It was painfully obvious this football thing wasn't working out anymore for Jarrad Page. Perhaps it's no coincidence his form while attempting to tackle ball carriers often appeared similar to a fielder reaching for a ground ball.
Released by the Eagles mid-season, Page emerged at a Los Angeles Dodgers tryout last week after spending the rest of 2011 on the Minnesota Vikings' bench. PFT describes Page as a decorated high school outfielder who was chosen on three separate occasions in Major League Baseball's draft, including as early as the seventh round.
Page had a horrible stint with the Birds, starting five games early last season while Nate Allen was recovering from injury, and Kurt Coleman spent time sitting. He couldn't play -- specifically, he couldn't tackle, and frequently took bad angles to the football, running himself out of multiple plays.
PFT suggests Page could have showed up at the tryout for fun, but it's hard to envision another GM thinking he has anything left to give on the gridiron. Though he managed to rack up 37 tackles while wearing midnight green, his performance could only by categorized as abysmal.
I suppose it's fitting that the Eagles would sign an outfielder to play safety.
>> Jarrad Page tries out for LA Dodgers [PFT]
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.