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NFL News - Archived 8/24/12 - 7/27/2007 2:50:19 PM   
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-- Rice Rips Gruden -- Fri Jul 27, 2007 The Tampa Tribune reports hours after the Buccaneers cut the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, DE Simeon Rice reflected on his six years in Tampa and sharply questioned the sincerity of HC Jon Gruden. "He's the phoniest [expletive] in the world," said Rice, who helped the Gruden-led 2002 Bucs to a Super Bowl title and registered 69.5 sacks in his six years in Tampa. "Jon Gruden didn't have the decency, after all these years and all we've been through together, to talk to me face to face. I know he's happy today." GM Bruce Allen informed Rice of his release on reporting day after the 33-year-old veteran failed a club physical. Rice acknowledged he is not fully recovered from surgery to repair an injured left shoulder that limited him to eight starts last year. "The only fall-off year I had came when I was hurt," he said. "I came here for a million dollars in 2001. I took a pay cut to come to Tampa just to show the world what I could do, and I'm going to come back full throttle. I'm still not 100 percent. I played two games last year with one arm and I'm not right yet. If another team out there respects me, I'll be right in three or four weeks. "I'm the most consistent thing they ever had in Tampa. I'm excited about the future, because I believe in me. I always bet on black, baby. The next step is to let my body heal up and then I'll be a maniac. I'm an ageless wonder." Rice said he was heading back to his native Chicago to complete his rehab before seeking a new employer.

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RE:NFL News - 7/27/2007 2:51:35 PM   
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-- Rice Angry at Release -- Fri Jul 27, 2007 The Tampa Tribune reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Bruce Allen said DE Simeon Rice was cut Thursday evening because he failed a physical. Rice injured his left shoulder last season and had surgery, but according to team doctors, Rice was not ready to play. In an interview with Tribune reporter Ira Kaufman, Rice admitted he was not at 100 percent, but was befuddled and angry about his release. Bucs LB Derrick Brooks was reportedly see walking Rice to his car after the release and was in near tears. Rice was at no loss for words when asked about his release from the Bucs. “The next step is to let my body heal up and then I’m gonna come back like a maniac,” said Rice, who was on his way to Chicago Thursday evening. “I’m an ageless wonder, and I want to play for someone who will respect me. “I’m the most consistent thing they ever had over there in Tampa. I played two games more than I had to with one arm. I’m not right yet, but I’ll be right in three or four weeks. “I know one thing: they got a lot of big shoes to fill right now in Tampa.” I hope the Bears don't pick him up.
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RE:NFL News - 7/27/2007 2:54:51 PM   
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-- Westbrook $2 Million Mistake Still Unresolved -- Fri Jul 27, 2007 The Philadelphia Daily News reports the Eagles still have not resolved the matter of their $2 million accidental overpayment to RB Brian Westbrook last year. The team declined comment on the matter yesterday. When the mistake came to light in February, Eagles sources and Westbrook's agent, Fletcher Smith, said there was no dispute about whether Westbrook would pay the money, but the fact that it had been invested and couldn't simply be withdrawn without penalty complicated the repayment, as did the fact that Westbrook had paid taxes on it. Westbrook's profile on the team is higher than it has ever been, and his sometimes prickly relationship with the front office is mended for now; management wants to proceed gingerly. But the longer this goes without being resolved, the greater the chance for unpleasantness. Whoops! We accidently paid ya an extra 2 mil. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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RE:NFL News - 7/27/2007 4:13:20 PM   
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boston paper- Moss to wear 81 Patriots receiver Randy Moss has finalized his jersey number. He will wear No. 81. Moss had initially been issued No. 6. But receivers must have numbers from 80-89 or from 10-19. No. 81 became available when receiver Jonathan Smith was waived last week. Moss previously wore 84 in Minnesota and 18 in Oakland. He had actually warmed to the idea of wearing No. 6 -- the amount of points awarded for a touchdown -- but was required to make the switch
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RE:NFL News - 7/27/2007 4:28:10 PM   
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Is there a rule against calling him a kicker, but lining him up at WR all year, so he can wear #6? There is no rule against moving players around, right?
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RE:NFL News - 7/27/2007 4:35:56 PM   
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Depth chart rule? I suppose they could have him sit out the first play so he isn't the starter but would Randy want to lose any of his "starting" stats for a #?
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RE:NFL News - 7/30/2007 2:10:07 PM   
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-- Pacman to Become Involved with Wrestling -- Mon Jul 30, 2007 The Nashville Tennessean reports CB Pacman Jones might be suspended from the NFL, but no one said anything about pro wrestling. Seriously. The latest twist in the soap opera involving Jones looks like it will include the controversial Titans cornerback being involved in professional wrestling. Doing flips off the ropes to pin an opponent or even taking part in the action probably won't be a part of his role, however, his attorney said Sunday night. Worrick Robinson, who represents Jones, said his client has been approached by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling "to participate in their line of entertainment.'' But Robinson said Jones "won't be wrestling'' and he won't be playing the part of a villain as some might expect. "Pacman is talking with TNA at this time and we expect an announcement to be made in the next several days,'' Robinson said. "It is not anticipated that he'll be wrestling, but discussions are taking place for him to have some role in their profession. But details have not be finalized.'' Jones was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on April 10 for an accumulation of off-field incidents, and his request to take part in the team's training camp was denied last week. :lol:
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RE:NFL News - 7/30/2007 8:42:49 PM   
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-- Eli Manning's Future Clouded -- Mon Jul 30, 2007 The New York Times reports the Giants are quietly concerned about staring QB Eli Manning's future with the team. By NFL quarterback standards, Manning, 26, is no longer young, and he is no longer inexperienced, with 39 regular-season and two postseason starts. He has had the same coaches and offense since he arrived, stability rarely afforded top draft choices. The Giants worry that Manning's numbers last season were nearly identical to 2005's. But they are most concerned with his mistakes. He has thrown 35 interceptions the past two years, more than anyone except Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre. There has long been a question over whether Manning's laid-back style suits the demands of the NFL. :cry: :lol:
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RE:NFL News - 7/30/2007 8:58:14 PM   
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[quote="Duane Sampson"]-- Pacman to Become Involved with Wrestling -- Mon Jul 30, 2007 The Nashville Tennessean reports CB Pacman Jones might be suspended from the NFL, but no one said anything about pro wrestling. Seriously. The latest twist in the soap opera involving Jones looks like it will include the controversial Titans cornerback being involved in professional wrestling. Doing flips off the ropes to pin an opponent or even taking part in the action probably won't be a part of his role, however, his attorney said Sunday night. Worrick Robinson, who represents Jones, said his client has been approached by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling "to participate in their line of entertainment.'' But Robinson said Jones "won't be wrestling'' and he won't be playing the part of a villain as some might expect. "Pacman is talking with TNA at this time and we expect an announcement to be made in the next several days,'' Robinson said. "It is not anticipated that he'll be wrestling, but discussions are taking place for him to have some role in their profession. But details have not be finalized.'' Jones was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on April 10 for an accumulation of off-field incidents, and his request to take part in the team's training camp was denied last week. :lol:[/quote] Let me guess. His ring name will be Rain Maker.
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RE:NFL News - 7/30/2007 9:22:21 PM   
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[quote="Duane Sampson"]-- Eli Manning's Future Clouded -- Mon Jul 30, 2007 The New York Times reports the Giants are quietly concerned about staring QB Eli Manning's future with the team. By NFL quarterback standards, Manning, 26, is no longer young, and he is no longer inexperienced, with 39 regular-season and two postseason starts. He has had the same coaches and offense since he arrived, stability rarely afforded top draft choices. The Giants worry that Manning's numbers last season were nearly identical to 2005's. But they are most concerned with his mistakes. He has thrown 35 interceptions the past two years, more than anyone except Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre. There has long been a question over whether Manning's laid-back style suits the demands of the NFL. :cry: :lol:[/quote] Hey, at least he can reasonably be mentioned in the same breath as Brett Favre! :clap:
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RE:NFL News - 7/30/2007 10:10:17 PM   
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Bill Walsh passes away. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/07/30/walsh.obit.ap/index.html?cnn=yes
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RE:NFL News - 7/30/2007 10:41:06 PM   
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[quote="Bill James"]Bill Walsh passes away. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/07/30/walsh.obit.ap/index.html?cnn=yes[/quote] Innovative, driven guy who meant a lot to the game during some great football years. He'll be missed.
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RE:NFL News - 7/31/2007 4:42:02 AM   
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POSTED 8:09 p.m. EDT, July 30, 2007 BOWE WAITING FOR QUINN With the holdout of Browns quarterback Brady Quinn lingering, every indication is that the guy drafted behind him plans to wait until Quinn signs before doing his deal. The floor for the contract of the No. 23 pick, Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, has been set by the No. 24 pick, Pats defensive back Brandon Meriweather. The ceiling will be set by Quinn. And since Quinn's agent, Tom Condon, is hoping to blow out the slotting process with his Quinn contract, Bowe and his agents are planning (so we hear) to go along for the ride. A league source tells us that, as of a couple of hours ago, there had been no discussions between the Chiefs and Bowe's representatives for the past couple of days. The only plausible reason, in our view, is that there's nothing to discuss until Quinn signs. This might work in our favor...sure hope Bowe gets way behind and that sets their offensive attack back a little extra...no LJ and no Bowe helps us out in week three! Those first 4 games could be set up for a potential 4-0! No exageration!
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RE:NFL News - 7/31/2007 5:30:58 AM   
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[quote="Duane Sampson"]-- Eli Manning's Future Clouded -- Mon Jul 30, 2007 The New York Times reports the Giants are quietly concerned about staring QB Eli Manning's future with the team. By NFL quarterback standards, Manning, 26, is no longer young, and he is no longer inexperienced, with 39 regular-season and two postseason starts. He has had the same coaches and offense since he arrived, stability rarely afforded top draft choices. The Giants worry that Manning's numbers last season were nearly identical to 2005's. But they are most concerned with his mistakes. He has thrown 35 interceptions the past two years, more than anyone except Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre. There has long been a question over whether Manning's laid-back style suits the demands of the NFL. :cry: :lol:[/quote] They sure took SD to the cleaners in that deal. :lol:
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RE:NFL News - 7/31/2007 3:21:40 PM   
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[quote="thebigo"][quote="Duane Sampson"]-- Eli Manning's Future Clouded -- Mon Jul 30, 2007 The New York Times reports the Giants are quietly concerned about staring QB Eli Manning's future with the team. By NFL quarterback standards, Manning, 26, is no longer young, and he is no longer inexperienced, with 39 regular-season and two postseason starts. He has had the same coaches and offense since he arrived, stability rarely afforded top draft choices. The Giants worry that Manning's numbers last season were nearly identical to 2005's. But they are most concerned with his mistakes. He has thrown 35 interceptions the past two years, more than anyone except Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre. There has long been a question over whether Manning's laid-back style suits the demands of the NFL. :cry: :lol:[/quote] They sure took SD to the cleaners in that deal. :lol:[/quote] "Pancakes! Checking to pancakes"
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RE:NFL News - 7/31/2007 3:36:40 PM   
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-- Pacman's Wrestling Career on Hold -- Tue Jul 31, 2007 The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will not allow suspended CB/KR Adam "Pacman" Jones to enter a pro wrestling ring according to the terms of his contract. "That type of thing is not permitted in accordance with the player's contract," HC Jeff Fisher said Monday. Most NFL contracts contain clauses that prohibit players from taking part in activities that might cause injuries. There were more indications, however, that Total Nonstop Action Wrestling still wants Jones in the ring in some manner. The organization recently contacted Jones about taking part in an upcoming event, although his attorney reiterated that discussions with TNA don't include Jones actually wrestling and his involvement otherwise wouldn't appear to violate his contract with the Titans. Attorney Worrick Robinson said he's discussed Jones' contract with his agent, Michel Huyghue. Robinson said they agreed the type of involvement Jones might have in a wrestling event "wouldn't appear to interfere or invalidate his contract with the NFL. It is just participating for entertainment value." "We are discussing different ways Adam Jones can participate," Robinson said, "but it is not expected it will be as a wrestler."
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RE:NFL News - 7/31/2007 5:58:33 PM   
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[quote="Stacey King"]boston paper- Moss to wear 81 Patriots receiver Randy Moss has finalized his jersey number. He will wear No. 81. Moss had initially been issued No. 6. But receivers must have numbers from 80-89 or from 10-19. No. 81 became available when receiver Jonathan Smith was waived last week. Moss previously wore 84 in Minnesota and 18 in Oakland. He had actually warmed to the idea of wearing No. 6 -- the amount of points awarded for a touchdown -- but was required to make the switch[/quote] I was really hoping they would keep him in the 6 jersey until final cuts were made. I think Brady will get cut and that would open up 88. I also thought maybe he would look good in the number 80, kind of a tribute to CC. Rice made the 80 jersey the one to have for recievers similiar to 10 in soccor for Pele. I am glad he is back in the 80s, teen number just did not look right on him. I think the single digit 6 would have been a cool look for him. I graduated HS '81 and have always liked that number. Moss is still my favorite player and I would like a Moss Pats jersey, especially being friends with Tom Brady's cousin and kinda of pulling for the Pats as my favorite AFC team because of Tom, not BB, so much. Anyway, Purple in my heart, It might be fun to have a Moss Pats jersey, I couldn't bring myself to even consider a Moss Raider jersey.
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RE:NFL News - 7/31/2007 6:04:54 PM   
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Bill Walsh great guy. Genius label fit. With that said, Burnsie started the West Coast offense in the 70's. Bob Schnelker, butt of many jokes in Minnesota was actually the first coach to script plays. ESPN never lets accuracy get in their way. Walsh should what the offense could do with great players, the success was still predicated by a strong defense on the other side of the ball.
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RE:NFL News - 8/1/2007 2:40:55 PM   
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I read that Jake Gyllenhaal, the dude from Brokeback saddle club is playing Joe Namath in a new movie. Don't seem right.. ;)
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RE:NFL News - 8/1/2007 3:03:30 PM   
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He's a good actor Sammy, he should do good. Of course, I didn't watch that brokeback movie so I don't have any bad images in my head. :lol:
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RE:NFL News - 8/1/2007 3:03:46 PM   
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Well, there is a minor resemblence between Gyllenhaal and Namath. If he can pull off the voice...
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RE:NFL News - 8/2/2007 2:13:46 PM   
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Meet the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2007 inductees The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will welcome six new members into its hallowed ranks Aug. 4. USA TODAY takes a look back at each of the inductees' NFL careers: —GENE HICKERSON • Position: G. Height: 6-3. Weight: 248. • College: Mississippi. • Drafted: Future choice in seventh round of 1957 draft. • NFL team: Cleveland Browns, 1958-73. • Honors: Two-time all-pro selection, five-time All-NFL selection, six-time Pro Bowler, member of the 1960s All-Decade team. • Highlights: Hickerson served as the lead blocker for Hall of Fame running backs Jim Brown, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Kelly. … He started at right guard in four NFL title games, including the 1964 championship win against the Baltimore Colts. Cleveland never had a losing season during Hickerson's tenure. … A broken leg cost him the 1961 season and he missed the first two games in 1962; otherwise he never missed a contest. • Modern equivalent: The Minnesota Vikings' Steve Hutchinson. Like Hickerson, Hutchinson is a superb athlete who can lead running backs downfield and has little problem getting to the second level to wipe out linebackers. —MICHAEL IRVIN Position: WR. Height: 6-2. Weight: 207. College: Miami (Fla.). Drafted: First round (11th overall) of 1988 draft. NFL team: Dallas Cowboys, 1988-99. Career numbers: Receptions — 750, tied for 20th all time (career-high 111 in 1995); receiving yards — 11,904, 14th all time (career-high 1,603 in 1995); touchdown receptions — 65, tied for 37th all time (career-high 10 in 1995). Honors: One all-pro selection, five-time Pro Bowler, member of the 1990s All-Decade team. Highlights: As a member of the 1990s Cowboys' vaunted "Triplets," along with quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt Smith, Irvin etched his name throughout the franchise record book. More important, he was recognized by his teammates as the emotional engine for a squad that became the first to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. … Irvin shone despite playing in an era when the NFC boasted a bevy of talented wideouts including Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Andre Rison, Sterling Sharpe, Isaac Bruce and Herman Moore. … Irvin had his best statistical year in 1995, establishing a league-record with 11 100-yard receiving games. … His 87 career playoff catches and 1,315 receiving yards are surpassed only by Rice. Modern equivalent: The Arizona Cardinals' Anquan Boldin. An even bigger target than Irvin, Boldin can beat defenders on the outside, in the seam or over the middle. He also delights in imposing his physical nature while blocking smaller defensive backs. —BRUCE MATTHEWS Positions: C-G-OT. Height: 6-5. Weight: 289. College: Southern California. Drafted: First round (ninth overall) of 1983 draft. NFL team: Houston/Tennessee Oilers and Tennessee Titans, 1983-2001. Honors: Nine-time all-pro selection, 14-time Pro Bowler (tied for most ever with Merlin Olsen), three-time Offensive Lineman of the Year, member of the 1990s All-Decade team. Highlights: One of the most accomplished offensive linemen to wear an NFL uniform, Matthews started at every position along the line (left tackle, 17 starts; left guard, 99; center, 87; right guard, 67; right tackle, 22) and was a long snapper for most of his 19 seasons. His 296 games played are the most for any NFL positional player. … Matthews' 14 Pro Bowl selections (nine at guard, five at center) are tied for the most with Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen. Matthews started every game in the 1990s and 232 consecutive; he never missed a game because of injury. … Former Houston Oilers head coach Jerry Glanville called Matthews "the greatest offensive lineman ever to play the game." … Matthews' father, Clay Sr., played defensive line for four years with the San Francisco 49ers. Brother Clay Jr. was a linebacker for the Browns (1978-93) and Atlanta Falcons (1994-96). Modern equivalent: The Pittsburgh Steelers' Alan Faneca. Faneca has been a sturdy, steady, powerful presence on Pittsburgh's offensive line for nine years and has opened holes for six 1,000-yard rushers in that span. Faneca, a guard, doesn't match Matthews' versatility, but he did shift to left tackle for nine games in 2003 when the Steelers were hobbled by injuries. —CHARLIE SANDERS Position: TE. Height: 6-4. Weight: 230. College: Minnesota. Drafted: Third round (74th overall) of 1968 draft. NFL team: Detroit Lions, 1968-77. Career numbers: Receptions — 336 (career-high 42 in 1969, 1974); receiving yards — 4,817 (career-high 656 in 1969); touchdown receptions — 31 (career-high six in 1970). Honors: Two-time all-pro selection, an All-NFL selection once, seven-time Pro Bowler, member of the 1970s All-Decade team. Highlights: Sanders thrived as a receiver in an era when tight ends were typically used as blockers, using a combination of size, strength and quickness atypical for the position in the 1970s. … No tight end in the Hall of Fame has more Pro Bowl selections than Sanders' seven. … Sanders also played basketball at the University of Minnesota and brought those skills to the gridiron, making him a precursor to such modern stars as Antonio Gates. Modern equivalent: The Kansas City Chiefs' Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez's speed, size and ability to use them to his advantage have made him a formidable downfield presence for the Chiefs since he came into the league in 1997; like Sanders, he played college basketball as a power forward for California. —THURMAN THOMAS Position: RB. Height: 5-10. Weight: 198. College: Oklahoma State. Drafted: Second round (40th overall) of 1988 draft. NFL teams: Buffalo Bills, 1988-99; Miami Dolphins, 2000. Career numbers: Rushing yards — 12,074, 12th all time (career-high 1,487 in 1992); rushing touchdowns — 65, tied for 29th all time (career-high 11 in 1990); receptions — 472 (career-high 62 in 1991); receiving yards — 4,458 yards (career-high 669 in 1989); TD receptions — 23 (career-high six in 1989). Honors: 1991 MVP; three-time all-pro selection, five-time Pro Bowler, member of the 1990s All-Decade team. Highlights: Thomas was a major cog of the Bills' K-Gun offense in the early 1990s when the team reached an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowls. A threat running the ball or catching it out of the backfield, Thomas ranks eighth with 16,532 yards from scrimmage. … He was the league MVP in 1991 when he became the 11th player to surpass 2,000 yards from scrimmage; he repeated the feat the following season. He led the league in yards from scrimmage a record four consecutive years from 1989 to 1992. … Thomas also performed well on the big stage — his 2,124 career net yards and 21 playoff touchdowns are second only to Jerry Rice. … Thomas turned in an MVP-caliber performance in Super Bowl XXV, racking up 190 total yards and a touchdown in the Bills' 20-19 loss to the New York Giants. … He led the AFC in rushing three times. Modern equivalent: San Francisco's Frank Gore. Though neither is in the game-breaking mold of Marshall Faulk or LaDainian Tomlinson, Gore, like Thomas, is dangerous on the ground or through the air. Thomas and Gore both overcame major college knee injuries to star in the NFL. —ROGER WEHRLI Position: CB. Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. College: Missouri. Drafted: First round (19th overall) of 1969 draft. NFL team: St. Louis Cardinals, 1969-82. Career numbers: Interceptions — 40 (career-high six in 1970, 1975); interceptions returned for touchdowns — two. Honors: Five-time all-pro selection, seven-time Pro Bowler, member of the 1970s All-Decade team. Highlights: Wehrli stepped into the Cardinals starting lineup in 1969 and was a mainstay at cornerback for the next 14 years, rarely missing games. … He was a defensive linchpin for a club that won back-to-back NFC East titles in 1974 and 1975, the high point of the franchise's tenure in St. Louis. He was one of the first to gain a reputation as a lockdown cornerback. … Wehrli led or tied for the team lead in interceptions four times. … In his final game, Wehrli rushed for a touchdown on a fake field goal attempt against the Giants. Modern equivalent: Former Arizona Cardinal and St. Louis Ram Aeneas Williams. A sterling cornerback like Wehrli, Williams also toiled as a star in obscurity for years. "A great corner on a poor defense can be hidden," says Dan Dierdorf, a Hall of Famer and former teammate of Wehrli's. Sources: Pro Football Hall of Fame, USA TODAY research Compiled by: USA TODAY's Nate Davis
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RE:NFL News - 8/2/2007 3:12:09 PM   
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[quote="Trekgeekscott"]Well, there is a minor resemblence between Gyllenhaal and Namath. If he can pull off the voice...[/quote] He'll have to match this! Love ya, Joe! :lol: :beer: :lol:
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RE:NFL News - 8/2/2007 4:37:23 PM   
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[quote="Duane Sampson"][quote="Trekgeekscott"]Well, there is a minor resemblence between Gyllenhaal and Namath. If he can pull off the voice...[/quote] He'll have to match this! Love ya, Joe! :lol: :beer: :lol:[/quote] That would be an easy role for Jake. All he would have to do to get into character is get drunk every night and throw around a football. Did I say that?! :hohum:
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RE:NFL News - 8/3/2007 3:54:00 AM   
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QB Peyton Manning scored a touchdown on a quarterback draw in Wednesday's practice. (It's easy to score when every defensive player knows he'll be immediately cut for tackling you.) :homer:
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