October 20, 2013 |
A receiver got loose behind the secondary, a pass found him as he reached the end zone. Text messages started flying around Philadelphia. "You watching the Notre Dame game?" The receiver, the touchdown-scorer that night, wasn't with the Irish. He was with the other guys, Arizona State. And he was John Rankin's kid. So a retired Philadelphia police officer, Rankin's old partner, high-fived his television and started dancing his own version of an end-zone celebration - "I started to get my little shuffle on. " A college basketball coach in South Jersey, one of Rankin's old coaches, said to himself, "Who can I text this late at night?"
April 28, 2015 |
JAELEN STRONG could see his father every day at West Catholic High; John Rankin's school athletic hall of fame plaque hung just outside the gym. That was just about all of his dad Strong could access, though, outside of his memories, and the reminiscences of his father's many friends. Rankin, a Philadelphia police detective who was Drexel's No. 2 all-time leading scorer in basketball and a member of that school's hall of fame as well, passed away at age 36, after a 2-year fight with leukemia, in April 2003, when Jaelen was 9. "That was the first I ever knew of cancer," Strong recalled the other day. "In 28 years of policing . . . [Rankin]
December 29, 1988 |
Todd Lehmann scored 15 points, including four critical free throws in the final minute, to lead Drexel to a 78-71 win over Howard in the Mount St. Mary's tournament. Drexel (3-6) outscored Howard, 12-4, in the final 4 minutes, 18 seconds of the first half to take a 42-23 halftime lead. Howard (3-6) fought back to cut the lead to 44-41 with 14:41 left in the game, but Drexel then put together a 10-2 run to build a 54-43 lead with 11:50 to go. John Rankin also scored 15 points for Drexel and Rob Johnstone added 14.
December 3, 2010 |
CONSIDERING THE bloodline, you'd think his sport would be basketball. Not only did Jaelen Strong-Rankin semi-shun hoops. As recently as 3 years ago, he believed he'd make his athletic bones in track. But here is West Catholic, making a run at a hoped-for state championship, and here is Strong-Rankin, receiving sustained interest from Division I colleges (including an offer from Virginia Military Institute), and the sport involved is football. If you ever meet Strong-Rankin, a 6-3, 195-pound senior wideout, please refrain from asking him, "How come you don't play basketball?"
January 7, 1988 |
A sprained left ankle kept John Rankin out of Drexel's previous game, but it obviously didn't hurt him against Rider. Rankin scored a school-record 44 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Drexel to a 104-92 win last night in its East Coast Conference opener over the visiting Broncs. The 6-7 junior, who sat out Sunday's win over Colgate, broke Greg Norman's record of 40, set in 1974 against Franklin & Marshall. It was the first home game since November for the Dragons (7-3)
December 17, 1988 |
John Rankin, a senior forward at Drexel, scored 36 points last night, a tournament record. But Ohio University received 29 from Paul Graham and defeated the Dragons, 90-78, in the first round of the Walsworth Classic at the University of Missouri. Drexel will play Eastern Washington, an 81-68 loser to Missouri (No. 10 AP and UPI) in the consolation game. Rankin, who also moved into eighth place on Drexel's all-time rebounding list, broke the 11-year tournament's previous record of 30 points - held by three players - by shooting 14 of 18 from the field.
February 26, 1989 |
Liberty's Tim Scarborough hit a three-point shot with 2 minutes, 6 seconds to play, then made a layup 15 seconds later to boost the Flames to an 82-79 nonleague win over Drexel last night. The game was tied at 73-73 when Scarborough scored his five straight points. Drexel managed to score six of the final 10 points, but could not catch Liberty. Bailey Alston led Liberty (9-16) with 22 points, and Charles Richardson added 21. Drexel (11-15) was led by John Rankin's game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds.
May 2, 2015 |
Jaelen Strong, who grew up in Mount Airy and went to West Catholic High, was selected Friday in the third round of the NFL draft by the Houston Texans. Strong, the 70th overall pick, started his college career at Pierce College in Los Angeles before starring the last two seasons at Arizona State. Strong is the son of the late John Rankin, a former Drexel basketball standout and Philadelphia police officer. Rankin died when Strong was 9. Strong has a tattoo of an image of the Philadelphia skyline on his right biceps.
March 14, 1989 |
Obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges were reinstated yesterday by a federal appeals court against Kevin Rankin, a Philadelphia lawyer who accused U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum of assaulting him and chasing him through a courtroom during Rankin's 1984 drug-conspiracy trial. The ruling by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest development in the case of Rankin, 42, from Northeast Philadelphia, who was sentenced by Hannum in 1984 to a 54-year prison term for his role in a $75 million-a-year drug ring.
September 28, 1989 |
In a highly unusual rebuke, a federal judge said yesterday that U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum had acted improperly during the drug trial of former Philadelphia lawyer Kevin Rankin, and he denounced the government for prosecuting Rankin and his family for challenging Hannum's conduct. U.S. District Judge Alfred L. Wolin offered his sharply worded criticism as he refused a government request to send Rankin to jail for his conviction in the latest case - in which Rankin was charged with filing false statements contending that Hannum physically assaulted him during the original 1984 drug trial.