"Maybe you will never be convinced Joe Paterno was a good man who made one catastrophic mistake, but do you have time for just one story?" So begins ESPN.com's Rick Reilly as he helps retell Adam Taliaferro's tale.
A Penn State freshman in 2000, Taliaferro suffered a crushed spine that left him paralyzed after tackling an Ohio State player in the fifth game of the season. Given a three-percent chance to walk again, Taliaferro made a remarkable recovery, and he was able to lead the Nittany Lions out of the tunnel one year later.
Taliaferro explains to Reilly that Joe Paterno was there every step of the way, flying into Philadelphia every other week with his teammates to keep his spirits high. It meant the world to a kid who has since gone on to finish law school, and begin a foundation that raises money for spinal cord injuries.
"The last three months, I've just wanted to go up on a rooftop and shout, 'I wish you knew him like I do!'" Taliaferro says. "I know, in my heart, if he'd understood how serious this situation was, he'd have done more."
Taliaferro's is just one of hundreds of stories that Penn State alumni and well-wishers have reminisced over since Paterno's death, and really, since the scandal broke. The last few months have been hard for people who grew up admiring Joe -- not at all comparable to the conflicts Jerry Sandusky's victims have been forced to live with, but people who believe in the kind of human being JoePa was tend to feel, at the very least, he thought he had done the right thing.
Reilly doesn't come off as though he is trying to convince anybody about a man's character one way or the other. He simply asks, "If we're so able to vividly remember the worst a man did, can't we also remember the best?"
>> Joe Paterno's true legacy [ESPN]
You probably remember Emmanuel Acho more for his Twitter exploits than for anything he ever did on a football field. That was the case once again over the weekend when another former Eagle had a huge game for the Patriots in their win over the Houston Texans in the AFC playoffs.
Oh, and former Philadelphia Eagles decision maker Joe Banner was also involved.
All of it started because Dion Lewis, a one-time Eagles running back drafted in the 5th round in 2011, scored three TDs in a variety of ways on the Patriots way to another AFC title game.
The joke here is that Banner -- then with the Browns -- was on the winning end of the Lewis-for-Acho trade and was himself eventually fired from his job in Cleveland. But hey, at least Acho got out of that awful city.
Lewis has battled injury for much of his career and hasn't exactly been the second coming of LeSean McCoy but he's yet another case of the Bill Belichick Patriots finding a player who had floundered with other teams only to flourish in big moments in New England.
And Joe Banner may have seen that potential early on.
Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was originally scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. in Miami on Tuesday for the beginning of his trial on a felony battery charge.
Now, that trial won't be until April.
A motion for continuance was filed and the new trial date is set for April 10, according to the Miami-Dade State State Attorney's Office. Eagles OTAs will begin in May.
The felony charge stems from a July 25 incident in Miami, when the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham allegedly assaulted a hotel employee. The altercation reportedly arose from the length of time it took 50-year-old hotel employee Jean Courois to bring Bradham's group their beach umbrella.
Bradham pleaded not guilty and has said he "most definitely" expects his name to be cleared from this incident.
This was the first of two arrests for Bradham since July. He was arrested coming home from Miami from the bye week after he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun in his backpack.
After the second arrest, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz famously said, "You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass."
Bradham, 27, signed a two-year deal to join the Eagles last offseason and proved to be a good investment on the field. He played 97 percent of the defense's snaps and played at a high level as the team's starting SAM linebacker. He will have a base salary of $3.5 million this year, with a cap hit of $4.25 million.