Kenneth Mason Easley Jr. is a former American college and professional football player, a strong safety in the National Football League for seven seasons during the 1980s. He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles and was a three-time consensus All-American. A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, Easley played professionally for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks from 1981 to 1987. Easley has been considered to be among the best defensive backs during his era and one of the Seahawks' all-time greatest players. Easley was one of Seahawks' defensive unit leaders and one of the finest defensive players in the NFL during the 1980s. In 1984, Easley was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, he was elected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career. Easley's career ended after the 1987 season. After retirement, Easley owned a Cadillac dealership and the Norfolk Nighthawks AF2 team from 1999 to 2003. In 1998, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2017, he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Chesapeake, Easley graduated from its Oscar F. Smith High School in 1977, he was the first player in the history of Virginia high school football to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a single season, was named as an all-state and All-American selection at quarterback. In 1996, Oscar F. Smith High School honored Easley and two other football graduates Ed Beard and Steve DeLong by naming its football stadium "Beard–DeLong–Easley Field" on September 6. Recruited by 350 colleges, Easley selected UCLA for his college football career, he started 10 games his freshman year, recording nine interceptions and was named to his first all Pac-10 squad. His 93 tackles established a school-record for tackles by a true freshman, he became the first player in conference history to be honored as all-conference for four consecutive years. Playing from 1977 to 1980, Easley finished his college career with a school-record nineteen interceptions and 324 tackles.
Easley was selected as a three-time consensus All-American selection— and finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1980. His jersey number was retired by the school, in 1991 he was elected to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame, he played basketball at the junior varsity level for UCLA and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the tenth round of the 1981 NBA Draft but did not play. Easley was selected as the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, he became an immediate starter as a rookie, recording three interceptions for 155 yards and one touchdown, earning him AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. In 1983, the Seahawks hired former Buffalo Bills coach Chuck Knox as their head coach and Easley became the "backbone" of Knox's defense. In his first season playing for Knox, Easley won the AFC Defensive Player of the Year Award and recorded seven interceptions. In 1984, Easley led the NFL in interceptions with ten.
He returned two of them for touchdowns and was named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the first safety awarded since Dick Anderson in 1973. On November 4, 1984, during a 45–0 win against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks returned four interceptions for touchdowns, including one caught by Easley, breaking the record for most touchdowns scored from an interception in a game, he took over the role of the team's main punt returner when Paul Johns got injured earlier in the season. After the season, Easley signed a five-year contract to stay with the Seahawks, averaging $650,000 a year plus incentives; the contract made him one of the highest paid defensive players in the league. In 1985, Easley was selected for his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, a team record until defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was selected for his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl in 1995. Easley was injured for most of the 1986 season, he hurt his knee against the San Diego Chargers on October 11, the next month, missed the remainder of the season due to ankle surgery.
In December, Easley was rumored to be in the trading block as the Seahawks were attempting to get the first overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in order to draft quarterback Vinny Testaverde. In 1987, Easley was a leading figure in the 1987 NFL strike. Seeking a new collective bargaining agreement with free agency a major factor, the head of the National Football League Players Association Gene Upshaw managed to convince Easley and hundreds of his fellow NFL players to go on strike; as a response, the league decided to use replacement players to fill up their rosters, along with a few veterans who crossed the "picket line". When former teammate Jim Zorn offered his services to the Seahawks, Easley said He is either desperate to play in the NFL or desperate for money. Here's a guy who played in the NFL for a long time and, adored and was admired by his fans and teammates. Now, he turns his back on us. Easley warned his fellow players that he was against the idea of using violence against the replacement players in order to prove a point.
Once the strike ended, Easley had an off-year as the Seahawks passing defense fell to 25th in the league. His last game was a 23–20 loss against the Houston Oilers during the 1987 NFL playoffs in overtime. Prior to the 1988 season, the Seahawks offered Easley to several clubs in an attempt to get a quarterback in return. Easley's declining play, blamed on his work during the strike and the blossoming of Easley's backup Paul Moyer, had made Easley expendable. On
1982 NFL season
The 1982 NFL season was the 63rd regular season of the National Football League. A 57-day-long players' strike reduced the 1982 season from a 16-game schedule per team to an abbreviated nine game schedule; because of the shortened season, the NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament. Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8 based on their regular season records. Two teams qualified for the playoffs despite losing records; the season ended with Super Bowl XVII when the Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17 at the Rose Bowl. Before the season, a verdict was handed down against the league in the trial brought by the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum back in 1980; the jury ruled that the NFL violated antitrust laws when it declined to approve the proposed move by the team from Oakland to Los Angeles. Thus, the league was forced to let the renamed Los Angeles Raiders play in the second largest city in the United States, returning football to the Los Angeles area proper following a two-year absence.
For the start of the 1982 season, the Minnesota Vikings moved from Metropolitan Stadium to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; the penalty for incidental grabbing of a facemask, committed by the defensive team was 5 yards and an automatic first down. Now the automatic first down is omitted; the penalties for illegally kicking, batting, or punching the ball are changed from 15 yards to 10 yards. The league discontinued the 1979 numbering system for officials, with officials numbered separately by position, reverted to the original system where each NFL official was assigned a different number; the officials' position was now abbreviated on the back of the uniform instead of being spelled out. This was the first season. For the first time all Sunday afternoon games began in one of two windows: 1:00 p.m. ET for early games, or 4:00 p.m. for late games. From 1970-81, most games began at 1 p.m. local time regardless of the home team. An exception to this rule was made for the Baltimore Colts, who were forced to begin no earlier than 2 p.m. Eastern due to a Baltimore ordinance which prohibited sporting events from beginning prior to that hour on Sundays.
That ordinance was cited by owner Robert Irsay as a burden and as one of the factors for moving the franchise to Indianapolis in 1984. W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green AFC Miami finished ahead of Cincinnati based on better conference record. Pittsburgh finished ahead of San Diego based on better record against common opponents after N. Y. Jets were bumped to the 6th seed from three-way tie based on conference record. Cleveland finished ahead of Seattle based on better conference record. Buffalo finished ahead of Seattle based on better conference record. NFC Minnesota, Atlanta, St. Louis, Tampa Bay seeds were determined by best won-lost record in conference games. Detroit finished ahead of New Orleans and the N. Y. Giants based on best conference record. San Francisco finished ahead of Chicago, Chicago finished ahead of Philadelphia, based on conference record. Bold type indicates the winning team.
Until this season, no team reached the post-season with a losing record. The Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions both made playoff appearances with 4–5 records, it would be 28 years. The 1982 NFL Draft was held from April 27 to 1982 at New York City's Sheraton Hotel. With the first pick, the New England Patriots selected defensive end Kenneth Sims from the University of Texas. Baltimore Colts: Frank Kush replaced the fired Mike McCormack. Chicago Bears: Mike Ditka replaced the fired Neill Armstrong. New England Patriots: Ron Meyer replaced the fired Ron Erhardt. Seattle Seahawks: Jack Patera was fired during the players strike after the team lost their first two games. Mike McCormack, the team's director of football operations, took over as interim for the remainder of the season. NFL Record and Fact Book NFL History 1981–1990 Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League 1982 NFL season at Football Reference
Hugh Green (American football)
Hugh Donell Green is a former professional American football player, a linebacker in the National Football League for eleven seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized as a three-time consensus All-American. Green was selected in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft, played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins. Green was born in Mississippi, he attended North Natchez High School. Green attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers from 1977 to 1980, he was a three-time consensus first-team All-American and a second-team All-America selection as a freshman in 1977. He was a consensus four-time All-East selection as well. In the 4 years Green played, the Pittsburgh Panthers compiled a 39–8–1 record, winning three bowl games en route, his No. 99 jersey was retired at halftime of his final home game in the 1980 season. After the season, he played in both the Hula Japan Bowl All-star games.
Green left the university with 53 career sacks in his college career. According to USC and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay, "Hugh Green is the most productive player at his position I have seen in college"; the table is a year-by-year showing of Green's defensive statistics. In 1980, Green won the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, the Lombardi Award and was the Sporting News Player of the Year, the UPI Player of the Year and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, losing to running back George Rogers of the University of South Carolina. Green's second-place finish in the voting was the best a defensive specialist had attained until 1997, when Charles Woodson won the award. Green was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and was named the fifth greatest college football player of All-Time by collegefootballnews.com. He was named to the all-time All-American team compiled by The Sporting News in 1983. In 2007, Green was ranked No. 14 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.
He was named to Sports Illustrated's College Football All-Century team in 1999. Green was selected as the seventh overall pick of the first round by the Buccaneers in the 1981 NFL Draft, he was a 1982 All-Pro and 1983 All-Pro and was elected to the Pro Bowl twice in his career, in 1982 and 1983. In his career he suffered several injuries, including a car accident in the middle of the 1984 season for a fracture near the eye, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in the middle of the 1985 season. In the 1985 season he was on to a career-high in sacks and ended the season getting 7.5 while playing all 16 games despite the mid-season trade. In Miami, Green played six more solid seasons before retiring, he was a member of Don Shula's teams which were playoff contenders and Green was a starter on those teams, racking up 7.5 sacks in 1989, to tie a career-high, for example. Pro Football Reference.com JT-SW.com
Kellen Boswell Winslow Sr. is a former American football player in the National Football League. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he is recognized as one of the greatest tight ends in the league's history. Winslow played his entire NFL career from 1979 to 1987 with the San Diego Chargers after being selected in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft, he played college football for the University of Missouri. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Winslow is the former director of athletics at Florida A&M University, he has held administrative roles at Central State University where he was athletic director, the vice president for athletics and wellness at Lakeland College Winslow attended East St. Louis Senior High School and did not play high school football until his senior year; until he was a self-described "nerd" who played chess. In college, Winslow played for the Missouri Tigers, was a two-time all-conference selection in the Big Eight and a consensus All-American in 1978.
He led the Big Eight in touchdown receptions in both 1977 and 1978, catching three and six respectively. He finished his college career with 71 receptions for 10 touchdowns. Winslow was drafted in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft with the # 13 pick. Winslow played for them his entire career. After a knee injury prematurely ended his rookie season, Winslow, as part of Air Coryell, led the NFL in receptions in 1980 and 1981, becoming the second tight end to lead the league in receptions in back to back seasons, his 89 catches in 1980 was an NFL record for tight ends, breaking the previous mark of 75 held by Mike Ditka. He exceeded the 1,000 yards receiving milestone in 3 different seasons, including setting an NFL single season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,290 yards in the 1980 season; the record stood until Rob Gronkowski totaled 1,327 in 2011. In a 1981 regular season game, Winslow tied an NFL record by catching five touchdown passes. In a 1981–82 playoff game against the Miami Dolphins that became known as The Epic in Miami, Winslow caught a playoff record 13 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, while blocking a field goal with seconds remaining to send the game to overtime in one of the greatest single player efforts in NFL history.
Winslow's yardage total stood as the playoff record for tight ends for 30 years until Vernon Davis's 180 yards in 2012. What made Winslow's performance all the more memorable was that fact during the game he was treated for a pinched nerve in his shoulder, severe cramps, received three stitches in his lower lip. After the game, a picture of Winslow being helped off the field by his teammates became an enduring image in NFL Lore. Tight ends prior to Winslow were blockers lined up next to an offensive lineman and ran short to medium drag routes. Winslow was put in motion so he would not be jammed at the line, or he was lined up wide or in the slot against a smaller cornerback. Former Chargers assistant coach Al Saunders said Winslow was "a wide receiver in an offensive lineman's body." Chargers head coach Don Coryell said, "If we're asking Kellen to block a defensive end and not catch passes, I'm not a good coach Back defenses would cover Winslow with a strong safety or a linebacker, as zone defenses were not as popular.
Strong safeties in those times were like another linebacker, a run defender who could not cover a tight end as fast as Winslow. Providing another defender to help the strong safety opened up other holes. Former head coach Jon Gruden called Winslow the first "joker" in the NFL, he would line up unpredictably in any formation from a three point blocking stance to a two point receiver's stance, to being in motion like a flanker or offensive back. Head coach Bill Belichick notes that the pass-catching tight ends who get paid the most money are "all direct descendants of Kellen Winslow" and that there are fewer tight ends now who can block on the line. Winslow was off of to a record setting receiving pace in 1984 in term of receptions, accumulating 55 catches in only seven games. On October 23, 1984, in the Chargers's seventh game of season against the Los Angeles Raiders, having caught 8 passes for 107 yards, Winslow suffered a severe right knee injury while making his 55th reception of the season.
Winslow knee twisted while being tacked by Raiders linebacker Jeff Barnes. Dr. Gary Losse, who performed surgery on Winslow's knee for over two hours said that Winslow's knee looked like "spaghetti....like a couple of mop ends". Dr. Losse said "The ligaments had an explosion-like appearance, it was a very severe knee injury." Winslow came back the next year in the middle of the season, but was never again close to being the dominant player he had been. He retired after the 1987 season. Winslow played in five Pro Bowls, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. In his nine NFL seasons, Winslow caught 541 passes for 45 touchdowns. Kellen was a consensus All-Pro in 1980, 1981, 1982, he is a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He was the San Diego Chargers' honorary captain at Super Bowl XXIX, one of seven participants in the game's pregame coin toss, joining fellow 75th Anniversary Team members Otto Graham, Mean Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke, Gale Sayers, as well as fellow PBHOF Class of 1995 members Steve Largent a U.
S. Congressman, Lee Roy Selmon. Winslow worked as a college football announcer with Fox Sports Net. In 2008, he was appointed the Athletic Director of Central State University in Ohio. In 1999, he was ranked n
Jerry Robinson (linebacker)
Jerry Dewayne Robinson is a former American college and professional football player, a linebacker in the National Football League for thirteen seasons during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles, earned All-American honors. Chosen in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL. Robinson was born in California, he attended Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, where he played for the Cardinal Newman high school football team. Robinson attended UCLA, where he played for the UCLA Bruins football team from 1975 to 1978, he was recruited as a tight end by Dick Vermeil, his future professional coach, who converted him to linebacker. He was a three-time consensus first-team All-American. Robinson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996; the Philadelphia Eagles selected Robinson in the first round in the 1979 NFL Draft, he played for the Eagles from 1979 to 1984.
He was a member of the Eagles for Super Bowl XV, was chosen for the Pro Bowl after the 1981 season. He finished his NFL career with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1985 to 1991. in his thirteen NFL seasons, he played in 184 games, started 147 of them, compiled twelve interceptions and fifteen fumble recoveries
Lineman (gridiron football)
In gridiron football, a lineman is a player who specializes in play at the line of scrimmage. The linemen of the team in possession of the ball are the offensive line, while linemen on the opposing team are the defensive line. A number of NFL rules address restrictions and requirements for the offensive line, whose job is to help protect the quarterback from getting sacked for a loss, or worse, fumbling; the defensive line is covered by the same rules. Linemen are the largest players on the field in both height and weight, since their positions require less running and more strength than skill positions; the offensive line consists of the center, responsible for snapping the ball into play, two guards who flank the center, two offensive tackles who flank the guards. In addition, a full offensive line may include a tight end outside one or both of the tackles. An offensive lineman's motion during a play is limited to just a few quick steps to establish position, followed by a wrestling match similar to sumo.
Offensive linemen thus tend to be the largest players on the field, with excellent agility and balance but limited straight-line running speed. On some running plays, an offensive lineman will pull by backing out of his initial position and running behind the other offensive linemen to engage a defensive player beyond the initial width of the offensive line; when an offensive lineman knocks a player down on a block, leaving the defensive player lying flat on his back, it is known as a pancake block. When an offensive line has an equal number of men on either side of the center, it is known as a balanced line; the interior offensive line guards. Offensive linemen are not eligible to catch forward passes, are not allowed to advance more than 2 yards past the line of scrimmage at the time a pass is thrown, whether they are engaged with a defensive player or not. However, ends are eligible to catch passes. On running plays, the primary job of the offensive line is to create space for the ball carrier to run, either by pushing all defensive players backwards past the line of scrimmage, or by pushing defensive players to the side to allow the ball carrier to run past them.
On passing plays, the offensive line is responsible for stopping defensive players from tackling the quarterback before he has thrown the ball. Stopping these players indefinitely is not possible, so the main objective of the offensive line is to slow them down, providing the quarterback with several seconds to identify an open receiver and throw the ball; the defensive line consists of one or two defensive tackles and two defensive ends who play outside the defensive tackles. The defensive line works with the linebackers to try to control the line of scrimmage; the 4-3 defensive formation, most used in the NFL, employs two defensive tackles, while the 3-4 formation uses just a single defensive tackle, called the nose tackle. However, defensive ends in a typical 3-4 have responsibilities more similar to a 4-3 defensive tackle than 4-3 defensive ends. On running plays, the goal is to tackle the ball carrier; the defensive line attempts to maintain their original formation, but to prevent any members of the opposing offensive line from engaging the linebackers, who chase down the ball carrier.
The defensive tackles are the most skilled run defenders on the team. On passing plays, the defensive line tries to reach the quarterback. Ideally, the defensive players are able to tackle the quarterback for a loss, but in practice the quarterback will manage to throw the ball before an actual tackle is made. Defensive ends are the most skilled pass rushers on the team. In order to increase the pressure on the quarterback, teams will have players other than the defensive line attempt to tackle the quarterback; because the defense does not know whether the offense is attempting to run a passing play or a running play, they must balance passing and running strategies: running around offensive linemen and avoiding contact may allow faster pressure on a quarterback, but it leaves a hole in the defensive line and frees an offensive lineman to engage a linebacker, enabling a big running play. Defensive linemen defensive ends, are called upon to do more running than offensive linemen, thus they tend to be somewhat lighter and faster
Canadian Football League
The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football; the league consists of each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division; as of 2018, it features a 21-week regular season where each team plays 18 games with three bye weeks. This season traditionally runs from mid-June to early November. Following the regular season, six teams compete in the league's three-week divisional playoffs which culminate in the Grey Cup championship game in late November; the Grey Cup is television events. The CFL was founded on January 19, 1958; the league was formed through a merger between the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Western Interprovincial Football Union. Rugby football began to be played in Canada in the 1860s, many of the first Canadian football teams played under the auspices of the Canadian Rugby Football Union, founded in 1884.
The CRFU was reorganized as the Canadian Rugby Union in 1891, served as an umbrella organization for several provincial and regional unions. The Grey Cup was donated by Governor General Earl Grey in 1909 to the team winning the Senior Amateur Football Championship of Canada. By that time, the sport as played in Canada had diverged markedly from its rugby origins, started to become more similar to the American game. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the two senior leagues of the CRU, the eastern Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and Western Interprovincial Football Union evolved from amateur to professional leagues, amateur teams such as those in the Ontario Rugby Football Union were no longer competitive for the Grey Cup. From 1945 onward, the WIFU's champion faced the Big Four's champion for the Grey Cup, though until 1954 it had to play in a semi-final against the champion of the ORFU–by the only amateur union still competing for the Grey Cup; the ORFU withdrew from Grey Cup competition after the 1954 season, the WIFU champion was automatically awarded a berth in the Grey Cup final.
For this reason, 1954 is reckoned as the start of the modern era of Canadian football, in which the Grey Cup has been contested by professional teams. Since 1965, Canada's top amateur teams, competing in what is now U Sports, have competed for the Vanier Cup. In 1956, the IRFU and WIFU formed the Canadian Football Council. In 1958, the CFC became the Canadian Football League; as part of an agreement between the CRU and CFL, the CFL took possession of the Grey Cup though amateurs had not competed for it since 1954. The CRU remained the governing body for amateur play in Canada adopting the name Football Canada; the two unions remained autonomous, there was no intersectional play between eastern and western teams except at the Grey Cup final. This situation was analogous to how the American baseball leagues operated for years; the IRFU was renamed the Eastern Football Conference in 1960, while the WIFU was renamed the Western Football Conference in 1961. In 1961, limited intersectional play was introduced.
Because the West played 16 games by this time while the East still only played 14, this arrangement oddly allowed both the four-team Eastern Conference and the five-team Western Conference to play three games per intraconference opponent and one game per interconference opponent. It wasn't until 1974. In 1981, the two conferences agreed to a full merger, becoming the East and West Divisions of the CFL. With the merger came a balanced and interlocking schedule of 16 games per season. Since 1986, the CFL's regular season schedule has been 18 games; the separate histories of the IRFU and the WIFU accounted for the fact that two teams had the same name: the IRFU's Ottawa Rough Riders were called the "Eastern Riders", while the WIFU's Saskatchewan Roughriders were called the "Western Riders" or "Green Riders". Other team names had traditional origins. With rowing a national craze in the late 19th century, the Argonaut Rowing Club of Toronto formed a rugby team for its members' off-season participation.
The football team name Toronto Argonauts still remains though it and the rowing club have long since gone their separate ways. After World War II, the two teams in Hamilton—the Tigers and the Flying Wildcats—merged both their organizations into the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; the league remained stable with nine franchises—the BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal Alouettes—from its 1958 inception until 1981. After the 1981 season, the Alouettes folded and were replaced the next year by a new franchise named the Concordes. In 1986 the Concordes were renamed the Alouettes to attract more fan support, but the team folded the next year; the loss of the Montreal franchise forced the league to move its easternmost Western team, into the East Division from 1987 to 1994, again from 1997 to 2001 and 2006 to 2013 when Montreal resumed operations, but Ottawa was unable to field a team.
In 1993, the league admitted the Sacramento Gold Miners. After modest success, the league expanded further in the U. S. in 1994 with the Las Vegas Posse, Baltimore Stallions, Shreveport Pirates. For the 1995 campaign, the American