Former Cardinals

Earl Clark Signs Training Camp Deal With The Memphis Grizzlies

Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, former Louisville forward Earl Clark has inked a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Wojnarowski reports that Clark has agreed to a training camp deal with the Grizzlies, which means nothing is guaranteed other than an opportunity to make the final roster after training camp.

Clark also worked out with the San Antonio Spurs before signing with Memphis

The former Cardinal has been a free agent since being waived by the New York Knicks following a ten day contract. Clark didn’t finish the 2014-15 season on an NBA roster.

Following a breakout season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-13, Clark signed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to provide much production for the Cavs and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA trade deadline.

As soon as his rights were traded to Philadelphia, Clark was waived by the team. He later signed a ten day contract with the New York Knicks, but did not finish the season on an NBA roster.

Clark was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers in 2012-13 and was one of the NBA’s most improved players once he was inserted into the rotation. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 59 appearances for the team.

He is one of two former Louisville players that have been given an opportunity with the Memphis Grizzlies. Luke Hancock signed a similar deal with Memphis earlier this month.

Trading Card Company Screws Up Teddy Bridgewater Rookie Card

Photo | Sports Illustrated

Photo | Sports Illustrated

Vikings rookie quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, has been shown minimal respect since declaring for the NFL draft earlier this year.  Bridgewater inexplicably slipped during the draft and found himself as the third quarterback taken in the first round.  

Teddy’s insulting slide during the draft process was compounded by the meteoric rise of Blake Bortles.  Bortles quarterbacked the Central Florida team that kept the Cardinals out of a second straight BCS bowl game.

Bortles was the man taken third overall in the NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars when some believed that Teddy was the man for the Jags.  The emergence of Blake Bortles has haunted the beginning of Teddy Bridgewater’s professional career at every turn.  One would think that the rivalry would flame out once the two men had been drafted into different conferences, but the universe refuses to separate these two.

The Sage company is a sports memorabilia company which produces several versions of collectable football cards.  One popular card in their “Hit High” series is their duel player “VS” card.  The card features two different players on the front seemingly dueling it out at their respective positions.  One of these cards was produced and sold as a Teddy Bridgewater vs Blake Bortles rookie card, a few mistakes ensued.

Photo: Sage

Photo: Sage

Collecting football cards is a hobby that has fallen out of romantic favor with the American public, but this may be worth owning for Louisville fans.  A quick scour of Ebay yields one or two of these rare errors at around 5 bucks a pop.  The card producers at the Sage company had the wherewithal to identify Teddy Bridgewater’s college run-ins with Blake Bortles, but did not have the wherewithal to tell the two apart.  May this add kindling to the fire that burns inside Teddy Bridgewater.

Rex Ryan On Why He Drafted Calvin Pryor: “I took the guy that will knock your face in.”

Brad Penner | USA Today Sports

Brad Penner | USA Today Sports

Calvin Pryor is one of 18 former Cardinals that were on NFL rosters in the opening weekend of the 2014 season. Pryor didn’t’ start, but saw significant action for the New York Jets in their season opening win over the Oakland Raiders. He finished with four tackles and two pass deflections his professional debut.

Call me crazy, but I think Pryor will be a full time start for the New York Jets before too long. Head coach Rex Ryan has raved about Pryor since drafting him in June. He’s even given him the nickname, “Louisville Slugger.”

Heading into the 2014 Draft, Pryor along with former Alabama Safety HaHa Clinton-Dix. Both the Jets and the Packers needed help in the secondary and New York selected Pryor three picks before Green Bay selected Clinton-Dix.

The Jets & Pats are set to square off this week and when asked by the media why he decided to go with Pryor over Clinton-Dix, Rex Ryan provided a very blunt response.

Former Louisville Cardinals In The NFL: Week One Recap

Photo:  Chris Graythen - Getty Images

Photo: Chris Graythen – Getty Images

Week one of the NFL season is in the books and football fans across America have been feverishly checking on their fantasy football roster all weekend. Louisville fans have their own fantasy roster to collectively root for during this current NFL season. Fifteen former Cardinals are currently on NFL rosters, and some shined over this past opening weekend. These are the statistics for some of your favorite former Cardinals from the first week of the NFL season.

–Preston Brown (Buffalo Biils)- Preston was filling in for injured Bills star, Kiko Alonzo, and made the most of his starting opportunity with his new team. Brown racked up five tackles while assisting on two more. Brown also recovered a fumble for 30 yards helping seal a 23-20 Bills victory.

–Harry Douglas (Atlanta Falcons)- Douglas has been a recognizable face in Atlanta ever since he was drafted onto the team in 2008. Douglas has recently carved out a niche at the slot receiver position, and sees plenty of targets when defenses focus on Roddy White and Julio Jones. Douglas hauled in 6 receptions for 69 yards in Sunday’s win over Atlanta.

–Elvis Dumervil (Baltimore Ravens)- Elvis got off to a slow start against the Bengals by only assisting on one tackle. Dumervil is still reeling from his bizarre happenstance with the Denver Broncos wherein his newly signed contract had been sent in too late. Dumervil has not fit it quite as nicely with the Ravens as he did with the Broncos, but he may turn things around still.

–William Gay (Pittsburgh Steelers)- Gay made headlines this weekend with his loud and supportive stance of the termination of Ray Rice. Gay recorded three touchdowns to go along with his two pass deflections during the Steelers 30-27 victory over the Browns.

–Breno Giacomini (New York Jets)- Giacomini signed a free agent deal with the Jets during the offseason after winning a Super Bowl with Seattle. Giacomini is the strong side tackle in New York’s power rushing attack. The Jets ran for 212 yards as a staff and Giacomini was a big reason why. Giacomini can be seen making a key block downfield during Chris Ivory’s 71 yard touchdown run.

–Calvin Pryor (New York Jets)- Calvin Pryor is seen as the answer to Rex Ryan’s prayers in New York. Pryor’s hard hitting style has earned him the nickname “Louisville Slugger” around the Jets locker room. The Slugger tallied up four tackles and two pass deflections in his debut game against the Raiders.

–Eric Wood (Buffalo Bills) – Many consider Eric Wood to be the best center in the NFL. Wood is the quarterback of the Bills stout front line, and he takes pride in moving the football up and down the field. Bills running backs rushed for a combined 193 yards on 33 attempts. Wood cleared holes all day for the Bills elite ground game.

Former Louisville Safety William Gay Says He Plans To Reach Out To Ray Rice

Photo: NFL.com

Photo: NFL.com

The Ray Rice domestic violence story took the planet by storm on Monday morning after the video of him knocking out his wife went public.

The now former NFL running back’s contract with the Baltimore Ravens was terminated and Rice has been suspended indefinitely from the National Football League.

Rice’s actions have resulted in him look like the biggest scum bag in America.

While most of Rice’s peers want nothing to do with him, former Louisville Cardinal and current Pittsburgh Steeler William Gay says he plans to reach out to Rice.

Gay’s mother was shot and killed by his stepfather when he was just seven years old.

The former Cardinal safety was raised by his grandmother. Gay is in his eighth season in the NFL and has spent most of his professional career with the Steelers.

Throughout his career, Gay has worked for and supported the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and has spoke to domestic violence victims about his experience.

“I’m going to reach out to Rice,” Gay told the media on Monday. “I love trying to prevent domestic violence. I’m going to reach out in any type of way just to give him a talk and let him know on my end, how it hurt me, how it changed my life.”

Video: Preston Brown Recovered A Fumble In His NFL Debut

Preston Brown Bills

Photo – Buffalo Bills

Sunday was a special day for former Louisville linebacker Preston Brown. The Cincinnati native got the starting nod in his first career game in the NFL and made the most of the opportunity.

The former Cardinal had a strong showing in the Buffalo Bills’ 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears. Late in the first half, Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin punches the ball out from Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, forcing a fumble and Brown was able to scoop it up and return it 27-yards. He finished with seven tackles on the day.

Rookies Preston Brown & Senorise Perry Listed At First String In Week One

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Photo: NFL.com

In week one of the 2014-15 NFL season, the Louisville Cardinal program will be represented by 15 former player who are on NFL rosters.

PLAYER TEAM POSITION
Gary Barnidge Cleveland Browns Tight End
Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
Preston Brown Buffalo Bills Linebacker
Damian Copeland Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver
Harry Douglas Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver
Elvis Dumervil Baltimore Ravens Linebacker
William Gay Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback
Breno Giacomini New York Jets Offensive Tackle
Senorise Perry Chicago Bears Running Back
Bilal Powell New York Jets Running Back
Calvin Pryor New York Jets Free Safety
Greg Scruggs Seattle Seahawks Defensive End
Marcus Smith Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker
Byron Stingily Tennessee Titans Offensive Tackle
Eric Wood Buffalo Bills Center

As I’m sure you know, the UofL program had it’s best draft in school history in 2014. Four former Cardinals were drafted, three of which came in the first round. Six of the 15 former Cardinals on NFL rosters are rookies.

Two of those rookies will be starters in week one, but it may not be exactly who you expected it would be. Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings), Calvin Pryor (Jets) and Marcus Smith (Eagles) were all drafted in the first round, but all three players are listed at second string in the week one depth chart.

Former Louisville linebacker Preston Brown was taken by the Buffalo Bills in the third round and is listed as the first string strongside linebacker. Brown was able to climb the depth chart after veteran linebacker Kiko Alonoso suffered a torn ACL over the summer.

Former Cardinal running back Senorise Perry didn’t get drafted, but later signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears. Perry had a very strong showing in training camp and made the most of his opportunities in preseason games. He made the final cut and is listed as the first string kick returner for the Bears. Perry is fourth on the depth chart at running back.

Harry Douglas’ Orange Bowl Jersey Is Now Hanging In Miami Alum Devin Hester’s Locker

There a handful of former Louisville Cardinal players who are ecstatic that Bobby Petrino is back on the sidelines at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. That includes former Cardinal receiver and current Atlanta Falcon Harry Douglas.

It appears that Douglas and his teammate Devin Hester, a Miami alum, had a friendly wager on Monday’s season opener. With Louisville knocking off the Canes for the third consecutive time by a score of 31-13, Douglas’ 2006 Orange Bowl jersey was hanging in Hester’s locker on Wednesday afternoon. As you can see, he wasn’t happy about it.