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The NFL’s (short) summer break is winding down


Calendar summer is roughly three months long, but NFL summer is a fraction of that, and soon, it will be over.

Two weeks from today, every team’s veterans will have reported to training camp. That’s data that can be found in our list of the camp reporting dates and locations, which the NFL furnished on Monday.

Take a look at the list. It’s interesting stuff. For instance, Baltimore, Buffalo and San Francisco’s rookies report on Wednesday.


And it’s neat to see the Steelers still holding camp at Saint Vincent College, where they have done their summer work since 1967. Think about it — visitors to the 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005 and 2008 camps in Latrobe, Pa. saw a future Super Bowl champion starting to jell.

Mainly, though, paging through the training camp information at this point of July, on the doorstep of baseball’s all-star game and the British Open, drives home the feeling that pro football’s work will soon begin again in earnest. Think of it this way: if the NFL were just a little town that put on a summer fireworks display . . . well, all that would be left now was the smoke from the grand finale and the sound of people gathering their belongings and shuffling to their cars.

The NFL, of course, is anything but diminutive.

And the fireworks are just about to start.

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30 Responses to “The NFL’s (short) summer break is winding down”
  1. melikefootball says: Jul 14, 2014 9:11 PM

    I heard the Steelers don’t charge for the right to watch training camp as well as staying at one place for camp.

  2. bonnovi says: Jul 14, 2014 9:13 PM

    What’s the over/under for ACL tears in training camp? 20? 25?

  3. ariani1985 says: Jul 14, 2014 9:21 PM

    And the quest for one and done continues for green bay!

  4. realnflmaster says: Jul 14, 2014 9:21 PM

    Buffalo should have reported six months ago if they were serious about winning more than five games.

  5. babygaga19 says: Jul 14, 2014 9:21 PM

    Raiders typically have camp up in the wine valley. Every night, the vets go out and get blasted. True story. Seen it first hand.

  6. johnnycash19 says: Jul 14, 2014 9:31 PM


  7. xviixxiixxvi says: Jul 14, 2014 9:33 PM

    “Think of it this way: if the NFL were just a little town that put on a summer fireworks display . . . well, all that would be left now was the smoke from the grand finale and the sound of people gathering their belongings and shuffling to their cars.

    The NFL, of course, is anything but diminutive.

    And the fireworks are just about to start.”



  8. texansdan says: Jul 14, 2014 9:39 PM

    As always, hope springs eternal. This is the time of year where every fan has visions of greatness and thinks that all woes are gone…and then everything changes at the first snap Week 1. Every year teams surprise in good and bad ways (mine certainly did last year)…I wonder who the surprise teams are going to be this year…

  9. beerbratscheese says: Jul 14, 2014 9:42 PM

    Can’t wait for September!!!!!

  10. natelan69 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:11 PM

    “saw a future Super Bowl champion starting to jell”
    Isn’t the word “gel”?

  11. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jul 14, 2014 10:19 PM

    Oh darn, football is coming back. I was really hoping for another month or so of LeBron and Carmelo talk from the national sports media.

  12. jameisxfamousxcrablegs says: Jul 14, 2014 10:25 PM

    It does seem like training camp got here a bit quicker this off-season. I’m thinking the Draft may have something to do with that…

  13. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 14, 2014 10:31 PM

    I do so love the time of year when football is being played, with football, on a football field. I’ve heard a rumor that other sports are being played and I’ve a vague notion that’s true, but who really knows or cares.

  14. calvinthegreat81 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:34 PM

    Somewhere jay cutler is upset that the best part of his year is winding down. Lions ready to sweep you again!

  15. brokebackbrees says: Jul 14, 2014 10:38 PM

    Saints players have roughly 2 weeks to get all the PEDs in their systems as possible, as well as finishing up this years bounty program details.

  16. sixburghrules says: Jul 14, 2014 10:43 PM

    And in 4 weeks we will have pre-season football

  17. richcranium2112 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    Thank goodness! There are just too many complete knuckleheads in the NFL to allow them much free time. The saying “idle time is the devil’s workshop” could not be more true.

  18. wave222 says: Jul 14, 2014 10:56 PM

    Bring on the games!!
    Can’t wait!!

  19. 88xfactor says: Jul 14, 2014 11:17 PM

    I’ll be glad when Big D finish their new training facility. I’m from Houston, can’t wait til I can drive up there and actually see them practice. Use to do halftime shows for them when I went to Texas Southern U. It was a lot of fun.

  20. mazenblue says: Jul 15, 2014 12:22 AM

    Everybody but the Bears. They got mugged and shot on the way to the stadium. Such a beautiful City.

  21. lanman11 says: Jul 15, 2014 2:13 AM

    Yeah, I remember back in 74, 75, 78, and 79, when the Steeler’s were convening training camp a month before everyone else, which was against the rules, in order to gain a competitive advantage. I also remember the steroid usage.

    Asterisks on all 4 “championships”!

  22. guitarkevin says: Jul 15, 2014 8:31 AM

    Baltimore players need to get off the streets and back at work. This offseason has been brutal.

  23. greetingsfromminnesota says: Jul 15, 2014 9:18 AM

    Maybe I am wrong, but wouldn’t it be gel?

  24. guitarkevin says: Jul 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    I think someone needs a little “O” for their “JELL”.

  25. timmmah10 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    jell: to set or become firmer. When in reference to people, it means to relate well to one another.

    Before you comment, maybe check or dictionary… or even google.

  26. babygaga19 says: Jul 15, 2014 5:23 PM

    Query, who will be the Raiders HC and GM next year?

  27. 88xfactor says: Jul 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    Can’t believe there is a team in the league with more criminals than the Cowboys. Thank God the 90’s are over. Good luck Ravens, been there, done that.

  28. mrneto72 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:14 AM

    I smell……..FOOTBALL!!!!

  29. jjackwagon says: Jul 16, 2014 4:51 PM

    For all you knuckle heads, the author used the correct spelling for the intended meaning. Unless you think he was referring to the solid, jelly-like material called “gel”.

  30. babygaga19 says: Jul 17, 2014 4:15 AM

    You know your team sucks when all your fan base discusses hair products! LMBO

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