December 16, 1989 |
Tony Eason, the former New England Patriots quarterback who at first refused to sign with the New York Jets six weeks ago because of his close friendship with Ken O'Brien, the Jets' No. 1 quarterback, reacted with reluctance Friday when it became obvious that he would start against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday. "We're leaning to Eason right now," a seemingly dispirited Coach Joe Walton said as he walked toward the practice field.
November 2, 1989
The New York Jets claimed Tony Eason on waivers from New England, but the former Patriot quarterback said he wouldn't report on the advice of his agent.
October 1, 1989 |
In an effort to end their floundering ways, the Patriots have turned to the people's choice -- Doug Flutie. New England Coach Raymond Berry announced Wednesday Flutie would be the starting quarterback Sunday in Buffalo when the Patriots play a critical game against the Bills. "My main concern now is what can we do to beat Buffalo," Berry said. "I think Doug is our best chance to do that. We need a spark right now." Flutie, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Boston College and a Natick, Mass.
April 23, 1989 |
They come out of college football with impeccable credentials, proudly labeled "can't miss" players. They are All-This and All-That, equipped with all the tools they need to succeed. They are probed and picked at by the scouts, twisted and turned every which way, like so many laboratory specimens. Then the glowing reports are delivered to the clubs. Great hands. Great speed. Great prospect. But that's all they are--prospects. And sometimes, great expectations turn into sour reality.