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Phillies to honor Pete Rose with 2017 Toyota Wall of Fame Inductee on August 12

Pete Rose 2008 by Kjunstorm from Laguna Niguel, CA, US. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

It’s official. Phillies legend Pete Rose will be bestowed with the team’s highest honor.

On Saturday, August 12, Rose, a four-time Phillies All-Star and MLB’s all-time hits leader, will become the 39th inductee into the Phillies Wall of Fame during an on-field ceremony before that night’s 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Mets.

Many special guests will return to honor the former first baseman, including past Phillies Wall of Famers. A 14″ x 20″ cast bronze plaque of Rose will be added to the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame display located in the Memory Lane section of Ashburn Alley.

“I am very honored to be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. My baseball years in Philadelphia were amazing, not just because we won it all in 1980 and came close in 1983, but also because the fans welcomed me from day one,” said Rose. “The team’s great ownership and talented roster attracted me to Philadelphia as a free agent. I knew we could experience great success.”

As the 2017 inductee, Rose will be honored at the annual Alumni Luncheon on Friday, August 11, at noon in the Diamond Club. In addition, all fans in attendance at the 7:05 p.m. game on Friday will receive a Toyota Pete Rose bobble figurine. On Saturday, August 12, all fans attending the 7:05 p.m. game will receive a commemorative Toyota Pete Rose print. The weekend will culminate with Toyota Alumni Day pre-game festivities on Sunday, August 13 at 1:35 p.m.

One of the most popular figures in Phillies history, Rose signed with the team as a free agent in December 1978. He played for the Phillies from 1979-83 and made quite an impact. During those five seasons alone, the Phillies were in a Division Series (1981), two League Championship Series (1980, 1983), two World Series (1980, 1983) and won their first World Championship (1980).

Rose was a National League leader with the Phillies on more than one occasion: on-base percentage, .418 (1979); singles, 159 (1979) and 117 (1981); doubles, 42 (1980); hits, 140 (1981); games, 162 (1982), and most assists as a first baseman, 123 (1980). He was also an NL All-Star from 1979-82 and broke the NL hits record in a Phillies uniform on August 10, 1981. Some more notables from Rose’s Phillies career: he batted .326 in the five postseason series, finished second in the NL batting race twice, .331 (1979) and .325 (1981), and was selected as the first baseman by the fans on the Centennial Team (1983).

Rose was selected to the Wall of Fame through fan voting on phillies.com. Tickets to all Toyota Phillies Alumni Weekend events are available at phillies.com, with the Alumni Luncheon honoring Rose on sale at phillies.com/alumniluncheon.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY PHILLIES MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Day 3 of NFL draft to be unique! Teams will announce picks from various locations & acknowledge key individuals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/25/17

 

From military bases to state landmarks and attractions to even outer space, NFL teams will announce their Day 3 selections for Rounds 4 to 6 of the NFL Draft from special locations of their choosing and recognize individuals who have made a significant impact.

 

Beginning on Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 PM ET, Day 3 pick announcements will feature current NFL players and legends, military personnel, actors, singers, and other special guests. New this year, Round 6 will be youth football-themed, and youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG, and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their individual markets during pick selections.
Here is a sampling of special team announcements during Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

 

  • Arizona Cardinals – Ten season ticket members will join cheerleaders and Big Red, the team’s mascot, to announce picks from the GRAND CANYON.
  • Chicago Bears – Bears running back JORDAN HOWARD and military personnel will make selections from the team’s headquarters at HALAS HALL.
  • Cleveland Browns – Former Browns player JOSH CRIBBS and season ticket members, along with alumni, will announce picks from CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.
  • Denver Broncos – Military members and NFL legends will make selections from PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE.
  • Houston Texans – Astronauts at the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND SPACE CENTER will announce picks for the first time from outer space.
  • Indianapolis Colts – Colts defensive end KENDALL LANGFORD will make picks from the INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, along with staff personnel.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – Picks will be announced from LONDON and JACKSONVILLE.
  • Kansas City Chiefs – Service members will make picks from the WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE.
  • New York Jets – Children of fallen EMT Yadira Arroyo will announce Day 3 selections from EMT HOUSE 26.
  • Philadelphia Eagles –  Actor MORRIS CHESTNUT and CNBC’s JIM CRAMER will make picks from the NFL DRAFT THEATER.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – Actor MILO VENTIMIGLIA, Actress MANDY MOORE, current players, and members of a local youth football team will announce selections from HEINZ FIELD.
  • San Francisco 49ers – Country music singer JON PARDI will make picks from LEVI’S STADIUM.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – General JOSEPH VOTEL, Commander of the United States Central Command, will announce selections from the team’s headquarters at ONE BUCANNEERS PLACE.
  • Washington Redskins – Actor MICHAEL EALY will make picks with fans from FEDEX FIELD.

Special team announcements for Day 3 will be broadcast in Philadelphia throughout the NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, the league’s largest free football festival taking place along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

 

Fans may also view Day 3 pick announcements on NFL Draft live platforms – such as NFL.com, the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), NFL Now, the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and Yahoo! Sports – as well as on ESPN. NFL Network will also feature select picks live on NFL Network Draft programming.

 

Fans can watch NFL Network digitally through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Select teams will also live stream local pick announcements on their websites and social media. Get full audio coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft live with Westwood One, TuneIn, and SiriusXM NFL Radio.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kamran Mumtaz, NFL; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL 2017 Draft Notes: 82nd Annual in Philadelphia, April 27-29

82nd NFL DRAFT

PHILADELPHIA, PA

APRIL 27-29, 2017

DATE START ROUNDS SELECTION TIME
Thursday, April 27 8:00 PM ET Round 1 10 Minutes  
         
Friday, April 28 7:00 PM ET Round 2 7 Minutes  
    Round 3 5 Minutes  
         
Saturday, April 29 12:00 PM ET Rounds 4-6 5 Minutes  
    Round 7 4 Minutes  

– NFL DRAFT –

PROSPECTS IN PHILLY: Twenty-two prospects and 14 college head coaches will attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Louisiana State leads all colleges with three players in attendance, while the Pac-12 leads all conferences with seven prospects confirmed to attend the event.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Jamal Adams S Louisiana State   12) Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
2) Jonathan Allen DT Alabama   13) Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
3) Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado   14) Takkarist McKinley LB UCLA
4) Derek Barnett DE Tennessee   15) Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
5) Garett Bolles T Utah   16) Haason Reddick LB Temple
6) Gareon Conley CB Ohio State   17) Cam Robinson T Alabama
7) Corey Davis WR Western Michigan   18) John Ross WR Washington
8) Leonard Fournette RB Louisiana State   19) Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
9) Adoree’ Jackson CB Southern California   20) Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
10) Kevin King CB Washington   21) Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
11) DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame   22) Tre’Davious White CB Louisiana State

 

The college head coaches confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Larry Fedora North Carolina   8) Ed Orgeron Louisiana State
2) P.J. Fleck Minnesota   9) Chris Petersen Washington
3) Butch Jones Tennessee   10) Matt Rhule Baylor
4) Brian Kelly Notre Dame   11) Nick Saban Alabama
5) Mike MacIntyre Colorado   12) David Shaw Stanford
6) Urban Meyer Ohio State   13) Dabo Swinney Clemson
7) Jim Mora UCLA   14) Kyle Whittingham Utah

 

– NFL DRAFT –

ROLL TIDE: Several players from Alabama have the chance to hear their names in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, including DT JONATHAN ALLEN, LB REUBEN FOSTER, TE O.J. HOWARD and T CAM ROBINSON.

If Alabama has a player selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide will tie Florida (1983-91) for the second-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. Alabama currently has eight consecutive drafts with at least one first-round pick.

Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round.

The longest streak of consecutive seasons with a first-round pick (since 1967):

YEARS SCHOOL CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A FIRST-ROUND PICK
1995-2008 Miami 14
1983-1991 Florida 9
2009-2016 Alabama 8*
1997-2003 Florida 7
1991-1997 Ohio State 7
1983-1989 Pittsburgh 7
*Active streak











– NFL DRAFT –

BOUNTIFUL BUCKEYES: Three Ohio State players are projected to have their names called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft – S MALIK HOOKER, CB MARSHON LATTIMORE and CB GAREON CONLEY. In 2016, the Buckeyes had a draft-high five players selected in the first round.

If all three players are selected in the first round, Ohio State would tie Alabama (2011-12) for the fourth-most first-round picks over any two-year span since 1967. Miami is the only school with more first-round choices over any two-year span, with nine players selected from both 2001-02 and 2002-03 and 10 players drafted from 2003-04.

The schools with the most first-round picks over any two-year span (since 1967):

YEARS SCHOOL FIRST-ROUND PICKS OVER TWO-YEAR SPAN
2003-04 Miami 10
2002-03 Miami 9
2001-02 Miami 9
2011-12 Alabama 8

 





– NFL DRAFT –

STAR-STUDDED STOPPERS: Texas A&M DE MYLES GARRETT, Stanford DE SOLOMON THOMAS and Alabama DT JONATHAN ALLEN are projected to be taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft.

If two defensive linemen are selected with the first and second picks, it would mark the third time in the common draft era that a pair of defensive linemen were taken first and second overall.

The defensive linemen taken first and second overall in the same draft since 1967:

YEAR NO. 1 PICK SCHOOL TEAM NO. 2 PICK SCHOOL TEAM
1976 Lee Roy Selmon Oklahoma Tampa Bay Steve Niehaus Notre Dame Seattle
1972 Walt Patulski Notre Dame Buffalo Sherman White California Cincinnati

Garrett would be the first player from Texas A&M selected with the first overall pick and the sixth Aggie to be selected in the top 10 since 2011.

The Texas A&M players selected in the top 10 since 2011:

YEAR NAME POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2014 Jake Matthews T 6 Atlanta
2014 Mike Evans WR 7 Tampa Bay
2013 Luke Joeckel T 2 Jacksonville
2012 Ryan Tannehill QB 8 Miami
2011 Von Miller LB 2 Denver

Thomas would become the fourth player in Stanford history and the first non-quarterback to be selected in the top five of the NFL Draft.

The Stanford players selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1967:

YEAR NAME POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2012 Andrew Luck QB 1 Indianapolis
1983 John Elway QB 1 Baltimore Colts
1971 Jim Plunkett QB 1 New England

 

– NFL DRAFT –

FIRST TIME QBs: North Carolina QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY and Texas Tech QB PATRICK MAHOMES would each be the first quarterback from their respective schools selected in the first round.

Trubisky would join T.J. YATES (2011, fifth round) and RONALD CURRY (2002, seventh round) as the only Tar Heels’ signal callers to be selected in the NFL Draft.

If selected in the first round, Mahomes would be the fourth Texas Tech player and the first Red Raider quarterback selected in the first round since 1967.

The players from Texas Tech selected in the first round of the draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER POSITION NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2009 Michael Crabtree WR 10 San Francisco
1983 Gabe Rivera NT 21 Pittsburgh
1981 Ted Watts DB 21 Oakland

– NFL DRAFT –

THE CHAMP IS HERE: Clemson QB DESHAUN WATSON was named the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Most Valuable Offensive Player after passing for 420 yards with three touchdowns and rushing for a score in the Tigers’ 35-31 victory over Alabama.

If selected in the first round, Watson would become the eighth quarterback since 1967 to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and the fifth quarterback to accomplish the feat in the same year.

The quarterbacks to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1967:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR SELECTED (NO. CHOSEN) SCHOOL NATL. CHAMP. SEASON
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 2015 (1st) Florida State 2013
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 (1st) Auburn 2010
Tim Tebow Denver 2010 (25th) Florida 2008
Vince Young Tennessee 2006 (3rd) Texas 2005
Matt Leinart Arizona 2006 (10th) Southern California 2004
Todd Blackledge Kansas City 1983 (7th) Penn State 1982
Jerry Tagge Green Bay 1972 (11th) Nebraska 1971

– NFL DRAFT –

THAT’S TIGHT: Alabama TE O.J. HOWARD and Miami TE DAVID NJOKU hope to hear their names called in the first round of the Draft. If both players are selected in the top 20, it would mark the fifth time since 1967 that two tight ends have been chosen in the first 20 selections of the first round of the NFL Draft.

The pairs of tight ends drafted in the top 20 of the NFL Draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL NO. CHOSEN TEAM
1992 Derek Brown Notre Dame 14 New York Giants
  Johnny Mitchell Nebraska 15 New York Jets
1974 J.V. Cain Colorado 7 St. Louis Cardinals
  Reuben Gant Oklahoma State 18 Buffalo
1973 Charle Young Southern California 6 Philadelphia
  Paul Seymour Michigan 7 Buffalo
  Billy Joe DuPree Michigan State 20 Dallas
1972 Riley Odoms Houston 5 Denver
  Jerome Barkum Jackson State 9 New York Jets

 

– NFL DRAFT –

SAFETY GUARANTEED: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS and Ohio State S MALIK HOOKER may both hear their names called at the top of the first round. Since 1980, there have been five safeties selected in the top five. The most recent top-five selection at the safety position was ERIC BERRY, who was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall choice in 2010.

The safeties selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1980:​

YEAR PLAYER TEAM SCHOOL OVERALL SELECTION
2010 Eric Berry Kansas City Tennessee 5  
2004 Sean Taylor Washington Miami 5  
1991 Eric Turner Cleveland UCLA 2  
1988 Bennie Blades Detroit Miami 3  
1981 Kenny Easley Seattle UCLA 4  

 

– NFL DRAFT –

​BROTHERLY LOVE: Wisconsin LB T.J. WATT, the brother of Texans’ DE J.J. WATT and Chargers’ FB DEREK WATT, hopes to hear his name called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

If selected in the first round, T.J. would join J.J. – the 11th overall selection in 2011 – as the eighth pair of brothers since 1990 to be selected in the first round of their respective NFL Drafts.

The pairs of brothers selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1990:

FAMILY NAME PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR)
Davis Vontae* Miami (2009) Vernon* San Francisco (2006)
Long Kyle* Chicago (2013) Chris* St. Louis (2008)
Manning Eli* San Diego (2004) Peyton Indianapolis (1998)
McDougle Jerome Philadelphia (2003) Stockar Detroit (2000)
Pouncey Mike* Miami (2011) Maurkice* Pittsburgh (2010)
Thomas Robert St. Louis (2002) Stan Chicago (1991)
Trufant Desmond* Atlanta (2013) Marcus Seattle (2003)
*Active        

– NFL DRAFT –

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS, son of former first-round pick GEORGE ADAMS (1985, New York Giants), is projected to be taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

If Adams is selected in the first round, they would become the eighth father-son combination to be drafted in the first round in the common draft era.

The father-son first-round draft picks since 1967:

FAMILY NAME FATHER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) SON TEAM (DRAFT YEAR)
Heyward Craig New Orleans (1988) Cameron* Pittsburgh (2011)
Ingram Mark New York Giants (1987) Mark* New Orleans (2011)
Manning Archie New Orleans (1971) Peyton Indianapolis (1998)
      Eli* San Diego (2004)
Matthews Clay, Jr. Cleveland (1978) Clay* Green Bay (2009)
Matthews Bruce Houston Oilers (1983) Jake* Atlanta (2014)
Winslow Kellen San Diego (1979) Kellen, Jr. Cleveland (2004)
*Active        

– NFL DRAFT –

TIGER AT THE TOP: Louisiana State RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims to be the first running back selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. If taken in the first round, Fournette would become the fourth LSU running back to be selected in the opening round since 1967.

The LSU running backs selected in the first round of the draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2006 Joseph Addai 30 Indianapolis
1991 Harvey Williams 21 Kansas City
1979 Charles Alexander 12 Cincinnati

– NFL DRAFT –

FIRST-ROUND TRADES SINCE 2000

(Yearly totals can include future selections traded in previous years.)

DRAFT ROUND 1 TRADES
2000 16
2001 15
2002 14
2003 18
2004 17
2005 9
2006 11
2007 10
2008 17
2009 13
2010 15
2011 8
2012 19
2013 12
2014 11
2015 6
2016 8

 

 

CONSECUTIVE TOP 10 CHOICES FROM SAME COLLEGE

1937 Nebraska - HB Lloyd Cardwell (7) and E Les McDonald (8)
1943 Minnesota – HB Bill Daley (7) and T Dick Wildung (8)
1946 Notre Dame – QB Johnny Lujack (4) and T George Connor (5)
1948 Alabama - HB Lowell Tew (4) and C Vaughn Mancha (5)
1949 Notre Dame – QB Frank Tripucka (9) and G Bill Fischer (10)
1949 Southern Methodist – RB Doak Walker (3) and HB Paul Page (4)
1959 Ohio State - HB Don Clark (7) and C Dan James (8)
1967 Michigan State – DT Bubba Smith (1) and RB Clint Jones (2)
1977 Southern California - T Marvin Powell (4) and DT Gary Jeter (5)
1978 Notre Dame – TE Ken MacAfee (7) and DT Ross Browner (8)
1981 UCLA – RB Freeman McNeil (3) and DB Kenny Easley (4)
1984 Nebraska - WR Irving Fryar (1) and T Dean Steinkuhler (2)
1990 Southern California - LB Junior Seau (5) and DB Mark Carrier (6)
1991 Nebraska - DB Bruce Pickens (3) and LB Mike Croel (4)
1991 Tennessee - T Charles McRae (7) and T Antone Davis (8)
1992 Stanford – T Bob Whitfield (8) and RB Tommy Vardell (9)
1993 Alabama - DE John Copeland (5) and DE Eric Curry (6)
1996 Illinois - LB Kevin Hardy (2) and DE Simeon Rice (3)
2000 Penn State - DE Courtney Brown (1) and LB LaVar Arrington (2)
2002 Texas - T Mike Williams (4) and DB Quentin Jammer (5)
2004 Miami - S Sean Taylor (5) and TE Kellen Winslow (6)
2010 Oklahoma – DT Gerald McCoy (3) and T Trent Williams (4)
2013 Alabama – DB Dee Milliner (9) and G Chance Warmack (10)
2014 Texas A&M – T Jake Matthews (6) and WR Mike Evans (7)
2016 Ohio State – DE Joey Bosa (3) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (4)

 

BREAKDOWN OF

OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE PLAYERS SELECTED

IN FIRST ROUND SINCE 1990

YEAR OFFENSE DEFENSE
FIRST OFFENSIVE PICK
FIRST DEFENSIVE PICK
1990 11 14 Jeff George-QB (1) Cortez Kennedy-DT (3)
1991 13 14 Charles McRae-T (7) Russell Maryland-DT (1)
1992 13 15 Desmond Howard-WR (4) Steve Emtman-DE (1)
1993 15 14 Drew Bledsoe-QB (1) Marvin Jones-LB (4)
1994 13 16 Marshall Faulk-RB (2) Dan Wilkinson-DT (1)
1995 18 14 Ki-Jana Carter-RB (1) Kevin Carter-DE (6)
1996 17 13 Keyshawn Johnson-WR (1) Kevin Hardy-LB (2)
1997 14 16 Orlando Pace-T (1) Darrell Russell-DE (2)
1998 14 16 Peyton Manning-QB (1) Andre Wadsworth-DE (3)
1999 16 15 Tim Couch-QB (1) Champ Bailey-CB (7)
2000 17 14 Chris Samuel-T (3) Courtney Brown-DE  (1)
2001 15 16 Michael Vick-QB (1) Gerard Warren-DT (3)
2002 16 16 David Carr-QB (1) Julius Peppers-DE (2)
2003 14 18 Carson Palmer-QB (1) Dewayne Robertson-DT (4)
2004 19 13 Eli Manning-QB (1) Sean Taylor-S (5)
2005 16 16 Alex Smith-QB (1) Adam Jones-CB (6)
2006 19 13 Reggie Bush-RB (2) Mario Williams-DE (1)
2007 15 17 JaMarcus Russell-QB (1) Gaines Adams-DE (4)
2008 16 15 Jake Long-T (1) Chris Long-DE (2)
2009 19 13 Matthew Stafford-QB (1) Tyson Jackson-DE (3)
2010 14 18 Sam Bradford-QB (1) Ndamukong Suh-DT (2)
2011 16 16 Cam Newton-QB (1) Von Miller-LB (2)
2012 15 17 Andrew Luck-QB (1) Morris Claiborne-CB (6)
2013 14 18 Eric Fisher-T (1) Dion Jordan-DE (3)
2014 14 18 Greg Robinson-T (2) Jadeveon Clowney-DE (1)
2015 17 15 Jameis Winston-QB (1) Dante Fowler-DE (3)
2016 15 16 Jared Goff-QB (1) Joey Bosa-DE (3)

“MOSTS”

Colleges with most No. 1 overall draft choices:

Auburn (5) 2011: Cam Newton, QB (Carolina); 1988: Aundray Bruce, LB (Atlanta); 1986: Bo Jackson, RB (Tampa Bay); 1965: Tucker Frederickson, RB (N.Y. Giants); 1961: Ken Rice, G (Buffalo)
Notre Dame (5) 1973: Walt Patulski, DE (Buffalo); 1957: Paul Hornung, HB (Green Bay); 1950: Leon Hart, E (Detroit); 1946: Frank Dancewicz, QB (Boston Yanks); 1944: Angelo Bertelli, QB (Boston Yanks)
Southern California(5) 2003: Carson Palmer, QB (Cincinnati); 1996: Keyshawn Johnson, WR (N.Y. Jets); 1977: Ricky Bell, RB (Tampa Bay);1969: O.J. Simpson, RB (Buffalo); 1968: Ron Yary, T (Minnesota)

 

Most first-round selections from one college in single year:  6

2004 - Miami (Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, Vince Wilfork).

College with most players taken in single draft: Texas, 17 in 1984.

Most offensive players selected in first round: 19 in 2009, 2004 & 1968.

Most defensive players selected in first round: 19 in 2006.

Consecutive first-round choices from same college that played same position:

1991: Tennessee Ts Charles McRae (#7-Tampa Bay) and Antone Davis (#8-Philadelphia).

1993: Alabama DEs John Copeland (#5-Cincinnati) and Eric Curry (#6-Tampa Bay).

1997: Miami DEs Kenard Lang (#17-Washington) and Kenny Holmes (#18-Tennessee).

Number of Pro Football Hall of Famers selected No. 1 overall:  14

1942 – “Bullet” Bill Dudley/Pittsburgh; 1945 – Charley Trippi/Chicago Cardinals; 1949 – Chuck Bednarik/Philadelphia; 1957 – Paul Hornung/Green Bay; 1963 – Buck Buchanan/Kansas City (AFL); 1968 – Ron Yary/Minnesota; 1969 – O.J. Simpson/Buffalo; 1970 – Terry Bradshaw/Pittsburgh; 1976 – Lee Roy Selmon/Tampa Bay; 1978 – Earl Campbell/Houston; 1983 – John Elway/Baltimore Colts; 1985 – Bruce Smith/Buffalo Bills; 1989 – Troy Aikman/Dallas Cowboys. 1997 – Orlando Pace/St. Louis Rams.

Most consecutive offensive players selected to start NFL Draft:

1999 – 6; QB Tim Couch (Cleveland), QB Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia), QB Akili Smith (Cincinnati), RB Edgerrin James (Indianapolis), HB Ricky Williams (New Orleans), WR Torry Holt (St. Louis).

Most consecutive defensive players selected to start NFL Draft:

1991 – 6; DT Russell Maryland (Dallas), S Eric Turner (Cleveland), CB Bruce Pickens (Atlanta), OLB Mike Croel (Denver), CB Todd Lyght (Los Angeles Rams), DT Eric Swann (Phoenix).

Number of times QB and RB from same college have been chosen in top 10: 10

1942 (QB Frank Albert, RB Pete Kmetovic-Stanford), 1943 (QB Jack Jenkins, RB Bob Steuber-Missouri), 1944 (QB Angelo Bertelli, RB Creighton Miller-Notre Dame), 1946 (QB Frank Dancewicz, QB Johnny Lujack, RB Emil Sitko-Notre Dame), 1947 (QB Ernie Case, RB Cal Rossi-UCLA), 1948 (QB Harry Gilmer, RB Lowell Tew-Alabama), 1983(QB Todd Blackledge, RB Curt Warner-Penn State), 1993 (QB Rick Mirer, RB Jerome Bettis-Notre Dame), 1995(QB Kerry Collins, RB Ki-Jana Carter-Penn State), 2006 (QB Matt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush-Southern California).

Most offensive linemen taken in first round: 10

1968 - T Ron Yary, C Robert Johnson, T Russ Washington, T Mike Taylor, C Forrest Blue, G Maurice Moorman, G George Daney, T John Williams, G Bill Lueck, T Doug Crusan.

DRAFT TIMES

NOTE:  The first combined (AFL-NFL) draft in 1967 consisted of 17 rounds.  In 1977, the draft was reduced to 12 rounds.  There were eight rounds in 1993 and seven since 1994.

Longest first round since 1967: 2007 (6 hours, 8 minutes)

Shortest first round since 1967: 1972 (2 hours)

Longest seven-round draft: 2007 (18 hours, 5 minutes)

Shortest seven-round draft: 2015 (13 hours, 45 minutes)

Most rounds on draft day: 30 (1943-1959 drafts)

COLLEGES WITH THREE PLAYERS DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND

Number of times since 2000 that a college has had at least three players chosen in first round: 28

2000:  Florida State (3) – Peter Warrick/Cincinnati; Corey Simon/Philadelphia; Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland.

2001:  Miami (4) – Dan Morgan/Carolina; Damione Lewis/St. Louis; Santana Moss/ N.Y. Jets; Reggie Wayne/Indianapolis.

Michigan (3) – David Terrell/Chicago; Steve Hutchinson/Seattle; Jeff Backus/Detroit.

2002:  Miami (5) – Bryant McKinnie/Minnesota; Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Phillip Buchanon/Oakland; Ed Reed/Baltimore; Mike Rumph/San Francisco.

Tennessee (3) – John Henderson/Jacksonville; Donte’ Stallworth/New Orleans; Albert Haynesworth/Tennessee.

2003:  Miami (4) – Andre Johnson/Houston; Jerome McDougle/Philadelphia; Willis McGahee/Buffalo; William Joseph/N.Y. Giants.

Penn State (4) – Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis; Michael Haynes/Chicago; Bryant Johnson/Arizona; Larry Johnson/Kansas City.

2004:  Miami (6) – Sean Taylor/Washington; Kellen Winslow/Cleveland; Jonathan Vilma/N.Y. Jets; D.J. Williams/Denver; Vernon Carey/Miami; Vince Wilfork/New England.

Ohio State (3) – Will Smith/New Orleans, Chris Gamble/Carolina, Mike Jenkins/Atlanta.

2005:  Auburn (4) – Ronnie Brown/Miami; Jason Campbell/Washington; Carlos Rogers/Washington; Carnell Williams/Tampa Bay.

2006:  Ohio State (5) – A.J. Hawk/Green Bay; Donte Whitner/Buffalo; Bobby Carpenter/Dallas; Santonio Holmes/Pittsburgh; Nick Mangold/N.Y. Jets.

Florida State (4) – Ernie Sims/Detroit; Kamerion Wimbley/Cleveland; Brodrick Bunkley/Philadelphia; Antonio Cromartie/San Diego.

North Carolina State (3) – Mario Williams/Houston; Manny Lawson/San     Francisco; John McCargo/Buffalo.

2007:  Louisiana State (4) – JaMarcus Russell/Oakland; LaRon Landry/Washington; Dwayne Bowe/Kansas City; Craig Davis/San Diego.

Miami (3) – Brandon Meriweather/New England; Jon Beason/Carolina; Greg Olsen/Chicago.

2008: Southern California (4) – Sedrick Ellis/New Orleans; Keith Rivers/Cincinnati; Sam Baker/Atlanta; Lawrence Jackson/Seattle.

2009: Southern California (3) – Mark Sanchez/N.Y. Jets; Brian Cushing/Houston; Clay Matthews/Green Bay;

2010: Oklahoma (4) – Sam Bradford/St. Louis; Gerald McCoy/Tampa Bay; Trent Williams/Washington; Jermaine Gresham/Cincinnati

Florida (3) – Joe Haden/Cleveland; Maurkice Pouncey/Pittsburgh; Tim Tebow/Denver

2011: Alabama (4) – Marcell Dareus/Buffalo; Julio Jones/Atlanta; James Carpenter/Seattle; Mark Ingram/New Orleans

2012: Alabama (4) – Trent Richardson/Cleveland; Mark Barron/Tampa Bay; Dre Kirkpatrick/Cincinnati; Dont’a Hightower/New England

2013: Alabama (3) – Dee Milliner/New York Jets; Chance Warmack/Tennessee; D.J. Fluker/San Diego

Florida State (3) – E.J. Manuel/Buffalo; Bjoern Werner/Indianapolis; Xavier    Rhodes/Minnesota

2014: Louisville (3) – Calvin Pryor/New York Jets; Marcus Smith/Philadelphia;

Teddy Bridgewater/Minnesota

Texas A&M (3) – Jake Matthews/Atlanta; Mike Evans/Tampa Bay; Johnny Manziel/Cleveland

2015: Washington (3) – Danny Shelton/Cleveland; Marcus Peters/Kansas City;

Shaq Thompson/Carolina

2016:  Ohio State (5) – Joey Bosa/San Diego; Ezekiel Elliott/Dallas; Eli Apple/New York

Giants; Taylor Decker/Detroit; Darron Lee/New York Jets

Mississippi (3) – Laremy Tunsil/Miami; Laquon Treadwell/Minnesota; Robert

Nkemdiche/Arizona

FIRST ROUND BY POSITION

Most first-round selections by position (one year):

Quarterback (6-1983):  
  John Elway/Baltimore, Todd Blackledge/Kansas City, Jim Kelly/Buffalo, Tony Eason/New England, Ken O’Brien/N.Y. Jets, Dan Marino/Miami
   
Halfback/Running Back (9-1938, 1941):
  (Last time) 1941 – Tom Harmon/Chicago Bears, John Kimbrough/Chicago Cardinals, Norm Standlee/Chicago Bears, John Thomason/Detroit, George Franck/New York, George Paskavan/Green Bay, Dean McAdams/Brooklyn, Don Scott/Chicago Bears, Forrest Evashevski/Washington
   
Wide Receiver (7-2004):
  Larry Fitzgerald/Arizona, Roy Williams/Detroit, Reggie Williams/Jacksonville, Lee Evans/Buffalo, Michael Clayton/Tampa Bay, Michael Jenkins/Atlanta, Rashaun Woods/San Francisco.
   
Tight End (3-1970, 2002):
  (Last time) 2002 – Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Daniel Graham/New England; Jerramy Stevens/Seattle
   
Center (2-1949, 1950, 1968, 2009):
  (Last time) 2009 – Alex Mack/Cleveland, Eric Wood/Buffalo  
   
Guard (4-1982):  
  Mike Munchak/Houston, Sean Farrell/Tampa Bay, Ron Hallestrom/Green Bay, Roy Foster/Miami
   
Tackle (8-2008):  
  Jake Long/Miami, Ryan Clady/Denver, Chris Williams/Chicago, Branden Albert/Kansas City, Gosder Cherilus/Detroit, Jeff Otah/Carolina, Sam Baker/Atlanta, Duane Brown/Houston
   
Defensive Back (9-2014):
  Justin Gilbert/Cleveland, Kyle Fuller/Chicago, Calvin Pryor/New York Jets, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix/Green Bay, Darqueze Dennard/Cincinnati, Jason Verrett/San Diego, Deone Bucannon/Arizona, Jimmie Ward/San Francisco, Bradley Roby/Denver.
   
Linebacker (7-1990):  
  Keith McCants/Tampa Bay, Junior Seau/San Diego, Chris Singleton/New England, James Francis/Cincinnati, Percy Snow/Kansas City, Lamar Lathon/Houston, Tony Bennett/Green Bay.
   
Defensive End (6-1992, 2011):
  (Last time) 2011 – J.J. Watt/Houston, Robert Quinn/St. Louis, Corey Liuget/San Diego, Adrian Clayborn/Tampa Bay, Cameron Jordan/New Orleans, Cameron Heyward/Pittsburgh.
   
Defensive Tackle (6-1977, 2001, 2003):
  (Last time) 2003 – Dewayne Robertson/N.Y. Jets, Johnathan Sullivan/New Orleans, Kevin Williams/Minnesota, Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis, Ty Warren/New England, William Joseph/N.Y. Giants.
   
Nose Tackle (1-1986, 1988, 2012):
(Last time) 2012 – Dontari Poe/Kansas City
 
Kicker/Punter (1-1966, 1973, 1978, 1979, 2000):
  (Last time) 2000 – K Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland

 

 

MOST PLAYERS DRAFTED FROM SINGLE SCHOOL SINCE 1970

Year College Players  
1970 Grambling, Southern California 9  
1971 Ohio State 13  
1972 Michigan 10  
1973 Oklahoma 11  
1974 UCLA 12  
1975 Southern California 14  
1976 Nebraska, Ohio State 11  
1977 Southern California 14  
1978 Florida 10  
1979 Notre Dame, Oklahoma 10  
1980 Nebraska, Southern California 10  
1981 Pittsburgh 12  
1982 Texas 12  
1983 Southern California 11  
1984 Texas 17  
1985 Wisconsin 11  
1986 Illinois, Southern California 9  
1987 Penn State 13  
1988 Oklahoma 13  
1989 Auburn 10  
1990 Southern California 10  
1991 Miami 11  
1992 Washington 11  
1993 Notre Dame, Miami 9  
1994 Notre Dame 10  
1995 Colorado, Florida State 10  
1996 Penn State 10  
1997 Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska 8  
1998 Washington 10  
1999 Florida, Ohio State 8  
2000 Tennessee 9  
2001 Florida State 9  
2002 Miami 11  
2003 Florida, Miami, Tennessee 8  
2004 Ohio State 14  
2005 Oklahoma 11  
2006 Southern California 11  
2007 Florida 9  
2008 Southern California 10  
2009 Southern California 11  
2010 Florida 9  
2011 North Carolina, Southern California 9  
2012 Alabama 8  
2013 Florida State 11  
2014 Louisiana State 9  
2015 Florida State 11  
2016 Ohio State 12  

 

UNDERCLASSMEN AND THE DRAFT

NOTE: Since 1990, 17 of the No. 1 overall picks have been underclassmen (Jeff George – 1990, Steve Emtman – 1992, Drew Bledsoe – 1993, Dan Wilkinson – 1994, Ki-Jana Carter – 1995, Orlando Pace – 1997, Tim Couch – 1999, Michael Vick – 2001, Mario Williams – 2006, JaMarcus Russell – 2007, Matthew Stafford – 2009, Sam Bradford – 2010, Cam Newton – 2011, Andrew Luck – 2012, Jadeveon Clowney – 2014, Jameis Winston – 2015, Jared Goff – 2016).

Year Drafted Top-10 Picks
2016 70 8
2015 55 6
2014 61 6
2013 52 3
2012 44 8
2011 43 8
2010 46 5
2009 41 5
2008 39 4
2007 29 5
2006 33 6
2005 37 4
2004 35 5
2003 32 5
2002 26 2
2001 27 5
2000 20 4
1999 22 5
1998 19 3
1997 25 6
1996 16 4
1995 22 2
1994 25 6
1993 24 5
1992 21 5
1991 19 1
1990 18 5

 

COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS (Since 1967)

College Total
College
Total
Southern California 68 Oklahoma 32
Ohio State 61 Texas A&M 29
Miami 59 Nebraska 28
Florida 48 Georgia 26
Alabama 43 Louisiana State 26
Florida State 43 Michigan State 25
Notre Dame 41 UCLA 25
Tennessee 39 California 24
Michigan 34 Clemson 24
Penn State 33 Arizona St. 23
Texas 33 Pittsburgh 23


COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS BY YEAR (Since 1967
)

1967-Michigan State/4 1992-Multiple with 2
1968-Southern California/5 1993-Notre Dame/4
1969-Notre Dame, Ohio St., Southern California/3 1994-Notre Dame, Texas A&M/3
1970-Oklahoma/3 1995- Fla. St., Michigan, Ohio St., Penn St./3
1971-Ohio State/4 1996-Ohio State/3
1972-Nebraska, Notre Dame/3 1997-Florida State/4
1973-Purdue, Southern California/3 1998-North Carolina, Tennessee/3
1974-Ohio State/3 1999-Ohio State/3
1975-Ohio State/3 2000-Florida State/3
1976-Colorado, Oklahoma/3 2001-Miami/4
1977-Southern California/3 2002-Miami/5
1978-Notre Dame/3 2003-Miami/4, Penn State/4
1979-Multiple with 2 2004-Miami/6
1980-Southern California, Texas/3 2005-Auburn/4
1981-Southern California, Pittsburgh/3 2006-Ohio State/5
1982-Southern California/3 2007-Lousiana State/4
1983-Pittsburgh, Southern California/3 2008-Southern California/4
1984-Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma/2 2009-Southern California/3
1985-Wisconsin/3 2010-Oklahoma/4
1986-Iowa/3 2011-Alabama/4
1987-Miami/3 2012-Alabama/4
1988-Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma/2 2013-Alabama, Florida State/3
1989-Florida/3 2014-Louisville, Texas A&M/3
1990-Multiple with 2 2015-Washington/3
1991-Tennessee/3 2016-Ohio State/5

 

 

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Reds have a deal for the Fans! Announcing new Top 6 Ballpark Pass

Monthly Pass For All Regular Season Home Games

Press Release | April 24th, 2017

Cincinnati Reds fans can attend all 2017 home games for only $29.99 per month with the new Reds “TOP 6″ Ballpark Pass.

In honor of the popular “TOP 6″ rows at Riverfront Stadium, the new TOP 6 Ballpark Pass gives pass holders a ticket in the top six rows of Great American Ball Park for all regular season home games that month.

“Fans still ask at our box office to buy the TOP 6,” says Aaron Eisel, Reds Vice President of Ticketing & Business Development. “Now through the MLB.com Ballpark app, we have the technology which allows us to sell those seats as a monthly pass so fans have the flexibility to come as often as they want. And we picked the TOP 6 because of their unprecedented views and in homage to what remains a Cincinnati Reds baseball-viewing tradition.”

The tickets will be delivered digitally to your mobile device in the MLB.com Ballpark app only.

How it works:
• Purchase up to six (6) passes at Reds.com/TOP6.
• Download the MLB.com Ballpark app on your iPhone or Android phone and log into your MLB.com account with the e-mail address used to purchase your Top 6 Ballpark Pass.
• Your digital tickets will be in the MLB.com Ballpark app and your seat locations will be assigned two (2) hours before each game.
• When you arrive at the ballpark, access your tickets in the MLB.com Ballpark app ‘Ticketing Tab’ and scan your barcode at the gate.

The Reds Top 6 Ballpark Pass will auto-renew at $29.99 each month May through September.

Fans can opt-out and must do so by the 20th of the month prior.

For full details and to purchase a Reds TOP 6 Ballpark Pass, visit reds.com/TOP6.

There are no refunds or exchanges and the pass cannot be resold or transferred.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Washington Nationals RF Bryce Harper named NL Player of the Week

Bryce Harper (2011 photo by MissChatter via wikipedia commons)

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending April 23rd.

Bryce’s teammate Ryan Zimmerman (.500, 1.050 SLG, 3 HR, 10 RBI) also posted an impressive week. The 2009 NL All-Star recorded four multi-hit games and is off to the hottest start of his career, reaching six home runs in the first month of the season for the first time in his career. On the pitching side for Washington, Max Scherzer delivered two wins this past week for the Nats, while recording a 1.80 ERA with 16 strikeouts over 15.0 innings pitched. Freddie Freeman (.455, 7 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves homered twice in Monday night’s home tilt against the San Diego Padres, becoming the first player in SunTrust Park history to record a multi-homer game. With two doubles in the contest as well, Freddie became the third player in club history to register two doubles and two homers in a game (also: Felipe Alou, 4/26/1966 and Adam LaRoche 9/15/2009). Other noteworthy performances included Travis Shaw (8 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers, Miami’s Stanton (.400, 5 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI), and Lance Lynn (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 12 SO) and Seung Hwan Oh (5 SV, 1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 6 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Bryce Harper will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Harper batted .550 (11-for-20) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI over six games to earn his fifth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on April 17, 2016. The four-time NL All-Star paced the Majors in batting average, slugging percentage (1.200), on-base percentage (.667), runs scored and extra-base hits (7), while finishing tied for first in doubles and total bases (24).

On Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park, Bryce continued his torrid start to the 2017 season, going 4-for-4 with two home runs (one grand slam), a double, three runs scored and five RBI. The multi-homer outing was his second of the season (also belting two round-trippers on April 16th), and his four hits and five RBI each tied career highs. The 2015 NL MVP delivered two more extra-base hits on Friday night against the New York Mets, including his seventh home run of the season. Since Harper’s first full month of April in 2013, the 24-year-old slugger leads all Major League hitters during the month with a .429 on-base percentage and a .638 slugging percentage. Additionally, the Las Vegas, Nevada native is tied for second with Justin Upton of the Detroit Tigers with 31 home runs in that same span, trailing only last year’s Home Run Derby winner Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins (32). Entering play today, Harper, the top overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft, leads the Majors in runs scored (22), batting average (.400) and on-base percentage (.524). Led by their star’s hot week at the plate, the Nationals enter play on Monday on a seven-game winning streak and currently sport the best record in the Majors at 13-5.

 

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