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Blogged by: Shawna Graves, F3 Redskins Contributor | Around the NFL

From the moment Isaac Redman hit the grid iron at his debut game in the 2009 NFL Preseason, his success on and off the field continues to rise. A favorite among Steelers Nation and coaching staff, Isaac “Red Zone” Redman showed and proved that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Redman was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers Organization in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, playing 4 successful seasons for the Black & Gold. In 2014, after suffering a career ending spinal injury, Redman retired from the NFL. As a young NFL player, the tragedy of having your dream cut short could be life shattering and the devastation could make or break one’s resolve to move forward. For Redman, his injury, along with solid mentoring and guidance while playing in the NFL helped propel him into his next great endeavor.

 

While in the NFL, Redman was inspired by fellow NFL players who made it a priority to give back in service to the communities they grew up in as well as in the communities in which they worked. During the off seasons of 2011 and 2012, Isaac returned to his hometown of Paulsboro, NJ and conducted his Red Zone Redman Football Camp for youth football players. After retiring in 2014, he returned back to Paulsboro and began coaching the junior high school football team and led the team in an undefeated season to win the championship. He also volunteered his time to the local midget football organization, which had collapsed in 2013. Redman volunteered as an Assistant Coach during the organization’s reopening season and returned the following year as a Head Coach with a record 36 kids on his roster.  

 

Earlier this year,  Isaac announced his partnership with two former high school football legends from the area to launch the Legendary Sports Academy to offer affordable football training to youth football players around the Delaware Valley. Click here to hear the entire interview with me and Isaac Redman

 

 

Blogged by: Megan Larkin, F3 Philanthropy Contributor |  Around the NFL

Dr. Jennifer Welter is accomplished by any measure; aside from being the first female NFL coach, Welter has attained a Ph.D. in psychology, and is also an adept athlete in her own right. Several weeks ago, Welter met with President Obama at the White House to mark Women’s History Month, and now she is in the capitol again, participating in the United State of Women, an event meant to bring equitable treatment of women to the forefront.First Female NFL Coach

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On June 14th, Dr. Welter participated in this summit along with others such as Dr. Jill Biden, Amy Pohler, and Billie Jean King in order to focus on the struggles for equality that women still face in arenas such as entertainment, technology and professional sports. The speakers also focused on more general concepts, such as bodily autonomy, equal pay, and media portrayals of women.

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Welter gave a moving speech towards the end of the day, speaking about the damage that we do to young girls when we present them with a narrow and restrictive definitions of success. During her speech, Welter attacked the way in which the media socializes young girls, saying, The hardest thing in our society right now…is the media. We show little girls [how] to be beautiful and to do it all the wrong ways. We show them as accessories…We teach them very early on to be pretty, marry well, and then act badly and…and then that’s what they grow up thinking that fame is or success is”. Additionally, Welter explored the damage how this sort of early lesson can impact young women during adolescence, saying, “Adolescent females are more likely to accept drama in their relationships, to be combative with their friends, all of those things because we’ve shown them that image is more important than intelligence…”. Welter ended on a resonant, passionate note, stating that we should begin to “show women that…they’re awesome and not just because they’re pretty ”.

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Blogged by: Natalie Sorrell, Bay Area Contributor | Around the NFL

I don’t know if I am so emotional over this because of watching The History Channel’s remake of Roots, or if it’s because my respect for him went far deeper than what I thought. When I saw the post on Facebook of him being on life support I sent up a prayer right away…or a DUAH in Arabic (the exact translation of the word means supplication). I think we all knew this day would be soon, but how do you prepare for the loss of an American Icon, a legend, a man whose fights rocked the world? Nonetheless, I cried when I saw the first death notice, as I am not one that gets involved with personality worship. I was a lifelong Prince fan and although his death saddened me, it was nothing like this. No this is something totally different…

Muhammad Ali was a living example of what it means to stand up for what you believe in. He wasn’t some “Made in Hollywood” or reality TV character. He was REAL, CONCSIOUS, and had a personality thaIMG_2597t rivaled the Sun. I was not alive during the time of his greatest fights, but that’s of no importance here because it’s who he was as a MAN that sits highest with me. Everyone that knows me, knows I am the biggest sports fan and that I love all sports! Well except cricket and that’s because I just don’t get it lol. So for me to say that my admiration of the GOAT has nothing to do with any of that, it says a lot. I saw a quote of his earlier and it made me cry because of the strength of character it took to even make it and to act upon it.

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.”

He lost everything for refusing to fight in Vietnam. He didn’t change his position out of fear of losing his material possessions, he didn’t waiver in the face of being sent to jail. He had a position and he stood on it. There are few true examples of people actually doing this, so how can I not respect him?

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We need larger-than-life staples like Muhammad Ali to be examples of real people, who made real choices and was willing to suffer the real consequences of his actions, all in the name of fairness and his religious beliefs in Islam. We need this country to see positive and relatable examples of what Islam is and what it isn’t. So for me, I mourn the loss of who he was as my brother in Islam. We have a saying when someone passes, in English it is;

From Allaah is our beginning and to Allaah is our return..

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Blogged by: Tashyra Ayers, F3 Founder & Chief Editor | Around the NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles get us! They get us! Who is us, you ask?? The 44% of the consumer base that purchases sports and athletic wear (Forbes, 2012). The people who cook, clean, and now converse  with you about your favorite team’s, favorite team. The ones who have managed to make noise on-top of the grunts and boos of their counterparts. We’ve blinged out our jerseys, schuzzed (my word) up our t-shirts, and added chiffon and ribbons to lace our sneaks.  We. Are. Woman. And the Philadelphia Eagles know who really runs the world (Thanks, Beyoncé)!

WomensFootballFestLOGODespite the liquid sunshine, and with over 1,100 tickets sold, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted hundreds of women for their inaugural Eagles Football Festival for Women. That’s right, an NFL team dedicated a day of fun and festivities for the female football fan. Female Football Frenzy / F3TV was on-site  and gained access to the players and coaches’ locker rooms, the Eagles interview room, and perhaps one of the best moments of the day – walking onto the gridiron where winners win, and losers lose. Lincoln Financial Field is where women were able to interact with current and retired Eagles players including Najee Goode, Chris Maragos, and Super Bowl Champ and host of Breakfast on Broad, Barrett Brooks.

We tested our skills on the football toss game, enhanced our knowledge about the Xs and Os of the game, and tried on some of the equipment that protects the players from injury – at least that’s always the hope.  The Eagles’ cheerleaders were on-hand…speaking of hands, it’s only right that the coordinators of this event included a spa room in the lineup of activities. Did the Eagles not cross their T’s, and dot their I’s? Yup – ladies enjoyed a manicure, and half-body massage after testing their skills in the game zone.IMG_1943 (1)

F3TV had a chance to speak with some of the players and the fans.  In fact, we decided that @Baybnurse on Instagram should have received a door prize for the person who traveled the furthest.  We spoke with her, and asked where she was from – of course thinking she was from the Delaware Valley; “Florida!,” she proudly proclaimed. “Florida?”, I repeated. “Yes; my daughters and I traveled all the way from Florida just for this event. I am a die-hard Eagles fan,” she said.  Talk about committed. This lady definitely is part of the Bird Gang, and certainly bleeds green.  “Everyone in my house knows the rule  – even if you don’t like football, you wear the Eagles or nothing at all,” she affirmed. “Even the dog.”  The Philadelphia Eagles should be proud.

We continued our journey through the Linc, and caught up with more fans and one of a few former players that were in attendance, Barrett Brooks.  Brooks, a Super Bowl Champion and currently the host of Philadelphia-based sports TV broadcast Breakfast on Broad, signed autographs, kissed babies, and took pictures with fans while in the player’s locker room.  I asked what you all wanted to know, “How was Mother’s Day in your household?” He chuckled, and replied “Oh, it was greatAs long as the wife and Mom are happy, everything is great.  Happy wife. Happy life.” Yup, even big Barrett gets it.

Eagles Lineman, Najee Goode patiently took photos and signed autographs for what seemed to be a few hundred ladies who waited to take photos with him and Eagles Safety, Chris Marajos.  We had a chance to speak with him about his expectations for the upcoming season. In doing so, he shared some exciting news and I asked him, too, how Mother’s Day was in his house; “It was a good day for everyone,” Najee said. “I’m expecting a baby girl this summer so that is exciting,” he added as a bonus.  Najee says he is looking forward to working under Coach Pederson who has already done a 180 with the team, making obvious changes. Perhaps the most highly anticipated addition to the Bird Gang was first round draft pick, quarterback hailing from North Dakota State, Carson Wentz. Like Brooks, Goode believes the defense will play a big part in the success of the Eagles upcoming season.

After talking football, we couldn’t ignore the obvious fashion statements that came from the ladies in attendance.  From branded nail polish and eye wear, to bows, sequence, and faux leather the female fans of the Philadelphia Eagles were sure to incorporate fashion into their football attire. This was certainly a pleasure point for F3 as our founding platform is based on all things ‘football, fashion, & philanthropy’. It was encouraging to see the Philadelphia Eagles being intentional about allowing the space for women to express their love for the game, and their favorite team.

FullSizeRender (1)Female Football Frenzy / F3TV looks forward to bringing you much more on the Eagles during the 2016/2017 NFL Season. To see complete event coverage, and full interviews with Philadelphia Eagles players during the Eagles Football Festival for Women, click here F3TV.

Female Football Frenzy (F3)

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Blogged by: Naz Sorrell, F3 Bay Area Contributor | About Us

We just can’t seem to get enough of Marshawn Lynch here in the Bay Area! Maybe we have not all openly admitted how much we really love him! F3 - Marshawn Lynch football imageI mean when you play for a team that has been the arch rival of BOTH Bay Area teams, it can be a little difficult to feel the love from the Bay! Now that Marshawn has officially retired at age 29, all of us Bay Area folk can openly declare without any guilt, how much we actually love this guy!

Marshawn Lynch recently opened his first clothing store in Oakland aptly named BEAST MODE. When asked about the idea behind the clothing Marshawn replied, “It wasn’t something that I just wanted to make money off of. It was something that I held for myself.” He also went on to admit that maybe this was something that wasn’t just about him, and saw it as a way for him to really connect with the fans. “BEAST MODE to me is freedom,” said designer Christopher Bevans, “freedom of expression, freedom of art, freedom to create!”

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Lynch has embodied all of that and sites growing up in Oakland as the main cause of his seeing things a little differently. “I’m from there, so I got a different view, but what Oakland taught me, what I really hold on to, is my personality. Loud in what I do, and quiet in what I say,” Lynch said. “I feel like that sculpted me, and from Day 1, just growing up in a place like Oakland, you learn that you only get one you. Why would I go out and live the life you want me to live and then I won’t be satisfied with it?”

Marshawn’s favorite piece of the collection is a reflective sweat suit, his reasoning was because it messed up everyone’s pictures! The reflective writing flashed back the flash and he loved that! Loud in what he does, and quiet in what he says even resonates in his clothing line! Sounds like we ALL need to go BEAST MODE!

For more information or to shop Marshawn Lynch’s new store, click here BEAST MODE.

 

Female Football Frenzy (F3)

FOOTBALL | FASHION | PHILANTHROPY

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