June 25, 1992 |
Frank Minnifield and Niko Noga told jurors in the NFL antitrust trial that the league's free agency system has unfairly restricted them from choosing where they want to work. Minnifield, Noga and the six other players who are suing the NFL say the league's Plan B free agency system has cost them money and the opportunity to test their worth on an open market. "I believe pro football players should have rights like everyone else in this room," said Minnifield, a Cleveland Brown defensive back.
December 5, 2013 |
Tim Tebow's dream of playing quarterback for a professional football team might be over in America, or at least the NFL, but Italian league team Milano has offered him a four-month contract. Milano team President Marco Mutti told the Associated Press that the offer has been sent to Tebow's agent and the club is awaiting an answer. “We would be more than happy to have him,” Mutti said. The Milano Seamen lost last season's championship game to the Parma Panthers, 51-28.
August 8, 2010
JERRY RICE Wide receiver, 6-2, 200. 1985-2000, San Francisco 49ers; 2001-04, Oakland Raiders; 2004 Seattle Seahawks • Career: Selected by 49ers in first round (16th player overall) of 1985 draft … In 1986, caught 86 passes for a league-leading 1,570 yards and led the NFL in touchdown catches with 15. Marked first of 11 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Recorded double-digit receiving touchdowns in nine of next 10 seasons … In 1987 set the NFL record for touchdown receptions in season with 22 … Four seasons with 100-plus catches … Led NFL in receiving yards six times, including NFL-record 1,848 yards in 1995 … Led NFL in touchdown receptions six times … Owns virtually every significant receiving mark including receptions (1,549)
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January 29, 1999 |
Is this a bad omen for the two groups bidding to bring an NFL franchise to Los Angeles? K.W. Jeter's novel "Noir," set in the 21st century, has a chilling scene in which an investigator stumbles into the End Zone Hotel in L.A. "The place had a pro football motif," Jeter writes, "yellowing posters of numbers and helmeted players on the walls, from a time when there'd been those kinds of teams. . . .
October 23, 1990 |
Herschel Walker, the 225-pound sprinter who has been turned into a jogger by the Minnesota Vikings, continues to be the most misunderstood football player of our time. The charge that Walker lacks courage was brought into the open on national television Sunday by NBC announcer O.J. Simpson. It is a preposterous charge. The truth is that Walker has all the courage that Simpson ever showed in his NFL career. And to allege otherwise is to slander a veteran athlete irresponsibly.
December 10, 1991 |
What backup quarterback is playing the NFL's best football in this year of the backup? There are three lively candidates. Steve Beuerlein, Steve Bono and Jeff Kemp have been winning game after game as replacements for, respectively, Troy Aikman at Dallas, Joe Montana and Steve Young at San Francisco, and Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon at Philadelphia. And they aren't alone.