Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Barring a trade up, the Arizona Cardinals will pick at No. 15 on Thursday’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft.The first round is not only where teams can find players with the potential to become one of the best players in the league at their position, but players that can make an impact immediately.Here are five of the most notable names selected at No. 15 in past NFL drafts.Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers, 2015(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)If you’re going to select a running back in the first round, he better be worth it and Gordon has been so far with the Chargers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He signed a seven-year, $100 million deal ($41 million guaranteed) with the Washington Redskins in 2009, only to cause problems with the coaching staff. He underperformed and was traded to the Patriots in 2011, before being waived less than four months later and also being waived in his last stop with Tampa Bay in 2012.Alan Page, Minnesota Vikings, 1967(AP Photo/Jim Mone)In the second NFL Draft to feature over 14 selections in the first round, the 1967 NFL Draft had the one and only Hall of Famer selected at No. 15 in the first round of the NFL Draft.Page was a nine-time Pro Bowler as a defensive tackle for the Vikings, making it nine years in a row from 1969-76. He was First Team All-Pro six times and made the second team another three times.If Page’s name rings a bell, that’s likely because he’s only one of two defensive players to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award and was the first in 1971. Linebacker Lawrence Taylor joined him in 1986.Page has had a notable post-football career, becoming an associate justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1992-2015. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 4 Comments Share Related LinksThe Gambo 5: Five prospects to watch for Cardinals at No. 15 in NFL DraftArizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft TrackerThe second running back taken in the 2015 NFL Draft behind Todd Gurley, Gordon made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and rushed for a career-high 1,105 yards in 2017. Gordon is also a pass-catching threat, where he had a career-high 58 receptions, 476 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2017.The Chargers plan on picking up Gordon’s fifth-year option in his contract, a sign of faith in his sustainability at a Pro Bowl level for the next two seasons.Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)The Ohio State product had a thrilling start to his NFL career as a tremendous linebacker for Pittsburgh before a horrific turn this season.One of the fastest linebackers the NFL has seen this decade, Shazier made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017. In his 12 games in 2017, Shazier had 68 total tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.On a Monday Night Football game in early December, a jarring hit taken by Shazier was a career-threatening one that caused a spinal contusion, which required spinal stabilization surgery that ended his 2017 season. Shazier will not be able to play in 2018 but has every intention of making a comeback. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP photos) Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants, 2010(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)Pierre-Paul has had quite the up-and-down career. He made a monstrous impact in his second season with the Giants, racking up 16.5 sacks and being named First Team All-Pro in 2011.He has only reached double-digit sacks once since that season, totaling 12.5 in 2014. In July of 2015, Paul suffered a serious hand injury via a fireworks accident that forced him to have his right index finger amputated.In 2016, he turned down an offer from the Arizona Cardinals and returned to the Giants, recording seven sacks. He would then sign a four-year, $62 million deal with New York the next season, only to be traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in mid-March.Albert Haynesworth, Tennesee Titans, 2002(AP Photo/Joe Howell)Speaking of up-and-down careers, Haynesworth was a dominant interior lineman in his heyday, making First Team All-Pro two straight years in 2007 and 2008. He, of course, was involved in various controversial incidents, such as stomping on then-Cowboys center Andre Gurode’s head and failing to make payments on a loan of over $2 million.
by, Kyrié Carpenter, Managing EditorTweet8Share278Share8Email294 SharesMaybe the culture change movement is over, or maybe it has yet to begin; what is certain is that how we see and act about aging is changing. If we want to move forward into a world where nursing homes are abolished, generations interact and benefit from each other and all people are granted opportunities for community, purpose and meaning, then we cannot merely add moments of life back into a broken system. We cannot simulate purpose and engagement with one size fits all activities devoid of meaning. For real change to occur we must make sure the solutions we create are not dependent on the very problem they purport to alleviate. We must find projects that work within the system while at the same time not reinforcing its brokenness or becoming dependent on it for their existence. The Penelope Project is just such an example of a project that is leading the way to changing the systems of long term care and generational segregation from the inside. The Penelope Project was an attempt to undo entrenched social disregard of the old, to transform routine institutional elder care, and to break through the fear of advanced age often experienced by the young. – Elinor Fuchs, The Penelope ProjectThe Penelope Project began as a multi-year collaboration between a senior living community, a professional theater company and a college theater department. The seeming culminating of the collaboration was a play that took the audience through a journey within the senior living community. However, The Penelope Project lives on in continued collaborations, educational opportunities, a film and most recently a book. In a sea of self-help books and self-promoting how-to’s, The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care is a breath of fresh air. The book is woven together out of stories collected from the project’s diverse group of collaborators including elders, directors, students, a variety of staff and researchers. These stories are shared honestly and openly. The book elegantly details the process of staging this collaboration in a way that transcends the project it references and provides an accessible guide to other would-be world changers.While the book is about one project, the information provided is broad and sweeping enough to be applied to any dream that may be brewing in your mind. The book introduces us to the three main collaborators, namely Luther Manor Retirement Community, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Sojourn Theatre Company, with a look at the resources and challenges that each collaborator brings to the table. Then the process for making these collaborations happen and finding funding are detailed. Finally, we get to watch the project unfold through sincere and heartwarming first person accounts. We also get a glimpse into what remains after the culminating performance is over: the impact of the project and how it lives on in each of the collaborators. All of this is shared through captivating story and with references to resources and tools (timelines, team descriptions, partnership agreements, prompts, syllabi, research tools etc.) we may use to follow in Penelope’s footsteps with our own projects and dreams. The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care serves as a mentor and guide in how to compassionately and effectively infuse life and change into entrenched systems (namely long term care and higher education) through the arts. The impact of The Penelope Project shines in these words from Angela Fingard, one of the students who participated, “The most important thing I learned was the importance of feeling a part of a community, the importance of being a part of something bigger than yourself, to have a title or role separate from that of staff, caregiver, patient or disease label.” The book is full of heart-opening gems like this one that challenge the reader to reconceptualize their own views and give confidence that projects like this are how we create lasting change. As Michael Rohd, founder and artistic director of Sojourn Theatre said “The most meaningful work will take place when you learn the system. That’s not to say you can’t confront it, challenge it, subvert it, whisper to it and all those things – but you do have to find a way to work with the system, dramaturgically.” The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care stays true to this call to action, it is a comprehensive guide, showing us how to work within systems and change them for the better from the inside. Get ready to be inspired, The Penelope Project hits book shelves this month! Related PostsChanging the Game with the Passions ProjectSometimes amidst the chaos, there are moments of clarity, when we’re reminded why we do the work we do. I had one of those moments last October, during one of those speaking engagements when you’re not sure anyone really cares what you have to say.Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of CareMore of Al Power’s interview on his new book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care Q: How has our society’s view of aging created the institutional model of care and what can we do to change it? A: Society views aging as decline because we are overly preoccupied…PEAK Leadership Summit Will Converge Strategic InnovatorsWise Leadership is the Lifeblood of any Organization To make real change in an organization, leaders must cast the vision for change and inspire others to join them on the journey. A culture change journey is one without a destination, and often … Continue reading →Tweet8Share278Share8Email294 SharesTags: Alzheimer’s Disease Care Partner Dementia