Ryan Fitzpatrick’s remarkable career continues with another start vs. Patriots Sunday

‘“It’s not something I take for granted. It’s why I love the game so much. I’m honored and I’m really excited to be able to lead this team out there on Sunday.”’

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick probably will never hear his name in the conversation for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But he has had one of the more remarkable NFL careers of the past two decades.

Fitzpatrick is the rare seventh-round pick who made it 16 seasons, yet he has never quite “made it.” He is the only quarterback to throw a touchdown pass for eight different teams. And in 15 NFL seasons, he has not played in a single playoff game. Fitzpatrick’s record as a starter is 55-83-1, for a 39.9 winning percentage.

But it’s hard not to love Fitzpatrick. He’s “The Amish Rifle,” a gunslinger with a long beard and a penchant for interceptions. His career

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scenes from a remarkable graduation day

As an early summer sun beat down over a brick school building, red sequins on an outdoor stage rippled in the gentle breeze and Dr James Henderson took a minute to adjust his robe and facemask in the reflection of a car mirror.

Henderson, superintendent of Holmes County Consolidated school district in the Mississippi delta, approached the lectern in front of a line of cars daubed in balloons and handwritten messages of support.

He cleared his breath. Lowered his mask. And boomed into a microphone over the hum of car engines. “I now confirm that you, the 2020 Holmes County Central high school class, are completers of high school in the great state of Mississippi. Congratulations to my graduates,” he said.

A muted round of applause seemed to evaporate into the open air, before Pomp and Circumstance blasted over the loudspeakers to a near empty parking lot.

In the time

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