Tag:Cris Collinsworth
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:48 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:05 am

Lawrence Taylor: Football was easy, life is hard

For as great as Lawrence Taylor was on the field he has been just as troubled off it. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

In January 2011, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor pled guilty to two charges of sexual misconduct. Two months later, Taylor received six years probation.

On Wednesday, the former Giants great joined James Brown and Cris Collinsworth on Showtime's Inside the NFL for his first extensive sit-down interview since his sentencing last March.

Taylor spoke about his 2010 arrest: "As a football player, I know everything about football, I mean as far as defense and stuff. I know what every player is supposed to do. I know where every player is supposed to be. I can see the play before it happens. I know where I’m supposed to be. I know how to manage a football game. The problem with me is, sometimes, managing my life. Because I make a lot of bad decisions and that’s the process that I’m going through now."

Taylor's life away from football has been a tumultuous existence. He was once asked what he could do that no other linebacker could, and he replied, "drink." But alcohol wasn't his biggest vice. He used drugs during his playing days and it got worse after he retired in 1993, writing in his autobiography that "I saw coke as the only bright spot in my future (after football)."

James Brown and Cris Collinsworth recently sat down with Lawrence Taylor to discuss his sentence for solicitation of a minor, his battles with substance abuse as well as modern day defense in the NFL. 

Taylor told Brown and Collinsworth that "I cannot stress enough that this has not been a great ordeal for me. And I’m quite sure this is not a great ordeal for the girl.  And it’s not a good ordeal for my family – my wife, especially. I hear it every day, every day, every day. ...

"What was I thinking?" Taylor asked. "According to my wife, I wasn’t thinking and she reminds me of that every day for the last year-and-a-half. We, as boys, think that we can do certain things and we’re still going to have that same life we did when we were younger, and sometimes my decision process is not very good. I make mistakes and I make bad decisions. Do I wish this had gone another way and that that day had never happened? Of course I do. The embarrassment I gave my family, the embarrassment of myself.

"Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that, ‘Hey, I’m a chronic bad person. I’m just going out and doing.’  I just get caught up and sometimes you think, you know life is not the same way it was 10 years ago, or 15 years ago. As an athlete, they may overlook a couple things.

"No. Nowadays, you guys are on 24-hours-a-day so everything that happens is actually exploited a little bit more or is blown up a little bit more and more people know about it. So now you have to really discipline yourself. For years, I had no discipline. I could do what I wanted to do as far as playing in New York.  I could do what I wanted to do as long as it was still within the law….Life…sometimes it just throws you some curves and just have to realize that this is a different time and different age and you have to tell yourself to be a man, boy."

Taylor said that "There is always a heart desire to do the right thing" but conceded that "as easy as football is to me…is as hard as life is to me."

He also talked about today's NFL compared to the one he left nearly two decades ago, as well as his thoughts on the Giants' return to the Super Bowl.

This week’s episode of Inside the NFL premieres tonight, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

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Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:16 pm

Collinsworth: Johnson's taunting worse than Suh

JohnsonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

On this week’s episode of Inside the NFL on Showtime, analysts Cris Collinsworth and Warren Sapp discuss the Stevie Johnson touchdown celebration that mocked Plaxico Burress and reenacted a plane crashing into the ground.

Some thought it was funny. Many thought it was ludicrous and over-the-top. And one person thought it was worse than Ndamukong Suh’s version of Stomp.

That one person? Cris Collinsworth.

So, um, say what, Cris?

“The Stevie Johnson thing was worse than Ndamukong Suh because it was premeditated,” Collinsworth said in comments released by the show. “Because he planned it out. And the reason they don’t let them do all this stuff, the NFL, is because it will always get away from them. It will always go too far.  And to plan on a celebration where you’re going to shoot somebody, shoot yourself in the leg to mock another player, but the other one was even worse.  To do the jet thing and fall down like a jet falling out of the sky.  To me it crossed so many boundaries. It makes you want to eliminate all celebrations together.”

OK, but how is that worse than Suh trying to maim another player?

“Ndamukong Suh, he got mad,” Collinsworth said.  “There was a fight and it’s happened to every one of us. Every one of us.  We’ve jumped over and slammed somebody down.”

Apparently, the NFL disagreed, because the league has suspended Suh for two games while it’s fined Johnson a paltry $10,000.

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Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:29 am

A.J. Green already the top WR in Bengals history?

A. Green is already being considered one of the top Cincinnati receivers of all time (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eight games into his career, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green has 40 catches for 599 yards and five touchdowns. All are the best numbers for a rookie receiver this year in the NFL (he’s also 12th among all NFL receivers), and he’s closing in on the Bengals rookie receptions record of 45 held by Isaac Curtis.

And already, there’s talk about whether Green will be the best receiver ever in the organization. Even Curtis, considered by many to be the top guy in Bengals history (and not necessarily Chad Ochocinco), gives his seal of approval to the job Green has done so far.

“He’s as talented as anyone in the league right now. He’s got unlimited talent. He’s fun to watch and he’s certainly as talented as anyone that’s come through here,” Curtis told Bengals.com.

Green's beginning
Well, what about Chad Ochocinco? After all, Ochocinco is the organizational leader with 751 catches and 10,783 yards. But as Butch Hobson points out, Curtis is a better choice for the title of “best ever Bengals receiver,” because his 416 catches for 7,101 yards occurred during an era (his career lasted from 1973-84) where the passing game wasn’t exploding and where quarterbacks didn’t regularly throw for 300 yards a game.

But how does Green compare to Ochocinco in his prime? Curtis, who still lives in Cincinnati, would know.

“Chad was a tremendous player here; he had some great seasons,” Curtis said. “But this kid might be a cut above. And I mean a cut above a lot of people. I really like him. I like his demeanor. He seems to be very pleasant, and he’s just going to mature and get better and better.”

Eight games into Green’s career, the fact the Bengals top receiver will say that is interesting. But let’s not forget what Seahawks rookie cornerback Richard Sherman earlier this month: "I would say he's probably one of the most overrated receivers out there. He wasn't anything special. (Andy) Dalton was a good quarterback. He makes good decisions, but A.J. Green is just a lot of noise talking and bad routes.”

So, it's not unanimous after all. And with players like Curtis, Ochocinco, Carl Pickens and Cris Collinsworth in the Bengals record book, Green is still a long way from fulfilling such a lofty position.

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 6:13 pm

Hot Routes 6.17.11: Palmer still could be traded

Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • When quarterback Carson Palmer said he would retire if the Bengals didn't trade him, owner Mike Brown didn't budge. And Brown still hasn't. But NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, who played for the Bengals in the 1980s, thinks Brown will eventually cave and try to move Palmer.
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Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 2:45 pm

Collinsworth returns to sidelines as HS coach

CollinsworthPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Among the people whose jobs will be affected by the lockout – including the players, owners, the fans, and the lower-level team employees who are being furloughed  – are the broadcasters who come out of summer hibernation in time for football.

Think, as an example, about Cris Collinsworth, one of the best color analysts in the game who works for Showtime and NBC during the season. With the football season up in the air, Collinsworth has decided to find a second job.

“I am going to get my football fix this fall even if the lockout cancels the NFL season,” writes Collinsworth on footballpros.com. “Highlands High School's head coach Dale Mueller (winner of four straight state championships) called to ask if I would be interested in coaching wide receivers. I laughed. He said he was serious. The pay wasn't much (zero), but he promised I would have fun. My son Jac is one of the receivers on the team, and I had already polluted his brain with most of my receiving advice. But what the heck, the NFL will probably miss at least half of their season anyway, I agreed.”

Collinsworth starts today, and he admits that he’s nervous. Like a first-year rookie, he’s got to inhale the playbook in order to teach the kids. The llearning, he writes, is making his brain feel like a plate full of scrambled eggs.

Highlands High School, mind you, is a football power in the state of Kentucky – the winner of four-straight state titles – and another Collinsworth son, Austin, also played there before matriculating to Notre Dame.

So, it’s a good fit for Collinsworth – who lives just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in northern Kentucky – because if Collinsworth coaches or he doesn’t, it likely won’t make much difference to Highland’s chances for another state crown.

Besides, Collinsworth’s employment options came down to two choices – an assistant high school coach or a riverboat captain. And as we learned in March, his vessels aren't always so successful in the water.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:08 am

Ickey Woods talks about TD celebrations

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After having both knees replaced, former Bengals RB Ickey Woods sat down with the Fort Worth Star Telegram to talk about how Woods was an ‘80s icon (Woods says he doesn’t consider himself one), if Cris Collinsworth is a better WR or a broadcaster (Woods says it’s the former), and about how he coaches his ex-wife on a women’s football team.

He also was asked about today’s TD celebrations, and the man who made famous the Ickey Shuffle isn’t impressed by today’s players.

“The entertainment or the things that they're doing now is more me-oriented,” Woods said. “They're geared more for the player than the fans. My thing was geared toward the fans. I never did it on the road. I always did it at home. It was something for our fans to enjoy, something to keep "The Jungle" rocking. Guys now, I think they're more into me-me with the Sharpie, the cellphone.

“I wasn't out to taunt anybody. I was just out to have fun and let our fans have fun.”

Hmm, take a look at the below video to see if Woods was actually team oriented during his Ickey Shuffle celebrations (before I looked at the video, I didn’t think so, but I guess he kind of is, especially running to the sideline to perform to avoid a celebration penalty).

On a serious note, Woods is also promoting the Jovante Woods Foundation for asthma research and asthma awareness (16-year-old Jovante, Ickey’s son, died last year after an asthma attack).

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Category: NFL
Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:23 am

Collinsworth on board float-away restaurant in KY

Posted by Will Brinson

Some crazy stuff happened on Friday in the NFL world. But the news that Cris Collinsworth was one of the 83 patrons onboard a float-away restaurant in Kentucky is just freaking odd.

No, there's not a typo there -- Jeff Ruby's Waterfront restaurant, which normally floats on top of the Ohio River while being moored to land, broke free from whatever wasn't holding it well enough and took off down the Ohio. And Collinsworth was on board. And yes, he's (apparently) safe.

"Luckily the people on the boat called," Covington Fire Department Capt. Chris Kiely said.

Indeed. Because, you know, being on a restaurant that's floating down a freaking river and not calling for help means that either a) everyone's already doomed or b) it's full of zombies. And neither of those options are really good.

The patrons were also helped by the fact that the restaurant became "wedged against the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge" (great name, by the by) and therefore didn't travel even further down the Ohio.

There's yet to be any confirmation of this modern day, culinary version of a Twain tale from Collinsworth's side, and because we're far enough out from the football season, there might not be. But at some point he's going to have to tell his side of the story, and if I have to guess, it'll sound something like whenever passengers think a plane is going down but everything ends up being just fine.

Only with more gravy.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 11:36 pm

Tony Dungy discusses his talk with Rex Ryan

Posted by Will Brinson

As everyone knows, Tony Dungy did not like Rex Ryan's pottymouthing-off on HBO's "Hard Knocks" (again, I'd point out that he should really just watch the censored version and then we could avoid this whole business).

When Ryan found out Dungy wasn't happy -- or that Dungy wouldn't hire him -- he said he'd call Dungy and talk with him. Dungy confirmed and discussed that call during and interview with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. (And yes: I'm sorry that everything in the world revolves around the Jets and the Vikings too. Nothing I can do to change that though.)

"We talked on the telephone and it was a good conversation," Dungy said. "I told him it wasn't anything personal on him -- they asked me my feelings on profanity and I'm not a big fan of it whether it comes from Rex Ryan or somebody else."

Michaels wanted to make sure that Dungy and Ryan were all good, and it turns out they most certainly are.

"Oh man, we were always okay," Dungy said, eliciting a snicker from Michaels and Collinsworth. "I'm just not okay with the profanity, especially as a leader -- leading a football team or anything, I just don't think it's necessary."

Collinsworth then got on board with Dungy, pointing out that the league kind of "put it on."

"It really was," Dungy replied. "We talked a lot about our image and our players and personal conduct and then to have something like that -- and I had a lot of Jets fans who love Rex Ryan said it was hard to watch, especially with their kids."

Collinsworth's follow-up involved him pointing out that he, many a time, had said something "insane" on the field that he's glad people never heard.

"Oh, we all have said things out there that we wish we could take back," Dungy replied. "That's one of the reasons I never allowed myself to be miked up."

When pressed about whether he "slipped up" out there, Dungy caved and admitted he said something dirty (I'm thinking "dagnabbut"?) once while coaching.

"I did a couple of times, and it's not something you're proud of."

See? You can throw stones in glass houses, kids.
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