January 19, 2004 |
As the NFC championship game ended and the scoreboard wasn't going to change -- it would say Carolina 14, Philadelphia 3 -- Panther linebacker coach Sam Mills looked up and pointed to the sky. Mills, who was an original Panther and the first player inducted into the Carolina Panther Hall of Fame, has cancer of his small intestine. Mills was diagnosed shortly before the season started and has coached as much as possible between treatments.
December 28, 1991 |
If it's any encouragement for Atlanta Coach Jerry Glanville, the New Orleans Saints' offensive linemen agree that Jessie Tuggle is one of the finest inside linebackers in the NFL. So, at the very least, the Falcons (10-6) have earned more than a little respect going into today's NFC wild-card game against the Saints (11-5) in the Superdome. The Saints are champions of the NFC West, and the Falcons are runners-up. It's the third meeting this season between the Saints and Falcons.
January 26, 2004 |
In the NFL if you are sick or injured, it's best to go away. You are nothing but a reminder of how instantaneously infallibility evaporates in this league, how quickly a knee shreds or a leg snaps or a shoulder separates or a concussion leaves you too weak and woozy to stumble onto the field. So quickly that, in a slow-moving second, an NFL game can end, a season can end, a career can end.
November 12, 1988 |
Would you buy a used car from Sam Mills? Sure you would. What you wouldn't do, and Eric Dickerson can vouch for this, is try to sneak past him with a football. Mills, a Pro Bowl linebacker and aspiring auto magnate, feels the same away about ballcarriers as he does about wisecracking customers who say that if a car salesman's lips are moving, he's lying. Dickerson, who was then with the Rams, found out the hard way one climate-controlled day in the New Orleans Superdome in 1986.
May 18, 1985 |
Linebacker Sam Mills scored one touchdown and set up another to lead the Baltimore Stars to a 34-21 United States Football League victory over the Orlando Renegades Friday night. Mills' efforts included a 20-yard return of a pass interception for a touchdown, and a tackle that caused a fumble and gave Baltimore the ball at the Orlando 22. Those two plays in the first four minutes of the second half helped the Stars quickly erase Orlando's 21-10 halftime lead.
September 22, 1993 |
Fullback Kevin Mack ended his two-month retirement and signed with the Cleveland Browns. . . . Linebacker Sam Mills of the New Orleans Saints had surgery on his right knee to drain it after an infection was discovered and will not play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. . . . Starting right cornerback Phillippi Sparks of the New York Giants will be sidelined for at least six weeks because of a sprained right foot. . . .