On the eve of college football’s national championship game between Clemson and Alabama, the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame announced its 16-member class of 2016.
The group is headlined by UNLV’s Randall Cunningham, an All-American quarterback and punter who changed the pro game with his versatility under center; Florida State linebacker Derrick Brooks, a Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer; and Washington State offensive lineman Mike Utley, whose NFL career was cut short when a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.
Among the inductees are a pair of defensive backs: Rod Woodson, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion who played his college ball at Purdue from 1983 to 1986; and Scott Woerner, who helped Georgia to a national championship during his tenure from 1977 to 1980. Continue reading
By sharing some of the football trading cards I’ve collected, my goal is to put a spotlight on some defensive backs who may have become underrated or even forgotten by history.
Todd Lyght, CB, Los Angeles Rams (Pro Line Live 1993)
The 1999 St. Louis Rams, a.k.a. “The Greatest Show on Turf,” a.k.a. the Super Bowl XXXIV champions, will go down in football history for fielding one of the game’s most prolific offenses. They set records and led the league in seemingly every important offensive stat category. The talent included QB Kurt Warner, a two-time NFL MVP; RB Marshall Faulk, an MVP and Hall of Famer; WRs Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, who made 11 Pro Bowls between them; and OT Orlando Pace, a seven-time Pro Bowler who is likely headed for the Hall of Fame. Continue reading
Little league coaches, high school players, ambitious parents … they are just three of the many groups of people who will always be interested in the answer to one question: How do the pros practice?
This video clip gives a brief glimpse into a Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs drill during this year’s training camp. Eagles DBs coach John Lovett has been in the game for over four decades, starting as a college linebacker at C.W. Post and moving up the coaching ranks from high school to the pros. Most of his career has been spent as a defensive coordinator on the major college level. Philadelphia’s assistant DBs coach is Todd Lyght, a 12-year NFL veteran cornerback with the Rams and Lions who won a Super Bowl and was named to one Pro Bowl with the “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams in 1999. Continue reading