June 7, 2016 |
JOHN N. SMALLWOOD SR., my father, enlisted in the United States Army in August 1956 - just two months after he graduated from Carver High School in Baltimore. He loves America and proudly served for 22 years. Muhammad Ali was his man. He made sure Ali was my guy, too. Until Ali died at the age of 74 on Friday, I never thought to ask my father how someone who voluntarily signed up to protect this country could be so supportive of a man who had effectively dodged the military draft.
August 20, 2015 |
IT IS FUNNY how things can creep up without our noticing. In a couple of weeks, the Indianapolis Colts will start their 32nd season since deserting Baltimore and breaking my heart in 1984. Conceptually, I accepted that my childhood team now belonged to kids in Indiana three decades ago, but emotionally I still felt as if I had a higher moral right to ownership of the Colts. After all, the Baltimore Colts had existed for 31 seasons before Robert Irsay shipped them into history on a snowy March morning.
December 28, 2014 |
By the time he traded for Eli Manning at the 2004 NFL draft, Ernie Accorsi was already an old newspaper guy and knew how the game worked. A former sportswriter at The Inquirer, Accorsi was the New York Giants' general manager from 1998 to 2007, and his signature decision over that period was to bank that, in a draft class that included Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, Manning was the true crown jewel. "I remember the Harrisburg paper - it's my local paper, where I grew up - said, 'Accorsi bets his future on Eli Manning,' " Accorsi, a native of Hershey, said in a recent phone interview.
December 12, 2013 |
Center Jason Kelce was named the Eagles' winner of the Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday after voting by teammates. Kelce was recognized after his recovery from a serious right knee injury last season. He suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament. "The biggest part is it's voted on by your teammates, so it shows they have a certain amount of respect and understanding about the way the season went last year," Kelce said. "It was a tough season.
December 11, 2013 |
John J. Idzik, 85, a Bridesburg native who played football for Northeast Catholic High School and went on to a long coaching career that included a stint as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator in the mid-1970s, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, at his home in Chadds Ford. His son, John Jr., general manager of the New York Jets, said his father "had a tremendous impact on me personally and I witnessed his impact on several generations of players and coaches. He was a remarkable man. " At Northeast Catholic, Mr. Idzik was an All-Scholastic and All-Catholic Team halfback and a catcher for the school's City Championship baseball team, his family said.
April 30, 2013 |
Penn captain Brandon Copeland grew up in the Baltimore area and was a fan of the Super Bowl champion Ravens. Now he will get a chance to make the team he grew up following. Copeland signed as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens shortly after the end of Saturday's NFL draft. At nearly 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, Copeland was a defensive lineman for Penn, but he said he would compete as a linebacker. Rookie camp begins this weekend. He hopes to become the second member of his family to play for a franchise in Baltimore.
April 30, 2013 |
Temple all-American running back Montel Harris of Jacksonville, Fla., and defensive end John Youboty of Houston have signed rookie free-agent contracts with NFL teams. Harris joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Youboty signed with the Denver Broncos. Owls placekicker/punter Brandon McManus (Indianapolis Colts) and offensive lineman Martin Wallace (Cleveland Browns) also are signed rookie free agents this spring. A preseason all-American and a 2012 first-team all-Big East honoree, Harris led the nation with 27 career 100-yard rushing games, including five with the Owls in 2012.
April 26, 2013 |
Brandon Copeland enjoyed a stellar senior season with Ivy League champion Penn and continued the momentum during offseason workouts. Now the Penn defensive end hopes to hear his name called in the NFL draft this weekend or to be signed as a priority free agent. Copeland, a first-team all-Ivy League player this past season, would be keeping up a family tradition if he does indeed enter the NFL. His grandfather Roy Hilton played 11 seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman, nine with the Baltimore Colts (who have since moved to Indianapolis)
July 19, 2005 |
Jim Parker, a Hall of Fame lineman with the Baltimore Colts who made a career out of masterfully blocking for Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore, died yesterday. He was 71. Parker, the Colts' first pick in the 1957 draft, helped Baltimore win NFL championships in 1958 and 1959 before retiring in 1967. He earned All-Pro honors in eight straight seasons, was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and in 1973 became the first full-time offensive lineman to be elected to the Hall of Fame. "When that big guy pulled," Moore said, "someone was going to hit the ground.
April 27, 2005
JOHNNY SAMPLE spent half of his pro-football career in Baltimore and half in New York. But he came home to Philadelphia after every game. He grew up in Cape Charles, Va., played his college ball at what was then called Maryland State on Maryland's Eastern Shore. But when he decided where he wanted to make his home, he chose Philadelphia. Johnny Sample died here Monday night at home, the big twin on North 63rd Street across from Cobbs Creek Park that he bought with the money he earned with the world champion 1959 Baltimore Colts.