Terrell Owens never had the opportunity to win a Super Bowl in his illustrious career — but he’ll always be known for having the most heroic performance in the big game.

Seven weeks before Super Bowl XXXIX, Owens broke his leg and and tore a ligament in his right ankle. The injury required surgery, and his doctor wouldn’t clear him to play against the Patriots back in 2005.

When the injury happened, Owens believed the Eagles could still get to the Super Bowl without him. “There’s no reason for the city of Philadelphia to get down because I’m not there,” he said, via the Washington Post. “Obviously, my presence will be missed, but we have the guys to get it done.”

Life moves on, and our focus shifts to 2022. While it was obviously a lesser brand of hockey than we’re accustomed to seeing, many hope that NHL players will return for the 2022 Games in Beijing. Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has remained coy on the topic, it will certainly be an issue in the next collective-bargaining talks, and the players have some leverage to work with: The league has an interest in growing the game in China, and has planned even more preseason games there for next season.

“We always have a good group of guys in the locker room, and we love having fun,” Nowitzki said. “We enjoy each other’s company, but we also respect one another. We respect females and our male co-workers. Whatever happened on the business side, I can’t really comment on.”

The Eagles and Patriots gave us a Super Bowl instant classic on Sunday. It featured a 505-yard performance by Tom Brady with three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to top Nick Foles and the underdog Eagles.

Foles finished the game completing 28 of his 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Former Patriot LeGarrette Blount ran the ball 14 times for 90 yards against his old team, and rookie Corey Clement had four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

It was a game for the ages and one that we’ll talk about for years to come. These were the defining moments of Super Bowl 52 that won’t ever be forgotten in Philadelphia.

It was a telling start to the game for Jeffery, who finished with three catches for 73 yards, all in the first half.jays_877_9d11c41cb1b11d51-180x180

The buzzword for the 2017 NFL offseason was “distraction” — so much so that it bled into the regular season, too.

The odds that the people who need that lesson will get it, though, are slim.

That’s why, even after the Eagles win and celebrate and get showered with praise at their parade this week, the NFL will still be embroiled in the same issues in the 2018 offseason as in 2017.

A litany of other injuries followed that kept Gronkowski from completing a 16-game season between 2012 and 2016 (a complete list can be found here). This lengthy history of torn ligaments and broken bones led to a curious contractual development in the 2017 offseason.

With his salary now lagging behind others at the position, Gronkowski agreed to a restructured deal that could make him the NFL’s highest-paid tight end. However, Gronk would have to stay healthy enough to hit specific thresholds required to get there.

Gurley ran for 1,305 yards and caught 64 passes for 788 yards despite sitting out the regular-season finale. The Rams went 11-5 to win the NFC West and posted their first winning season since 2003 — the last time they won the division. Gurley entered the final week of the year as the NFL’s rushing leader, but was passed by Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt in Week 17 as Gurley rested for the postseason.

Gurley scored 13 rushing touchdowns and had six receiving scores for an NFL-high 19 touchdowns. He joined Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson and Marshall Faulk as the only players in NFL history to have at least 2,000 scrimmage yards, 10 rushing TDs and more than five receiving TDs in a single season.

The third-year back from Georgia led the NFL in 10-plus-yard rushes with 39 and his 66 rushing first downs was second in the league. Gurley also led all NFL running backs in highest receiving yard average (12.3 yards per catch) and 25-yard-plus receptions (nine). His 276 scrimmage yards against the Titans Dec. 24 was the most by any NFL player in 2017, and he became only the third player in NFL history to have 150 or more receiving yards and 100 or more rushing yards in the same game.

Terrell Owens and Randy Moss headline the 2018 Hall of Fame class announced Saturday in Minneapolis. nike-youth-cardinals-006