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Cheap Redskins Earnest Byner Jersey – Wholesale NFL Jerseys

Before Sunday night, when the Cavaliers won the NBA championship, fans of Cleveland’s professional teams could list the events that broke their sporting hearts: The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, the Indians melting down in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series…it’s a long list.

The man who committed The Fumble, former Cleveland Browns running back Earnest Byner, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot after he watched the Cavaliers complete their comeback from a 3-1 deficit to the Golden State Warriors, “I’m full of joy for the people of Cleveland, for the fans and a peace washed over me.”

Byner fumbled on the 1-yard line with just over a minute left in the game as he tried to get the Browns the game-tying touchdown against the Denver Broncos in that 1987 AFC title game; the Broncos recovered and went on to the Super Bowl.

A productive, reliable running back that could rush, block and catch the ball out of the backfield, Byner was a popular player in Cleveland. Paired with power runner Kevin Mack in the Brown backfield, the pair both gained over 1,000 yards in the 1985 season. Byner helped the Browns reach the AFC Championship game in both 1986 and 1987 seasons, meeting the Denver Broncos in both games.

In the 1987 AFC Championship game he was instrumental in a Browns comeback from a 21–3 deficit to place the Browns in position to win the game. With the score tied at 31 midway through the 4th quarter, the Broncos scored a go-ahead touchdown to make the score 38–31 with six minutes to play. In the ensuing Cleveland drive the Browns worked the ball down the field to reach the Denver 8 yard line with a little over a minute left in the game. On the next play Byner took the Kosar handoff to run off left tackle. Byner powered past the Bronco line and looked sure to score a game tying touchdown when Bronco defensive back Jeremiah Castille managed to strip him of the ball. The play, now known simply as The Fumble, became the play for which Byner is best remembered. The fumble ruined an otherwise impressive performance, as he finished the game with 67 rushing yards, seven receptions for 120 yards, and two touchdowns.

Earnest Byner came to Cleveland last month for a roundtable discussion for the premiere of the documentary “Believeland” and to catch up with his old buddy, Kevin Mack.
After connecting with coach Hue Jackson and executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and soaking up the city he called home for multiple stints during his 14-year playing career, Byner realized he wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while.
Byner, dressed in team gear from head to toe, has been in the Browns office in Berea working coaching hours since the beginning of OTAs. The former Browns running back not only carries 14 years of playing experience, but also logged 10 years with four different teams as a running backs coach. His last stint ended in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he’s stayed in tune with the game through a variety of endeavors.

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Arts by the Bay Gallery is proud to announce their next featured artist, Doug Williams. Williams will be their featured artist for their new exhibit which starts August 26, 2016. He is an artist living in the quiet woods of northern Harford County. He was born abroad in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1970.

Williams graduated from art school in the early 1990’s with a degree in Graphic Design. Subsequent to that he has worked in the specialized areas of design, illustration, photo manipulation, pre-press management, and currently in marketing production.

According to legend, Williams was asked this question on Media Day: “How long have you been a black quarterback?” He supposedly replied, “I’ve been a quarterback since high school, and I’ve been black all my life.” The story is untrue, but Williams says he still gets asked about it. On February 1, 2013 Williams was interviewed on the Boomer and Carton show, and he was asked by the host Craig Carton if the question ever happened. He replied that it was true. Williams said he thought the reporter was a little nervous and the question may have come out the wrong way and that no ill will was meant towards him.[7][8][9]

On the day before Super Bowl XXII, Williams had a six-hour root canal surgery performed (under full anaesthetic) to repair an abscess under a dental bridge. The pain of this condition caused him to lose sleep for several days, as reported in the book Hit and Tell:War Stories of the NFL (/K.Lynch, Foghorn Press).

Facing legendary Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, Williams engineered a 42-10 rout, in which the Redskins set an NFL record by scoring five touchdowns in the second quarter. Williams completed 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards, with four touchdown passes, and was named Super Bowl MVP.

The Super Bowl was clearly the high point of Williams’ NFL career. He suffered from injuries the following season, and was outplayed by Mark Rypien, who eventually won the starting job from Williams. Despite competing for the same starting job, Williams and Rypien were so supportive of each other that T-shirts were sold with the caption “United We Stand”, depicting the two quarterbacks as cartoon characters with Williams saying “I’m for Mark” and Rypien saying “I’m for Doug”.[10] Williams would play one final season in 1989, as Rypien’s backup, during the latter’s first Pro Bowl season.

Williams retired with a 5-9 record as Redskins starter (8-9, counting playoffs) and a 38-42-1 record as a regular season starter (42-45-1, including 7 playoff starts). He had 100 passing touchdowns, and 15 rushing touchdowns, in 88 NFL games.

Many of the artifacts that help tell that story have come from people who’ve donated their family treasures. Curator Thomas says a football collection and other items have spent years in the personal vault of the late Jock Michael Smith.

“This family has the largest collection of private sports memorabilia in the entire world,” he says.

They are just some of their 10,000 items. The college jersey of Doug Williams from Grambling before he played for Washington.

Jim Brown’s 1957 MVP trophy.

A jersey and polo shirt from Michael Singletary and coach Tony Dungy and many helmets.

Smith started off as just a casual sports collector. Through the years, the love he inherited from his father continued to grow. And, pretty soon, his closets were bursting from all the history gathered in his home.

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The luncheon welcomed back former Redskins players — most of them wearing slacks and a sports coat. The current team showed up in Hawaiian shirts given to them by quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Here’s Cousins with Redskins greats Sonny Jurgensen and Doug Williams.

 

In 1967, Jurgensen broke his own record by passing for 3,747 yards and also set NFL single-season records for attempts (508) and completions (288).[2] He missed much of the 1968 season because of broken ribs and elbow surgery. He did, however, tie an NFL record early in the 1968 season for the longest pass play in NFL history. The 99-yard pass play to Jerry Allen occurred September 15, 1968 during the Redskins’ game against the Chicago Bears. Coincidentally, Redskins’ quarterbacks had three of the first four occurrences of a 99-yard pass play (Frank Filchock to Andy Farkas in 1939 and George Izo to Bobby Mitchell in 1963 were the other two occurrences of the play). Since Jurgensen’s feat, no other Redskins’ quarterback has completed a 99-yard pass.[2]

“Jurgensen is a great quarterback. He hangs
in there under adverse conditions. He may
be the best the league has ever seen.
He is the best I have seen.”

Vince Lombardi, on Sonny Jurgensen.[3]
In 1969, Vince Lombardi took over as the Redskins’ head coach.[3] That season, Jurgensen led the NFL in attempts (442), completions (274), completion percentage (62%) and passing yards (3,102).[2] The Redskins went 7–5–2 and had their best season since 1955 (which kept Lombardi’s record of never having coached a losing NFL team intact).[6] Sadly, Lombardi died of cancer shortly before the start of the 1970 season.[5] Jurgensen would later say that, of the nine head coaches he played for during his NFL career, Lombardi was his favorite.[4]

The Redskins enjoyed a resurgence in the early 1970s under coach George Allen and made it as far as Super Bowl VII, losing to the Miami Dolphins. However, Billy Kilmer started in place of Jurgensen, who was again bothered by injuries in 1971 and 1972.[2]

During this period, a quarterback controversy developed between the two, complete with fans sporting “I Love Billy” or “I Love Sonny” bumper stickers on their vehicles.[5] The defensive-minded Allen preferred Kilmer’s conservative, ball-control style of play to Jurgensen’s more high-risk approach. Despite the controversy, Jurgensen was helpful to his rival. Even to this day, Kilmer still stays at Jurgensen’s house when he is in town.[5]

“Yes, I believe Sonny Jurgensen when he claims a close friendship with former rival Billy Kilmer,” The Post’s Joan Ryan wrote in 1976. “But it is highly possible that theirs is the only true friendship that has ever existed between rivals for that most coveted position, leadership of a football team.”

Still, through their close relationship as teammates in the ’70s — and through their much-discussed post-retirement friendship — Sonny and Billy have become the standard-bearers for a certain type of D.C. rivalry. So it was fitting that the two former quarterbacks showed up right behind home plate Wednesday night, during Washington’s meeting between the Nats and the rival Mets, on a night marketing the rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech.

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Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann thinks the Cowboys’ Tony Romo needs to quit.
The quarterback of the Super Bowl XVII champion Redskins says that Romo needs to hang up his cleats now if he wants to ensure he can walk away before something worse happens to his body.

In 1982, Theismann led the Redskins to their first championship in 40 years; against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, he threw two touchdown passes and, with the Redskins trailing 17–13 in the third quarter, made arguably the most important defensive play of the game—after his pass was deflected by Dolphins lineman Kim Bokamper, causing what appeared to be an interception and sure touchdown (which would have given Miami a two-score lead and effectively taken MVP running back John Riggins out of the game), Theismann himself was able to knock the ball out of Bokamper’s hands,[17] keeping the score close enough for Washington to stick to the run-heavy strategy that would eventually lead to victory. He also led the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XVIII the following year, and would go on to set several Redskins franchise records, including most career passing attempts (3,602), most career passing completions (2,044) and most career passing yards (25,206), while also throwing 160 touchdown passes, with 138 interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for 1,815 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was named NFL MVP in 1983 by four organizations.[16] He earned the Player of the Game Award in the second of his two Pro Bowl appearances. Theismann also punted once in his career, for one yard against the Chicago Bears.[16][18]
Joe Theismann’s NFL rings (2006); his 1983 NFC Championship ring (left), and his 1982 Super Bowl XVII Championship ring (right)
In an era when most quarterbacks had long since used variations of a double-bar facemask (or even triple-bar facemasks) that afforded more protection, Theismann refused to use anything but a one-bar face mask throughout his career.[19]

“There’s a great analogy to that, and that’s Ben Roethlisberger. When he was a rookie, when he came into the league, he was a third-string quarterback,” Theismann said. “In preseason, the other two quarterbacks got hurt and, all of a sudden, Ben was in a similar role to what Carson was in. I thought he really applied himself so well in the OTAs, the minicamps and training camp, I thought Doug felt very comfortable making the deal for Sam and moving him on. They understand the learning process.

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Recently, the NFL Network cast of “Good Morning Football” came up with their version of “Voltron” – to borrow a term from co-host Nate Burleson – and their perfect defensive back took the best parts of two former Redskins greats: Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green and the late Sean Taylor.

Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Sports Illustrated named Taylor the hardest-hitting player in the NFL.[16]

Before the season, in a rare interview, he was quoted as saying, “[Y]ou play a kid’s game for a king’s ransom. And if you don’t take it serious enough, eventually one day you’re going to say, ‘Oh, I could have done this, I could have done that.'” The season appeared to represent a personal turnaround for Taylor, as teammates said that he had finally gotten his life straightened out because of his daughter.[17]

Also before the season, the Redskins decided to use Taylor in a more traditional free safety role with less responsibility.[18]

At the time of his death, Taylor was tied for the most interceptions in the National Football Conference and second in the league with 5 despite having missed Weeks 11 and 12 with a knee injury. Playing at a high level,[18] Taylor had also compiled 42 tackles, 9 passes defended and a forced fumble.

On December 18, 2007, Taylor was posthumously voted to his second Pro Bowl, becoming the first deceased player in NFL history to be elected to the Pro Bowl. During the Pro Bowl, Chris Samuels, Chris Cooley and Ethan Albright wore Taylor’s #21 jersey to honor him. Like the Redskins had done earlier in the season, the NFC lined up with just one safety on the first play of the game.[19]

“They had so many young corners over the times there,” Schrager said. “There was Shawn Springs, and there was Sean Taylor, and then, of course, you had Fred Smoot. Darrell Green was always at one cornerback spot, and they’d just replenish the guy who’d be the next young one.”

“Darrell Green, Super Bowl champion. He’s one of the greatest to ever play the game,” Schrager said. “If we’re going legs, Darrell Green is my pick. A lot of fast cornerbacks, [but] Darrell Green was the fastest.”

Burleson decided to stay with the old-school Redskins theme and take Taylor’s “spirit.” Burleson’s perfect defensive back has to have heart, will and determination, all of which Taylor had when he roamed the defensive backfield.

“You want to talk about a guy who plays with passion, you have to talk about Sean Taylor,” Burleson said.

Burleson shared a pretty cool personal story about Taylor, and one of the times he faced him when he played. Burleson said he took out all stops to avoid the locomotive that was Taylor.

“I hit the sideline, [and] he’s barreling down at me like a train off the tracks,” Burleson said. “We made eye contact, and right before I decided to take this hit, I just scooted out of bounds. I didn’t want to take it. It’s the first time I went out of bounds, the first and only time. He laughed at me. He said, ‘Hey Nate, you better take this hit!’ I looked at him like, ‘Man it’s you! [Are] you crazy?’”

“That’s my guy for my pick,” Burleson said. “My spirit, my heart, Sean Taylor. Rest in peace man, we miss you.”