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November 24, 1989 | By Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
The gun sounded ending the game and Luis Zendejas began walking across the field toward the Eagles' bench. The little kicker was looking for Buddy Ryan and, no, he wasn't planning to wish his former head coach a happy Thanksgiving. "I wanted to deck him," Zendejas said later. "If I could've found him, I would have. "He's the biggest S.O.B. in the league. " Zendejas was fuming over the hit the Eagles' Jessie Small put on him following his second-half kickoff. Zendejas claimed it was a contract hit ordered by Ryan, the new Godfather of South Broad Street.
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March 7, 2012 | BY MARK KRAM, Daily News Staff Writer
AS WORD has spread that New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams paid his players bonuses if they took out the opposition - which is to say, injuring them with intent - it came as no surprise to Eagles fans of a certain age. The so-called "Bounty Bowl" between the Eagles and Cowboys in 1989 has become a staple of team lore. To revisit what happened that Thanksgiving Day: In the aftermath of a hard hit by Eagles linebacker Jessie Small on Cowboys placekicker Luis Zendejas - who left the game with a concussion - Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson alleged that Eagles coach Buddy Ryan had placed a $200 bounty on Zendejas.
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October 4, 1988 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
Dean Dorsey, the man who never seemed to fit in with the Eagles or their high expectations of him, left quietly. Coach Buddy Ryan ended the short, sad reign of Dorsey yesterday by releasing him, merely adding the inevitable finale to a relationship that soured weeks earlier. Dorsey, the ex-Canadian Football League superstar the Eagles awarded a $60,000 signing bonus, never could adapt to life with a hard rush and without a 1-inch tee. He struggled all through the preseason, after the Eagles outbid two other teams for his services, but still was handed the job over incumbent Paul McFadden.
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November 14, 1988 | By Rich Hofmann and Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writers
Yeah, Luis Zendejas won another game yesterday. His 18-yard field goal with 1:15 left gave the Eagles their margin of victory. Yawn. Imagine taking a kicker for granted. In this town, mind you. For this Eagles team, which has had four kickers in the last two seasons. Imagine. But it's true. It is the highest compliment that can be paid to Zendejas. He made a 34-yarder and was short on a 56-yarder earlier in the 27-26 victory over the Steelers, but nobody really thought he was going to miss the 18- yarder.
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November 24, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
Last Sunday, Eagles owner Norman Braman popped his head into Steve DeLine's locker and congratulated him for making the extra point that was the difference in the Eagles' 10-9 victory over the Vikings. Yesterday, DeLine was gone and Braman was congratulating newly signed kicker Roger Ruzek. But this time, the recipient of Braman's gratitude might just stick around a little longer than three more days. Ruzek, signed Wednesday to replace DeLine (cut after missing three of four field goal attempts against the Vikings)
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August 27, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The Dallas Cowboys yesterday cut Luis Zendejas, the former Eagles placekicker who created an uproar last season by accusing Buddy Ryan of placing a bounty on him before an Eagles-Cowboys game. Zendejas, 28, an Eagles player for 20 games before he was released Oct. 30, was waived by Dallas with another former Eagle, running back Junior Tautalatasi, and four other players. Zendejas' departure leaves free-agent rookie Ken Willis of Kentucky as the Cowboys' kicker. Willis was impressive in camp and exhibition games, despite being intercepted after a fumbled snap on a field-goal attempt on Aug. 18. The turnover was returned for the winning touchdown in the Los Angeles Raiders' 16-14 victory over the Cowboys.
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December 6, 1989 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has by now become the NFL's answer to a horror film, one whose title probably should be: The Thing That Refuses to Die No Matter How Close We Are to Kickoff. Which is to say that even though the Eagles (9-4) meet the Cowboys (1-12) on Sunday at Veterans Stadium in a rematch of some importance to both teams, the lingering controversy over Jessie Small's block of Luis Zendejas has overshadowed the matchup as a football game. Eagles coach Buddy Ryan, for obvious reasons, would like it to go away.
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December 11, 1989 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a tough day for Luis Zendejas. The Dallas placekicker, in Philadelphia for the first time since he was fired by the Eagles six weeks ago, had angered or amused virtually everybody in the city by the time the Eagles and Cowboys took the field at frozen Veterans Stadium yesterday. The catcalls started before Zendejas boarded the Dallas team bus in front of the Hershey Hotel 2 1/2 hours before game time ("They're going to rip your eyeballs from their sockets, Luis") and lasted until he disappeared beneath the stands at game's end ("Did they hurt you, Louie, darling?"
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November 7, 1988 | Daily News sports writers Les Bowen, Ray Didinger and Tim Kawakami contributed to this report
One thing about yesterday's loss bothered Rams quarterback Jim Everett more than the four interceptions he threw. That was when Eagles safety Andre Waters took a rolling dive at Everett's knees on a fourth-quarter blitz, arriving long after Everett released a pass. Everett more or less eluded Waters, then gestured animatedly to officials, who threw no penalty flag. It reminded Everett of a Waters hit at the Vet two years ago on then-Rams QB Steve Bartkowski. Bartkowski suffered a knee injury on the play.
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October 22, 1988 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
Sure, says Luis Zendejas, there's a little extra incentive kicking against the Cowboys, the team that cut him, the team the Eagles will play tomorrow. He smiles when he says this, and his voice is filled with the confidence of a man who has converted all five of his field goal attempts for the Eagles. Zendejas kicked for the Cowboys during the strike last season, including going 2-for-2 in field goal attempts against the Eagles, then was on the injured reserve list the rest of the season as Roger Ruzek completed a Pro Bowl rookie year.
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March 7, 2012 | BY MARK KRAM, Daily News Staff Writer
AS WORD has spread that New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams paid his players bonuses if they took out the opposition - which is to say, injuring them with intent - it came as no surprise to Eagles fans of a certain age. The so-called "Bounty Bowl" between the Eagles and Cowboys in 1989 has become a staple of team lore. To revisit what happened that Thanksgiving Day: In the aftermath of a hard hit by Eagles linebacker Jessie Small on Cowboys placekicker Luis Zendejas - who left the game with a concussion - Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson alleged that Eagles coach Buddy Ryan had placed a $200 bounty on Zendejas.
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August 27, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The Dallas Cowboys yesterday cut Luis Zendejas, the former Eagles placekicker who created an uproar last season by accusing Buddy Ryan of placing a bounty on him before an Eagles-Cowboys game. Zendejas, 28, an Eagles player for 20 games before he was released Oct. 30, was waived by Dallas with another former Eagle, running back Junior Tautalatasi, and four other players. Zendejas' departure leaves free-agent rookie Ken Willis of Kentucky as the Cowboys' kicker. Willis was impressive in camp and exhibition games, despite being intercepted after a fumbled snap on a field-goal attempt on Aug. 18. The turnover was returned for the winning touchdown in the Los Angeles Raiders' 16-14 victory over the Cowboys.
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August 10, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Joe Montana quickly negotiated one of the richest contracts in NFL history with San Francisco 49ers owner Edward J. DeBartolo yesterday, agreeing to a four-year deal reportedly worth $13 million. Montana, 34, entering his 12th season, said he hoped the contract wouldn't be his last with the 49ers. "I hope I make it four more to make another one," he said. "I'd like to. Up until that point, if anything happens before that, it would be (the last). I'm hoping that we have to do it again at the end of four years.
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December 12, 1989 | Daily News Wire Services
Dallas Cowboys placekicker Luis Zendejas likely won't face any criminal penalties in Texas if he decides to release a tape that purportedly proves the Eagles had a bounty on Dallas players, a Dallas County prosecutor says. Zendejas claims he has a tape of a conversation with special-teams coach Al Roberts that proves the Eagles had a bounty on him and quarterback Troy Aikman in the Eagles' 27-0 win on Thanksgiving. After the game, Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson accused Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing a $200 bounty on Zendejas and $500 for Aikman.
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December 11, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
The NFL's decision came down Friday. The full explanation came yesterday, as the very available commissioner popped back into town. Paul Tagliabue ruled that he found no proof that Eagles coach Buddy Ryan put a bounty on kicker Luis Zendejas or any other Cowboy in the infamous Thanksgiving game, as was claimed after Zendejas was knocked down by Eagles linebacker Jessie Small at the start of the second half. Yesterday, Tagliabue - on the day of the Cowboys-Eagles rematch - gave voice to his pronouncement, and said if new evidence comes to light, his decision could be reversed.
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December 11, 1989 | By Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
The Philadelphia Eagles might have seen the last of Luis Zendejas this season, but they have not heard the last of him. That, Zendejas said, is a promise. Actually, it is more like a threat. The kicker left town yesterday vowing to reopen the case that NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue declared shut on Friday: the alleged $200 bounty placed on Zendejas by Buddy Ryan before the Eagles-Dallas game of Nov. 23. Tagliabue said his office could not find proof that Ryan placed any bounty on Zendejas or Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman, as claimed by the Cowboys.
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December 11, 1989 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a tough day for Luis Zendejas. The Dallas placekicker, in Philadelphia for the first time since he was fired by the Eagles six weeks ago, had angered or amused virtually everybody in the city by the time the Eagles and Cowboys took the field at frozen Veterans Stadium yesterday. The catcalls started before Zendejas boarded the Dallas team bus in front of the Hershey Hotel 2 1/2 hours before game time ("They're going to rip your eyeballs from their sockets, Luis") and lasted until he disappeared beneath the stands at game's end ("Did they hurt you, Louie, darling?"
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December 9, 1989 | By Mike Bruton, Inquirer Staff Writer
An NFL spokesman announced yesterday that a league investigation had turned up no proof that the Eagles had put bounties on certain Dallas Cowboys players in a Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas. The ruling was handed down after a 17-day investigation by the league's security department into allegations that bounties had been placed on Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman and placekicker Luis Zendejas. The two teams will play again tomorrow at Veterans Stadium. The statement said: "After a thorough review of all information available to the league, Commissioner (Paul)
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December 8, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
Mess with the Eagles, and they will mess you up harder. Mouth off to the Eagles, and they will scream and bellow loudly enough to wake the dead. Threaten them, and soon enough, the Eagles will fire back at you with more threats and promises than you ever imagined. Luis Zendejas has threatened them. Repeatedly. His most recent threat came Wednesday, when he claimed that he had taped a Nov. 24 telephone conversation with Eagles special teams coach Al Roberts in which Roberts allegedly admitted the Eagles had placed a bounty on Zendejas in their infamous 27-0 trouncing of Dallas on Thanksgiving.
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December 7, 1989 | By Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer Daily News sports writer Tim Kawakami contributed to this report
First, Luis Zendejas got mad. Now he says he is prepared to get even with the Eagles and Buddy Ryan. Zendejas yesterday said that if the NFL does not find the Eagles guilty of bounty hunting in the Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas, he is prepared to seek justice on his own terms. Maybe through the courts, maybe through a media barrage, his game plan isn't quite clear. But somehow Zendejas, the ex-Eagle turned Cowboy, is determined to kick up a big-time fuss. "One way or the other the truth will come out," Zendejas said, referring to allegations that Ryan offered a $200 reward to any Eagles' player who could knock Zendejas out of the Nov. 23 game at Texas Stadium.
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