drive that night. It continued by saying:
"At first, I hesitated to respond to this story. But I now see that people are willing to think the worst. So my wife, Tamara , and I believe we have to address this.
"Rachel Connor was simply trying to be nice by offering me a ride. No one in our group felt she was impaired or we all would have stopped her from driving."
George has insisted that there was no infidelity, tough there are still plenty of speculative rumors floating online. We're doubting this is over quite yet, and will keep you posted.
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UPDATE: Randy Moss' daughter Sydney Moss, one of four children he has with Libby Offutt, has formally announced that she will be attending Florida to play basketball.
Randy Moss and his girlfriend Libby Offutt have been together since high school, and have been through one of the most tumultuous relationships you'll ever hear of.
Together since high school, the couple faced consistent racial taunts and threats in Rand, West Virginia, which only escalated after their first child was born during their senior year. Comments from white people upset about Randy dating a white woman are rumored to have started Ran-U's infamous high school fight which cost him his Notre Dame scholarship.
After surviving and escaping that difficult situation, more drama surfaced in 2008 (the week before the Super Bowl), when Randy had a restraining order filed against him by Rachelle Washington. Randy was alleged to have physically assaulted her, which he only described as an "accident." Randy did acknowledge a "friendship" with Rachelle during the previous 11 years, but only brought this up to express his feelings that she was only after his money.
After finally getting the restraining order dropped, Randy again faced scandal after being caught on camera grinding in a club with Miss Kentucky, Alysha Harris. Randy never commented on this.
In a rare turn in the sports world, we can happily report that as far as anyone knows, Libby, Randy and their four children are still together to this day.