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Playing For More Than A Paycheck: Bruce Irvin Joins The Atlanta Falcons

Sometimes, a tweet can say it all.

After being released from the slow-moving train wreck that is the Oakland Raiders franchise, defensive end Bruce Irvin did what many people expected he would: he signed a contract with a potential playoff team.

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The 500 Club: The Secret Drew Brees Used To Join Elite NFL Company

This past Saturday, while the Purdue Boilermakers were stunning the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 49-20 win, one of the most famous Boilermakers was probably finishing up his own game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay, Drew Brees was leading his New Orleans Saints to a victory.

Now, before you think I’ve lost my mind, I’m aware that the Saints and Ravens didn’t meet on a football field on Saturday. They met on Sunday night, when Brees joined Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre as the only QBs in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdowns.

And, more importantly, Brees helped New Orleans win a nail-biter decided by the first missed PAT of Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker’s professional career.

(October—not so kind to NFL kickers.)

So, no, the physical game wasn’t on Saturday.

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What You Can Learn About Momentum From Packers’ Kicker Mason Crosby

When you’re a kicker in the NFL, the job description is pretty straightforward: put the ball between the uprights on field goals and extra points and limit your opponent’s field position on kickoffs.

The simplistic job description for kickers makes them an easy target for sarcasm and derision; after all, while everyone else is sweating through the first half, the kicker is sipping Gatorade on the sidelines, just waiting for his number to be called.

Pretty sweet gig, right?

Except being a kicker in the NFL is NOT easy, a lesson we relearned on Sunday when Mason Crosby, the dynamite kicker for the Green Bay Packers, did something he’s never done before.

He missed four fields and a PAT.

In one game.

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Culture Club: Boston Built Another Championship By Building A Better Environment

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard this saying: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

It’s become quite popular in recent years, and regardless of whether or not Peter Drucker actually said it, the Boston Red Sox are giving ample reason for any leader to stop and re-examine the sentiment behind the statement.

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How Greatness Rises From Devastation: Hurricane Michael First Responders

I love writing for Forbes. It’s an incredible platform, and they are incredible partners—with them, I have a well-defined lane: the intersection of leadership, sports and business. And most of the time, I stay in my lane because that’s what I’m supposed to do.

This isn’t one of those times.

Last week, Hurricane Michael ripped into the state I call home. Florida’s Gulf Coast and Panhandle regions were obliterated by the first category four hurricane in recorded history to make landfall on our shore, and the devastation is evident everywhere.

The loss of life may not be as catastrophic as with other storms, but I assure you, Michael’s aftermath is no joke.

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Earl Thomas’ One-Finger Salute Raises Questions: What’s A Superstar Worth?

In the aftermath of a broken leg, a middle finger, and one hellacious Tweetstorm, one of the most pressing questions in the NFL this week has to be:

What is the value of a superstar?

That’s the question the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers have been asking themselves since this summer when Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell announced they wouldn’t report to the teams without a new contract or trade.

In the NFL, players have a short shelf life; in many circles, players are thought to physically peak at age 30 and then begin experiencing a steady decline in performance (though 40-somethings Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Adam Vinatieri are doing just fine, thanks).

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Don Yaeger - Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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