Author: Julie Miller

Julie Miller has been a writer at Gridiron Heroics since July of 2022, where she covers the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints. She is a few months away from graduating with her MPH in Epidemiology at Tulane SPHTM, with a focus on the intersection between sports and science.

Allstate likes to remind us football season is mayhem, and NFL week 4 is no exception. Some stories are best told in picture form. Dolphins vs Someone (was someone playing beside Tua?) Antonio Brown is reminding us the importance of taking head trauma seriously. The Chargers and Texans played. That is all. Importantly, the Eagles maintain their position. Bears and prayers: Finally, the Chicago Bears are glad they aren’t the only team to double-doink. Though they lost against a team with a Running Back- Quarterback. And Aaron Rodgers who owns them,  was almost owned by the Patriot’s backup rooky quarterback,…

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We are all familiar with the football used today, but do you know the history of the pigskin? It all begins in Europe. Mob Football: Mob football, a European village game, began in 8th Cenury England. The sport remained popular well into the 1800’s. Mob football is the inspiration for American football. The general gist of the sport is that two teams of any size, attempted to throw, kick, and otherwise move an inflated pig bladder, sometimes covered with leather, to their “goal” on opposite sides of the village. The only rules were to not murder people while playing. American…

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This week’s Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight will focus on a rookie  –  Chris Olave! Chris Olave is a Buckeye alum! At The Ohio State, the wide-receiver Olave holds the record for the most career TD receptions – 35! He also graduated with 2,700 rushing yards. Those stats along with his speed and consistently high percentage of completed catches made him a desirable draft pick. Chris Olave in the draft: During the draft the saints traded up to choose Olave – their first selection. Olave was drafted in the 1st round, and was the 11th pick overall. He also is the…

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The Seattle Seahawks were utilizing the offense better; Geno Smith was giving the ball to tight ends, running backs, and wide receivers. Don’t hold back! Pete Carroll had advice for Geno Smith. The basic gist was an emphasis on passing. Down-field, mid-field, any passing would do. The Seahawks only had 17 points total between week 1 and week 2, and the last 6 quarters were scoreless.  Smith took this advice to heart. He threw more often and to a wider array of players. Unfortunately, it was also Geno Smith’s passing that ended the Seahawks last posession of the ball with…

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Winston is wincing for multiple reasons this week. The primary reason is all of the injuries he played through this week. Jameis Winston has 4 back fractures, and played with multiple layers of extra padding today. The fans were wincing every time he went down. Winston’s ankle is also injured. The extent of that injury is unclear. Hopefully he will tell us, so we can learn more medical terminology from him. The last time he introduced the ankle as the foot wrist. You could see the pain reflected in the Saints’ quarterback gait from time to time, but he hid…

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2022 is Tyler Lockett’s year to make moves. He is excelling professionally as a member of one of the best receiver duos in the league. And he’s winning off the field as well. (Photo credit: Norm Hall/Getty Images) Love is in the air? Tyler “locked” it down on September 11th, when he secured a yes from his girlfriend Lauren Jackson. He was on pins and needles, waiting for her answer like this: Lockett picked a beautiful location to pop the question. He bowed the knee in flower petals, with a lit up sign with the words “Will you marry me.”…

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In this edition of the Injury Corner, we will discuss the fight between the Saints and Buccaneers Sunday morning, AKA Fight Night. Thursday night, football mistook itself for WWE when Derwin James body slammed Travis Kelce into the ground after picking the 6-5, 260 pound man up like a ragdoll. Saints vs Buccaneers In light of sports confusion in week 2, football also mistook itself for hockey. Pandemonium broke out after Tom Brady shared some words with Marshon Lattimore. Leonard Fournette had words, and Mike Evans had actions – running from  the sidelines with the quickness with a WWE styled…

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, current or former Hispanic players will be highlighted starting with Tom Fears. First was Fears’ specialty. He was the first person from Mexico drafted into the NFL. He was also the first Hispanic Hall of Famer – inducted in 1970. Fears also was the first Mexican head coach in the NFL. He is often differentiated as the first Mexican-born head coach. Tom Flores is often given the acalade of first Mexican Head Coach for unclear reasons. Player career highlights: Obviously, Fears is known as a record setter. He was drafted into the NFL in…

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Sean Payton’s new gig has him back in front of the camera’s on Sundays – and he’s more talkative than ever before. No, this isn’t his doppleganger Kevin James this time – admit it, you weren’t sure. Payton has hung up his sweat suits and coaching, for his fancy suits in the limelight – at least for now. It’s good to see him, the league doesn’t feel right without him in it. You can catch Payton on Fox. He will be joining the NFL Sunday Crew there, alternating with Jimmy Johnson. Sean Payton’s not the the only person to have…

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In this edition of the Injury Corner, Drew Brees’ tweet to Quinn Ewers will be covered. The tweet: The problem: One of the best QB’s in NFL history tweeted alarming medical advice to a “Young Buck” college football player. Brees’ has too much influence to use it for advice like this. There is an obvious concern that a player may over extend himself if he can’t feel an injury. The pain response is a sign from your body to be careful, and numbing that can make the injury worse. Although we can’t say for sure what Brees was referring to…

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