John Abraham (American football)
John Antonio Abraham is a former American football outside linebacker and defensive end who played 15 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at South Carolina, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Abraham played for the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals. Abraham was born in Timmonsville, South Carolina and he competed in the throwing events, recording top-throws of 13.61 meters in the shot put and 43.05 meters in the discus. He played organized football for the first time as a senior in high school, while Abraham played just one season of high school football, he was nonetheless recruited to play for coach Brad Scotts South Carolina Gamecocks football team at the University of South Carolina. While he was a Gamecock, he amassed 23.5 quarterback sacks, ranking second on South Carolinas career list, and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he made an impact for the New York Jets, in his rookie season.
In 2001, he recorded 58 tackles and 13 sacks, and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl, in 2002, he recorded 48 tackles, with 10 sacks, and was again named to the Pro Bowl. In 2003, he only recorded 37 tackles and six sacks, Abraham tied a franchise record set by Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau with four sacks in a game on November 4,2001 against the New Orleans Saints. Abraham was designated Franchise Player by the Jets on February 21,2006, Abraham was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Atlantas 2006 NFL Draft first round pick, which was acquired from Denver Broncos. In 2008, he had a career high 16.5 sacks through the entire season, despite the great numbers he was not elected by voters to play in the 2009 Pro Bowl. On December 12,2010, Abraham recorded two sacks against the Carolina Panthers, the two sacks gave him 100.5 for his career, making him only the 25th player in NFL history to eclipse 100. On December 27, on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints, in December 2010, Abraham was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl.
On June 21,2012, Abraham signed a 3-year $16.72 million contract to remain in Atlanta, on March 1,2013, Abraham was released by the Atlanta Falcons. Abraham signed with the Arizona Cardinals on July 25,2013, in his first season in Arizona, he recorded 11.5 sacks, which ranked seventh in the NFL, and 4 forced fumbles. Despite a productive first season with the Cardinals, Abraham left the game on September 10,2014, after the game, he spoke with Bruce Arians for several hours discussing if he should retire. On September 19,2014, Abrahams 2014 season prematurely ended as the Cardinals placed him on injured reserve due to his concussion, Abraham was raised by his mother, Maggie Abraham. He enjoys watching basketball in his time and his favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. He cites running back Walter Payton and wide receiver Jerry Rice as his childhood heroes and he attended the Jets May 5,2003 blood drive to benefit hospitals throughout Queens and Suffolk counties
Doug Adams (American football)
Douglas O. Adams was an American football linebacker who played four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the round of the 1971 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State University and attended Xenia High School in Xenia, Adams died while cycling on August 9,1997 when he was hit by a driver who had fallen asleep
Flozell Jootin Adams is a former American football offensive tackle. He played college football for Michigan State University and he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adams is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and he earned four letters in track for the shot put and three letters in wrestling. His number 76 is only one of three retired by the school, along with Ray McElroy and Awvee Storey. He was involved in foreign language clubs, Adams attended Michigan State University, where he played for coach Nick Sabans Michigan State Spartans football team from 1994 to 1997. His massive size earned him the nickname “The Hotel”, and served him well as a three-year starter, after earning Honorable mention All-Big Ten in 1995, he went on to develop into one of the best offensive linemen in the nation. As a junior in 1996, he was a second team All-Big Ten selection, as a senior in 1997, he received All-America honors, was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and was a semi-finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award.
He was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game, Adams was drafted in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was expected to go higher, but questions about his partially deaf right ear and he became a 10-game starter at right guard as a rookie, and as a second-year pro was moved to left tackle, where he played at a dependable level, but never distinguished himself. When Bill Parcells became the Cowboys head coach for the 2003 season, Parcells made re-signing him a priority, which became a turning point in his career, that saw his performance improved to a level that earned him five Pro Bowl selections. In 2007 he earned All-Pro honors, Adams tore his ACL in 2005 playing against the New York Giants and was out for the final 10 games of the season. On February 28,2008, he signed a contract with the Cowboys. It was in the neighborhood of $42 million, including $15 million in guaranteed money, in the 2009 season, Adams was fined several times for kicking at and tripping opponents.
Adams was criticized for his start and holding penalties, being called for the second most penalties in the NFL between 2006 and 2009. The Cowboys released Adams on April 2,2010 in a salary cap move and he was a durable player, missing only 14 games in his 12-year career with Dallas. On July 29,2010, Adams agreed to a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He replaced starting right tackle Willie Colon, who suffered a season-ending injury, Adams move to Pittsburgh landed him in Super Bowl XLV, where the Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers. He was released on July 29,2011, after one season in Pittsburgh, Adams is the cousin of former National Basketball Association player Hersey Hawkins
Anthony Tony Adamle was a professional American football linebacker and fullback in the All-America Football Conference and the National Football League. He played his career for the Cleveland Browns before retiring to pursue a medical degree. Adamle grew up in Cleveland and was a fullback on his Collinwood High School football team. He attended Ohio State University in 1942, but his career was cut short by World War II. After a stint in the U. S. Air Force and he soon dropped out of school and joined the Browns. Cleveland won AAFC championships in each of Adamles first three years, after which the folded and the Browns were absorbed by the more established NFL. Cleveland continued to succeed in the NFL, winning the 1950 championship and advancing to the 1951 championship, Adamle left the Browns after the 1951 season to pursue a medical degree, but he came out of retirement briefly in 1954 as the Browns won another NFL championship. Adamle left football for good after the season, earning a degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1956.
He settled with his family in Kent, where he ran a medical practice until his death in 2000 and he was a team physician for his local high school and for Kent State University for more than 35 years. Adamles son Mike played in the NFL as a fullback in the 1970s before retiring and becoming a sports broadcaster, Adamle was born in Fairmont, West Virginia to immigrants from Slovenia. His family moved to Cleveland when he was a child, Adamle was a standout fullback on his high school team and made a Cleveland-area All-Star squad in 1941 that matched up against a team of stars from Florida. He was without question the best high school player I have ever seen and he was named an All-Ohio player by the Associated Press and United Press International and earned three varsity letters in football in high school. Adamle attended Ohio State University and was on the 1942 Ohio State Buckeyes freshman team, after serving in the U. S. Air Force in the Mediterranean Theatre of War, he returned to Ohio State for the teams 1946 season—his only season with the varsity Buckeyes.
Playing as a center in a November game against the Northwestern Wildcats, Adamle intercepted a Frank Aschenbrenner pass in the third quarter and he had another interception in the fourth quarter of the 39–27 Buckeyes victory. Adamle was eligible to play for the Buckeyes again in 1947, I would be a pretty sick fellow today, knowing what I do about Tony, if George Halas had gotten him, Brown said before the season began. Adamles decision to drop out was controversial because of rules that under normal circumstances would have barred him from playing professionally before graduating. The interruption of the war had forced the suspension of the rule to account for military service, however. The Browns denied that they encouraged Adamle to drop out, with the Browns starting in the teams 1947 season, Adamle played as a fullback
Anthony Adams, nicknamed Spice, is a former American football defensive tackle. After playing college football for Penn State, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Chicago Bears from 2007 to 2011, on March 23,2013, Adams announced his retirement. Adams and his wife, have four children and his Penn State teammates nicknamed him Spice. Adams was voted Mamas Boy his senior year at Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Adams is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and was initiated at Nu Chapter. In the summer of 2012, Adams produced a series of videos on YouTube about life as an NFL free agent, Adams announced his retirement via YouTube on March 24,2013. Starting on September 14,2013, Adams began hosting a weekly show titled Inside the Bears. On May 5,2013, Adams graduated from George Washington University, in 2016 Adams began a reoccurring role on the HBO series Ballers. Since 2006, Adams has been involved with Youthville, a program in his hometown of Detroit and he gave away two Super Bowl XL tickets to the student who demonstrated the greatest improvement in grade point average.
In 2009, Adams visited several Chicago Public Schools to help students write letters to troops overseas during the Iraq, Chicago Bears bio Bears ink free agent Adams, chicagobears. com, March 25,2007
He was selected to the NFLs All-Star game twice. In 1978, he was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, Adams grew up in Cleveland and went to college at Ohio University. After graduating, he played four seasons for the Cleveland Rams before World War II forced the team to suspend operations in 1943, Adams was put out on loan to the Green Bay Packers, where he played for a year before joining the U. S. Army. When Adams returned from duty, the Rams had moved to Los Angeles, and he signed up to play for the Cleveland Browns, the Rams sued to prevent him from playing for the Browns, but Adams won. He stayed with Cleveland between 1946 and 1948, a span during which the team won three AAFC championships and he was traded to the Buffalo Bills, where he stayed for a year. He played for the NFLs New York Yanks for a year before retiring. Adams was born in Cleveland and attended the citys South High School, after graduating, he went to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Adams was drafted in 1939 by the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League and he was selected to play in the NFLs All-Star game in 1941 and 1942.
Adams played one season for the Green Bay Packers on loan from the Rams after the Rams suspended operations during World War II, Adams joined the U. S. Army in 1944 and served for 30 months until his discharge in the summer of 1946. Adams, who was a placekicker as well as a guard, signed a contract to play for the Rams in 1946, the Rams filed an injunction in August 1946 to prevent him from playing for the Browns. Red Conkright, a one-time Rams assistant who moved to the Browns staff, testified that Adams was an erratic kicker, at the end of the month, federal judge Emerich Freed denied the Rams injunction, allowing Adams to play for the Browns. The judge rejected the Rams contention that Adams had signed to play for Reeves and he ruled the Cleveland Rams had ceased to exist, and that Adams therefore had no obligation to fulfill a contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Four other former Rams players joined the Browns along with Adams, Tommy Colella, Don Greenwood, Mike Scarry, in the Browns first season in 1946, Adams played on the line and shared kicking duties with Lou Groza.
In a 66–14 win that December over the AAFCs Brooklyn Dodgers, he scored a touchdown on a blocked punt, the Browns beat the Yankees 14–9 in the championship game. Adams continued to play as a tackle and a backup to Groza in 1947. Then 32 years old, he suffered neck and back injuries in a game against Los Angeles and he re-injured his neck in the championship game, another win over the Yankees. Adams was part of a Cleveland team that won all of its games in 1948, the Browns traded Adams before the 1949 season to the Bills in a five-player deal. Cleveland coach Paul Brown said the team needed to stay fresh after winning three championships, Adams played a year in Buffalo, mainly as a kicker
Gaines Adams was an American professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League for three seasons. He played college football for Clemson University, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American and he was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears of the NFL. Adams died unexpectedly in 2010 from an undetected heart condition. Adams was born in Greenwood, South Carolina and he attended Fork Union Military Academy in 2001 and recorded 58 tackles,22 sacks, and two interceptions in 10 games. He was a starter at Cambridge Academy, a small private school which only had an 8-man football team. His coach during high school was former University of South Carolina quarterback, in 2000, his team won the state title. During that year, Cambridge shut out four different teams, beating one team 80–0 and they had suffered only one loss that season to arch-rival King Academy. He had 158 career receptions for 4,394 yard and 65 touchdowns, as well as 341 tackles,10 interceptions, and 33 sacks in his career and he chose Clemson over Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
He had narrowed down his choices to North Carolina and Clemson, at Cambridge, he was named to the Greenwood Touchdown Club/Index-Journal All-Lakelands Team. Adams attended Clemson University, and played for the Clemson Tigers football team from 2002 to 2006, as a redshirt freshman in 2003, he did not see much action as the second-team defensive end, only totaling 15 tackles and a sack. In 2004, he had 35 tackles with 8 sacks, for his hard work on special teams, Adams was awarded the 12th Man Award for Clemsons defense. Adams considered coming out for the NFL Draft after his sophomore year, Adams 2005 junior season was a breakout year for him. He totaled 56 tackles,9.5 sacks, and forced three fumbles while starting at boundary defensive end, before his senior year in 2006, he was slated to be among the best defensive ends in the college football. Adams lived up to his reputation by starting all 12 games, recording 12.5 sacks, causing 2 fumbles, by the end of the 2006 season, Adams recorded a total of 28 career sacks, tying the school record set by Michael Dean Perry.
In addition, Adams was named to all five All-America teams acknowledged by the NCAA in 2006, bench press,350 lbs Squat,465 lbs, Power clean,345 lbs Adams was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 4th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed a deal with the Buccaneers on July 26,2007, worth $46 million. He registered his first solo sack against the Atlanta Falcons in week 11 of the 2007 season, in 2007, Adams had 35 tackles,6 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He led all rookies with his six sacks and gained him a place in the 2007 NFL All-Rookie team and he played in Tampa Bay Buccaneers playoff loss to the New York Giants and finished the game with five tackles and one sack
Isa Abdul-Quddus is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in 2011 and has played for the Detroit Lions. He played college football for Fordham University, Abdul-Quddus was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft. On January 7,2014, Abdul-Quddus was released by the Saints, Abdul-Quddus was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on February 3,2014. On March 10,2015, the Lions re-signed Abdul-Quddus to a one-year contract, on March 9,2016, the Miami Dolphins signed Abdul-Quddus to a three-year contract totaling $12.75 million. He started 15 games in his first season with the Dolphins and he recorded a career-high 78 tackles along with five passes defended, two interceptions, and one sack. He was placed on injured reserve on December 28,2016 after suffering an injury in Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills. On March 9,2017, Abdul-Quddus was released by the Dolphins, Miami Dolphins bio Detroit Lions bio New Orleans Saints bio Fordham Rams bio
Michael David Mike Adamle is a former American football player and sports broadcaster. For much of 2008, Adamle worked for World Wrestling Entertainment in a variety of roles, including interviewer, play-by-play commentator, Mike Adamle grew up in Kent and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1967. His father, Tony Adamle, some success with the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s and 1950s. Adamle played collegiate football for Northwestern University as part of their team the Wildcats, as a Wildcat, Adamle was team captain, an All-American fullback, and the Big Ten MVP in 1970. Adamles 316 rushing yards against the Wisconsin Badgers in 1969 still stands as a record for the most rushing yards in a game. After his college career, he played in the National Football League for six years. He joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a fourth draft pick. He played for the New York Jets and Chicago Bears, after retiring from playing football professionally, Adamle joined NBC Sports, where he was both a studio host and sideline reporter for various events.
He spent six years with NBC Sports, hosting SportsWorld and pre-game shows and he was the host of GrandStand, which was both a pregame show for the National Football League and a sports anthology series during the NFLs off-season. In 1984, he was ABCs sideline reporter for the United States Football League, in 2001, Adamle returned to sideline reporting when he joined KNBCs Fred Roggin on NBCs primary XFL broadcast team. He was the co-host of American Gladiators from 1989 to 1996, in addition, he was a contender in a celebrity contenders show towards the end of the shows run. Adamle co-hosted International Gladiators with the UK and Australian Hosts and he appeared on the fourth-season premiere of Family Matters playing himself in a fictional episode of American Gladiators. After American Gladiators ended, he became a reporter for ESPN and he has covered the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. In the summer of 2005, Adamle was the host of another NBC property, in July 2006, Adamle became a color commentator for the Professional Bull Riders s Built Ford Tough Series.
On January 27,2008 at the Royal Rumble, Adamle began working as an interviewer for World Wrestling Entertainment and he worked on WWE Raw as an interviewer, often making mistakes with each onscreen appearance. During his debut, he referred to Jeff Hardy as Jeff Harvey. He became ECWs play-by-play announcer on April 15, replacing Joey Styles, Adamle continued to make frequent mistakes during his commentary duties on ECW, with former ECW owner and booker Paul Heyman and former talent Lance Storm criticizing Adamle for them. On April 29, Adamle left a broadcast of ECW before the main event match and this was worked into a storyline as WWE reported that Adamle and Tazz may have left due to fan criticism of Adamles commentary
Asad Tajmmal Abdul-Khaliq is a former American football quarterback. He was the quarterback for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team from 2000 to 2003. The Gophers went 10-3 during his year in 2003 with Abdul-Khaliq under center – the first time they won that many games in a season since a 10-1 season in 1905. He briefly played for the Chicago Rush and the New York Dragons of the AFL, Abdul-Khaliq was a four-year letter winner with Minnesota and was a two-year captain. In 2002, after Cole graduated, Abdul-Khaliq became the starter as a junior in 2002 and helped lead the Gophers to an 8-5 record. The Gophers finished off the year 10-3, including a 31-30 victory over Oregon in the Sun Bowl, for the season Abdul-Khaliq passed for 2,401 yards, throwing for 17 touchdowns and scoring four more on the ground. Over his entire Gophers career, Abdul-Khaliq completed 481-of-847 career passes for 6,660 yards and 55 touchdowns in 46 games and he added 1,158 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing. Asad set Golden Gopher career records for touchdown passes, passing yards, total offense, completions, as of 2008, he currently holds all those records except for passing yards and completions which were broken by his successor Bryan Cupito, who tied Abdul-Khaliq’s touchdown mark of 55.
His 19 touchdown passes in 2002 were one shy of Mike Hohensee’s school record for touchdown passes in a season and he was the first quarterback in Gopher history to pass for at least 12 touchdowns in three seasons. After leaving the University of Minnesota, Abdul-Khaliq signed a contract with the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League on November 1,2004. He was Chicago’s third-string quarterback during his year in 2005. After playing in two games for the Rush in 2006, Asad was traded to the New York Dragons. He did not start any games for New York in 2007, however he did play a little at defensive back, as the finished the season 5-11. He caught on with the Fort Wayne Fusion in af2 and his cousin Todd Bowles is the head coach for the New York Jets
Kenneth Stanley Bud Adams, Jr. was the owner of the Tennessee Titans, a National Football League franchise. He was instrumental in the founding and establishment of the former American Football League, Adams became a charter AFL owner with the establishment of the Titans franchise, which was originally known as the Houston Oilers. He was the owner with his team in the National Football League. Adams was one of the owners of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association, Adams had many business interests in the Houston area. A Cherokee person who made his fortune in the petroleum business, Adams was chairman and CEO of Adams Resources & Energy Inc. a wholesale supplier of oil. He owned several Lincoln-Mercury automobile franchises, born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on January 3,1923, Adams was the son of K. S. Boots Adams and Blanch Keeler Adams and he became an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation by virtue of his maternal line. Two of his great-grandmothers were Cherokee women who married European-American men, Nelson Carr, who played roles in trade and oil in early Oklahoma.
Keeler drilled the first commercial oil well, near the Caney River, Adamss father succeeded the founder Frank Phillips as president of Phillips Petroleum Company in 1939. Keeler was democratically elected and served until 1975, Adamss ancestors include other prominent Cherokee leaders. Adams graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1940 after lettering in three sports, after a brief stint at Menlo College, he transferred to the University of Kansas, where he played briefly on the varsity football team as he completed an engineering degree. During World War II, Adams served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of operations, attaining the rank of Lieutenant, after the war, he returned to KU for additional studies and became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Shortly after his 1946 discharge, Adams was on a trip in which his plane was fogbound in Houston and he liked the area and decided to settle there. Soon afterward, Adams launched a wildcatting firm, ADA Oil Company, the companys basketball team was an Amateur Athletic Union powerhouse, finishing third nationally in 1956.
Adams soon became interested in owning an NFL team, in 1959, Adams and fellow Texas oilman Lamar Hunt tried to buy the struggling Chicago Cardinals and move them to Texas. When that effort failed, he tried to get an expansion team, a few days after returning to Houston, Adams got a call from Hunt proposing an entirely new football league. They met several times that spring, and Hunt convinced Adams to field a team in Houston, in Hunts view, a regional rivalry between Hunts Dallas Texans and a Houston team would be critical to the leagues growth. On August 3, Adams and Hunt held a conference in Adamss boardroom to announce formation of the new league
Jared Ryan Abbrederis is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football at Wisconsin and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Abbrederis attended Wautoma High School in Wautoma and was a letterwinner in football. He was a second-team all-conference quarterback as a sophomore and he was again named a second-team all-conference honors as a quarterback and first-team all-conference as a defensive back in his junior year. As a senior, he was a first-team all-conference quarterback and defensive back, conference offensive player of the year and he finished his career with 3,014 passing yards. He competed in track and wrestling and he was a two-time state champion and state record holder in the 110m hurdles and state champion as a senior in the 300m hurdles. His track team won the championship in 2009. He was named Gatorade track athlete of the year and BFS Male National Athlete of the Year as a senior, at the 2009 SCC Quadrangular, he won the 100 meters event, recording a career-best time of 10.84 seconds.
He ran the 400 meters in 49.64 seconds, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Abbrederis joined the Wisconsin Badgers football team as a walk-on spread quarterback on the scout team in 2009. In 2010, Abbrederis earned his first letter while playing in all 13 games and he finished the season tied for second on the team in touchdown receptions, fourth in receiving yards, and fifth in receptions. He had a personal best 79 receiving yards, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown catch, after the season, Abbrederis was named to Rivals. coms Freshman All-Big Ten Team. Abbrederis earned his second letter, starting all 14 games at wide receiver and he finished the season ranked third in the country with an average of 15.8 yards per punt return, second-best in a single season in Wisconsin history. He led the team with 933 receiving yards, the fifth-most in school history and his eight receiving touchdowns were second on the team and tied for the fifth-most in one season at Wisconsin. His 55 receptions ranked second on the team and seventh-most in school history and he finished second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally with 1,999 all-purpose yards.
He recorded a 60-yard punt return touchdown against Indiana on October 15,2011. On October 22,2011, in a 37-31 loss to Michigan State, the game officials initially ruled Nichols catch short of the end zone but ruled Nichols catch a touchdown after reviewing a replay. His 348 all-purpose yards in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon was a Rose Bowl record until Stanfords Christian McCaffrey broke his record in the 2016 Rose Bowl, following the 2011 season, Abbrederis was named an honorable mention All-American punt returner by SI. com. In January 2012, Abbrederis earned a scholarship from the university