Goodwin works through strife
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin played in his side's game against the New York Giants just hours after he and his wife lost a baby due to complications during childbirth.
Not only did he play, he came up with an 83-yard TD catch, a seasonal record for the 49ers.
Upon crossing the end zone he fell to his knees in prayer before being surrounded by his teammates.
Goodwin gets a spot on our heroes list for the week for his remarkable response to adversity in his personal life.
Irish dancing RB ghosting around the field
Young Alex Collins is having a breakout year at RB for the Baltimore Ravens and it’s an interdisciplinary approach that’s allowed him to put in such sterling displays as he did against the Miami Dolphins this week.
Collins is partial to a spot of Irish dancing, which he feels helps him keep his footwork lively.
"I just feel more explosive since I'm always on my toes now, you know, I feel like I have calf muscles like the Hulk from Irish dancing," he said when asked what edge he feels it gives him.
Judging by the ease with which he was able to skip past Dolphins this week, you’d fancy he’s well fit to dance a jig by now.
In an age where players off-field exploits are more front page than back page fodder, he gets a spot on our heroes list for having such a wholesome pastime.
Elliot absence leaves Prescott exposed
Ezekiel Elliott’s ongoing legal toing and froing has robbed Dallas of an effective ground game, as has been well documented.
Of further significance, though, is the way in which his absence leaves his side short of the option of lining him up in the backfield during play-action manoeuvres.
That leaves Dak Prescott coming into opposition crosshairs a fraction quicker and the Dallas offense paid the price against the Falcons this week. The rookie QB got sacked 8 times in Atlanta.
They lost 27-7 and the end of Elliot can’t get out of the mire quick enough to get Dallas back in the groove on the attack. He picks up our villain of the week gong for leaving his teammates in in the lurch.