The Long Shot
A new NFL season is underway and hundreds of athletes are reporting to training camps – all chasing a dream of playing professional football. In Seattle, 34-year-old rookie long snapper Nate Boyer is perhaps the longest of shots, having never played a snap of football until he walked on at Texas as a 29-year-old freshman five years ago. But this former Green Beret has spent his life making the impossible possible and has never faced a challenge he couldn’t conquer. Marty Smith reports for SC Featured.
“I shouldn’t even be here and I am. That’s only because of how hard I’ve worked and because of the people who’ve helped me out along the way. I owe it to them to spill my blood out and give it everything I got.” – Nate Boyer
“This is the kind of guy whatever he puts his mind to you think he’s going to get it done. It’s a great story regardless of what happens because he’s a great person.” – Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks head coach
Ray Rice discusses ‘unique’ comeback attempt, cites public opinion
In a wide-ranging, comprehensive interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice spoke out for the first time in several months on the domestic violence incident with his now-wife, Janay, that resulted in Rice’s NFL suspension. Rice, 28, says he considers himself a “rehabilitated man” but understands and accepts the reluctancy some teams may have in signing the Super Bowl champion. Hill also spoke with Janay during Tuesday’s day long shoot and Hill talks about the interview here. T.J. Quinn hosts.
“I understand why maybe a few teams or teams shy away from me. I understand that because it’s a privilege. It truly is a privilege to play in the NFL.” – Ray Rice
“To the survivors of domestic violence, I understand how real it is, and I don’t want to ever take that for granted because this is a real issue in our society. My video put the light out there — if you have never seen what domestic violence looks like and you look at my video, I could understand why some people would never forgive me.” – Ray Rice
What Makes Us: RISS
For most of her life, Carissa Moore has been on a path to becoming the world’s top female surfer. But after her first world title — at age 18 — she faced unexpected criticism, not of her surfing, but of her body. In a film by The Mundo Sisters, Moore describes her journey to victory, and how she overcame the self-doubt and body issues that threatened her dreams.
Schaap interviews Frank Robinson on Robinson being named MLB’s 1st African-American manager
Senior news correspondent Jeremy Schaap has reached a new long-term extension to remain with ESPN. Schaap, who joined ESPN in 1994, will continue to serve as a correspondent for ESPN’s award-winning, prime-time newsmagazine E:60 and in various roles with ESPN Radio and Outside The Lines. Last month, Schaap was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award for an E:60 story about a survivor of domestic violence.
This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)
Michael Smith guest host, Jane McManus, Bob Ryan, Pablo S. Torre
*Subject to change