Herb Taylor (American football)
Herbert Reginald Taylor, II is a former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, he played college football at Texas Christian. Taylor has been a member of the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Locomotives. Taylor was a letterman in football and track at Hightower High School in the Houston area before playing college football at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. At TCU, he started all 48 games of a school record. Taylor was signed by the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League on November 1, 2010. Taylor was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League on September 10, 2012. Six days he started at right guard against the Houston Texans due to an injury to Eben Britton, he was released on October 27, 2012
Westbury High School (Houston)
Westbury High School is a secondary school located in Brays Oaks, of Southwest Houston, near the Westbury neighborhood. It has grades 9 through 12, is part of the Houston Independent School District; as of 2015 the principal is Susan Monaghan. In addition to its academic programs it has automotive technology, health science, business career programs. Westbury High School opened its doors for the first time in the fall of 1961; the three-story building with its main entrance facing Gasmer Street housed the administrative offices, classrooms, a cafeteria, an auditorium, library and a gym. The grounds were bare. To the right of the building, at the corner of Chimney Rock Road and Gasmer Street, stood "The Company Store", a hardware store. Westbury's 1961 enrollment consisted of 813 students - seniors, sophomores coming from Bellaire and San Jacinto High Schools, freshmen coming from Meyerland Jr High School. After the first year, there would not be a freshman class until the late 1970s. Of that first year's class, 58 seniors received their diplomas in the Westbury High School auditorium.
Shading the school was the water tower that served the Westbury neighborhood. Mary Beth Kulp and Donna Harkness, the editors of the first yearbook, imagined the water tower as a silent citadel watching over the students and administrators as they busied themselves with the task of transferring from one generation to the next the culture of the western world, they imagined the water tower thinking. "I, the majestic water tower beside it, hear its name and feel a part of it." The metaphor of the water tower as citadel became the title of Westbury's yearbook. The students became the "Westbury Rebels". W. I. "Jim" Burns was Westbury's first principal. A lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Burns had taught chemistry at San Jacinto and Lamar High Schools and had opened Bellaire High School as assistant principal; the principal of Bellaire, Harland Andrews, complained that all of his good teachers wanted to transfer to Westbury so they could work under Burns. Many of the first staff members did, follow Burns from Bellaire High School.
Among them were Westbury's first assistant principal, Kenneth Gupton, the dean, Rivers Lodge. Lodge became assistant principal in 1970. There were 73 teachers in first year; the curriculum included the academic courses—math, science and foreign language. In the early 1960s Westbury had no air conditioning, just fans. Temporary classroom buildings were brought in; as the years passed, trees were planted. Air conditioning was installed in the late 1960s and in the early 1970s, a three-story classroom wing was added to the east side of the school building to accommodate the growth; the "Company Store" was purchased by the Houston Independent School District and was converted to the Oceanography/Living Resource Center to provide oceanography education and biological material for the district's science classes. The oceanography was phased out and it became the Living Resource Center. LeRoy Hardy, the center's director, was one of the original science teachers at Westbury. W. L. Burns died of a heart attack in the summer of 1966.
John Brandstetter served as the interim principal until Kenneth Gupton was appointed principal in 1967. In memory of Burns, Westbury established the W. L. Burns Award to honor academic excellence; each May the students deemed best by each department are honored in an impressive formal assembly. Award winners receive the distinctive W. L. Burns Award trophy, modeled from the permanent trophy situated in the foyer outside the auditorium; the symbolism of the trophy "darkness into light...ignorance into learning..." and the noble words of its inscription, "Esse quam videre," meaning "to be, rather than to seem" emphasize the essence of Westbury academic achievement. On May 18, 2001, the main education building was declared unsafe; the district did not permit students to retrieve their belongings. The district tested the other schools built between 1956 and 1965 and did not discover structural problems. A new campus for Westbury was completed in the fall of 2004. Westbury collaborated with Brown University to set up a magnet program Coalition of Essential Schools.
On February 9, 2006, a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a second floor school restroom facility. The suspect escaped detection and left the campus before administrators realized that a sexual assault had happened; when the suspect was identified, it was revealed that he was incarcerated for an unrelated incident. Ronald Walker pleaded guilty and received 45 years of prison for this and other sexual assault crimes. In 2006, Charles Rotramel, executive director of the nonprofit program Youth Advocates, stated in a Houston Chronicle article that Lee High School, Westbury High School, Sharpstown High School have suffered from the actions of youth criminal gangs. On November 28, 2006, a 16-year-old 9th grade boy named Julian Ruiz died from two gunshot wounds in the torso while walking to Westbury. A tan or gold 1990s Mercury
Russell Walter Michna is a former arena football quarterback. A two-time league champion of the United Football League, he is the only player, signed to a team in every current major professional football league: National Football League, Canadian Football League, UFL and AFL. Michna played in the Continental Indoor Football League. Michna played college football for Western Illinois University, leading the Leathernecks to back-to-back I-AA Playoff appearances. However, Western Illinois lost to Western Colgate, he was a two-time Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft, but signed a undrafted free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams. After spending the 2004 season on the practice squad, he failed to make the Rams' roster in 2005. Following his release, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. After spending the most of the season as a back-up, Michna played in a few games for the Blue Bombers due to Tee Martin's ineffectiveness. After just a single game with the Blue Bombers in 2006, he was released.
He joined the Chicago Rush in 2007, where he spent the season as the back-up to Matt D'Orazio. In 2008, the Rush signed AFL legend Sherdrick Bonner, making Michna the back-up once again, but an injury to Bonner forced Michna into action. Michna didn't disappoint, leading the Rush to a 7-3 record down the stretch, clinching the 2008 Central Division Championship; when the AFL suspended operations in 2009, Michna agreed to play for the Chicago Slaughter of the Continental Indoor Football League. Michna and other members of the Rush, lead the Slaughter to a perfect 12-0 regular season, defeated the Fort Wayne Freedom in the 2009 CIFL Championship Game. After the indoor season ended, Michna signed with the newly formed UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives. Michna served as a back-up on the Locomotives for two seasons, as the team would win back-to-back UFL Championship Games; when the AFL restructured in 2010, Michna re-signed with the Rush, as served as their starting quarterback for two seasons. After starting the 2013 season not on a roster, the San Jose SaberCats signed him two a two-year contract, traded incumbent starter Aaron Garcia to Orlando, making Michna the unquestioned starter.
Michna attended James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates and was a student and a letterman in football and baseball. In football, he was an All-State selection as a senior. Russ Walter Michna graduated from James B. Conant High School in 1999. Michna played college football at Western Illinois University. Michna spent his first two seasons with the Leathernecks as the backup quarterback to Sam Clemons, who guided the team to a Gateway Conference Championship in 2000; as a junior in 2002, Michna became the starter quarterback, lead the Leathernecks to back-to-back I-AA Playoff appearances. However, Western Illinois lost to Western Colgate. Michna was the Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. After going undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft, Michna signed as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams, he spent the 2004 season on the Rams' practice squad, but was released during training camp in 2005. After his release from the Rams, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
After starting quarterback Kevin Glenn suffered an injury, Michna saw game action when back-up Tee Martin was ineffective. He appeared in one game with the Blue Bombers in 2006 before he was released on August 20. Michna joined the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League in 2007, after the team was coming off a victory in ArenaBowl XX, he spent the season as the team's second-string quarterback behind Matt D'Orazio and in the regular season, completed just two of three passes for 44 yards. However, a back injury hampered D'Orazio at the end of the season. Although, D'Orazio started both of the Rush playoff games, Michna saw action in each. In the opening game, the Rush took a 31-14 lead over the Los Angeles Avengers, en route to a 52-20 win; this allowed D'Orazio to rest, Michna completed all six of his passes for 73 yards. The following week, on the road against the San Jose Sabercats in the conference championship, D'Orazio started, but was ineffective with the back injury, he completed just six of 18 passes with three interceptions.
The Sabercats jumped out to a 28-7 lead, Michna came in. He went 22 of 30 for 247 yards, five touchdowns to one pick, but the Rush could not complete the comeback, fell 61-49, it was the third time the Rush met San Jose in the AFL semifinals, second time the team lost. San Jose would go on to win ArenaBowl XXI with a 55-33 win over the Columbus Destroyers. In 2008, D'Orazio signed with the Philadelphia Soul, the Rush signed AFL veteran Sherdrick Bonner, who figured to be the starter. However, Bonner got injured early in the season and Michna was named the Rush's starting quarterback, he would lead the team the rest of the way when Bonner got healthy. Michna finished the season with 57 touchdowns, seven interceptions and 2,721 yards on 239 completions and 351 attempts; the Rush finished the season 11-5, won the division, for the first time in franchise history, had home field advantage for the playoffs. However, the Grand Rapids Rampage, who made the playoffs as a wild card seed with just a 6-10 record, stunned the Rush with a 58-41 upset in the Divisional Playoffs.
When the Arena Football League suspended operations in 2009, Michna signed with the Chicago Slaughter of the CIFL, along with other Rush players and coaches Donovan Morgan, Bobby Sippio, Dennison Robinson, DeJuan Alfonzo, Bob McMillen. Michna led the Chicago Slaughter to a CIFL Championship, he was named the CIFL Offensive Player
Stephen Theodore Hauschka is an American football placekicker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008, he played college football at North Carolina State. Hauschka has been a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas Locomotives, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, he won Super Bowl XLVIII as a member of the Seahawks, is the seventh most-accurate kicker in NFL history. Stephen Hauschka grew up in Needham, where he played on the Needham High School Rockets varsity soccer team, the varsity basketball team, the varsity lacrosse team, he played trombone in the NHS concert band and NHS jazz band. He did not play football for the Rockets though he would become a successful NFL kicker, playing seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, he graduated in 2003 and went to Middlebury College with intent to play Division III soccer for the Panthers. In 2003, Hauschka was cut from the Middlebury Panthers men's varsity soccer team and finished the season on junior varsity.
Prior to his sophomore soccer season, Hauschka was urged by his friend, Scott Secor, to try out for the football team, where he edged out freshman recruit Jacob Lister for the starting kicker role. In his three seasons with the Panthers, he was a two-time All-NESCAC selection as both a kicker and punter, he owns the school's single-season and career records for field goals. He was named a District I Academic All-American by College Sports Information Directors Association during his senior year, he was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the top college football placekicker. Hauschka was a member of the Middlebury College lacrosse team. Hauschka graduated from Middlebury College with a B. A. in neuroscience in 2007. After graduating with honors from Middlebury College, Hauschka decided to forgo an acceptance to dental school and enrolled as a graduate student at North Carolina State in 2007. Since Hauschka was cut from the Middlebury College men's varsity soccer team during his freshman season, he retained one year of eligibility and won the kicking job for the Wolfpack.
He went 25-for-25 on extra points and 16-for-18 on field goals, which included a game-winning kick versus the Miami Hurricanes. At North Carolina State, his first name was misspelled as "Steven", a spelling which he continued to use into his professional career. Hauschka was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 to share kicking duties with Ryan Longwell in the preseason, he would be released by the team. Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens after being released by the Vikings, he was signed to the Ravens' practice squad on September 15, 2008. He was activated on October 30 to handle the long-range field goals and kickoffs, sharing kicking duties with longtime Ravens kicker Matt Stover, his first professional field goal attempt came on November 9, 2008, against the Houston Texans, where he hit a 54-yard field goal. An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2009 off-season, Hauschka was re-signed on March 17 as the Ravens chose not to re-sign Stover. On November 17, 2009, the Ravens released Hauschka, after he missed his fourth attempt of the season.
After his release from the Ravens, Hauschka tried out for the Atlanta Falcons on November 24, 2009, for the Dallas Cowboys on December 21. Hauschka was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on December 29, 2009, after an injury to placekicker Matt Bryant, he was waived by the team on August 15, 2010. Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on August 18, 2010, he played two preseason games for the Lions due to Lions' starter Jason Hanson's leg surgery. He was waived by the Lions on September 4, 2010. Hauschka was signed by the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives on October 4, 2010. On October 8, Hauschka tied the UFL record with three field goals in a single game. On December 12, 2010, the Denver Broncos signed Hauschka after a season-ending groin injury to Matt Prater, he was waived by the team on September 3, 2011. Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on September 4, 2011. In a Week 10 match-up against the Baltimore Ravens, Hauschka tied the Seahawks' record for most field goals in a game, by scoring five of them, leading Seattle to a 22–17 upset.
In the Wild Card Round against the Washington Redskins, Hauschka strained his calf, was placed on injured reserve. On April 18, 2013, the Seahawks re-signed Hauschka. In Week 4 of the 2013 season, Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a come-from-behind overtime victory against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium; the final score was 23 -- 20, after trailing 20 -- 3, in the first half. Thanks to Hauschka's game-winning kick, the Seahawks went 4–0 for the first time in franchise history; the Seahawks finished 13–3 and reached Super Bowl XLVIII, where they defeated the Denver Broncos, 43–8. On March 17, 2014, the Seahawks re-signed Hauschka to a three-year contract worth $9.15 million, of which $3.35 million was guaranteed. He began the 2015 season by hitting his first 16 field-goal attempts, including four from 50 yards or more. Hauschka was named an alternate for the 2016 Pro Bowl. On March 9, 2017, Hauschka signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. Competing against rookie Austin Rehkow for a roster spot, Hauschka won the competition on August 20.
On September 10, 2017, in the season-opening 21–12 victory over the New York Jets, Hauschka made his debut as a Bill. He converted three extra points in the win. In Week 3, Hauschka went 4-for-4 on field goals, including a 55-yarder, converted all extra-point attempts, ear
Brandon Moore (linebacker)
Brandon T. Moore is a former American football linebacker, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent following the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma. Moore has been a member of the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Las Vegas Locomotives and San Diego Chargers. Moore was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in the 2002 NFL Draft. In 2006, Moore started 11 games and led the team in tackles and sacks, playing inside and outside linebacker in the 49ers' 3-4 scheme. Moore struggled the next year and was demoted to second string, coming in as a situational pass rusher, he was released on August 10, 2008. On August 12, 2008, he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals, he was released on August 30, 2008 during final cuts. Moore was drafted by the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League and signed with the team on August 5, 2009. Moore was a starter for the Locomotives, won UFL championship titles both seasons that he was a member of the franchise.
On December 21, 2010, the San Diego Chargers signed Moore to a one-year deal. Brandon is the younger brother of former NFL wide receiver Rob Moore. Just Sports Stats
Andrew Crummey is a former American football guard. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2008, he played college football at Maryland. Andrew is in property management for a senior housing Co-op. Crummey was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Locomotives. Lover of Star Wars 1984-2018 Crummey graduated from Van Wert High School where he helped his team to a state championship game in 2000. Just Sports Stats Carolina Panthers bio Cincinnati Bengals bio Houston Texans bio Maryland Terrapins bio
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States. Unlike most other sports in North America, no minor league farm organizations exist in American or Canadian football. Therefore, college football is considered to be the second tier of American football in the United States and Canadian football in Canada. However, in some areas of the country, college football is more popular than professional football, for much of the early 20th century, college football was seen as more prestigious than professional football, it is in college football where a player's performance directly impacts his chances of playing professional football. The best collegiate players will declare for the professional draft after three to four years of collegiate competition, with the NFL holding its annual draft every spring in which 256 players are selected annually.
Those not selected can still attempt to land an NFL roster spot as an undrafted free agent. After the emergence of the professional National Football League, college football remained popular throughout the U. S. Although the college game has a much larger margin for talent than its pro counterpart, the sheer number of fans following major colleges provides a financial equalizer for the game, with Division I programs — the highest level — playing in huge stadiums, six of which have seating capacity exceeding 100,000 people. In many cases, college stadiums employ bench-style seating, as opposed to individual seats with backs and arm rests; this allows them to seat more fans in a given amount of space than the typical professional stadium, which tends to have more features and comforts for fans.. College athletes, unlike players in the NFL, are not permitted by the NCAA to be paid salaries. Colleges are only allowed to provide non-monetary compensation such as athletic scholarships that provide for tuition and books.
Modern North American football has its origins in various games, all known as "football", played at public schools in Great Britain in the mid-19th century. By the 1840s, students at Rugby School were playing a game in which players were able to pick up the ball and run with it, a sport known as Rugby football; the game was taken to Canada by British soldiers stationed there and was soon being played at Canadian colleges. The first documented gridiron football match was played at University College, a college of the University of Toronto, November 9, 1861. One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was William Mulock Chancellor of the school. A football club was formed at the university soon afterward, although its rules of play at this stage are unclear. In 1864, at Trinity College a college of the University of Toronto, F. Barlow Cumberland and Frederick A. Bethune devised rules based on rugby football. Modern Canadian football is regarded as having originated with a game played in Montreal, in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians.
The game gained a following, the Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, the first recorded non-university football club in Canada. Early games appear to have had much in common with the traditional "mob football" played in Great Britain; the games remained unorganized until the 19th century, when intramural games of football began to be played on college campuses. Each school played its own variety of football. Princeton University students played a game called "ballown" as early as 1820. A Harvard tradition known as "Bloody Monday" began in 1827, which consisted of a mass ballgame between the freshman and sophomore classes. In 1860, both the town police and the college authorities agreed; the Harvard students responded by going into mourning for a mock figure called "Football Fightum", for whom they conducted funeral rites. The authorities held firm and it was a dozen years before football was once again played at Harvard. Dartmouth played its own version called "Old division football", the rules of which were first published in 1871, though the game dates to at least the 1830s.
All of these games, others, shared certain commonalities. They remained "mob" style games, with huge numbers of players attempting to advance the ball into a goal area by any means necessary. Rules were simple and injury were common; the violence of these mob-style games led to a decision to abandon them. Yale, under pressure from the city of New Haven, banned the play of all forms of football in 1860. American football historian Parke H. Davis described the period between 1869 and 1875 as the'Pioneer Period'. On November 6, 1869, Rutgers University faced Princeton University in the first-ever game of intercollegiate football, it was played with a round ball and, like all early games, used a set of rules suggested by Rutgers captain William J. Leggett, based