Falcons running back Jamal Anderson may have been the first big-time athlete to renegotiate a contract through word of mouse. Anderson, who held out last summer, used his Web site to update fans on negotiations, to make his case for a huge raise and to rebut Atlanta management's hard-line stance. By mid-August, Anderson, the NFC's leading rusher in 1998, had signed a new deal worth $32 million over five years. Here are a few slightly less mercenary official player sites.
Second-year Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (above) isn't the best player in the league yet, but he has the best site by far. Archie's son answers fans' questions ("How much do you bench press?" "330 pounds"), poses trivia questions and even provides his sophomore stats at New Orleans's Isidore Newman High. A section called "Peyton Talks" quotes Manning on everything from education to teamwork, while "Peyton's Locker Room" hawks such Peytonphernalia as an autographed 28-ounce water bottle ($9.95).
A cyber squatter has already registered Warren Sapp's name, so Bucs defensive tackle Sapp uses this nom de net based on his uniform number. Buy a limited edition signed lithograph of Sapp for $199.99. Learn what this sackmaster (7.0 this season) believes fans of offensively challenged Tampa Bay must do to improve. "Just become more knowledgeable," writes Sapp. "[The fans] cheer when our offense has the ball, for example."
Ronde and Tiki Barber were standouts at Virginia (where they were known as the Barbers of C-ville). Now, Ronde plays corner-back for the Buccaneers and Tiki is the Giants' leading rusher. We're still waiting for salon.com to do a story on the Barbers.
Bills quarterback Doug Flutie plays drums for the Flutie Gang, featured on this site. Order their newest release (Ramblin' Scramblin' Man) or download audio from songs they've covered.
Follow the fortunes of Eddie George, Jeff George, George Seifert, Georgia Frontiere and former NFL Today cohost Phyllis George.
"Just log on to my damn site!"