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N.J. Prep Player Truly Big Man on Campus

October 15, 2000|MAL FLORENCE

The NFL's largest active player is Detroit Lion tackle Aaron Gibson, who weighs 380 pounds and stands 6 feet 4.

He's a runt compared to Reny Nunes, who weighs 517 pounds and stands 6-10. And get this: Nunes is a 17-year-old two-way lineman on the Roselle Park (N.J.) High football team.

Several universities--including Syracuse, Kentucky, Maryland and Louisville--have sent scouts to see him on the field, or have contacted the high school about him. But none has offered Nunes, a senior, a scholarship.

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Trivia time: Who holds the NFL record for pass receptions in a season?

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Home sweet home: Mariner center fielder Mike Cameron is obviously pleased that the American League championship series has resumed in Seattle.

And he told Laura Vecsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that "maybe the Yankees will be less stressed here. They won't have to go up to the plate with the added pressure of 60,000 people screaming at them.

"They might like it here more. . . . This is a safe haven."

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Useless move? The 0-6 San Diego Chargers announced they are going to play two quarterbacks, Jim Harbaugh and Moses Moreno, in the first half today against Buffalo.

Said comedy writer Alex Kaseberg to the San Francisco Chronicle: "That should be about as effective as rotating the Firestone tires on an Explorer."

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Living it up: David Letterman offered his "Top Ten Cool Things About Winning a Gold Medal," read by Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner. They included:

* Makes you impressive at any party, unless Marion Jones shows up.

* Fun walking past guys with bronze medals and muttering, "Loser."

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Sporting gesture: Jim Armstrong in the Denver Post: "Turns out Allen Iverson isn't such a bad guy after all. He's turning over all the proceeds from his controversial CD to underprivileged hate groups throughout America."

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Colorful alley: Mike Ashley of Sportsnote.com: "Hey, if sailing, synchronized swimming and beach volleyball can be Olympic sports, why not bowling?

"It would be worth it just to see the shoes in each nation's colors."

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Looking back: On this day in 1966, UCLA routed Penn State, 49-11 at the Coliseum.

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Trivia answer: Herman Moore of Detroit, 123 in 1995.

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And finally: Syndicated columnist Norman Chad: "Watching a Rams game is like watching a Jackie Chan movie in fast-forward.

"It's as if the Rams offense is on roller skates and the opposing defense is barefoot walking on broken glass."

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