March 14, 2012 |
The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Calvin Johnson to an eight-year contract worth up to $132 million, the biggest deal in NFL history. The player's agent, Bus Cook , said the contract announced Wednesday is worth $60 million guaranteed. That figure and the total value of the contract are both NFL records. Johnson helped Detroit reach the playoffs last season for the first time in a dozen years. The Lions have built one of the league's most exciting young teams by drafting Johnson in 2007, quarterback Matthew Stafford two years later and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in 2010.
September 29, 1994 |
Charlie Arango watched a pass bounce off his left arm for the last time. He was acutely aware of the problem and decided it was time to eliminate it--forever. When Arango arrived home one day after playing in a junior high, flag-football game, he took off the rubber prosthesis that covered his three-quarter length arm and never wore it again. "One day he told me, 'Daddy, I don't need it. I feel more comfortable like this,' " Hugo Arango, Charlie's father, recalled.
October 15, 1992 |
The streak snapped, but Henry Ellard didn't. For 82 consecutive games, the Rams' 31-year-old wide receiver caught at least one pass in each--through rain or snow, sickness or health, through the dark of last season's 13 losses or the glory of his two Pro Bowl appearances.
July 24, 1991 |
Walter Wilson was a third-round draft choice of the Chargers last season, but promises, promises. After starting at wide receiver opposite Anthony Miller in the second game of the season and proclaiming himself ready for greatness, Wilson disappeared. By season's end, it became apparent that all that talk about Walter Wilson by Walter Wilson was much ado about nothing.
January 22, 1990 |
The defender falls down. You're suddenly wide open. You break downfield and look back for the pass. It's in the air. It's coming down on the wrong side but you turn around and catch it. There's no one between you and the end zone. The defender closes in from behind, attempts a diving tackle, but you break loose and score. It's a 70-yard touchdown pass play. Your team wins and is on the way to the Super Bowl. You are one of the stars. O.J.
December 5, 2013 |
The Carolina Panthers have won eight in a row, and Sunday are headed to New Orleans for their most daunting challenge of the season. For the 9-3 Panthers, the objective is to thrive in the chaos and noise of the Superdome against a seasoned 9-3 Saints team that's 6-0 in that building. It's in these times that the Panthers lean on All-Pro receiver Steve Smith, who is at his best under pressure, as he was last month when he repeatedly upstaged New England corner Aqib Talib in a 24-20 victory over the Patriots.
April 29, 1993 |
Michael Young, a former Ram and Denver Bronco wide receiver has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs.