Tag:Donte Stallworth
Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 8:59 pm

Redskins release Stallworth, sign Anderson

CB Rodgers-Cromartie arrived in Philly with a reputation for shying away from tackles. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Former Texans wide receiver David Anderson might be one of our favorite players and it has nothing to do with his ability to catch a football. His Conan O'Brien-inspired end zone celebration from the 2008 season (see below), as well as his Power Alleys movement in Houston (specifically: Episode No. 34) are two of the reasons we love him.

Now, after six years with the Texans, where he played under then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2008-09, Anderson has been signed by the Washington Redskins. To make room for him on the roster, the team released Donte' Stallworth.

With Santana Moss sidelined with a broken hand, Washington is in desperate need of playmakers. (Not having a legitimate starting quarterback hurts, too.) They were shutout by the Bills in Week 8, and against the 49ers Sunday managed just a 59-yard field goal before a late garbage touchdown.

Despite lack of depth at wide receiver, Stallworth, who is one of the fastest players in the league, struggled to get on the field. He played in just four games this season, registering five catches for 46 yards.

The Ravens signed Stallworth before the 2010 season in the hopes that he would give Joe Flacco a much-needed deep threat. But just like his tenure in Washington, he barely contributed, appearing in eight games and made two catches.

More evidence for how dire the Redskins' offensive situation is, via the Washington Post's Mike Jones: Tight end Fred Davis leads the team with 40 catches for 559 yards and two touchdowns and Jabar Gaffney is the most productive wide receiver with 31 catches for 441 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Shanahan on Sunday promoted rookie Leonard Hankerson to the starting lineup.

Anderson, whose Twitter bio describes him as "Getting paid to do what I did in (high school) and Im not talking about getting B's and losing my virginity," tweeted Tuesday that he was traded to the Skins "by the Manhattan Beach Soccer Moms."

Anderson arrives in DC with 82 career receptions, 895 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The fight for equal rights often transcends race, gender and socio-economic boundaries. And while the world of professional sports isn't the first place you'd expect an open and frank discussion about sexuality, there have been current and former athletes who've supported a person's right to their sexual orientation.

Four years ago, former center John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out publicly. In recent months, NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Donte Stallworth publicly supported gay marriage (as have former Giants player Michael Strahan and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash).

We can now add former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's name to the list. Appearing in the new issue of Out, Irvin says that his decision to take a stand had to do with his relationship with his gay brother, Vaughn, who died of stomach cancer in 2006. According to the magazine, this is the first time Irvin has spoken publicly about his brother.

More details via WABC:
In the article, Irvin describes how his brother's sexual orientation contributed to his own issues. He says that he found out his brother was gay sometime in the 1970s when he found him wearing women's clothing. He was rattled by the experience and has since figured out that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior.

"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."
Irvin credits his father with helping him accept his brother's lifestyle and now says the African-American community should support marriage equality.

"I don't see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," he said, according to the magazine. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don't want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn't deserve equality."

There have been detractors, too. In June, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree said gay marriage "will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy."

But Irvin, who had his share of off-field trouble during his playing days, has no such hang-ups. "If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him. ... When a guy steps up and says, 'This is who I am,' I guarantee you I'll give him 100 percent support."

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:14 pm

Hot Routes 6.28.11: NFL, NFLPA holed up in Minn.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The players and the owners have again convened to negotiate a new CBA. The newest location? The great state of Minnesota, also the home of U.S. magistrate judge Arthur Boylan.
  • CBSSports.com’s Andy Benoit, writing for the NY Times, lists his top-10 quarterbacks.
  • LB Jason Taylor apparently wants to play one more season for the Jets. New York released him before the lockout, but it’s not out of the question that he could return for a reduced salary.
  • How much is a name worth? Well, if you want that name on the New Meadowlands Stadium, it’s going to cost about $17 million per year.
  • Bengals RB Cedric Benson, who will stand trial on an assault charge, had his trial moved to Aug. 29 after his attorneys requested more time. If convicted, Benson could face up to a year in prison.
  • Free agent CB Travis Fisher -- last seen playing for the Ravens -- was arrested early this morning on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
  • Packers fans are mobilizing. They’ve developed a Facebook page to convince President Obama that former Packers OL Fuzzy Thurston deserves a presidential pardon (he owes $1.7 million in back taxes to the IRS).

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:48 pm

Stallworth honored by team award

D. Stallworth was given Baltimore's Ed Block Courage award (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This is the time of the year, with the regular season wrapping up Sunday, when we hear the election results. The Pro Football Writers Association gives out its various awards to the league’s various teams – Most Valuable Players and otherwise – and players and coaches help determine the Pro Bowl roster.

We also hear the results of each team’s winner of the Ed Block Courage award, which “honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”

Generally, players are honored and humbled to win this award, because it comes from their teammates. Such was the case with Ravens WR Donte Stallworth – who is Baltimore’s recipient for 2010.

You’ll recall that Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter after he killed a Miami construction worker while driving following a night out on the town in 2009. Stallworth spent less than a month in jail, and commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him from the NFL all of last season.

But the way Stallworth handled the aftermath was one reason his teammates voted him for the award.

“It really makes me feel good to know that they see the type of person that I am and the type of person that I'm working on to become,” Stallworth said during a Tuesday news conference at the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum, via the Carroll County Times.

From the story:

The consequences of that incident were significant, costing a family man his life. …

Since that low point, Stallworth has tried to make amends, apologizing profusely to the Reyes family and giving them a confidential multi-million dollar settlement and sharing his personal story about how a poor decision can change lives in an instant.

"I'm going to continue to do what I said I was going to do from the very first day, to honor Mr. Reyes by really speaking out about how when you make bad decisions, the things that can happen," Stallworth said. "Anyone that will listen to my story and what I have to say, if it changes one person's life, I feel like I've done enough."

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 11:34 am
Edited on: December 19, 2010 11:53 am

Week 15 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active today: Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (it’s unclear right now if he’s starting); Raven sRB Le'Ron McClain, Ravens WR Willis McGahee, Colts WR Austin Collie, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew.

And those who are NOT active today:

Donte Stallworth, WR, Ravens: Though Baltimore had talked about utilizing its downfield passing game more, which seemingly would increase Stallworth’s role in the offense, he’s out today. This doesn't appear to be because of injury.

Joseph Addai, RB, Colts:
Out since Week 6, when is Addai going to be back in uniform? Also, RB Mike Hart is inactive.

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:55 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Biggest and best insults

Jeff Fisher and V. Young aren't exactly getting along these days (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Part of the reason we all follow sports is for all the insult material. I insult your team. You insult his team. You all insult my intelligence. There’s nothing better than a solid day of watching football and insulting all your buddies and having them insult you right back.

Unless it’s watching other people insult each other. Which happens ALL the time in the NFL. I’m not necessarily talking about players woofing at each other on the field, though that obviously has its place on any top-ten insults list. But I’m talking about the crowd insulting a player, a team insulting one of its own or a player insulting a coach in front of the rest of his teammates (psst, this last one might have occurred this past week).

So, let’s explore the best of what the NFL has to offer as far as metaphorically slapping people in the face. And if you choose to ignore this story, your mother wears Army boots.

10. Jonathan Stewart to Panthers offensive line: We’ll start it off relatively mild. After Stewart rushed for 30 yards on 14 carries vs. the Rams in Week 7, he complained about how his offensive line wasn’t opening enough holes. Sure, Stewart has a rushing average of 3.0, but unless Mike Goodson (220 combined yards in the past two games, 12 yards MORE than Stewart’s season total) is rushing behind a different offensive line, I’m not buying Stewart’s argument.

9. Thirty one NFL teams to Marc Mariani: The rookie, drafted in the seventh round this year as the No. 222 overall pick has been a breakout performer for the Titans. Listen, just because he played at Montana doesn’t mean he can’t hang in the NFL. Look at his stats as a punt returner. He’s third in the NFL with a 17.1 yards per punt average and his 87-yard TD return Sunday was his second score of the year.

8. Carson Palmer to Chad Ochocinco: Palmer has found a new play toy with Terrell Owens – who’s got 12 more catches and four more TDs than Ochocinco. Partially, it’s because Ochocinco, at times, doesn’t run the most technically-proficient routes. Of course, Owens gives up on plays some of the time, but there’s little question Owens has been much more effective this season. And Palmer knows it.

7. John Fox to his bosses/fanbase: I’m not sure this qualifies as an insult because I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in Fox’s head. But here’s what I know: he won’t be back as coach in Carolina next year and he decided not to use backup QB Tony Pike and started Brian St. Pierre last week instead, although St. Pierre was a stay-at-home dad the week before. Pike, a rookie, probably wouldn’t have done much better, but this was an odd move.

B. St. Pierre made his first career start last week, even though he was a stay-at-home dad the week before (US Presswire). 6. San Francisco’s Week 2 MNF crowd to Alex Smith: When you call for David Carr to replace your starting quarterback, Candlestick Park crowd, you insult EVERYONE.

5. Michael Vick to dog lovers everywhere: This is an interesting dynamic. If you’re a dog lover, is it impossible to root for Vick? I love dogs, but I think Vick has paid his debt to society and he shouldn’t be scorned for the rest of his life. I also have friends who would like to see Vick ripped limb by limb by one of his former pets, and they always will hope for that moment. Is it me, or do people make a bigger stink about Vick than they do about, say, Ravens WR Donte Stallworth who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and then served only 24 days in jail?

4. Dallas Cowboys to Wade Phillips: Weird how, as soon as Jerry Jones pick-slips Phillips, Dallas suddenly plays some of its finest football of the season. Interim coach Jason Garrett probably should get a tiny bit of credit, but why suddenly are the Cowboys on a two-game winning streak? Probably because they all hated Phillips and wanted him to fail and fail hard (I kid, I kid).

3. Terrell Owens to Donovan McNabb: It’s beyond me why Owens would feel it necessary to comment on McNabb’s new contract with the Redskins, asking how the new deal could be justified while Washington and McNabb were taking a beating by the Eagles. McNabb came back and basically asked why a guy playing on a 2-7 (now 2-8) team was criticizing anybody. And it was a good point. A better point: why do we listen to Owens at all when he talks this kind of trash?

2. Vince Young to Jeff Fisher: Just one paraphrased quote when Young departed the Titans locker room Sunday while Fisher was giving his postgame talk said it all. “I’m not walking out on my teammates; I’m walking out on you.” The repercussions of that statement will be felt by Fisher and Young for years to come.

1. NFL owners/players to NFL fans: This one hasn’t happened yet, but it’s been hanging over the entire season like a low-lying storm cloud that’s ready to unleash hell at some point soon. Of course, I mean the impending owner lockout, which would stop all work in the NFL. I have a hard time believing the owners and players won’t work something out before the start of the 2011 season, but it’s entirely possible they could give you the biggest insult of all: no football.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 12:04 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 9

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The following are ACTIVE for today’s game: Ravens WR Donte Stallworth, Patriots G Logan Mankins

The following are INACTIVE:

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Opposing defenses can’t bring him down, but apparently a bad case of plantar fasciitis is enough to knock Gates out of the game. If Gates could have played today, he would have been Superman. As it is, he’s still a TE superhero.

Owen Daniels, TE, Texans: He continues to struggle with injuries this season. Daniels played last week, catching one pass for eight yard, but he’s having multiple leg problems. A bad hamstring will keep him out this week.

Ryan Wendell, G, Patriots: The big casualty of the Logan Mankins re-signing is Wendell. He had been starting in Mankins’ place, but now that Mankins is back, Wendell is back to the bench.

Deion Branch, WR, Patriots:
Bothered by a hamstring, Branch - who's found new life in New England - won't play today. He hadn't practiced all week, so the news shouldn't be that surprising. Um, just kidding. He's active.

Jake Delhomme/Seneca Wallace, QB, Browns:
This means that, once again, Colt McCoy will start at QB for Cleveland.

Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills: Not a surprise, because of how late Merriman reported to his new team once he was claimed off waivers from San Diego. Expect him to be ready for next week's game.

Malcom Floyd/Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
And somewhere, Philip Rivers is weeping. At least Antonio Gates is acti ... oh, never mind.

Patrick Chung, CB, Patriots:
He's been bothered by a knee injury, and he'll miss his second-straight game. It's unfortunate for New England, because Chung is a tackling machine.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:15 am

Houshmandzadeh wants more PT (obviously)

T. Houshmandzadeh would like an expanded role in Baltimore's offense, but he think he's not going to get it (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The fall from being one of the league’s top possession receiver to near irrelevance has been a quick ride for Ravens WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

From 2005-2009, he caught at least 78 passes a season for at least 900 yards, and though he was never an elite downfield (or home run) threat, he was always one of the better guys in the league at securing that third-down catch and making the tough grab in traffic across the middle of the field.

This year, though, has been a bit of a disaster. Despite signing a five-year, $40 million contract with Seattle in 2009, the Seahawks released him in September. He signed with the Ravens, where he was the third receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason (not to mention TE Todd Heap), and now that Donte Stallworth is returning to the team, Houshmandzadeh (nine catches, 128 yards, one touchdown) figures to fall further into the abyss.

Naturally, he’s not pleased with his role.

"I like being here, I really do," Houshmandzadeh told Fox 1370 radio, via the Baltimore Sun. "It's just, anybody that's a competitor, you want to play, period. I'm no different than anybody else. That’s it. You’re winning. And that’s just the situation I’m in. I’m not going to cry about it.

"Do I like it? No. You work for Fox 1370 AM, and if you weren’t allowed to do what you thought you did well, I don’t think you would like that. I’m no different than anyone else on the work force, I just happen to play football. That’s it. It’s no different. I want to play because I think I’m good at what I do, but we have a lot of good players, so it’s not just me."

But as for regrets with signing with Baltimore, he doesn’t have any. The ultimate goal is still within reach.

"As long as you have a chance, an opportunity (to play in the Super Bowl), then it’s always worth it," Houshmandzadeh said. "Once you get to that point – it’s so far away, you know – but just to get an opportunity to have that chance, then of course it’s worth it."

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