Moving from Oakland to New Orleans was as much a personal choice as a professional one for the Pro Bowl tight end. Cook, who turns 32 next month, grew up outside Atlanta, played in college at South Carolina and began his NFL career with Tennessee. Being back near the Southeast puts Cook, who is married with children, in more manageable proximity to extended family and friends, he said. He sees that not as a distraction, but as a way to focus on football with greater peace of mind. “I have a bigger support system. I have more people around me and more family around me that can kind of help with daily life a little bit more,” Cook said. “It’s going to help me and my family out quite a bit.”
George Steinbrenner IV
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The grandson of the late former Yankees owner is trying to be the next Roger Penske. “I love baseball, I love racing, and if I wasn’t doing one, I would be doing the other,” said Steinbrenner IV, 22. He’s the youngest owner of an IndyCar team, and on Sunday became the newest member of the winner’s club. Colton Herta, who turns 19 this week, snatched victory at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to become the youngest winner in IndyCar Series history. After one unfulfilling semester at Stetson University, the Florida native dedicated himself to IndyCar, and instead of driving, Steinbrenner IV said, “Team ownership was always the route that most interested me because an athlete’s career span is only so long.”
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