Ready for a couple more? This first one is from a Nick Cafardo article…a guy who was supposed to be a friend of Powers. Interestingly when Powers was lecturing me about journalistic integrity a few weeks back, he CC’d Cafardo on his emails. Wonder how Nick feels about Powers now. Nick has a chat on Boston.com at 2 PM. It will be interesting if he gets anywhere near this subject.
Again, I need to thank Gina for her help in finding this stuff. I think she stayed up all night doing it.
Harrison’s Hit Hard to Forget by Nick Cafardo 11/20/04 available through Globe Archives
Green Can’t Forget the Hit, Harrison’s Act Changed QB by Ken Powers 11/22/04, available through Lexis-Nexis
Cafardo: The Chiefs’ Trent Green has never blamed Rodney Harrison for the hit Harrison, then playing for the San Diego Chargers, delivered against him in the third preseason game of 1999, when Green was the starting quarterback of the Rams.
Powers: It was the third preseason game of the 1999 season. Green was the starting quarterback for St. Louis, Harrison the starting strong safety for San Diego.
Cafardo: As a result of the hit, Green, who went to St. Louis that offseason from the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent, missed the entire 1999 season with ligament tears in his left knee, and was replaced by Kurt Warner, who went on to win a pair of league MVP awards.
Powers: Because of Harrison’s hit, Green suffered three separate ligament tears, which took four surgeries to repair. He missed the entire 1999 season and was replaced by then-unknown backup Kurt Warner, who went on to win a pair of league MVP awards.
Cafardo: Green remembers being carted off the field, and then the next day when then-Rams coach and current Chiefs boss Dick Vermeil announced with tears in his eyes that Green would be lost for the season.
Powers: Green was carted off the field, and the next day then-Rams coach and current Chiefs boss Dick Vermeil had tears in his eyes when he announced Green was lost for the season.
“Vrabel forms own curtain with Patriots” By Tom Reed of the Akron Beacon Journal, January 22, 2005.
“Vrabel: Pittsburgh’s loss is Patriots’ gain” By Ken Powers, January 23rd, 2005.
Reed: Pittsburgh Steelers fans might have grown to love linebacker Mike Vrabel in the same way they do Jack Lambert and Jack Ham, if only coach Bill Cowher had figured out what to do with him.
Powers: Vrabel has all the makings to have been the perfect Pittsburgh poster child – athletic, hard-working, smart, brash, confident, cocky. This is a city where Hall of Famers Jack Lambert and Jack Ham, part of the Steelers’ dizzying linebacking corps of those magical mid-1970s, are still beloved.
Reed: So after four seasons of primarily special teams participation, the Steelers allowed him to leave for New England, where Vrabel has won one for each thumb with the Patriots. Not only does he own a pair of Super Bowl rings, he has done everything in the postseason short of plotting the parade route.
Powers: So after four seasons, the Steelers allowed Vrabel to leave for New England, where he has won a pair of Super Bowl rings, and with a win today, could be playing for his third, in two weeks.
Reed: A ‘tweener, that’s what they call players like Vrabel, a Walsh Jesuit graduate. Too small to play defensive end, too slow to beat out more athletic outside linebackers.
Powers: Vrabel was a tweener. That’s what football folks call guys like him.
Reed: The Steelers coach liked Vrabel’s intensity, work ethic and savvy, but said he wasn’t the right fit at the right time.
Powers: The Steelers coach liked Vrabel’s intensity, work ethic and savvy, but said he wasn’t the right fit at the right time.
Reed: Vrabel proved it again last weekend, collecting eight tackles and forcing a fumble in the Patriots’ resounding 20-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots’ linebackers were awesome in making Peyton Manning look like Bubby Brister.
Powers: Last week, he had eight tackles and forced a fumble in the Patriots’ resounding 20-3 win over Indianapolis, and was part of a defense that made MVP Peyton Manning look like his kid brother Eli.
Reed: It’s hard not to think what could have been.
Powers: But this is playoff time, Mike Vrabel time, a time Steelers fans might be forced to reflect on what might have been.