Published: June 1st, 2011 | Tags: First and 10, Andy Robustelli, Chris Cooley, DeMarco Murray, EA Sports, Greg Jennings, Hue Jackson, Jacksonville Jaguars, Madden Curse, Mike Thomas, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Hillis, Sam Bradford, San Francisco 49ers
Is this exciting or what? Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley will be a guest at the NFL Network studios Wednesday and Thursday. Two days of Cooley? It won’t be the first time, and anyone who tried Cooley’s signature ham, peanut butter and mustard sandwich – a.k.a., the Cooley Club – remembers his previous visit. Before Cooley appears on tonight’s “NFL Total Access,” check out the video above to get a “taste” of what to expect.
Here’s what else is on tap today:
- Have you seen the new cover of EA Sports’ Madden ’12? Peyton Hillis looks downright dangerous. But will he fall victim to the dreaded Madden Curse? Our latest photo essay looks back at the history of the curse.
- Game No. 8 on our countdown of the top games of 2010 is worthy for no other reason than it gives us another opportunity to hear Gus Johnson’s call of Jaguars WR Mike Thomas‘ Hail Mary catch against the Texans.
- Stay tuned later today for the debut “Cover Two” podcast with Steve Wyche and Bucky Brooks. Their first guest is Raiders coach Hue Jackson. In the meantime, Wyche wrote this story today about how Jackson is talking about bringing back that old-school attitude to the Raiders.
- Condolences to the family and friends of Hall of Fame defensive end Andy Robustelli, who passed away Tuesday. And for those who aren’t familiar with his career, here’s a look back.
- Did you catch the story about Hall of Famer John Elway complaining about the Colorado punk band calling itself Elway? Perfect opportunity for a Pick Six on other great ideas for bands named after football players.
- Episode 16 of the “Everything to Prove” series focuses on Cowboys rookie RB DeMarco Murray, who has been working out with his former Oklahoma teammate, Rams QB Sam Bradford.
- For those of you who are sure that Packers WR Greg Jennings is way too low on the “Top 100 Players of 2011” list, today’s Data Points backs you up.
- After the Ohio State news broke Monday and we posted a story on the top talent that Jim Tressel’s program has sent to the NFL, we posted a poll on the home page of NFL.com asking which college program turns out the best pros. Clearly, based on the current results, Maurice Clarett has adversely affected OSU’s standing – currently fourth out of the five choices. Miami (Fla.) leads the polling.
- In yesterday’s live chat on NFL.com, senior analyst Gil Brandt made a few bold predictions for the upcoming season. Among them: The 49ers will win the NFC West.