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NFL Combine: have you been training?

Ohio State Buckeye cornerback Bradley Roby runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, Houston, Texas (Credit: USA TODAY Sports/Brian Spurlock)This past Tuesday marked the beginning of this year's NFL Combine. 323 players were scheduled to attend the weeklong event being held at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.  There, each player will have his medical history, character, football intellect, and athletic ability closely dissected by the 32 teams looking to help them become professionals in the sport they love. However, attendance is no guarantee of future success. Last year, of the 335 prospects invited, only 224 were drafted. The other 111 NFL hopefuls were left to try and find a roster spot after the last pick was announced.

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Dean Smith: impactful on the court and influential off

Former University of North Carolina player and NBA standout Michael Jordan (L) kisses former University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith during a ceremony honoring the 1957 and 1982 national championship teams at halftime of the NCAA basketball game between North Carolina and Wake Forest University in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 10, 2007 (Credit: Reuters/Ellen Ozier) The measure of a leader is not defined by how things operate when they are present, but rather when they are absent. On Sunday, Hall of Fame basketball coach and humble leader Dean Smith passed away at the age of 83. Leaving this world permanently, Coach Smith left it a better place than he found it. And for that, we are grateful.

A few weeks shy of his 84th birthday, Smith coached the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for 36 seasons. He led the Tar Heels to 13 ACC tournament championships, two NCAA championships, and coached the USA men's gold-medal Olympic team in 1976. Under his leadership, North Carolina won at least 20 games in each of his final 27 seasons and made 23 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.

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Go Johnny go: from football field to rehab clinic

In his first NFL start, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland, December 14, 2014, Cleveland, Ohio  (Credit: AP/Tony Dejak) On Monday morning, reports broke out that Johnny Manziel was voluntarily entering into a rehabilitation clinic in order to "improve himself" and figure out "his value system." Manziel is the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns and former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M. Over his relatively short career, Manziel has quickly gained a reputation both on and off the field for his extravagant antics.

On the field, Manziel excelled at Texas A&M University. Nationally recruited as a dual threat quarterback, 'Johnny Football' led the Aggies to a 2013 Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma in 2013. He became the first freshman to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Not limited to the football field, he was drafted in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. However, he decided to take his talents to the NFL, where he was selected as the 22nd pick by the Cleveland Browns.

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