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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Sunday morning that he is happy in retirement, while playfully deflecting a question on whether he wanted to end rumors that he would ever consider a comeback.

“Oh man! Whatever I say, it doesn’t matter. It will always be crazy out there, but you can put them to rest,” Gronkowski said with a smile while taking part in the One Mission Buzz Off for Kids at Gillette Stadium. “I’m feeling good. [In a] good place. It’s great to be back here.”

While Gronkowski, 30, didn’t decisively spike the possibility of a comeback — which is something his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in March wouldn’t surprise him — he clearly seems to be content in retirement.

Gronkowski said returning to Gillette Stadium for Sunday’s event, which marked the ninth year in which he’s served as an ambassador by shaving his head in support of kids with cancer, reminded him that “there will always be family here, and it will always be home here.”

Gronkowski didn’t detail specific plans for his retirement, other than saying he plans to be part of more charitable and community events.

“I love the New England community. It’s something special, all the support through many, many years of playing. The support of just not on the field, but off the field as well. New England will always be special, always have a big part in my heart, and always have much love,” he said. “It’s great to continue giving back. Just because I’m not playing any more doesn’t mean you can’t give back. You can do more, actually.”

Gronkowski arrived for Sunday’s event in the “Gronk Bus,” allowing fans the chance to step inside and take photos

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Northern Arizona men’s basketball coach Jack Murphy is leaving the Lumberjacks to become the associate head coach at Arizona, his alma mater.

“It’s very exciting to welcome back Jack Murphy and his family to the University of Arizona,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said in a statement Sunday. “Jack combines invaluable head coaching experience, recruiting at the national level of college basketball, and an NBA pedigree. More importantly, Jack brings a love for Arizona Basketball and our community like no one that I have met in coaching. He is a tremendous person, a caring family man, and an outstanding coach. All of us in our program look forward to working with him as we prepare for an exciting year ahead.”

Murphy spent the past seven seasons as Northern Arizona’s coach, but he was entering the final year of his contract.

The Lumberjacks set a school record with 23 wins in 2014-15 before injuries started to take a huge toll.

Northern Arizona won 19 combined games over three seasons from 2015 to 2018 before taking a step forward with 10 wins last season. He went 78-149 in Flagstaff.

Shane Burcar will serve as NAU’s interim coach heading into next season. Northern Arizona plays at Arizona on Nov. 6.

Murphy graduated from Arizona and started his coaching career as a student manager under Lute Olson. He went on to serve a variety of positions at Arizona from 1998 to 2006 before becoming an assistant coach under former Arizona player Josh Pastner at Memphis.

“I am very excited to be back at the University of Arizona,” Murphy said. “The great part about Arizona Basketball is that you never leave the family. You’re just returning home after a long vacation to get to work to help Coach Miller achieve all the goals he has set for Arizona. I just can’t wait to get started.”

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Argo Community High School has rescheduled its graduation ceremony for May 28 after two juveniles were arrested on allegations they made threats on social media, officials said.

The high school’s graduation was postponed just hours before it was to start Tuesday. The rescheduled event will be 7:30 p.m. at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Superintendent Jill Kingsfield said in a statement.

The first threat was made Sunday on Snapchat and read, “For those who think I’m scared I myself will be shooting every class at Argo Community High School so if you come you are a target,” school officials said.

The Summit school was placed on a soft lockdown Monday and a juvenile was arrested around 5 a.m. that day, the school said.

A second person, a juvenile from Joliet, was arrested Tuesday after posting a follow-up message on Snapchat that read, “I’m going to finish the job,” the school said.

The juvenile has no connection to the school and “is not a viable threat to our school community,” Kingsfield said.

“Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding the past 48 hours, and because graduation is supposed to be a joyous and celebratory event, graduation has been cancelled for this evening and will be rescheduled,” Kingsfield said in a Facebook post. “We know many of you have family members who have travelled here to be with your family for this celebration and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

Senior Chris Castellano said he was with a friend Tuesday preparing for graduation when “out of nowhere” the school sent out emails informing students and parents that the event had been postponed.

He said he was surprised but believed it was the right move, given the circumstances.

“I feel like it was the right call because, like, why take the risk?” Castellano said. “I mean, obviously, it’s highly unlikely that anything would happen, but like I said, why even take the risk, you know?”

Dozens of students lined up outside the school Wednesday morning to receive security checks before entering the building, as they have all week, and multiple Summit police officers were on scene to monitor the situation.

Students at Argo Community High School in Summit wait in long lines outside the school May 22, 2019, for security checks undertaken because of social media threats made against the school. (Zak Koeske/Daily Southtown)
Students were mixed in their assessment of the school’s response to the situation, with some crediting Argo officials for taking extra security precautions and others criticizing the security checks as ineffective.

Reynaldo and Jafet, who are juniors at Argo, said that while they initially were fearful of returning to school after the first threat Sunday, the police presence had calmed their nerves.

“There’s police outside, like, watching around the building and everything so no one random just comes into the building, which is good,” Reynaldo said. “I feel safe right now.”

Junior Eric Castillo, on the other hand, said he felt exposed standing in long lines outside the school awaiting a security check.

“It doesn’t feel safe anymore because right now we’re all in line, basically, so if there was a shooter we’re all open to it,” he said, adding that he did not believe the cursory security checks and pat-downs were actually effective.

“They don’t even check us well,” Castillo said. “If we were to have a gun in our pockets … they wouldn’t know.”

Castellano applauded the security enhancements and called the school’s response “more than adequate.”

He said he wasn’t concerned about returning to school Monday because he trusted that the school and law enforcement had the situation under control but that his parents had kept him home as a precaution.

“(The school) called in the FBI and they were talking with multiple police departments,” Castellano said. “They had police from Hodgkins here yesterday, so I think they’re definitely taking all the right steps to ensure the protection of their students.”

Summit police Sgt. Robert Mase said Wednesday that two juveniles had been arrested and charged in connection with the threats but declined to disclose their ages or the charges they face. He said they were no longer in custody.

The district has not said whether an Argo student made the first threat, even though students believed that to be the case. Mase said that a juvenile who lives “in the area” made the threat but could not say whether he attended Argo.

He said he expected his department to have a security presence outside the school for the remainder of the week but noted that school security, not Summit officers, were responsible for the actual security checks.

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FIFA has given up on its efforts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, football’s world governing body announced on Wednesday.

“In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” a FIFA statement read on Thursday.


“Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.

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“Additionally, FIFA and Qatar have once again explored the feasibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament by in particular lowering certain key FIFA requirements. A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June. It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.


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“The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June.”

FIFA had been exploring if logistical and political complexities could be overcome to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams, which would have required at least one more country being used in the Persian Gulf to accommodate an additional 16 matches in the region.

A FIFA internal report had already concluded that the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia could not join as co-hosts unless they restore the economic and travel ties with Qatar that were severed two years ago.

The regional diplomatic crisis left neutral Kuwait and Oman as the viable options. Oman has said it isn’t keen on hosting games at the FIFA showpiece. FIFA president Gianni Infantino visited Kuwait last month in an attempt to persuade them to host matches in 2022.

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But FIFA has now concluded that it lacked the time to prepare a country to host the extra games.

In Kuwait, Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium has 60,000 seats and the capacity at Sabah Al-Salem Stadium is only 26,000. Both venues would require upgrades to be used at the World Cup, putting the spotlight on working conditions and labor rights.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura wrote to human rights activists last month to offer assurances that there would be “an assessment of human rights risks and potential opportunities associated with a possible expansion.”

Qatar has an exemption that allows foreigners to drink alcohol, but Kuwait has a complete ban that would have been problematic for FIFA, which has Budweiser as a major sponsor.

FIFA has already had to adapt to cope with taking its showpiece tournament to the Middle East for the first time.

While Qatar won a vote in 2010 on the basis of staging a June-July World Cup, FIFA shifted the tournament from its usual slot to Nov. 21-Dec 18, 2022, because of the fierce summer heat.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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NEW YORK — Behind the microphone for the last New York Rangers championship in 1994, John Davidson is now front and center to try to parade the Stanley Cup down Broadway again.

Davidson recalled 1994 as one of the best times of his life, and after moving from broadcasting to the front office with St. Louis and Columbus has returned home to oversee the Rangers’ rebuilding process. The proud, big-spending Original Six franchise is in the midst of a rare youth movement, attempting to step back to make the leap from annual playoff team to perennial title contender.


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General manager Jeff Gorton began that at the 2018 trade deadline and will remain in control of day-to-day operations. Davidson is now his boss as team president and wants to be the soul of the organization by charting the right course to return New York to prominence.

“There’s a lot of work to be done here,” Davidson said Wednesday when he was introduced as the 11th team president in franchise history. “There’s no shortcuts. It’s nothing but hard work, and it takes patience and resolve, and I really want to make sure that I use the word ‘patience’ and I use the word ‘resolve,’ because we’re going to be in a battle here to get this club to be better. But you have to be patient when you go through a build like this.”

Patience generally isn’t part of the fabric of New York sports or the Rangers’ MO. But Davidson said he is on the same page with owner James Dolan, president-turned-adviser Glen Sather, Gorton, and coach David Quinn on doing this right.

It helps that Davidson knows the Rangers inside out from parts of eight seasons as a goaltender and two decades as a broadcaster. This is a different challenge than the ones he undertook with the Blues and Blue Jackets, which seemed daunting at those times.

In some ways it’s easier because Gorton already took the first few steps and Quinn established a standard for players as a good starting point.

“I like that the entire organization stated that they were going to rebuild,” Davidson said. “There’s no secrets to it. There’s no, ‘Well, we’re going to do this, but don’t tell anybody.’ This is something that has been very transparent and that’s a good way to go. There’s a game plan in place. The foundation is being built.”

Based on his success in building the foundation in St. Louis that has now become the basis for a Stanley Cup finalist, and ushering in an era of success in Columbus, Davidson looks like the perfect person to steer the Rangers’ ship. Dolan said Davidson’s “knowledge of the game, experience and passion for the Rangers made him the ideal choice.”

Davidson isn’t as “green” as he was when he took over the Blues in 2006, and the lessons Davidson learned from his first two front-office jobs should only help guide Gorton.

“I think it’s going to be a huge benefit,” Gorton said. “He’s gone through it in two organizations. He’s done everything in hockey. His experiences, just his even-keel way about him, it’s going to be a great asset for us as we go through this process, there’s no question about that.”
The Rangers missed the playoffs the past two seasons and likely will again in 2019-20. But with the No. 2 draft pick and one of two potential stars — Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko — on the way, and youth and competitive balance so prominent in the NHL, Davidson isn’t acting like this is a long-range rebuild.

“It can be done because of the youth that plays in this league now,” Davidson said. “Obviously the sooner you win the better and that’s the goal, but you have to do it the right way to get there.”

Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, a key piece of that 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup team, believes Davidson has accumulated the right credentials in his previous two jobs to deliver another championship to New York.

“He’s made the transition each step along the way,” Leetch said. “He’s admitted that each one wasn’t seamless: You had to learn, you had to ask others for help. And each one he’s made that transition and risen to the top at each level. To expect anything different would be wrong. I just think all those things together, and then the strong feelings that he has for New York City and the Rangers organization, just makes him the perfect fit at the right time.”

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Drake clearly has been enjoying Giannis Antetokounmpo’s struggles during the Eastern Conference finals, but the superstar rapper’s antics are rubbing some people the wrong way.

A day after the Raptors beat the Bucks to tie the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 – a game in which Drake, sitting in his usual courtside seat in Toronto, was seen laughing when Antetokounmpo missed free throws and at one point even rubbed Toronto coach Nick Nurse’s shoulders — Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer was asked if it was fair that a celebrity received special treatment.

“I will say, again, I see it in some timeouts, but I don’t know of any person that’s attending the game that isn’t a participant in the game a coach — I’m sorry, a player or a coach, that has access to the court,” he said. “I don’t know how much he’s on the court. It sounds like you guys are saying it’s more than I realize. There’s certainly no place for fans and, you know, whatever it is exactly that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors. You know, to be on the court, there’s boundaries and lines for a reason, and like I said, the league is usually pretty good at being on top of stuff like that.”

Budenholzer’s comments came after Georgios Dimitropoulos, a senior executive for Octagon who used to be Antetokounmpo’s European agent, tweeted that he had “never seen anything as disrespectful” as Drake’s repeated trolling.

Imagine a gig & an athlete on VIP seats, right next to the band, stands up on the stage just to show off during the entire game, knowing cameras are on him, occasionally even massaging the singer. Security&him both allow it. Never seen anything as disrespectful as this before…

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Dimitropoulos later deleted the tweet.

Drake responded to the criticism on social media Wednesday night, first with a series of emojis on Instagram, and then with an Instagram Live post that showed him liking a user’s comment that read in part: “If you don’t want the opposing team to celebrate and dance, prevent them from scoring, winning, or achieving their objective. Get over it and keep moving.”

Antetokounmpo scored 25 points in Game 4 but shot just 6-of-10 from the line and airballed a free throw for the second consecutive contest. He scored just 12 points in Milwaukee’s double-overtime loss in Game 3 and went 2-for-7 from the line.


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Antetokounmpo was not asked about Drake after Tuesday’s game, but the star rapper was a hot topic a day later.
“You can’t help but occasionally see Drake just going into timeouts or in and out of timeouts, whether he’s encouraging or cheering for Toronto,” Budenholzer said. “You know, trying to talk to referees. To say I don’t see it at all would be inaccurate, but to say I give it much or any thought, you know, it’s kind of same answer, same mantra. I just tend to ignore and focus on our team, focus on whatever it is we need to be doing.”

In regards to the shoulder rub, Nurse said Wednesday that he didn’t even realize what happened.

“I didn’t even know I got the shoulder rub last night until somebody showed me a picture of it today,” he said. “I didn’t even feel it. I was so locked into the game.”

The series resumes in Milwaukee for Game 5 on Thursday night. But Drake will get one more chance to taunt Antetokounmpo and the Bucks when the series returns to Toronto on Saturday for Game 6.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.

MILWAUKEE — Much has been made of Kawhi Leonard’s occasional limp during Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. And yet, in a conference call with reporters Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s Game 5 at Fiserv Forum, Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse maintained that his star will be ready when the ball goes up.

“He’s feeling good,” Nurse said. “No concerns at this point. He’s good.”

Nurse wasn’t quite ready to say the same, however, about star point guard Kyle Lowry, who has been battling a thumb injury on his left (non-shooting) hand that he suffered during the conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.


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Lowry has been wearing a specially designed oven mitt since to try to speed the healing process, but Nurse admitted the All-Star guard is playing through pain.

“Kyle’s hand is not great,” Nurse said. “You know, he’s — it’s hurt and it’s sore and it causes him a lot of pain. But he seems to be able to manage it through the game and do what he can do.

“He’s obviously scoring and playing great on top of the other things he always does, and we’re really [seeing] a heck of a lot of toughness and again, the spirit that he just wants to be out there and help his team any way he can.”

For Lowry on Tuesday night in Game 4, that meant scoring 12 quick points in the first quarter to help the Raptors get a lead, then another six late in the second quarter to help Toronto preserve that advantage at halftime.

Those early points helped lead a wave of scoring from Toronto’s supporting cast. That was particularly useful for the Raptors, given that the two players who played 50 minutes in the double-overtime thriller in Game 3, Leonard and Pascal Siakam, both showed signs of fatigue at times in Game 4.

“I think you just don’t know how people are going to react,” Nurse said. “I think kind of the main narrative is that Kawhi was super tired and extra minutes and all those kind of things. I think we kind of had that in the back of our minds, but you know, you just don’t know how guys are going to react when the ball goes up, their adrenaline kicks up, etc.

“I do think Kyle feels like he sees opportunities for himself in these series, and I think Kyle is usually an early, early scorer. He knows leads are precious and he’s trying to jump-start that. He was humongous last night. We didn’t get off to a great start, and I think he automatically changed that by himself.”

Forward OG Anunoby, on the other hand, remains “a ways away” from contributing after undergoing an emergency appendectomy last month.

“OG does not have a timetable for coming back,” Nurse said. “He is being more active every day. I think we are getting closer to a point where we’re — you know, unpack is the next step for him. He’s moving pretty good, he’s shooting, etc., but still a ways away from being able to take hits and contact in the areas that he needs to test out, I guess.”
The Raptors, though, remain focused on the task at hand, which is to find a way to do what they couldn’t in the first two games of this series: get a win in Milwaukee. (The Bucks have only lost twice in a row all season; they have never lost three times in a row.)

That is the goal for Toronto — one that, if the Raptors can accomplish it, would allow them to have a chance to clinch a trip to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history Saturday night back at Scotiabank Arena.

Nurse, though, said that there has been very little talk of the possibilities down the road for the Raptors. Instead, he said the focus has been on the task that it is immediately at hand — one that won’t be easy to solve.

“I think there’s been very little,” he said. “I’m trying to think of things I’ve heard and I can really only remember Kyle through the Philly series was immediately over, we were in the locker room and he kind of quieted everybody down and said, ‘Hey, listen, you know, enjoy this game, but we’ve still got a ways to go where we’re trying to get to, so let’s get back here tomorrow and let’s get back to work.’ You know, that kind of mentality.”

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BALTIMORE — Gleyber Torres simply owns the Baltimore Orioles.

Sure, a lot of hitters around the majors are having their way with the lowly O’s these days, as evidenced by the 105 home runs their pitchers have allowed through 49 games this season.

But nobody has put together the kind of nightly power-hitting display against Baltimore that Torres, the New York Yankees’ 22-year-old shortstop, has.

In 11 games against Orioles pitching this season, Torres has 10 of his 12 homers, with his latest coming in the third and fifth innings of Wednesday’s game at Camden Yards. Both blasts gave the Yankees needed breathing room as the Orioles hunted a comeback.


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The first of the two came on a 1-2 slider that stayed in the middle of the strike zone. Lined toward the bullpens beyond the center-field fence, the ball landed an estimated 424 feet away, near the pitching rubber in the Orioles’ pen.

The homer came on an 82.9 mph slider from Orioles starter Dan Straily. It was the third time a Straily slider had been hit for a homer in the game. DJ LeMahieu and Thairo Estrada had both homered off sliders in the second inning.

Straily has allowed a major league-leading seven homers off of sliders.

Torres’ second homer came off a fastball. As reliever Gabriel Ynoa tried to paint the outside corner with the 93 mph pitch, the right-handed-hitting Torres went with it, lining the ball over the high scoreboard in right, and toward the adjacent warehouse and Eutaw Street.

Wednesday marked the fourth multihomer game of Torres’ season. All four have come against the Orioles. Overall, he has six career multihomer games, with five of them having come against Baltimore.

Of Torres’ multihomer games this season, three have come at Camden Yards. Torres also hit two homers in Monday’s win over the Orioles and in the first game of a doubleheader against the O’s last week at Yankee Stadium. He had another homer in the other game of the doubleheader. In his past five games against Baltimore, he has seven home runs.

Torres has a very good chance to set a new single-season record for homers hit by a player against the Orioles franchise. His current 10 long balls versus the franchise are only two shy of the mark shared by three players: Lou Gehrig (1931), Hank Greenberg (1946), and Gus Zernial (1951). At the time each of those players hit 12 homers against the organization, the Orioles were known as the St. Louis Browns.

With eight games left between the Yankees and Orioles this season, Torres has plenty of time to break the record.

Along with Torres, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has had his share of success against Baltimore. A fourth-inning homer gave him his ninth against the Orioles this season.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Torres and Sanchez are the first teammates on any team to have at least nine homers apiece against the Orioles franchise.Journeyman Rajai Davis, who was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday and arrived in the third inning of the Mets game with the Nationals, hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with the team. Davis took Nats reliever Sean Doolittle deep in the eighth, when the Mets scored six runs with two outs on the way to a 6-1 win.

“I think I saw him in the fifth or the sixth for the first time,” Mets manager Mickey Calloway said. “He got here about the third. He Uber’d over, got ready, came out, hit a homer, came inside, didn’t know where the clubhouse was, how to get back in, had to ask some people, ‘Which way do I go to get back in the clubhouse?’ And just slapped high-fives going into the line. Yeah, whirlwind day for Raj; great at-bat.”


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Davis, 38, who grew up in Norwich, Connecticut, rooting for the Mets, said he found out he had been called up around 5 p.m. He said he thought his manager was joking at first.

The ride from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, took around two hours, and he said he got to know his driver, Jason, pretty well. “We were both excited,” Davis said.

The Mets are Davis’s eighth team in a 13-year career. He’s a .262 lifetime hitter, and led the league in steals in 2016 with 43. Last season, with the Cleveland Indians, he homered only once. He’s matched that in his first at-bat with the Mets. The roster spot opened when the Mets put outfielder Brandon Nimmo on the 10-day IL with a stiff neck.

Nimmo, who has struggled at the plate all season, had an MRI Wednesday after experiencing a sharp pain in his neck earlier in the week. He is hitting .200 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 130 at bats this season, far below last season’s numbers.

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Quarterback Matthew Stafford said Tuesday that learning a new offense heading into his 11th season with the Detroit Lions has helped him compartmentalize during a scary few months for his family.

Stafford’s wife, Kelly, had brain surgery in April to remove a tumor resting on her cranial nerves. Stafford said his wife’s recovery is going well but declined to go into further detail. Stafford said he took some time away from the team this spring while his teammates continued learning the playbook of newly-installed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Stafford said the challenge of picking up the new offense has given him more motivation to stay focused when he returned to work.

“It’s not old hat. It’s a bunch of new stuff,” Stafford said Tuesday after the team’s second OTA workout this year. “It’s stuff I have to really dive deep into and make sure I’m on top of my game because I’m getting questions right and left from those guys and trying to help them out as much as I can. That’s not to say I’m forgetting everything that’s going on back home, but I for sure am locked in when I’m here.”


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Lions coach Matt Patricia called Stafford an “unbelievable professional” for the way he has managed his life away from the team and his responsibilities to the team during the past several months. Stafford thanked the Lions staff, front office and owners for being supportive and allowing him to have a flexible schedule as he worked his way back into a more regular routine at a pace that worked for his family.

Stafford said he wasn’t thinking far enough down the road in the immediate aftermath of his wife’s surgery to consider stepping away from football for an extended period, but he was happy that her recovery is going well enough that he can continue working with the Lions.

“I was ready to do whatever I needed to do to help her,” he said. “She’s as tough as they come and did such a great job that luckily I was able to get back here in somewhat of a timely manner. The support we had from family and friends is what really made it possible.”

Stafford said he’s “as far along as he should be” in understanding Bevell’s playbook. He said the verbiage was like learning a new language, but the concepts and schemes are analogous to others he has run.

Kelly Stafford has been updating followers on her progress on her Instagram account during the past couple of months. She had to return to the emergency room for an issue shortly after the surgery. She published a post earlier this week saying she reached an important goal by attending a friend’s wedding this past weekend.

“There have been some long days and tough times, but a ton of help and ton of support and a strong wife has helped me out,” Stafford said. “…Situations like this change your perspective on a lot of things and puts stuff where it should be.”