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Deshaun Watson donates game check to Texans’ worker during Hurricane Harvey

10 Oct


By: Dan Hanzus  via NFL.com



Dabo Swinney, the head football coach at Clemson, said prior to the 2017 NFL Draft that any teams that passed on Deshaun Watson would eventually experience the same regret that haunted NBA teams that passed on Michael Jordan.

It was perhaps the greatest endorsement you’ll ever hear a college coach foist upon his star player, and Swinney’s logic went beyond praising Watson as an elite performer on Saturdays. Watson was a special player, sure, but Swinney was also taken by his quarterback’s maturity, commitment to craft and ability to create a positive culture for Clemson’s football program.

Six months later, Watson is earning rave reviews as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans. The rookie made a collection of impressive plays in the Texans‘ near upset of the Patriots last weekend, and a recent act of charity has reinforced the notion that the Texans are in business with a different type of young star.

This week, Watson split up his first game check and turned over his earnings to three Texans employees who work in the team cafeteria and lost everything in Hurricane Harvey. The team captured the delivery of the surprise gifts, and it’s as touching as you’d imagine.

“Anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help,” Watson said.

We’ll see if Watson ever fulfills his former coach’s promise of being a transcendent Jordan-like talent on the football field. But the Texans seem to be in very good hands with Watson as a new face of the franchise.


2012-2013 Donations Underway

17 Dec

The second year of donations with The Shoe Game Corporation are underway now.  Student-Athletes that participated in the 2012 football season at Indianapolis Public Schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools are eligible for athletic shoe donations from various NFL players from the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

To be eligible for donations, coaches must turn in the donation application form confirming the following criteria are met:

1) Student-Athlete participated in the 2012 football season

2) Student-Athlete ended the 2012 Fall/Winter semester with over a 3.0 GPA

3) Student-Athlete is on free or reduced school lunch.

The 2012-2013 donation application form will be available on the Donation Forms link at the top of this site.  Please email TheShoeGame@att.blackberry.com with the completed form and/or any questions.

Thank you!


NFL LB Jonathan Goff donating shoes to inner-city student athletes.

12 Nov

NFL LB Jonathan Goff donating shoes to inner-city student athletes.

Jonathan Goff donated shoes to inner-city student athletes that have a 3.0 gpa in Indianapolis! Big thanks to Jonathan Goff for helping launch this organization that aims to raise inner-city graduation rates by getting student athletes’ SHOE GAME on point!

SB Nation

1 Oct

Why I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Curtis Painter by Travis Miller


“Curtis Painter is no Peyton Manning, but he can still be a successful quarterback for the Colts.”

“Painter, who was playing in just his third regular season NFL game, got up, dusted himself off, and drove the Colts 80 yards down the field of a game-tying touchdown drive. While no one is going to mention him in the same breath as Manning or John Elway in terms of fourth quarter comebacks, it was an impressive drive at a time when few people expected it.”

Indy Star

26 Sep

Painter has his moments – Good and Bad, by Mike Chappell

Curtis Painter’s first appearance since 2009 was a mixed bag.

Pressed into action in the fourth quarter of the Indianapolis Colts’ 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium when starting quarterback Kerry Collins was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms, Painter experienced an exhilarating high and a crushing low.

“Did some things well,” he said, “(but) obviously need to hold onto the ball on the fumble. I need to try to fix those things.”

The Colts were forced to punt on his first two drives, with the second featuring a Painter overthrow to a wide-open Pierre Garcon along the right sideline. Had the pass been on target, Garcon might have notched a 74-yard touchdown.

s been on target, Garcon might have notched a 74-yard touchdown.

“I’m probably going to kick myself (today),” Painter said of missing Garcon.

The crushing low came on the next series when Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison beat rookie left tackle Anthony Castonzo for a blind-side sack of Painter. Harrison forced a fumble that safety Troy Polamalu returned 16 yards for a touchdown and a 20-13 Pittsburgh lead.

“Bad technique,” Castonzo said. “I wasn’t aggressive enough and I got beat.”

Painter and the offense redeemed themselves on the subsequent drive.

Seeing his first action since the final game of his rookie season in 2009, Painter completed 5-of-7 passes for 60 yards. Joseph Addai capped the 10-play, 80-yard drive by twisting, turning and stretching for a 6-yard touchdown. Just like that, it was 20-all.

Painter wasn’t ready to look ahead to what might be his first career start when the Colts visit Tampa Bay next Monday night, instead focusing on the health of teammate Kerry Collins.

NE Patriots WR Julian Edelman Donates To Local Charity

19 Jan

via NESN

by: Seth Lasko

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman makes a catch during NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, July 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Julian Edelman is listed at 5-foot-10, but the wide receiver stood tall Monday when he found the time to help out a local high school by donating his gear before heading home for the offseason.

Monday was move out day for the Patriots, a time for players to say their goodbyes, make offseason plans to golf with each other and clean out their lockers. However, wide receiver Julian Edelman found some extra time to stop by a local high school and donate his playing gloves and cleats reports Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Edelman, a 24-year-old California native and former Kent State quarterback, has shown flashes of brilliance for the Patriots since being selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft. The backup receiver has played a key role on special teams and returned a punt a team-record 94 yards for a touchdown against Miami in Week 17.