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  1. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Amar'e & microfracture surgery, Len Elmore talks iHoops & Allen Iverson in Istanbul

    by Matthew Allinson 01-10-2011 05:21 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    It's been a busy start to the New Year with a lot of things in the works here at Access Athletes. It was a big weekend in Maryland with the Baltimore Ravens advancing in the playoffs after they blasted the Chiefs in the first round. Next weekend, they will face their heated rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a showdown that will finally settle the debate about who is the best team in the AFC North and determine who will ultimately advance to the AFC Championship.

    Recently, we brought on another incredible contributor at Access Athletes. Master Certified Coach, Chrissy Carew, is the Founder of The Insightful Player™, a bold movement of hope committed to lifting the spirit of the human race by putting high integrity NFL players on the largest stage in the world to share their personal heartfelt stories to inspire all, especially kids. The NFL contains so many examples of these fine young men who happen to be sports heroes, but beyond their stats, live their lives in an exemplary fashion and devote themselves to helping individuals and society as a whole. Through this campaign, Chrissy has interviewed more than 30 NFL players and has assembled their stories in the "A Gift of Insights".  You can download a special PDF copy of all 30 Insightful Player™ stories for free and help Chrissy spread her powerful and uplifting message. 


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  2. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Terrelle Pryor & the crew, Junior Bridgeman owns 282 restaurants & Torrey Smith is a true inspiration

    by Matthew Allinson 12-31-2010 05:11 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    In my last official post for 2010, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support of Access Athletes and our mission to educate athletes. It was a big year for us, as we published a number of high-profile interviews on this site and have had a tremendous amount of success forming invaluable relationships with many like-minded individuals in the sports industry. With the solid foundation we have built over the past year, I am extremely excited for what 2011 has in store for AA. 

    In 2011, we will officially relaunch the revamped Access Athletes website. We will be introducing several new expert contributors who will cover a wide-variety of new topics. We also expect to roll out an educational program for elite athletes that we have been working tirelessly on for the last few years. We will continue to serve as an unbiased resource of information for elite athletes and further solidify our role as Trusted Athlete Educators.

    I have included some great links from the last couple of weeks below.


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  3. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Renardo Sidney in shape?, the taxman will be looking for Cliff Lee & Kevin Durant's humble nature

    by Matthew Allinson 12-17-2010 08:21 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    It was an exciting week. I interviewed former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington over the weekend. He is one of few former athletes who has his own radio and tv show, as well as his own newspaper column. He is cerebral, articulate, and incredibly engaging. During the in-depth interview at his house, we talked about his new sports apparel company, XTREME PROCISION, as well as his experiences in the NFL. He talked very openly with me about some of the mistakes he made and also shared a lot of wisdom about how the younger players can best make the transition to the League. I will be working on the first segment of the interview this weekend and hope to publish it soon.

    I was also very pleased to bring on another new contributor this week. Sports attorney and adjunct professor Justin Sievert will be covering issues relating to NCAA student-athletes, in addition to providing commentary on general sports law issues. Check out his first column about Cam Newton and whether the NCAA got it right.

    I am eager to see the one-of-a-kind talent and fellow Baltimore native Josh Selby in uniform tomorrow as he makes his collegiate debut for Kansas.

    Athlete Development

    • I can't help but feel sad for Yao, as his career may be in jeopardy and he hasn't even had the opportunity to realize his full potential on the court. [Yao out for season with stress fracture


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  4. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Athletes filing trademarks, DJ Rony Seikaly & Kryie Irving's friendship

    by Matthew Allinson 12-10-2010 07:54 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    We brought on Former Major League baseball player Buddy Biancalana (starting shortstop on the 1985 World Series champion Kansas City Royals squad) and his business partner Steven Yellin of PMPM Sports to provide their insight about motion in sports and zone training on Access Athletes. Be sure to check out their first column. We will be adding several new expert contributors in the coming weeks.

    On Saturday, I had the pleasure of having lunch with legendary Baltimore Colts runningback Tom Matte. He was voted one of the top-10 most versatile players in NFL history. The guy did everything on the field, including filling in as an emergency quarterback when Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo went down with season-ending injuries. In fact, Colts head coach Don Shula put a list of plays on a wristband that Matte wore during those games, which is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was incredible hearing his stories about playing under Woody Hayes at The Ohio State University, as well as his tremendous feats during his 12-year NFL career and two Super Bowl appearances.

    Human Relations expert, Dr. Tim Thompson, had an excellent commentary this week about pro athletes and infidelity. We will also be posting a commentary about Cam Newton tomorrow prior to the Heisman Trophy Presentation.


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  5. Athlete Weekly Rundown: Cam Newton is free and clear, Keyon Dooling is quite the businessman & pro athletes and infidelity

    by Matthew Allinson 12-03-2010 10:42 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    I decided to bring back the Athlete Weekly Rundown column, but this time around, it will be structured a little bit differently. Each week, we will bring you three categories of stories: (1) Athletic Development (2) Business and (3) Human Relations.

    What a wild week it has been with Cam Newton being declared eligible and LeBron James returning to Cleveland last night. I'm looking forward to the heated AFC North match-up between the Ravens and Steelers on Sunday Night Football. If you have an article that would be beneficial to athletes, please send it my way (matt at accessathletes dot com).

    Athletic Development


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  6. Athlete Weekly Rundown, 11/16/09

    by Tim Ryan 11-17-2009 01:02 AM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    Important News and Information for Athletes: Doping and Gambling


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  7. Athlete Weekly Rundown, 11/1/09

    by Tim Ryan 11-02-2009 02:23 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    Important News and Information for Athletes: Concussions and Playing Basketball in Europe


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  8. Athlete Weekly Rundown: 10/12/09

    by Tim Ryan 10-12-2009 03:24 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    Important News and Information for Athletes: Additions to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Retribution for a College Pitcher, sort of.


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  9. Athlete Weekly Rundown, 10/5/09

    by Tim Ryan 10-05-2009 11:34 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    Important News and Information for Athletes: NCAA Regime Change and the long-term risks from concussions suffered while playing sports.


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  10. Athlete Weekly Rundown, 9/27/09

    by Tim Ryan 09-27-2009 06:30 PM Athlete Weekly Rundown

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    Important News and Information for Athletes: Flu in the Locker Room and the negative effects of the economy on athletic departments.


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