April 12, 2015 |
TO MOST football fans, Willie McGinest is the NFL Network analyst who was selected to two Pro Bowls and was a big part of three championship teams for the New England Patriots. To Soul linebacker Beau Bell, the former linebacker represents something much more personal. Bell was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008 when he met McGinest, who was about to begin his 15th and final NFL season. Bell tweaked his knee in training camp and was coming off arthroscopic surgery.
July 12, 2011 |
Jameel McClain, a Philadelphia native who attended George Washington High School, was not taken in the 2008 NFL draft. But the Syracuse linebacker found a home in Baltimore when the Ravens made McClain the only undrafted player to make their team that year. "It was like I was born into it," McClain said of the Ravens' defensive culture. "Because it's the way I play the game. You look at a Raven player, it's the way people have looked at my game my whole career from high school to college.
December 29, 2008 |
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be ready for the postseason after suffering a concussion in yesterday's 31-0 rout of the Cleveland Browns. As Roethlisberger delivered a 4-yard pass to tight end Heath Miller over the middle, he was leveled by Willie McGinest at about shoulder level and D'Qwell Jackson at the knees. Roethlisberger's head struck the Heinz Field turf hard as McGinest drove him backward. "All tests are negative - which is a positive," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
December 16, 2008 |
Practice? Jon Runyan's left knee hurt so badly after Wednesday's practice that he took the next three workouts off, hoping to make his 190th straight start. After the way he played last night against the Browns, expect his workload to be similarly limited as the season's grind continues. "He'll probably be a little tender today on that knee," coach Andy Reid said. "He's a warrior. A very mentally tough guy. " "Isn't that the way it's supposed to be done," Runyan asked afterward.
May 9, 2008 |
A federal judge ordered imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick to repay more than $2.4 million to a Canadian bank for defaulting on a loan. The Royal Bank of Canada sued Vick in September, arguing his guilty plea to a federal dogfighting charge - and the resulting impact on his career - prevented him from repaying the loan. According to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Newport News, Va., the loan's terms specify that any employment change negatively impacting Vick's income constitutes a default on the loan.
August 10, 2007 |
Mike Alstott's season, and perhaps his career, is over. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the six-time Pro Bowl fullback on injured reserve yesterday with a neck problem. Alstott said it is not related to a career-threatening injury that required surgery in 2003. "It is what it is. The facts are the facts. I can't put on the helmet and jersey this year," the 33-year-old Alstott, flanked by Bucs general manager Bruce Allen, said during an emotional news conference at the team's headquarters.
September 11, 2006 |
The scoreboard looming over J.P. Losman as he scrambled behind the Bills' own goal line showed a tie game. Ty Warren was determined to change that. "My priority was to get him in the end zone," the Patriots defensive end said. "We're tied up, so I'm thinking, 'Let me get this dude.' " Losman went down, the official's arms went up to signal a safety and New England beat visiting Buffalo yesterday, 19-17, with poise under pressure and increasing pressure by a defensive line.
August 19, 2006 |
Junior Seau's brief retirement ended yesterday when the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots. The team didn't disclose terms of the deal with Seau, whose signing followed 4 days of on-again, off-again signals about whether the 37-year-old would return to the NFL. The Patriots needed another linebacker because Tedy Bruschi has a broken hand and Willie McGinest, a mainstay of their three Super Bowl...
March 10, 2006 |
Paul Tagliabue is considering retiring after 17 years as NFL commissioner, league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The sources said Tagliabue is expected to exercise a clause in his contract with league owners in which he becomes a "senior executive" consultant with a significant compensation package. The sources told Mortensen that Tagliabue could make his decision in the next 60 days. The commissioner has 2 years left on his contract. Tagliabue was unavailable for comment and a league spokesman said he was unaware of the development.
January 31, 2005 |
The New England Patriots arrived at Cecil Field yesterday on Delta Airlines charter 9801, no doubt disappointing all those who believed the AFC champions would be descending from the clouds on chariots of fire. The Patriots' appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX, their third trip to football's Wallop-A-Looza in four years, has seen them anointed not only as a hefty favorite in Sunday's matchup with the Eagles but also as football's latest dynasty. Minutes into the two-time Super Bowl champions' first interview session, at their Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village headquarters, it became clear that in the chatter-splattered week leading up to the game, the Pats will be doing everything they can to discourage such hyperbole.