PASADENA, CA Exploding out of the three-point stance and driving the Auburn defender backwards, Florida State left guard Josue Matias reportedly opened up a massive hole in his frontal cortex Monday during the National Championship game.
As Columbus rejoiced in Ohio State’s football victory over Michigan, earned seven hours earlier, Jack Mewhort lowered his massive body into a tub of 40-degree water. Mewhort knew only inflammation, not celebration. The Buckeyes’ starting left offensive tackle sat in the frigid water to soothe aching joints and muscles as part of his preparation for the Big Ten championship game in one week.
Joe Jacoby, Offensive Tackle, Washington Redskins
Chad Clifton, Offensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers
Tom Nalen, Center, Denver Broncos
There was only one thing to do with video of a bunch of linemen running a 40. So of course we set it to the best soundtrack.
I do not care for defensive linemen.
That being said, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the passing of one of the great defenders football has ever seen.
Deacon Jones revolutionized the game with his emphasis on rushing the passer and the devastating effect sacking the quarterback could have on an offense.
Aside from that, I really like his attitude towards his opponents on the field. His whole M.O. was to basically make those folks in the other uniform suffer for being on the same field as him. That attitude is something I tried to emulate during my own playing career.
His on-field prowess notwithstanding, Jones was also a great man off the field, putting a lot of time and effort into numerous causes.
As a man and as a football player, Deacon Jones will be missed.
He barely sought nor extended pity. A barely controlled fury seemed to propel him. Watching No. 75 was like listening to an infernal choir … menace and anger swirled like brimstone.
— NFL Films narrator Jeff Kaye describing Deacon Jones