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By Ken Rosenthal | November 14, 1999
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The rivalry wouldn't cut it in the WWF, and it's an anomaly in today's NFL.No staring, no posing, no taunting. No name-calling, no finger-pointing, no trash-talking.Just respect.Just two warriors staging 578-pound collisions on snap after snap, then acknowledging each other's passion and skill when it is all over.They actually had breakfast at the Pro Bowl, Michael McCrary and Tony Boselli did. They actually share a mutual admiration, one as genuine as it is rare.McCrary: "He just loves to play the game.
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By Edward Lee | November 3, 2012
Saturday's print edition included an article on Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who will attempt to ward off outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and the rest of the Ravens when they visit Cleveland Browns Stadium this Sunday. Thomas is generally regarded as one of the best left tackles in the NFL, and Matt Williamson, a NFL scout for ESPN.com and Scouts Inc., didn't disagree with that sentiment. Williamson, who ranked the top 50 players in the league at the midpoint of the 2012 season in a list that is scheduled to be published next week, put Thomas at No. 40. The only other offensive tackle ahead of Thomas is the Houston Texans' Duane Brown at No. 31. Williamson, whom you can follow on Twitter at @WilliamsonNFL, discussed his reasoning for ranking Thomas at No. 40 and his perspective on Thomas' strengths.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | December 29, 1996
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli is only a second-year player. For a player chosen second in the 1995 NFL draft, yesterday's assignment was his biggest yet.Boselli's mission? Take on Buffalo Bills right end and 12-year veteran Bruce Smith, perhaps the league's most dominant defensive player over the past decade.Smith, who has long been among the game's top pass rushers, entered yesterday's contest with more postseason sacks (12) than anyone else in NFL history.
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By Ken Murray | August 18, 2002
It seemed like a good idea at the time. When the Houston Texans selected left tackle Tony Boselli with their first pick in the expansion draft, they thought they were getting a five-time Pro Bowl player who would anchor their offensive line. Instead, they got an expensive rehab project with a pedigree. Boselli has had three surgeries on his left shoulder since November, two since the expansion draft in February. And no one knows when - or if - he will play for the Texans. Speculation is rampant the seven-year veteran will retire before ever taking a snap with the team.
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By Ken Murray | August 18, 2002
It seemed like a good idea at the time. When the Houston Texans selected left tackle Tony Boselli with their first pick in the expansion draft, they thought they were getting a five-time Pro Bowl player who would anchor their offensive line. Instead, they got an expensive rehab project with a pedigree. Boselli has had three surgeries on his left shoulder since November, two since the expansion draft in February. And no one knows when - or if - he will play for the Texans. Speculation is rampant the seven-year veteran will retire before ever taking a snap with the team.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2000
For the first time in his four-year Ravens career, defensive end Michael McCrary is completely healthy. He could be pain-free, too, if he can remove that biannual thorn from his side Sunday. When the Ravens go to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars, it will rekindle one of the most high-profile battles in the league: McCrary vs. All-Pro left tackle Tony Boselli. For McCrary, it's another chance to beat the NFL's best. For Boselli, it's time to defend that title. McCrary, however, has yet to strip Boselli of that belt in eight previous bouts.
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By Michael DiRocco and Michael DiRocco,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 9, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Days before the Jacksonville Jaguars' opener in Cleveland, All-Pro tackle Tony Boselli scanned the locker room, his eyes settling for a second on each of the four players who would line up alongside him. And then Boselli, regarded by some as the best tackle in the league, delivered a guarantee. "The offensive line," Boselli said, "will hold up its end. We won't hold this team back." That's not exactly a Joe Namath, Super Bowl victory guarantee, but given the way things have gone for the Jaguars' offensive line the past 1 1/2 months, that was a pretty bold statement.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2001
Leon Searcy's nagging health problems added intrigue to the Ravens' offensive line and opened a spot on the roster for kicker Danny Kight, who is supposed to shore up the kickoff coverage team, another weak spot for the defending Super Bowl champions. Matt Stover can add to his NFL record of 32 straight games with a field goal tomorrow at PSINet Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the All-Pro kicker has a strained quadriceps muscle that has meant shorter kickoffs and good field position for the opposition.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2002
The Houston Texans performed their salary cap relief work as expected yesterday, bailing out fiscally troubled NFL teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Ravens. But by the time the Texans closed down a $40 million-plus expansion shopping spree, they proved to be much more than goodwill ambassadors. That was no rummage sale, and this is no pushover expansion team. The Texans poured an impressive foundation with yesterday's expansion draft. General manager Charley Casserly had identified four positions as the toughest to fill for a new team - cornerback, offensive line, defensive line and quarterback - and then proceeded to do a masterful job filling at least three of them.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1995
It has become almost an annual ritual for the Washington Redskins.They draft one of the nation's top college football players in April and then open training camp without him in July.That's what happened to Desmond Howard in 1992, the fourth player picked in the draft who missed all of training camp in a holdout, and Heath Shuler, the third player selected last year who sat out the first 13 days of camp.Now it appears likely to happen to Michael Westbrook, the fourth pick by the Redskins in this year's draft.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2002
The Houston Texans performed their salary cap relief work as expected yesterday, bailing out fiscally troubled NFL teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Ravens. But by the time the Texans closed down a $40 million-plus expansion shopping spree, they proved to be much more than goodwill ambassadors. That was no rummage sale, and this is no pushover expansion team. The Texans poured an impressive foundation with yesterday's expansion draft. General manager Charley Casserly had identified four positions as the toughest to fill for a new team - cornerback, offensive line, defensive line and quarterback - and then proceeded to do a masterful job filling at least three of them.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2001
Leon Searcy's nagging health problems added intrigue to the Ravens' offensive line and opened a spot on the roster for kicker Danny Kight, who is supposed to shore up the kickoff coverage team, another weak spot for the defending Super Bowl champions. Matt Stover can add to his NFL record of 32 straight games with a field goal tomorrow at PSINet Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the All-Pro kicker has a strained quadriceps muscle that has meant shorter kickoffs and good field position for the opposition.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2000
For the first time in his four-year Ravens career, defensive end Michael McCrary is completely healthy. He could be pain-free, too, if he can remove that biannual thorn from his side Sunday. When the Ravens go to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars, it will rekindle one of the most high-profile battles in the league: McCrary vs. All-Pro left tackle Tony Boselli. For McCrary, it's another chance to beat the NFL's best. For Boselli, it's time to defend that title. McCrary, however, has yet to strip Boselli of that belt in eight previous bouts.
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By Michael DiRocco and Michael DiRocco,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 9, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Days before the Jacksonville Jaguars' opener in Cleveland, All-Pro tackle Tony Boselli scanned the locker room, his eyes settling for a second on each of the four players who would line up alongside him. And then Boselli, regarded by some as the best tackle in the league, delivered a guarantee. "The offensive line," Boselli said, "will hold up its end. We won't hold this team back." That's not exactly a Joe Namath, Super Bowl victory guarantee, but given the way things have gone for the Jaguars' offensive line the past 1 1/2 months, that was a pretty bold statement.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2000
If the Ravens are going to keep Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden beyond the 2000 season, they probably will have to make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. That was the upshot of two days of meetings this week between Ogden's agent, Marvin Demoff, and Ravens vice president of administration Pat Moriarty. "Right now, I am looking to be the highest-paid lineman," Ogden said last night from his Las Vegas home. "I don't know what the numbers are exactly, but I am looking to be the highest paid."
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By Ken Rosenthal | November 14, 1999
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The rivalry wouldn't cut it in the WWF, and it's an anomaly in today's NFL.No staring, no posing, no taunting. No name-calling, no finger-pointing, no trash-talking.Just respect.Just two warriors staging 578-pound collisions on snap after snap, then acknowledging each other's passion and skill when it is all over.They actually had breakfast at the Pro Bowl, Michael McCrary and Tony Boselli did. They actually share a mutual admiration, one as genuine as it is rare.McCrary: "He just loves to play the game.
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By Ken Rosenthal | August 26, 1997
Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary isn't worried about Jacksonville's Tony Boselli or any of the other left tackles he might face this season.His most dangerous opponent is Boss, his 150-pound Rottweiler puppy.It was Boss who caused McCrary to injure his left knee. And it's Boss who keeps attacking the injured area like an NFL chop blocker.Man's best friend?Not this dog."He's bumped into it three times already," McCrary lamented yesterday. "He's so big, he doesn't realize what he's doing.
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By Edward Lee | November 3, 2012
Saturday's print edition included an article on Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who will attempt to ward off outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and the rest of the Ravens when they visit Cleveland Browns Stadium this Sunday. Thomas is generally regarded as one of the best left tackles in the NFL, and Matt Williamson, a NFL scout for ESPN.com and Scouts Inc., didn't disagree with that sentiment. Williamson, who ranked the top 50 players in the league at the midpoint of the 2012 season in a list that is scheduled to be published next week, put Thomas at No. 40. The only other offensive tackle ahead of Thomas is the Houston Texans' Duane Brown at No. 31. Williamson, whom you can follow on Twitter at @WilliamsonNFL, discussed his reasoning for ranking Thomas at No. 40 and his perspective on Thomas' strengths.
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By Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht and Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1998
Wally Williams is glad to return to the position he played in college and high school.The Ravens announced the switch Wednesday afternoon, moving Williams from left guard to center for Jeff Mitchell, and inserting Ben Cavil at left guard. Center is the position Williams has wanted to play since he came into the league as a relatively unknown free agent out of Florida A&M six years ago.But since he has been with the Browns/Ravens, Williams has played both of the guard positions as well as center.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1997
When Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin was trying to decide whether to make Tony Boselli the first draft pick in the history of the franchise in 1995, he took him to dinner and spent hours probing his background and personality.Coughlin came away liking what he heard."The key for me was the maturity he had that was beyond his years; the poise, the attitude. Tony brought a lot to the table," he said.His fiancee, Angi, who's now his wife, also enjoyed the interview, because she found out things about Boselli she hadn't known.
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