November 5, 2002 |
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner was suspended for four games yesterday for violating the NFL's steroid policy. Buckner is a vital part of Carolina's defense, which ranks fourth in the league. He has four sacks, 23 tackles and a forced fumble. The suspension will cost him $250,000 to $300,000 in salary and incentives, according to Buckner's agent, George Mavrikes. Mavrikes said Buckner took a diet pill before training camp with an ingredient that's on the league's list of banned substances.
July 28, 2002 |
In the NFL, one player's misfortune is another's opportunity. Defensive end Daryl Whittington didn't get any invitations to training camp last summer after finishing his college career at Missouri. He spent the last year working out, convinced that he was at least as good an NFL prospect as his brother Bernard, who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. When he didn't get a call before the current training camps began opening, Whittington began to wonder whether he'd ever get a chance.
July 26, 2002 |
All of the Eagles' rookies will be eligible to report to training camp tonight, although it took a strange turn of events for the team to accomplish that goal. After signing second-round pick Sheldon Brown to a five-year, $3.15 million contract, the Eagles renounced the rights to seventh-round pick Raheem Brock. In other words, the Eagles released the former Temple defensive end without ever signing him to a contract. "The Eagles didn't manage their rookie pool right and now they're missing out on a good player," agent George Mavrikes said.
April 24, 2002 |
After three weeks of spring drills, Temple football coach Bobby Wallace handed out black jerseys to 10 members of the defensive unit. The shirts went to players Wallace identified as "proven winners," ready to go to war. "I'd like to have 15 or 16 black shirts," said Wallace, who will conduct his fifth Cherry and White game Saturday at Temple Stadium to conclude the spring session. "Guys take a lot of pride in those black shirts, and it's a motivational tool for guys to get to that point and be part of that group," he said.
April 22, 2002 |
Brian Westbrook was at his parents' home in Maryland, thrilled to be drafted in the third round. Raheem Brock was at his parents' home in Philadelphia, disappointed to drop all the way to the seventh round. Both players were excited to be taken by the Eagles. "Philly is my second home now," said Westbrook, the record-breaking running back from Villanova. "I've been here for five years. The Eagles let me know they wanted me to be here. And they run the West Coast offense here, so they throw the ball to the running back a lot. " As for Brock, he rattled off a list of 10 names when asked who his favorite Eagles were when he was growing up. "I still have Randall Cunningham hanging over my bed," said Brock, a defensive end from Temple.
October 27, 2001 |
Both Temple and Pittsburgh entered the 2001 football season expecting to take a step forward after promising campaigns last year. But when they meet today in a Big East Conference game at Veterans Stadium, the Owls and the Panthers will be searching for a way to salvage their seasons. Temple, which finished 4-7 in 2000, is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Pittsburgh is 1-5 and 0-3. Last fall, the Panthers were 7-5 and lost to Iowa State in the Insight.com Bowl. "I thought we had a chance if everybody played up to their level, but unfortunately, that hasn't happened," Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris said, addressing the possibility that his team had the potential to play in a more prestigious bowl game.
November 4, 2000 |
Don't blame David Coleman if he sometimes does not pay rapt attention in his health-related-technology classes. He now envisions a different path for his life. "I want to be a social worker," Coleman said. "I got that inspiration from my aunt, Gertrude Coleman, who I've lived with since I was 2. She went back to school - first to Community, then Temple - to get her degree and become a social worker. "The same way I'm proud of her, I want to go on to college, get a job in that same field and make everybody proud of me. " Coleman, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior, is a tight end and linebacker for Murrell Dobbins Tech's football team.
February 5, 1997 |
Raheem Brock and Terah DeLarge were ninth graders and inseparable friends when they went out for the Dobbins Tech football team. They were fearless, bowing their heads and thrusting their bodies forward like battering rams into the wall of offensive linemen. Smashing forward, tumbling to the ground, picking their bruised-numbed bodies up on defense only to hammer others down, they played so well they moved up to varsity after only two days on the junior varsity. At the end of their freshman year, 1993, they hoisted the Public League championship trophy above their heads in one of those tearfully victorious moments that makes a person feel invincible.
February 3, 1997 |
A number of people told Raheem Brock he should take his football talents to a college other than Temple. One was his father, Zachary Dixon, who used his Temple career as a springboard to a seven-season career in the NFL. "Oh, my dad had nothing against the football program," Brock said. "He just felt it would be better if I got away from Philadelphia because so much bad stuff seems to happen here. " The arm-twisting - gentle though it was - didn't work. The 6-3, 245-pound Brock, who twice was a first-team Daily News All-City linebacker at Murrell Dobbins, has made an oral commitment to the Owls.
November 7, 1996 |
Those college football coaches attempting to recruit Raheem Brock are hereby advised to break out their best material. Come with a tired, old pitch and, hey, it's going to fall on ears that might as well be packed with wax. Brock, a 6-4, 250-pound stud, is a tight end, linebacker and punter for coach Doug Macauley at Murrell Dobbins Tech and one of the city's top Division I-A football prospects. He values his time. And at night, he does more than watch TV or listen to music.