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Feb 22 2018, 10:41 PM
plz show me some love graders bc this was really time consuming //

Feb 22 2018, 10:56 AM
DENVER, COLORADO - Nicholas Pierno took the stand for media availability after Thursday’s practice session and the first question was straight to the point: “Do you have any comment on Darren Smallwood’s recent comments to the media about you and the Yeti organization?”

Pierno was honest.

“It was kind of surprising to hear about. Here’s a guy I’ve never spoken to in my entire life, and completely unprovoked—nobody even asked him about me—goes off. Kind of crazy to think a grown man is thinking about me in his free time. What did he say again?”

Johnny Journo from the Denver Post raised his hand, “I have it right here.”

He continued: “Pierno is a sucky QB. When the team gave up a lot to Yellowknife for the mobile QB, I said they should have opted for Christian Adams instead. The argument fired back was that Pierno was a harder worker, Pierno was training more and that Adams, despite having the option to get the job, never did. Ok, fine but here’s the thing, take it from an expert, training means squat if you’re not built to play in this league.”

Jounro added, “When another reporter asked if he thought (Pierno) should retire, Smallwood concurred.”

Pierno responded, “Wow, he went on that whole tangent out of the blue? I guess I should be flattered he’s thinking about me so much.”

The reporters in the crowd chuckled.

William Writer, the Yeti beat reporter for, raised his hand and asked, “Does Smallwood’s comments motivate you at all? Perhaps to prove him wrong?”

“I suppose so,” Pierno responded. “I’m a guy that’s always played with a chip on my shoulder, though. I’m going to let my play this season speak for itself.

He quickly added: “You could say I have weeks four and eight circled on my calendar, though. He says a mobile quarterback can’t succeed in the league? I’m eager to see his team’s defense try and slow me down.”

Johnny Journo raised his hand again: “Is there a rivalry between you and Smallwood now?”

Pierno didn’t have to take time to think about his answer.

“No way. Once I leave this press conference, he’s not going to be on my mind anymore. I don’t spend my free time thinking about people I’ve never even met, let alone even texted or communicated with in any way. If he’s going to allow thoughts of me to occupy his mind, that’s his choice.”

Writer added in, “Smallwood said he guaranteed Las Vegas quarterback Borkus Maximus would have a better year than you—any thoughts?”

“Honestly, I want to see Maximus succeed—he had a rough debut, but I’m confident he’ll bounce back. I know what it’s like to be thrown into a starting job as a rookie,” Pierno said. “I root for all the quarterbacks in this league, especially the younger guys. We’re all one brotherhood.”

Writer asked a follow-up, “So, who is going to have a better season?”

Pierno responded, “Every day my biggest competitor is the man in the mirror. Each day I strive to be better than I was the day before. I’m just focused on what I can do to improve myself.”

“Fair enough,” Writer responded.

“If that’s all for today, I’m going to head out to watch some film,” Pierno said. “I’m not really interested in talking about this topic again—I have bigger fish to fry and more important things to think about. I hope everyone has a safe drive home.”

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Feb 14 2018, 12:35 PM
DENVER, COLORADO - Nicholas Pierno was a star at North Carolina State University. When he first enrolled in the school, he was a zero-star recruit. He was a nobody. As a sophomore, he was a Heisman Trophy winner and was on the top of the world.

His junior year he tore his MCL, considered by many to be the end to his pro football dreams due to his reliance on his athleticism. When Pierno declared early and put his name in the S3 NSFL Draft pool just days before the draft, it sent shockwaves across the football community.

"I'm a doer, I strive to take the tangible steps to get what I want," Pierno said.

Does he regret it?

"My rookie year was the hardest year of my life," he said. "I guess because of that I could regret it, but at the same time it's shaped me to become who I am today."

From nearly going undrafted to being on three different teams in a span of a week to then being declared the starting quarterback of the Colorado Yeti, the 20-year-old had stress to deal with. Known for being an outspoken player with a big personality, Pierno was immediately under scrutiny and the mass media's spotlight.

It wasn't a match.

"I was so fucking lost, man," Pierno said. "I was packing my bags up over and over again and moving here and there, I didn't feel wanted."

On the field, Pierno struggled. He threw 35 interceptions as a rookie and mustered a passer rating of just 35.3. The athleticism that made Pierno one of the most exciting players in college football had eluded him as he ran for just 78 yards in 14 games.

There was rumblings that the Yeti were ready to give up on the project, rumblings that were warranted.

Off the field, Pierno began to lose it.

"I was all over the place. I moved to Colorado, but I was spending weekdays flying out to these different cities and going out all night," Pierno said. "I was going about in Los Angeles the nights before games. I don't know why, but the Yeti front office decided not to expose me when they easily could have."

After such a tough year on the field, Pierno said his confidence was shot.

"I thought I had no chance, no worth as an athlete or as a person. I assumed that I was done. My career, everything," Pierno said. "I blamed everybody but myself for the position I was in. The constant acting out, the missed practices, it was how I thought I'd cope with the stress. It was distractions to keep me from focusing on what I was doing wrong.

He continued: "I hated football. I hated it."

Year two wasn't much better as Pierno's passer rating was just a lackluster 50.8. His actions, on and off the field, hadn't changed.

Yet the Yeti still accepted his $4,000,000 option in his third season.

"I don't know why," Pierno said. "I was given a chance I didn't deserve."

Year three showed slight improvements. Outside a week one loss in Arizona, the Yeti went on a four-week span when they were only outscored 84 to 66.

During that span, that's when Pierno hit his turning point. After the Yeti dropped a 31-16 decision to Philadelphia, Pierno threw three interceptions and had a 51.8 passer rating, he went to a dark place.

"I sat in the locker room for hours. No phone, no talking to media, no talking to teammates, just in complete silence," Pierno said. "This was normally the point where'd I'd make excuses for myself and go out to drown my sorrows, but I couldn't move. I was frozen."

Hours passed. Pierno sat, hunched in his locker, cold beads of sweat dripping down his forehead. Eye black still on his face, shoulder pads still being worn. He hadn't even taken his cleats off.

The first person to see Pierno was teammate Andre Bly Jr. the next morning.

"'Dre came and snapped me out of it. At that point, it all poured out me, literally," Pierno said. "I cried. Right there. I realized it was time for me to grow up, face my problems head on and make a difference."

The rest of the Yeti team followed in soon after. The support for their quarterback was unanimous.

"If I had played for any other team, I wouldn't be in the NSFL anymore," Pierno said.

"Where would you be?" I asked.

"I don't know. On my couch. Passed out in an Uber I can't afford. I so lost in the fucking sauce, man."

Pierno paused, "I'd probably be dead."

Pierno made himself available to the media that week and promised that no player would work as hard as he was going to moving forward.

A week later, the Yeti defeated Logan Noble and the Las Vegas Legion on the field, and then off of the field as well.

Pierno's final stats weren't jaw-dropping, but he set a Yeti single-season completion percentage record and broke the NSFL quarterback single-season rushing record.

"I wasn't even at 100 percent in my knees last year," Pierno said. "Just wait until I'm at full speed again this year."

I asked Pierno again if he regretted any of the decisions he made.

"No," he said adamantly. "Every diamond is formed from pressure."

As for his lifestyle, Pierno now stays in Denver during the offseason to work out with his teammates. He went from silent to the most vocal presence in the team's locker room. As for having fun, he's still known for his ability to throw down on a night out, but there's balance.

"I don't go out to distract myself anymore. It's not a mechanism to forget," Pierno said. "It's a way to celebrate life with my brothers and all that we mean to each other."

What's Pierno have going on moving forward?

"It's comeback season.I'm here to prove people wrong one day at a time."

To ask Pierno any questions, head over to the Yeti's post-practice presser.

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Feb 14 2018, 12:33 PM
Can you speak to the rumors that there might be a change to the Yeti gameplan to get you more involved in the running game during season 6? (via timeconsumer)

I can't give away the whole playbook, but I know we have talked about finding ways to make our backfield a bit more dual threat. I'm an athletic guy and we have the best running back in NSFL history. Ironically, with our added threats in the passing game I think it'll make our two-headed running attack even more dangerous now that teams won't be able to stack the box every play.

What role do you think the Yeti defense plays in your success, both team wide and personally? (via ExemplaryChad)

It's huge and just getting bigger. We'll have one of the best linebacker groups in the league this year. From my point of view, the goal this year is to have them on the field as little as possible so that way when they are, they're juiced up and ready to go with all their energy. The D is so well-rounded and when we win our first Ultimus, the defense will be the reason why.

What do you view as the strengths and weaknesses of your revamped wide receiving corps?

The weakness is clearly youth, but you can spin that as a positive, too. Guys like Crush and Aaron are so motivated and grind ridiculously hard. Both of those guys are future Pro Bowlers.
Feb 11 2018, 05:10 PM
Think about it, when the Wraiths had a QB dilemma, they had their highest earning TPE player switch (Yes, I get he was an OL player and they had a free switch). Now, Rove has gone inactive and a high-TPE cornerback is going to take his spot on the Liberty. Will there ever be a point in drafting a quarterback and grooming him to take the heir one day (a la Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay) if teams can just take a high TPE linebacker or whatever position they want and suddenly make them a quarterback?

Heck, I could decide to retire my player and the Yeti could make Boss Tweed (900+ TPE) the new quarterback.

If the Giants don't take a QB in real life this year and Eli shits the bed, they can't just move Landon Collins over and have him be just as productive (or anywhere even close) as a quarterback as he was as a safety.

Figured this is something worth discussing.
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