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Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:34 pm
 

Ahmad Bradshaw takes shot at Tony Romo

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BradshawBy Josh Katzowitz

Just because Tony Romo is coming off another solid season and shrugged off so many of the previous expectations/assumptions about his toughness and ability to play in the clutch, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to find his fellow colleagues to rip him whenever they get the chance.

I mean, the guy played with a punctured lung (and won!)and then, at the end of the season, he played with a bad hand, but hell, that apparently didn’t really satisfy anybody.

In fact, Romo started every game this season despite a number of ailments and obstacles. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was not so impressed.

Bradshaw, coming off his game-winning Super Bowl XLVI touchdown, was asked on the NFL Network if the Cowboys could ever win a Super Bowl with Romo as the starting quarterback. Bradshaw, predictably, doesn’t believe in Romo.

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“You know what, man, I don’t see it happening,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t think they believe it, and they’re America’s team.

“It all comes in together. If the fans don’t believe it, the team doesn’t. They’re kinda doubtful with Romo.”

While I'm not sure Bradshaw's reasoning makes sense (since when do players care what fans think about their teammates?), this also isn’t the first time this year a Giants running back has criticized Romo. You might recall Brandon Jacobs saying this in October: “[Eli Manning] is definitely a 100 percent better quarterback than Tony Romo. No question.”

Also criticizing Romo this year? Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders (though Romo also had a pretty big backer (literally and figuratively) in Dirk Nowitzki).

Surprisingly, not everybody, especially those in the Cowboys organization, agrees with Bradshaw (and Jacobs).

“I thought Romo was competing at a level that would’ve given us that opportunity but the rest of us need to play better and get better before we can really gel the way the Giants are,” Jones said at the Senior Bowl last month.

And when CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson caught up with Dallas running back DeMarco Murray during Super Bowl week, Murray defended Romo.

"One week he's a hero, the next week he's not,” Murray said. That's just the way it is with the Dallas Cowboys. We're used to it, we love it and we wouldn't want any one else leading our team."

Obviously, Romo is used to hearing people bash him for a variety of reasons. He tries to turn the other cheek. But he also understands why his vast array of critics say what they do.

"It's just an easy thing to say until you win the Super Bowl," Romo said in November. "Until then any time you lose a game it's a big game. But if you win, then it really wasn't that big of a game. That just goes with the territory."

But from a guy who just won the Super Bowl, Bradshaw’s words can’t feel so good to Romo.

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Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Kevin Kolb (turf toe) unlikely to play Sunday

K. Kolb might be sidelined by turf toe (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Where is Derek Anderson when you need him? That’s a joke, people, but now that it’s unlikely Kevin Kolb will play this Sunday for Arizona because of turf toe (that’s according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter), the Cardinals have to look at other quarterbacking options.

Like John Skelton, who showed some promise last season but ultimately produced a stat line that looked like this: five games, 47.6 completion percentage, two touchdowns, two interceptions, 62.3 quarterback rating.

So, that’s not particularly encouraging.

But to Kolb’s credit, he hates that turf toe is the injury that might keep him out of action.

"I remember Deion Sanders was the first one I ever saw that had 'turf toe,' and I was thinking the same thing as a fan: 'What? Why is (he) out for two weeks with a turf toe?'" Kolb said in a radio interview, via the Arizona Republic. "Then you get one and realize it's a little more painful than it comes across as."

The good news, though, is that Kolb is out of his walking boot and using an unlaced sneaker on his foot.

"He has come a long way in two days," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "That thing was swollen and black and blue. It's going to be how much movement he can get back into it and if the swelling will go down."

In that radio interview, Kolb also said the turf toe moniker made him sound like a “weenie.” I’m not sure that’s true. But I do know this: using the term “weenie” makes him sounds like, well, a weenie.

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Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:19 am
 

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Deion Sanders likes Tony Romo but says 'you can't trust him.' (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Deion Sanders is an analyst for the NFL Network, and he's a former Cowboy, too, so it stands to reason that he'd have some thoughts on his former team. He's previously weighed in on wide receiver Dez Bryant, his one-time mentee, and after what transpired at the Jerry Dome Sunday against the Lions, Sanders spoke frankly about everybody's favorite punching bag, quarterback Tony Romo.

"I don’t understand this guy. Just when you want to believe in him, heroic effort, came back against San Francisco, they said punctured lung and everything," Sanders said during the NFL Network's Sunday night wrap-up show. "And we praised him, we said, 'Yeah, he’s that leader, he’s their guy.' And then you come and do this. What are you thinking? Sooner or later we’ve just got to quit guessing and assuming that this guy’s is the guy to get you over the hump, and say, 'You know what? This guy is always going to be great statistically, but he’s not that guy that can take you to where you want to go.' And that’s the Super Bowl."

Sounds familiar because it's what we hear every season with Romo, a top-10 NFL quarterback who goes through stretches (usually at the worst possible moments) where he looks like he's never thrown a football.

Still, despite his wildly inconsistent play from one week to the next, we didn't single him out in the latest edition of Coach Killers for one reason: defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who can't blame sore ribs or a punctured lung for his decision to not double-cover Calvin Johnson on the game's most important play.

And if Romo apologists are looking to dispel the notion that the Cowboys' quarterback is solely responsible for Sunday's loss, Grantland's Bill Barnwell offers a helping hand.

"Go watch those [Romo interceptions] again. It's one thing when a quarterback makes a terrible throw to the sideline and it gets jumped by an eager defender. That's a throw that invites a pick-six. The two interceptions that were returned for scores were both disappointing throws, but neither of them were totally on Romo. And if you watch the returns, you'll note that Bobby Carpenter and Chris Houston run through virtually the entire Cowboys offense en route to the score. …There's nothing about those interceptions that forced the Cowboys to avoid making tackles, and assigning Romo all of the blame for those plays because the Cowboys didn't tackle is beyond unfair."

Okay, so it wasn't all Romo's fault, but none of his 10 teammates made him throw the ball in those situations.

Perhaps it's time for the Cowboys offense to devote some practice time to tackling would-be interceptors. It's unconventional, yes, but Romo's going to throw picks so it only makes since to be prepared. Either way, to hear Sanders tell it, the torch-and-pitchfork crowd is mobilizing.

"Dallas Cowboys fans are sick of it. We had [Romo] on our shoulders last week. 'Oh Tony, he’s our king!' But now we want to stone him. I’m serious, that’s the way [fans] feel about him because you can’t trust him. I like him. Statistically, he’s great, but you can’t trust him."

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: August 7, 2011 10:27 am
 

Video: Sharpe, Sanders Hall of Fame speeches

Posted by Ryan Wilson



                                                             Ed Sabol | Richard Dent (photos) | Chris Hanburger 
                         Shannon Sharpe (photos) | Marshall Faulk (photos) | Les Richter | Deion Sanders (photos)
                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
 | Hall of Fame photos | More Hall of Fame news




On Saturday night, Shannon Sharpe and Deion Sanders gave two of the most impassioned Hall of Fame speeches in recent memory. Here are the highlights, courtesy of NFL.com.


Shannon Sharpe, left, unveils a bust of himself along with his presenter and brother, Sterling Sharpe, during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)



CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6: Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders talks to the fans after unveiling his bust at the Enshrinement Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2011 2:59 pm
 

2011 Hall of Fame induction poignant, emotional



Posted by Ryan Wilson



                                                             Ed Sabol | Richard Dent (photos) | Chris Hanburger 
                         Shannon Sharpe (photos) | Marshall Faulk (photos) | Les Richter | Deion Sanders (photos)
                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
 | Hall of Fame photos | More Hall of Fame news




The 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend may have been without an actual NFL game (the Bears and Rams were scheduled to play before the lockout dragged into July and led to its cancellation), but the induction ceremony wasn't without poignant moments, raw emotion, and inspiration.

Seven members were a part of the 2011 class: 

Ed Sabol. Ninety-four years old, Sabol gave his acceptance speech from a wheelchair while sounding every bit as lucid and spry as he appeared in possibly one of the best Hall of Fame introduction videos ever. Sabol's son, Steve, who is battling brain tumors, presented Ed for introduction.

"I've dreamt the impossible dream and I'm living it right now," Sabol said Saturday night. "This honor tonight really goes to NFL Films. I just happen to be accepting all the accolades. … I just want to say one thing: I've been very, very happy to have been your boss for all these years. You're a great bunch of people, dedicated, hard-working and loyal, and the reason I'm sitting up here."

Richard Dent. The former Tennessee State University player was an integral part of the 1985 Chicago Bears defense, one of the best defenses in modern NFL history. And Saturday, he becomes the third member of that unit to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dent, who had to wait seven years for this day, joins Dan Hampton and Mike Singletary.

"I grew up in a town where a man said 'I have a dream.' … As a kid growing up at that time, listening to [Martin Luther King], all I could do was dream," said Dent Saturday night. "… Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here."

Chris Hanburger. With his North Carolina drawl and dry wit, Hanburger's speech was as much a stand-up set as it was an acceptance speech. And by the end of the night, Deion Sanders called Hanburger, who Sanders hadn't met before the weekend, a friend, saying "I love you, man."

As for his career, Hanburger played all 14 years with the Washington Redskins, and he was the original cerebral NFL linebacker. He was an 18th-round selection in 1965 who ended up a nine-time Pro Bowler, four times a first-team All Pro, and an eight-time first team All Conference selection.

"It's been a tremendous thrill for me," Hanburger said Saturday. "… I've never had a chance to meet members of the Hall of Fame like this. It's a great honor. ... This is one of the greatest moments of my life and I mean that from my heart."

Shannon Sharpe. Twitter was abuzz, even as Sharpe was still on stage, calling his speech (see it here) one of the best in Hall of Fame history, surpassing the impassioned words Michael Irvin just years before.

Sharpe spoke about mostly about his family and their role in his journey.

“Sterling was supposed to be in the Hall first," Shannon said Friday. "I was supposed to introduce him for his speech, for his introduction and then take his bronze bust into the Hall. But now we’re going in together. I’m taking him in with me. … I’ve always wanted to be like him. …

"I'm here today for a lot of reasons," Shannon contineued. "… Some have absolutely nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the kindness and patience of all the people who guided me through my life."

Marshall Faulk. The San Diego State star revolutionized the running back position during his 12-year NFL career. After five seasons in Indianapolis where he never averaged more than 4.1 yards per carry, Faulk teamed up with Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz in St. Louis and became an integral part of the "Greatest Show on Turf." In his first three years with the Rams, Faulk averaged 5.4 yards per carry, in addition to more than 1,600 receiving yards over that time. He ended his career with 12,279 yards rushing, 6,875 yards receiving and 136 touchdowns.

"This is pretty special -- this right here, these guys … I'm glad to be a part of it," Faulk said. "I want to thank God. And I want to thank God because this is football heaven."

Les Richter passed away in June 2010, but his legacy as a hard-hitting, game-defining player remains. At 6-3, 240 pounds, he was one of the most physical linebackers in the league during his nine-year career that began with the the Los Angeles Rams in 1954.

“It always puzzled me why Les was not in the Hall of Fame," said Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who played against Richter in high school, college and the NFL. "He was a great, great player. I don’t know any linebacker in that era who even compares to him.”

Deion Sanders. In the second-most emotional speech of the night, Sanders was funny, poignant and passionate.

Deion is widely considered the best cover cornerback in NFL history and his first-ballot enshrinement is a testament to his effect on the position and the game during a 14-year career.

"I appreciate this game so much," Sanders said Saturday. "...This game taught me so much about people, about focus, about sacrifice."

Sanders also addressed the doubters who said he wasn't much of a tackler during his NFL career.

"Some of my critics say, 'You know, Prime didn't tackle.' I want to respond to that publicly, because that affects me, that bothers me. …Since 1989 I've tackled every bill my mama has every given me. Haven't missed one. The next time they say 'Prime didn't tackle.' Let them know 'Yes he did.'"

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:37 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Deion Sanders: 2011 Hall of Fame Class



Posted by Ryan Wilson

"He's the first shutdown corner ever. He introduced the concept." - Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young

“Not in the NFL,” Sanders' agent Eugene Parker said when asked if there was anyone like Sanders when he came into the NFL in 1989. “He was the Muhammad Ali of the NFL.”

"You don't go from a Yugo to a Benz, back to a Yugo." - Deion Sanders, on being asked if he was going back to the Falcons, after a year with the 49ers



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
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Deion Sanders is widely considered the best cover cornerback in NFL history and his first-ballot enshrinement is a testament to his effect on the position and the game during a 14-year career.

"Lord, I thank you. Jesus I love. If it wasn't for God I wouldn't be here today," Sanders began. "…I appreciate this game so much. … They told me we would get compensated for a game? And I hear so many people say, 'I would do this for free.' I would too as long as you're doing it for free," Sanders said to a stadium full of laughs. 

"...This game taught me so much about people, about focus, about sacrifice."

Sanders told an impassioned story about his mother, and a promise he made that she would never have to work again.

"The problem with some dreams is that they're only about you," Sanders said. "If you're dream ain't bigger than you, there's a problem with your dream." 

Sanders also addressed the doubters who said he wasn't much of a tackler during his NFL career. 

"Some of my critics say, 'You know, Prime didn't tackle.' I want to respond to that publicly, because that affects me, that bothers me. …Since 1989 I've tackled every bill my mama has every given me. Haven't missed one. The next time they say 'Prime didn't tackle.' Let them know 'Yes he did.'"

A former first-round pick (fifth overall) out of Florida State, Sanders played with the Falcons, 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins and Ravens. He's an eight-time Pro Bowler, six-time first-team All-Pro selection, two-time Super Bowl champ, and was named AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.

Sanders now works as an analyst for NFL Network. He also founded Prime U, which helps college athletes prepare for the NFL Combine.

Eugene Parker presented Sanders for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Posted on: August 6, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction live chat



Posted by Ryan Wilson

There may not be a Hall of Fame game this year but there's still the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. And we're covering it live. So feel free to join us to talk about the inductees, who should've been donning a sweet canary yellow jacket tonight, or just to relive some of your favorite Shannon Sharpe quotes from over the years.



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
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The fun starts around 6:15 p.m. ET.



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Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Photos: Deion Sanders, Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The class of 2011 will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, August 6. Whether it's background on all the members of the Class of 2011, more on Deion Sanders, Hall of Fame news in generalor if you want to join us as we follow the induction ceremony live, CBSSports.com and the Eye on Football blog have you covered.


1989-1990: Defensive back Deion Sanders of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons won the game 27-21. Credit: Allen Steele /Allsport.


2011 Hall of Fame inductee Deion Sanders in action against Jerry Rice. (Getty Images)
10 Nov 1996: Jerry Rice #80 of the San Francisco 49ers'' in action against former teammate Deion Sanders #21 of the Dallas Cowboys during their 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. Credit: Otto Greule Jr., Getty Images.



This Sept. 21, 1998, file photo shows Dallas Cowboys' Deion Sanders celebrating after intercepting a pass from New York Giants quarterback Danny Kanell and returning 71-yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File.


Deion Sanders receives his gold jacket from Eugene Parker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner. (AP)
Deion Sanders, right, receives his gold jacket from Eugene Parker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Parker will be presenting Sanders for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Credit: AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel.


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