P.J. Fleck reportedly makes $50,000 deal with Western Michigan to keep ‘Row The Boat’ slogan

Fear not folks, because according to ESPN, new Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck gets to keep using the saying he made famous at Western Michigan without fear of legal action against him.

The most important thing about the transfer is they’re transferring the trademark to Fleck himself, and not to the University of Minnesota.

If you’ve ever listened to an interview with Fleck or a rousing pregame speech then you’ve heard Fleck enthusiastically say those three words, “Row The Boat.”

But the slogan had very real and genuine origins, it not just some playful shtick. Fleck talked about where it came from in an interview with ESPN.

Some notable names not to make the Combine list: Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora. Mixon previously punched a woman, while Zamora was caught on tape abusing a dog before last season. Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly is also excluded, reportedly over “off-field issues.”

This year’s draft has 103 early entrants, who are leaving college eligibility on the table to turn pro. That list is represented well at the Combine, but not everybody made it.

The pain of watching the Falcons lose the Super Bowl in catastrophic fashion lingers for White.

“You destroyed a dream for a city,” White said. “It’s bigger than me. The city of Atlanta needed that championship and you had it. Arthur Blank needed that championship and he deserved to win that game, with everything he’s been through. It was finally our time to win and it just hurt me that we didn’t get it done.”

White’s perspective will surely resonate with Falcons fans still reeling from the loss.

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