October 2, 2011 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mike Heimerdinger, 58, a veteran assistant coach in the NFL who directed high-powered offenses and developed quarterbacks such as Steve McNair, Jay Cutler, and Vince Young, died Friday. The Tennessee Titans confirmed Mr. Heimerdinger's death after talking with his family. He died while in Mexico to receive experimental treatments for a rare form of cancer. He was offensive coordinator for the Titans when his cancer was diagnosed in November 2010. "Mike approached cancer with the same vigor and tenacity that he approached any football game - to win," Heimerdinger's wife, Kathie, said in a statement.
February 7, 2006
IDON'T LIVE in Detroit anymore, but it was a major bad call for the NFL to make the Rolling Stones the focus of the Super Bowl half-time show. This is the home of Motown and soul music! What about the Funk Brothers, who played for every Motown hit? Smokey Robinson? Stevie Wonder? Diana Ross? Michael Jackson? Aretha? The Temptations? Martha Reeves? Gladys Knight and those incredible Pips? The NFL had a chance to show Detroit some love, and give all the rest of us a big treat. But they blew it!
December 25, 2015 |
Midway through Concussion , the film's already grim focus gets a fiery exclamation point. As a wild-eyed Justin Strzelczyk, beset by demons in his head, speeds away from his Pennsylvania home carrying $2,700 and a fistful of crucifixes, the movie cuts to grainy footage of the ex-Steeler lineman's black SUV. Accompanied by the frantic buzz of police chatter, we see the eastbound car racing recklessly through the westbound lanes of the New...
November 16, 2012 |
Football has always been a big part of my life. It's a game of toughness and character that teaches important lessons about teamwork and responsibility. But I believe it's my duty to speak out about what has happened to me and many other football players. As I continue to battle amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, I hope to draw attention to the problem of concussions in professional football. I am just one of many former players who suffer from devastating brain and other neurological injuries - injuries that could have been prevented if the NFL had been honest about the risks.
September 10, 1992 |
Jurors in the landmark free-agency suit against the NFL deliberated for six hours yesterday before they adjourned without a verdict. The eight women on the jury will take up the case again this morning. The jurors are being asked to decide the legality of the NFL's Plan B free- agent system - which bars most of the league's good players from testing the open market. The eight players in the lawsuit contend that Plan B violates federal antitrust laws by preventing them from switching clubs even after their contracts run out. The league contends that such restrictions are needed to maintain competitive balance in the NFL. The jurors had just one question for U.S. District Court Judge David Doty during yesterday's deliberations, asking for clarification of the judge's instructions.
March 28, 2012
The NFL has announced the complete draft order after awarding 32 compensatory picks to 15 teams yesterday for free-agent losses last year. The Eagles were not among those teams. Here is a rundown of the Eagles' nine picks, but you can expect the Eagles to find a way to gather some more on draft weekend. They always do. The NFL draft is April 26-28. Round 1: 15 Round 2: 46 and 51. No. 51 was acquired from Arizona in the Kevin Kolb trade. Round 3: 88 Acquired from Houston in the DeMeco Ryans trade.
February 11, 1988 |
University of Pittsburgh fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward's plan to skip his final college season to pursue a pro career could be the challenge that topples the NFL draft. Heyward, the 280-pounder who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, said on Pittsburgh television recently that he was quitting the college team even though he was eligible to play another season. Heyward said he would hire an agent and apply for the NFL draft - even though the league has made it clear that it wants nothing to do with him. Presumably, Heyward, 22, stands ready to challenge the legality of the NFL draft and the league's longstanding rule against signing players before they graduate or complete their eligibility.
November 20, 1990 |
Dexter Manley, the former Pro Bowl defensive end, was reinstated by the NFL yesterday, a year after he was banned for substance abuse, and then was waived by the Washington Redskins. Several teams, including the Eagles, have expressed an interest in picking up Manley when he becomes eligible for waivers today. He will go to the team with the worst record that claims him. If no team claims him by tomorrow afternoon, Manley, 32, one of the most popular and colorful figures in Redskins history, will become a free agent.
January 13, 2013
SEAHAWKS (12-5) AT FALCONS (13-3) Sunday, 1 p.m. (Fox29); Line: Falcons by 21/2 Seattle Outlook: The Seahawks have outscored their opponents by 217-74 during their six-game winning streak. . . . QB Russell Wilson has 27 TD passes, including the playoffs - the most by a rookie in NFL history. . . . Wilson had a 100.0 passer rating in the regular season, only the second rookie to reach that mark. . . . RB Marshawn Lynch set a career high and was ranked third in the NFL with 1,590 yards rushing.
December 31, 1996 |
Byron Hanspard, an All-America running back at Texas Tech and a Pentecostal minister, is forgoing his senior year because the NFL offers a bigger platform to spread his faith. Hanspard's 2,084 rushing yards this season was the fifth-best total in NCAA history. He won the Doak Walker Award presented annually to the nation's best running back. Hanspard, who often cites Bible passages when discussing football, said playing on Sundays in the NFL won't clash with his religion. "If the Lord felt that it would hurt me a lot, he wouldn't have told me to go to the NFL," he said.