Doing the popular thing is not always the right thing.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s decision to virtually ignore Terrell Owens at the induction ceremony because he is refusing to attend falls in that category.
It was a popular move because it was an in your face answer to Owens’ refusing to show, probably because he was snubbed the first two years he was ineligible.
The move cements Owens’ reputation as an immature, me-first kind of guy who was often a cancer on the teams he played for.
He wore out his welcome so often that he played for five teams despite his talent.
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A year ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were upbeat about their future while appearing on the “Hard Knocks’’ show.
As it turned out, the optimism was premature. The team fell to 5-11, raising doubts about their future.
And things got worse when Jameis Winston was suspended for the first three games against the New Orleans Saints, defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.
If they start off 0-3, the season could be in freefall and the jobs of general manager Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter could be in jeopardy.
The Tampa Bay Tribune has already reported that of the last 173 teams to start off 0-3, only five have made the playoffs.
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Mark Rypien was obviously a natural at playing golf.
When he came to Washington in 1986, he says he had a 25 handicap and played 75 straight days when it wasn’t raining and got himself down to a 7 handicap.
By 1990, he won the first American Century Celebrity Championship, then won it again in 2014 and will be playing in the tournament in Lake Tahoe the weekend of July 13-15.
Of course, Rypien made a bigger name for himself as an NFL quarterback, winning Super Bowl MVP honors after the 1991 season when the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills, 37-24.
Unfortunately, like many other former NFL players, Rypien paid a big price for his success in football.
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There have been just three quarterbacks to win four or more Super Bowls.
Two of them, Tom Brady and Joe Montana, are usually considered to be the two best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.
The third one, Terry Bradshaw, is usually overlooked because he played on the Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s with eight other Hall of Famers. They were the only team to win four Super Bowls in a six-year span, the only one to win back-to-back twice and were probably the best team ever.
I was reminded of the way Bradshaw doesn’t get his just due when I was reading a recent O-Zone column on the Jacksonville Jaguars website by John Oesher.
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