September 7, 2000 |
When he was a superstar, he spake as a superstar, ran over defenses as a superstar, thought as a superstar. But when he became an NFL rookie, he put away all things superstar. Good Lord, Ron Dayne is starting over. He sings during dinner because the veterans tell him to. He fetches doughnuts because they tell him to. He takes all the rookie heckling, same as the other New York Giants rookies, because he does not want to be known as "that Heisman Trophy winner over there. " Dayne, a 5-foot-10, 253-pound running back, is pretty good at being normal.
December 13, 1999 |
She wouldn't let him play football. At 11, Ron Dayne was already heavier than many men. No league would let the 200-pound boy line up against children his age, so he was pitted against teenagers. But when his mother watched him grapple with the older players in Winslow Township, she grew concerned. "They had him playing with 15-, 16-year-old kids because he was so big," his mother, Brenda Dayne, said Friday. "They had the maturity, but he only had the weight. They were hurting him. . . . He never complained, but I said, 'That's it. We'll find something else for you to do.' " So she pulled her son from the gridiron and stuck him on the soccer pitch - and that, it turns out, was the only time the Heisman Trophy winner was ever stopped cold on a football field.
May 9, 2013 |
A Heisman Trophy winner from South Jersey and a revered coach at Temple will be among the enshrinees at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. Former Overbrook High standout Ron Dayne and former Owls coach Wayne Hardin were among 12 players and two coaches named Tuesday to this year's Hall of Fame class by the National Football Foundation. They will be inducted Dec. 10 in New York. Dayne, a native of Berlin, N.J., rushed for 7,125 yards and 71 touchdowns as a running back at Wisconsin from 1996 to 1999.
September 10, 2004 |
Although he lost playing time, New York Giants running back Ron Dayne said he never lost hope. Dayne, the Giants' No. 1 draft pick in 2000, saw his number of carries diminish in his first three years in the league, from a high of 228 as a rookie to 125 in 2002. By last season, then-coach Jim Fassel, unhappy with Dayne's lack of production, deactivated the graduate of Overbrook High in Camden County for all 16 games. Not one yard. Not one carry. But under new head coach Tom Coughlin, Dayne has a clean slate.
December 12, 1999 |
Ron Dayne's eyes began to well with tears and his voice cracked as he tried to fathom what had just happened. The burly running back from the University of Wisconsin was the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but he had refused to believe college football's greatest honor would be his. No matter how many times Dayne practiced his acceptance speech, it didn't seem real. Until last night, that is, when Dayne's name was announced to a room of applause at New York's historic Downtown Athletic Club, and the chubby kid from Berlin, N.J., had become the man of the hour.
November 13, 1994 |
With running back Ron Dayne scoring four touchdowns, host Overbrook overcame an early 14-6 deficit to defeat Pennsauken, 41-22, in a nonleague game yesterday. Overbrook, No. 6 in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, improved to 7-1 and will earn a Group 4 playoff invitation tomorrow. Pennsauken, which committed six turnovers, fell to 3-4-1. "It feels great going to the playoffs," said Overbrook coach Harvey Miller. "We felt even if we lost we'd be in, but we didn't want to come in through the back door.
August 16, 2003 |
There has been a shroud of doubt over Ron Dayne during his entire tenure with the New York Giants, and as he goes into the final year of his contract, it's still there. A record-setting running back who won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Wisconsin, Dayne stepped into the NFL in 2000 and, despite starting only four games, rumbled for 770 yards. Even though he was playing behind Tiki Barber, possibly the most underrated back in the league, expectations were high for Dayne after his rookie season.
October 18, 1996 |
With all due respect to Imion Powell, there was little respect due to him. Powell barely touched the ball as a sophomore running back for Overbrook last season, as three seniors grabbed most of the carries, and most of the spotlight. One of those seniors happened to be a 6-foot-3, 260-pound locomotive named Ron Dayne, who chugged for an average of about 9 yards a carry. Then here came Rams coach Harvey Miller before this season, saying that most of Dayne's workload would fall on the shoulders of the 5-4, 160-pound Powell.
August 24, 1997 |
Ron Dayne is 5-feet-10 and weighs 265 pounds, and he shouldn't be able to dunk a basketball. But he can. Dayne took up track and field as a junior at Overbrook High in South Jersey and, with hardly any training, threw the discus for the third-longest distance in high school history. Dayne is a running back at the University of Wisconsin who is probably the No. 2 choice, behind Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, to win the Heisman Trophy this year because he gained more than 2,000 yards in a freshman season when he didn't become a starter until the fifth game.
December 26, 1996 |
Wisconsin was getting ready to play Purdue when Ron Dayne approached running-backs coach Bryan White. The Badgers were fighting their way through a four-game losing streak to open the Big Ten season, including tough losses to Penn State (then ranked third in the country), Ohio State (second), and Northwestern (14th). "After pregame, he said, 'Don't be afraid to wear me out today,' " White recalled. White and the coaching staff had no such fears. Dayne carried the ball 30 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns.