Posts Tagged ‘football’

With the NFL Draft just hours away, Cameron Jordan isn’t the only ex-Cal lineman whose stock is on the rise. Donovan Edwards worked out for the Raiders last week and a source close to the team tells me that the Silver and Black love him as a player and a person and see the Pinole Valley product as an ideal center candidate. The former Bear met with the Niners a few days later and a league source says that San Francisco also liked him at center, but worked him at tackle as well.

Wanna know more about the big man? Well, you’re in luck. California Golden Blogs chatted with Edwards earlier in the week and posted the exchange to their site.

Here’s wishing a guy that’s been humble and hilarious every time we’ve talked the best of luck wherever he ends up!

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The former Cal offensive lineman will work out for the Raiders new assistant O-line coach, Steve Wisniewski, on Monday. According to a source, the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars – who shocked a lot of folks by taking former Cal D-lineman, Tyson Alualu, with the 10th pick in last year’s draft – have also expressed interest.

During his two year tenure with the Bears, the Pinole Valley product played in 34 games with 18 starts at right tackle. Listed at 6’5″, 280 lbs coming into last season, Edwards is working hard to add strength and reach 300 lbs. by draft day. Check back next week for details on his workout with the Silver and Black and as always…Go Bears!

CORRECTION: Edwards played three years at Cal, not two. Thanks to Felicia for pointing out my mistake!

I’m smiling this morning, thanks to two former Bay Area athletes with the courage to stand up for what is right. Full disclosure, I’m gay, so hearing about the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) new “Changing the Game” project hits close to home. The project’s mission is as follows:

To assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Though I didn’t come out until college, I had friends who I believe would have in high school, if the support and respect that this new project aims to bring had already been in place. So while I know it’ll take time for this campaign to make a difference, I’m hopeful that eventually it will help create a positive environment in which numerous young LGBT athletes – who may shy away from sports fraught with homophobia today – are able to excel.

In addition to Fujita and Wiggins, other supporters and members of the Project’s advisory board include: Hall of Fame tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova; ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com columnist LZ Granderson; Olympic softball medalists Jessica Mendoza and Lauren Lappin; Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke; three-time All-American wrestler Hudson Taylor; Rugby player Ben Cohen; former MLB player Billy Bean; and former NBA player John Amaechi.

For a full write-up on the project, click here.

March Madness is upon us and Kate and Nick are talking the Saint Mary’s snub, the Stanford women’s chances of taking it all, as well as a tease of their soon-to-be-completed brackets. Then it’s a quick NASCAR update, some Sharks and Warriors gossip, the latest NFL rule changes, and the countdown continues … MLB opening day is just two weeks away!

Click here to listen to today’s show.

And for those of you doing a bracket this year, we’d love to get you onto our Monday show! All you’ve gotta do is call the TWSS voicemail box at 415-413-7316 and leave your name, the two teams you’ve got in the final and who you think is gonna win. Easy, right? So call today!

Kate and Nick are talking NFL labor negotiations, JaMarcus Russell’s latest misstep, Oregon’s possibly paid recruiter, the countdown to March Madness, Sharks hockey, Warriors basketball, how the Giants and A’s are lookin’ down in Arizona, and much more on today’s That’s What She Said! Click here to listen.


That’s right, former Raiders star quarterback and huge fan of purple drank, JaMarcus Russell, needs to come up with $195,512.05 in the next three months or his Oakland mansion will be headed to the auction block. Chopping block? Regardless, hooray for train wrecks that aren’t named Charlie Sheen making the news!

Since owner Al Davis bid adieu to the draft bust Russell in 2009, the Southern boy has been living in his native Alabama, despite numerous attempts to make another NFL squad.

So I know it probably sounds crazy (sarcasm noted), but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that J-Money won’t be dropping another dime on this place. Your thoughts?

For the full story on the former number one pick’s $3 million dollar, 5,800-square foot palace, click here.

It took a while for the Conte train to leave the station at Cal, but once it did, the SoCal product floored it. Conte earned a starting spot at strong safety as a senior in 2010 and finished the season as one of only three Golden Bears selected First Team, All Pac-10.

Today in Indy, Conte continued to roll, benching 225 lbs. 18 times, which tied him for the 13th best bench press showing among defensive backs. Conte also ranked as a top performer in the broad jump, leaping 10’7″, a distance good for 4th place among DBs.

CBS Sports’ Draft Scout currently has the former Bear projected as a 4th or 5th round draft pick.

If you’re a combine newbie, click here for info and video describing the workouts. My apologies for the guy that starts yakking as soon as the page opens. Turn him down if you must, but he actually says some helpful things after you get over the initial shock of his voice.