Arnie Stapleton, Ap Pro Football Writer Updated 4:57 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Forrest Gregg was remembered Wednesday as a gentle giant who was as comfortable playing Barbie dolls with his daughter as he was playing football for Vince Lombardi. Gregg died Friday at age 85 after a long fight with Parkinson's, a disease his neurologist and family believe might have been triggered by the countless concussions he sustained while playing football in the 1950s at SMU and in the NFL from 1956-71. "Forrest Gregg is one of the giants of the game," Hall of Fame President David Baker said, noting Gregg was one of a handful of players to win six NFL titles in a league that's celebrating its 100th season. The others are his Packers teammates Herb Adderley and Fuzzy Thurston and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Gregg's booming baritone that was reduced to a whisper in his later years reverberated through the First United Methodist Church … [Read more...] about Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg remembered as gentle giant
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Welcome to the Monday edition of The Cooler, where this is none of my business, but … let’s get to it: *My dad was in Minneapolis to visit this weekend, and as is common our conversation turned to baseball. It was Sunday night, and I had given him a book of famous baseball photographs as an early Christmas present, and one of them featured an aging Ted Williams having a conversation in the mid-1980s with two of the best hitters of that era: Don Mattingly and Wade Boggs. My dad asked if Mattingly was in the Hall of Fame, and I said “no,” but then I hopped onto Baseball Reference to confirm my answer (it was correct) and started rattling off Donnie Baseball’s stats. He was a career .307 hitter, had four unbelievable seasons as part of a very good six-year prime and continued to be a contributor until his retirement. He won one MVP award, could have won another, and nabbed nine Gold Gloves at first base. Mattingly is a borderline candidate, we both agreed, … [Read more...] about How in the world did Harold Baines get elected to the baseball Hall of Fame?
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 4:40 PM EDT Oct 7, 2018 The Detroit Lions found something important on Sunday. First of all, they found a whole bunch of luck when Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby suddenly forgot how to kick – he missed four field goals and an extra point, as the Lions held on for a 31-23 victory. But this was more than luck. The Lions found some toughness. They showed signs of strength and power, punching in a couple of touchdowns on the ground. This team has a new rally cry: When in doubt, just keep feeding LeGarrette Blount. They found some resilience — after the Packers cut the deficit to 10 points in the fourth quarter the Lions responded with a TD drive. And after Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers started to make it interesting in the fourth quarter, they milked the clock and held on for the victory. That’s a different kind of strength. That’s resolve. And that’s something we … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions find resilience and luck to save season against Packers
By Matt Schoch Special to The Detroit News Published 11:17 PM EDT Oct 6, 2018 When Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a knee injury in the first half of Week 1 against Chicago, it looked like the NFC North could again be up for grabs. Rodgers missed most of last season with an injury, opening the door for Minnesota to win the division that Green Bay had conquered for five of the previous six seasons. Rodgers returned against Chicago, however, leading the Packers to a comeback win, serving notice that he’s still the King of the North. The future Hall of Famer leads Green Bay on Sunday into Ford Field, where he is 6-2 all-time. Here are five things to watch in that one (1 p.m., FOX, WJR 760): 1. Rookies ready First-round pick Frank Ragnow has helped solidify the Lions offensive line for second-round pick Kerryon Johnson, who has proved more than capable as the Lions best running back. Now it could be time for third-round pick Tracy Walker to give the Lions a … [Read more...] about Five things to watch: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Updated 7:43 am PDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tommy McDonald, the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, has died. He was 84. His death was announced Monday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Details were not disclosed. McDonald was a two-time All-American from Oklahoma who played 12 NFL seasons for five teams and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. When he retired in 1968, he ranked second in league history in touchdown catches, fourth in yards receiving and sixth in receptions. But the 5-foot-7, 175-pound McDonald had to wait 30 years before becoming the smallest player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Oh, baby!" McDonald shouted in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 1, 1998. "Do I look excited, like I just won the lottery or the jackpot? Yes! I'm in the Hall of Fame!" His induction speech was equal parts hysterics and histrionics. … [Read more...] about Tommy McDonald, speedy Hall of Fame receiver, dies at 84