Wednesday March 27th produced plenty of interesting news regarding the latest affairs in the NFL, NHL, and the NBA. Here are the most important headlines.
Nelson, who spent a decade with Packers, retiring | ESPN
Jordy Nelson, one of the Green Bay Packers legends and Super Bowl XLV winner, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. Nelson spent 10 seasons with the Packers and played his last year in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, who released him two weeks ago, right after acquiring Antonio Brown.
Nelson ranks second all-time in Packers franchise history in touchdown receptions, third in receptions and fifth in yards receiving as he and Aaron Rodgers formed a fantastic tandem. In his entire career, the wide receiver recorded 613 receptions for 8,587 yards and 72 touchdowns.
His former teammate and fellow receiver, James Jones, was the first one to reveal Jordy’s decision.
🚨After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former #Packers & #Raiders WR @JordyRNelson is calling it a career. He’s stepping away from the game with more than 8,500 yards…72+ TD’s and as a SB Champion! I’m proud of him and happy for him and his family! #Ese’ #Respect
— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) March 27, 2019
Bucs officially sign QB Gabbert to 1-year deal | ESPN
The former Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. Head Coach Bruce Arians was keen to get him to Florida as a backup to Jameis Winston, after previously working with Gabbert with the Arizona Cardinals.
Gabbert spent lasts season with the Tennessee Titans, where he served as a backup to Marcus Mariota, but the Titans released him after acquiring Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins earlier this month. Gabbert also played for Jacksonville, San Francisco, and Arizona, and recorded 9,063 yards with 48 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions in his career.
The Bucs have made Blaine Gabbert's signing official, although Bruce Arians confirmed it already at NFL owners meetings. It's a one-year deal. He will be competing with Ryan Griffin for the backup spot. Gabbert started five games for Arians and the… https://t.co/AZQDeiB9Pt
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) March 27, 2019
Ex-Broncos WR Thomas pleads guilty | ESPN
Demaryius Thomas, a former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wide receiver, plead guilty to careless driving resulting in injury. Thomas was the culprit in a car crash in February when he drove his SUV more than twice the speed limit in downtown Denver, only a few days after the Texans released him.
Here you can see his statement released by attorneys.
“It was important for me to accept responsibility for my careless driving. I personally promise I will never put anyone at risk with that type of driving going forward.”
Luckily for Thomas, a felony reckless driving charge was dismissed but he will have to pay $300 along with court costs, complete 50 hours of community service, and be on one-year probation.
Former Broncos and Texans receiver Demaryius Thomas pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge but will not face jail time: https://t.co/F9OrcJXDIv
— USA TODAY NFL (@usatodaynfl) March 27, 2019
Preds sign D Fabbro to 3-year, entry-level deal | Associated Press
The Nashville Predators announced that they have signed a three-year, entry-level deal with defensemen Dante Fabbro. The Preds selected Fabbro with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 draft and the 20-year-old spent the previous three seasons at Boston University, recording 22 goals and 58 assists in 111 career games.
Fabbro must be delighted with the deal as he grew up a Predators fan and he already appeared in his first practice with the team.
Preds rookie D-man Dante Fabbro in his first practice after signing with the team. pic.twitter.com/2fFYVY8sGK
— John Glennon (@glennonsports) March 27, 2019
Hardaway: Anti-gay rant keeps me out of Hall | HoopsHype
Tim Hardaway, 52, was a five-time All-Star in his 13 seasons in the league with career averages of 17.7 points and 8.2 assists per game, and was one of the original Big Three, along with Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. However, only two of them are in the Basketball Hall of Fame and Hardaway knows why he’s being ignored.
“Well, you know, the reason I’m not in is because of what I said in 2007 about gay people,” he told Hoops Hype recently.
— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) March 27, 2019