This is the fifth edition of this season’s film room, where we will break down the biggest headlines from around the NFL.
Vice President Pence Walks Out Of Colts Game
Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the Colts game just to walk out early, citing players kneeling as his reason for leaving right after the national anthem. It later became clear that this occurrence was likely staged, as Pence had a flight scheduled and reporters were told to “stay in their vans”. This event is a continuation of the political statements that are being made at NFL games. The Vice President also sent out a controversial tweet that included a picture that he posted many years ago, seemingly attempting to act as though the picture was from Sunday. The White House has strongly voiced that players should be standing for the national anthem, and they now took their opinion right to the actual stadiums.
Peyton Manning Has Number Retired By Colts
In other news, at the Colts game, Peyton Manning had his jersey retired and a statue unveiled at Lucas Oil. The soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback brought a super bowl to Indy in his time there and put an awfully large number of wins on the board. Even though Manning finished his career in Denver, he will likely always be associated more with Indianapolis. In a cool moment at the game, Manning took a snap from longtime center Jeff Saturday and threw a pass to Reggie Wayne. The three combined for many of these plays over the years, but it must have been nice to have nobody hitting them for once. When Manning’s statue was unveiled on Saturday he said that he would “always be a Colt” when giving his remarks shortly after the unveiling. The quarterback will certainly always be a Colt now, as his number shall hang in the rafters forever.
The League Expands “A Crucial Catch”
The newest initiative this season is the addition of awareness for other forms of cancer. Recently the league has focused in on breast cancer, launching “A Crucial Catch” in October every season. While the campaign will remain in October this season, the league is expanding their efforts to support the American Cancer Society in general.
Another new addition is the NFL’s “The Defender” app, which helps users to identify early signs and risk factors for cancer. This shows yet another increased effort by the league towards cancer prevention, helping fans get a personalized plan anywhere.
– Andrew Kelly is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Rams and covers the Los Angeles Rams. He also writes national and fantasy content for cover32. Like and follow on Follow @Andrew_K47 Follow @cover32_LAR