Eric Moreno

Eric Moreno

I am a professional writer.

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'The Mountain' from Game of Thrones once nearly signed with an NFL team

When the final battle to decide who ultimately sits on the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms is decided, it’s a good bet that the man known as “The Mountain That Rides” will be swinging his mighty blade in service to House Lannister.

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Darin Erstad on displaying toughness on the field: 'I played football that way and I played baseball that way."

For over a decade, current Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Baseball Coach Darin Erstad was considered one of the most consistent players in Major League Baseball. While playing for the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Astros, Erstad was a two-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, won the Silver Slugger award, and was a World Series Champion.

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The best all-time dual football and basketball players

The NBA Finals tip off this week as NFL OTAs are in full swing. The two sports, basketball and football, have always had a parallel and often symbiotic relationship. There is a long tradition of athletes playing and excelling in both sports.

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The Pat Tillman Foundation: honoring the legacy of an American hero

If you look up the word “hero” in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, you will find two unique definitions of the term:

a person admired for achievements and noble qualities
one who shows great courage.
Looking at those descriptions, one can easily see how they fit for Pat Tillman.

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Al Del Greco: From coaching on the gridiron to coaching on the back nine

After 17 years starring as one of the NFL's best placekickers, once Al Del Greco retired, he could have virtually done anything he wanted. For “Automatic Al,” there was little doubt that his future after football would be tied to golf.

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Football taught Adam Carolla how to handle adversity

Adam Carolla, the Ace Man to his legion of followers, is a master of many extraordinary talents.

The actor and comedian is a pioneer in the realm of podcasting, launching his own network in 2009. His podcast is recognized by Guinness as the most downloaded of all time.

He also has been a successful terrestrial radio host, a night-time talk show host, a film star, and the writing partner of late night’s Jimmy Kimmel (the duo having launched The Man Show and Crank Yankers).

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Earnest Byner on transition to coaching: 'Make sure it is something you're going to love'

Long before Earnest Byner was achieving superstardom as an NFL player, being named to two Pro Bowls and winning two Super Bowls, he dreamed of being a football coach.

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Alaska native and NFL analyst Mark Schlereth learned perseverance through football

When you evoke the name “Alaska,” visions of harsh, rugged, untamed wilderness immediately spring to mind. It is as far north as you can go in the United States. Its nearly omnipresent freezing temperatures and scant daylight hours typically do not promote the creation of great athletes. In fact, it is the only state in the union that does not boast any collegiate football teams.

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How Jon Runyan learned to deal with pressure

It is safe to say that current NFL vice president of policy and rules administration, Jon Runyan, has seen his share of pressure situations. Not only did Runyan star in the NFL as a starting offensive tackle for 13 seasons, but he also served for four years in the U.S. Congress.

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Falcons center Alex Mack models the perseverance that all young athletes should strive for

When Alex Mack came into the NFL as a first-round draft pick in 2009, there was no way he could have predicted the ups and downs his pro football career would take.

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After 15 years in the NFL, Dwight Freeney is still hungry

To put it simply, Dwight Freeney is a beast on the football field.

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The great player nicknames – NFL edition

The 2017 NFL Pro Bowl kicks off on Sunday. There might not be any “Honey Badgers” or members of the “Legion of Boom”, but there’s a “Red Rocket”—Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

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Titans tight end Jace Amaro got his start playing flag football

Growing up in Texas, Jace Amaro had dreams of playing football on Sundays in the NFL. Thanks to hard work and perseverance, Amaro fulfilled his dream in 2014 when he was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets.