April 26, 2010 |
It was a little after 11 o'clock on a cold February night. Members of the Niagara University men's basketball team were still in a joyous mood after snapping Siena's 15-game winning streak a few days earlier. Before going to sleep, Niagara's undersize senior guard, Tyrone Lewis, the team's leading scorer, checked his Facebook account. One message was from Eliot Wolf, the Green Bay Packers' assistant director for pro personnel, asking if Lewis was interested in pursuing an NFL career after college.
December 31, 2007 |
When rookie quarterback John Beck came off the bench for Miami in the third quarter, he dropped the snap on his first play, and the ensuing scramble ended with the Cincinnati Bengals scoring on a 54-yard fumble return. From a press box suite, Bill Parcells saw the whole thing unfold and sat speechless, his expression blank and slightly dazed. Watching the Dolphins tends to have that effect. Four days into the Parcells era, the Dolphins remained wretched. They allowed 316 yards passing by Carson Palmer and staggered to the end of the worst season in franchise history yesterday, losing 38-25 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
August 6, 2006 |
Calling Reggie White a great player is like calling Bruce Springsteen a great singer. No kidding. "There's just so few people that really transcend their sport," said Vai Sikahema, White's teammate on the 1992 Eagles. "He transcended his time and the sport. " White's physical prowess was legendary, Sikahema said. "He ran the 40 [yard dash] faster than I did," Sikahema, a sleek former kick-return artist, said. He was referring to a day when his 4.7-second sprint was bettered by his Paul Bunyan-esque teammate's 4.6. "Once he stripped the ball and ran it in against Washington," Sikahema said.
November 25, 2005 |
When Brett Favre thinks about his future after this season, he says he won't be swayed by Green Bay's 2005 record - even though it almost certainly will be the first losing season of his career. The Packers are 2-8 going into Sunday's game against the Eagles. "Whether we're 2-8 or 8-2, really will not play a part in my decision," Favre said at his weekly news conference, asked if his play over the final six games of the season might determine his interest in returning. "I feel like I'm playing as well right now as I've played in previous years.
August 17, 2005 |
Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre told reporters yesterday that he originally had failed his physical with the Packers in 1992 after they traded a first-round draft choice to Atlanta for him. According to Favre, Ron Wolf, then the Packers' general manager, told the medical staff to pass the QB, and the rest is history. "In the East-West Shrine Game, I hurt my hip . . . Basically, I had avascular necrosis, the same thing [former Raiders star] Bo Jackson has," Favre said. "It's a lack of blood supply to a socket.
January 9, 2004 |
If Eagles coach Andy Reid is outwitted by Green Bay coach Mike Sherman in Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game, he'll have only himself to blame. If Packers quarterback coach Darrell Bevell comes up with some marvelous suggestion that allows Brett Favre to make a great play, the Eagles will have offensive coordinator Brad Childress to blame. That's because both Reid and Childress played prominent roles in getting those two Green Bay coaches into the NFL. Sherman, in his fourth season as the Packers coach, has no problem admitting that Reid played a large part in his ascent from offensive line coach at Texas A&M seven years ago to executive vice president, general manager and head coach of the most storied franchise in NFL history.
March 20, 2002 |
Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf told the Atlanta Falcons he has withdrawn as a candidate to become the team's executive vice president and general manager. Wolf helped Green Bay win a Super Bowl and register a 92-52 record in a nine-year stay that ended in 2000. Wolf, 63, has two more years remaining on his deal as a Packers consultant, worth $1 million. In other NFL news: Denver reached a one-year, $775,000 contract agreement with wide receiver Rob Moore, who missed most of the past two seasons in Arizona with injuries.
January 15, 2002 |
Steve Spurrier made his mark on the NFL even before coaching his first game or running a practice. He became the highest-paid coach in league history yesterday, hired by the Washington Redskins a day after they fired Marty Schottenheimer. He signed signed a five-year deal worth $25 million. The previous high was $4 million a year, Mike Holmgren's salary as Seattle's coach and general manager. Spurrier, who accepted the job Sunday, is to arrive at Redskin Park today and will be introduced as the team's fourth coach in Daniel Snyder's 13 months as owner at a 6 p.m. news conference.
June 13, 2001 |
Ron Wolf was wearing a Phillies cap yesterday for a reason. "You want to blend in," the newly-retired Wolf said after the first practice of the Eagles' latest minicamp. "I like to blend in so no one notices me. " It was hard to miss the former Green Bay Packers general manager, though. Especially around this organization. After all, the Eagles have been trying to follow his Green Bay blueprint since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team. It's not a coincidence that both of the coaches Lurie has hired worked with Wolf in Green Bay. The Eagles appear closer on this go-round, with Mike Holmgren prot?g? Andy Reid as head coach and Donovan McNabb as the young, borderline superstar quarterback.
July 24, 2000 |
Defensive end Reggie White, the NFL's career sacks leader, signed with the Carolina Panthers yesterday. White, 38, who passed a physical Friday morning in Charlotte, N.C., arrived at Wofford College, put his name on a contract and attended evening meetings. White sat out last year after announcing his retirement following the 1998 season. White will take the practice field this morning but will work with strength and conditioning coach Jerry Simmons rather than participate in the regular team practice.