The Chiefs defense, playing without their veteran captain and leading tackler Derrick Johnson, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in the second quarter, faced consecutive third-quarter drives starting in the red zone against an MVP-candidate quarterback in Derek Carr and a dynamic Raiders offense.
In holding the Raiders to just one field goal in those two red zone trips sealed the game in a tough gritty performance against their division rival.
“When situations happen like that it’s just, ‘Don’t panic. Stay calm,’ “said cornerback Steven Nelson “Just do what we’ve been doing and have that killer mindset.” he continued.
“Big win. A huge win. On a short week, this late in the year, to overcome all that and get the win tonight. Defense, I think, played amazing,” quarterback Alex Smith said.
“We’re not going to take it for granted,” outside linebacker Dee Ford said. “We’re not going to take our foot off the gas pedal.”
Kevin Mawae played center in the NFL for 16 seasons. He played for the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans.
Mawae saw his first pro action at right guard against the Oakland Raiders on September 11, and never left the lineup after taking over early in the game versus the Indianapolis Colts. He finished the season playing in 14 games, starting the final 11 at right guard. After the season Mawae earned first-team All-Rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association, College and Pro Football Newsweekly and Football News. In 1995 he started all 16 games at right guard, seeing time at center in two games. He was moved to the center position at the start of his 1996 season and remained at that spot for the rest of his NFL career.
In 1998, Mawae was signed by the New York Jets. In his first season in New York, the Jets’ offense averaged 357.2 yards per game (second-best in AFC and fourth-best in NFL), while controlling the ball for an average of 32:17 minutes per game (second-best in AFC and third-best in NFL), also helped running back Curtis Martin to rush for franchise-record eight 100-yard rushing games en route to 1,287-yard season. He started all 16 games. In 1999, he was named to his first Pro Bowl on December 22, he did not miss a play for the second straight season and paved the way for Martin’s then franchise-record of 1,464 yards rushing, and snapped to four different quarterbacks; Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, Rick Mirer and Ray Lucas.
During the 2000 NFL season, he was member of the line that tied Indianapolis Colts for fewest sacks allowed during regular season with 20. Also helped Jets offense average 337.2 yards per game was the 12th best in NFL and the passing offense averaged 245.3 yards per game (sixth in NFL). Mawae earned his second consecutive starting spot as AFC team Pro Bowl center he was selected to the Pro Bowl on six consecutive occasions (1999–2004). In 2002, he underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair damage to left rotator cuff, he missed two preseason games but kept his consecutive games started streak by making 124th consecutive start in season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
His unbroken streak of 177 games came to an end in October 2005 with a serious triceps injury to his left arm, and he missed the rest of the season. On March 5, 2006, he was cut by the Jets.
Mawae was signed by the Tennessee Titans nine days later on March 14, 2006. In his first season with Tennessee, he helped the offense rank third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in rushing with 2,214 yards. The Titans set a franchise record by averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and the offensive line, led by Mawae, finished tied for 10th in the league with only 29 sacks allowed.
In 2007, Mawae was voted team captain and started 14 games, helping LenDale White register his first career 1,000-yard season as he finished with 1,110.
In 2009, Mawae was ranked fifth in a Sports Illustrated poll of “dirty players”. The magazine surveyed 296 NFL players to come up with the ranking. Mawae was quoted on the Titans’ site as saying he was “proud” of the recognition because he plays the game hard, but conceded, “I’ve been known to leg whip a time or two. I’ve paid the price for those, both physically and in the pocket.”
On September 10, 2010, Mawae announced that he was retiring from the NFL after 16 years in the league. His last game was the 2010 Pro Bowl.
Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights…Kevin Mawae.
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They are the unsung heroes on the football field, you can’t measure they value by stats.
One of the most and unappreciated aspects of football is the men who play on both sides of the line both defense and offense. No one pays attention to offensive lineman until…they get beat by a defensive player and it causes a quarterback to be sacked. Yet the importance of an offensive lineman to a quarterback to a running back can not be understated so with that in mind we are spotlighting one offensive lineman New York Jets Guard Randy Rasmussen.
Rasmussen played for the Jets in their AFL Championship game victory over the AFL’s Oakland Raiders in 1968, and started in the third AFL-NFL Championship Game (Super Bowl III), in which the Jets defeated the NFL’s Baltimore Colts. He was the last of the starting Jets players in the game to retire from playing pro football, playing his final game in the 1981 playoffs against the Buffalo Bills. Rasmussen is one of five professional football players in pro football history who attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He was the only one of those five to be selected in the NFL draft.
Usually there is a video highlighting the player’s career but in Rasmussen’s case I could not find one available .The only video is super bowl 3 .
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights Randy Rasmussen.
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Usually a rant will be about a player’s performance on the field or a decision by a coach, manager or an executive that adversely affects a team, but this is about a players behavior off the field. According to a published report:
Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang has reportedly been arrested for fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in Korea, according to Yonhap News. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has confirmed some of the details.
The 29-year-old Kang was allegedly involved in an alcohol-related accident in the early hours of the morning Friday in Korea. The accident reportedly took place at 2:48 a.m. in Seoul. Kang allegedly attempted to leave the scene, but was caught by police shortly afterward. His blood alcohol level was said to be .084 percent. The legal limit in South Korea is .05 percent. No one was injured in the incident.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued a statement saying the club is aware of the situation, and that the organization is “extremely disappointed” in Kang.
“We have been made aware of the very serious charges filed against Jung Ho Kang early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea.
We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter. I know firsthand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured.
We will have further comment once we have been able to gather all of the relevant facts and speak with the player.”
What’s the big deal you ask? People get DUI’s right? Ask yourself this question what right does he have getting behind the wheel of a car drunk beyond the legal limit , then making matters worse by fleeing from the police? Did that help his situation or make it worse. Moral of the story here is you never can be sure what a person whether an entertainer or athlete is like in their personal life, we often see them in their public face, but once in while their private life comes public and it’s not such a pretty view.