November 12, 1987 |
Herschel Walker, unhappy with his role on the Dallas Cowboys, yesterday said he was considering asking for a trade, returning to track or retiring from football. Winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy, Walker was the main attraction of the USFL, rushing for 54 touchdowns and 5,562 yards in three years. Since coming to Dallas in 1986, Walker has competed with Tony Dorsett for the Cowboys tailback position and increasingly has been used as a receiver. "In the USFL I ran the ball.
October 16, 1987 |
The strike is over, but not the stupidity. With his union crumbling around him, Gene Upshaw finally sent his players back to work yesterday. But not before managing to cost them one more paycheck. Just for future reference, Gene. Thursday comes after Wednesday, not before it. Got that? Good. The NFL Management Council made it pretty clear that a player had to report by 1 p.m. Wednesday to be eligible to play and get paid this week. Apparently, Upshaw wasn't listening, or thought the owners would be willing to bend the rules once he surrendered.
March 26, 1987 |
He is a player without a team right now, but Ron Jaworski is a popular man as he walks through the lobby at the NFL Players Association convention. Jaworski always has been well-liked. And, in his 13 NFL seasons, he always has been well-respected. But there is another reason why Jaworski can't make a pass through the hotel lobby without being stopped by a reporter with a question, or an athlete with a handshake. It's the guinea pig factor. Specifically, the free-agency that Jaworski is now enjoying - freedom to move to another team without any compensation being required for his former team - will provide an interesting test of the union's major demand in this summer's negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement.
September 18, 1987 |
There are problems, and then there are dilemmas. New York Giants coach Bill Parcells has problems, and he began addressing them this week when he bid farewell to former starting cornerback Elvis Patterson. If Parcells can get a few wrinkles in his secondary and his offensive line ironed out, the Giants still can dominate the NFC East, despite their embarrassing 34-19 loss to the Bears Monday night. Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, meanwhile, has dilemmas. He knows he can't even begin to solve them by cutting a cornerback.
November 4, 1988 |
Throughout the first seven weeks of the football season, the question heard most often along the Main Line was: "What happened to Kirk Schulz?" As a redshirt sophomore last year, Schulz completed 196 of 326 passes for 2,338 yards and 23 touchdowns, all of which were Villanova records. But after seven games this fall, the guy billed in preseason radio ads as "the best quarterback in the East" was "only" 133-for-232 for 1,431 yards, with seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions. All of a sudden, people wanted to know what in the name of Rusty Hilger was going on. Everyone, it seemed, except the ones who counted most: Schulz, his teammates and Wildcats coach Andy Talley.
September 11, 1987 |
They can make him wear a new number, but they can't make him shut up. Brian Bosworth, the Seattle Seahawks' rookie linebacker from Oklahoma, doesn't seem exactly overwhelmed with the prospect of his NFL regular-season debut Sunday at Denver (Channel 3, 4 p.m.) against the Broncos and John Elway. "I'm challenged this week by the opportunity to play against John Elway and having a chance to get as many shots on him as I can," Bosworth said. "You very rarely get a chance to get a shot on somebody like that, and when you do, you want to take your best shot.
October 20, 1989 |
Jay Schroeder's arrival in Los Angeles was supposed to mark the end of the Raiders' quarterback controversy. No more shuttling between Marc Wilson and Rusty Hilger, no more fretting about whether to start Jim Plunkett or Dan Pastorini. No more restless fans chanting for Vince Evans. No more. The Raiders finally had found their man and paid dearly to acquire him. Yeah, Jay Schroeder was their kind of guy, all right. Big, tough, loves to throw the long ball. A perfect fit. So what happened?
June 4, 1988 |
Former professional hockey player Brian Spencer, acquitted last year of first-degree murder, was shot to death in Florida while riding in a truck with a friend, police said yesterday. Spencer, nicknamed "Spinner" for his style of play on the ice, died early yesterday of a bullet wound to the chest, said Riviera Beach, Fla., police Capt. Jerry Poreba. The driver of the truck, Gregory Scott Cook, 35, told police that the shooting occurred during a robbery attempt after he and Spencer bought crack, but police Capt.
October 23, 1987 |
In July, when Kansas City Royals outfielder Bo Jackson announced his intention to become the NFL's first halfback-hobbyist, it was a big story. The spotlight shone on the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner from every conceivable angle. But this week, when Jackson began practicing with the Los Angeles Raiders, and coach Tom Flores said he might play against the visiting Seattle Seahawks on Sunday (Channel 3, 4 p.m.), the national media didn't spring to attention. One reason was that as Jackson flailed and sulked his way through a terrible second half with the Royals, his actions became less important than they had been when he looked like the next Willie Mays.
March 2, 1987 |
Ron Jaworski - the Opening Day quarterback in this town for a decade, the man who has thrown more passes than anyone in a Philadelphia uniform - has been released by the Eagles, according to his agent. John Langel, Jaworski's agent, said yesterday that he has received a letter from the Eagles in which the club declined to guarantee Jaworski's $600,000 salary for the upcoming season. As a result, Langel said, Jaworski is a free agent and looking to sign with a new team. "Ron is released," Langel said.