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sports nuts across Canada, star­ing at univer­sity text­books, think­ing, be­liev­ing they want to work in pro­fes­sional sports in some ca­pac­ity. Maybe a hand­ful ever find their way.

Ros­setti started in the Dol­phins per­son­nel depart­ment in June of 2015 and has since been pro­moted to the po­si­tion of pro scout. One day, he would love to fol­low in Dim­itroff’s foot­steps and be­come an NFL GM. One day. He’s only 27.

“It’s a ton of work in this busi­ness,” he said. “And I love it. I’m proud to be a Cana­dian do­ing this. Some­times I get kid­ded about my ac­cent. But it’s all in fun.

“Ev­ery day I’m just try­ing to learn and get bet­ter. I’m work­ing with some tremen­dous peo­ple with so much ex­pe­ri­ence like (ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent Mike) Tan­nen­baum and gen­eral man­ager Chris Grier (who com­bined have more than 40 years NFL ex­pe­ri­ence).

“I fig­ure if you work hard, do a good job, peo­ple will no­tice. I’m not ac­tively try­ing to move up. I just want to learn as much as I can and keep learn­ing. This is just the be­gin­ning.”

But what a story al­ready for the kid quar­ter­back from Mis­sis­sauga. @sim­mon­ssteve

Devonta Freeman de­manded to be paid, and got paid.

The at­lanta Fal­cons agreed to terms Wed­nes­day with their star run­ning back on a new con­tract. NFL Net­work re­ported it’s a fiveyear, $41.25-mil­lion deal, with $22 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

This makes Freeman the high­est paid run­ning back in the NFL.

“devonta em­bod­ies every­thing we are look­ing for in a Fal­con,” at­lanta gen­eral man­ager Thomas Dim­itroff Jr. said in a state­ment, “and we are proud that he’ll be able to spend his ca­reer here in at­lanta.”

af­ter a quiet rookie sea­son as a fourth-round pick in 2014, Freeman broke out with 1,056 rush­ing yards in 2015 and 1,079 yards last year, scor­ing 11 touch­downs each sea­son. he was named to the Pro Bowl both years. Freeman also has proved ef­fec­tive as a re­ceiver out of the back­field, catch­ing 157 passes for 1,265 yards and six scores.

The 25-year-old had 38 fewer car­ries in 2016 than the year be­fore, and ef­fec­tive sec­ond-year rB Tevin Cole­man ben­e­fit­ted by get­ting 31 ad­di­tional car­ries.

That didn’t sit well with Freeman, whose agent told NFL Net­work five days be­fore the su­per Bowl that her client would be un­happy if the Fal­cons did not rip up the last year of his rookie con­tract and pay him far more than the $800,000 salary he was due to earn in 2017.

Freeman’s av­er­age an­nual salary un­der the new con­tract is $8.25 mil­lion, more than 10 times more.

Freeman tweeted Wed­nes­day: “a young boy from the bot­tom. you put that work in & stay hum­ble, you’ll be re­warded.”

The In­di­anapo­lis Colts in­jury­waived Toronto’s Tevaun smith.

That means if the wide re­ceiver clears waivers by late Thurs­day af­ter­noon, he’ll re­vert to the Colts’ in­jured-re­served list. Listed of­fi­cially as a first year NFL player, smith ac­tu­ally is in year 2, af­ter spend­ing most of his rookie sea­son in 2016 on the Colts’ prac­tice squad. he dressed for two games but was not tar­geted. from play­ing un­til at least Week 7. But that doesn’t mean Luck for sure will start in Week 1.

Luck had off-sea­son surgery on a par­tially torn labrum in his throw­ing shoul­der. al­though he is not yet prac­tis­ing with team­mates at train­ing camp, Luck is pri­vately throw­ing on the side, re­build­ing his arm strength and en­durance. 124-per­son ros­ter. Those cho­sen, from all seven on-field of­fi­ci­at­ing po­si­tions, will tran­si­tion to full-time sta­tus by year’s end. The pur­pose, the joint news re­lease said, is to “pro­mote the com­mon goal of en­hanc­ing all as­pects of NFL of­fi­ci­at­ing — scout­ing, train­ing and men­tor­ing, bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of cur­rent game trends, game prepa­ra­tion and in­creased in­put on rules re­lat­ing to player safety and game ad­min­is­tra­tion.” To now, all NFL of­fi­cials have been part-timers, whose day jobs vary from small­busi­ness own­ers to pro­fes­sion­als such as lawyers.


Chris Ros­setti (left) chats with one of the Dol­phins coaches dur­ing the team’s train­ing camp at Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity.

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