01-11-2013, 09:19 AM
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Re: Video of Richard Sherman getting slapped after the WSH game
Originally Posted by RayClay
Can't say that's wrong, but it doesn't sound right. He was a second round pick and Villanova is prominent enough for him to have to have been honorable mention All America and all Big East.
Al Davis was from Brockton originally, there was the Stingley incident, Billy Sullivan called him a liar over some court disputes and i believe long had been bad mouthing the Patriots, maybe about the Hannah hold out.
They did pick Tony Collins right before him, but i imagine it was because they needed a running back.
I've never heard anything but Long chiding the Pats, maybe because they could have had him?
The Pats had a good defense including four good D linemen. I've just never heard of Sullivan saying he wasn't good enough (before that playoff when he had a few adult beverages in him), but maybe he did.
Those teams had damn good personnel in those years, so i doubt they drafted based on hometown's, that was the early years.
There was no Big East in 1980, and Villanova Football was dropped as a sport 4-5 months after Long graduated:
"On April 14, 1981 the program was officially disbanded due to weak attendance and monetary reasons cited by the University Board of Directors. Athletic Director Ted Aceto had stated they had sold only 750 season tickets
for the 1980 season with 95 scholarship Players." This from Wikipaedia.
Long may not have said anything, but there was, as is normally the case with local kid anywhere, local support for him to play for the Pats and I recall bad blood between Long and Sullivan before that playoff game in 1985.
Sullivan fils was an ass, I had met him on Newbury St a few times in the late '70's and he did nothing to dispel what I had heard negatively, but Matt Millen was a cheap shot artist for grabbing him from behind and hitting him with his helmet.
Wow, this has been a long 2 weeks. This is all 30 years ago.
Last edited by crew1954; 01-11-2013 at 09:47 AM..