It’s now been more than two and a half years since Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith suffered a career-threatening injury in his last college football game Youth Jordan Weal Jersey , and he may finally be back to 100 percent healthy.
Smith missed his entire first NFL season, in 2016, while he recovered from the injury, and although he played all 16 games in 2017, he didn’t look quite as quick on the field as he had looked as a star at Notre Dame. But in last night’s preseason opener, Smith covered the field quickly and appeared to be all the way back.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has been impressed with what he’s seen out of Smith in training camp.
“He’s gotten better and better physically, coming off the injury, doing his hard work. The more he plays Doug Williams Jersey , you see he gets more and more comfortable, more and more confident and he simply plays better,” Garrett said. “Understanding the play, understanding your reads, and when the ball is snapped you just react instinctively. . . . I think we’re seeing more and more of that from Jaylon.”
Smith was dealt a tough blow when he suffered the knee injury, but he never got down and always insisted he’d eventually work himself back into the kind of athlete he was in college. It appears that day has arrived.
Frigid Super Bowl LII brought $370 million in net new spending to the "Bold North" Twin Cities area, according to a report released Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton's office and the local host committee.
The final tally by Rockport Analytics came in $50 million over the consulting company's pre-Super Bowl projections. It also said the 10 days leading up to the Feb. 4 game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis brought in $32 million in new tax revenue for state and local government.
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The report put gross local spending by visitors, companies hosting events, and the media and operations teams at more than $450. Subtracting $80 million for tourism displaced by the event resulted in net spending of $370 million that would not have happened but for the Super Bowl, it said. The figures don't include game tickets. Adding in the economic ripple effect brought the total incremental contribution to the metro area's gross domestic product to $400 million, it said.
That spending "resounded through the local economy," said Ken McGill, managing director of West Chester, Pennsylvania-based Rockport.
Sports economists tend to be skeptical of revenue claims from massive sporting events http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-jacob -trouba-jersey , saying that events may be fun for the community but any monetary windfall to a region is illusory.
"The Super Bowl is definitely positive, but nowhere near the $450 million positive in terms of dollars in local people's pockets," College of the Holy Cross professor Victor Matheson said. For examples, he said, hotel revenue goes mostly to out-of-state chains, and money from sales of jerseys mostly goes to the NFL and manufacturers.
Despite subzero cold and heavy snow, the event drew some 125,000 tourists Joe Theismann Jersey , which Rockport defined as ticketed and non-ticketed visitors who came from at least 50 miles away or spent a night in hotel. The report said 83 percent of first-time visitors said they would return. The Meet Minnesota convention and visitors bureau said meeting and convention leads are up 30 percent since the game was announced. Leads were up 10 percent year-over-year in the first four months of 2018 alone.
The report found that the average Super Bowl visitor spent $608 per day during an average stay of 3.9 days, compared with a typical tourist who spends about $124 a day. The Super Bowl generated more than 266,000 hotel nights with an average daily room rate of $249, the report said. Thirteen percent of visitors used peer-to-peer rentals such as Airbnb.
More than 1 million visits were made by locals and travelers alike to Super Bowl Live, the free fan festival held over the 10 days leading up to the game.
U.S. Bank Stadium will be in the national spotlight again next April when it hosts the NCAA men's basketball Final Four. Rockport predicts the tournament will bring $124 million in net spending to the region and $23 million in tax revenue. Authentic Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys