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Legendary Bobby Bowden Retires
Photo – Coach Bobby Bowden
28 of Bobby Bowden's former players have been selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft over the last 20 years with one final draft class this spring.
One of the legendary college head coaches, Bobby Bowden retired yesterday after a 44 year coaching career. The great majority of his career was spent at Florida St where he won two national championships and competed for the title for two decades before recent problems. The 80-year-old coach retires as the second winningest head coach behind only Penn St’s Joe Paterno. He finishes with 389 career wins are second only to Paterno among major college head coaches. Coach Bobby Bowden was carried off the field by his players after the Seminoles upset No. 18 West Virginia 33-21 in the Gator Bowl. Bowden finished his career with a 389-129-4 record, and most importantly to him, a 33rd consecutive winning season. Bowden and Florida St finished the 2009 season with a 7-6 record and Gator Bowl victory over #18th ranked West Virginia, marking the 21st bowl victory in his illustrious career. Ironically, Bowden coached at West Virginia prior to taking the head position with the Seminoles. The Gator Bowl in the final game of Bowden’s storied 57-year coaching career. It was a pleasure knowing Bobby Bowden over my long scouting career first at the Kickoff Classics at the Meadowlands in the late '80s and then at Florida St in Tallahassee beginning in the early '90s. Bowden was a brilliant coach and a true gentleman who was always fair and honest with pro personnel executives and the huge contingent of media people who swarmed him and the high profile Seminole program over his long college career. He was always concerned with his players careers after their playing career at Florida St whether they went on to the NFL or into the work force.
“The winning was really a bonus,” Bowden said. “Knowing it’s your last game, I’ll be honest with you, I’m kind of interested in this retirement business. I ain’t got to set my alarm no more, I’ll get up when I’m darn good and ready, then like I say, go out and look for a job.”
Next week, Jimbo Fisher takes over at Florida State, which finished 7-6 for the third time in the last four years. That run of mediocrity was the 80-year-old Bowden’s downfall that essentially forced into retirement after Florida St offered him a lesser role for 2010. With under 2 minutes to go in the Gator bowl, Bowden went down to the Florida St band section, removing his autographed white cap and tossing it into the seats.
“It’s got to be memorable,” Bowden said. “It’s my last dadgum ballgame after 57 years of coaching.” Bowden leaves as major college football’s second-winningest coach. Joe Paterno earned his 394th victory Friday in the Capital One Bowl as Penn State beat LSU 19-17, now the official winner of the back-and-forth race to be the game’s all-time win leader, something that wasn’t lost on Bowden. Paterno could win No. 400 next year. By his own math, Bowden’s already beyond that benchmark. “How about them 22 wins I got at South Georgia College? How come they don’t count?” Bowden said, talking about where he was from 1956-58, before heading to Samford. “I know it doesn’t count NCAA, but will somebody mention, please, that I have 400 wins during my lifetime?” Bowden was head coach at Samford from 1959-62, led West Virginia from 1970-75 and took over at Florida St the next season. Bowden is the only coach in NCAA history to win 11 consecutive bowl games (1985-95) and the only coach ever with 14 consecutive bowl appearances (1982-95) without a loss (FSU tied Georgia 17-17 in the 1984 Citrus Bowl). Bowden and Florida St finished the 2006 season with an Emerald Bowl victory over UCLA.
Among his many accomplishments, one of the most amazing has to be the remarkable 14 straight top five finishes in the AP poll from 1987-2000. During that run Florida St was 152-18-1 and captured national championships in 1993 and 1999. In 1999 the team became the first and only squad to ever go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the AP poll. The Seminoles also played for the title three other times during that span and since 1993 no team in the FBS has played for more national titles than FSU. Bowden has won 12 ACC Championships since FSU joined the conference in 1992. Under Bowden's guidance, FSU has not only produced great teams, but many great players as well. Two Seminoles, Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke won the Heisman Trophy, 24 of his players have been named consensus All-Americans, three of his QB's have won the Johnny Unitas Award and two have won the Thorpe Award, the Butkus Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Lombardi Award.
Success on the field is not enough for Bobby Bowden as he expects his players to contribute more than just athletically. Two of Bowden's greatest players, Warrick Dunn and Derrick Brooks, went on to not only become phenomenal pros, but each defender were honored as the NFL's Man of the Year. Florida St is one of just five schools to produce multiple players to win the NFL's top award for community service.
Senior Bowl All Star Game – Player List
Players accepting invitations as of Jan. 1st
Frank Coyle has been a consultant for the Senior Bowl for 15 years. Senior Bowl 2010 is scheduled for Jan. 30 th in Mobile, Alabama
Photo - RB Ben Tate - Auburn-
Name / Position / HT/WT / School
Allen, Nate - DB - 6-2 / 207 - South Florida
Arenas, Javier - DB - 5-9 / 198 - Alabama
Black, Ciron - OL - 6-5 / 322 - LSU
Cody, Terrence - DT - 6-5 / 365 - Alabama
Coleman, Antonio - DE - 6-3 / 261 - Auburn
Coleman, Harry - DB - 6-2 / 206 - LSU
Dixon, Anthony - RB - 6-1 / 235 - Mississippi St
Graham, Brandon - DE - 6-2 / 263 - Michigan
Hardesty, Montario - RB - 6-0 / 215 - Tennessee
Hodge, Shay - WR - 6-1 / 207 - Ole Miss
Jerry, John - OL - 6-5 / 350 - Ole Miss
Johnson, Mike - OL - 6-6 / 305 - Alabama
LaFell, Brandon - WR - 6-3 / 206 - LSU
McCarthy, Kyle - DB - 6-1 / 210 - Notre Dame
McCluster, Dexter - WR/RB - 5-8 / 165 - Ole Miss
Mesko, Zoltan - P - 6-5 / 231 - Michigan
Murphy, Jerome - DB - 6-1 / 192 - South Florida
Norwood, Eric - LB - 6-1 / 252 - South Carolina
Olsen, Eric - OL - 6-5 / 305 - Notre Dame
Peek, Colin - TE - 6-6 / 255 - Alabama
Robinson, Patrick - DB - 5-11 / 193 - Florida St
Scott, Charles - RB - 6-0 / 234 - LSU
Selvie, George - DE - 6-4 / 250 - South Florida
Tate, Ben - RB - 5-11 / 218 - Auburn
Tiffin, Leigh - PK - 6-2 / 212 - Alabama
Watson, Dekoda - LB - 6-2 / 228 - Florida St
Williams, Dan - DT - 6-3 / 327 - Tennessee
Williams, Jeremy - WR - 6-1 / 205 - Tulane
Young, Sam - OL - 6-8 / 320 - Notre Dame
NFL Power Rankings – Week 16
Team of the Week - N.Y. Jets
Player of Week - RB Jonathan Stewart - Panthers
Rookie of Week - Brian Cushing - Texans
Photo - LB Brian Cushing - Texans
Rank / Team / Record
1. Indianapolis Colts (14-1)
Colts are playing for Super Bowl not a perfect season after pulling Peyton Manning.
2. San Diego Chargers (12-3)
Chargers have won ten games in a row and may be the best team in the league.
3. New Orleans Saints (13-2)
The Saints have dropped two in a row and need to recapture their momentum in season finale.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (11-4)
Eagles play Cowboys in the finale with the NFC East title in the balance.
5. Minnesota Vikings (11-4)
Viking’s lost in overtime vs the Bears and are playing for the #2 playoff seed with Giants at home in finale.
6. New England Patriots (10-5)
Patriots clinched another AFC East title vs Jaguars with a key clutch performance.
7. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
Cards have quietly had a strong season and maybe the biggest sleeper for the postseason.
8. Green Bay Packers (10-5)
Packers bombed the Seahawks and go to the desert in interesting finale with the Cardinals.
9. Dallas Cowboys (10-5)
Cowboys are hot at just the right time and hope to continue their run with Eagles coming in with NFC East title the winners’ prize.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5)
The Bengals won a crucial game vs the Chiefs that clinched the AFC Central.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7)
Steelers stay alive with huge win over their divisional rival Ravens that keeps hopes alive for the playoffs.
12. Baltimore Ravens (8-7)
The Ravens lost a heartbreaker to the Steelers and they now depend on help to make the playoffs.
13. New York Jets (8-7)
Jets wreck Colts perfect season and can make the playoffs with win over Bengals in a roller coaster year.
14. Denver Broncos (8-7)
The Broncos have lost three in a row that has them desperate vs KC for the playoff picture.
15. Houston Texans (8-7)
Texans are still get into the playoffs, but they need a lot of help over the last weekend.
16. Atlanta Falcons (8-7)
Falcons look to win finale to post back to back winning seasons for the first time.
17. New York Giants (8-7)
The Giants let it all slip away with a few horrible performances in key situations.
18. Tennessee Titans (7-8)
The streaky Titans dug too big a hole early in season to overcome to stay on playoff pace.
19. Miami Dolphins (7-8)
The Dolphins play everyone tough, but took a step back this fall with many key young starters.
20. San Francisco 49ers (7-8)
The 49ers look to finish with a .500 record in a huge turnaround season.
21. Carolina Panthers (7-8)
Panthers jumped on the Giants in another strong late performance that earns HC John Fox and staff another season.
22 .Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8)
Jaguars have lost three in a row that ended their playoff hopes.
23. Chicago Bears (6-9)
The Bears salvaged something from this disastrous season with a great win over the Vikings.
24. Oakland Raiders (5-10)
The Raiders close out another terrible season with no campaign over 5 wins since their Super Bowl loss to Tampa.
25. Buffalo Bills (5-10)
The Bills offense has totally failed and will undergo some key changes this offseason.
26. Seattle Seahawks (5-10)
The Seahawks got bombed by the Packers last week and look to restructure this offseason.
27. Cleveland Browns (4-11)
The Browns have won three in a row that they hope carries over for next season.
28. Washington Redskins (4-11)
The Skins complete one of the worst campaigns in their long history by going to San Diego in finale.
29. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-12)
The Bucs pulled off the upset of the season with their victory over the Saints.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (3-12)
The Chiefs have just begun to rebuild and their new regime deserves the time to continue.
31. Detroit Lions (2-13)
Lions are bleeding on offense and have a major rebuilding job along their offensive line.
32. St. Louis Rams (1-14)
The Rams are light years away from being a playoff caliber club.
Favre & Manning Earn Pro Bowl Classic
Photo – QB Peyton Manning - Colts
Veteran NFL passers, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning have had outstanding '09 seasons that earned them another Pro Bowl berth. Each veteran has been longtime Pro Bowl regulars and were again selected to this season’s game after leading their clubs to divisional titles. Favre was among eight Minnesota Vikings who made the NFC team, while Manning was one of six Indianapolis Colts named to the AFC squad. This will be Brett Favre’s 11th Pro Bowl appearance while Peyton Manning will play in his 10th classic. No other QBs in NFL history have been to 10 all-star games. Both players will direct their clubs in the NFL playoffs and could possibly miss the Pro Bowl this season with the All-star event scheduled the week prior to the Super Bowl for the first time. Both the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl will be played in South Florida. The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 7 in Miami while the Pro Bowl has been moved to the previous Sunday at Dolphin Stadium. No Super Bowl participants will play in the all-star game.
Pro Bowl Rosters
Tom Brady, New England
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
Philip Rivers, San Diego
Chris Johnson, Tennessee
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
Ray Rice, Baltimore
Andre Johnson, Houston
Brandon Marshall, Denver
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Wes Welker, New England
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis
Antonio Gates, San Diego
Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore
Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets
Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis
Kris Dielman, San Diego
Alan Faneca, N.Y Jets
Logan Mankins, New England
Ryan Clady, Denver
Jake Long, Miami
Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
Mario Williams, Houston
Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
Vince Wilfork, New England
Ray Lewis, Baltimore
DeMeco Ryans, Houston
Brian Cushing, Houston
Elvis Dumervil, Denver
James Harrison, Pittsburgh
Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Champ Bailey, Denver
Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets
Brian Dawkins, Denver
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo
Ed Reed, Baltimore
Shane Lechler, Oakland
Kick Return Specialist
Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland
Nate Kaeding, San Diego
Kassim Osgood, San Diego
Continue to next page for NFC Pro Bowl Players
Top 50 Prospects for the NFL Draft
Dec 28, 2009 - * Underclassmen
Photo - DT Nda Suh - Nebraska
Prospect / Pos / School / Ht / Wt
1 Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska - 6’4” 300
2 * Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma - 6’4” 220
3 Taylor Mays - FS - Southern Cal - 6’3” 235
4 Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma St - 6’5” 310
5 C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson - 5’11” 195
6 * Eric Berry - S - Tennessee - 5’11” 205
7 * Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma - 6’4 300
8 Jerry Hughes - DE - TCU - 6’3” 255
9 * Brian Bulaga - OT - Iowa - 6’5” 315
10 * Derrick Morgan - DE - Georgia Tech - 6’4” 270
11 * Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama - 6’3” 230
12 * Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida - 6’5” 290
13 * Jimmy Clausen – QB - Notre Dame - 6’3” 215
14 Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama - 6’4” 360
15 Brandon Spikes - LB - Florida - 6’3” 255
16 Brandon LaFell - WR - LSU - 6’3” 210
17 * Joe Haden - CB - Florida - 5’10 190
18 Ricky Sapp - LB - Clemson - 6’4” 245
19 Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma - 6’5” 320
20 Jared Odrick - DT - Penn St - 6’4” 300
21 Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma St - 6’1” 215
22 * Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers - 6’5” 325
23 * Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech - 5’11” 230
24 * Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois - 6’1” 210
25 * Marvin Austin - DT - North Carolina - 6’3” 310
26 * Damian Williams - WR - Southern Cal - 6’1” 190
27 Colt McCoy - QB - Texas - 6’3” 215
28 Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas - 6’4” 255
29 * Bruce Carter - LB - North Carolina - 6’3” 225
30 Charles Brown - OT - Southern Cal - 6’5” 295
31 Brandon Graham - DE - Michigan - 6’1” 265
32 * Greg Jones - LB - Michigan St - 6’1” 225
33 Mike Iupati - OG - Idaho - 6’5” 330
34 Syd'Quan Thompson - CB - California - 5’9” 190
35 Ciron Black - OT - LSU - 6’5” 325
36 Tony Pike - QB - Cincinnati - 6’6” 230
37 Greg Hardy - DE - Mississippi - 6’4” 265
38 Mardy Gilyard - WR - Cincinnati - 6’ 190
39 Tim Tebow - QB - Florida - 6’3” 245
40 * Greg Romeus - DE - Pittsburgh - 6’6” 270
41 * Bruce Campbell - OT - Maryland - 6’7” 310
42 Sean Weatherspoon - LB - Missouri - 6’1” 245
43 Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida St - 5’11” 190
44 * Dezmon Briscoe - WR - Kansas - 6’2” 210
45 Jermaine Gresham - TE - Oklahoma - 6’6” 260
46 Perrish Cox - CB - Oklahoma St - 6’ 195
47 Corey Wootton - DE - Northwestern - 6’6” 275
48 Jordan Shipley - WR - Texas - 6’ 190
49 Brandon Ghee - CB - Wake Forest - 6’ 190
50 * Chris Jones - FS - LSU - 6’1” 225
Underclassmen NFL Draft 2010
Photo - OT Anthony Davis - Rutgers
As college teams complete their bowl games, underclassmen have begun to declare for the NFL Draft 2010. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15, 2010 to declare for the NFL Draft 2010. This offseason we are expecting a huge class of underclassmen to turn pro with the NFL players agreement expiring. Any new agreement and the future salary cap will probably undergo some critical changes especially related to the rookie salary cap and overall draft selections.
Underclassmen NFL Draft 2010
Player / Pos / H/W / School / Class
QB Sam Bradford - 6’4” 220 - Oklahoma - Jr.
QB Jimmy Clausen - 6’3” 220 - Notre Dame - Jr.
RB Ryan Matthews - 5’11” 225 - Fresno St - Jr.
WR Dez Bryant - 6’1” 215 - Oklahoma St - Jr.
WR Arrelious Benn - 6’2” 220 - Illinois - Jr.
WR Dezmon Briscoe - 6’2” 200 - Kansas - Jr.
WR Golden Tate - 5’10” 190 - Notre Dame - Jr.
OT Anthony Davis - 6’6” 325 - Rutgers - Jr.
OT Bruce Campbell - 6’6” 310 - Maryland - Jr.
DE Everson Griffen - 6’3” 265 - Southern Cal
DT Gerald McCoy - 6’3” 300 - Oklahoma - Jr.
DT Abe Koroma - 6’3” 315 - Western Illinois - Jr.
CB Donovan Warren - 5’11” 195 - Michigan - Jr
Date for declaring for the NFL Draft 2010 for underclassmen is January 15, 2010 Players have three days after the declaration date to rescind and change their minds and return to school for the College 2010 season.
First Round Mock Draft
* Underclassmen expected to enter by Jan. 15th
Photo - QB Sam Bradford - Oklahoma
December Newsletter available Now
Team / Player / Pos / School
1. St. Louis - * Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma
2. Tampa Bay - Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska
3. Cleveland - * Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma
4. Detroit - Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma St
5. Kansas City - Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama
6. Washington - * Brian Bulaga - OT - Iowa
7. Oakland - * Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida
8. Seattle - C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson
9. Denver (Chicago) - * Eric Berry - FS - Tennessee
10. Buffalo - * Jimmy Clausen - QB - Notre Dame
11. San Fran (Carolina) - Jerry Hughes - DE - TCU
12. Pittsburgh - Ciron Black - OT - LSU
13. San Francisco - * Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama
14. Tennessee - Brandon Spikes - LB - Florida
15. Atlanta - Taylor Mays - FS - Southern Cal
16. Houston - Brandon LeFell - WR - LSU
17. Baltimore - * Joe Haden - CB - Florida
18. NY Jets - * Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois
19. New York Giants - Ricky Sapp - LB - Clemson
20. Miami - * Marvin Austin - DT - North Carolina
21. Jacksonville - Colt McCoy - QB - Texas
22. Arizona - * Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma St
23. Dallas - * Damian Williams - WR - Southern Cal
24. Seattle (Denver) - Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma
25. New England - Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas
26. Green Bay - * Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers
27. Cincinnati - * Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech
28. Philadelphia - * Greg Jones - LB - Michigan St
20. Minnesota - Jermaine Gresham - TE - Oklahoma
30. San Diego - Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida St
31. New Orleans - * Bruce Campbell - OT - Maryland
32. Indianapolis - Jared Odrick - DT - Penn St
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