January 19, 2005 |
His nickname - "Honey Buns" - is not the most flattering. His body type - a favorite subject of John Madden's - is not beach buff. His college - Robert Morris - is not a football factory and won't be showing up in the BCS rankings in this, or any other, century. With all that going against him, center Hank Fraley still has become a durable anchor in the middle of the Eagles' offensive line. For offensive linemen, there really is only one personal statistic that matters: games started and games played.
November 30, 2004 |
The view from New York Coach Tom Coughlin, a tough marker, won't assess [Eli] Manning publicly with a grade, but after earning perhaps a B in his first start in a 14-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons a week earlier, he deserved no better than a C on Sunday, if not a D. And he understood that better than anybody, even though he is being marked on a rookie curve. - Dave Anderson New York Times Reid's views Excerpts from Andy Reid's day-after news conference at the NovaCare Center.
September 25, 2002 |
The Eagles agreed to a five-year contract with center Hank Fraley yesterday. The contract, which includes the current season, keeps the 25-year-old Fraley with the Eagles through the 2006 season. The details of the contract were not available last night. Fraley's agent, Ralph Cindrich, did not return a phone message. Eagles president Joe Banner confirmed that the contract was to be signed today but declined to comment on the deal's specifics. Banner has been discussing contract extensions with a number of players.
February 8, 2005 |
The talk wasn't about covering the spread and making people somewhat wealthy, if not happy, yesterday after the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla. The topic of conversation was quarterback Donovan McNabb, especially on the talk-radio shows. Some questioned his throwing ability and leadership, especially during the ineffective last-minute drive that ended in an interception, his third of the game. But one of his teammates came to his defense yesterday.
February 22, 2002 |
The Eagles took care of some business yesterday, tendering contracts to four of their restricted free-agent players. The one-year, roughly $600,000 offers to fullback Cecil Martin, guard Doug Brzezinski, safety Rashard Cook and wide receiver Na Brown allow the Eagles to retain right of first refusal on each player. That means that if another team offers any of the four a contract, the Eagles would have 10 days to match the offer, or choose compensation from the other team.
November 11, 2005 |
With Eagles center Hank Fraley out for the season with a torn rotator cuff, Jamaal Jackson will get his first chance to play and start in an NFL game. Coach Andy Reid announced yesterday that Jackson will start at center against Dallas in Monday night's key NFC East game at Lincoln Financial field. The Eagles signed Jackson this week from their practice squad. Jackson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Delaware State in 2003, and spent most of that season on the practice squad.
December 23, 2000 |
Postseason honors are nice, but the postseason itself is much nicer, Eagles rookie defensive tackle Corey Simon said. He has 9 1/2 sacks, but the sixth overall pick is anything but guaranteed the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. A couple of sacks tomorrow against the visiting Bengals would help his cause - not that he has anything to be ashamed of now. "Any time you can put up the numbers I've put up, you can't help but be happy," Simon said. Simon has a half-sack fewer than Eagles end Hugh Doulgas compiled as a rookie with the Jets in 1995, when Douglas won the league's Rookie of the Year award.
September 3, 2005 |
As far as the Golf Channel is concerned, the Philadelphia Eagles whiffed big-time yesterday. After promoting yesterday's scheduled taping of Big Break All-Star Challenge with a half-dozen popular Eagles, then flying host Rich Lerner and a dozen producers, cameramen and technicians up from Orlando, Fla., the Golf Channel got stiff-armed - or simply stiffed - by some no-show Eagles. The no-shows were Brian Dawkins, Jeremiah Trotter, Hank Fraley and Hugh Douglas, who was to have been the special guest host with Lerner at the filming, scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. at Ron Jaworski's Valleybrook Golf Club in Blackwood, Camden County.
August 13, 2003 |
The best moment Monday night at the Superdome didn't occur on the field. Sure, Donovan McNabb's touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell was a thing of beauty for Eagles fans and Lito Sheppard's 88-yard punt return for a touchdown was reason to believe that there is life after Brian Mitchell. Nothing, however, could compare to what happened just outside the Eagles' locker room following their 27-17 exhibition win over the New Orleans Saints. That's where a reunion between Eagles center Hank Fraley and his brother, David, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, took place.
May 16, 2002 |
Former Eagles center Bubba Miller signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints yesterday. Miller, with the Eagles since being signed as a rookie free agent in 1996, missed the 2001 season after breaking his right ankle in the preseason finale. Hank Fraley started 15 games in Miller's place and was re-signed to a one-year contract in March. Miller, who was an unrestricted free agent, will be paid the veteran's minimum of $650,000. The Saints also signed tight end Eddie "Boo" Williams, an exclusive-rights free agent, to a one-year contract.