in a Bolts Uniform?
Bamaslammer - Bolts Team Reporter
- (2 March 2001) -- When I was a high school football
player warming the bench I shivered through a spring
training game in which Ensley High School stomped us
in the dirt. The Ensley tailback ran through our defense
like lawyers to a car accident. In fact I only remember
him getting tacked once all night. That tailback went
on to become one of the most famous Linebackers in Alabama
Football History. Cornelius Bennet or "Biscuit"
as he is known around here went on to be a star member
of the legendary Bills Superbowl teams.
to our buddy Paul Tagliabu I could see Biscuit play
again at Legion Field.
a short Quiz: What
do the following NFL players have in common?: Kimble
Anders, Chester McGlockton James Hasty. Doug Flutie,
Ryan Leaf, Joe Bowden, John Randle. Dermontti Dawson.
Chris Slade. Tony Martin, Dana Stubblefield, Leon Searcy,
Tony Banks, Ken Norton Jr, Yancy Thigpen, Carl Pickens,
Tyrone Poole, Cornelius Bennett, Tony Blevins, Ted Washington
and Jake Reed?
According to Paul Tagliabu's NFL bean counters these
guys are no longer good enough to play in the NFL.
Answer: Anyone who watched the NFL prior to free
agency and the salary cap knows that the above listed
players would be the heart and soul of a great team.
The simple fact is that although most of these guys
were starters they are simply too expensive to keep
when you can sign a rookie for much less. Sure the rookie
will get his butt kicked for most of the 2001 season
and cost you a few games but money is money, right?
I have to say if the Bolts director of player personnel
isn't on the phone right now to some of these guys then
he should be shot!
some of these players may be signed by other NFL teams
at what ever the minimum is for a 4+-year veteran. But
even that minimum may be too much for some cap strapped
teams. Some will retire having had long and very lucrative
careers. As an XFL fan I hope that the fire still burns
within and they want to play for the love of the game
one last time before they hang up their cleats and join
the rest of us on the sidelines. God knows I would love
to see Cornelius Bennett in a bolts uniform take out
just one more QB just for old time sake. God knows New
York could use Doug Flutie!
have said that the XFL lacks good players. To some degree
that may be true. Many of the best CFL and Arena players
are tied into contracts. It seems reasonable that as
these players become available they would choose the
higher salary and greater exposure of the XFL. Also
every year thanks to good old Paul the NFL will continue
to toss away some of its greatest and most storied players.
If the lawyers and the XFL's bean counters will just
give this league a chance I believe the level of play
in a matter of 3 to 4 years will be very close to the
the time being, how much easier would it be to sell
tickets in Birmingham if the Bolts could bring back
one of the all time home town favorites to play his
final games in front of the same folks who cheered him
in the beginning?
Bolts play San Francisco out on the coast. Somebody's
going to get back on track and somebody's going to go
below 500. After a 30 - 6 butt whipping by the Rage
there's no use in fancy speeches. The Bolts are going
to have to step it up a notch or two on offense if they
want to compete in the XFL. They have the smallest injury
list in the league so there are no excuses. They are
just going to have to "bring it".