Fox News Sunday Snippets: February 6, 2011
Today, "Fox News Sunday" is live fromCowboys Stadium, where the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. Anchor Chris Wallace sits down to discuss the state of professional football with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Plus we are joined by two NFL greats, former Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann and former Packers offensive lineman, (and sometimes kicker) Jerry Kramer. Our Power Player this week is Fox Sports own Joe Buck.
A look at what we are reading this morning to prepare for the show. In NFL News:
NFL, players' union hold meeting-Associated Press
The NFL and its players' union met for two hours Saturday to talk about a new labor deal, their first formal bargaining session in more than two months. The meeting was at a Dallas hotel, one day before the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers play in the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. The full negotiating teams last sat down face-to-face on Nov. 22. The sides issued a joint statement, saying they "plan to increase the number, length and intensity" of bargaining sessions so they can reach agreement before the collective bargaining agreement expires March 4. Two more sessions already had been scheduled for next week.
Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey ruled out-Associated Press
Maurkice Pouncey is sidelined for the Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers center has a high left ankle sprain that has kept him out of practice since he was injured nearly two weeks ago in the AFC championship game. Now, the rookie Pro Bowl selection will miss the big game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. "He's out," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told a pool reporter Friday after the team completed its final full practice indoors at TCU. Backup Doug Legursky will play in his place in what will be his first NFL start as a center. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall in 2008, Legursky started four games at guard earlier this season. "The NFL is made up of lots of players like him: guys who somehow got an opportunity and seized it," Tomlin said. "We're completely confident that he will seize this opportunity and play well. That's why we're not changing what we do." Pouncey needed crutches and wore a walking boot on his left foot as he got off the team plane in Dallas on Monday, but didn't need either during the players' final media session Thursday. Tomlin said earlier Friday that the rookie Pro Bowl selection would not play if he could not participate in the team's last practice. Defensive end Aaron Smith also is out. He's been sidelined since Oct. 24 with a torn triceps muscle and has been limited in practice. The Packers' main concern is outside linebacker Erik Walden, who was listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Wide receiver Donald Driver tweaked his quadriceps this week and has been limited in practice, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier Friday that Driver is expected to play. He is listed as probable.
Seven selected for Hall of Fame-Associated Press
Deion Sanders always was Prime Time. Now he's All Time. Sanders and Marshall Faulk led a class of seven voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining them were Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger. Faulk won a Super Bowl with the 1999 Rams, was the 1994 Offensive Rookie of the Year, 2000 NFL MVP and a three-time Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001). Faulk is the 10th leading career rusher with 12,279 yards, and for a half-dozen seasons was the most versatile back in football, as much a threat as a receiver as a runner. Sharpe starred for Denver and Baltimore for 14 seasons and won three Super Bowls in a four-year span, two with Denver, one with Baltimore. He held league records for a tight end in receptions, yards and touchdowns when he retired in 2001. Bears defensive end Dent was the MVP of the 1986 Super Bowl and finished with 137 career sacks. He was the top pass rusher on one of the NFL's greatest defensive units. Dent became a starter in 1984, beginning a 10-year period in which he made 10 or more sacks in eight of 10 seasons. Dent also won a Super Bowl in 1994 with the 49ers. Richter played linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams from 1954-62. They traded 11 players for him and waited two years while he was in the military before he suited up. He made the wait worthwhile , going to eight straight Pro Bowls. He also was a center and kicker. Richter died last June. Hanburger spent all 14 pro seasons with the Redskins and played in nine Pro Bowls. He played from 1965-78 and was called "The Hangman." He was known for using clothesline tackles that eventually were outlawed. Sabol founded NFL Films and was selected as a contributor. The finalists who did not get in were Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed and Willie Roaf. Induction ceremonies are Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.
Michael Vick wins Comeback POY-Associated Press
Michael Vick took a most unusual path to The Associated Press 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award he received Saturday night. In the 12-year history of the honor, no player has returned from jail to earn it. After missing two seasons serving a federal sentence for dogfighting, then spending most of the previous year as a seldom-used backup in Philadelphia, Vick was back at his best in 2010. Taking over as starter in Week 2 after Kevin Kolb sustained a concussion, Vick ran and passed the Eagles to the NFC East title and a 10-6 record. He also displayed the kind of reformation away from the game that impressed a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Vick received 29 votes, easily beating Seattle receiver Mike Williams, who got eight.
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