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In 1990, the Giants had just defeated the 14-2-0 San Francisco 49ers 15-13 to advance to Super Bowl 25 in Tampa. In the process, they had ruined the Niners chance at a third-straight Super Bowl victory. The Giants’ defense was the heart of the team, but the offensive line was its soul.

Center Bart Oates had arrived to the Giants via the United States Football League and had already won two USFL titles. RG Bob Kratch was an early third-round pick in the 1989 college draft while on the leftside, T William Roberts and G Eric Moore were each first-round selections in the 1984 and 1988 drafts, respectively.

And at right tackle? Doug Riesenberg. Sixth-rounder Doug Riesenberg to be exact. Talk about out-of-place. And for several years he was just the young buck sitting behind starting tackle Karl Nelson on the depth chart. But when Nelson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and had to sit out the 1987 season, Riesenberg was next man up.

And he fit right in with those first-rounders and excelled, was a starter for a Super Bowl winning squad and eventually started 132 games.

Today, Riesenberg teaches Geometry and Algebra I at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon. Big Blue View caught the former right tackle at his high school job to find out why he switched from the defensive line to the offensive line, which former Giants’ running back was his favorite, and whether his Super Bowl 25 winning squad thought they realistically had a chance against Buffalo after the Bills had defeated them during the regular season and then won the AFC Championship Game 51-3.

BBV: In high school in Idaho, you were an accomplished discus thrower and also played football and basketball. Did you ever have any Olympic track aspirations after being a three-time state champion, and why did you choose football over the other two sports?

RIESENBERG: For me, track represented a way to stay in shape and to experience competition as an individual. Football and basketball are team sports, while in track I was responsible for my success or failure individually. My line coach in football was also one of my basketball coaches and coached the throwers in track. Coach Doug Fisher had been a multi-sport athlete at the University of Idaho and was very instrumental in my development throughout high school. He was relentless in his approach to making each day count and never waste an opportunity to get better. I was very fortunate to have won the discus competition three years in a row. I knew, however, that I had very little chance to be competitive at the next level. A simple search of results from other states would reveal that my marks were nothing special. As for choosing football over the other two sports: both were extremely fun to be a part of, but ultimately I felt I could have the most impact on the football field so it became an easy choice.

BBV: Your father was a professor at the University of Idaho yet you went to Cal instead. You were a highly-recruited athlete and had lots of choices. Why did you choose a school so far away from your home, and was the fact that you wanted to study engineering made Cal a much better option for you?

RIESENBERG: The whole recruiting process was complicated, especially for a somewhat naive 17-year-old kid from northern Idaho. At the time I found myself thinking more about football than my studies and might not have made the choice to go to California had it not been for a quick discussion with my parents. They said they would support me with any decision I made, but they felt California was the best option if I had decided to leave Moscow, Idaho.

BBV: At Cal, you played defensive end and then in your senior year switched to the other side of the line. Do you think that the fact that you played only one season on the O-line might have been the reason you dropped into the sixth-round of the 1987 NFL draft?

RIESENBERG: I guess I never really considered it a “drop” to be picked in the sixth-round by the Super Bowl Champions. I thought of it instead as a great opportunity to perhaps get with a successful team with which I might have a chance to learn more about playing the position. Playing in the NFL was not on my radar until after my senior season, when I started to hear some whispers that it might be a possibility.

BBV: NFL Network recently aired an entire segment of “A Football Life” on the 1990s Dallas Cowboys offensive line blocking for Emmitt Smith. You played on an equally talented and stellar unit with Oates, Roberts, Kratch and Moore. How do you compare the Cowboys line and that Giants line?

RIESENBERG: I am not sure that I am the best person to compare the two units. I think Coach Parcells and the rest of the offensive staff knew what they wanted the Giants offense to be: a compliment to the defense. Especially during the 1990 season, Coach Parcells kept talking about ball control, eliminating turnovers and “running with power.” He never spoke about scoring more points, but instead maintain possession and eventually turn each drive into either a switch in field position or points. I think the Cowboys were designed to put points on the board, perhaps to cover for their defense.

1993 Topps #158 – courtesy Barry Shuck
BBV: Was playing for Bill Parcells a love/hate relationship?

RIESENBERG: The farther away I get from playing for Coach Parcells the more I can understand what he was all about and his motivation for doing things his way. He was a master at getting the most out of people. He could figure out what makes each one of his players perform their best and he used that knowledge to push his team to be their best. I remember always feeling better prepared for the games both physically and mentally than the other teams. Especially in the NFC East, he seemed to have a plan on how to beat the other teams and it worked. People often ask if I would play for him again if I had the choice: I usually respond by saying absolutely, mainly since I wanted to win and his teams always had a chance.

BBV: What are the main differences in playing guard and playing tackle?

RIESENBERG: In my era, playing against more ODD fronts the guards had to run block inside linebackers who have a chance to create momentum before contact, while tackles were usually covered by a defensive end not more than a few feet away. The impacts playing guard were significantly more violent. When pass blocking more often tackles work alone, while guards might have a double team opportunity.

BBV: When you found out that the Parcells had finally named you the starting RT after Karl Nelson was diagnosed with cancer, who was the first person you told?

RIESENBERG: My wife Vicki. Parcells had the habit of getting to know young players right before their first start by having a sit down meeting with them. Mine was in the locker room one morning before meetings. I had just been taped and he called me over and started to ask questions about my family and plans for after football. Older players walked through smiling because they knew what was going on. He didn’t tell me, Fred Hoaglin did. Boy was I scared – Charles Mann followed by Reggie White. What a way to start one’s career.

BBV: In today’s game contracts are all about guaranteed money. In your playing days it was all about if you played lousily you would be benched or cut. True or false?

RIESENBERG: The NFL historically has little compassion for poor play. One or two games maybe but not much more.

BBV: What advice would you give your 21-year old rookie self?

RIESENBERG: 1) Have confidence in your abilities, 2) learn as much as you can from everyone, and 3) learn to love/trust the process. OL’s need the most practice of any position.

BBV: Do you play fantasy football, and if so, if it were the 1990s who would be your running back: Rodney Hampton, Joe Morris or O.J. Anderson?

RIESENBERG: I do not play fantasy football, but I would take any one of those guys on my team any day against anybody. O.J. epitomized “running with power.” Joe Morris was one of the most determined players I ever knew. Rodney Hampton had the instincts of a top running back, which made our jobs very easy. We revised our blocking approach one year to take advantage of his vision of cutback lanes.

1995 Donruss Red Zone #213 – courtesy Barry Shuck
BBV: Which was a tougher and more physical game: beating the 49ers on the road in the NFC Championship Game or defeating the Bills in the Super Bowl?

RIESENBERG: I’m not sure one was more physical than the other. Both teams were offensive juggernauts. Both teams had defenses that flew around. I think the 49er game was more mentally draining since Hostetler got hurt for a while; Matt Cavanaugh came into the huddle and told us not to screw it up, which broke the tension in the huddle. The ending was wild: the fumble recovery and ensuing field goal and the relief after was phenomenal. Parcells made the Super Bowl week just like going back to training camp. We arrived early Monday morning and had one of the toughest practices later that day. He knew we needed to get after each other to ensure we had great practices. Therefore, while the week was tough, the game was played on pure adrenaline and most of it was a blur. I do remember sitting on the sideline not wanting to watch the kick at the end. What a helpless feeling!!

BBV: The Giants lost to the Buffalo Bills during the 1990 regular season, and then the Bills killed the Oakland Raiders 51-3 in the AFC Championship Game. Did the locker room have the feeling that the Bills were that much better than the Giants and perhaps didn’t have a chance in the upcoming Super Bowl?

RIESENBERG: I’m not sure Parcells and his cast of veterans would have let those thoughts go around the locker room. Remember we beat the Bears 31-3 and ended the 49ers three-peat the week before. Like I said previously, one of the best things playing for Parcells and Bill Belichick was the knowledge that they would have a plan to beat the other team. We learned to trust them.

BBV: What was your favorite memory of Super Bowl 25?

RIESENBERG: The drive starting the second half. It was a perfect example of what we were all about: ball control. Coach Parcells often spoke of making the other team feel helpless. I would assume that the Bills felt a bit out of control during that drive – we converted third downs and kept the chains moving – ultimately scoring a touchdown. I do not recall how much time it took off the clock, but it was awesome.

BBV: Other than money, what are some of the main differences in the NFL today than when you played?

RIESENBERG: The players are significantly better (bigger, faster, stronger, better skill sets), the offenses are designed to perform at a higher level, the game is faster, and the rules have been relaxed a bit to allow less harassment by the defense. Offense generates buzz and puts fans in the seats.

BBV: Do folks in your neighborhood treat you as Super Bowl royalty or are you just another teacher taking the garbage can out to the curb?

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SAN ANTONIO — A military religious freedom group blasted an Army directive mandating diversity training, saying it targets biblical beliefs about sexual orientation, the group said Tuesday.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, which advocates for freedom of religious expression in uniform, sent a letter dated Feb. 24 to acting Army Secretary Robert Speer criticizing an Army directive titled “Promoting Diversity and Inclusion.”

The group zeroed in on a section calling for the Army Training and Doctrine Command and the Deputy Chief of Staff to “develop a plan to expand training on implicit or unconscious bias” aimed at solders in senior leadership and management positions, recruitment and other areas.

Ron Crews, a retired Army chaplain and executive director of the group, believes the training is meant to discourage troops with religious teachings from expressing their views, calling it an assault on soldiers who hold biblical beliefs that marriage and sexual relationships should only be between men and women.

“We believe it is code for those who hold orthodox beliefs about sexual matters,” Crews said. Those beliefs include that gay and lesbian relationships are ethically and morally wrong.

“The biblical word is sin,” he said, conceding that the directive does not specifically mention sexual orientation.

The Army said Tuesday the memorandum is under review but declined to discuss policy implementation or training specifics.

The directive, signed by then-Army Secretary Eric Fanning on Jan. 18 ahead of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, was created as a means to diversify the pool of potential recruits and to remove barriers of advancement for qualified soldiers, Fanning told Stars and Stripes on Wednesday.

“Everybody in the Army should believe there is a path forward for them. Readiness is getting the most out of the force,” he said.

Fanning, the first openly gay Army Secretary, waved off concerns that the directive in general or the unconscious bias section in particular was created with only sexual orientation in mind. The training was meant to encompass everything: gender, race, ethnicity, education, skill sets and other backgrounds, he said.

Implicit bias, often called unconscious bias, is judgment or behavior toward certain groups, like racism or sexism, that occurs below a conscious level, according to the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit that works on improving judicial administration.

The White House mandated training to recognize and combat implicit bias in the national security workforce in an October memorandum, Fanning said. The Justice and Interior departments have already implemented those programs.

A former senior official familiar with the directive’s creation said Wednesday that the Army looked at private sector companies and outside organizations, like Google, Uber and the National Football League, to evaluate diversity practices.

The Rooney Rule, an NFL policy requiring teams to interview minority candidates for head-coaching positions, was imported by the Army and the Air Force to widen the scope of talent for leadership positions, the official said, after evaluating studies that showed diverse teams outperformed homogenous groups due to specific problem-solving abilities.

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“Recognizing unconscious bias is how private sector companies get the best people to work for them,” the former official said.

Crews acknowledged Fanning’s orientation, describing it as a potential vehicle for the directive.

“Fanning is who he is. He was very outward of wanting his view to be acceptable. I have nothing against him,” Crews said. “What I do know is over last eight years our military has been used to push a political agenda.”

Fanning said the accusation of setting political agendas was confusing.

“I don’t think opportunity and equality are political agendas. I think they’re important American values,” he said.

The letter came just weeks after a draft of an executive order by the Trump administration was obtained by media. “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom” proposed that “Americans and their religious organizations will not be coerced by the Federal Government into participating in activities that violate their conscience,” according to the draft order, cited by several news organizations. If officially signed, it would be considered a win for conservative Christians who favor religious freedom exemptions. The Trump administration did not comment on the draft order in February.

When Fanning visited troops and discussed diversity and inclusion initiatives as a means to recruit and retain a broader section of the country, he said he was met with a divergence of assessments up and down the chain of command.

“A [lieutenant general] would say, ‘This can’t be done.’ A colonel would say he could make it work,” Fanning said. “But a captain would look at me like I’m crazy. They would say, ‘Look around you. It’s already happening.’”

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The author of the biography “Cleopatra: A Life” may be hailing Angelina Jolie as the perfect choice to play the queen, but some folks aren’t so sure.

On African American blogs and message boards, people are speaking out against the casting of Jolie in a role they believe should go to an actress of color. recently featured a commentary titled, “Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?” where the writer opined, “Honestly, I don’t care how full Angelina Jolie’s lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a Black woman.” points out that the Egyptian royal has already been portrayed by three actresses who were not of color: actress Claudette Colbert in 1934, actress Vivien Leigh in 1945 and the most famous Cleopatra to date, Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.

Stacy Schiff, author of the forthcoming “Cleopatra: A Life,” reportedly endorsed Jolie to play the role according to USA Today. “I think [Jolie] be perfect for it and I can see a possible Oscar in her future,” the writer said. “Physically, she’s got the perfect look.”

Talk is swirling that Jolie’s real life love, Brad Pitt, could play Mark Anthony a la legendary lovers Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1963 version of the film.

Do you think Jolie is the ideal Queen of the Nile?

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THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WALB) – Greg Hobbs may be reinstated as mayor of Thomasville.

Thomasville officials said Monday that it is their “understanding that Mayor Hobbs was reinstated by virtue of the plea agreement reached Friday.”

Hobbs reached a plea deal Friday a few days before he was set to go to trial. Hobbs pled no contest to false report of a crime and making a false statement.

He was set to go to trial for false report of a crime, three counts of violation of oath of public office, and two counts of making a false statement.

Because of the plea agreement, Hobbs will only be sentenced for two counts. The other four counts will be dismissed.

As a result of the plea agreement and per Georgia Code 45-5-6, Hobbs has been reinstated and will return to normal duties, which could be as early as Monday night’s council meeting.

In April, Gov. Brian Kemp issued a suspension order to Hobbs.

Many Thomasville residents are still trying to process the plea agreement that was made.

“I was very surprised and very disappointed,” said Ken O’Neal a Thomasville resident.

Ken O’Neal, Thomasville resident (Source: WALB)
Ken O’Neal, Thomasville resident (Source: WALB)
O’Neal said he doesn’t believe that brings justice to the two employees Hobbs accused of forging his signature on payroll documents.

“I think it’s being lost the Mayor Hobbs accused two other innocent employees of serious crimes and yet he gets to walk away scott free from all of this,” O’Neal said.

O’Neal said some people have lost their trust in their city, but said some from this.

“If there is any good that has come from any of this a lot more people have become interested in city politics than there ever was before,” said O’Neal.

WALB reached out to Hobbs for comment but have not heard back.

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On June 1, students from the Bath Elementary and Northeast Elementary’s 7th and 8th grade band traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia, to perform in the “Music in the Parks” competition. To qualify for this event, the students performed in March for a panel of judges in Vanceboro, at an event called the “Eastern District Music Performance Assessment,” where they received a rating of “Excellent” for the third year running.

At Williamsburg, the students again performed their concert program for judges, this time in competition with three other bands from North Carolina and Virginia in the “Concert Band 1-A” category, which includes schools that have up to 750 students in grades 6-8. For the second year in a row, the Bath and Northeast Elementary Concert Band took first place in this category, with a rating of “Superior.” This year, however, the band also scored higher than all five of the bands in the next-highest category, 2-A, which comprises schools with up to 1,500 students in grades 6-8, earning the “1st Place Overall – Middle School Concert Band” trophy!

The participating students were:

Bath Elementary

Colin Bowen, Lena Foucart, Tyler Moore, Kiele Scott, Wesley Stokes, Hayley Boyd, Condrionna Chase, Landon Davenport, Mitchel Garris, Ryder Garris, Zack Harper, Delaney Lewis, Flor Perez, Kate Satterfield, Chase Tomaini and Cole Tomaini

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Dominic Andreoli, Dylan Bland, Keith Candelet, Wilson Cleary, Faithfull Fulcher, Jacy Gibbs, Leilani Johnson, Jake Modlin, Alan Plasencia, Tucker Proctor, Noah Slater, Carol Verdin-Orduno, Devin Whichard, Ashleigh Woodward, Grace Andreoli, Brittney Bell, Paris Brown, Charlie Carillo, Qualiyah Columbus, Jean Grace DeHoog, Natalie Dunbar, Paris Foster, Xavier Holloway, Caleb Jefferson, Barbara Lilley, Laura Lyle, Tahmira Mason, Avery O’Neal, Alicia Rambel, Chris Slade, Paige Smith, Ella Stotesbury, DeJane Topping.

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PEORIA — Tim Simpson, years ago while playing for the arena football powerhouse Peoria Pirates, once joked that he was “just north of Mr. Irrelevant” in the NFL Draft.

“It wasn’t what I’d hoped for,” Simpson said, recalling his draft experience this week as the 2019 NFL Draft loomed. “But let me say, first pick or last pick it is a huge honor.

“Every little kid who plays football, it’s their dream to be drafted.”

Simpson, a guard, was taken in the 12th round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, 329th overall. Seven picks later Michigan guard Matt Elliott checked in as Mr. Irrelevant, going to the Washington Redskins at 336.

Both guys went on to play in NFL games. In Simpson’s case, he moved on from the Browns to play briefly with bitter rival Pittsburgh.

Peoria Heights offensive tackle Darryl Ashmore was also taken in that 1992 NFL Draft — seventh round (171st overall) as an heir to Rams Hall of Fame right tackle Jackie Slater.

“I expected to go on the first day — I was the No. 6 or 7 ranked tackle in the draft that year,” Ashmore said. “It was disappointing for me when that didn’t happen. I used that day to motivate me. Still do.”

That 1992 draft marked the last time more than one player born in the Peoria area — and who also went to high school in the area — was taken in the NFL Draft.

Peoria and the NFL Draft
NFL Draft

Peoria area

Here is a list of players born in the Peoria area — and who also went to high school around here — and went on to be drafted by the NFL.

1939 Paul Kell, T, Princeton, 8th round, 69th overall, Green Bay Packers

1944 Roy Ruskusky, E, Hall, 25th round, 260th overall, Chicago Bears

1950 Ken Gorgal, DB, St. Bede, 25th round, 78th overall, Cleveland Browns

1958 Bill Roehnelt, LB, Chillicothe, 19th round, 219th overall, Chicago Bears

1959 Harry Jacobs, LB-DE, Canton, 11th round, 125th overall, Detroit Lions

1961 Joe Rutgens, DT, LaSalle-Peru, 1st round, 3rd overall, Washington Redskins (NFL) and 1961 1st round, 5th overall, Oakland Raiders (AFL)

1961 Elbert Kimbrough, DB, Galesburg, 2nd round, 18th overall, Los Angeles Rams (NFL) and 1961 4th round, 29th overall, Oakland Raiders (AFL)

1968 Mike LaHood, G, Spalding, 2nd round, 51st overall, Los Angeles Rams

1969 Dennis Nelson, T, Wethersfield, 3rd round, 77th overall, Baltimore Colts

1969 Rich Johnson, RB, Canton, 3rd round, 78th overall, Houston Oilers

1971 Rick Telander, DB, Richwoods, 8th round, 198th overall, Kansas City Chiefs

1978 J.T. Taylor, T, Woodruff, 2nd round, 33rd overall, New Orleans Saints

1992 Darryl Ashmore, OT, Peoria High, 7th round, 171st overall, Los Angeles Rams

1992 Tim Simpson, OL, East Peoria, 12th round, 329th overall, Cleveland Browns

1998 Mike Goff, C, LaSalle-Peru, 3rd round, 78th overall, Cincinnati Bengals

1999 J.P. Machado, OL, Monmouth, 6th round, 197th overall, New York Jets

2005 Boomer Grigsby, LB, Canton, 5th round, 138th overall, Kansas City Chiefs

2008 Andy Studebaker, LB, Eureka High, 6th round, 203rd overall, Philadelphia Eagles

2010 Sherrick McManis, DB, Richwoods, 5th round, 144th overall, Houston Texans

Source is Researched by Wes Huett.

In fact, the Peoria area, under that criteria, has not produced an NFL Draft pick since Richwoods defensive back Sherrick McManis was chosen by Houston in the fifth round in 2010.

No one from our area projects to be drafted when the 2019 selections are made Thursday through Saturday. But never say never, right?

“Always have a backup plan for your career, and your life,” said Simpson, 50, who grew up playing JFL ball in central Illinois, went to East Peoria High School, now coaches the freshman team at Washington High School and is a senior management logististics consultant for Caterpillar. “That’s the hardest part, to think about a backup plan when all you have in your mind and your heart is the draft and playing in the NFL.”

Ashmore, 49, came out of Northwestern University with a knee injury that impacted his NFL combine efforts. He slipped in the draft, but went on to a fine career that included 119 games, plus four playoff contests.

“I played 11 years in the NFL on 1 1/2 knees,” said Ashmore, who is enjoying retirement in Florida. “Draft day for me, there wasn’t a lot of fanfare, I was a fifth-year senior and sat through it with some friends at my apartment.

“There was a lot of anxiety and nervousness for me. My knee was red-flagged at the combine, so NFL GMs (knew) if they picked me on Day One, with that knee issue, it could cost someone their job.

“I ended up on IR and had surgery after my first season with the Rams. The Rams valued me as the guy to carry on for Jackie Slater, and I did end up getting some nice starts there.”

Ashmore went on to also play for the Redskins and Raiders, and he understands that in the bigger picture the draft is neither the beginning nor the end of opportunity.

“Players get individual workouts for their position, and are prepared by going through practice sessions for the combine drills,” Ashmore said. “Lots of guys handle the testing well.

“So those things are pretty even for everyone. I’ve seen some diamonds in the rough emerge, though. There are guys who are not as big or strong as others who were drafted, but they stick around in the NFL for seven or eight years.”

Simpson and Ashmore went through the NFL Draft when it was 12 rounds in 1992. A year later, it was shortened to eight rounds. And in 1994, it was reduced to its present seven-round format.

“I think guys who go through the seven-round draft actually have a little more control over what happens to them because of the UFA era,” said Simpson, referring to the undrafted free agent signing spree that now follows the draft. “But there was a nice aspect to the draft I was in, too.”

The phone call. Simpson wouldn’t swap the phone call for anything.

“I might have nearly been Mr. Irrelevant, but when I was drafted my phone rang and it was an NFL team,” Simpson said. “And the guy on the phone calling me? Bill Belichick. How about that. He said, ’Welcome to the Cleveland Browns, I’m looking forward to having you in camp.

“Then I went to camp, and our first dinner there, I’m sitting at a table with (Browns No. 1 pick) Tommy Vardell. We look up and there’s Jim Brown, coming in to sit down.

“That’s a moment that stays with you no matter what your draft experience was.”

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NFL: Leterrius Walton Net Worth 2018 — Contract Details, Salaries, Bonuses, Salary Cap

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Leterrius Walton has career earnings of $2.41M over four seasons, which ranks 2108th among active NFL players entering 2018. He earned $644K in 2017, which ranked 86th among DEs and 985th overall in the NFL.

Walton ranks 34th on the Steelers active roster with a $734K cap hit for 2018. He ranked 34th in 2017 at $644K.

His 2018 cap hit is 0.4 percent of the Steelers’ cap total for the season. Walton passed for 0.1 snap% last season. The average for DEs who played 50% or more of their team’s defensive snaps in 2017 was 0.4 percent of the team’s total cap hit.

2015 23 PIT $464K
2016 24 PIT $554K
2017 25 PIT $644K
2018 26 PIT $734K
The Steelers have $161.69M committed for their 2018 cap and $41236714.12M committed for 2019. Here are their biggest cap hits for 2018:

2018 Ben Roethlisberger 36 PIT $23.2M
2018 Le’Veon Bell 26 PIT $14.54M
2018 Joe Haden 29 PIT $11.92M
2018 Joe Haden 29 PIT $11.92M
2018 Maurkice Pouncey 29 PIT $10.55M
2018 Antonio Brown 30 PIT $7.96M
Walton ranked 86th among DEs with a $644K cap hit in 2017 and ranks 99th overall at the position for 2018. Here are the top cap hits at the position for this season.

2018 Calais Campbell 32 JAC $17.5M
2018 Calais Campbell 32 JAC $17.5M
2018 Ezekiel Ansah 29 DET $17.14M
2018 DeMarcus Lawrence 26 DAL $17.14M
2018 Chandler Jones 28 ARI $15.5M
2018 Chandler Jones 28 ARI $15.5M
2018 J.J. Watt 29 HOU $15M
2018 J.J. Watt 29 HOU $15M

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The rivalry between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles is no stranger to bone crushing hits that are played over and over again. There was Stanford Samuels hit on Roscoe Parrish in 2003, and also Vince Wilfork on Leon Washington that same season.

Then there was 2002. The Hurricanes, ranked #1 in the country and also defending national champions, staged a furious comeback in the fourth quarter to take a 28-27 lead over the #12 Seminoles.

With less than five minutes to go in the game, and facing a 3rd-and-11, FSU quarterback Chris Rix went to the air.


— MarshThomas (@hurricanesmarsh) July 24, 2019
Unfortunately for receiver P.K. Sam, he met up with Sean Taylor, who sent him into a helicopter motion into the air. The record crowd of 81,927 at the Orange Bowl went absolutely crazy. Miami held on to that lead and won the game, 28-27.

Court and police records obtained by this news organization provide more details about what happened on Statehouse Court in Sugarcreek Twp. the night former NFL player and current Centerville High School football coach P.K. Sam II was arrested.

The records obtained from Xenia Municipal Court allege that the 34-year-old ex-wide receiver broke into his own home after returning from a night in downtown Dayton clubs.STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook Sam was arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail, where he was later released after posting a $2,500 bond, according to Xenia Municipal Court records. Sam pleaded not guilty on Monday to first-degree misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and assault, court records show.There is no attorney for Sam on file with Xenia Municipal Court. An attempt to reach Sam by phone was unsuccessful; this news organization will update the story if he comments.Three officers responded to the home at 2:48 a.m. Sunday on a burglary call, police records show, after a woman, later identified as Sam’s wife, called 9-1-1 and reported someone was trying to break into her house and her car.The officers found the front glass door to the home broken, and a window smashed on a 2015 Jeep Compass parked in the driveway, according to the police narrative on file with the court.
RELATED >>> 2004 Super Bowl Champ P.K. Sam arrested on domestic violence, assault charges One officer who went around the house and approached the back door had his gun drawn and pointed to the ground as he spotted a woman in the kitchen standing next to a man, who was later identified as Sam, according to the police narrative.The officer reported that Sam opened the back patio door for him but only agreed to step outside after the officer pointed a Taser at him.Sam was handcuffed and interviewed by police first in a police cruiser while on scene and a second time at the police station, according to the court records.Sam told the officers that he and his wife are going through a divorce and the trouble started earlier that night at the Ned Peppers bar in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District, according to the police narrative.Sam told police that he busted out the front door of his home to gain entry and that he broke the Jeep window because his wife had locked him out, according to the report. Sam told police while he was at the bar earlier, he was standing next to a woman in the bar when his wife approached and “mushed” the woman in the face, causing his wife to be kicked out of the bar, according to court records.TRENDING >>> Local retailer owes The Greene nearly $900K in rent, fees Police reported there were scratch marks on Sam’s wife’s neck and arm, and there was fresh blood from an injury on one ear, according to the records. That ear did not have an earring in it, but the other one did, according to the records.Sam reported he was arguing with his wife but there was no physical altercation and that she was injured while fighting two women at the bar, according to the police narrative.Sam’s wife told police she called 9-1-1 because she thought someone was breaking into her home; she tried to talk the officers out of arresting him, according to the records.The alleged victim told police that the arrest would harm her children when word spread in the neighborhood, according to the police narrative. Sam’s wife told police that Sam “was a great father but a bad husband,” according to the police narrative.

Sam, whose full name is Phillip Kenwood Sam II, earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2004 New England Patriots.Sam is the wide receiver coach for the Centerville Elks varsity football team, according to the district’s website.According to his profile listed with other coaches on the site, Sam played three years as a wide receiver for Florida State University before he was drafted in the fifth round by the Patriots. Sam went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and the Buffalo Bills. He has also played in the Canadian Football League. He owns Vision Performance.Centerville school officials released a statement that says the only information they are aware of is what has been reported by this news organization.“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on information we receive from law enforcement,” the district’s statement reads.

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HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch the emergency services battle it out in an annual contest.

A raft race held on the Hamble River was won by the local lifeboat crew for the second year running.

They finished ahead of representatives from Hamble Fire Station, Hampshire Search and Rescue.

Third place went to the South Central Ambulance Service craft, which was piloted by NHS nurses.

The Hamble Harbour Master started the race as well as officiating at the event.

Crews were competing for the Roger Harding Memorial Trophy, named after the man who was chairman of the group for 20 years.

Captain Harding died in 2016 and the trophy was donated by his widow Alex.

The current chairman of Hamble Lifeboat, James Godwin, said: “We are always amazed and grateful with the support from the local community.

“Events like this highlight the camaraderie between the emergency services. We are delighted to have won a close race to retain the trophy this year.”

About 500 people are thought to have attended the event.

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The most unlikely teams to appear in an NFL conference championship game
Posted 13 hours ago | By Sam Robinson
This year, the Titans became one of the more unlikely teams to venture to a conference championship game. But they have some notable company. Here are the teams that surprised the football world most in reaching the postseason’s penultimate round.

1 of 20 20. 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Steelers secured Bill Cowher’s only Super Bowl title by winning their final four regular-season games to make a tough AFC field at 11-5. They may have beaten the Bengals without Carson Palmer’s ACL tear, but that did make Cincinnati’s task nearly impossible. The 14-2 Colts were 8.5-point divisional-round favorites. But Pittsburgh’s No. 3-ranked defense shredded Indianapolis’ offensive line for five sacks, leading to an 18-point Steeler lead. Ben Roethlisberger’s tackle rescuing Jerome Bettis, who had fumbled and Mike Vanderjagt’s final NFL kick misfiring badly ensured the upset.

2 of 20 19. 1996 Carolina Panthers
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At 12-4, the Panthers launched one of the best second seasons in any sport. Free agent linebackers Sam Mills, Kevin Greene and Lamar Lathon, along with ex-49ers starting cornerback Eric Davis, led the second-year franchise to the NFC West title. All made the Pro Bowl and carried the No. 2-ranked defense into a playoff bye. But the defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys were still 4.5-point favorites in Charlotte. Michael Irvin broke his collarbone on the game’s second play, and the Panthers intercepted Troy Aikman three times in a 26-17 win that booked them a trip to Lambeau Field where they lost to the Packers in the NFC championship.

3 of 20 18. 2014 Indianapolis Colts
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Andrew Luck’s breakout came when the prodigious quarterback threw 40 touchdown passes in a season that peaked with a divisional-round upset in Denver. Saddled with Trent Richardson as his leading rusher after GM Ryan Grigson traded a first-round pick for the uninspiring back, Luck led the Colts to a somewhat forgettable 11-5 season. But after a first-round win over the Bengals, the Colts made headlines with a 24-13 divisional-round win against a Broncos team favored by seven points. Indianapolis’ 19th-ranked defense stifled an injured Peyton Manning. Unfortunately, this upset gave the world two years of Deflategate.

4 of 20 17. 2011 New York Giants
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A 38-35 midseason loss to the Packers showed this team’s capabilities, but the Giants still underachieved and needed a Cowboys December collapse to merely make the postseason. But after injuries shelved Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Ahmad Bradshaw during part of the regular season, the three helped the 9-7 Giants go on an all-time run. Their 24-2 wild-card rout over the Falcons is forgotten because of what happened next: a 37-20 shocker over the 15-1 Packers in Hakeem Nicks’ finest hour . Nicks, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s NASCAR package then fueled Big Blue to a Super Bowl title.

5 of 20 16. 1979 Los Angeles Rams
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Although the Rams were a 1970s playoff mainstay, their ’79 team floundered in a nine-win season that included the loss of quarterback Pat Haden. They entered the playoffs as champions of a long-mediocre NFC West and were 8.5-point underdogs against the defending NFC champion Cowboys, who’d beaten them by a combined 57-6 in their previous two meetings. But Vince Ferragamo’s three touchdown passes — the third a go-ahead 50-yarder to Billy Waddy — eliminated Dallas, ending Roger Staubach’s career. Lacking a top-10 offense or defense, the Rams still shut out the Buccaneers on the road to Super Bowl XIV.

6 of 20 15. 1985 New England Patriots
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These Patriots became the first road wild-card team to reach a Super Bowl, but they were not exactly a fluke. Riding Pro Bowl seasons from running back Craig James and Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett (16.5 sacks), New England finished 11-5. After a midseason injury, Tony Eason returned to lead the Patriots to a 26-14 win over the Jets — the Pats’ first playoff win since 1963. They then intercepted Raiders QB Marc Wilson three times in a Round 2 upset. While a disastrous Raiders miscue gave the Pats a late lead, they proved their legitimacy by forcing six Dolphins turnovers in the AFC championship game.

7 of 20 14. 2012 Baltimore Ravens
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This team’s first encounter with Peyton Manning’s initial Bronco squad ended in a December blowout loss. The Ravens had lost three straight and that month fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. After a Round 1 win over the Colts, the 10-6 AFC North champs were nine-point underdogs in Denver. Despite failing to contain Joe Flacco, the Broncos had the Ravens in near-Hail Mary mode in the final minute. But Flacco’s fling to Jacoby Jones forced overtime, and Justin Tucker’s game-winner sent the Ravens to Foxborough and eventually Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes and no picks that postseason.

8 of 20 13. 2010 New York Jets
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The Jets’ second straight sojourn to the AFC title game involved road wins over Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Rex Ryan’s second Gang Green edition ranked sixth in DVOA and featured one of the league’s best defenses. But after losing 45-3 in a December Foxborough game, the Jets looked to be January pretenders. Revis Island was near its apex, however, and after the Jets crept past the Colts, they smothered Brady in the teams’ Round 2 rubber match. Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes and helped the 9.5-point underdogs to three double-digit leads in the “Can’t wait!” game. The Jets would go on to lose to Pittsburgh in the AFC championship.

9 of 20 12. 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars
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This season briefly absolved the Jaguars bypassing Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson to stick with Blake Bortles, but in the Jags’ defense, they were probably a correctly officiated Myles Jack fumble-six from Super Bowl LII. Jacksonville (10-6) snapped a six-season skid of 10-loss seasons but set playoff football back years with a 10-3 Round 1 win over Buffalo. That game ended with 87 Bortles passing yards. The Jags’ six-Pro Bowler defense protected Bortles and helped upend the 13-3 Steelers twice — the divisional-round game ending Pittsburgh’s “Killer B’s” run. Jacksonville’s blueprint, however, did not last.

10 of 20 11. 2019 Tennessee Titans
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Rampaging past nemeses with 1986 Mike Tyson- (or 2017 John Wick)-level success, Derrick Henry has led the Titans’ transformation from 8-7 wild-card hopeful to January giant killer. Tennessee has also gone from a 2-4 team that endured a shutout loss in Denver to one that may have ended the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady run before hijacking Lamar Jackson’s coronation. Since benching Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill, the Titans are 9-3. No team without a bye has made a Super Bowl in seven years, but Henry’s 577 rushing yards since Week 17 should instill fear in a Chiefs team that has yet to contain him. (Henry ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s win over K.C. in Week 10.)

11 of 2010. 1978 Houston Oilers
1978 Houston Oilers
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The first of the Oilers teams that met the Steelers for the AFC title entered the playoffs at 10-6 but with a minus-15 point differential. Bum Phillips’ squad housed Hall of Famers Earl Campbell, Elvin Bethea and Robert Brazile but ranked 14th on offense and 16th defensively. The Oilers were 6.5-point underdogs in Miami in Round 1 and six-point dogs to topple the Patriots in Round 2. But these Pats, who held the single-season rushing record for 41 years, fell behind, 24-0. Dan Pastorini threw three second-quarter TD passes, one a 71-yarder to a tightrope-walking Ken Burrough, en route to Pittsburgh.

12 of 209. 2009 New York Jets
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The first year of the Rex Ryan-Mark Sanchez partnership produced a 9-7 record but two playoff upsets. Behind Darrelle Revis’ best season, the Jets defense led the league in points allowed and overcame Sanchez’s 12-20 TD-INT ratio. Thomas Jones rushed for 1,402 yards during the regular season but took a backseat to rookie Shonn Greene, who ignited for 263 yards and two TDs in the Jets’ road wins over the Bengals and Chargers. The Bolts were nine-point favorites but could not beat a Jets team that received 100 passing yards from Sanchez. The top-seeded Colts ended this run a week later.

13 of 20 8. 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Buccaneers from 1976-78 won seven games, so it proved interesting when John McKay’s team beat his five-year rebuild plan by a year. Buoyed by a No. 1-ranked defense built around Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, the Bucs went 10-6 and won the NFC Central after a 3-0 win over the Chiefs in a Week 16 rainstorm. Second-year quarterback Doug Williams completed 42 percent of his passes that season, but he (and Ricky Bell’s 38-carry, 142-yard, two-TD day) led the 4.5-point underdog Bucs to a 24-17 divisional-round win over the Eagles. They then lost, 9-0, to the Rams and did not return to Round 3 until 1999.

14 of 20 7. 1987 Minnesota Vikings
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The Vikings’ 8-7 record deceives a bit, because Minnesota’s scabs went 0-3 during the players’ strike. But this season produced a still-shocking playoff upset. The Vikings used both Wade Wilson and Tommy Kramer extensively post-strike, but Wilson took over during a 44-10 first-round demolition of the 12-3 Saints. But the Vikings’ 36-24 upset of a 49ers team that ranked first on offense and defense remains an all-timer. Wilson and Anthony Carter hooked up 10 times for 227 yards, and the Vikings sacked Joe Montana four times before Bill Walsh yanked him for Steve Young. Eventual champion Washington barely staved off Minnesota in the NFC championship.

15 of 206. 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers
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Gifted a cakewalk during a brutal AFC Central year , the Steelers went just 9-7 and lost to six non-playoff teams. They also represented the only blemish on the 18-1 49ers’ resume. This marked the first full season without Terry Bradshaw, but Mark Malone helped John Stallworth to his finest statistical season (1,395 yards) to go along with Mike Merriweather’s 15 sacks. The Steelers were 4.5-point underdogs against the 13-3 Broncos in Round 2, but Malone outplayed second-year QB John Elway in a 24-17 win. Pittsburgh could not derail Dan Marino’s record-smashing march the following week.

16 of 20 5. 2008 Arizona Cardinals
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Larry Fitzgerald altered this team’s legacy, because this was a 9-7 team that won six games against NFC West competition in perhaps the worst era an NFL division’s experienced. Matt Cassel’s Patriots blew out the Cardinals, 47-7, in December, and Arizona’s defense ranked 28th that season. But the Cards moved into the NFC championship round because of Fitz’s 267 yards and two TDs in wins over the Falcons and Panthers, the latter a 33-13 stunner. It didn’t hurt that Jake Delhomme threw five interceptions in a game Carolina entered as a 10-point favorite. The Cards rode that momentum to Super Bowl XLIII.

17 of 204. 1979 Houston Oilers
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Aside from the Steelers, the 1979 season’s penultimate round featured odd entrants. The Oilers were better than their ’78 team, going 11-5 and deploying MVP Earl Campbell. But after a Round 1 win over the Broncos, the Oilers faced the Air Coryell Chargers without Campbell or Dan Pastorini. Linebacker Vernon Perry’s NFL-record four-INT day bailed out Houston. Dan Fouts threw five picks against an Oilers defense that may well have deciphered the high-flying Bolts’ signals. Backup Oilers QB Gifford Nielsen’s third-quarter TD pass to Mike Renfro clinched an unlikely trip back to Pittsburgh — a game in which Renfro also played a key role.

18 of 20 3. 1983 Seattle Seahawks
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The first playoff berth in Seahawks history occurred in their eighth season and came with the team shuttling between QBs Jim Zorn and Dave Krieg. Chuck Knox eventually settled on Krieg, but “Ground Chuck” made rookie running back Curt Warner his centerpiece. Seattle went 9-7 and struggled to get defensive stops, but its 24th-ranked defense halted the Broncos in a 31-7 wild-card romp, setting up a Round 2 trip to Miami. Eight-point favorites, the Dolphins committed five turnovers -— including two on kick-return fumbles — in a 27-20 loss. Though the Seahawks swept the Raiders in the regular season, their third meeting, in the AFC championship, went L.A.’s way.

19 of 202. 1995 Indianapolis Colts
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A 9-7 team, the Colts became de facto AFC West champions in the playoffs. Losing Marshall Faulk early in a wild-card game in San Diego, Indianapolis turned to rookie Zack Crockett. The backup blitzed the Chargers for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-20 upset win. The 13-3 Chiefs were nine-point favorites the following week. Without Faulk and carrying a middling defense, the Colts upset the Chiefs, 10-7. Although this game is remembered for Lin Elliott’s three missed field goals, the Colts picked off Steve Bono three times. A near-Hail Mary put the Colts inches from stealing a Super Bowl berth a week later.

20 of 201. 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars
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A second-year franchise, the Jaguars began their season 3-6. But in a transcendent year for NFL expansion teams, they nevertheless voyaged to the AFC championship game. The Jags only reached the playoffs because Hall of Famer Morten Andersen missed a 31-yard field goal in Week 17, but they then upset the Bills (8.5-point favorites) in Round 1. After ending Jim Kelly’s career, the Jaguars ousted a 13-3 Broncos team favored by 12.5. The AFC’s top seed could not contain Mark Brunell or Natrone Means, allowing the Jags to join the Panthers in the league’s weirdest conference championship weekend.