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December 24, 1996 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before there was "Jake the Snake" at Arizona State there was "Van the Man." Before that, it was Frank "Fill in the Blank" Kush. This, essentially, is the history of Arizona State football. Three men. Three eras. Three defining moments. Kush, who coached 22 seasons, from 1958 to 1979, put the school on the map, on the hot seat after allegedly slapping punter Kevin Rutledge, then on NCAA probation. Kush's crowning moment was the 1975 Fiesta Bowl, when he capped a 12-0 season and No.
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September 17, 2006 | Sam Farmer
Jay Cutler's footsteps just got a lot louder in Denver. Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer looked very shaky last week in his three-interception performance at St. Louis, prompting many Denver fans to call for Cutler, a rookie who was a first-round pick from Vanderbilt. "I can't go tell the fans what to say or who to cheer for," said Plummer, whose team plays host to Kansas City today. "If I could tell them anything, it's that I'm playing as hard as I can.
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July 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Quarterback Jake Plummer agreed to a three-year, $1.6-million contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, virtually wrapping up negotiations before the start of training camp. Plummer, a star at Arizona State who led the Sun Devils to an undefeated season and to the Rose Bowl last year, is expected to back up Kent Graham. Plummer will get a $700,000 bonus, plus $241,000 in salary this year, $302,000 next, and $326,000 in 1999.
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January 21, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Jake Plummer tidied his game, shaved his interception total by more than half and helped the Denver Broncos clean up nicely this season. The same could not be said of the quarterback's appearance. No longer unbridled but still unkempt, with long hair and a dark full beard, Plummer is a curiosity -- and not only because his uncharacteristically efficient and unspectacular play (in his case, that's a good thing) won over critics.
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March 8, 2003
'They were chanting, "We want Jake!" and I was thinking in my head, "I want you," ' Jake Plummer, Newly acquired Denver quarterback, on Bronco fans chanting his name during Arizona's final game of 2002 against the Broncos
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August 19, 2005
'You can't make the club in the tub. We all know that.' Jake Plummer, Denver Bronco quarterback, on rookie running back Maurice Clarett, who missed nearly two weeks of training camp because of a groin injury
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October 3, 1996 | Associated Press
Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer says he'd rather face a pass rush than what he's gone through so far this week: theft of his car. Plummer's car was stolen last Friday night after he had left to join teammates in preparing for the next night's game with Oregon. He wasn't told of the theft until after Arizona State's 48-27 victory. * Auburn Coach Terry Bowden was back home preparing for this weekend's game only 24 hours after successful surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his neck.
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October 22, 1997 | Associated Press
Arizona Cardinal Coach Vince Tobin went with a hunch Tuesday, naming rookie Jake Plummer to start at quarterback Sunday against the Tennessee Oilers. Plummer, who starred at Arizona State and finished third in last year's Heisman Trophy voting, earned the job Sunday when he replaced Stoney Case and took the Cardinals on a 98-yard, 14-play drive that put Arizona ahead, 10-7, against Philadelphia. The Eagles won in overtime, 13-10, but Plummer made an impression.
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November 26, 1999 | JERRY CROWE
After leading the Arizona Cardinals to consecutive victories over the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, Dave Brown is expected to start at quarterback again Sunday against the New York Giants--even with Jake Plummer available to play after sitting out four games because of a broken finger. "Any time that somebody's performing well, it's a lot easier to continue to leave them in there and let them perform," Coach Vince Tobin said.
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September 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
Jake Plummer brought happy memories back to Arizona. The slender quarterback, criticized as a one-year wonder after taking the Cardinals to the playoffs in 1998 and then flopping last year when he had a hand injury, passed the Cardinals to a 32-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. Plummer passed to David Boston for 63 yards on the Cardinals' last possession--a gain to the Dallas 22.
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November 14, 2005 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
It was by no means a spectacular day for Jake Plummer. No long touchdown passes or wild scrambles. No gaudy statistics. But Plummer did just enough to guide the Denver Broncos to a 31-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an AFC West showdown Sunday, and that was enough to suggest the quarterback and his team are onto something good this season. "Whatever it takes, I just want to win," Plummer said. "I'm not going to overanalyze it, just enjoy it."
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August 19, 2005
'You can't make the club in the tub. We all know that.' Jake Plummer, Denver Bronco quarterback, on rookie running back Maurice Clarett, who missed nearly two weeks of training camp because of a groin injury
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December 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
Jake Plummer broke out of his slump and kept the Denver Broncos in the playoff race. Plummer threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, and Reuben Droughns scored three touchdowns as the Broncos beat the Tennessee Titans, 37-16, Saturday night to stay in at least a tie for the AFC's final wild-card slot going into the last week of the regular season.
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December 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Denver Bronco quarterback Jake Plummer was fined $5,000 by the NFL on Friday for making an obscene gesture during last week's game against Miami. Plummer and Coach Mike Shanahan refused to comment on the fine. Plummer apologized after the game, then during interviews Wednesday said he wasn't perfect and promised he'd never make the same mistake. "You know people do things that they regret," he said.
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October 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Denver quarterback Jake Plummer relented Wednesday, agreeing to adhere to the league's dress code and remove a sticker from his helmet that honored Pat Tillman, who was killed in the war in Afghanistan after quitting football to join the Army. "When it comes to honoring Pat, he's bigger than a sticker on my helmet," Plummer said. "I don't like the fact I can't, but I understand what the league wants to accomplish with its rules and regulations."
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November 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Jake Plummer made all the difference for the Denver Broncos. Plummer showed no signs of rust in his first game in a month, throwing for 253 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 37-8 rout of the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. "There's no question you try to minimize the situation when one of your guys go out," said tight end Shannon Sharpe, who caught all three of Plummer's touchdown passes. "But Jake brings us to a dimension we don't have unless he's in the ballgame."
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September 13, 1999 | From Associated Press
Jake Plummer is up to his old tricks. After his three first-quarter interceptions helped the Philadelphia Eagles take a 21-point lead, Plummer--the comeback artist--led the Arizona Cardinals to a 25-24 victory Sunday, with Chris Jacke making a 31-yard field goal as time ran out. "With 12 minutes left, I don't think I had to say it, but I did anyway. I said, 'We're down, but we're still in it,' " Plummer said. Then he walked down the benches telling his teammates, "You gotta believe!"
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October 16, 2003 | From Associated Press
Denver Bronco quarterback Jake Plummer will be sidelined about four weeks because of a broken left foot. Plummer, who sat out against Pittsburgh on Sunday because of a shoulder injury, initially injured the foot against Kansas City on Oct. 5. The Broncos believe Plummer probably had a stress reaction in his foot that didn't show up on X-rays. Plummer said he felt "a little pop" when he rose from his couch Monday night. "It happened for a reason," Plummer said.
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