Miami Hurricanes football
The Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami in the sport of American football. The Hurricanes compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference; the program has won five AP national championships. The Miami Hurricanes are among the decorated football programs in NCAA history. Miami is ranked fourth on the list of All-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, tied with Southern California and Ohio State and behind Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma. Miami holds a number of NFL Draft records, including most first-round selections in a single draft and most consecutive drafts with at least one first-round selection. Two Hurricanes have won the Heisman Trophy and nine have been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame; the team plays its home games at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. The Hurricanes' head coach is Manny Diaz; the University of Miami football program began with just a freshman team in 1926.
Its first game was played on October 23, 1926, a 7–0 win over Rollins College before 304 fans. Under the guidance of head coach Howard "Cub" Buck, the freshman team posted a perfect 8–0 record in its inaugural season. Two of the wins were against the University of Havana, one on Thanksgiving Day in Miami and one at Havana on Christmas Day. Miami's last home game of the season featured a first: the first Hurricane football game played on New Year's Day against Howard at Miami's University Stadium. Around this time, the team adopted the official nickname "Hurricanes", though the exact timing and origin of the name is unclear. Varsity competition began in 1927, with Miami beating Rollins, 39–3, in its first game and going on to a 3–6–1 record; the team improved to 4–4–1 in 1928, but it was not enough for Buck to keep his job, he was replaced prior to the 1929 season with J. Burton Rix head coach at Southern Methodist. Rix's arrival was funded by a group of local businessmen; that off-season, the program, which competed as an independent during its first two years of existence, joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
1929 saw Miami play its first varsity road game, Rix led the team to its first winning season, going 3–2. His tenure, was short-lived. Ernest Brett replaced Rix, in 1930, Miami played Temple in its first game outside the South, losing 34–0 to the Owls in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On October 31, 1930, the Hurricanes played in one of the nation's first night games vs. Bowden College in Miami. Brett only lasted one year, Tom McCann became the program's fourth head coach in 1931. Under McCann, the football program experienced its most successful seasons to that point. After a difficult first year, Miami put together a winning record in 1932 and served as host to the inaugural Palm Festival, defeating Manhattan College 7–0 at Moore Park in Miami. A 5–1–2 campaign and another Palm Festival berth followed in 1933, in 1934, the program played in its first official bowl game, losing to Bucknell in the first Orange Bowl, 26–0. In 1935, a group of Miami football supporters sought to hire Red Grange as coach.
However, the move was vetoed by President Bowman Foster Ashe, in part because of the $7,500 salary that Grange had requested. Instead Irl Tubbs took over as head coach in 1935, though Miami compiled an 11–5–2 record in his two seasons, it did not play in a bowl in either year. After Irl Tubbs resigned following the 1936 season to become head coach at Iowa, Jack Harding was hired to serve as both head football coach and athletic director at Miami. In 1937, the Hurricanes moved into the brand new Burdine Municipal Stadium, located west of downtown Miami; the following year, Miami played archrival Florida for the first time, defeating the Gators 19–7 at Florida Field, won the program's first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association title with an 8–2 record. The Hurricanes, left the SIAA just three years becoming an independent once again. Harding led the Hurricanes to eight- and seven- win campaigns in 1941 and 1942 before he was called away by World War II service. Eddie Dunn, a former star running back at Miami under Harding, stepped into the void and served as head coach during Harding's two-year war service.
Though the Hurricanes won five games in 1943, they faltered in 1944, winning just one game against seven losses and a tie. Fortunes changed with Harding's return in 1945, as the Hurricanes went 9–1–1 and returned to the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1934, defeating Holy Cross 13–6 in a memorable game. With the score tied 6–6 and only seconds remaining, Holy Cross quarterback Gene DeFilippo was intercepted by Miami's Al Hudson at the 11-yard line. Hudson dashed 89 yards the other way for the game-winning touchdown. Harding's Hurricanes won eight games in 1946, but after the team slipped to 2–7–1 in 1947, he resigned as head coach, but continued as athletic director, he hired Andy Gustafson as the new head coach, closing out a nine-year tenure in which Miami went 54–29–3 and won at least 8 games in four different seasons. One of Andy Gustafson's major innovations at Miami was the "drive series"
BCS National Championship Game
The BCS National Championship Game, or BCS National Championship, was a postseason college football bowl game, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, first played in the 1998 college football season as one of four designated bowl games, beginning in the 2006 season as a standalone event rotated among the host sites of the aforementioned bowls. The game was organized by a group known as the Bowl Championship Series, consisting of the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, which sought to match the two highest-ranked teams in a championship game to determine the best team in the country at the end of the season; the participating teams were determined by averaging the results of the final weekly Coaches' Poll, the Harris Poll of media, former players and coaches, the average of six computer rankings. The Coaches' Poll was contractually required to name the winner of the game as its No. 1 team on the final postseason ranking. The methodologies of the BCS system and its selections proved to be controversial.
Although in most years the winner of the BCS National Championship would be designated as the national champion by other organizations and polls, the 2003 season was a major exception, as the BCS rankings chose the AP's No. 3-ranked team, the University of Oklahoma, over the No. 1-ranked team in that poll, the University of Southern California, to participate in the national title game despite Oklahoma's loss to Kansas State University in the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game. That was the only season during the BCS era when the national championship was split, with Louisiana State University winning the BCS national championship and the University of Southern California winning the AP national championship, plus the football writers' national championship; the BCS National Championship Game was played for the final time in 2014 after the same organizing group established a new system, the College Football Playoff, a four-team single elimination tournament, as the successor to the BCS. The first BCS Championship Game was played at the conclusion of the 1998 college football season in accordance with an agreement by the Big Ten Conference, the Pac-10 Conference, the Rose Bowl Game to join the "Bowl Alliance" system.
The expanded format was called the Bowl Championship Series. The Bowl Alliance and its predecessor, the Bowl Coalition, featured championship games in the 1992–1997 seasons. However, these could not always ensure a matchup between the top two ranked teams because of the lack of participation by the Big Ten and Pac-10; the BCS National Championship Game was rotated among the four participating bowl games: the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl. However, beginning with the 2006 season, the BCS National Championship Game was added as a separate contest, played after New Year's Day; the game rotated its location among the Fiesta, Sugar and Rose venues. For Bowl Coalition championship game results from 1992–1994, see: Bowl Coalition For Bowl Alliance championship game results from 1995–1997, see: Bowl Alliance† USC vacated its win in the 2005 Orange Bowl. † USC vacated its win in the 2005 Orange Bowl. Note: Conference affiliations are contemporaneous with the game, which may differ from the current alignment.
* The American Athletic Conference was known as the Big East during the 1991–2012 seasons. Because of a split between the non-FBS schools and FBS schools, the conference adopted its present name for the 2013 season. ** Alabama defeated fellow SEC member LSU in the 2012 BCS Championship Game, resulting in both a win and loss for the conference. † USC vacated its win in the 2005 Orange Bowl. Critics of the BCS National Championship argued against the internal validity of a so-called national championship being awarded to the winner of a single postseason game. Critics lamented that the participants were selected based upon polls, computer rankings and human biases, not by on-field competition, as in other major sports and all other levels of college football, which employed tournament-format championships; the BCS system led to controversies in which multiple teams finished the season with identical records, voters distinguished the worthiness of their participation in the BCS National Championship with no set of formal criteria or standards.
The end of the 2010 season was one of the best examples of this. Without any objective criteria for evaluation of the teams, the BCS forced voters to impose their own standards and tiebreakers. Critics noted that the system inherently fostered selection bias, therefore lacked both internal validity and external validity. Controversies surrounding teams' inclusion in the BCS National Championship Game were numerous. In 2001, ranked second in the AP poll, was bypassed in favor of Nebraska despite Nebraska's 62-36 blowout to Colorado in its final regular season game. In 2003, USC was not included in the championship game, but beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl and ended up No. 1 in the final AP poll. The following season, undefeated Auburn, Boise State, Utah teams were left out of the national title game. In 2008, the University of Utah was excluded from the BCS championship for a second time despite being the only undefeated FBS team and finished second in the final AP poll behind Florida. In 2009, five schools finished the regular season undefeated: Alabama, Cincinnati, TCU, Boise State.
In 2010, three teams, Auburn, TCU, all finished the year with undefeated rec
National Football League Draft
The National Football League Draft called the NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting, is a one time event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment. The basic design of the draft is that each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last place team is positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof; the round is complete when each team has either selected a player or traded its position in the draft. Certain aspects of the draft, including team positioning and the number of rounds in the draft, have seen revisions since its first creation in 1936, but the fundamental method has remained the same; the draft consists of seven rounds. The original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, have chosen the best player available.
In the early years of the draft, players were chosen based on hearsay, print media, or other rudimentary evidence of a player's ability. In the 1940s, some franchises began employing full-time scouts; the ensuing success of their corresponding teams forced the other franchises to hire scouts. Colloquially, the name of the draft each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing. For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season. However, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception; the location of the draft has continually changed over the years to accommodate more fans, as the event has gained popularity. The draft's popularity now garners prime-time television coverage. In the league's early years, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, the draft was held in various cities with NFL franchises until the league settled on New York City starting in 1965, where it remained for fifty years until 2015; the 2015 and 2016 NFL drafts were held in Chicago, while the 2017 version was held in Philadelphia and 2018 in Dallas.
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held in Nashville. In recent years, the NFL draft has occurred in early May; as background, Stan Kostka had a huge college career as a University of Minnesota running back, leading the Minnesota Gophers to an undefeated season in 1934. Every NFL team wanted to sign him. Since there was no draft back savvy Stan did the smart thing - he held out for the highest offer. While a free agent, Stan kept busy running for Mayor of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Although his political career did not take off, Stan's nine-month NFL holdout succeeded and he became the league's highest-paid player, signing a $5,000 contract with the NFL's team in Brooklyn, New York on August 25, 1935; as a response to the bidding war for Stan Kostka, the NFL instituted the draft in 1936. In late 1934, Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, gave the right of usage of two players to the New York Giants because Rooney's team had no chance to participate in the post-season. After the owner of the Boston Redskins, George Preston Marshall, protested the transaction, the president of the NFL, Joe F. Carr, disallowed the Giants the ability to employ the players.
At a league meeting in December 1934, the NFL introduced a waiver rule to prevent such transactions. Any player released by a team during the season would be able to be claimed by other teams; the selection order to claim the player would be in inverse order to the teams' standings at the time. Throughout this time, Bert Bell, co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, felt his team's lack of competitiveness on the field made it difficult for the Eagles to sell tickets and to be profitable. Compounding the Eagles' problems were players signed with teams that offered the most money, or if the money being equal, players chose to sign with the most prestigious teams at the time, who had established a winning tradition; as a result, the NFL was dominated by the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Redskins. Bell's inability to sign a desired prospect, Stan Kostka, in 1935 led Bell to believe the only way for the NFL to have enduring success was for all teams to have an equal opportunity to sign eligible players.
At a league meeting on May 18, 1935, Bell proposed a draft be instituted to enhance the possibility of competitive parity on the field in order to ensure the financial viability of all franchises. His proposal was adopted unanimously that day, although the first draft would not occur until the next off-season; the rules for the selection of the players in the first draft were, that a list of college seniors would be assembled by each franchise and submitted into a pool. From this pool, each franchise would select, in inverse order to their team's record in the previous year, a player. With this selection, the franchise had the unilateral right to negotiate a contract with that player, or the ability to trade that player to another team for a player, or players. If, for any reason, the franchise was unsuccessful in negotiating a contract with the player and was unable to trade the player, the president of the NFL could attempt to arbitrate a settlement between the player and the franchise. If the president was unable to settle the dispute the player would be placed in the reserve list of the franchise and would be unavailable to play for any team in the NFL that year.
In the 1935 NFL season, the Eagles finished in last place at 2–9, thus securing themselves the first pick in the draft. The first NFL draft began at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia on February 8, 1936. Ninety names were written on a blackboard in the meeting room from; as no team had a scouting department, the lis
Kevan Courtney Barlow is a former American football running back. Barlow was born and raised in Pittsburgh where he played high school football for Peabody High School, he played college football at the University of Pittsburgh where he finished 7th on their list for career rushing yards with 2,234. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft and played a total of five seasons for the 49ers, he is a former member of the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers. Barlow was raised in Pittsburgh, he played football at Peabody High School in Pittsburgh where he ran for 3,121 yards and 31 touchdowns. He added 433 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns throughout his career. During his senior year, Barlow played safety where he had 3.5 sacks, 33 tackles, 1 interception. He led his team as the star player to the City League Championship three times. During his high school career, Barlow was a two-time All-City choice, a Post Gazette City League Player of the Year, a member of the Post Gazette Fabulous 22, played in the prestigious Big 33 Classic Game, which advocates to help improve the conditions of Pennsylvania football.
He has been compared to NFL hall of famer Curtis Martin during his high school career. During his senior season, he verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh. Barlow was inducted into the Pittsburgh City League High School Hall of Fame in 2017. Receiving a full scholarship, Barlow attended the University of Pittsburgh where he played four years prior to entering the NFL draft. While there he rushed 486 times for 2,324 yards and 20 touchdowns. Barlow's junior year, he was named to the second team All Big East after rushing for 630 yards and 6 touchdowns; this was the final year that Pitt played in Pitt Stadium. Barlow scored the final touchdown in the stadium at 7:06PM, just minutes before a record crowd of 60,190 people rushed the field and torn down the goal posts. On November 27, 2000, Barlow was named Big East Player of the Week after a career-high 272 yard and 4 touchdown performance against West Virginia on November 24, 2000; this was the most rushing yards against the Mountaineers since Syracuse's Larry Csonka rushed for 216 yards in 1965.
He left school, being ranked 11th on the school's career scoring list with 144 points and had a total of three 200 yard games. In 2010, Barlow was ranked top 10 in the Big East in multiple categories including rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing yards per attempt, rushing touchdowns, plays from scrimmage, yards from scrimmage, touchdowns from scrimmage, overall touchdowns. Barlow was stated to be one of the greatest running backs in the University of Pittsburgh's history, he was listed by ESPN sports analyst Mel Kiper Jr. to be one of the top running backs available for the National Football League Draft. Barlow was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers and signed a $3.8 million three year contact. Denver Head Coach Mike Shanahan congratulated the 49ers for picking "the best back in the draft." He played a total of six seasons in the NFL including five with San Francisco. In 2002, he was second in the NFC averaging 4.7 yards per carry. His best year was in 2003 with the 49ers when he rushed for 1,024 yards despite only starting 9 games.
For his career, he gained a total of 30 rushing touchdowns. Barlow started his first professional game in the NFL on December 7, 2003 against the Arizona Cardinals; this was after 49er starting running back Garrison Hearst was injured during the third quarter of a game against the Baltimore Ravens the week prior. The 49ers won the game 50-14 with Barlow rushing for a touchdown. Although he only started nine games, he finished the 2003 season leading the 49ers in rushing with 1,024 yards, he scored 6 touchdowns and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. After enjoying a breakout 2003 season behind a run blocking line in which Barlow had a 5.1 yard per carry average and 1024 yards, Barlow became a restricted free agent. During that period, he was the number one running back talent available for a contract; the 49ers gave him the starting job by releasing Garrison Hearst and signing him to a long term deal for five years and $28 million. The terms included $20 million, of a 8 million signing bonus guaranteed.
Following this extension, the 49ers cut, traded, or released 19 of the 22 starting players including hall of famer Terrell Owens and Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia, placing Barlow in a position to carry the team on his own. Barlow suffered a knee injury; the 2005 season seemed to mark a rebound in his running game. His play was affected when he received a knee injury, cutting his season short, he had 420 yards on 102 carries for a 4.0 average through 7 games and finished the season with 581 yards on 176 carries for 3.3 yards per carry. Barlow finished his career with the 49ers appearing in 30 of which he started, he rushed for 3,614 yards and 24 touchdowns on 891 carries. He added 1,143 yards on 137 catches. Looking to replace Curtis Martin, who at the time suffered a serious knee injury, the New York Jets acquired Barlow from the 49ers on August 20, 2006 in exchange for their second round draft pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, he was given an honorable mention by Bleacher Report as one of the best trades in the New York Jets' history.
As part of the deal, the Jets assumed the remainder of his contract which had three seasons remaining at base salaries of $2.5 million, $3.25 million and $4 million. Barlow appeared in twelve games for the Jets but onl
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division, it is the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. Home games have been played at Lambeau Field since 1957; the Packers are the last of the "small town teams" which were common in the NFL during the league's early days of the 1920s and'30s. Founded in 1919 by Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, the franchise traces its lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay dating back to 1896. Between 1919 and 1920, the Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, before joining the American Professional Football Association, the forerunner of today's NFL, in 1921. Although Green Bay is by far the smallest major league professional sports market in North America, Forbes ranked the Packers as the world's 26th most valuable sports franchise in 2016, with a value of $2.35 billion.
The Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, with nine pre–Super Bowl NFL titles and four Super Bowl victories. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League prior to the AFL–NFL merger; the Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers' coach of the same name, who guided them to their first two Super Bowls. Their two subsequent Super Bowl wins came in 1996 and 2010; the Packers are long-standing adversaries of the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, who today comprise the NFL's NFC North division, were members of the NFC Central Division. They have played over 100 games against each of those teams through history, have a winning overall record against all of them, a distinction only shared with the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys; the Bears–Packers rivalry is one of the oldest in NFL history, dating back to 1921. The Green Bay Packers were founded on August 11, 1919 by former high-school football rivals Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun.
Lambeau solicited funds for uniforms from his employer, the Indian Packing Company. He was given $500 for uniforms and equipment, on the condition that the team be named for its sponsor; the Green Bay Packers have played in their original city longer than any other team in the NFL. On August 27, 1921, the Packers were granted a franchise in the new national pro football league, formed the previous year. Financial troubles plagued the team and the franchise was forfeited within the year before Lambeau found new financial backers and regained the franchise the next year; these backers, known as "The Hungry Five", formed the Green Bay Football Corporation. After a near-miss in 1927, Lambeau's squad claimed the Packers' first NFL title in 1929 with an undefeated 12–0–1 campaign, behind a stifling defense which registered eight shutouts. Green Bay would repeat as league champions in 1930 and 1931, bettering teams from New York and throughout the league, with all-time greats and future Hall of Famers Mike Michalske, Johnny McNally, Cal Hubbard and Green Bay native Arnie Herber.
Among the many impressive accomplishments of these years was the Packers' streak of 29 consecutive home games without defeat, an NFL record which still stands. The arrival of end Don Hutson from Alabama in 1935 gave Lambeau and the Packers the most-feared and dynamic offensive weapon in the game. Credited with inventing pass patterns, Hutson would lead the league in receptions eight seasons and spur the Packers to NFL championships in 1936, 1939 and 1944. An iron man, Hutson played both ways, leading the league in interceptions as a safety in 1940. Hutson claimed 18 NFL records. In 1951, his number 14 was the first to be retired by the Packers, he was inducted as a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. After Hutson's retirement, Lambeau could not stop the Packers' slide, he purchased a large lodge near Green Bay for team families to live. Rockwood Lodge was the home of the 1946–49 Packers; the 1947 and 1948 seasons produced a record of 12–10–1, 1949 was worse at 3–9. The lodge burned down on January 24, 1950, insurance money paid for many of the Packers' debts.
Curly Lambeau departed after the 1949 season. Gene Ronzani and Lisle Blackbourn could not coach the Packers back to their former magic as a new stadium was unveiled in 1957; the losing would descend to the disastrous 1958 campaign under coach Ray "Scooter" McLean, whose lone 1–10–1 year at the helm is the worst in Packers history. Former New York Giants assistant Vince Lombardi was hired as Packers head coach and general manager on February 2, 1959. Few suspected the hiring represented the beginning of a immediate turnaround. Under Lombardi, the Packers would become the team of the 1960s, winning five World Championships over a seven-year span, including victories in the first two Super Bowls. During the Lombardi era, the stars of the Packers' offense included Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Carroll Dale, Paul Hornung, Forrest Gregg, Jerry Kramer; the defense included Willie Davis, Henry Jordan, Willie Wood, Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson, Herb Adderley. The Packers' first regular season game under Lombardi was on September 27, 1959, a 9–6 victory over the Chicago Bears in Green Bay.
After winning their first three, the Packers lost the next five before finishing strong by sweeping their final four. The 7–5 record represented the Packers' first winning season since 1947, enough to earn rookie
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers season
The 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 75th season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League. It was the 8th season under leadership of general manager Kevin Colbert and the first under head coach Mike Tomlin, after going 8–8 last season; the Steelers finished the year at 10–6. However, they lost 31–29 at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card round. Notable additions include; the 2007 NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 28 and April 29, 2007. The Steelers selected eight players in six rounds; this was the Steelers' first year without head coach Bill Cowher and their first year with new head coach Mike Tomlin. Bruce Arians was promoted to offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator was Dick LeBeau; the quarterbacks coach was Ken Anderson. Keith Butler was the linebackers coach; the tight ends coach was James Daniel. Randy Fichtner was the wide receivers coach; the defensive backs coach was Ray Horton.
Amos Jones and Bob Ligashesky were the special teams coaches. John Mitchell was the defensive line and assistant head coach. Kirby Wilson was the running backs coach; the offensive line coach was Larry Zierlein. The quality control coaches were Lou Spanos for the defense. Garrett Giemont was the conditioning coordinator; the Steelers' 2007 schedule included two notable playoff rematches. The Steelers played the New England Patriots December 9 for the first time in the regular season since 2005, when they lost at home on a last-second Adam Vinatieri field goal 23–20; the 34–13 loss was the Steelers' first visit to Foxboro, Massachusetts since 2002. The Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21–0 in week 5 on October 7, the teams' first meeting since the Steelers' 21–10 victory in Super Bowl XL 20 months earlier; the week 5 match was the Steelers' and Seahawks' first meeting in Pittsburgh since 1999 as well as the Seahawks' first-ever visit to Heinz Field. Another notable game occurred December 20 when the Steelers defeated the St. Louis Rams, 41–24, for their first-ever road win over the Cleveland/Los Angeles/St.
Louis Rams. It was the two teams' first-ever meeting in St. Louis, a city the Steelers last visited in 1979. Six players from the Steelers were selected to play in the 2008 Pro Bowl. Two started, two were selected to the reserve squad, two did not play due to injury. No. 7 Ben Roethlisberger – Quarterback No. 39 Willie Parker – Running back No. 43 Troy Polamalu – Strong safety No. 66 Alan Faneca – Offensive guard No. 92 James Harrison – Outside linebacker No. 98 Casey Hampton – Defensive tackle The Steelers began their anniversary season on the road against their AFC North foe, the Cleveland Browns, for Round 1 of the 2007 Rust Belt series. With both teams at 55 wins a piece, the Steelers would take the lead in the rivalry for the first time in the 57-year history of the rivalry. Pittsburgh got off to a fast start in the first quarter as QB Ben Roethlisberger completed a 5-yard TD pass to WR Hines Ward. Kicker Jeff Reed made a 26-yard field goal, while Roethlisberger completed a 40-yard TD pass to WR Santonio Holmes.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Steelers went right back to work in the third quarter, as Roethlisberger completed a 5-yard TD pass to rookie TE Matt Spaeth. Afterwards, the Browns got their only score of the game as QB Derek Anderson completed a 1-yard TD pass to FB Lawrence Vickers. Pittsburgh put the game well out of reach as Roethlisberger threw his career-best 4th touchdown pass of the game, a 22-yard strike to TE Heath Miller. In the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh wrapped up the win with Reed's 31-yard field goal. With the win, the Steelers began the year at 1–0, gave Mike Tomlin his first win as a head coach, took the lead in the Rust Belt series with win #56. Scoring Drives: Q1 – PIT – 11:49 – 5-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Hines Ward Q1 – PIT – 8:53 – Jeff Reed 26-yard FG Q1 – PIT – 0:58 – 40-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes Q3 – PIT – 10:33 – 5-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Matt Spaeth Q3 – CLE – 6:52 – 1-yard TD pass from Derek Anderson to Lawrence Vickers Q3 – PIT – 2:23 – 22-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Heath Miller Q4 – PIT – 7:12 – Jeff Reed 31-yard FG Coming off their easy road win over the Browns, the Steelers debuted their special throwback uniforms and clashed with the Buffalo Bills in a Week 2 home opener.
In the first half, despite the early struggles on offense, the defense kept the Bills back. Meanwhile, kicker Jeff Reed scored a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter, added 28-yard and 39-yard field goals in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Buffalo would get their only score against Pittsburgh, as kicker Rian Lindell got a 24-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Steelers took over for the rest of the game as QB Ben Roethlisberger completed a 1-yard TD pass to rookie TE Matt Spaeth. In the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh closed out the game with RB Willie Parker getting an 11-yard TD run. With the win, the Steelers improved to 2–0. In Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers, the Steelers found themselves trailing for the first time on the young season as the 49ers drove deep into Pittsburgh territory before being forced to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Joe Nedney; the San Francisco lead lasted 12 seconds, as Allen Rossum returned to ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to give Pittsburgh a 7–3 advantage.
The Niners went 3-an
Miami Central High School
Miami Central Senior High School referred to as Central Rockets, is a secondary school located at 1781 NW 95th Street in West Little River, Miami-Dade County, United States. Its current principal is Gregory Bethune. Miami Central opened in 1959, its school mascot and colors were chosen in honor of NASA and the inception of its space program, an event at the time of the school's opening. In the early 1990s, the school acquired a computer science magnet program, placed as part of the district's initiative to devote school space to certain magnet programs so as to attract minority students to less diverse schools; the school serves most of the northern fringes of the city of Miami, as well as parts of North Miami, Opa-locka, the village of Miami Shores, the village of El Portal. Kathleen McGrory wrote in 2009 that Miami Central was "historically beset by chronic truancy, declining enrollment, dispirited staff and general disrepair"; that year the school was under threat of being closed and/or having special programs taken away under federal mandates that would penalize the school for a sixth failure on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
In 2009 Doug Rodriguez, who served as the principal at Ronald W. Reagan/Doral High School, volunteered to become the principal of Miami Central. In 2010 the school was chosen to receive an American Recovery and Investment Act School Improvement Grant, because it had ethnic minority children and had a low academic performance. President Barack Obama visited the school; the demographic breakdown of the 1,926 students enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year was: Male - 55.3% Female - 44.7% Native American/Alaskan - 0.1% Asian/Pacific islanders - 0.3% Black - 79.4% Hispanic - 19.7% White - 0.5% multiracial - >0.1%80.7% of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch. Miami Central has a large Haitian student population; as of 2009 there were 1,600 students, with 14% in special education and over 50% from low-income families. Academics Warren Bailey, Class of 1990, Miami Dade College North Campus Alumni, Currently South Florida artist having participated in many local and national art exhibits.
William Cordova, Class of 1988, Contemporary Visual Artist. Studied Studio Arts at Miami Dade Community College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University. "Cordova is an internationally accomplished visual artist having exhibited in major Museums all over the world." William Cordova'a a Miami Central Alumni Association member and lives between Miami Gardens and New York City. The school's main rival is Miami Northwestern High School. In 2009 McGrory stated that the football games those against Northwestern, are well-attended, that the students at Central "take pride in their marching band". Ronnie Belliard, Class of 1994 - former infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers Tracy Reid, Class of 1994 - played in the WNBA.