In this weeks Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com, Peter King leads with a long interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Much of the discussion is about the well-being of players, both while theyre in the league and after.
King mentions how the Redskins London Fletcher said hed like to see mandatory post-career counseling for players.
Goodell responded: "Well, at least an evaluation. That's something that's being discussed as a part of your exit physical. Part of that is mental health evaluation to see what it can be. I've heard that from players myself. And we are evaluating it.
Goodell acknowledged the baggage attached for anyone seeking help. There's still that stigma that mental health is a weakness. It's not. Depression, anxiety, these are very common.
When a player is done as an athlete, he loses so much, particularly how his life has been scheduled for him.
As you know, these players are given a very specific structure. 'This is the schedule for tomorrow. This is the schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.' That's gone all of a sudden. I had a couple of players tell me, 'It's Monday morning and next thing I know it's Friday. Nobody was structuring my life.'
In the wake of Junior Seaus death, we can only hope NFL players will take advantage of such things as the NFLs new Ambassador Program, which uses retired players as advisers.
After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.
Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.
Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.
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Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best.
- November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama.
- October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.
- January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.
Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers.
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