Feb
03

Dhani Jones: The Art of Shaving

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Note: Former NFL LB Dhani Jones is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — On Thursday, we discussed how the Super Bowl is all about reconnecting with past players and friends from around the NFL. I was on Radio Row talking to many people about being in the league for ll years and how you build a valuable group of friends, but sometimes you need to take time for yourself. Put the phone away, escape from Facebook, Twitter or any other kind of social media.

So, on Friday, I stopped by The Art of Shaving in Indy for the first straight-razor shave of my life and a little “me” time.

It’s a great time to reflect while sitting there with your head back. You have a hot towel and a little lather on your face and have a nice shave. You definitely sit and absorb it.

When you’re out of the league you think back about how you played often. Sometimes you have your moments of recalling a big play here or there, a fourth-and-1 when you stopped a running back on the goal line. A sack, a winning play in overtime. Anything really.

I remember a game against Cleveland during my first season with the Bengals when I came up with a big play. There was another one when I played the Chiefs, and on a crucial fourth-and-goal I made a play on the running back. I knocked him back. No touchdown.

I remember the playoffs … there are so many different things that I remember.

– Dhani Jones

Feb
03

Josh Cribbs gets himself correct for a night on the town

Browns WR Josh Cribbs stopped by a local Indy mall to get tailored for Friday night's Super Bowl parties. (Special to NFL.com)

Note: Browns WR Josh Cribbs is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

Feb
03

Photos: A look into Greg Jennings’ time in Indy

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Note: Packers WR Greg Jennings is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

Feb
03

A how-to guide for taking a picture with Stevie Johnson

Stevie Johnson was a guest on "The Jim Rome Show" Friday. (Special to NFL.com)

Note: Bills WR Stevie Johnson is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — This is my second Super Bowl trip, and there’s definitely a difference this year in Indy compared to last year’s experience in Dallas.

Last year, I heard a lot of,  “Hey that’s Stevie Johnson over there, let’s take your picture,” and had other NFL players coming up to me and telling me that they respected my game. That was pretty neat, considering my path to the NFL from junior college to Kentucky to the Buffalo Bills.

Stevie Johnson takes in a replica model of Lucas Oil Stadium made completely out of Legos. (Special to NFL.com)

A lot of players during Super Bowl week are approached by fans for pictures and autographs. To the fans, I say don’t be nervous about asking me for a photo.

There’s no secret to approaching me. Do whatever you want to do.

“Hey, can I get a picture? You got a second?” It’s all good.

I don’t have a problem taking a picture with anybody or signing an autograph because that comes with the territory of being an NFL player. You don’t get into this league and try to make a name for yourself without expecting fans to acknowledge that you are who you are. It would be pretty selfish on an athlete’s part not to expect that.

Personally, I don’t mind it at all. If a fan says, “I’m taking this picture and sending it to Egypt,” and they’re lying, it doesn’t matter. I’ll take the picture anyway. I don’t have an issue with any of that, just as long as I’m not in the middle of dinner or about to eat some food. If someone says, “Hey can you put that down and take a picture?” that’s probably not the best way to get a picture with me.

– Stevie Johnson

Feb
03

Dhani Jones to NFL: Open stadium on Sunday

Dhani Jones says the NFL should open the roof at Lucas Oil Stadium for Sunday's game. (David Ely/NFL)

Note: Former NFL LB Dhani Jones is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — I personally like outdoor Super Bowls.

When games are played in the winter, I think they should be played outside where it’s cold. That’s how the game of football was always supposed to be played.

I want them to open the roof on Sunday — put weather into Super Bowl XLVI.

Weather changes the game completely. Some people don’t know how to play in that kind of element. Everybody practices outside, and everyone plays outside when they first start participating in football as youngsters. It isn’t until we get older that we get domes and other ways to protect us from the weather.

NFL: have Tom Brady and Eli Manning play in the cold.

– Dhani Jones

Feb
03

Patriots will win Super Bowl behind MVP Brady

Note: Browns WR Josh Cribbs is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — I love coming in for Super Bowl week because it’s not just about the two teams playing. It’s about the entire NFL. Period.

All of the players hang out and recap what’s happening with our own teams and where we’re going with our own personal careers. Everybody gives advice.

Some of the guys I’ve seen so far include Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Warren Moon and Cam Newton.

I haven’t run into Tim Tebow yet, but I want to. I want to take a picture with him again, but this time I want to “Tebow” with him. I want to go up beside him when he isn’t looking and snap a photo. I once had a chance to take a picture with him during a Nike shoot in Las Vegas. I’m proud of him for going against the grain and proving people wrong.

Everyone knows who I am here, so they ask me how the Super Bowl will play out. Everywhere I go, I’m a sports analyst: giving my prediction on who will win and why.

Personally, I like the Patriots to win because of their coaching ability along with Tom Brady‘s postseason experience and his poise in the pocket. He carries the attitude that he’s been there and done that. I’m not saying that Eli Manning doesn’t have it, but there’s something about Brady.

I think Brady more than likely will be the game’s MVP. I know he’s going to spread the ball around in this type of game.

– Josh Cribbs

Feb
03

Photo: Darnell Dockett joins ‘NFL Play 60′

Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals visited the NFL Experience on Thursday as kids took part in an NFL Play 60 event.

Note: Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

Feb
03

Greg Jennings breaks bread with Larry Fitzgerald

Greg Jennings (left) and Larry Fitzgerald ate lunch together Thursday in Indianapolis. (Special to NFL.com)

Note: Packers WR Greg Jennings is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

I had lunch Thursday with my friend Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, the folks from Visa and our marketing agent from Maximum Sports. We ate at the yummy Adobo Grill in downtown Indianapolis. The fish tacos were awesome.

I stopped by the Wooten Leadership Awards to show support for a wonderful program, then I made some new friends at the EA Sports Madden Bowl party at the Bud Light Hotel. People are so nice in Indy. It reminds me of Green Bay …

– Greg Jennings

Feb
02

Greg Jennings checks out the NFL Experience

Packers WR Greg Jennings tours the NFL Experience in Indianapolis. (Special to NFL.com)

Note: Packers WR Greg Jennings is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

Thursday was a busy day shuttling around Indianapolis. Among the things I got to do was tour the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center where I interviewed a number of fans.

I also had lunch with Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and visited the United Way of Central Indiana for a photo shoot as you can see in the above video.

– Greg Jennings

Feb
02

Stevie Johnson’s dispatch from the Madden Bowl

Stevie Johnson (left) with his wife Brittny and TV Stars Chris and Kyle Masseyf. (Special to NFL.com)

INDIANAPOLIS — This is the second Super Bowl I’ve attended, and I gotta say Indianapolis is putting on a good show. This is definitely topping last year’s Super Bowl in Dallas. The best part about Indy so far? There’s no snow. We see snow a lot in Buffalo, N.Y.

The first thing I did when I got off the plane Thursday was head over to the SportsNation set. We talked about Super Bowl XLVI between the Patriots and Giants, of course. Then I went on ESPN’s “NFL 32.” It was great meeting Steve Young, and some of the other guys.

It’s been a great experience so far. It’s great just talking to the guys around town as an established player, and having people talking to me like they know who I am.

I’m currently delivering this post live from the EA Sports Madden Bowl XVII at Bud Light Hotel. I’m a pretty big gamer — my teams typically are the Bills, Lions or 49ers. Some of the guys I’ve seen at the party include Arian Foster, Warren Sapp and Jimmy Graham.

Right now a DJ is blasting a mix of hip-hop and techno, but I think Snoop Dogg will be performing later. I’ve never seen him live before.

– Stevie Johnson

Feb
02

Dhani Jones reconnects during Super Bowl week

Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — I think my blog should be about reconnection. That’s what the Super Bowl is about to me.

When people go into game mode it just seems like everyone just disappears. And then the Super Bowl comes, and that’s the place where everybody gets to catch up and gather again. The Super Bowl is a time to celebrate everyone’s success. It’s a time when everyone exchanges numbers, reconnects and really start to rekindle the relationships that have always been there.

It’s kind of like a high school reunion except that it happens every year. There are retired players who come back, young guys who hope to be in the league are hanging out, guys in the league are hanging out. It becomes this great community of players that now get to relate on different levels day in and day out.

For me, I kind of just walk around. I’m taking this Super Bowl differently than from some of the other ones during which I’ve really been out there aggressively trying to talk to guys. Sometimes you have to let the situation happen to you, and like some people say in football: Let the game come to you.

Some of the guys I ran into Thursday included Larry Fitzgerald, Will Witherspoon, LaVar Arrington, Roddy White, Deacon Jones, Rodney Harrison, Chris Carter and Michael Irvin. I also met Von Miller. When you run into guys like that, that’s a whole slew of individuals that have been into the league X amount of times over and are doing different things now. And now they all descend upon the Super Bowl, and it’s like we’re all in third grade.

– Dhani Jones

Feb
02

Darnell Dockett arrives in Indy

Darnell Dockett (left) and Antonio Brown are in Indy for Super Bowl XLVI. (Special to NFL.com)

Note: Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — Wednesday was a pretty good day.

I’ve been to the past two Super Bowls in Miami and Dallas, and let me say this: there are a lot of Colts fans here. I’ve seen a lot of Colts jerseys around town — more than I did in either Miami and Dallas for the Dolphins and Cowboys. There’s a lot of good people here.

One of the main things I got to do was hang out with a couple of Colts offensive linemen and other NFL players at an Indy bowling alley for an “NFL Play 60″ event.

I beat all of the kids there, so I had a successful day. I’m not a great bowler, but I beat the kids. One girl named Candace called me out. I bowled a strike on the final frame to beat her, and then I danced like Deion Sanders.

I do a good Deion Sanders dance.

The event was good. We were showing the kids exercises they can do to stay fit.

That night I attended a Pepsi event with Steelers WR Antonio Brown. It was a lot of fun. There was a Spanish band playing at the event. I got pulled on stage and they started asking me questions in Spanish.

I also got a chance to meet Niners rookie Aldon Smith. We talked for a little bit. I gave him some veteran advice, and then we just talked football.

– Darnell Dockett

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