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By Jack Mann and Jack Mann,Evening Sun Staff | December 21, 1990
HERNDON, Va. -- Two years ago Ron Middleton was lifting heavy things for a living. He was a "supervisor" on the Nashville loading dock of the Roadway trucking company.What kind of job is that for a young man who had completed pre-law? No kind, Middleton agreed. "But you don't know what work is until you've picked cucumbers," he said. "For a dime a bucket."He was 7 then, working in the fields around Atmore, Ala. Two years ago Middleton was 23, two years out of Auburn and on a mission. They had not convinced him that he was not a professional football player, and they weren't going to."
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | October 19, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Joe Gibbs didn't play in this one, but he seemed to think he did."I thought it was about as hard fought as any game I've been in or coached in," the Washington Redskins coach said after his battered team edged the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-12, before 56,380 fans at RFK Stadium.This was NFC East football at its best and its grittiest. This was football for the purists. It wasn't pretty. It was a slugfest in the trenches."We had some players kind of beat up and chipped up, but they stepped up and did a great job," Gibbs said.
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By Jack Mann and Jack Mann,Evening Sun Staff | October 12, 1990
HERNDON, Va. -- "I wouldn't say I was scared," Ron Middleton said. "But I was a wide-eyed kid, fresh out of college, a free agent, not even drafted . . . and there he was."So it won't be a new experience Sunday when veteran Middletolines up at tight end for the Washington Redskins and confronts the New York Giants' No. 56. Ron Middleton has looked Lawrence Taylor in the eye before.He will be prepared."I will be prepared to give him a lot of respect," Middleton said"The same as I did then.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff | November 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Bobby Wilson's timing was either impeccable or the Washington Redskins' rookie defensive tackle got away with one yesterday.Wilson pounced on a fumbled Atlanta snap late in the first half and the ensuing Redskins touchdown helped pave the way to a 56-17 rout of the Falcons at RFK Stadium.The Redskins held a 21-3 lead when Wilson pulled the defensive play of the game. Atlanta had first down on its own 23 when the Skins' first-round draft pick knocked center Jamie Dukes backward into quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, who fumbled the snap.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 9, 1991
CARLISLE, Pa. -- The Washington Redskins aren't strong advocates of the 3-year-old Plan B free-agent system.Coach Joe Gibbs is quick to note it's all but ruined the off-season for the coaches, because they have to spend two months recruiting players the way they did back when they were college coaches.General manager Charley Casserly points out that it can cost a team players.But the Redskins can't argue with the results.When they opened the exhibition season Sunday night, five of their starters were players signed off the Plan B list.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff | November 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Bobby Wilson's timing was either impeccable or the Washington Redskins' rookie defensive tackle got away with one yesterday.Wilson pounced on a fumbled Atlanta snap late in the first half and the ensuing Redskins touchdown helped pave the way to a 56-17 rout of the Falcons at RFK Stadium.The Redskins held a 21-3 lead when Wilson pulled the defensive play of the game. Atlanta had first down on its own 23 when the Skins' first-round draft pick knocked center Jamie Dukes backward into quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, who fumbled the snap.
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December 8, 1990
National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue is standing by his recommendation to move the 1993 Super Bowl out of Arizona because of the furor over a paid holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr."They explained their point of view in terms of the electoral decision in Arizona," Tagliabue said last night after meeting with a group of political leaders from the state. "It was a useful exchange of views."Gov. Rose Mofford and Sen. Dennis DeConcini presented the case for a state where voters last month rejected ballot initiatives to honor King.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | October 19, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Joe Gibbs didn't play in this one, but he seemed to think he did."I thought it was about as hard fought as any game I've been in or coached in," the Washington Redskins coach said after his battered team edged the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-12, before 56,380 fans at RFK Stadium.This was NFC East football at its best and its grittiest. This was football for the purists. It wasn't pretty. It was a slugfest in the trenches."We had some players kind of beat up and chipped up, but they stepped up and did a great job," Gibbs said.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins hope their alarm never sounds this year.They don't want to wake up now, because they're enjoying a dream season."
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By Vito Stellino | November 30, 1991
The Washington Redskins may have trouble showing much interest in tomorrow's game against the Los Angeles Rams, a troubled team that has lost six straight games.But Richie Petitbon, the assistant coach who runs the Redskins' defense, has a special reason to hope Washington (11-1) at least will put on a spiffy performance on defense in their 4 p.m. game.That's because Petitbon said yesterday he has heard the rumors going around the NFL that the Rams (3-9) are considering him as a possible head coaching candidate if John Robinson is fired at the end of this season.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins hope their alarm never sounds this year.They don't want to wake up now, because they're enjoying a dream season."
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 9, 1991
CARLISLE, Pa. -- The Washington Redskins aren't strong advocates of the 3-year-old Plan B free-agent system.Coach Joe Gibbs is quick to note it's all but ruined the off-season for the coaches, because they have to spend two months recruiting players the way they did back when they were college coaches.General manager Charley Casserly points out that it can cost a team players.But the Redskins can't argue with the results.When they opened the exhibition season Sunday night, five of their starters were players signed off the Plan B list.
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By Jack Mann and Jack Mann,Evening Sun Staff | December 21, 1990
HERNDON, Va. -- Two years ago Ron Middleton was lifting heavy things for a living. He was a "supervisor" on the Nashville loading dock of the Roadway trucking company.What kind of job is that for a young man who had completed pre-law? No kind, Middleton agreed. "But you don't know what work is until you've picked cucumbers," he said. "For a dime a bucket."He was 7 then, working in the fields around Atmore, Ala. Two years ago Middleton was 23, two years out of Auburn and on a mission. They had not convinced him that he was not a professional football player, and they weren't going to."
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December 8, 1990
National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue is standing by his recommendation to move the 1993 Super Bowl out of Arizona because of the furor over a paid holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr."They explained their point of view in terms of the electoral decision in Arizona," Tagliabue said last night after meeting with a group of political leaders from the state. "It was a useful exchange of views."Gov. Rose Mofford and Sen. Dennis DeConcini presented the case for a state where voters last month rejected ballot initiatives to honor King.
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By Jack Mann and Jack Mann,Evening Sun Staff | October 12, 1990
HERNDON, Va. -- "I wouldn't say I was scared," Ron Middleton said. "But I was a wide-eyed kid, fresh out of college, a free agent, not even drafted . . . and there he was."So it won't be a new experience Sunday when veteran Middletolines up at tight end for the Washington Redskins and confronts the New York Giants' No. 56. Ron Middleton has looked Lawrence Taylor in the eye before.He will be prepared."I will be prepared to give him a lot of respect," Middleton said"The same as I did then.
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September 16, 1995
BaseballNational League -- Announced that Cincinnati Reds P Xavier Hernandez will begin serving five games of his eight-game suspension effective today, and that other three games are pending a hearing of his appeal.Cleveland Indians -- Called up P John Farrell, P Joe Roa, C Jesse Levis, OF Brian Giles, OF Jeromy Burnitz and former Orioles IF Bill Ripken from Triple-A Buffalo.Florida Marlins -- Acquired P Chris Seelbach from the Atlanta Braves to complete the Aug. 31 trade for P Alejandro Pena.
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August 29, 1995
Arizona Cardinals -- Signed CB Ben Smith and LB Simon Shanks.Atlanta Falcons -- Acquired OL Gene Williams from the Cleveland Browns, for an undisclosed 1996 draft pick.Carolina Panthers -- Waived RB Barry Foster. Signed RB Derrick Moore. Acquired LB Travis Hill from Cleveland for past considerations. Claimed DL Jeff Zgonina off waivers from Pittsburgh, WR Michael Bates off waivers from Seattle. Reached an injury settlement with CB James Williams. Signed DL Jeff Fields to the practice squad.
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