Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is trying to win over doubters after not doing much during his rookie season.
Williams may have fallen short of expectations, but the first-round pick did get on the field. That’s more than second-round guard Forrest Lamp was able to do after tearing his ACL during training camp.
In the days after Kirk’s death, there was an outpouring in Pella and across the NBA. The community where the Korver family is a pillar was devastated. For decades, the Korvers had been there for families in distress. Kevin had visited so many people in the hospital, presided over so many funerals, offered so much support. Now the roles had been reversed.
“Kirk was very beloved in his own right here,” said Wade Van Vark, who taught the Korver boys math at Pella High School. “Like the other brothers, he was a role model, a hero to a generation of young kids. The Korvers have done so much for so many here and touched so many lives that to know they were hurting in that way, to see them go through that, it was crushing to our community.”
The vote needed three-fourths approval, or at least 24 owners, to pass.
“Look, we all know that the Cowboys are the team that networks would like to see as much as possible on their schedules, so they’re getting the experience with the top-notch groups that come through there when you talk about a production meeting,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of event and studio production. The experience prepares former Cowboys stars to “be extremely eloquent and able to understand sort of what this side of the camera is like,” she added.
Similarly, CBS chairman Sean McManus and lead play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz were impressed with Romo’s personality/football acumen long before he retired. Both thought Romo would be a TV natural. Nantz knew he was right as soon as the duo sat down to call their first practice game.
“This is going to sound crazy to say, but by the time we finished the fourth quarter of that [practice] game, I thought he was ready to go on the air,” Nantz said during the NFL playoffs. “His instincts are off the charts.”