The first ever NFL Draft took place in 1936. That draft only consisted of 81 players. Four of those players would become Hall Of Famers. Since then the NFL has developed the draft into a giant event. Another one of the players selected in that draft, Paul “Bear” Bryant would later give up playing football to become a coach. He would become one of the greatest college football coaches ever while at the University of Alabama. There have been many great draft classes in the years since but they all pale in comparison to one in particular.
The 1983 NFL Draft took place on Arpil 26th and 27th of that year in New York City. It included twelves rounds and 335 players were selected. Over 30 of those players selected would go to the Pro Bowl. Eric Dickerson, Jim Kelly, John Elway, Dan Marino, Bruce Matthews, Darrell Green and Richard Dent who were all selected that day would later be inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Other than all of the things I have mentioned the draft is remembered for another reason, the Quarterbacks.
This was the best draft class of quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. It also holds the record for most quarterbacks selected in the first round with six. Three of those six would make it into the Hall Of Fame. The standout quarterbacks of the class were by far John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.
John Elway (Getty Images)
John Elway was taken with the first overall pick by the Baltimore Colts. He was eventually traded before the season to Denver due to his unwillingness to play for the Colts head coach Frank Kush. During his career he established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league. When his career was over he won two Super Bowl Championships and was inducted to the Hall Of Fame in 2004.
Jim Kelly (Getty Images)
With the fourteenth overall pick the Buffalo Bills selected Jim Kelly. Kelly played the season prior in the United States Football League after leaving the University Of Miami. Of the quarterbacks drafted that day Kelly made more Super Bowl appearances than any one else. Kelly lead the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl from 1990 through 1993. Unfortunately the Bills never won any of those Super Bowls. Nonetheless Kelly proved himself to be a great quarterback and was Inducted to the Hall Of Fame in 2002.
Dan Marino (Getty Images)
The final legendary quarterback taken in this draft was Dan Marino. He was projected to go early in the first round but fell back on a lot of teams boards due to reports of him using marijuana in college. The Miami Dolphins were willing to take a chance on this young man with a powerful arm and selected him with the twenty seventh overall pick. Marino played 17 season but only made one trip to the Super Bowl, the Dolphins lost that game to the San Fransisco 49ers. Marino did however finish career holding almost every quarterback record that existed. He was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2005.
An interesting note about this draft is all of the first round quarterbacks went to AFC teams. Also the three half Of Fame quarterbacks all played for only one team during their NFL career.
The Draft is such an intriguing event. Full of Pro Bowlers, Busts and Hall Of Famers. There will probably never be a quarterback class this good again. Some might argue that the 2012 class will stand the test of time but until it does the 1983 Draft will remain the best ever.
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College Football had their fourth week of action on the 22nd of September. We had an upset of a top 25 team, Heisman level performances and a one of the best games of the season this past Saturday. So without further a do, 2centsworthofsports.com presents it’s top 3 stories.
The Hurricanes Defeat Georgia Tech In A Wild Game
The University of Miami and GA Tech squared off in an ACC battle on Saturday afternoon. No one had any idea they were about to have one of the most exciting games of the season thus far. Miami came out strong racking up a 19-0 lead in the first quarter. Both touchdown passes of the first quarter came from Miami’s starting QB Stephen Morris. GA Tech turned the tables in the second quarter scoring 22 unanswered points. Two of those scores were rushing TD’s from Tech’s running back Tevin Washington, the first was a 2-yard run and the second a 10-yard run. The score at halftime was 22-19 in favor of GA Tech. The third quarter brought more success for Tech who had 2 rushing TD’s, from Tony Zenon and Tevin Washington. Miami had only one field goal during the third quarter. Tech led 36-22 going into the final quarter. Miami came back in the fourth quarter with a rushing TD and passing TD to tie the game at 36 all and send the game into overtime. In overtime running back Mike James rushed for a 25-yard game winning touchdown, the game ended with Miami on top 42-36. This game was incredible and was a win the Hurricanes needed after starting the season with two disappointing losses.
#15 Kansas State upsets #6 Oklahoma
Kansas State came into Oklahoma on Saturday night with one objective. The objective was to avenge a heartbreaking loss last season at the hands of the Sooners. K State took the lead in the second quarter 7-3 with a 2 yard fumble recovered touchdown by Jarell Childs. K State kept the lead for the most of the game. The final score was 24-19 for K State. K State’s QB Collin Klien was the star of the game with 149 yards passing and 79 rushing. Klien also had a passing TD and scored a rushing TD with a 5-yard run into the end zone in the early part of the fourth quarter. The Sooners’ QB Landry Jones had a bad game giving up a fumble and throwing for an interception. The game puts Kansas State’s record at 4-0 and the win should put them in the top ten if not they will be very close.
#4 Florida State’s EJ Manuel Has A Great Game Against #10 Clemson
Florida State defeated Clemson 49-37 on Saturday night. The win puts the Seminoles at 4-0 for the season and has them charging through the season after the National Championship. The break out star of the night was FSU’s QB EJ Manuel. Manuel passed for 380 yards and ran for 102. He had two passing touchdowns while leading the Seminoles to the victory. This was a great win for FSU against a top ten opponent at home. The FSU faithful finally have a team that could capture the National Championship after years of not contending for the crown. This game also showed that the Seminoles have a possible Heisman candidate in EJ Manuel.
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On Saturday the number 21 ranked team in the country Kansas State hosted the Miami Hurricanes for the first time ever. K State was led by their Heisman candidate QB Collin Klein. Klein had 169 yards passing, 54 yards rushing and 2 TD passes in a win against Missouri State last week. On the other side of the stadium the Miami Hurricanes were riding the hopes of their break out freshman running back Duke Johnson. Johnson 7 rushes for 135 yards and 2 TD runs in a week 1 win over Boston College. While K State was favored going into the game the Canes had a chance at pulling out the upset on the road.
The game however told a story that not even those favoring K State would have predicted. K State crushed the Canes by a final score of 52-13. The first quarter saw Klein and the K State squad looking really strong and dominating the Canes on the offensive side of the ball. The Canes made some mistakes in the first half, such as Duke Johnson dropping an open pass which would have led to a great gain of yards for the Canes. K State played their brand of football by using up the clock and wearing down the defense. K State made a mistake going into halftime when Klein tried a trick play reverse pass to his running back that led to a loss of yards and a missed field goal by K State. The momentum appeared to have changed going into half time with K State leading 24-6.
When the second half started the Canes had many chances to get their offense going but could not capitalize. K State picked their play back up even stronger than before in the 4th quarter. K State out scored The Canes 21 to 7 in the final quarter. Collin Klein put on a clinic of passing and rushing to finish the game. The only bright spot for the Canes in the second half and probably the entire game was a 77 yard kick off return by Duke Johnson. The Canes will have to work on developing Johnson who has tremendous potential but made too many mistakes.
Collin Klein had 210 yards passing, 81 yards rushing. With 1 TD pass and 3 rushing TD’s Klein showed how talented he really is on Saturday. We could be seeing Klein with the Heisman Trophy in December if he continues to put up numbers like he did in this game.
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The longest hitting streak of this season has come to an end today in New York. Jose Reyes went 0-4 against the New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. Reyes is now 2-16 all time against Dickey. The consecutive game hitting streak was ended at 26 games. Reyes will likely keep the record through the end of the 2012 season. Reyes started this streak after the All Star break on July 13th and did not let up until Thursday the 9th of August. The pitching of R.A. Dickey proved to be too much for Reyes. If anyone was going to end the streak abruptly it would be the crafty knuckleballer.
Reyes streak was the last remaining hope that Marlins fans had for any excitement this year. The team has fallen 17 games back behind the National League East leading Washington Nationals. The hitting streak was just starting to get major media attention and just as it was it is already over. It was a fun ride to watch the suspense of Reyes getting hits in many of the games in late innings was energizing. Reyes is the defending N.L. batting champion. He is not going to win that title this year but showed that he is still a great hitter and a valuable asset to his team this year.
Where do the Marlins go from here? Likely straight to the off season with no more major stories for the team this season. Although there is another potential streak brewing. The Marlins Carlos Lee has a 14 game hitting streak. Lee will probably not reach even 20 games given his aging veteran status, but hey you never really know.
Reyes has been a great addition to this Marlins team this year. Lucky for the fans of South Florida he will be back next season. With any luck his success will rub off on the rest of the team and the Marlins will be the contenders they were supposed to be this year.
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Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 26 games on Wednesday night. Reyes went 1-3 in the 13-0 victory for the Marlins. The Marlins will play the final game of their 3 game series with the Mets on Thursday at 12:10pm EST. The Mets pitching sensation R.A. Dickey will take the mound for the Mets. Dickey has a 14-3 record and has an 2.82 ERA. Reyes has not hit well off of Dickey in the past, going 2-12 with 3 strikeouts against the pitcher. Reyes will have his work cut out for him on Thursday against a pitcher like Dickey.
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Jose Reyes kept his streak alive tonight in a winning effort over his former team. The Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets by a score of 4-2. Reyes went 1-4 and received his hit in the fourth inning. Reyes now has a hit in 25 consecutive games. Reyes has the longest hitting streak in the Majors this year.
The Marlins will play the Mets again on Wednesday Night when Chris Young Takes the hill for the Mets. Young is 3-5 this year with a 4.22 ERA. Reyes has yet to attract major attention for his streak thus far. If he makes it past 30 he will undoubtedly not be ignored any more.
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Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 24 games today. The hit came in the top of the 4th inning against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. Reyes now has the record this season for most consecutive games with a hit. He has been on fire since July 13th and shows no sign of slowing down. The Marlins have been having a terrible season and Reyes is the only thing that the fans can be proud of. We could be witnessing history in the Making.
The Marlins will have a day off on Monday before taking on the Met in New York City. This is exciting for the fact that Reyes used to play for the Mets and has a chance to continue his streak in a familiar place. The sports world will more than likely be paying a lot more attention to this streak now that it is the record for this season. I can’t wait to see how long this ride can go.
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The Miami Marlins are having a disappointing season, so much so that no one saw this coming. The team headed into the 2012 season with so much hope and excitement for what could be. They have dismantled the team to the point it hardly resembles the team that was supposed to make the playoffs when the year began. As of Saturday the team sits 14.5 games behind the 1st place Washington Nationals and a Wildcard birth looks very unlikely. The only bright spot that can be seen at the point is Jose Reyes and his hot hitting streak.
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Jose Reyes began this hitting streak on July 13th and is holding strong at 22 games going into Saturday’s game against the Nationals. Reyes went 1-3 in the first game of Friday’s double header with the Nationals and 3-5 in the second game. Reyes has always been a great hitter but has really improved his hitting and it shows with this current streak. He broke his previous streak of 19 games this past week.
Luis Castillo holds the team record for most consecutive games with a hit with 35 games in 2002. That is a mark that Reyes has a strong chance of beating. The have been 55 players in the history of Major League Baseball to have at least 30 consecutive games with a hit. Reyes is the caliber of hitter and streaky enough to become number 56. The question the will be asked if he can make it past 30 will be how far can he go?
Everyone knows that Joe DiMaggio holds the record at 56 games in 1941 and that mark is very unlikely to be broken soon if ever. The closest anyone has come in the last 20 years was the Phillies Jimmy Rollins in the 2005 and 2006 seasons with 38 games. If anyone was going to make a good run and come close to DiMaggio in this era of baseball it would be Joe Reyes. Reyes is still very young and has a lot of potential as a hitter even though he is already one of the best in baseball. Reyes is the defending National League batting champion and this will not be his last claim to that title.
As this season grows older and the Marlins fall deeper in the standings the Marlins might have something to get excited about. That rests solely in the hands of Jose Reyes and his bat. Could we be watching history right now? It is too early to tell but we are seeing an amazing streak and its time for the sports world to pay attention to Reyes. If they don’t start now they may be missing history in the making.
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This season has been very disappointing for the Miami Marlins. They showed that they are essentially giving up on hopes for the playoffs this season by trading some of their top stars. Rebuilding mode has already started when this team was supposed to be ready to contend this year. They have a strong focus on pitching in their trades this week, that is a spot they definitely need help in.
The first trade came on Tuesday when the Marlins sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers. Infante has had a decent season thus far and had led the team to numerous victories. Sanchez has been with the club for a few years and been a reliable starter at times. Sanchez had a rough start to the season but leveled out towards the summer. The Marlins received top-rated pitching prospect Jacob Turner from the Tigers in the deal.
On Wednesday the Marlins traded away a star they coveted very heavily just a couple of years ago. Going into this season no one suspected that the Marlins would not finish the season with Hanley Ramirez. The rumors started floating around last week that the team was looking at offers for the former N.L. batting champion and multiple time All Star. The Marlins made a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to send Ramirez and pitcher Randy Choate to California. The Marlins received pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and a minor leaguer in the deal.
Hanley Ramirez will never be forgotten by the franchise. He was acquired from the Boston Redsox in the 2005 trade that sent Josh Beckett to Boston. The Marlins had coveted and groomed Ramirez as their big star of the future. He had a few season where he played really well and even one a batting title. But the last couple of years has seen Ramirez numbers drop significantly. The Marlins owe a lot of credit to Ramirez for helping them get a new stadium built in Miami for the club. The team signed Ramirez to a 6 year deal a few years ago to show the city of Miami tax payers that they were committed to building a contender. A lot has changed in the last few years and Ramirez is no longer a Miami Marlin.
The Marlins have got to start building a team built for the future. The team has been out of contention for too long. A lot of the blame falls on pitching but really its everything. The Marlins franchise should have been contenders this year but have shown themselves not to be a team that can contend. The decision to trade some of their top talent is questionably but at least they are receiving top young pitching talent for the future. The city of Miami will lose their patience with the team really quickly if they don’t get a team on the field that not only looks like contenders but play like contenders.
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