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    Former Rams linebacker must repay $28,000, court rules

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    ST. LOUIS - The former St. Louis Rams linebacker whose tackle at the 1-yard-line preserved the team's Super Bowl win in 2000 must repay about $28,000 in charitable funds, a judge in East St. Louis, Ill., ruled Friday.

    Mike Jones used the money to build a house in the depressed riverfront town Brooklyn, Ill., instead of creating a commercial center as promised. U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan praised Jones' intent - to help a family obtain suitable housing - according to STLtoday.com, the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    But the judge said the result was that the effort did not help the community in general, so the money must be repaid.

    Jones must also give up claim to the Brooklyn property where his foundation was supposed to build a grocery and a clothing store.

    The funds and property were awarded to The Michael Jones foundation in 2003 from a $1 million restitution judgment in a criminal case. Reagan awarded the money to 15 charities in total.

    Jones spent three years with the Rams. His lunging stop of the Tennessee Titans' Kevin Dyson on the final play of Super Bowl 34 is known in St. Louis as "The Tackle."


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    Re: Former Rams linebacker must repay $28,000, court rules

    Well...its not as bad as I originally thought. I hope he is able to get things back on the upswing. In my opinion, he singlehandedly preserved that Super Bowl win for the Rams (before all of you go crazy, yes, all the plays before it, the other players and coaches contributed as well to the win), that was one of the most spectacular open field tackles under pressure I've ever seen. I remember dropping to the floor at the Peppermill Casino in Reno, NV where I was watching the game in a Showroom (next best thing to being at a game). I cried with such joy. We had kegs at each table and we were pouring beer over each other! I'll never forget it.
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    Re: Former Rams linebacker must repay $28,000, court rules

    The Tackle was AMAZING!!! Im glad he was a Ram!

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    Re: Former Rams linebacker must repay $28,000, court rules

    I actually lived in Brooklyn, IL in 1990. I was working at one of the local, um, 'entertainment establishments', and the owner set me up with an apartment behind the bar. As far as I know, I was one of the very few white persons living in the town at that time.
    Brooklyn, for those of you who do not know, is full of older, run-down houses, and some adult-oriented businesses, or at least it was then. There wasn't much else there, except a laundromat and a Chinese restaurant. The residents I knew were not 'welfare bums', but were honest, good people. Most were poor, and there wasn't much in the way of public transportation in walking distance, so they worked where they could, often in low-paying jobs. Some walked to Granite City or Cahokia every day. Jobs in Brooklyn were limited to say the least.
    The house that was built there could not have been a bad thing. Maybe it wasn't what the foundation was supposed to do, but how does taking away the development of a grocery store (I don't remember any grocery stores there) and a clothing store (I know there wasn't a clothing store there) help the people of Brooklyn? It doesn't!
    The judge should have made Jones repay the $28K, then emphasized the fact that the retail developments were to be established within a certain time frame. Failing to do this is only hurting the people of Brooklyn.

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    Re: Former Rams linebacker must repay $28,000, court rules

    Isn't it ironic that THE Tackle perserved out SB win, but we can't make ANY Tackle since.

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    Re: Former Rams linebacker must repay $28,000, court rules

    Isn't it ironic that THE Tackle perserved out SB win, but we can't make ANY Tackle since.
    That is ironic. I actually have a t-shirt with that tackle and the PD front page article accompanying it.
    I am glad that we haven't had any "who" questions on this player/thread

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