January 13, 2009 |
Army and Navy had interest in John Howell's football services, but it was the Navy that had a special place in his heart. His father, also named John, served as a Navy Seal for eight years. Fresh off a weekend visit with his parents to Annapolis, Md., the Lansdale Catholic star has committed to play for the Midshipmen. With an improved score in the Scholastic Assessment Test, he recently gained direct admission to the school. "I'm real excited," said Howell, a quick-footed two-way back and kick returner.
December 26, 1995 |
Andy Harmon, overlooked for the Pro Bowl, joined Eagles defensive linemate William Fuller and linebacker William Thomas on the Associated Press All-Pro second team. Fuller and Thomas earlier were named to the NFC Pro Bowl second team, along with Eagles running back Ricky Watters, who was not among the All- Pro selections. Perennial choice Jerry Rice and three San Francisco defenders headline the All-Pro team. Rice, the recordbreaking wide receiver, received 72 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of 88 sports writers and broadcasters.
August 7, 2011 |
Here is a look at the new Hall of Fame members: Ed Sabol, founder/president/chairman of NFL Films. 1964-1995. The man behind the idea of NFL Films, he was an aspiring filmmaker, who at age 45 hatched idea of forming Blair Productions, a film company that incorporated unique creative angles inspired by his background in drama. Deion Sanders, cornerback/kick returner/punt returner: 1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens.
October 16, 2011 |
We continue our top 10 football tour with a review of the area's best two-way, multipurpose playmakers in the area. Our subjective list is based on a player's overall impact to a team, including contributions on offense, defense, and as a special-teams performer. Most in this group have added value because of their kick-returning abilities. 1. Nate Smith, Archbishop Wood, senior, 6-foot, 190 pounds. Since coming over from George Washington, Smith has shined as a wideout, ball-hawking safety, and kick returner.
September 11, 2011 |
Ability to score on both sides of the ball and as a kick returner? Check. Ever-present swagger? Check. Do-rag? Check. Yes, Germantown's Will Parks could be the next Deion Sanders, the athletic senior's all-time favorite NFL player. But wasn't Parks sometimes rubbed the wrong way by the Hall of Famer's showboating? "Nah," he said. "If you want to have fun, have fun. It's OK to show your love for the game. " As Sanders was for several NFL clubs, Parks is a do-everything type for the Bears.
September 10, 2011 |
Ability to score on both sides of the ball and as a kick returner? Check. Ever-present swagger? Check. Do-rag? Check. Yes, Germantown's Will Parks could be the next Deion Sanders, the athletic senior's all-time favorite NFL player. But wasn't Parks sometimes rubbed the wrong way with the Hall of Famer's showboating? "Nah," he said. "If you want to have fun, have fun. It's OK to show your love for the game. " As Sanders was for several NFL clubs, Parks is a do-everything type for the Bears.
September 21, 1989 |
Scott Thompson knew his role would be a supporting one when he joined the Villanova football team as a freshman wide receiver in 1987. The previous season, Villanova had debuted the speedy Greg Downs and the sure-handed Robert Brady, freshman wide receivers who combined for 61 catches, 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns. Even as Thompson was rotated into the lineup with considerable success his first season, he did not expect to start until Downs and Brady graduated. "They are two incredible receivers," Thompson said.
November 16, 2000 |
Believe it or not, Joe McCourt is mortal. He rarely showed it during his four seasons with the Roman Catholic High football team. He never let on that he could get hurt. And it never really seemed plausible, either. He played anywhere and everywhere. He played halfback, fullback, receiver, kicker, kick returner, punt returner, linebacker, cornerback, free safety, and strong safety. And he played them in the same game. Actually, he played them in every game. But few played each position better.