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June 21, 2012 | Associated Press
Anthony Hargrove says it wasn't him. In a 13-minute, nearly 1,500-word prepared statement, Hargrove emphatically said it was not his voice in the video clip used as evidence in the New Orleans Saints' bounty investigation. One day after Hargrove and three of his former Saints teammates formally appealed their suspensions, the Green Bay Packers defensive end held an informal news conference outside the NFL offices in Manhattan. In a passionate, direct tone, Hargrove maintained his innocence.
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January 3, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette says his three seasons at Temple were highly beneficial, even if he wasn't able to finish what he started. Galette may not be a household name, but he could be soon. This season, his fourth with the Saints, he finished sixth in the NFL with 12 sacks. He will return to Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Eagles. "I have a lot of great memories" from Temple, Galette said after Wednesday's practice at the Saints facility.
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June 26, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant, the Nittany Lions said Wednesday. Haslett, a native of Pittsburgh, coached the Saints from 2000 through 2005 and led the team to its first playoff win. His most recent position came with the Washington Redskins, where he spent the last five years as defensive coordinator. Coach James Franklin's statement announcing the move did not mention whether Haslett would work in any specific area on offense, defense or special teams.
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April 24, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
NOBODY KNOWS better than Phillies fans how debilitating a torn Achilles' tendon can be to an athlete. Ryan Howard hasn't been the same since 2011. Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel tore his right Achilles' in the middle of last season. He has rebounded to become one of the best receivers in the Arena League. "There was never a doubt that he would come back and be full strength by training camp," coach Clint Dolezel said emphatically. "Never a doubt. " In fairness to Howard, McDaniel was 25 and in his second AFL season when he was hurt, while Howard was 31 and finishing his 10th professional baseball season.
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May 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Penn State linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti have signed contracts with Minnesota, the Vikings said Tuesday. Hodges, a Paulsboro graduate who will play one of the outside spots, was picked in the fourth round. Mauti, whose position is in the middle, was a seventh-round selection. Also signing was defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, a seventh-round pick out of Florida State. Muncie dies. Chuck Muncie, 60, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, died of heart failure Monday at his Los Angeles-area home.
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July 5, 2012 | Associated Press
The New Orleans Saints continue to dominate the news cycle during the NFL's so-called offseason. In rapid fire announcements Tuesday, quarterback Drew Brees won his arbitration case against the team; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the appeals of four players suspended in connection with the league's investigation of the Saints' bounty program; and coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, filed divorce petitions. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, ruled the Saints would have to give Brees a 44 percent raise, to about $23.5 million, if they applied the franchise tag to him again in 2013.
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March 15, 1995 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
If the New Orleans Saints are able to get cornerback Eric Allen's signature on an offer sheet, it appears they won't have to worry about the Eagles matching the offer. Eagles coach Ray Rhodes indicated yesterday he won't stand in Allen's way if the five-time Pro Bowler is determined to leave Philadelphia. "Eric has his mind made up about leaving," Rhodes said. "That's something he's very adamant about. I'll probably talk to him again. But at some point, we'll have to go in another direction.
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April 26, 1993 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Notre Dame's Irv Smith sat in the grand ballroom of the Marriott Marquis in New York City and fidgeted. The Eagles were due to pick 19th in the first round, and the 6-foot-3, 255- pound tight end, who played at Pemberton High School in South Jersey, was wondering if there was room for him in Rich Kotite's offense. "My agent (Jeff Irwin) called them near the 19th pick and they said they would take me on their 24th pick," Smith said. "I was disappointed that they didn't feel I could fulfill their needs.
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November 16, 1986 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things started to go sour for the New Orleans Saints in 1967, about 10 seconds after the team launched its maiden season with one of the most misleading plays in NFL history. It occurred against the Los Angeles Rams, when Saints rookie John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The Rams recovered to win, 27-13, and the Saints went on to finish their first season with a 3-11 record. As the NFL's most consistent and colorful losers for 19 seasons, the Saints maintained their residence at the bottom of pro football despite the efforts of nine head coaches, a legion of haggard assistants and some of the most intriguing names in professional football.
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January 14, 2014 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hey, Eagles fans got a playoff victory after all this season, thanks to New England and Denver. Birds quarterback Nick Foles, an alternate, is heading to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 26, because either the Patriots' Tom Brady or the Broncos' Peyton Manning will be prepping to play in the Super Bowl the next week. The honor fits with the year Foles has had. He lost out to Michael Vick for the starting job at the beginning of the season, then got his chance to win the job when Vick was injured, played well enough to claim it (throwing for seven TDs in a game will do that)
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June 26, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant, the Nittany Lions said Wednesday. Haslett, a native of Pittsburgh, coached the Saints from 2000 through 2005 and led the team to its first playoff win. His most recent position came with the Washington Redskins, where he spent the last five years as defensive coordinator. Coach James Franklin's statement announcing the move did not mention whether Haslett would work in any specific area on offense, defense or special teams.
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April 24, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
NOBODY KNOWS better than Phillies fans how debilitating a torn Achilles' tendon can be to an athlete. Ryan Howard hasn't been the same since 2011. Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel tore his right Achilles' in the middle of last season. He has rebounded to become one of the best receivers in the Arena League. "There was never a doubt that he would come back and be full strength by training camp," coach Clint Dolezel said emphatically. "Never a doubt. " In fairness to Howard, McDaniel was 25 and in his second AFL season when he was hurt, while Howard was 31 and finishing his 10th professional baseball season.
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October 3, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ON A DAY in which Darren Sproles became the first player in NFL history to win Special Teams Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week inside of the first month of a season, and Chip Kelly again raved about the versatility of Malcolm Jenkins, it seemed a good opportunity for Eagles general manager Howie Roseman to gloat about his offseason pickpocket of the team that ousted his team last January. "Nah," Roseman said. "You get your ass kicked when you do that. " In truth, it's a little early for it anyway.
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September 22, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After each of Darren Sproles' two touchdowns with the Eagles this season, he pointed to the back of his jersey. Sproles wanted to send a message to those who undervalued him or underappreciated him: He turned his back on whoever turned their backs on him. "It's just telling some people that I still have it," Sproles said. "It's still me. That's the reason I do it. " The message is not just to the New Orleans Saints, who traded Sproles to the Eagles during the offseason. It's been a theme for much of Sproles' life as a football player.
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August 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
All you needed to know about the care with which Darren Sproles catches and carries the football was right there Monday, in the way he served himself lunch. When the Eagles left the practice field after a 90-minute walk-through, they formed two lines as they filed into the NovaCare Center, where a local Qdoba had set up a buffet. Sproles fell in with his teammates, scooping rice and beef and white sauce into a cardboard bowl. By the time Sproles had finished moving through the line, his meal looked like an ad in Martha Stewart Living - his pile of food centered and symmetrical, the sauce covering it just so, not a drop to be found on the lip of the bowl.
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July 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles in March, Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis reminded coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman of new year's week. The Eagles were preparing for the Jan. 4 playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. Two players particularly vexed Davis while he was determining a game plan: the Saints' tallest player on the field and the Saints' shortest player on the field. While most of the attention leading up to the game went to 6-foot-7 tight end Jimmy Graham, the 5-6 Sproles left an impression in the NovaCare Complex that remained fresh two months later.
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July 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA STARS, 1983-84 Here is a look at the 2 years the Stars played in Philadelphia: 1983 About the Stars (15-3): Coached by Jim Mora after George Perles unexpectedly bolted for the Michigan State job just before the season started . . . Running back Kelvin Bryant was the league MVP, but it was coordinator Vince Tobin's "Doghouse Defense" that led the way in the regular season. Philadelphia allowed less than 12 points per game during the regular season (but 62 in their two playoff games . . . Played at Veterans Stadium where they averaged 18,650 in attendance . . . Overcame seven turnovers and a 21-point deficit with 12 minutes left to stun Chicago in overtime of a playoff game at the Vet. The game was terrific.
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March 16, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
WHEN IT BECAME clear that the New Orleans Saints were not going to bring him back next season, Darren Sproles asked the team to give him his release rather than trade him, so that he could pick his next - and probably last - NFL destination. The Saints, of course, ignored his wishes, but did end up trading him to a playoff team with an explosive offense that fits Sproles like a $3,000 suit. "When I found out I was coming here, I was excited," the new Eagles running back/wide receiver/return man said yesterday.
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March 15, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' biggest splash during free agency actually came in a trade Thursday, when they acquired New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles for a fifth-round draft pick. The Eagles also added to their secondary by agreeing to terms with former Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, who became the third defensive back the team has added in as many days. It was clear entering the week that the Eagles needed to upgrade their defense and special teams, but the Sproles trade excited fans, who imagined what the dynamic, diminutive threat would look like in Chip Kelly's offense.
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March 13, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles moved quickly in their pursuit of a safety Tuesday when they agreed with Malcolm Jenkins on a three-year deal in the first hour of free agency. The Eagles also re-signed punter Donnie Jones and released safety Patrick Chung. Jenkins, 26, a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2009, has started 63 games over the last five seasons. His contract will total $16.25 million with $8.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source. The Eagles have struggled to find a solution at safety since they decided not to retain Brian Dawkins in 2009.
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