Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

NFL news and notes

Browns put up permanent tribute to great Jim Brown

CLEVELAND — In a Browns season filled with uncertainty, one thing is certain: Fans still love Jim Brown and cling to the greatness he brought to the field.

All it took was a glimpse of the 80-year-old former running back making his way to his statue, covered in Browns logoed cloth, some three hours before kickoff to erupt into cheers.

One man yelled "Touchdown Jimmy Brown" while a woman yelled "We love you Jimmy."

With one hand resting on an ornate cane, Brown gave the adoring crowd a quick wave.

Brown's statue is the first of a former Browns player ever put up at FirstEnergy Stadium. The importance was not lost on dozens of former Browns players gathered for the team's home opener and alumni weekend. Even coach Hue Jackson broke from his pregame routine, ducking outside the locker room to see the ceremony.

Looking at the bronze statue, which stands 11 feet and weighs more than 2,000 pounds, Brown joked that it is a fair "representation" of him.

"This is a fantastic moment for me," he said. "It is a great moment because I feel it throughout my body, particularly my heart, my mind."

Rams back for real in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — When the Rams poured down the tunnel in their blue-and-yellow-gold vintage uniforms and emerged in the 90-degree California sunshine, a sold-out Coliseum crowd loosed a long-suppressed Sunday scream.

After two decades of fan frustration and a year of anticipation building to this regular-season home opener, Los Angeles really, truly had pro football again — and a win over Seattle to boot.

"That was really, really cool," Rams quarterback Case Keenum said. "I made sure, in the tunnel and as I'm running out, just to look around, to savor that moment and remember it. I'm going to write stuff down, because I want to remember that forever."

The Rams hadn't played a football game that mattered in Southern California since Dec. 24, 1994, when they left Angel Stadium in Anaheim and moved to St. Louis. Few pro sports franchises would choose their first game in a new hometown to wear vintage uniforms, but the Rams aren't the normal new kids on any block.

"Now it's really real," said Dan Walsh, a 47-year-old fan in an old Jim Everett jersey who grew up in Riverside and rooted for the Rams over his brother's Raiders. "The preseason games were fun, but that was exhibition football, which is terrible. This is the real deal. This is what we were all waiting for."

The Rams are still three years from moving into their billion-dollar new home in Inglewood.

More anthem: True to his word, Brandon Marshall of the Broncos took a knee again for the national anthem. Marshall has received plenty of support and criticism over his decision to join 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players in a cry for social change. Marshall, who has lost some endorsements, also met with Denver police Chief Robert White last week to discuss his call for better police training and treatment of minorities. Marshall and Kaepernick were college teammates at Nevada.

Injuries: Dolphins running back Arian Foster, a former league rushing champion with the Texans, left the game in New England with a groin injury and was ruled out for the second half. … Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart left with a hamstring injury in the first quarter against the 49ers. … Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware broke his right ulna bone against the Colts. His status was unknown.

Times wires

NFL news and notes 09/18/16 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2016 11:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ronde Barber: Want intimidation? Look at past Bucs teams

    Bucs

    Ronde Barber says these days "it's hard to find throwbacks, where you go, 'That guy is a badass.' Where do you find that now? It's such a show-off sport." (Times 2012)
  2. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  3. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. gets extra day off to let hip heal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RF Steven Souza Jr. ran in rightfield before batting practice under the watchful gaze of the Rays training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Afterward, Souza told Cash he could use one more day of rest before playing on the left hip he strained Wednesday in Oakland.

    Steven Souza Jr., hugging Mallex Smith after Smith’s solo home run in the eighth inning, feels relief after tests are negative on his injured hip.
  4. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: FS1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)