1987 Steal of the Draft: Tyrone Braxton, Denver Broncos

Tweet A tale of two defensive backs, Tyrone Braxton and Rod Woodson.  Woodson was the best draft  pick and won 1 Super Bowl, Braxton was the biggest steal, and won 2 rings. In 1987 the best draft pick overall was Rod Woodson of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Woodson played in a remarkable 238 games, won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, and now holds a place in the…

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1986 Steal of the Draft: A Philadelphia Story

Tweet Clyde Simmons was the steal of the draft, and Seth Joyner finished third. 1986 was the first year Buddy Ryan became a head coach in the NFL. Ryan was a true blowhard, a guy endless explaining his own greatness as a coach, although, in reality, he achieved very little.  His first claim to fame was being part of the Jets’ Super Bowl-winning staff in 1968, but in reality, Ryan…

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1985 Steal of the Draft: Lonnie Young

Tweet Two of the three men with the highest all-time sack totals were drafted in 1985, along with the greatest wide receiver ever. The 1985 draft an interesting one for trivia people.  Not counting kickers or punters, which player appeared in more games than any other?  Which player recorded more sacks than any other player in NFL history? Can you name the five members of the class of 1985 who…

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1984 Steal of the Draft: Ernest Byner

Tweet The Colts’ Eugene Daniel was the best draft pick and the fourth biggest steal, but Byner was drafted later and won a Super Bowl. 1984 was not a great year for draft picks. None of the 336 players drafted that year made it into the Super Bowl.  Only twenty-eight players eventually won Super Bowl rings, and the best quarterback chosen was Boomer Esiason.  Esiason was a damn good quarterback,…

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1983: Cleveland’s Paul Farren was the Steal of the Draft

Tweet In 1983 the Bears made the biggest Dent in the draft. The 1983 draft was a remarkable one.  In the first round teams chose future Hall-of-Famers John Elway, Eric Dickerson, Jim Kelly, Bruce Matthews, Dan Marino, and Darrell Green.  Based on his extraordinary two hundred ninety-five games played, Green ranks as the best draft choice ever, but Tom Brady is closing fast.  There have been a few rumblings of…

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1982: Gary Anderson Almost the Best Kicker Drafted

Tweet Detroit tight end Rob Rubick was the steal of the 1982 draft, but Gary Anderson was the most interesting story. Gary Anderson is a remarkable NFL story.  Taken with the 171st pick in the 1982 draft, he would have been the first kicker chosen, but that year the Saints drafted Morten Andersen with the 86th pick, so Anderson came second, after Andersen.  In the history of the NFL Anderson…

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Christianomics: There’s Not Enough Love or Money to go Around

Tweet Apparently Conservative Christians believe if we extend kindness to the desperate people at our southern border, there won’t be enough kindness left for the rest of us.   In the beginning…of the United States anyway, mercantilism dominated economic thought.  In a nutshell, people held the idea of a fixed amount of wealth in the world, so every dollar or ounce of gold one man or nation owned represented a…

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1981: Saints Grabbed the Biggest Steal and the Best Pick

Tweet The 1981 Saints draft class is the greatest draft class ever with 1,352  games played. Years ago when I started thinking about which teams drafted better than most others, I wanted to assess all draft picks, not just the good ones.  I sometimes hear somebody throw off a tough guy, no nonsense attitude along the lines of “if you didn’t win the Super Bowl, then you wasted the season.”…

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1980 Steal of the Draft: Pittsburgh’s Frank Pollard

Tweet The Steelers stole both Frank Pollard and Tunch Ilkin.   What a difference a year makes.  In 1979 the Cincinnati Bengals held the number three pick and drafted Jack “the Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson, a quarterback who lingered in the league for six years, but wasn’t anywhere close to being the third best draft pick that year.  In 1980 the Bengals held the third pick again, but this time they drafted…

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Trump Caves on Separating Children from Parents

Tweet How ironic is it that the devil can’t take the heat.  Now we need him to get the hell out. I often stop to write at a national bakery chain near my home, and occasionally find myself within hearing distance of a Bible study group, usually different people on different days.  Lately, however, the same group of elderly White men sat at the same booth every morning I went…

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