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Former NFL star/actor Bubba Smith dead at 66

Bubba Smith in 2009 (photo by J Feldman via wikipedia commons)

Former NFL star Bubba Smith, who was one-of the-most feared defensive ends on the field to being a very successful actor off the field, died on Wednesday, he was 66.

The Los Angeles County coroner and a police spokesman said that Smith was found dead at his Baldwin Hills home. Nothing about his death is suspicious. There is no known cause of his death at this time.

The number one overall pick in the 1967 draft after a phenomenal career at Michigan State, Smith, who was 6’7, 265-pounds, spent five years with the Baltimore Colts and he played two seasons each with Oakland and Houston. He was a Super Bowl champion with the Colts in 1971.

In 1969, Smith played for the Colts against the New York Jets in the Super Bowl. Led by Joe Namath, the Jets of the American Football League upset the NFL champion Colts 16-7 in Miami.

Smith was one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, often drawing a double-team by offensive lineman, he was elected to two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Born Charles Aaron Smith, Bubba played high school football for his father, Willie Ray Smith, in Beaumont, Texas, before playing for the Michigan State Spartans, where he was an All-American in 1966.

For the Spartans, he played for some of the school’s best teams under legendary coach Duffy Daugherty. His number 95 jersey was retired in 2006.

In 1965 and 1966, he helped the East Lansing college go 19-1-1 and win consecutive Big Ten titles.

During the 1966 season, Smith was a member of the Spartans when they played Notre Dame, both undefeated, played to a 10-10 tie. The Spartans finished second behind the then #1 Fighting Irish that season.

Smith played in several television series, “Good Times,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Half Nelson.” He also is best-known for being a regular in the Miller Lite commercials which featured for the first time, retired football players. Also, his most memorable role was playing Moses Hightower, the police officer in the “Police Academy” series.

 

compiled from staff, NFL, Radio & TV news

 

 

 

Munoz, Johansen to broadcast Bengals preseason games

 

Anthony Munoz (courtesy of Munozfoundation.org)

The Cincinnati Bengals have set their 2011 preseason broadcast team.

It’ll be Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz with Cincinnati area sportscaster Brad Johansen. And back for his seventh season as the sideline reporter, Mike Valpredo, formerly a sports anchor at Channel 4 WCMH-TV in Columbus.

All four Bengals preseason games will be shown on the Bengals TV network, with Channel 12 in Cincinnati as the flagship station. The games are Friday, August 12 at Detroit (7:30 p.m.), Sunday, August 21, at the New York Jets (7:00 p.m.), Thursday, August 25 at home against Carolina (7:00 p.m.) and Thursday, September 1 at home against Indianapolis (7:00 p.m.).

Johansen will handle the play-by-play and Munoz the analyst duties.

This is Munoz’s 15th consecutive season as the analyst and he has worked with four play-by-play announcers: Dan Hoard, Brad Johansen, George Vogel and Paul Keels.

 

compiled from staff, Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

Faneca retires after 13-year NFL career

 

Alan Faneca (file photo)

34-year-old Alan Faneca, an eight-time All-Pro guard has announced his retirement after a 13-year NFL career.

Faneca played 10 seasons with Pittsburgh before signing with the New York Jets in 2008. New York released him following the 2009 season, and faneca signed a contract to play the 2010 season with Arizona.

 

compiled from NFL & Arizona Cardinals news

Browns, Bengals pre-season schedules are set

 

Browns QB Colt McCoy (file photo)

The NFL has set the pre-season schedules of all teams eventhough there may not be a season.

The Cleveland Browns will open the pre-season against the world champion Green Bay Packers during the week of August 11-15. Then they’ll play Detroit at home against the Detroit Lions during the week of August 18-22.

The Browns’ first pre-season road games will in Philadelphia, August 25-29 and they’ll wind up the schedule at Chicago September 1-2.

Bengals' wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (file photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals pre-season schedule has Detroit in the opening game at Ford Field the weekend of August 11-15.

The Bengals will play against a team that they always have trouble with, the New York Jets a week later on the road.

The Bengals will then close out the pre-season with homes against Carolina and Indianapolis.

Specific dates and times will be announced at a later date.

 

compiled from NFL, Cleveland Browns & Cincinnati Bengals news

Belichick named NFL Coach of the Year

Bill Belichick (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft still recalls the day that his organization traded a #1 draft choice to the New York Jets for the right to sign Bill Belichick as their head coach. He said people thought he and the Patriots were nuts.

Then Belichick goes out and is 5-11 in his first season at New England and the fans began to wonder themselves. But all of that is history as he is one of the NFL’s top head coaches.

The Patriots coach won the Associated Press 2010 NFL Coach of the Year award, the third time he has earned the  honor.

Belichick, who also was selected in 2003 and 2007, trails only Don Shula, a four-time winner of the award.

The controversial Belichick led the Patriots to a 14-2 record, the best in the NFL and beat out Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris for the award.

Belichick has four 14-win regular seasons, no other coach has accomplished that mark. His .716 career winning percentage of .716 ranks eighth which ties him with Hall of Famer Paul Brown.

He is 126-50 overall and 14-5 in the playoffs with New England.

compiled from staff, NFL & New England Patriots news

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