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. 

Chrissy is one of the most inspiring people I have met. I really admire her passion and commitment to showcasing these immense stories of professional athletes who are leveraging their celebrities to effect positive change in the community. It is much needed in a media landscape that is often inundated with negative headlines about pro athletes.

Be sure to check out Chrissy's first article published on Access Athletes: The Insightful Player: Tony Richardson and Jerricho Cotchery. Chrissy also recently wrote a guest column entitled "What Message Do You Send to Youth?" for the Sports Business Journal.

You can connect with Chrissy on LinkedIn or Twitter, as well as support her movement by joining the Insightful Player Fan Page on Facebook.

Enjoy the National Championship game tonight. I'm picking Auburn to win it all.

Athlete Development

  • According to a St. Petersburg Times report, an NFL player, whose career lasts roughly four years on average, lives to be 55. Gregg Doyel breaks down the impact of the NFL's proposal to increase the season to 18 games. [NFL is killing its players, and league doesn't care]


Human Relations

  • With his NBA career over, his marriage in trouble, and rumors swirling about drinking and money problems, Allen Iverson finds himself playing minor-league basketball in Turkey and spending his nights at a T.G.I. Friday’s in Istanbul. [Feature: Allen Iverson: Fallen Star]
  • Eddie Johnson from believes the $1,500 debt caused OJ Mayo and Tony Allen to bring attention to something that grown men should have handled in a professional way, but by no means should every team pay for their mistake. [Mayo and Allen broke a rule]