Manor Estate Added to ‘Weekend in Old Monmouth’ Tour

first_imgNew discoveries about the Crawford House are starting to emerge. “Just the other day I came upstairs and found a survey of the property which we didn’t know we had,” said Slowinski. “We think a lot of exciting things will show up once we’re officially opened to the public.” Several years ago a survey team looked around the Crawford property for the remains of a slave cemetery depicted on early Morris maps. Though some intriguing ground penetrating radar anomalies were recorded, Richard Veit, professor of anthropology and chair of the department of history and anthropology at Monmouth University was hesitant to identify any as slave graves. Slowinski noted that “Dr. Veit was not surprised by the many ‘disturbances’ found in the survey. We think a barn may have been built over the graveyard at some point in the long history of the land.” By Rick Geffken |TINTON FALLS – The restored 19th century home known as the Crawford House on Tinton Avenue will be open for public tours for the first time during the annual springtime celebration of Monmouth County history known as Weekend in Old Monmouth, May 6 and 7.The huge Morris family manor estate on five acres and the actual scenic waterway it was built around are inseparable from the cultural richness of the historic Two River area.After almost 10 years of scraping, sanding, painting, and removing modern additions, the volunteers with the Friends of Crawford House are thrilled the home to four generations of the Crawford family can finally be shared.Friends president Stacey Slowinski said the group hopes “to broaden the scope of the Crawford House’s impact, to make it alive and vibrant.”Besides being a stop on the spring tour this year, the Crawford House’s ambitious public schedule will feature music and poetry nights, cooking demonstrations, and local history talks and lectures. The dates of a second “Tomato Fest” – last summer’s gardening demonstration and recipe-sharing which was an overwhelming success – and a new “Colonial Day” in the fall, will also soon be announced. The Friends of the Crawford House are busy enlisting new members and finalizing details of the upcoming events. The Crawfords operated a slaughterhouse and butcher shop on their property for decades, started around 1860 by Allen’s grandfather, John H. Crawford, in what was then Shrewsbury. Long before, the property was where Lewis Morris operated his Tintern Manor Iron Works. Morris bought thousands of acres of property in East New Jersey in 1679. He brought his Barbados slaves with him to run the iron and grist mills powered by the falls of Shrewsbury. The Morris family originated in Monmouthshire in Wales, and it’s believed Lewis commemorated his birthplace by naming the county for it. The Welsh Tintern Abbey inspired his estate’s name.center_img The Friends of the Crawford House is a nonprofit group formed to act as steward and advocate for the Crawford House, its history, and its property. For more information about volunteering or upcoming events, contact Stacey Slowinski at [email protected] year’s Weekend in Old Monmouth will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 7. Joining the Crawford House as first-time sites on the self-guided tour are the 1878 Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park and the Spring Lake Historical Society Museum. There are no entry fees for any of the Weekend in Old Monmouth sites.This article was first published in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Stacey Slowinski, president of the Friends of the Crawford House, sits at Ruth Crawford’s piano. Recently donated by a Crawford in-law, the piano is back in the dining room of the house in its original location. Photo by Rick GeffkenRuth and Allen Crawford were the last of the family to live at the house, located just across the road from the falls and bordering Pine Brook. “Ruth died in 1986,” says Slowinski. “Just recently a Crawford in-law donated Ruth’s piano to us. We put it back in the dining room where it stood for many years. When Allen Crawford was the Tinton Falls tax collector in the 1920s, people stopping by to pay their taxes at the little office on the front porch of the house would often spend some time playing musical instruments with Ruth at the piano.”last_img read more

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Ja’s women delighted with championship record

first_img “We knew we had a solid team so it was all about arranging the team the right way. We went out as a team, we did wonderfully. I don’t think we could ask for anything else,” added Fraser-Pryce, who also commented on Jamaica’s win in the men’s 4x100m. Only Beverly McDonald, with six, has won more medals in the 4x100m at the World Championships, while this was Jamaica’s 13th medal in this event at the World Championships. Campbell-Brown was also thankful for the result. “I think it was good. We are happy for the result. This is my second time running the first leg. I ran it way back while competing at the World Junior Championships a long time ago. It felt okay. The objective was to come out here, get the baton around, and ensure we got the win,” said Campbell-Brown, who played down her leg and applauded Morrison’s and Thompson’s efforts. –  André Lowe SOLID TEAM BEIJING, China: Jamaica’s women went into their 4x100m final at the IAAF World Championships yesterday hunting the world record, but are certainly not complaining about what they left with – another gold medal and the fastest time ever recorded at the event. After a bullet-start from Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was starting a relay for the first time since the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago Chile, the Jamaicans consolidated in the middle legs with youngsters Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson holding the advantage before releasing Fraser-Pryce on anchor. The 100m gold medallist raced across the line in 41.07 seconds, two hundredths of a second faster than the old championships record that they themselves set at the last installment of the championships in Moscow, Russia. The United States were second in 41.68, while Trinidad and Tobago claimed their first medal in this event in 42.03 – a national record. “I feel good! We ran a championship record and it’s just wonderful that we came out here as a team and were able to accomplish this. We are really excited! Yes! We thought about the world record but it didn’t happen. Maybe next time; however, we are satisfied with what we got tonight and look forward to more,” said Fraser-Pryce.last_img read more

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Meet Ngozi, Marvel Comics’ first truly African superhero

first_imgThe US comic book publisher and creator of some of the most popular superheroes, Marvel, has unveiled its newest project: a Nigerian female superhero called Ngozi, created by acclaimed science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor.A panel from the forthcoming Blessing In Disguise Marvel comic book, featuring Ngozi, a Nigerian girl coming to grips with her new superpowers. The title was written by acclaimed science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor. (Image: Marvel Comics)CD AndersonNgozi will headline in a new title in September 2017, Blessing in Disguise, with its story, written by Okorafor, set in Lagos. It will feature appearances by Black Panther and Spider-Man villain Venom.The character Ngozi, Okorafor told the BBC, was a teenager with a disability whose life changed “in an instant” when she encountered elements of the supernatural Venom-verse (universe) and acquired superpowers. Ngozi’s look and personality is based on the Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram militant Islamist group in 2014. Okorafor said it was an important detail to the character design to draw attention to the incident.She worked closely with artist Tana Ford to recreate an accurate representation of Nigeria and its capital Lagos. “I wanted to capture the action and vibrancy of the city. It is an awesome city with great people, with lots of potential for adventure and backstory. The city helps the story almost write itself.”The story itself uses both the tropes of the Marvel Universe – the hero’s journey, good versus evil and redemption – and elements of Afro-futurism that blend ancient African mythology with technology.The cover of Nnedi Okorafor’s 2010 sci-fi novel Who Fears Death? which will be turned into a TV series by US cable network HBO in 2018. (Image: Nnedi Okorafor)Okorafor is familiar with these concepts, having written more than 20 novels and short stories in the young adult science fiction genre, including the critically acclaimed Binti, which won the Nebula and the Hugo science fiction novella awards. She also won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa award for her debut novel, Zahrah The WIndseeker.Her 2010 novel Who Fears Death? has recently been optioned for a series at US cable network HBO, with Okorafor fan and Game of Thrones author George RR Martin acting as executive producer.The author hopes the Ngozi character will inspire the creation of more African comic book characters in the world of superhero fiction. “Nigeria, as well as other parts of Africa, has a very strong fan base for comics and science fiction, and a growing artist and writer community exploring elements of the genre with a distinctive African feel.”For more information on the Marvel title Blessing In Disguise, visit the Marvel website. Source: Marvel, BBCWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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What do you get when you cross Queen, a Baby Shark and a school bus?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseI may be banned from chaperoning school field trips in the future.My daughter is 11 and, while I think she still likes hanging out with her dad, I fear her age will soon dictate me falling into the “definitely not cool” category. Because of this, I try to take as many opportunities to hang out with her as possible, hence my day spent on a recent school field trip.The bus ride there was around 40 minutes or so and I sat in the back seat of the bus with my daughter and her fifth grade friends, learning the girls’ favorite hand clap games, getting the scoop on all of the boys’ antics and learning the latest happenings in their junior high world. From there, the field trip was very fun and all went quite smoothly.Minutes into the bus ride home, some of my new back-of-the-bus friends had resumed their hand clap games. A couple of the girls started quietly singing some charming little fifth grade girl songs. Then I heard one of the little girls start singing in a very sweet voice, “We will we will ROCK YOU!” Immediately an idea popped into my mind that would surely secure the vote for me being a super cool dad.“Girls,” I said, “Why don’t you combine your hand clapping games with singing your songs like this.”With that statement, I rhythmically smacked my hands on the bus seat in front of me and then clapped once: smack-smack CLAP, smack-smack-CLAP. The eyes of the girl who had been singing shone with euphoria as she joined in singing, louder this time: “We will we will ROCK YOU!” along with my clever back beat. Quick to jump on the now coolest-dad-in-school rocking bandwagon, my daughter and the rest of her friends in the back third of the bus joined in by the next refrain grinning ear-to-ear, adding their voices and percussion of their own.My idea proved to be quite appealing to the jubilant fifth graders packed on the bus. In less than a minute, every last one of them was incredibly united in rhythmic clapping and song. It was like we were in the middle of some musical.To add further cool dad points, I then showcased my knowledge of Queen’s classic lyrics and chimed in: Buddy you’re a boy make a big noisePlayin’ in the street gonna be a big man some dayYou got mud on yo’ faceYou big disgraceKickin’ your can all over the placeSingin’“WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU!” the entire bus full of now screaming fifth graders replied vehemently in unison.It was at this point, about 5 minutes into the 40+-minute long bus trip, that I realized my error. I looked up toward the front of the bus to see the handful of teachers and fellow chaperones turned back in their seats with looks of concern and exasperation in their eyes. They briefly tried to quiet the roar but quickly realized those efforts would be ineffective and would probably only lead to the creation of less desirable behavior. Soon enough, they resigned themselves to silent desperation, knowing their not-so-silent fate for the next 35 minutes.My gaze next locked with the stress-filled eyes of the now red-faced bus driver reflected in the rear view mirror. His face was growing redder with each raucous stanza that rang out from row after row (after row) of fifth-grader filled bus seats behind him. I slumped down in my back seat of the bus to avoid the glares of the other adult passengers on the bus.Despite the high volume of the performance, it was really very well sung for an impromptu concert version of the beloved rock song. Unfortunately, though, after a couple more minutes of Queen, the song selection changed abruptly and degraded even more abruptly as one student shouted out the first line of the dreaded “Baby Shark” song: Baby Shark da-da-da-doo, Baby Shark da-da-da-doo, Baby Shark da-da-da-doo, Baby Shark!Six months ago, I was blissfully unaware that this song even existed, but now it seems that somehow every American child aged 3 to at least 12 knows every word to this inane, irritating song. If you do not believe me, just find a child in this demographic and say, “Baby Shark.” You will, no doubt, learn it and hear it ad nauseam.Approximately 147 verses of “Baby Shark” later, the bus singers switched songs several more times, with each song being somewhat more irritating than the previous. When we finally slowed to a stop back at the school, the bus driver just let out a long sigh as he opened the door and rubbed his temples. By the time we exited the bus, the nerves of all of the adults were very visibly frazzled. A couple of the chaperone moms eyed me with suspicious disdain as I walked off the bus (one of them grinned, though). A teacher sternly looked at me and apologized: “I am so sorry. Our students do not normally behave in this manner.”I just smiled and said, “Oh they were fine. I thought that was some pretty great singing.”A bus full of fifth graders singing in unison at the top of their lungs really was pretty great — just think of what they could have been doing instead. I saw some of them even put their iPads down for a few minutes. And, as I may officially be off the chaperone invite list, I just want to say I am truly thankful for teachers, bus drivers and what could be my last opportunity (Baby Shark and all) to be the coolest dad on the bus.From myself and all of the OCJ/OAN team, thanks for a great 2018 and we sincerely hope your blessings far outweigh your challenges this special time of year. Happy Thanksgiving!last_img read more

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Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japan

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments With Matthew Wright shooting freebies midway through the fourth quarter, the star guard drew up a play as Reyes willingly allowed him to devise the team’s next attack.“That’s the kind of relationship that we have. He teaches me on what to do and it’s my job to follow him,” Reyes said in jest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe act was also a glimpse of how deep Castro and Reyes’ bond is dating back to when both of them shared a player-coach relationship at Talk ‘N Text.“[Japan’s] defense was so effective. So since coach Chot already handled me before, I just drew our old play. I realized that it would be effective for us because (Japan) denies our shooters,” the 31-year-old slasher said. After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time Jayson Castro William. Photo from Fiba.comIt’s often been said that the point guard is the extension of the coach on the court.But on Friday, Jayson Castro William took things to the next level as he mapped out a play on coach Chot Reyes’ whiteboard during Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ duel against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Though Castro did not go into the specifics, his play worked as he partially played as a decoy to rattle the Japan’s defenders that led to an Andray Blatche triple and an open June Mar Fajardo undergoal stab in the ensuing plays for a 10-point Gilas lead, 80-70, with 3:43 to play.He then took over in the closing minutes, scoring five of Gilas’ last seven points as the Filipinos started their campaign in the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 Fiba World Cup with a 77-71 win over Japan.Castro was magnificent on the floor all game long, racking up a team-best 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the victory.But Reyes made it clear that any player who feels like speaking out can voice his thoughts and even take his whiteboard, as long as it’s for the benefit of the team.“Every player has that right to tell the coaches on what they are seeing on the floor. Japan had a very effective zone defense against us and I think Jayson’s play was a big adjustment for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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9 months agoSTUNNER! Man Utd make Barcelona approach for Coutinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say STUNNER! Man Utd make Barcelona approach for Coutinhoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have approached Barcelona about Philippe Coutinho’s situation.Mundo Deportivo says United have made it clear that they would be ‘very interested’ in signing the Brazilian, who has struggled to hit the heights he scaled at Liverpool since moving to the Nou Camp 12 months ago.Coutinho hasn’t started a La Liga game since December 2 and that is said to have angered the Blaugrana’s record signing, who has seen Ousmane Dembele move past him in the pecking order in recent times.It is claimed that Coutinho has no intention of leaving Barcelona yet, especially with his family happy living in Catalonia, but that could change if the 26-year-old’s situation doesn’t improve between now and the end of the season.A move to United would give Coutinho a chance to win his first trophy in English football. last_img read more

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9 months agoMan City’s 2 goal Gabriel Jesus: Aguero always helping me

first_imgMan City’s 2 goal Gabriel Jesus: Aguero always helping meby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Gabriel Jesus was delighted with his brace for their 3-0 win over Wolves.The Brazilian striker is now joint top scorer with Sergio Aguero on 14 goals and after bagging seven goals in his last three game – and Gabriel says his fellow striker has been an inspiration to him.“Sergio is an amazing player and helps me a lot,” he said.“When he plays, he helps the team and when I play, I want to help the team as well. He has been a great help.“I’m playing better and I’m scoring goals, which is important for any striker.“I am playing for an amazing club and I need to keep scoring and to play well.”Gabriel also revealed he is no worse for wear after his collision with the post in the first-half, adding: “I’m good – I have a little pain at the back of my head and it’s obviously dangerous when you hit your head like that, but I’m good and feel fine.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Amnesty International To Release DVD And CD Of Human Rights Concerts

first_imgThirty-six of the world’s leading musicians performing some of their biggest hits live in concert are featured in Amnesty International’s latest music project, which will be released in North America on Tuesday, Nov. 5 – distributed by Shout! Factory.The six-disc DVD box-set and companion two-disc CD set titled ¡RELEASED! present the historic Human Rights Concerts staged by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organization in the years 1986-1998. Net proceeds from sales of the DVD set and CDs benefit Amnesty.The release coincides with the 25th anniversary this fall of the most high-profile of all the concerts in the series – the Human Rights Now! world tour. The six-week, five-continent, 20-concert tour of the world in 1988 was headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour and was seen by over one million people in-person and experienced by millions more on television and radio. Its mission – to raise awareness of the cause – succeeded in tripling the movement’s worldwide membership.Also featured are new in-depth interviews with Springsteen and Sting about their human works work with Amnesty.These new DVD and CD releases also arrive just five weeks before worldwide commemorations on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, of the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the Magna Carta of the human rights cause that has inspired Amnesty’s global work for 52 years.“Throughout our history, we at Amnesty have been the fortunate beneficiaries of the passion and generous commitment of major entertainers in helping us bring the world’s attention to the human rights cause,” said Ann Burroughs, chair of the Amnesty International USA Board of Directors, who, as an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, was held as a prisoner of conscience. “These concerts were a gigantic step forward in the enduring struggle. We are enormously grateful to all the magnificent musicians who participated in these historic concerts that once again they are helping us raise funds and awareness for the ever-vital work of our movement.”“Musicians innately understand key components of human rights such as freedom of expression. It’s at the heart of what they do,” said Martin Lewis, producer of ¡RELEASED!. “Ever since Pete Townshend’s pioneering performance for Amnesty in 1979, the rock music community has been spectacular in its support for Amnesty. These concerts broke new ground in galvanizing audiences to become involved. They fused cause and content in an inspirational way. It’s been an honor to work with Sting, Bruce, Bono, Peter and the other artists in restoring and producing these concerts for home release.”The Human Rights Concerts series comprises four films: The first film presents over five hours drawn from the all-day final concert of A Conspiracy Of Hope – Amnesty’s 25th anniversary concert tour of the USA in June 1986. The second film is of the Human Rights Now! world tour in September and October 1988. The third film is An Embrace Of Hope – the October 1990 concert in Chile celebrating that nation’s liberation after 17 years of dictatorship. The fourth and final film is The Struggle Continues… – the concert staged in Paris in 1998 on the exact 50th anniversary of the signing in that city of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The DVD set contains 120 songs extending over 12 hours of disc time. The set also contains 32 additional segments featuring contextual content and additional music performances that together comprise almost 5 hours of supplementary features. The full running time of the box-set is just 12 minutes short of 17 hours.Three of the four concerts have never been issued before in any video or audio format. In the mode of that era’s Live Aid concert they were seen just once on TV – and were not subsequently made available for home enjoyment. The fourth film, from 1998, had a limited VHS & DVD release 14 years ago and has been long unavailable. Of the 16 hours and 48 minutes of content on the DVD box-set, over 14 hours has never previously been available on DVD or home video or audio in North America.The DVD box-set consists of six discs, plus a 40-page booklet with rare archival photographs and extensive liner notes, including a 10,000 word essay on the history of the concerts.Also being released is a two-disc CD presenting 30 highlight performances from across the four concerts.A key organizational figure in the first three events of the Human Rights Concerts series was Jack Healey, executive director of Amnesty International USA between 1981-1993. The 1986 U.S. tour and 1988 world tour were co-produced with seasoned rock promoter Bill Graham. The 1998 Paris concert was organized by Amnesty planning officer Blair Gibb and Peter Gabriel.The Human Rights Concerts have been restored and produced for release by longtime (37 years) Amnesty activist and producer Martin Lewis – who was co-creator (with John Cleese) of Amnesty’s Secret Policeman’s Ball series and co-producer of all the ‘Ball’ shows, movies, TV specials and albums between 1976-1985. Lewis began Amnesty’s outreach to rock musicians by recruiting and producing Pete Townshend, Sting, Bob Geldof and many other musicians. Lewis and former Amnesty USA leader Jack Healey together conceived Amnesty’s 1988 world tour.The companion content includes 17 sequences under the collective title Context On The Human Rights Concerts. Among the segments:• Light A Candle! – a brand-new documentary about the concert series featuring new exclusive interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bono, Peter Gabriel, Pete Townshend and others.• New, stand-alone, in-depth interviews with Bruce Springsteen and Sting about their support for Amnesty• Peter Gabriel’s home movies of the 1986 Amnesty tour featuring backstage moments and an historic jam• Special messages in support of Amnesty from some of the world’s leading entertainersThe companion content also features 15 additional music sequences. Two key performances from the Secret Policeman’s Ball series by Pete Townshend and Sting that helped inspired the Human Rights Concerts and thirteen new performances given for Amnesty in the last ten years by major music stars that represent part of the legacy of the concert series. The performers for Amnesty from the last decade include: Green Day, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Jeff Beck, Seal, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Perry, Bono, Damien Rice, Pete Seeger, Evan Rachel Wood and David Byrne.The ¡RELEASED! DVD box-set and companion CD will be distributed in North America by Shout! Factory. Outside North America, the DVD box-set and four companion CD sets will be distributed by Eagle-Rock Entertainment.(Product release dates outside North America vary by territory between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1).On Sunday, Nov. 3, The American Cinematheque in Los Angeles (Aero Theatre, Santa Monica at 3:00pm) will present the World Premieres of ¡RELEASED! a 95-minute film of highlights from the concerts and LIGHT A CANDLE! the 40-minute documentary about the history of the series. Special guests at the screening will be Andy Summers of The Police and ¡RELEASED! producer Martin Lewis among others.On Tuesday, Dec. 10, The Museum of Modern Art will present the New York Premieres of the two films. The MoMA Premiere takes place on International Human Rights Day at 7:00pm.last_img read more

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Opinion How former Buckeyes are exceeding in the NFL

Dallas Cowboys rookie and former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leads the NFL in rushing yards with 799. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s halfway through the NFL season, but former Ohio State Buckeyes have already asserted their NFL dominance. With half of the season still remaining, here are a few former Buckeyes who have been top performers around the league.Ezekiel Elliott has been as good a running back as anyone else in the NFL. As a rookie, Elliott is leading the league in rushing yards as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He has already reached 799 yards through seven games, and he still leads the league after he’s had a bye week. Playing behind the best offensive line in football, Elliot is on record pace. Many people believe he has a chance to break Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,000-plus yards by a rookie, which would be an incredible feat.Malcolm Jenkins is poised for back-to-back pro bowl seasons, leading the new-look Eagles defense that has been performing at one of the highest levels in the NFL. Jenkins has been making key plays for Philadelphia all year thus far with a 66-yard pick six against Washington and a huge fumble recovery for a touchdown in a winning effort against Minnesota. Jenkins, a former cornerback, has made the switch to free safety and has been playing all over the field for the Eagles. He is a jack of all trades when they need him to be.A bright spot on a not-so-bright team is Carlos Hyde with the 49ers. He has racked up six touchdowns this year while carrying much of the load for the San Francisco offense. Hyde is one of the few backs in the league with multiple games of two touchdowns or more. As of now, he is on pace for a 1,100-yard season along with 16 touchdowns. Needless to say, his Pro Bowl level of play is something San Francisco fans can look forward to.An overlooked performer is Terrelle Pryor with the Cleveland Browns. It’s easy not to pay attention when his team hasn’t won once in eight weeks, but he really is talented. He is on pace for a more than 1,000 receiving yards this season, which is not bad for a former quarterback making the switch to receiver. With a key touchdown over Josh Norman, one of the league’s premier corners, Pryor showed his ability to perform against good competition. In an outing against the Tennessee Titans, he had 75 yards receiving to pair with two touchdowns. A possible Pro Bowl selection, Pryor is making sure his name is heard throughout the league.Arguably the most impactful player for their respective team is Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers. He has been an absolute monster this year and has played only three games. Through three games, he has four sacks, 11 tackles and a safety. For a rookie to dominate at the line of scrimmage this early in his career is an exciting sign for Chargers fans. As of now, he is on pace for 16 sacks in 12 games. As the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Bosa has lived up to every ounce of the hype to this point and Chargers fans can finally rejoice after his contract holdout.The Buckeyes’ early success in the NFL is a true testament to Urban Meyer’s ability to develop his players. After their record year of 14 NFL draft picks, former Buckeyes have not let their foot off the gas. With many exciting Buckeyes around the league, the future looks very promising. read more

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