“When I tried out for Pittsburgh in ’69, it was [Chuck] Noll’s first year, the only [position] I could play would’ve been outside linebacker. So that’s what I tried out for.”
Moving to outside linebacker probably had everything to do with a rookie class that included Joe Greene and L.C. Greenwood.
“[Training camp] actually went pretty good,” O’Neill continued. “My father drove me down … to St. Vincent’s College … and when we walked down the stairs and saw all the guys milling around, my father said to me, ‘You sure you want to do this? You know, we could just get in the car and get out of here.’
“I actually enjoyed it, and my problem was that I had never played that position before. So I was trying to learn it and make the team at the same time.”
O’Neill, who said he lasted two weeks before the turk came knocking, described Noll as exceedingly polite during their exit interview.
“I think he said I could go to the Eagles,” O’Neill told Eisen. “He said, ‘I can make a call.'”
But O’Neill said, “I’m done,” in part because “I was sick of football.”
About a year later, he found acting and we’re all better for it.
Tom Brady goes to bed at 8:30 p.m. every night, so he doesn’t get to watch theGolden State Warriors play too often, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been following the NBA team that he grew up loving.
After Stephen Curry was named league MVP for the second year in a row on Tuesday, Brady heaped some high-praise on the Warriors star.
“He is such a dominant player and so much fun to watch,” Brady told CSNNE.com in an email on Tuesday. “I grew up loving the Warriors and can’t believe they are achieving the type of success now that they never did in the past.”
“He does it all. He picks up blitzes, he puts his nose in there, he catches the ball out of the backfield. He has amazing vision. He’s a leader. He’s the type of guy you want in your locker room.”
Before Forte joined Marshall on the Jets this offseason, they both played together in Chicago, so Marshall has firsthand knowledge with just how good Forte is. And his “best all-around” assessment isn’t hyperbole; according to Football Outsiders’ metrics, Forte ranked No. 2 in total value among all running backs last season behind only Seattle’s Thomas Rawls. And Forte’s been consistent too; he ranked 12th in 2014, 4th in 2013 and 11th in 2012.