January 14, 1995 |
Admittedly, for the purposes of career advancement, car wrecks are not for everybody. On the lecture circuit, Brent Jones is quick to warn: Kids, do not try this at home. Yet it's difficult to imagine where Jones might have ended up had it not been for a fender bender. Probably not in San Francisco, where he has established himself as one of the NFL's premier tight ends. Probably not on the cover of the 49ers' 1994 media guide. (OK, it's the back cover, but he's working his way forward.
September 21, 1987 |
With six seconds left and a six-point lead, Cincinnati Bengald Coach Sam Wyche had three choices. He picked the wrong one. Rather than punt or take a safety, Wyche chose to try to run out the clock on a fourth-down play deep in Bengal territory and ended up helping the San Francisco 49ers to a 27-26 victory Sunday. Wyche's plan backfired as the 49ers stopped running back James Brooks to get the ball with two seconds left.
October 17, 1987 |
The NFL Players Assn. sought an order Friday that would force team owners to pay them a week's lost salary and have this weekend's replacement games stricken from the league standings. The action came as players drilled under the direction of National Football League coaches for the first time since Sept. 22, when the 1,585 union members walked off the job. The work stoppage collapsed Thursday when the players agreed to return to work without a contract.
October 3, 1994 |
That this night was special could not be determined from Don and Dave Shula's pregame hug, seeing as it was announced on a printed schedule and accompanied by 57 photographers. It was not evident as both men stood solemnly on opposite sides of the 50-yard line during the national anthem, seeing as an intruding camera made it impossible for Dave to see Don.
October 22, 1990 |
This may be a preview of what to expect under the NFL's expanded playoff format, but if the regular season ended today: - The Dallas Cowboys (3-4) would be the third wild-card team in the NFC. The Cowboys tripled their win total of a year ago on Sunday by beating Tampa Bay, 17-13, on Troy Aikman's 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Irvin with 23 seconds left. - And Tampa Bay, which accounted for two of the Cowboys' victories, would also make it at 4-3. Call it the NHL factor.
November 24, 1985 |
Quarterback Steve Young, whose pro contracts have prompted far more debate than his completions, steps up in class today. Six weeks after disgruntled Tampa Bay fans began chanting his name in unison, the 24-year-old former Brigham Young All-America makes his NFL debut when the 1-10 Buccaneers face Detroit. Young places his quick feet, strong left arm and bulging financial portfolio on the line behind an injury-ravaged offensive front.
March 5, 1993 |
The Rams, desperate for a starting tackle after Gerald Perry's defection to the Raiders, have made a strong pitch for the New York Jets' Irv Eatman. Eatman, who played four years at UCLA before moving on to the USFL and NFL, toured Rams Park on Thursday and underwent a physical examination. "It would be poetic justice," Eatman said, "to come back where it really all began." The Rams contacted Eatman's agent Tuesday when it became apparent that Perry was going elsewhere.
December 19, 1992 |
For five years now the Philadelphia Eagles have been a promise unkept. Randall's going to do this, Reggie's going to do that, Buddy's going to lead them here, Kotite's going to take them there. Occasionally, when their stars are all aligned, they play a game that takes your breath away. But mostly, the Eagles fail to deliver. Which brings us to Sunday's game against the Redskins in Philadelphia. Dear Eagles: Put up or shut up. Play when it counts or turn off the lights on your way out.
July 13, 1986 |
The NFL's problems are stacking up like so many Chicago Bear defenders on an obvious passing down. As NFL training camps open throughout July from Thousand Oaks, Calif., to Carlisle, Pa., the usual image of sweating athletes, eager rookies and yelling coaches has been replaced by drug problems, rookie contract hassles and the lingering antitrust battle against the U.S. Football League. The NFL, just a few years ago a juggernaut, is looking its age as it wheezes toward its 67th season.
September 19, 1995 |
Kansas City, San Diego, Oakland or Cleveland might entertain hopes of being the NFC's sparring partner in January, but Miami took the early lead in the annual AFC "Who gets crushed in this year's Super Bowl by Dallas or San Francisco" derby Monday night.