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Friday, May 05, 2006

Partying Out Of The Way, Matt Leinart Works Out Today - AP

He's sporting a jersey with the number "7" after another winner, John Elway.

Andrew Bagnato
Associated Press
May. 5, 2006 02:37 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. - Matt Leinart led Southern California to two national titles.

He won a Heisman Trophy. He hung out with movie stars.

But Leinart couldn't help feeling slightly anxious on his first day on the job with the Cardinals on Friday. Leinart, Arizona's first-round draft choice, participated in his first practice with the team. He took the field as a back-up for the first time since 2002, when he played behind Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer at USC. advertisement

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, but I felt comfortable," Leinart said. "It's definitely different sitting back, but it's a great situation to learn behind a guy like Kurt (Warner, the starter), just to kind of watch and see how he plays and look at coverages."

Of course, Leinart isn't a typical second-stringer, happy to be on a roster. He represents nothing less than the future for a team with little glory in its past.

Leinart is helping to create a buzz around an 87-year-old franchise that has had more home cities (3) than postseason victories (2). And it has nothing to do with the gossip linking him to Paris Hilton.

Five days after drafting Leinart with the 10th overall pick, the club announced Thursday that it had sold out its season-ticket allotment in its new retractable-roof stadium in Glendale, west of Phoenix. The team said it would reserve about 3,000 of the 65,000 seats for individual game sales.

Fan interest perked up in March when the team signed running back Edgerrin James, a four-time Pro Bowler, to a four-year, $30 million deal. The addition of Leinart has prompted full-blown Cardinalmania, or what approaches it in a laid-back sports town.

On Friday, a helicopter from a local news station circled the team's practice facility as players did nothing more than run through plays in helmets, shorts and jerseys. Thousands of fans are expected to attend the annual fan festival at the team's headquarters Saturday.

"There's a buzz," Warner said. "Now we just have to live up to it, right?"

There hasn't been this much excitement surrounding a Cardinal quarterback since Jake Plummer, a product of nearby Arizona State, led the team to a 9-7 record and a playoff victory in 1998. Four years and 43 losses later, Plummer left to sign a free-agent deal with the Denver Broncos.

Plummer was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round in 1997 and thrust into the starting line-up that season. The Cardinals hope they don't have to do the same thing with Leinart.

At the moment, he is slated to spend his Sunday afternoons watching Warner, who is signed through the 2008 season. But Warner hasn't played a 16-game season since 2001. He has started a total of 19 games the last two years.

"Hopefully, (Leinart) doesn't have to play one down during the regular season," coach Dennis Green said. "That would mean that Kurt Warner is healthy all year. That's how we did it with Daunte Culpepper (at Minnesota). He never took a snap. We'd like it that way, just to get in and learn how we do things and learn the pro game."

Actually, Culpepper, the Vikings' first-round pick in 1999, played briefly in one game as a rookie. But he didn't throw his first pass until his second year as a pro, when he led the Vikings to the NFC Central title.

Leinart said he's content to wait his turn while learning the playbook and adjusting to the speed of the NFL. That can come as a shock to young quarterbacks, but perhaps not to Leinart, who spent five years in a pro-style USC offense that featured future pros such as Reggie Bush, the second overall pick in last week's draft.

Still, Leinart was impressed by the Cardinals' receivers, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, as well as James.

"I was very fortunate to play at USC with a lot of great players, (future) NFL players," he said. "But here, it's no different. These guys are the best of the best. Handing the ball off to Edge is pretty cool."

Reggie Bush' Agent Segal Says Bush Will Attend Saints' Rookie Camp

There's much concern around the league that Joel Segal, Reggie Bush's agent, will keep his client out of training camp as deal leverage. He seems to dispell that idea in this Times-Picayune article:


Getting Saints No. 1 draft pick Reggie Bush's contract completed before training camp may be unrealistic, but negotiations with agent Joel Segal don't take long

Friday, May 05, 2006
By Jimmy Smith
Staff writer - Times-Picayune

In one of his first trips to the plate, sports agent Joel Segal kept fouling off the best pitches Cincinnati Bengals owner/general manager Mike Brown could offer.

Thrown into the lineup as a pinch-hitter after the Bengals' 1993 first-round draft choice, John Copeland, fired his first agent just before the start of Cincinnati's training camp, Segal, who'd just been certified by the NFL Players Association as an agent six months earlier, worked Brown, the Bengals' notoriously penurious boss, for everything he could.

After a holdout of 23 days, it appeared Copeland, a defensive lineman who was the fifth overall selection that year, had agreed to terms.

Then there was some disagreement regarding a workout clause in the deal. Copeland, who'd hired Segal because he was impressed with the work Segal had done getting Miami receiver O.J. McDuffie into camp on time earlier that summer, missed a flight to sign the contract. Finally, two days after agreeing to a five-year, $5.925 million contract that included a $3.2 million signing bonus, Copeland made it to training camp for the team's last walkthrough workout. Total holdout: 25 days.

In the ensuing years, the majority of Segal's clients who were first-round draft picks experienced holdouts of anywhere from zero to 16 days.

But Segal, who represents Saints first-round draft choice Reggie Bush, said his goal always is for clients not to miss any part of training camp.

"I always like to get a player in on time," Segal said this week, adding, "I never discuss negotiations. Ever. I've had guys drafted all over the first round, three, nine, eight. But I don't discuss negotiations."

Segal wouldn't even talk about his negotiating style.

The Saints, who last dealt with a Segal first-rounder in 2004 when he represented defensive end Will Smith, who missed two practices, would not allow senior football administrator Russ Ball, with whom Segal will be negotiating, to comment about Segal.

But it appears likely, based on Segal's track record, that coming to a contract accord before training camp with Bush could be difficult for the Saints.

Since 1993, Segal has represented 13 first-round picks, the highest being Cleveland defensive tackle Gerard Warren (third overall in 2001), the lowest being Atlanta receiver Michael Jenkins (29th in 2004).

Of Segal's first-round picks, four have not missed any camp time; Copeland's 25-day ordeal is the longest.

Warren sat out for nine days before agreeing to a six-year, $33.6 million contract with a $12 million signing bonus.

Segal will be working below the figure the Houston Texans gave No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams, whose five-year contract is worth $54 million with guaranteed money of about $26.5 million and includes a team option for a sixth year.

According to the NFLPA, since the advent of contracts that included guaranteed money for rookies beginning in 2003, never has the second overall pick gotten more guaranteed money than the first pick.

In 2000, according to NFLPA researchers, linebacker LaVar Arrington of the Washington Redskins signed a contract which, through incentive and escalator clauses, conceivably could have paid him more than the first overall pick, defensive end Courtney Brown, chosen by Cleveland.

When the Texans passed on Bush last week to take Williams, the defensive end from North Carolina State, the NFL draft grapevine buzzed with word that Bush's "signability" was the reason.

Reports had surfaced in the days leading up to the draft that Segal initially sought $30 million in guaranteed money from the Texans, who reportedly contacted Williams the next day.

Houston general manager Charley Casserly squashed rumors about "signability" in an interview this week on ESPN radio.

"I have been asked the question: 'Did signability enter into this? Was this a money decision?' Absolutely not," Casserly aid. "We made a statement that signability may be an issue. That's a negotiating statement on our side. You're negotiating with two people. They make negotiating statements on their side.

"The reality is both sides (the Bush and Williams camps) agreed to $54 million. Both sides wanted a signing bonus of over 26-and-a-half (million dollars), and we didn't want to pay (more than) 26-and-a-half. Thursday morning (before the draft), we felt it was time to make a decision. We wanted to have an honest shot to sign the player we were going to choose before the draft. We thought we needed 48 hours to finish the negotiations.

"We thought that was fair. (Coach) Gary (Kubiak) and I sat down on Thursday morning and independently came to the same decision. (Houston owner Bob McNair) was in New York. He signed off on the decision."

Segal said the Heisman Trophy winner will participate in the Saints' three-day rookie camp.

"If He's The Future, I'd Better Get Out Of This Game" - NY Giants DE Mike Strahan On Vince Young

From the USA TODAY:

NFL Report: Opinions still vary on Young; Hasselbeck on Favre
Posted 5/3/2006 6:01 PM ET

By Jim Corbett, USA TODAY

Vince Young is a fear-factor quarterback.

The 6-5, 229-pound Young scares defenders with his size and 4.48 speed. He also scares some old-school talent evaluators, raised on the traditional definition of a drop-back passer, who can't figure out what to make of him.

Opinions on the Titans' third overall selection in last weekend's draft range as wildly as one of Young's electrifying broken-field runs.

Here are a few:

"I think if that's the future of quarterbacks, then I better hurry up and get out of this game," Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan says. "He's fast. He's strong, and he has a great arm. He's the next-generation Randall Cunningham, except that he's bulkier. He's got a real cool demeanor and never gets flustered.

"He's phenomenal. I've never seen a guy take a game in his hands and take it over like he did in the national championship game against USC. He's the type of player you can build around in this league as a franchise player."

Titans general manager Floyd Reese clearly sees Young that way, selecting him with the No. 3 pick. So does former Broncos, Giants and Falcons coach Dan Reeves, who says Young's playmaking ability and rugged style is reminiscent of a Hall of Fame quarterback he coached in Denver, John Elway. Reeves says Young just needs time to refine his passing skills.

"John was further along as a passer than Vince at this point," Reeves says. "But John loved the shotgun because it gave him an extra second to see the field.

"John and Vince have a lot of escapability and they have the size and strength to shake off that first tackle. I don't think it'll take Vince long to catch up. He improved a lot last year as a passer. Like John, Vince seems to thrive when the game's on the line, and he can hurt you as a runner as well as throwing."

Last September, Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian openly pondered the league's new trend toward more athletic and rugged quarterbacks raised on the shotgun formation.

While Young is considered a better passer coming out of college than Michael Vick, the top overall pick in 2001, personnel men such as Polian worry about Young's shelf life in the bigger, tougher NFL world. Young's predecessor and longtime mentor, Steve McNair, has absorbed many injuries with his rugged playing style, possibly taking years off his career.

"For me, the biggest question is how the game is going to change; if it's going to change to accommodate the Michael Vicks and Vince Youngs, because Steve McNair, for all of his greatness, has spent a lot of time being hurt," Polian said. "The question is, can the pure running quarterback, the guy who makes his living running the ball, can that guy survive in the NFL? Steve Young did it. But there's more and more of those guys coming in.

"That's what I see at the college level every week. It's an interesting down-the-road trend. Whither Vince Young? Will he hold up? I don't know."

That day is here.

And now it's Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow's job to get Young ready to play because McNair's ongoing contract dispute might lead to a trade and backup Billy Volek isn't the long-term answer.

Chow coached Philip Rivers, the Chargers quarterback with the same funky sidearm throwing motion as Young, at North Carolina State. But that's where the similarities end. Rivers is a classic drop-back quarterback. Young, who completed 61.8% of his passes at Texas, is attempting to show he can make the transition from shotgun, one-read-and-go college quarterback to polished drop-back NFL passer.

"Vince Young is the wild card of this draft," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says. "He has a lot to learn regarding an NFL passing system. He doesn't understand how to process yet where to go with the football. Norm Chow has this unbelievable talent; he has to figure out how to best utilize what Vince can do."

Old ally one key to Favre return

Matt Hasselbeck says he wouldn't have been surprised if Brett Favre rode off into the sunset on his John Deere tractor.

Favre's former understudy believed the Packers legend wouldn't risk a repeat of the worst season of his career — a 4-12, 29-interception nightmare compounded by injuries that left Favre with receivers straight from an NFL Europe lineup.

"I'm a little surprised, but at the same time, the whole time I've known Brett, he's always surprised me," Hasselbeck said. "I know that he loves to win, and it's no fun when you lose."

Hasselbeck thinks one of the deciding factors for Favre was the relationship he forged with new Packers head coach Mike McCarthy when McCarthy was the Green Bay quarterbacks coach in 1999.

McCarthy, 42, the son of a fireman, is a blue-collar guy players enjoy. But when it's time to work, McCarthy is known for his toughness and emphasis on preparation.

"I know that Brett's relationship with Mike McCarthy has got to have a lot to do with the fact he's coming back," Hasselbeck says. "That's not to say anything about Mike Sherman. But I was there with Brett and (McCarthy). That was a year in his life when a lot of things changed. Brett quit drinking. He became a really good dad, a really good husband. There's a special friendship there between those guys."

Favre just had to take time to get his mind right.

"The thing Brett talked about with me was he was discouraged about how last year ended," McCarthy says. "But he said the familiarity we have with each other and the system was important and he was looking forward to coming back strong.

"When it's a tight game, there's nobody you want more with the ball in his hand than Brett Favre."

Was Bush too pricey?

One analyst's opinion on why the Texans took Mario Williams over Reggie Bush: money.

The former North Carolina State defensive end signed a six-year, $54 million deal, a 9% increase over last season's six-year, $49.5 deal that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith signed.

"This deal doesn't explode the rookie deals in line with the growth of the salary cap," Sirius Radio analyst Pat Kirwan says. "I would think Reggie's deal was going to be richer than that. Let's say Reggie's deal that he wanted was 12-13% over last year's deal. Basically, 5% more than Mario's. If you run that 5% growth for every rookie contract this year, you're talking about an NFL expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars.

"You have 31 other owners looking at the first deal. Can they influence (Texans owner) Bob McNair? No. But I think they're happy as can be it came in like that."

Quick slants

Years from now, the winner of the great debate of the 2006 draft —Reggie Bush or Mario Williams — might be clear to see.

For now, here are a couple of prominent NFL Bush supporters:

"Breathtaking, that's the word," says 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, Bush's former high school teammate. "He sees things on the field, and he ends up doing things only he can see. No one else has that imagination he has."

Says Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers: "He's one of a kind, the fastest guy I've ever seen on a football field. He's a guy I'm looking forward to seeing how he does in this league, and I'm looking forward to playing against him."

•Vince Young had his mom, Felicia, accompany him to the podium when he addressed the media on draft day.

"We're very close," Young says of his mom. "We've been through a whole lot. I feel like the world should see where I come from and that's why I brought her up here."

Asked how he would spend his first NFL paycheck, Young smiled.

"Mommy, what you want? You've got to ask her. Whatever she wants."

"Pick Vince Young" Song and Video Shows Anger Of Texans Fans - Says "Don't Mess Up This One"

This video was produced and added on You Tube on April 7th, just before the draft. Yeah, I just found it, but it communicates just how much some Houston Texans fans wanted the team to draft Vince Young.

Take a look:

Vince Young: A Highlight Film Of His Texas' Years

This is a great film video on Vince Young, set to the music of The Gap Band. If you've never seen Vince Young, and didn't know he could catch as well as throw and run, look at this:

Titans Still Treating Steve McNair Stupidly - Hearing Set For May 16th

McNair grievance to be heard May 16
QB's plea: Let me work out or cut me

Staff Writer - The Tennesean

An arbitrator is scheduled to hear the NFL Players Association's grievance against the Titans on May 16, and the outcome could bring quarterback Steve McNair's playing future into focus a little sooner.

The NFLPA filed the grievance on behalf of McNair after the Titans barred him from working out at Baptist Sports Park last month.

If the arbitrator rules in McNair's favor, the Titans would have to let him work out at their facility or release him. Recently, the Titans have discussed trading McNair to the Ravens.

"It is a situation that cries out for fairness, and we define fairness as he's either a Tennessee Titan or he should be allowed to play with another team,'' NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen said Tuesday.

Arbitrator John Feerick is scheduled to hear the case on May 16, Berthelsen said. Cases are normally heard in the NFL team's city.

McNair is scheduled to make $9 million in base salary and count $23.46 million against the salary cap this season. The Titans want to lower those figures, but negotiations with Mc Nair's agent about a restructured contract have been stagnant for weeks.

The Titans asked McNair to train elsewhere because they would be liable for those amounts if he is injured on team property. The NFLPA considers that a breach of contract, Berthelsen said.

On Sunday the Titans gave McNair's agent, Bus Cook, permission to try to facilitate a trade with the Ravens, but the two sides couldn't agree on compensation. Indications are the Titans might be willing to wait until July to release McNair if they can't agree to a new contract or trade him by them.

Cook and the NFLPA say it's not fair to keep McNair in limbo.

"He has the right to be with the other players to prepare for the upcoming season, to get into football shape and get in a routine with the new receivers and young receivers on the club,'' Berthelsen said. "If they don't want to do that, then he should be able to go elsewhere.''

Titans General Manager Floyd Reese said Tuesday he's spoken with Cook since the end of the NFL Draft on Sunday and hopes to sit down with him at some point. As for a trade with the Ravens, little has changed since the two sides broke off talks Sunday, Reese said.

"The first thing we need to do is sit down with them, throw some thoughts out and see exactly where we are,'' Reese said. "The Baltimore thing, in my mind, is dead. I haven't talked to them in a few days so I assume it was a one-shot deal. Now could that change? Sure. We'll just have to see what happens." •

Vince Young Behind Only Reggie Bush In Post-NFL Draft Apparel Sales - The Tennesean

You can even get his Jersey here!

Young jerseys No. 2 in NFL apparel sales

Staff Writer The Tennesean

Only Saints running back Reggie Bush has been a hotter post-NFL Draft property than Titans quarterback Vince Young, an official with the NFL's official apparel company said Wednesday.

According to Eddie White, vice president of team properties for Reebok, the company had 15,000 orders for Bush jerseys and 14,500 for Young jerseys as of early this week.

White also said that Saints and Titans hats were among the top five sellers at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where the draft was held Saturday and Sunday.

Bush was the second overall pick by the New Orleans Saints and Young went third to the Titans.

"The buzz around town has been great," said Don MacLachlan, vice president of administration and facilities for the Titans.

"For them to have gotten that many orders for jerseys in that short amount of time, that indicates he'll be quite a marketing fixture, not only for us, but for the NFL, for a long time."

The Titans Pro Shop sent out an e-mail 12 minutes after Young was drafted on Saturday, making fans aware his jersey was could be ordered online at a price of $74.99.

The Titans Pro Shop at the Coliseum expects to have Young jerseys in stock and on sale Friday.

Tennessee Titans To Bring Vince Young Along Slowly - The Tennessean

Titans to set a slow pace for Young
Deliberate plan helped McNair

Staff Writer The Tennessean

Along with the rest of the Titans' new rookies, Young was expected to arrive in Nashville last night. This morning they begin a two-day rookie orientation that includes two practice sessions.

Young will be asked to start digesting and learning the Titans' playbook, though the team has no intention of rushing him into the lineup on opening day when the Titans face the Jets on Sept. 10.

That's the same plan the team had for Steve McNair when he was drafted third in 1995. The Houston Oilers offensive coordinator at the time, Jerry Rhome, worked with Young as a private coach preparing him for the combine and his pro day leading up to the draft.

''I know back in '95 Coach Fisher had a plan for him; we wanted to bring Steve along,'' Rhome said. ''I think the way the Oilers handled him back in '95-96 was very smart. We brought him along slowly, gave him a little action.

''Then he and I worked together four days a week, probably two and a half hours each day in the offseason after his rookie year, inside and outside. He was a great student and learned quickly, and I think it helped him have a great career.''

Resisting the temptation to use Young before he's ready will be a big theme for Jeff Fisher and his current offensive coordinator, Norm Chow.

Because Fisher has seen the patient plan payoff before, he is more likely to stick with the long-term vision than other coaches around the league who talk of plans to wait on a quarterback but wind up turning to rookies in times of trouble.

McNair missed the early part of his first training camp while his contract was ironed out. The Titans, Young and his agent, Major Adams, have pledged to work diligently to ensure that this quarterback is under contract by the time camp opens in late July.

Titans General Manager Floyd Reese talks often about how damaging playing too early can be to a young quarterback's psyche. While Fisher and his staff will decide if and when Young plays, they are unlikely to hear any whispers from Reese pushing to see him.

"I think the key is that in spite of what you want, he will get there when he gets there,'' Reese said. "And if I want him to be ready for the second preseason game and he says, 'No, I will be ready for the 10th regular-season game,' then there's not much you can do about it.

"The thing that happens with so many of these young quarterbacks is they get thrown out there and end up getting hurt. They're confused. They loose their confidence. When you're done with the whole experiment, you end up with a shipwreck. We're going to make sure that doesn't happen with this kid. If it takes a little bit longer, then it takes a little bit longer, but that's the process.''

Rhome said McNair circa 1995 and Young now are comparable in that they both had a knack in college for leading their teams to comebacks and they both arrived in the NFL with a need for polish.

But McNair's experience in the small program at Alcorn State was certainly different than Young's at Texas, where he led the Longhorns to consecutive Rose Bowls.

''I think Vince is probably a little bit ahead of Steve because Steve came out of a little bit of a smaller school and Vince was playing for the national champions,'' Rhome said with a laugh. ''That might be a little bit different there.''

Rhome said despite his strong rapport with Fisher and Reese left over from his two seasons as the Oilers coordinator in 1995 and 1996, there was no special insight for them to gain from him about Young as they prepared for the draft.

"I visited with them,'' he said. "I think Vince is a good player who's ready. But it wasn't a matter of Jeff or Floyd trying to pick my brain. They knew what they were looking for.''

Said Fisher: "I spoke with Jerry at the (Young's) workout. He's spent a lot of time with Vince, and they have a good relationship. He's very excited for Vince's future and the potential.''

Rhome said he'll watch Young carefully and expects to have fun doing so. He said he hopes to talk to Young periodically but not in any way that would interfere with the Titans coaching.

"If (Fisher) chooses to put Vince out there early, there will be a good reason for it,'' Rhome said. "You never know. I don't know how quickly Vince will progress or what they plan on doing. But I think that the Titans will make good decisions all the way down the line with him. They know they got a great athlete, they know what they'll have to do to work with him.

"He's just like any other rookie coming in. It's the NFL, and he's going to have to develop. He's not going to be any different than all those other No. 1 draft choices coming in. They all want to play.'' n

Niners Trade Ken Dorsey -- Their Only Effective Quarterback -- For Trent Dilfer.

Last year, he was the first 49ers Quarterback to throw a touchdown pass.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers acquired a proven backup quarterback for Alex Smith, getting Trent Dilfer from the Cleveland Browns on Thursday in a trade for quarterback Ken Dorsey and an undisclosed 2007 draft pick.

Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in 2001, will give the 49ers depth behind Smith, who struggled as a rookie last season after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft.

"Trent was a player we had interest in last season," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said in a statement. "We were looking for a veteran quarterback with experience that could help mentor Alex Smith. Trent fits the bill on both counts and we are excited to have him with the 49ers."

Dilfer signed a four-year deal with the Browns last year after stints with the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks. He went 4-7 as a Browns starter before losing the job to rookie Charlie Frye. Dilfer completed 59.8 percent of his passes last season for 2,321 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

"Trent Dilfer played an important role in the making over of our football team last year," Browns general manager Phil Savage said in a statement. "At this point, to add Ken Dorsey and to give Trent the opportunity to go back home to California is a win-win for all parties."

Dilfer, who played in college at Fresno State, has started 107 career games, throwing for 106 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl with Tampa Bay in 1997 after passing for 2,555 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Dorsey started 10 games in his three years in San Francisco, including three last season. He completed 48 of 90 passes for 481 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in 2005.

Cody Pickett is San Francisco's third-string quarterback and the team also drafted Michael Robinson in the fourth round last month. Robinson, a quarterback in college at Penn State, is expected to mostly be used as a running back, receiver or kick returner in San Francisco.

Bills Sign Nate Clemons To A One-Year Deal

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Nate Clements re-signed with the Bills on Friday, accepting the one-year, $7.2 million contract Buffalo offered the star cornerback after designating him the team's franchise player in February.

The deal was struck in time for Clements to attend the start of a three-day minicamp. Clements, who missed a voluntary minicamp session last month, took the field Friday afternoon.

Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2001 draft, Clements is a five-year starter who leads the team with 20 interceptions, four of which he's returned for touchdowns.

He was a 2004 Pro Bowl selection and considered a key member of a defense that is rebuilding under new coach Dick Jauron.

Six Penn State Nitany Lions Selected In 2006 NFL Draft

This was sent to me via Penn State Sports News:

Defensive end Tamba Hali, a consensus 2005 All-American for the
Nittany Lions, was selected Saturday by the Kansas City Chiefs in the
first round of the National Football League Draft.

In addition, Penn State standouts Michael Robinson, Calvin Lowry and Alan Zemaitis were selected in the fourth round of the National Football League Draft,
Tyler Reed was taken in round six and Ethan Kilmer was drafted in the
seventh round.

Hali is Penn State's fourth defensive lineman to be
selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in the last seven years,
joining Courtney Brown (2000), Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Haynes
(2003). Hali is the 33rd Penn Stater to be chosen in the first round
of the NFL Draft, 30 of whom have played for legendary coach Joe
Paterno. Hali is the 222nd Nittany Lion to be drafted under Paterno
and more than 300 of his players have signed NFL contracts.

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