What a Surprise
When Chief running back Marcus Allen caught his third pass in Kansas City's 29-23 victory over the Raiders on Sunday, he became the first NFL player to amass 5,000 receiving yards and 10,000 rushing yards in his career.
The game was stopped momentarily, Allen was given the ball, and that was it. No congratulatory message appeared on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum scoreboard, even though Allen played 11 seasons for the Raiders. There was no P.A. announcement. That is the way Oakland officials treat the alumni they hate.
It's amazing how often Allen has reached milestones against the Raiders, who erred when they let him go as a free agent in 1993. He scored his 100th career touchdown and gained his 10,000th rushing yard against them. "Initially, when I first began to play this team, I wanted to do individually well against them," Allen says. "Now winning is the most important thing. It transcends any personal feelings I have."
Former Packer receiver Sterling Sharpe, who had surgery 10 months ago that fused the first and second vertebrae in his neck, has been working out and may attempt a comeback next season.
When Green Bay cut him last February, a misty-eyed Sharpe told Packer coach Mike Holmgren, "Mike, I'm not finished playing football." Holmgren believes that he is. "We wouldn't pass him on the physical, and I'd be shocked if anyone else in the league did," says Holmgren. "We never would have released him if we thought there was a chance he'd play again."
Expect the Broncos and the Eagles to take a look at Sharpe, if he can pass their physical exams. The coach Sharpe was closest to in Green Bay, Jon Gruden, is now offensive coordinator for Philadelphia; they've been speaking weekly this season.
The Rams may dump running back Jerome Bettis in an off-season trade. His contract runs through 1997, but he hasn't rushed with authority all season....