April 23, 1994 |
The tension had been building for weeks. Which quarterback would the New England Patriots take, Drew Bledsoe or Rick Mirer? Bill Parcells, the new coach, decided weeks before, but never tipped his hand. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue finally ended the drama, telling the crowd at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway, and the national TV audience, that Bledsoe, of Washington State, would be the choice. "I always thought (being taken No.
February 6, 1990 |
Bruce Coslet, offensive coordinator for the high-scoring Cincinnati Bengals, was named the new head coach of the New York Jets today, ending a six-week search for a successor to Joe Walton. The 43-year-old Coslet was not the Jets' first choice for the job. Last month, Michigan State Coach George Perles turned down the position and accepted an offer to also become athletic director at the school.
December 30, 1994 |
It will never happen, but Roy Jones Jr. can't help but wonder what it would be like to fight 46-year-old heavyweight champion George Foreman. Jones, considered one of the world's top fighters, pound for pound, after dominating James Toney to win the International Boxing Federation super-middleweight title, says he could be very effective against Foreman. "He would never land a punch," Jones says.
April 4, 1993 |
Joe Montana could leave the San Francisco 49ers as early as next week, according to a published report Saturday. The Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Phoenix Cardinals all have inquired about Montana and are prepared to make offers, according to a report published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "Something could happen this weekend, or definitely by Monday," a source close to the team told the newspaper. "Kansas City and Tampa have been talking, and now Phoenix is in the running."
August 22, 1991 |
While the Chargers continued to plug holes on defense by acquiring rejects from other teams, they moved closer to ending the holdout of their most valuable offensive player. The Chargers claimed cornerback Cedrick Mack off waivers Wednesday from the Phoenix Cardinals, who released the nine-year veteran Monday. Tuesday, the Chargers picked up outside linebacker Mike Wilcher on waivers from the Rams. Wilcher practiced with the Chargers Wednesday afternoon.
January 2, 1986 |
Amid the seeming decaying morals of college football, a Tim Green occasionally emerges. Green, a defensive tackle at Syracuse, is headed for a first-round selection in the NFL draft this spring. Or is he? Later this month, Green will find out if he has been accepted as a Rhodes Scholar. If selected, and the powers at Oxford University in England say he cannot combine his studies with pro football, Green will have a big decision--and the NFL will have a 6-foot-2 and 250-pound question mark.
July 19, 1994 |
Tony Meola, the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. national soccer team since 1989, was signed by the New York Jets as a kicker, it was announced Monday. "We gave Tony quite an extensive workout late last week and were really impressed by his leg strength and accuracy," said Dick Steinberg, the Jets' general manager. Meola, 25, from Kearny, N.J., was one of the high-profile members of the first U.S. team since 1930 to advance beyond the first round of the World Cup.
May 12, 1990
If the Edmonton Oilers play the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, it will be a rematch of the 1988 finals, which were swept by the Oilers. The teams actually played five games, but the fourth game was canceled because of a power failure at Boston Garden with the score 3-3 at 16:37 of the second period. NHL President John Ziegler announced afterward that the game would be replayed two nights later at Edmonton.
January 27, 1990 |
Dick Steinberg, general manager of the New York Jets, coordinated the Rams' draft in 1979, when Joe Montana came out of Notre Dame. What was the report on the future San Francisco 49er star? "He was kind of an erratic guy," Steinberg said. "Even then, he was a guy who could win games for you in the fourth quarter. He did that a lot, but on a game-to-game basis, he was never really that consistent. His arm is actually stronger now than when he came out. "He's perfect for the (49er) system.
July 24, 1992 |
Montana, Elway, Marino . . . and there is someone who is getting a lot of attention these days as potentially the next great quarterback in the NFL--Jeff George of the Indianapolis Colts. "The greatest passer I've ever been around is Sonny Jurgensen," said Colt Coach Ted Marchibroda, an assistant at Washington when Jurgensen played with the Redskins. "I think Jeff rivals that. I think his arm rivals any that I've seen in the National Football League."