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By New York Daily News | December 4, 1992
NEW YORK -- Leon Hess stepped off the elevator and onto the eighth floor of Lenox Hill Hospital. It was 7:25 last night, and the seldom-seen owner of the New York Jets was accompanied by team orthopedist Elliott Hershman, rookie tackle Siupeli Malamala and conditioning coach Greg Mackrides.Hershman led the other three men into the intensive-care unit, where defensive end Dennis Byrd was recuperating a little more than 24 hours after spinal surgery. Byrd remains paralyzed from the waist down, with only partial movement in his arms and hands, but he offered a taste of his indomitable spirit by conveying this message to Mackrides:"Let everybody know I'm going to be OK. Tell 'em I'm going to beat this."
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By Sam Farmer, Tribune newspapers | January 23, 2011
Brett Keisel's beard has a beard. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end looks like a giant Rip Van Winkle, his face and neck obscured by a prodigious beard that reaches the top of his chest. He hasn't shaved since June, and last week said he didn't plan to do so until the Steelers were eliminated. "I'm going to ride this out until the end," he said. "It's holding up well. It's really blossomed into something beautiful. " Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder -- or, sometimes in this case, the holder . "The worst thing is that I'll have [an offensive player]
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1996
Cincinnati Bengals right guard Scott Brumfield suffered a cervical spinal cord concussion during yesterday's game at Memorial Stadium and spent the night at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for observation.Brumfield, a fourth-year player out of Brigham Young, was hurt when he collided with tight end Tony McGee while blocking on a running play late in the third quarter. McGee suffered a mild concussion.Medical personnel for both teams rushed to attend to Brumfield. His head was immobilized and he was taken off the field on a stretcher.
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | April 6, 2007
Yesterday's death of Darryl Stingley, the former New England Patriots wide receiver who was paralyzed as a result of a brutal hit by the Oakland Raiders' Jack Tatum in a 1978 NFL preseason game, is a reminder that sports isn't always fun and games. Athletics often involves physical risk, and sometimes those tragic instances when the risk is realized remain hauntingly vivid. Here are a few: Herb Score (1957), Cleveland Indians pitcher: A hard-throwing phenom in the mid-1950s, Score was smashed in the face by a line drive off the bat of the New York Yankees' Gil McDougald.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | January 10, 1994
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just a burner, Jim McMahon said. A burner, on a subfreezing day, with the wind chill index making it more like subzero. A burner that left McMahon's entire body numb, but couldn't knock him out of the game.Say hello to the NFL blood-and-guts poster boy of the week. McMahon couldn't help but think of Mike Utley and Dennis Byrd when the New York Giants nearly broke him in two yesterday. He, too, was paralyzed, if only for an instant."Scared the hell out of me," he said.
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By VITO STELLINO | May 16, 1993
Dennis Byrd won't be playing in any more football games, but he's proving to be a big winner.Byrd, the former New York Jets defensive lineman who was partially paralyzed last Nov. 29 in a collision with a teammate, admits he felt despair in those first dark moments on the field.He worried that if he were paralyzed, his wife might leave him and his 3-year-old daughter might not love him. He worried the Jets would forget him and he'd die in poverty.Byrd had since made a remarkable recovery.
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By Dave Anderson and Dave Anderson,New York Times News Service | November 30, 1992
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the 23-7 loss to the Kansa City Chiefs ended, all the New York Jets players walked off the field at Giants Stadium and through the gloomy tunnel to their locker room. Some walked faster than others. Some held their green helmets in their hands. Some wore their helmets. They were walking as easily as they always do. As easily as most people do. Without thinking about it.All the Jets but one.Dennis Byrd, his legs strapped to a yellow spine board, had come off the field staring up at the leaden sky from a flatbed cart.
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By Sam Farmer, Tribune newspapers | January 23, 2011
Brett Keisel's beard has a beard. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end looks like a giant Rip Van Winkle, his face and neck obscured by a prodigious beard that reaches the top of his chest. He hasn't shaved since June, and last week said he didn't plan to do so until the Steelers were eliminated. "I'm going to ride this out until the end," he said. "It's holding up well. It's really blossomed into something beautiful. " Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder -- or, sometimes in this case, the holder . "The worst thing is that I'll have [an offensive player]
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | April 6, 2007
Yesterday's death of Darryl Stingley, the former New England Patriots wide receiver who was paralyzed as a result of a brutal hit by the Oakland Raiders' Jack Tatum in a 1978 NFL preseason game, is a reminder that sports isn't always fun and games. Athletics often involves physical risk, and sometimes those tragic instances when the risk is realized remain hauntingly vivid. Here are a few: Herb Score (1957), Cleveland Indians pitcher: A hard-throwing phenom in the mid-1950s, Score was smashed in the face by a line drive off the bat of the New York Yankees' Gil McDougald.
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November 1, 1992
BaseballNew York Yankees -- Signed OF Dion James (.262, 3, 17 RBI) to a one-year contract worth $350,000.FootballNew York Jets -- Activated DE Dennis Byrd from the practice squad. Placed DT Bill Pickel on IR.Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Signed WR Jeff Parker. Waived DL Reggie Rogers. Signed DB Darren Anderson to the practice squad.HockeyNHL -- Fined Los Angeles Kings D Marty McSorley $500 and suspended him six days without pay for deliberately cross-checking Boston Bruins F Darren Banks in the forehead Oct. 29. McSorley will lose $14,130 in salary.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1996
Cincinnati Bengals right guard Scott Brumfield suffered a cervical spinal cord concussion during yesterday's game at Memorial Stadium and spent the night at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for observation.Brumfield, a fourth-year player out of Brigham Young, was hurt when he collided with tight end Tony McGee while blocking on a running play late in the third quarter. McGee suffered a mild concussion.Medical personnel for both teams rushed to attend to Brumfield. His head was immobilized and he was taken off the field on a stretcher.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | January 10, 1994
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just a burner, Jim McMahon said. A burner, on a subfreezing day, with the wind chill index making it more like subzero. A burner that left McMahon's entire body numb, but couldn't knock him out of the game.Say hello to the NFL blood-and-guts poster boy of the week. McMahon couldn't help but think of Mike Utley and Dennis Byrd when the New York Giants nearly broke him in two yesterday. He, too, was paralyzed, if only for an instant."Scared the hell out of me," he said.
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By VITO STELLINO | May 16, 1993
Dennis Byrd won't be playing in any more football games, but he's proving to be a big winner.Byrd, the former New York Jets defensive lineman who was partially paralyzed last Nov. 29 in a collision with a teammate, admits he felt despair in those first dark moments on the field.He worried that if he were paralyzed, his wife might leave him and his 3-year-old daughter might not love him. He worried the Jets would forget him and he'd die in poverty.Byrd had since made a remarkable recovery.
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By New York Daily News | December 4, 1992
NEW YORK -- Leon Hess stepped off the elevator and onto the eighth floor of Lenox Hill Hospital. It was 7:25 last night, and the seldom-seen owner of the New York Jets was accompanied by team orthopedist Elliott Hershman, rookie tackle Siupeli Malamala and conditioning coach Greg Mackrides.Hershman led the other three men into the intensive-care unit, where defensive end Dennis Byrd was recuperating a little more than 24 hours after spinal surgery. Byrd remains paralyzed from the waist down, with only partial movement in his arms and hands, but he offered a taste of his indomitable spirit by conveying this message to Mackrides:"Let everybody know I'm going to be OK. Tell 'em I'm going to beat this."
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By Dave Anderson and Dave Anderson,New York Times News Service | November 30, 1992
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the 23-7 loss to the Kansa City Chiefs ended, all the New York Jets players walked off the field at Giants Stadium and through the gloomy tunnel to their locker room. Some walked faster than others. Some held their green helmets in their hands. Some wore their helmets. They were walking as easily as they always do. As easily as most people do. Without thinking about it.All the Jets but one.Dennis Byrd, his legs strapped to a yellow spine board, had come off the field staring up at the leaden sky from a flatbed cart.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | May 27, 2010
Chet Moeller, a Naval Academy graduate who played safety for the Midshipmen in the '70s, is one of 12 players who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December, the National Football Foundation announced today. Moeller, who played from 1973 to 1975 and was a two-time East Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the sixth Midshipman to be chosen as a unanimous All-American, served as a Marine officer after graduating from the academy and currently works as a computer consultant, living in Montgomery, Ala. The induction ceremony will be Dec. 7 in New York.
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By Phil Jackman | December 10, 1992
When the doctor told Vinny Pazienza he would never figh again, maybe not even be able to walk, it was like a guy waving the red towel in front of an already enraged bull. Oh boy, a challenge."I never believed him, not even for five seconds. It never crossed my mind that I wouldn't be able to come back," says Pazienza, who had two vertebrae broken and a third dislocated high on his spinal column just 13 months ago.The thing is, Paz, broken neck and all, was back working out (in a fashion) within three months.
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