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.
August 21, 1986 |
The battle for the Raiders' last wide receiver spot is warming up. Last weekend, one contender, Rod Barksdale, scored on a 60-yard pass play from Marc Wilson. It was the equivalent of rolling a boulder off a cliff toward your opponent's head, the way Wile E. Coyote used to do to the Roadrunner in the cartoons. The other contender, Mark Pattison, shrugged it off, though, and within the hour scored on a bomb of his own, a 56-yard strike from Rusty Hilger.
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.
December 24, 2012 |
And for Christmas, Marqise Lee gives us his smile. It's a breathtaking smile, a constant glow both impish and welcoming, his mouth curling out and eyes lighting up into quite possibly the shiniest holiday ornament on the Los Angeles sports landscape. The smile is his gift. It is also his sword. “You know that guy in the movie 'Platoon' who keeps smiling and laughing even as they keep shooting him?” said Armando Flores, one of Lee's former foster parents. “That's Marqise.” TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule The smile has come to symbolize the jaw-dropping football feats of this USC sophomore, who was voted the nation's best wide receiver while becoming a favorite for next year's Heisman Trophy.
April 29, 1993 |
Michael Young, a former Ram and Denver Bronco wide receiver has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs.