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The Model Athlete Program (MAP) is a focus on the person and what shapes us. We champion for diversity, equity and inclusion and the journeys of athletes from around the world are shared here to create a unified road map. We inspire personal growth in communities around the country.

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Ricky Pearsall : Bet on Me - Part IV

We were fortunate to travel to Gainesville for the week of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Time was well spent at the best low-key local eateries, touring facilities, receiving insiders from an NFL scout, seeing the debut of the all-black uniforms and were even gifted some Air Force 1's. Check out video and images from the trip here.

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Ricky Pearsall : Bet on Me - Part II

Welcome to Part II of our series, a live chat featuring Ricky Pearsall, Drake Fox and Jamison Pelt. Mondays are an off day for the Florida Gators but the great ones find ways to stay busy. Top-10 and climbing in SEC receiving, Ricky made his rest day productive chopping it up with Michigan Made standouts Drake Fox and Jamison Pelt. Access the full interview here.

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Blog Post

Two Prolific NFL Cornerbacks Came Together Pressing Diversity and Opportunity

The HBCU has stocked the Pro Football Hall of Fame with men who navigated the trenches inspiring generations of fans, teammates and organizations with their excellence. Now NFL greats Troy Vincent and Aeneas Williams are priming that relationship to expand far beyond the field.

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Blog Post

Cowboys CB Brandon Carr Helping Those Affected by the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

Have you ever felt remorse for giving your child a bath, brushing their teeth, or pouring them a glass of water? Have you ever questioned if your water source has been laced with lead, how long the government knew about it, or how much longer before it will be safe again? For the 425,000 people of Flint, Michigan’s metropolitan this is a sad reality.

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Blog Post

Chris Harris Jr. is Defending the Underdogs

The Denver Broncos star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. faced a gauntlet of unfavorable circumstances while working to move from the catalog of the overlooked into a class of favorites. When the underdog climbed from the depths of probability into success, he became an advocate for the youth fighting to do the same.

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Blog Post

The Second Act

The better part of a professional football player’s life is taxed with lifting weights, studying x’s and o’s, and using all of his physical effort to earn a spot onto the NFL’s gridiron come Sunday. A small group of current and former NFL players were challenged to take a step back to analyze the game we relish in a way that doesn’t require a helmet, jersey or pads.

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News Release

Freeland SportsZone holds flag football finale games

FREELAND - Nearly 100 kids from the Great Lakes Bay Region participated in a series of flag football games on Tuesday, Oct. 17, that brought the seven-week program sponsored by Freeland SportsZone and the NFL to a close.

"Witnessing our children experience the unifying power of sport is amazing" said Vince Agnew.

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News Release

Argos DB Vince Agnew Showing his Versatility

Agnew played in 16 games with the Argos in 2014 as a rookie in multiple positions on the field, recording 45 combined tackles and four sacks as a Swiss Army knife in Toronto’s secondary.

“I think that’s probably one of my best qualities, my versatility” said Agnew. “I’ve embraced my role."

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News Release

NFL veteran Vince Agnew gives back to aspiring Grand Rapids football players in youth camp

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Vince Agnew just concluded one of the busiest weeks in his life.

The first Swagnew Game Breakers Football Camp was attended by nearly 30 youth football players aged 10 to 16, a group that spent the weekend learning drills, technique and conditioning from Agnew.

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News Release

Vince Agnew's blocked field goal in second OT leads to Central Michigan's win in GMAC Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. -- As Vince Agnew was interviewed on stage at midfield after being named the GMAC Bowl's defensive player of the game Wednesday night, teammate Bobby Seay beamed.

"That's my roommate!"


Agnew's blocked field goal allowed No. 25 CMU to win the game 44-41 on Andrew Aguila's 37-yard kick in double overtime.

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Ricky Pearsall : Bet on Me - Part III

Welcome to Part III of our series, a live chat featuring Ricky Pearsall. We got down to business in this week's conversation. Ricky tells the story of how he got #1 and dives in on everything from nutrition and training, to relationships and habits. Check out the full interview with the Gators top playmaker here.

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Blog Post

Ricky Pearsall : Bet on Me

"Bet On Me" is tatted bold on the arm of senior wide receiver, Ricky Pearsall, and Michigan Made is ALL IN. Ricky has granted us special access through the Gators 2023-24 football campaign, connecting Michigan communities with a purpose driven athlete at a top university. This series will provide written and video content sharing the ins and outs of big time ball, family life, being a student-athlete and maintaining a growth mindset through it all.

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Blog Post

Joe Thomas: A Selfless Born Leader

Grit alone is not enough to withstand the challenges and pounding that NFL offensive linemen face with regularity.


Consistency, tenacity, durability, intelligence and the aptitude to make others better are what sets Cleveland Browns veteran left tackle Joe Thomas apart as a very special player both on and off the field.

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Blog Post

Hall-of-Fame CB Mike Haynes Goes One-on-One with Prostate Cancer

The name Mike Haynes may not be fresh in the minds of today’s generation of football fans, but in the golden years of the game this lockdown cornerback was nothing short of an icon. Now a survivor of prostate cancer, he is still continually making a difference in the lives of those around him.

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Blog Post

LB Nick Bellore’s Moment Has Arrived

American flags waved valiantly in the Big Apple on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks as President George W. Bush took the field. In front of a sea of fans decked in green and white, emotions peaked as the ball was set on the tee for the Sunday night opening kickoff. The ball was booted deep to the Cowboys kick returner before rookie linebacker, Nick Bellore, blasted him, sending his own helmet into the air.

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News Release

Heavyweights Highlight The Michigan Made Combine

The D Zone this week has driven over 1,500 miles around Michigan, checking up on prospects we knew about or wanted to see more on.

Two new prospects emerged on Saturday at the inaugural Michigan Made Combine at the Freeland SportsZone

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News Release

Michigan Made Advanced Athletics Camp comes to Bad Axe

BAD AXE — The Bad Axe football team got a head start to the summer when it recently practiced and trained along side current and former professional and college athletes for two days.

Last weekend, the Hatchets took part in Michigan Made Advanced Athletics — a unique brand of high school team football camp tailored to the needs of the specific team.

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Radio Show

Argos All Access Interview on TSN 1050

Going all in, Mike Hogan interviews defense secondary, Vincent Agnew, of the Toronto Argonauts on September 30, 2014

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News Release

Vince Agnew ready to play in the slot

IRVING, Texas -- With Orlando Scandrick most likely out for the rest of the regular season after surgery to his hand, Vince Agnew will take over for the Cowboys as the slot cornerback.


Brandon Carr and Mike Jenkins could also see time at the position, but Agnew has some experience too. He played the slot for two seasons at Central Michigan, where in 47 games he made 161 tackles and had 14 pass breakups.

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