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This Week In Sports: Rickey Jackson, Football, and More


Rickey Jackson’s Recovery

Pass rusher Rickey Jackson underwent surgery recently to relieve brain pressure earlier this morning. Reports say he came out of surgery fine, and the Saint’s are wishing him a speedy recovery.

Jackson, inducted into the hall of fame in 2010, is well known for his large number of sacks. With 128 sacks, he ranks 16th in the entire NFL. The pressure was caused by a subdural hematoma after an earlier fall. His daughter stated he is having a great recovery.

A.J. Green Ready to Return

Bengal’s wide receiver A.J. Green told reporters that he is to return to football after suffering a toe injury in October. After declining all interviews after the injury, he told reporters he’s “definitely back.”

Following a separate injury back in the final games of the 2016 season, he wasn’t able to play in the post season. This time, he assured reporters that it wouldn’t happen again, and he will be here to stay.

Michael Johnson Has A Speedy Recovery

Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson says he is in good health after a stroke three months ago. As he was originally unable to walk, the 51 year old says an “Olympic mindset” is what helped him recover fast after his stroke in September.

He was determined to be able to move again, and two days after the stroke he took 15 minutes to cover 200 meters, the distance that he ran to win his gold medals. Within a few weeks, he was able to move the way he had before his stroke.

Adrian Beltre Announces Retirement

21-year baseball veteran Adrian Beltre has announced he retired last Tuesday. The third baseman retired after 21 seasons and almost 3,200 hits. After his debut with the Dodgers in ’99, he played with teams such as the Mariners and the Red Sox, ending his career with a 7 year stint with the Rangers.

With almost 3,000 games played, he bat .286, around 500 home runs, and 1,700 RBIs. As a four-time All Star and five time Golden Glove recipient, he says this decision comes from “careful consideration and many sleepless nights.”

First Autistic Division One Basketball Player

Kent State is the first college to have a student with autism sign a Letter Of Intent for a Division 1 school. Kailin Bennet, a 6’10” center, signed his NLI on November 14th and will join Kent State’s team for the 2019-2020 season.

He ranked as the 16th top pick of the year, and wishes to bring more awareness to autism and its impact on society. “I want to use this platform to inspire other kids with autism and non-autism,” he stated.