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Defensive lineman Jared Allen retired from the NFL in 2015 and wasn’t ready to give up on the competition he’d come to enjoy as a five-time All-Pro.His solution: The Olympics.The problem: He didn’t compete in any Olympic sports.Less than a year later http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/laurent-duvernay-tardif-jersey , Allen and three other former NFL stars 鈥?none with any prior experience 鈥?are attempting to qualify for the U.S. national curling championships against players who have been throwing stones for most of their lives.It would be the first step toward competing in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.“Every team in the NFL 鈥?whether you’re hot garbage or the defending Super Bowl champions 鈥?every coach come August says the same thing: ‘We’re trying to win the Super Bowl,'” Allen said. “We come from that mentality, where we set lofty goals.“Our short-term goals are continually to get better: fundamentals, strategy, sweeping. We know if we master these little things, it will take us a long way.”A 12-year NFL veteran who spent most of his career with the Chiefs and Vikings, Allen was lamenting the end of his playing days when a friend dared him to try an Olympic sport. Allen toyed with the idea of badminton but rejected it as too taxing.“We thought about curling: It was chill, and the winners have to buy the losers beer,” he said. “We thought it was a win-win.”He rounded up former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger and Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck and tackle Michael Roos to form a team; all were Pro Bowl selections during their NFL careers, and living in the Nashville, Tennessee, area.Adopting the name All-Pro Curling Team, they started from scratch in March and kept their plans under wraps until they felt like they had made enough progress.“We wanted the reaction when we got on the ice to be, ‘Oh, how long have you guys been doing this?” Allen said in a telephone interview after practicing on a converted hockey rink in Nashville. “We were serious. We didn’t want it to seem like it was just some media hype, or just trying to stay relevant.”The first test was in November, when Allen and Bulger 鈥?with two “regular” curlers 鈥?competed in the Curl Mesabi Classic in Northern Minnesota. Their first opponent: The gold medal-winning team from Pyeongchang led by four-time Olympian John Shuster.They lost 11-3, giving up five points in the sixth end.“Honestly, they were a little better than I had expected,” said Matt Hamilton, the second on that team. “All in all, Jared was technically pretty sound. But at the end of the day, I’ve seen thousands of curling shots and situations, and that is ultimately going to win us more games.”Although curling matches are often conceded when they are out of reach Authentic Chris Conley Jersey , the Olympians kept playing through the eighth (of 10) ends, to help the football players gain the experience they will need if they are to be more competitive. (If it’s any consolation for Allen’s crew, Shuster’s rink also scored a five-ender against Sweden in the gold medal match.)“We had one bad end, and we just kept playing with them. We just wanted to be a sponge,” Bulger said. “The key was they knew we were taking it seriously. It wasn’t just us saying, ‘We’re going to take over curling,’ kind of as a gimmick.“We hope to play them again,” he said, “when we’re better.”The All-Pros are back at it at the USA Men’s Challenge Round in Blaine, Minnesota, this weekend, where they are competing for one of four remaining spots in next month’s national championships. (Top teams聽such as Shuster’s have already qualified.)They got off to a rough start in their first match, falling 10-1 to Steve Birklid’s Seattle-based rink on Thursday night. But, by hopping into the sport early in the Olympic cycle, they have almost three more years before the team for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing is chosen.Hamilton confessed that he was put off at first about newcomers thinking they could go to the Olympics after four years in a sport he has worked at to master his entire life. But he also realized that the publicity will be good for curling, which has struggled to break out of its niche as an every-four-years curiosity.“If I really think I’m that good, I should be like, ‘Bring it on!'” Hamilton said in an email to The Associated Press from a competition in Japan. “How much they respected the game, though, is what made me realize they aren’t making a mockery. We just have some extremely athletic individuals who respect sport but have a need to compete in their blood. Can’t disrespect that!”100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj MehtaAll four football players agreed that the reception they’ve received from lifetime curlers has been decidedly different than the one that might welcome a curler who tried to break into the hyper-competitive NFL.“Oh, he’d get smashed,” Allen said. “We’d go out of our way to test his mettle, for sure.”Instead, the ex-NFLers found that the tight-knit but friendly community of curlers was eager to accept them. In their match against the Olympians Womens Terrance Smith Jersey , there was trash-talking 鈥?or banter, depending on whom you ask 鈥?and Hamilton even gave them some of his old curling gear.“I looked at their broom heads and I was disgusted. I was wondering why these former pro football players couldn’t afford new broom heads,” he said. “So I went into my curling bag and gave them some gently used ones before the game. That really surprised Jared, claiming nothing like that would ever fly in football.”Like many of those who experience curling only every four years, on TV, the football players saw the sweeping and the shouting and underestimated how hard it is. “We played football, but it’s a lot of muscles we didn’t use,” Bulger said.Sliding on the ice was also an adjustment, but the biggest challenge has been the strategy.When he first started watching, Bulger said, he would see curlers setting up protective stones called guards and thought they were missing their shots.“We just assumed that you throw to the button every time, and we learned that is not the game,” he said. “It’s like a novice chess player going against” a grandmaster.But their NFL experience did help in other ways, priming them with not just physical fitness, but also good practice habits, the ability to make decisions on the fly and to improve through film study and coaching.“Like any other sport you have to learn, try to figure out how to get better,” Bulluck said. “Playing football at a very high level, being one of the best at the position once upon a time, to get to that level in anything you do you have to be able to take coaching.”And, of course, they’re competitive.“The message is: We want to bring attention to it. We want to have fun with it,” Allen said. “But we’re dead serious about what we’re trying to accomplish.”Le’Veon Bell vs. James Conner: What’s the difference? The Pittsburgh Steelers have had injury concerns heading into their game with the Kansas City Chiefs all week, but a starter we are nearly 100 percent sure won’t play that has nothing to do with injuries is running back Le’Veon Bell.Bell has run for more than 100 yards against the Chiefs in each of the last three regular-season games. In the Steelers’ most recent postseason game against the Chiefs Womens Reggie Ragland Jersey , Bell ran 30 times for 170 yards.So the fact the Steelers have removed him from their depth chart ahead of this week’s game is kind of a big deal.Expected to play in Bell’s place is second-year back is James Conner, who filled in for him last week against the Browns. Conner finished with 31 rushes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, as well as five catches for 57 yards in his first career start.So what’s the difference between Bell and Conner? The Chiefs weighed in this week:Chiefs head coach Andy Reid“That other runner (James Conner) is pretty good. He had that same situation that Eric Berry had and he has come back from it strong. He is a local kid from there. He has done a nice job for himself, made a nice niche. I don’t think they are caught up in all of that from the sounds of it. And he is playing well.”Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton“Do you want to play against Le’Veon Bell? I don't know, the thing that kind of struck me about the game the other day against Cleveland was they had 400-and-whatever yards they had with six turnovers—that’s six possessions that at some point went away. That’s a lot. Even in an overtime game, that’s a lot of possessions ... They didn’t really change, you know? They just did what they do and did it really well. Obviously, Conner, I think is a really good back. Is he Le’Veon Bell? I don’t know. Le’Veon Bell is unique probably to everyone in our league—his style alone, not to mention his talent. I mean Le’Veon’s a great receiver, a great running back, so it’s a challenge. We played him a couple years ago when he was just walking in the door, I believe, after a three-game suspension. He had no practice, no nothing and it didn’t seem to bother him to me. Not there. We’ll just have to wait and see. We don’t think it changes anything—what they’re doing schematically. They’re not shifting these carries to here or these throws to here. I think Conner might have had 190-something yards total offense, and I think that would have been as high as anything Le’Veon had last year in total offense.”Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland “Le’Veon (Bell) has more of a patience to his game and James (Conner) he’ll come straight down and just run it for the most part. I got to do a good job in my gaps regardless because both of them can run the ball real well. I got to do a good job of seeing it and just hitting and attacking.”Inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens“They’re both good backs. Obviously, Bell is more an all-around type guy. Scatback, and creates a lot of matchups for linebackers out in space. James Conner kind of has the same ability, but he’s more of a downhill, physical runner. Both got their pros and cons. We’re ready for either one. We’re just preparing as if Bell’s going to be there.”
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