Tag:James Brown
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:48 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:05 am

Lawrence Taylor: Football was easy, life is hard

For as great as Lawrence Taylor was on the field he has been just as troubled off it. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

In January 2011, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor pled guilty to two charges of sexual misconduct. Two months later, Taylor received six years probation.

On Wednesday, the former Giants great joined James Brown and Cris Collinsworth on Showtime's Inside the NFL for his first extensive sit-down interview since his sentencing last March.

Taylor spoke about his 2010 arrest: "As a football player, I know everything about football, I mean as far as defense and stuff. I know what every player is supposed to do. I know where every player is supposed to be. I can see the play before it happens. I know where I’m supposed to be. I know how to manage a football game. The problem with me is, sometimes, managing my life. Because I make a lot of bad decisions and that’s the process that I’m going through now."

Taylor's life away from football has been a tumultuous existence. He was once asked what he could do that no other linebacker could, and he replied, "drink." But alcohol wasn't his biggest vice. He used drugs during his playing days and it got worse after he retired in 1993, writing in his autobiography that "I saw coke as the only bright spot in my future (after football)."

James Brown and Cris Collinsworth recently sat down with Lawrence Taylor to discuss his sentence for solicitation of a minor, his battles with substance abuse as well as modern day defense in the NFL. 

Taylor told Brown and Collinsworth that "I cannot stress enough that this has not been a great ordeal for me. And I’m quite sure this is not a great ordeal for the girl.  And it’s not a good ordeal for my family – my wife, especially. I hear it every day, every day, every day. ...

"What was I thinking?" Taylor asked. "According to my wife, I wasn’t thinking and she reminds me of that every day for the last year-and-a-half. We, as boys, think that we can do certain things and we’re still going to have that same life we did when we were younger, and sometimes my decision process is not very good. I make mistakes and I make bad decisions. Do I wish this had gone another way and that that day had never happened? Of course I do. The embarrassment I gave my family, the embarrassment of myself.

"Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that, ‘Hey, I’m a chronic bad person. I’m just going out and doing.’  I just get caught up and sometimes you think, you know life is not the same way it was 10 years ago, or 15 years ago. As an athlete, they may overlook a couple things.

"No. Nowadays, you guys are on 24-hours-a-day so everything that happens is actually exploited a little bit more or is blown up a little bit more and more people know about it. So now you have to really discipline yourself. For years, I had no discipline. I could do what I wanted to do as far as playing in New York.  I could do what I wanted to do as long as it was still within the law….Life…sometimes it just throws you some curves and just have to realize that this is a different time and different age and you have to tell yourself to be a man, boy."

Taylor said that "There is always a heart desire to do the right thing" but conceded that "as easy as football is to me…is as hard as life is to me."

He also talked about today's NFL compared to the one he left nearly two decades ago, as well as his thoughts on the Giants' return to the Super Bowl.

This week’s episode of Inside the NFL premieres tonight, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

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Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:44 pm

VIDEO: Tebow talks about Sunday start, Gator Day

Posted by Will Brinson

You may have heard already, but when Denver and Miami square off in Week 7, Tim Tebow will start at quarterback for the Broncos.

OK, everyone knows that. But did you also know that at halftime the Dolphins will be having "Gator Day" at halftime Sunday? And that as part of "Gator Day," Tebow will be honored? This resulted in a serious boost in ticket sales for the Dolphins, but also a serious boost in hype surrounding Tebow's first start of 2011.

CBS Sports James Brown talked with the quarterback about the insanity and fervor surrounding Tebow's return to his home state and what he's doing to prepare for the game in Miami.

It's pretty clear how the attitude that Tebow embraces works and I suppose it's not that surprising that he's had success.

"I really believe that enthusiasm and emotion and passion is very contagious," Tebow told Brown. "So I try to bring that every day. Not just to the football field, but to the meeting room and to the locker room."

As for the Gators celebration, he seems to be handling it pretty well too.

"It's something I'm very thankful for, but at the end of the day I'm going to be focused on trying to lead the Denver Broncos to beat the Miami Dolphins," Tebow said of the tribute to the Gators.

No one ever said that Tebow says anything other than the right things when it comes to interviews; he did just that in the interview with Brown. It's his production on the field that makes him such a magnet for controversy.

On Sunday, he'll get to prove all his doubters wrong.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:34 pm

CBS Sports announces 2011 NFL announcer pairings

Posted by Will Brinson

It's almost NFL time, kids. Which means it's also time for the 52nd season of the NFL being broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

And that also means another wonderful season of The NFL Today (the best pregame show on Sundays, and, yes, I'd tell you that even if I didn't work here), anchored as always by the excellent James Brown and featuring Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and Shannon Sharpe.

We'll have more from the announcement/media thing in New York City later, but for now, the important stuff: the mothership's announced the 2011 announcer pairings.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms take the spot as The NFL on CBS lead announcing team, as usual, followed immediately by Greg Gumbel, who teams again with Dan Dierdorf.

Ian Eagle will be paired with Chargers great Dan Fouts in 2011, and new legend on the block Marv Albert will team up with Rich Gannon to call games.

Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots are paired again this season, while Bill Macatee will team up with Steve Tasker.

Spero Dedes, in his second year, will call games with Steve Beuerlein, while Don Criqui and Randy Cross will pair up as well.

In bonus news, The NFL on CBS will kick off this Friday, August 26 by broadcasting the Colts-Packers preseason game and then air the Patriots-Lions game on Saturday, August 27.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 8:04 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 11:39 pm

Vick: Hit against Skins 'really woke me up'

Posted by Will Brinson

Once a week, we break down quarterback controversies -- almost inevitably, the Eagles end up getting mentioned. It's the rare exception when we're not talking about Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb, because both are talented signal callers who've had success this season.

Oh yes, and because Andy Reid keeps changing his mind on who he'll start. You would think it might bother Vick, but as he tells CBS Sports' James Brown in the video below (you can see the full interview this Sunday on The NFL Today, which starts at 12 PM EST on CBS, natch) it hasn't been a big issue.

Vick and Brown will also discuss about his "aggressive" style of play, and whether he's healthy now -- as you can see below, Vick says he is "100 percent now." He also says that the hit against Washington "really woke me up" and that he's got to focus on the "longevity of the season" and his career. Will he change his style of play? We'll find out Sunday -- when, we may have mentioned, you can check the full Vick interview.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com