Dolphins anger Hurricanes fans

Denver rookie quarterback Tim Tebow already is a marketing force before he has played a regular-season game.
Denver rookie quarterback Tim Tebow already is a marketing force before he has played a regular-season game. (JACK DEMPSEY / Associated Press)
Posted: August 31, 2011

Miami Hurricanes fans, reeling from a massive scandal that could result in the "death penalty" for their once-powerful football program, now are irked at their neighbors - the Dolphins.

The NFL team recently disclosed plans to honor Tim Tebow and the rest of the Florida Gators 2008 national championship team. The ceremony will take place during the Dolphins' game against Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Oct. 23.

That means the Gators will be honored on the field where the Hurricanes play as the university shares Sun Life Stadium with the Dolphins.

CEO Mike Dee said the Dolphins made an offer to honor Miami's 2001 national championship team during a game but the Hurricanes declined because they plan their own celebration. Please: No cynical remarks about where the boosters club will party and how much it will cost.

Memorable gesture

The NFL and NFL Players Association will donate $1 million to memorials and charities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The league and the union will contribute $500,000 to the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan, and $250,000 each to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon Memorial Fund in Washington.

In addition, the NFL and NFLPA will donate all proceeds from the sale of auction items from games played on Sept. 11.

Noteworthy

The 49ers and holdout running back Frank Gore agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension that keeps him with the team through 2014. Gore is guaranteed $13.5 million. . . . Eric Steinbach, who hasn't missed a snap in two years as Cleveland's left guard, was placed on injured reserve, hours after undergoing surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back. . . . Derrick Morgan, the Titans' first-round pick of 2010, will miss the season opener after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and could miss up to three weeks.


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

Read his blog, "Incites" at www.philly.com/incites.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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