GAITHERSBURG — Dorian O’Daniel celebrated his newly-minted status as an NFL player with friends and family members Saturday at Old Town Pour House.
Folks came from Delaware, Ohio, South Carolina and his home state of Pennsylvania to celebrate O’Daniel’s draft selection.
“It’s awesome just to see the turnout and how many people truly support me from the beginning and people that have supported me from the beginning,” said O’Daniel, a Pittsburgh-area native who moved to Montgomery County when he was in middle school.
On Friday night, the Good Counsel product was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the NFL Draft. He was the 100th pick of the draft and the final pick of the night. He went to bed knowing where he would be playing his rookie season.
Hawgs back on top – but still have a ways to go
The mighty Hawgs are back on top this week and Captain Kirk Cousins’ late touchdown pass gave this Buckin’ Bronco some hope for the season.
But the ‘Skins still need a better defensive scheme - some of that Packers “Nitro” might be good. We definitely got the personnel for it.
Meanwhile, two tough games are coming up for Hawgs fans. We win one of these two and watch out, NFL.
In high school action this week the High n’ Mighty thinks something mighty strange is going on.
Only three games were competitive - and only one was settled by one point. Blow outs ruled last week with Quince Orchard beating Clarksburg like a red-headed stepchild. The clock was spinning more than running.
A couple of teams have byes this week, so it’s going to be a light week - which might be good. Maybe a week of rest will help out.
For the rest of the teams out there, quit playing “Madden” and start playing some real football. At least learn how to stop the off-tackle run.
There’s a few good games this week so keep your fingers crossed:
BALTIMORE – Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen got rave reviews following Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
Allen, the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded his first NFL sack midway through the second quarter against Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallet.
“I thought he did good,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. “I saw him back there a couple times.”
RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.
Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.
“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.
A pair of former Montgomery County high school standouts have signed free agent contracts with new teams in the National Football League.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady all but cemented his legacy as one of the NFL’s all-time greats with his performance Sunday in Super Bowl LI, but an unlikely hero also emerged from the game.
Patriots running back James White, a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, had a breakthrough performance in New England’s 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons.
White, a former standout at the University of Wisconsin, caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes for 110 yards and scored three touchdowns against Atlanta, including the game-winning 2-yard reception from Brady to help New England capture its second title in three years.
White, 25, received high praise from Brady but also had a relative in Montgomery County who was not at all surprised.
“That’s kind of what I expect out of him,” said Robert Pratt, 50, a cousin who lives in Silver Spring, “because he’s not an every-down back.”
Former NFL defensive back Willie Williams has been named the new head coach at Churchill High School.
Williams, a 13-year NFL veteran who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, replaces Albert Song, who stepped down in early January after two seasons at the helm of the program.
The 46-year-old South Carolina native has been a Churchill assistant since 2009 and takes over a program that finished 2-8 in each of the past two seasons.
“It’s a different feeling,” said Williams, a former Churchill defensive coordinator. “I really do believe I was born for this.”
SILVER SPRING – DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, was the keynote speaker during the 2016 CKA Save Project Awards Night ceremony.
The second annual event was held June 1 at the Hampton Inn in downtown Silver Spring.
“This event is the highlight of our year as we honor the best in academic and athletic excellence,” said Keith Adams, President of the CKA Save Project.