July 1, 2015 |
KELLEN KEMP still remembers the first time he saw Jarin Giesler arrive on campus in 2006 at Delaware State University in Dover. Kemp watched as a raised Ford F-150 with 6 inches of lift added and 40-inch rims drove up. "The first thing everyone is thinking is, 'Who is this?' " Kemp said. "Out of that hops a 5-7, 200-pound long snapper. Everyone is looking around, going, 'What is going on here?' " "It kind of stuck out like a sore thumb," Giesler recalls. Add to the equation that Delaware State is a historically black university, and Giesler's arrival to the football team as a short white kid from Cortez, Colo., was certainly out of the ordinary.
September 12, 2014 |
EAGLES CORNERBACK Cary Williams was Ray Rice's teammate for three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. When Williams was asked to talk about Rice's banishment from the NFL yesterday, after TMZ posted a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancée and now wife, Janay, that friendship was on Williams' mind, along with his own missteps. "I understand hitting a woman is very, very disrespectful, and it's something I wouldn't want my daughter ever going through," Williams said. "But we gotta also understand people make mistakes.
April 25, 2014 |
TROY VINCENT yesterday reiterated remarks the NFL executive vice president of football operations originally made last month, saying that during his 15-year career as a defensive back, eight of which were spent with the Eagles, Vincent played with half a dozen openly gay teammates. After yesterday's roundtable discussion in New York between NFL officials and members of the Associated Press Sports Editors, Vincent told the Daily News some of those players were Eagles. He did not elaborate.
April 18, 2014 |
An arbitrator ruled that DeSean Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in loans and fees, sources close to the situation told The Inquirer. Rosenhaus had filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association last June, claiming that the former Eagles wide receiver owed him more than $700,000 in unpaid loans and fees. Arbitrator Roger Kaplan, using the NFLPA's agent regulations, announced his decision on Tuesday. Jackson plans to appeal the ruling, according to his spokeswoman.
November 1, 2013 |
JRUE HOLIDAY was traded to the Pelicans in the offseason but he'll always be a Sixer at heart. We know that because on Wednesday night he made a bit of a gaffe while warming up the crowd before New Orleans' home opener against the Pacers. "Yo, how you doing Pelicans fans?" asked Holiday. "On behalf of myself and the Sixers we want to welcome you all to the first Pelicans game this year. Yo, let's turn it up. We have a great city and we're so excited so let's turn up. C'mon!" You could tell he wasn't in Philly because the Pelicans fans still gave him a thunderous ovation.
August 9, 2013 |
IF DICK VERMEIL were coaching the Eagles, he'd go with Michael Vick. Of course, Vermeil is 76 now and he isn't coaching the Eagles, hasn't in 3 decades. But Vermeil was watching Chip Kelly's training-camp practice with the Patriots yesterday, and it was an obvious question to ask him. "It doesn't make any difference what I think. I don't see 'em every day," Vermeil said by way of disclaimer. "I've seen Michael Vick play a lot over the years, and I just kind of believe when it all boils down . . . if I were going to bet on it, I would bet on him. " Vermeil was not dismissive of Nick Foles, who started six games as a third-round rookie in 2012.
April 24, 2013 |
THE NFL is increasing security for this week's draft at Radio City Music Hall, with everyone subject to screenings, including use of metal detectors and pat-downs, and searches of personal property. Even league officials, players and their families will be subject to such measures. The league said Tuesday that spectators who don't consent to the security requirements will be refused admission. The draft begins Thursday night and has sessions Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
February 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is just 17 months into a 10-year labor agreement with its players. You would think the relationship between the league and the NFL Players Association would be all warm and fuzzy right now. You would think commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith would be having a lot of three-martini lunches together and plotting how to make a filthy-rich league even filthy richer. You would think. Truth is, the two sides have spent much more time together in court and grievance hearings since shaking hands on a new CBA in August 2011 than they have sipping martinis.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is about to take another significant step toward better in-game diagnosis of concussions. Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, said at a news conference Thursday the league will have independent neurological consultants on the sideline during games starting next season. This season, the league put a certified trainer up in the booth during games to help with concussion diagnosis. It also installed replay monitors on the sideline for use by team training and medical staffs to review injuries.
November 3, 2012
In the aftermath of Sandy, the Pittsburgh Steelers are turning their visit to New Jersey this weekend to face the Giants into a day trip. Left without a place to stay Saturday night because their hotel in Jersey City, N.J., has no power, the Steelers will fly into Newark on Sunday morning for their 4:25 p.m. game that day with the Giants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. They will eat a pregame meal at a hotel near the airport and then take buses to MetLife Stadium for the game, then charter home later that night.