July 31, 1998 |
The star of the show didn't show, leaving Ray Rhodes and Tra Thomas "disappointed" but allowing a talented understudy a turn in the spotlight. Bruce Smith, the Buffalo Bills' star defensive end, did not join his teammates on their trip to the Lehigh Valley. The Eagles were looking forward to seeing Thomas, their first-round pick, work against the man who has more career sacks than any NFL player not named Reggie White. "I'm disappointed," Rhodes said yesterday. "We wanted Bruce to come in and show our young rookie some of his moves.
January 26, 1993 |
His statistics aren't quite as stunning as they were two years ago, when he was named the NFL's defensive player of the year. But by every other measure, Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills has never had a better season than the one he hopes to embellish Sunday with a victory in Super Bowl XXVII. Smith, 29, the Bills' 6-foot-4, 275-pound, rapid-fire defensive end, had 14 sacks among his 89 tackles during the NFL regular season - five short of his career high. But in helping the Bills get to the Super Bowl for the third year in succession, he was a more complete, more mature and more sacrificing player than he had been before.
December 9, 1993 |
Tom McHale came off the bench in the second half to relieve an ailing Brian Baldinger at left tackle Monday night against the Cowboys in Dallas and came face-to-face with the massive Jim Jeffcoat. McHale played well - even though the Eagles dropped a hard-fought contest, 23-17, before a national television audience. Baldinger pulled a groin muscle during that game, and McHale, who was solid as a replacement, will receive his first start as an Eagle on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
June 30, 1988 |
There's nothing like a good cause and a backyard fair to bring out the best in children. Such a fair - developed by 9-year-old Mimsy Winston and 12 friends - on June 18 raised almost $500 in cash and donations from merchants for abused and neglected children at the Stenton Shelter in Mount Airy. Among the 13 children who manned booths and helped out at the fair in the Winstons' back yard were these eight: (front, from left) Jessica Adamski, 9, Bruce Smith, 6, and Mimsy, all of Warminster; (middle, from left)
August 4, 1989 |
Meanwhile, back in the states . . . Things just keep getting bitterer and bitterer in Reggie White's bid for a contract extension. You thought it couldn't happen? Well, it did. Yesterday, Jimmy Sexton, the agent for the Eagles' All-Pro defensive lineman, said Eagles owner Norman Braman was intentionally misleading the public when he said the last offer to White was "$1 million more than Bruce Smith's offer. " "Reggie feels that this is another attempt to mislead," Sexton said.
November 7, 1996 |
Barrett Brooks talks about studying a lot. He says his improved play at left tackle has as much to do with improved technique on the field as with greater dedication in the classroom. He says he now better understands his role in the Eagles' offense, that he identifies the tendencies of other players and counters them with greater proficiency. Good thing Brooks has been studying for the past season-and-a-half. The big test comes Sunday when Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith comes to town.
January 27, 1992 |
For whatever it's worth, Buffalo defensive end Bruce Smith, who turned Super Bowl week into a soap opera when he suggested that he might want to be traded because of some racial hate mail, says he now wants to stay with the team. Meanwhile, Leon Seals, the Bills' other defensive end, says he wants to be traded. Winners smile. Losers go nuclear. "I want the hell out of Buffalo," Seals said, after the Bills' 37-24 loss to the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI. "I don't care where they send me. I'd go to the (USFL's New Jersey)
October 22, 1999 |
The blood stains of Andre McCrea's childhood buddies can still be seen on the 500 block of Cross Street in South Philadelphia. And maybe some slivers of skin. McCrea, a 5-7, 235-pound senior, now plays football on grass and dirt for Southern High. But in the beginning, he played on the concrete of Cross Street. "It was rough touch, but I used to tackle guys," McCrea said. "I used to throw them down. Hard. That's how I was. I didn't care. I was playing to win. "Sometimes they'd go running in their house, bleeding.
September 30, 1988 |
The Fearsome Foursome. The Purple People Eaters. The Doomsday Defense. The Steel Curtain. Nobody has come up with a catchy nickname for what might become the NFL's next dominating defense, but the Buffalo Bills' collection of emerging stars is a good bet to be tagged with one eventually. "We've got a pretty good defense and it's going to get better," Bills defensive coordinator Walt Corey said. "We do have a few 'impact' players back there. " The Bills (4-0), who visit the Chicago Bears (3-1)
January 27, 1994 |
The lightest moment of Bruce Smith's media session yesterday came when he was asked about his potato chip commercial. You know the one. It's on the air like every three minutes. Smith doesn't say a word. He just stuffs a handful of chips in his mouth and scares Cliff Claven and friends into wearing dresses. Smith said he enjoyed doing the commercial, at least the first three hours. Trouble was, the filming took 13 hours. "We did a lot of retakes," Smith said. "They wanted to get it perfect.