More From Clark Hunt from The Columbus Dispatch
And although the upcoming year could be a significant one for the Crew, Hunt said his family has grown closer after enduring a pair of tragedies during the last year. After Crew midfielder Kirk Urso passed away August 5 due to a congenital heart defect, Hunt's Kansas Chiefs of the NFL suffered the loss of Jovan Belcher in a murder-suicide Dec. 1.
"(Last year) was a very challenging year for our family," he said. "We obviously had two horrible tragedies that you hope you never face in a business or as a team, with the loss of Kirk Urso and then the tragedy we had in Kansas City involving Jovan Belcher. Those things are just tough. Wins and losses are part of the business and sometimes you're going to have disappointing seasons but you hope you never have challenges like that. Our thoughts and prayers are still with the families involved in those situations."
Chris Canty Set For Visit To Green Bay from Lombardi Ave
Canty, 30, was cut by the New York Giants last week in a cap space saving move.
Yet there's a very viable reason that Smith is a much hotter commodity in 2013 than he was a year ago: This is a far chillier March for NFL teams in search of starting quarterbacks. With an underwhelming free-agent class (one further depleted by the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to stick with incumbent Michael Vick), a handful of tenuous options via trade and a much-maligned class of draft-eligible passers, the six remaining franchises who are in major need of an upgrade at the sport's pivotal position are desperately seeking solutions.
Inside Free Agency 2013 - Day 22: Larry Grant from The Mothership
San Francisco 49ers LB Larry Grant found himself in a tough spot, placed behind Pro Bowl linebackers, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, which led to him recording one tackle throughout the 2012 NFL Playoffs. However, his roles with the 49ers were executed in a way that could open doors for Grant, in 2013. Here's a look at some of his strengths and weaknesses.
Name: Larry Grant
College: Ohio State
Born: February, 16 1985 (Santa Rosa, California)
Experience: 4 years
Drafted: 7th Round-214th pick overall by the San Francisco 49ers
The NFL's support of Silberman on its website rings slightly disingenuous. Obviously, it is within the NFL's interest to promote stories like Silberman's as 40% of the league's fan base is female.
But the support of her rings hollow from an organization that continues to unabashedly employ accused rapists and domestic abusers - Something Commissioner Roger Goodell has sought to address in recent years, but only because of a public outcry and possible damage to the brand.
In December of 2012 Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he committed suicide. This was the time, this was their chance to seriously talk about domestic violence, but instead, there was a moment of silence and little discussion.
Mayor, Police Chief Visit Norcross Elementary For Read Across America from Norcross Patch
Athletes from Clark Atlanta University and Solomon Brannan Jr., who played for the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl, also took the time to read to the kids at Norcross. Other volunteers included employees from Wells Fargo, Associated Credit Union, Univision, V103, CBS Radio, and Barnes and Noble.
Fannect made its first inroads at Kansas, setting up an information table and handing out business cards at Allen Fieldhouse for the Jayhawks' game against Texas, which was featured on ESPN's "College GameDay" last month. Soon, Jayhawks coach Bill Self is expected to spread Fannect's brand from his Twitter account. The company also plans marketing forays into other colleges and the Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC.
These costs will come out of the $500,000 Fannect has raised through investors, including employee family members and friends and a mid-January trip to Silicon Valley, to get things off the ground.