December 18, 1990 |
Underneath Veterans Stadium, as thousands of fans filed in to find their seats late Sunday afternoon, as his Eagles teammates watched the TV monitor in the locker room for the results of earlier games, linebacker Seth Joyner sat alone at his locker stall, clamped on the earphones of his portable compact disc player, and pushed Play. I've got the power! Like the crack of a whip I SNAP attack! Front to back in this thing called rap! The grinding, pounding, declamatory beat of the rap group SNAP crowded all other thoughts from his head.
November 25, 1987 |
His most recent performance for the Eagles' defense hardly won a rave review, but no one can deny that the NFL season has progressed smartly for Seth Joyner, the thinking man's linebacker. Setting aside Sunday's 31-19 loss to St. Louis, when Joyner and almost every other Eagle came unglued in a disastrous first half, consider these happier occasions for the 6-foot-2, 241-pound, second-year pro from Spring Valley, N.Y.: In the season opener at Washington - his first game at left linebacker after having vastly different responsibilities on the right side - the 23- year-old Joyner was second on the team in tackles, with six. Against New Orleans a week later, Joyner contributed the first touchdown of his NFL career to the Eagles' 27-17 victory when he picked up Bobby Hebert's fumble and returned it 18 yards, to the Saints' end zone.
April 29, 1994 |
From trade bait to team leader. A leap of faith? Not for Randall Cunningham, the quarterback who was nearly traded on draft day by the new owner he had never met; the franchise player who is returning from his second season-ending injury in three years, and the man who is expected to take the Eagles into the playoffs in 1994. Cunningham returned to Veterans Stadium yesterday to announce that since Seth Joyner and Clyde Simmons had joined Buddy Ryan's Arizona Cardinals, it was time for somebody else to assume the leadership role in Philadelphia.
September 27, 1992 |
Check out the next coin toss before an Eagles game. Out at the 50-yard line, the team captains gather for the ceremonial howyadoins, handshakes and good wishes and the flipping of a piece of change. One captain is never there. Ten yards away from all this fellowship stands outside linebacker Seth Joyner, massive arms crossed, weight shifting menacingly from foot to foot, gnawing at the edge of his tooth guard, his face projecting obdurate hate. This is the pure, focused malice that bites through crowbars.
June 2, 1994 |
Moments after he arrived in Philadelphia, took a physical and slipped on a green Eagles practice jersey for the first time yesterday, outside linebacker Bill Romanowski stepped onto the Veterans Stadium practice field, looking for action. No, Romanowski needed no introduction. The seven-year veteran, acquired from San Francisco to replace Seth Joyner, found Eagles linebacker coach Jim Vechiarella conducting a rookie camp workout in a far corner of the field, and went to work.
November 25, 1993 |
How important is Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins for the Eagles' franchise at this point in the season? Just listen to Herschel Walker and Seth Joyner - the respective leaders of the offense and the defense. Though Walker and Joyner have been the two constants on a team that has been reshaped by injuries and defeat, both have led throughout the season in different ways. Walker is inspirational and always positive. Joyner prefers tough love and candor. But in these troubled times, they both have the same message for their teammates.
November 20, 1992 |
Mount Seth blew for the last time yesterday. Fed up with being portrayed as the Captain of Blame, the Mouth that Roared and a Divisive Force in the locker room, all-pro linebacker Seth Joyner, the loosest of the Eagles' many loose cannons, has done the unthinkable. He has taken a vow of silence for the rest of this season. "I've had it," he said. Vapor may slowly rise from Joyner's knotted brow. Opinions will still roil like molten stone behind his baleful, brown-eyed stare.
April 30, 2000 |
Seth Joyner and Keith Byars will end their stellar NFL careers the same way they began - as Eagles. The team is "signing" Joyner and Byars tomorrow so the two can announce their retirement in Philadelphia. Joyner and his agent, Jim Solano, conceived the idea. Solano phoned Eagles director of football operations Tom Modrak, who agreed to the unusual gesture. Joyner and Byars came to Philadelphia in 1986 as part of the same draft class. Byars was a first-round pick from Ohio State, Joyner an eighth-round pick from Texas-El Paso.
September 8, 1995 |
Randall Cunningham has said that the West Coast offense is a snap, that he knows it like the back of his hand. But Cardinals linebacker Seth Joyner has been watching film of Cunningham and the Eagles' offense this week. And he doesn't see a quarterback who is anywhere close to mastering the difficult offense. "I don't think he has a full understanding of the offense yet," said Joyner, the former Eagle. "They're still working out the kinks. You can see that there are times when Randall isn't sure where he should go (with the ball)
June 17, 1997 |
Ex-Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner was released yesterday by the Arizona Cardinals, who hope to re-sign him for less money. Joyner, 32, was scheduled to make $3.45 million next season and $2.7 million in 1998, including a $700,000 signing bonus each year. If the Cardinals had cut Joyner before June 1, $1.4 million in bonuses would have counted toward this year's salary cap. Now, the cap liability will be only $700,000 this season and the same amount next season. Neither Joyner nor his agent, Jim Solano, immediately returned phone calls.