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Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

The coaching DNA linking New England head coach Bill Belichick and his father Steve, a respected 34-year Navy assistant, are retold with every Patriots Super Bowl trip. But the Belichick family has company this week in Atlanta. Sean McVay, who has taken the Los Angeles Rams to...

Dan Fouts on Don Coryell and Hall of Fame

Dan Fouts on Don Coryell and Hall of Fame

John Madden, Joe Gibbs and Dan Fouts sat together as Don Coryell disciples for their mentor’s 2010 memorial on San Diego State’s campus. They shared the same thoughts delivering eulogies, but Fouts admits Madden said it best. “All three of us are in all Hall of the Fame because...

Air Coryell influence on Pro Bowlers

Air Coryell influence on Pro Bowlers

Before Fred Dryer played the TV detective "Hunter," he was a 12-year NFL veteran and All-American defensive end for Don Coryell at San Diego State.“Hunter” had a detective hunch about Coryell’s Pro Bowl influence on his Chargers and Cardinals players. Dryer believed comparing a...

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

“The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” – Mark Twain By Tom Shanahan  Let your mind wander for the length of this story to ponder the credible versus incredible. This story is about Willie Roaf, Michigan State and “what if”...

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

By now, the slicing and dicing of Frank Ragnow's measurables is complete.The Detroit Lions examined the height, weight and quickness of the 6-foot-5, 312-pound center from Arkansas. They used their first-round draft pick on him. ... Click here for the Detroit Free...

No better time for Coryell and Pro Football Hall

No better time for Coryell and Pro Football Hall

What delicious irony if Don Coryell were to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. We’ll know soon if he earns his place when the voters gather on Saturday in Houston on the eve of Super Bowl LI.The Los Angeles Chargers abandoned their San Diego home of 56...

Don Coryell belongs in Hall of Fame

Don Coryell belongs in Hall of Fame

NOTE: This is an updated story based on my research at the suggestion of Fred Dryer, who played for Don Coryell at San Diego State. He and many others believe Coryell belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dan Fouts says Coryell influenced the game on both sides of the ball....

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Jimmy Raye coached 37 years in the NFL. He worked for 10 different teams and helped several players get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he had never been to Canton, Ohio, for an enshrinement ceremony until last weekend.Sitting in the crowd, he listened as former Bucs coach...

Football brings Lynn Swann back to USC

Football brings Lynn Swann back to USC

Lynn Swann’s football story began playing on youth league teams, continued through All-American honors at both San Mateo (Calif.) Serra High and USC and culminated with winning four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Following his playing days, Swann was enshrined into...

Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

I once shared your shock and sadness over Junior Seau’s suicide. Now I only share sadness, thanks to Junior educating us about the link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.The larger-than-life linebacker killed himself on May 2,...