Trouble in Green Bay

Matt Trombley, Nathan Baugh, Blake Wynveen
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Happy Friday. After being drafted by the Colts, Kwity Paye told his mom, “She’s done working. She’s retired.” Amazing.
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In today's Sprint:
🏈 Aaron wants out
⚾️ Cheers in Chicago
👀 Weekend watch
Trivia: Jaycee Horn was the first defensive player taken in the 2021 NFL draft. Who was the last defensive player to win the NFL MVP?
  1. Aaron Donald
  2. Charles Woodson
  3. Michael Strahan
  4. Lawrence Taylor

WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 Tim Tebow may team up with former college coach Urban Meyer in Jacksonville, but at tight end. Lawrence to Tebow coached by Urban. What a sentence.
📺 Over 100k people tuned into the Pat McAfee Show's YouTube live coverage of the draft, dwarfing the live stream numbers done by ESPN or Bleacher Report. A big win for independent sports media.
🏒 Ryan Miller, Anaheim Ducks goalie, winningest American goaltender in NHL history, and 2010 Winter Olympics star, will retire at the end of the 2021 season.

NFL
Stole The Show
A 37-year-old part time Jeopardy host got all the attention heading into the NFL Draft. Aaron Rodgers told members of the Packers organization he doesn’t plan to return to the team.
How'd we get here? Since 2012, the only offensive player the Packers have drafted in the 1st round is 2020 QB Jordan Love. Rodgers, who wanted a receiver to pair with Devante Adams, was not happy the Packers picked his eventual replacement instead.
Rodgers then went 13-3, winning the NFL MVP Award. But in the playoffs he lost to Tom Brady, who pushed his way out of New England to play for a better team…
Maybe Rodgers knew then what he had to do. But Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst has other ideas: “We’re not going to trade Aaron.”
Bottom line: The Packers selecting another defensive player in yesterday’s Draft could not have gone over well with Rodgers. His time in Green Bay may be in Jeopardy.
The draft goes live
The top 5 went as expected, with the Bengals opting to let Joe Burrow keep taking shots like this one but giving him great receivers to throw to when he is upright.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
  2. New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB BYU
  3. San Francisco 49ers - Trey Lance, QB North Dakota State
  4. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE Florida
  5. Cincinnati Bengals - Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU
Best matches made later in Round 1:
  • Chicago Bears & QB Justin Fields - the Bears traded up to #11 to take their QB1.
  • New England Patriots & QB Mac Jones - Bill Belichick didn’t even have to trade up for the Tom Brady look alike.
  • Philadelphia Eagles & WR Devonta Smith - the Heisman winner gives the Eagles and QB Jalen Hurts the elite receiver they’ve needed for years.
Feel good story: When he isn’t hurdling defenders, new Steelers running back Najee Harris does some cool stuff off the field. Yesterday, he threw a draft party for kids at the homeless shelter he used to live in.
You can find each pick made last night here.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
NBA
(16-47) Houston Rockets 143 vs. (38-24) Milwaukee Bucks 136
  • The NBA-worst Houston Rockets shocked the Bucks as rookie Kevin Porter Jr. (50 pts, 5 reb, 11 ast) became the youngest player in NBA history to score 50+ points and have 10+ assists.
MLB
(14-10) Chicago White Sox 11 vs. (8-18) Detroit Tigers 0
  • As excited as fans on the south side of Chicago were to crush a divisional opponent, they cheered loudest following news of the Bears’ top pick, Justin fields.
Europa League Semifinals, 1st Leg
Villarreal 2 vs. Arsenal 1
  • Villarreal boss Unai Emery got revenge against his former club, but Arsenal got the all-important away goal late.
Manchester United 6 vs. Roma 2
  • After being down 2-1 at halftime, United rallied off a barrage of goals in the match’s final 26 minutes to gain a 4-goal advantage going into the 2nd leg.
NHL
(33-15-3) Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. (32-13-5) Washington Capitals 4 - OT
  • Just over two minutes after the Caps tied the game to send it to OT, the Penguins scored a game winner that clinched both teams’ place in the playoffs.
(32-13-5) Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. (19-22-3) Vancouver Canucks 1
  • Maple Leafs’ 23 year-old phenom Auston Matthews scored his NFL leading 36th goal of the season to give him his fifth 60-point season since being the top pick in 2016.

WEEKEND WATCHLIST
NFL
Rounds 2 and 3 - Fri. 7:00 ET on ABC and ESPN
Rounds 4-7 - Sat. 12:00 ET on ABC and ESPN
NBA
Brooklyn Nets (43-20) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (34-28) - Fri. 8:00 ET on NBATV
Golden State Warriors (31-32) vs. Houston Rockets (16-47) - Sat. 7:30 ET on ESPN
Brooklyn Nets (43-20) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (38-24) - Sun. 3:30 ET on ABC
MLB
Cleveland Indians (11-12) vs. Chicago White Sox (14-10) - Sat. 4:05 ET on FS1
New York Mets (9-10) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (12-13) - Sun. 7:00 ET on ESPN
Premier League
(77 pts) Manchester City vs. (38 pts) Crystal Palace - Sat. 7:30 AM ET on NBCSN
(67 pts) Manchester United vs. (54 pts) Liverpool - Sun. 11:30 AM ET on NBCSN
NHL
Nashville Predators (27-22-2) vs. Dallas Stars (21-17-12) - Sat. 8:00 ET on ESPN+
Tampa Bay Lightning (34-14-2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (17-26-9) - Sun. 3:00 ET on NBC

TRIVIA ANSWER
D. Lawrence Taylor’s MVP came in 1986. Since then, every MVP has either been a quarterback or a running back.

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