April 14, 1987 |
Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth did not make contact with the NFL by Monday's deadline and thus is ineligible for the April 28 draft, a league official said. Joel Bussert, director of player personnel for the NFL, said shortly before his office closed that Bosworth had not submitted the required written statement saying he wished to be included in the regular draft. "We don't have anything, and it has to be in writing," Bussert said. "A phone call would not be sufficient."
September 7, 1986 |
'Last year, we opened the season with a semi-dormat (Minnesota). This year, we opened with a legitimate doormat.' --BRIAN BOSWORTH, Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth didn't say flat-out that wearing pastel blue took the fight out of a man but he had to admit, for a working theory, it wasn't bad. "I know I wouldn't wear pastel blue," the Oklahoma linebacker said. "I'd transfer."
September 19, 2003 |
The year was 1986 and things started badly for the UCLA football team in Norman, Okla. -- beginning with the coin flip. Quarterback Matt Stevens, one of UCLA's captains, recalls that Oklahoma All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth wouldn't even shake hands when the captains met at midfield. "I wasn't going to shake anyone's hand," Bosworth said. "They were wearing leggings. They looked like dancers." It has been 17 years since UCLA last visited Norman to play the Sooners.
October 24, 1987 |
Brian Bosworth had his head down, peeling off tape, when Daryl Turner came by. Turner, a wide receiver, is one of the Seattle Seahawks' free spirits, and he was curious about the new guy in the clubhouse. Turner bent over and rubbed his head against Bosworth's brushcut. Bosworth looked up and smiled. Then Turner grabbed a handful and tugged. Bosworth looked up again. "Is that stuff real ?" Turner asked. Bosworth laughed.
December 27, 1986 |
All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth, banned from playing in the Orange Bowl because a drug test showed he took steroids, said Friday that he deserves a right "to give my body the ultimate challenge and be as healthy as I can be." The Oklahoma star, holding a news conference in Miami to make his first comments since his banishment from the bowl was publicly announced Thursday, said the steroids were prescribed by a doctor to help his rehabilitation.
August 15, 1987 |
All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth signed the largest contract ever awarded a National Football League rookie--10 years for $11 million--with the Seattle Seahawks Friday, two months after pledging he would never play for them. "We were looking for something that would knock us silly, and this one knocked me on my butt," the former Oklahoma star said. "It's big."
October 24, 1988 |
Ladies and gentleman, The Boz has left the dressing room! He's not talking. Not now. Not in his swirling, twirling purple and black bicycle shorts. You want to talk to the Boz, you wait. Yes, Brian Bosworth has left us, but his memory lives on. Unfortunately, for the rest of the Seattle Seahawks, so does the 31-10 loss to the Rams Sunday at Anaheim Stadium. "We just didn't make the plays today," Seattle Coach Chuck Knox said. Your team made plenty of plays, Chuck.
August 17, 1987
Brian Bosworth, after his first workout with the Seattle Seahawks, said he was surprised. No, they didn't hit harder than he expected. Just the opposite. "It's more finesse out here for some reason," the rookie linebacker said. "At Oklahoma, we were programmed all the time to bite the hell out of people. "The coaches said I'm going to have to reprogram myself and not hit the hell out of people on every play. But it's foreign to my thinking. It's something I'm going to have to work on."
December 21, 1987 |
It was Walter Payton Day at Soldier Field, but Brian Bosworth crashed the party. Bosworth recovered two fumbles and nearly returned one for a touchdown Sunday as the Seattle Seahawks beat Chicago, 34-21, and spoiled Payton's final regular-season home appearance. And in another upset, the rookie linebacker, who usually has plenty to say, declined to talk to reporters after the game. Payton, the NFL's all-time leading rusher with 16,644 yards, ran 17 times for 79 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.
August 27, 1996 |
Five more days. The anticipation hangs in the air like the calm before a much-needed storm. Five more days until the NFL marches into lunch rooms and living rooms. Five more days until America gathers for a five-month date with its favorite action heroes. Five more days until Brian Bosworth needs to clip new coupons. "You betcha," he said. "Big time." Bosworth is still smarting from that last trip to the grocery store for his family, where he laid out $7.50 worth of coupons.