To satisfy the sports crave that many fans are having across the world in the wake of COVID-19, many sports teams and leagues have turned to playing online sports games. For example, the NBA is currently hosting an NBA2K20 tournament that is being streamed on ESPN, with players in the league going up against each other.
The opening weeks of free agency have concluded, and teams have a pretty clear idea as to what their identity is heading into the draft, which will occur from April 23-25. Let’s take a look at where some former NC State players have ended up and others whose roles have changed heading into the season, whenever that may be.
The 2020 NFL offseason was expected to be filled with big moves, especially since several of the league’s top quarterbacks were set to become free agents. On a frantic St. Patrick’s Day for the NFL, a day before the official start of free agency, former NC State quarterback Philip Rivers agreed to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. Then, on Saturday, March 21, Rivers officially signed his contract.
On Tuesday afternoon, the ACC officially canceled the remainder of winter and spring sports activities, both competition and practice, for the 2019-20 school year in a press release, with hopes to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
On Thursday afternoon, the ACC “suspended all athletic related activities including competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice. The decision was made following consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19.”
Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson just finished up what was arguably his best season in the NFL. He finished the season with 4,110 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns (three rushing) and only five interceptions. Yet with this great season by their quarterback, the Seattle Seahawks only managed to win 11 out of their 16 games this season and bowed out of the playoffs in the divisional round.
In a game arguably at least a little bit as important as the main one tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes picked up a crucial two points as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the shootout Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena.
NC State football has gained a reputation for routinely placing the best quarterbacks in the country under center. Roman Gabriel, Eric Kramer, Jamie Barnette and Terry Harvey laid the groundwork for NC State to be referred to as “QBU”, but when Philip Rivers came to Raleigh in 2000, the frequency of great Wolfpack quarterbacks began to increase. Names such as Russell Wilson, Mike Glennon, Jacoby Brissett and Ryan Finley continued the legacy of excellent quarterback play not only in college, but in the NFL. Technician had the privilege of covering all of these Wolfpack greats during their collegiate careers, so let’s turn back the clock and look at what Technician writers had to say about the two most influential quarterbacks to come through NC State.
The Minnesota Vikings were able to get over their one-year playoff drought in 2019 by going 10-6 and impressing all season long, thanks in part to a very successful all-around defense and dynamic players on offense. The biggest question after blowing their chances to make the playoffs in 2019 for the Vikings was the offensive line, a group that failed to help out quarterback Kirk Cousins or running back Dalvin Cook last season.