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July 31, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 26, 1993 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 9, 1993 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 30, 1988 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / BONNIE WELLER
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)
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August 4, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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November 7, 1996 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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January 27, 1992 | by Rich Hofmann, Daily News Sports Columnist
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)
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October 22, 1999 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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September 30, 1988 | By Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
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January 27, 1994 | by Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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December 9, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sue Johnson needed little time to make up her mind about Jenny. The Chihuahua sported a black-and-white coat and little tufts of reddish-brown fur over her deep, dark eyes. "She's very sweet," Johnson said. "How could you not?" Jenny met one more criterion that was essential for Johnson, of Quakertown, who got the dog for her sister Saturday at the Pets Plus Natural store in Lansdale: The animal came to the store from a rescue shelter. The big-eared pup was one of at least 10 rescued animals customers had adopted at the store by 5 p.m. Following the lead of hundreds of other pet stores nationwide, the owners have vowed to stop selling animals from commercial breeders at all 10 of their stores by the end of 2015 - converting them one by one to stores that handle adopted dogs and cats only.
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September 28, 2009 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
Always, it seems, the past collides with the present. It did so yesterday when, perhaps, the greatest Wildcatter of all time shared a stadium with his legacy. Randall Cunningham and Al Wistert were inducted into the Eagles Honor Roll. Without question, Wistert, 88, an all-time Hall of Fame snub-ee, was the more deserving, what with eight All-Pro honors as a two-way tackle on the 1948 and 1949 NFL championship teams. Without question, Cunningham, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was more relevant yesterday.
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March 9, 2008 | By Sally Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
The music wafts through the parish hall of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Haddon Heights, filling the downstairs hallways. Sometimes the sound is triumphal, the sort suited to a royal coronation; other times, it's mellow, almost soulful. The musicians are serious, intent on their instruments and the comments of their conductor, Bruce Smith. He doesn't mince words at this weekly rehearsal of the Homeschool Bands of Southern New Jersey. "Softer . . . as soft as you can," Smith advises the wind section.
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April 28, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
NFL career sacks leader and former Bills star defensive end Bruce Smith will announce Buffalo's first-round pick in the draft today. Smith is making the announcement as part of a salute to Virginia Tech, following last week's massacre in which 32 people on campus were killed. Smith played college ball at Virginia Tech, and was drafted first overall by the Bills in 1985. Others with Virginia Tech connections to take part in the draft are Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick and cornerback DeAngelo Hall, and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer.
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October 2, 2003 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The players who will face Donovan McNabb on Sunday don't buy Rush Limbaugh's suggestion that the Eagles quarterback is overrated by the media. "He's one of the top three or four quarterbacks in this league," Washington Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot said. "Rush, you don't know what you're talking about. I don't know what you're good at, but it isn't picking quarterbacks. " "Who is Rush Limbaugh to make a statement like that?" linebacker LaVar Arrington said. "He needs to stay in his area of expertise, because he's out of it. That's one of the most asinine comments a person could make.
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September 19, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Sam Shade said it felt like 0-5 all over again. Bruce Smith cited a complicated system that still has players "hesitant or unsure. " And 20-year veteran Darrell Green felt compelled to gather his teammates at the start of practice for a pep talk. The performance of the Washington Redskins' defense has left the players stunned, and the inquest has begun. A unit with seven first-round draft picks and a combined 28 Pro Bowl appearances was pushed around in Monday night's 37-7 loss to the Eagles.
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October 6, 2000 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
You can talk about the defense and the special teams and the matchups and the intangibles. Laud the Eagles' charismatic defensive personnel. Consider the Brian Mitchell/Deion Sanders punt-return battle. Savor the Tra Thomas/Bruce Smith contest on the left side of the offense. Gauge, if you will, the Andy Reid/Ray Rhodes chess match, the Mitchell vs. Dan Snyder grudge. None of it matters if Donovan McNabb can't handle the Redskins' pressure. The special teams and the defense were superb in Green Bay in Week 3, but McNabb got sacked five times and the Eagles lost, 6-3. The Saints blitzed, McNabb withstood it and twice scored touchdowns on blitz plays in the 21-7 win two weeks ago. The Falcons came often, early.
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October 6, 2000 | by Mark Kram, Daily News Sports Writer
Of the 62 quarterbacks who have been felled by the pass rush of defensive end Bruce Smith, none of them is the Eagles' chief signalcaller. The future Hall of Famer has yet to get his hands on Donovan McNabb, who is in just his second year as a pro and eluded Smith last year when the Eagles faced Buffalo. Now an elder member of the Redskins, Smith will get another shot at the always-slippery McNabb when Washington visits Veterans Stadium Sunday for an early sorting out of first place in the NFC East.
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February 11, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Quarterback Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins and defensive end Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills were among the high-profile players who became free agents yesterday as NFL teams tried to make room under the salary cap. Yesterday was the final day on which teams could adjust their rosters to meet the cap for the 2000 season. Under league rules, teams cannot have payrolls of more than $62.2 million for their 51 highest-paid players. They can begin signing free agents today, including players they cut yesterday.
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December 16, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Buffalo Bills All-Pro defensive end Bruce Smith yesterday blamed poor officiating for the strained shoulder that could sideline him Sunday night at Arizona. New York Giants guard Mike Rosenthal threw Smith down and fell on him in the fourth quarter of the Bills' 19-17 loss last Sunday. Rosenthal wasn't penalized, but a teammate was called for holding on the play. Smith, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, continued to play after the injury and kept quiet about it after the game.
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