August 22, 1990 |
Paul Palmer, the former Temple running back who finished second to Vinny Testaverde in balloting for the 1986 Heisman Trophy, was among the latest players cut from the Cincinnati Bengals' roster. The Bengals released seven players Monday, including Palmer, who was a first-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1987. Palmer, one of two Plan B free agents the Bengals signed in the off-season, was a tailback who specialized in kickoff returns. The Bengals special teams were weak in that department last season.
November 21, 1989 |
The last time Paul Palmer played football before a national television audience, he rushed for 110 yards, scored the game's only touchdown and was the single biggest factor in the season's biggest upset. It all happened little more than two weeks ago, when Palmer took the decidedly awful Dallas Cowboys (now 1-10) to their only victory - a 13-3 conquest of the Washington Redskins in the nation's capital - right there in front of the CIA and everyone. Now, the Eagles (7-4), whom Palmer followed with some fervor a few seasons ago when he was a Temple running back of record achievement (no matter what the school's expunged record book says to the contrary)
October 9, 1988 |
Paul Palmer now does for the Kansas City Chiefs what he did for Temple from 1983 through 1986. He runs the ball with courage and skill for a team that loses more often than not. But now he plays in front of more people. And he makes more money. The 23-year-old will earn about $350,000 this year, or roughly $345,000 more than he accepted from indicted agent Norby Walters before the start of his senior year at Temple. Five grand might go a long way at the Roy Rogers on North Broad Street near the Temple campus, but it wouldn't even pay for the clothing and jewelry Palmer wore during a recent interview.
April 29, 1987 |
What should have been one of the happiest days of Paul Palmer's young life yesterday turned into the saddest. Palmer's teammates from Temple had driven to Potomac, Md., to join his family and friends in congratulating the Owls' running back on being the first-round selection of the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL draft. But the most important person in Palmer's life was missing. And the restrained celebration in the Palmer household was later replaced by grief. Palmer's great-grandmother, Frances Palmer, 77, the woman who raised him after his parents separated, died yesterday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., just three hours after he was drafted.
July 7, 1991 |
Five seasons ago, Paul Palmer left Temple riding high on the shoulders of success, the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Vinny Testaverde. His career in the National Football League promised to be just as uplifting. By now, Palmer figured, he'd be a star running back with the Kansas City Chiefs, having played in a couple of Pro Bowls. He figured wrong. His name has appeared on no all-star rosters, but all too often in "Transactions," the small print of athletic discard: released by Kansas City, traded by Detroit, unprotected by Dallas, waived by Cincinnati.
November 8, 2014 |
When former Temple great Paul Palmer visited Temple before he enrolled their as a freshman in 1983, no one knew much about him. He had no Division I offers. In fact, according to Palmer, even the Division II schools that he had spoken with had only shown marginal interest in the 5-foot-9, 165-pound-pound running back with the questionable grades from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. "When I got to Temple's campus I didn't have anything in terms of offers," Palmer, now 50, said.
August 19, 1986 |
Before last spring, the closest Paul Palmer had come to a professional golf course was a few rounds of miniature golf. But Temple's All-America running back got a chance to rub elbows with the legendary Arnold Palmer when Mike Fetchko, the Owls' associate director of athletics, arranged to photograph the two on the driving range at a local country club. "I don't know if he knew who I was or not," Paul Palmer said yesterday during Temple's annual media day at Veterans Stadium.
October 2, 2004 |
Temple University has fired former Owls star Paul Palmer as a sideline reporter on its radio broadcast team for Temple football games. Palmer, a Temple Hall of Famer who holds the Owls' rushing record with 4,895 career yards, was in his fourth season in the role. Palmer worked Temple's game at Toledo last week. Although WPHT-AM (1210) carries Owls games live, the university coordinates and produces the radio broadcasts. The details surrounding Palmer's departure were unknown last night.
October 17, 1986 |
Harry Donahue knows exactly why Channel 6 decided to carry tomorrow's Temple-Virginia Tech football game. Do the initials "P.P. " mean anything to you? Temple is desperate to get Heisman Trophy exposure for Paul Palmer, its record-setting running back. But Donahue, the soothing morning news voice of KYW radio, will try not to hop aboard the Palmer bandwagon while he provides play-by-play (Don Tollefson, Channel 6's sports director, is the color man for the 12:30 telecast). "I can see where you could pay more attention to what one individual is doing," said Donahue, the former play-by-play voice of the USFL Stars.
August 5, 1991 |
It is just a matter of time, it appears, before running back Paul Palmer, the ex-Temple star, puts Philadelphia in his rearview mirror again. After riding the bench for the second straight Eagles game, Palmer said Saturday night that he might even request his release, through his agent, Frank Murtha, if he is not going to get a fair chance to make the Eagles. Murtha was unavailable for comment last night, but Eagles president Harry Gamble said he had not been contacted regarding Palmer's future with the Eagles.