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  • Greg Hopkins Signs Contract Extension With Avengers

    LOS ANGELES -- Greg Hopkins, a perennial “Ironman of the Year” candidate and one of the top wide receiver/linebackers in Arena Football League history, has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Los Angeles Avengers through the 2006 season, head coach Ed Hodgkiss announced today.

    “Greg is a leader on and off the field,” said Hodgkiss, who has led the Avengers to the playoffs in each of his three years at the helm. “He is very important to this team and is arguably the greatest player to play his position. Greg is a future Hall of Famer and we want to keep him in Los Angeles until the end of his career.”

    Hopkins (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), who has nine years of AFL experience, was one of three players to start all 16 games for the Avengers last season. He hauled in 66 receptions for 745 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2004. Hopkins also rushed for three touchdowns and scored a total of 98 points. Defensively, he finished with 40 tackles (2.5 for losses), three pass deflections, three interceptions and one quarterback sack.

    “By signing for two more seasons, I hope to find a way to help our team play up to its potential,” Hopkins said. “We have shown flashes of greatness at times, I want to do this each and every game.”

    The 2002 AFL “Ironman of the Year,” Hopkins has caught 677 passes in his career for 8,465 yards and 168 touchdowns. He ranks seventh on the league’s all-time list in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. In addition, Hopkins has accounted for 292.5 tackles, 20 interceptions and nine defensive scores.

    A four-year letterman at Slippery Rock University, Hopkins was one of the nation’s top Division II receivers. He was named to the All-America and All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference teams for three consecutive years and owns nine school records.

    The Avengers went 9-7 this past season and averaged 12,590 fans at each of their eight home games at STAPLES Center.

    Fifty dollar deposits for 2005 Avenger season tickets are now being accepted at 1-888-AVENGERS or online at www.laavengers.com.

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  • DJRamFan
    Lonnie Ford Signs Contract Extension With Avengers
    by DJRamFan
    LOS ANGELES -- Lonnie Ford, one of the premier fullback/linebackers in the Arena Football League, has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Los Angeles Avengers through the 2006 season, head coach Ed Hodgkiss announced today.

    “Lonnie is a local Southern California guy and is very important to this team,” said Hodgkiss, who has led the Avengers to the playoffs in each of his three years at the helm. “He has become one of the best fullback/linebackers in the league and a bit of a leader on our club. Lonnie is going into his third year with us and should be even more of an impact player at his position.”

    Ford (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) led the Avengers with five rushing touchdowns last season and finished with 124 all-purpose yards (85 rushing and 39 receiving), 19.5 tackles (4.5 for losses), five batted down passes, two blocked kicks, 1.5 quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery.

    At the University of Southern California, Ford played both offense and defense. He was selected as USC’s “Defensive Lineman of the Year” and to the All-Pacific-10 Conference second team in 2001, after making 40 tackles, including 14 for losses of 50 yards. Ford spent his first two seasons with the Trojans (1997-98) as a tight end.

    He attended Morse High School (San Diego, Calif.). The San Diego Union-Tribune named Ford its “Male Athlete of the Year” in 1997.

    The Avengers went 9-7 this past season and averaged 12,590 fans at each of their eight home games at STAPLES Center.

    Fifty dollar deposits for 2005 Avenger season tickets are now being accepted at 1-888-AVENGERS or online at www.laavengers.com.
    -07-05-2004, 02:32 PM
  • Nick
    Eric Dickerson to Sign One-Day Contract to Retire as Ram
    by Nick
    Eric Dickerson to Sign One-Day Contract to Retire as Ram
    Posted 1 hour ago
    By TheRams.com

    THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. – Pro Football Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson will sign a one-day contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and will continue his retirement as a member of the organization with which he spent his first four full NFL seasons.

    "Eric took the NFL by storm the moment he joined the Rams – from an outstanding rookie season, to a string of Pro Bowls and awards, and an unforgettable 1984 season to claim the league’s single-season rushing title," Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said. “While Eric has always been a member of the Rams family, we believe that it was time to officially cement his legacy as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, as his accomplishments and contributions to our franchise deserve to be celebrated and remembered forever. We are proud to honor the Hall of Fame career of Eric Dickerson with his family and Rams fans everywhere."

    "It feels amazing to sign this contract and officially be a Los Angeles Ram for life," Dickerson said. "My passion for this organization during my playing days and for the players wearing Rams jerseys now, is undeniable. This is where my career started and this is where my heart is, so closing this chapter with the Rams back in Los Angeles feels right. I would like to thank Stan Kroenke and the Rams for this opportunity and all of the fans for their outpouring support over the years."

    Dickerson was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams No. 2 overall in the 1983 draft. His rookie season was one to remember and ranks among the most prolific rookie seasons in NFL history. Dickerson still holds NFL rookie records for most yards gained in a season (1,808) and attempts (390), and he ended the season with NFC and NFL Rookie of the Year honors. The former Southern Methodist standout followed up his impressive rookie season by posting the NFL’s single-season rushing record (2,105 yards), breaking O.J. Simpson’s mark (2,003 yards) on Dec. 9, 1984 – rushing for 215 yards in a 27-16 win over the Houston Oilers at Anaheim Stadium.

    Dickerson ranks seventh on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 13,259 yards and ranks ninth in attempts with 2,996. He rushed for more than 100 yards 64 times, which ranks third on the NFL’s all-time record list. Dickerson was a six-time Pro Bowler and earned five All-Pro selections in his 11-year career in addition to leading the league in rushing four seasons
    -08-28-2017, 06:09 PM
  • RamDez
    Rams, Tyler Higbee agree to terms on four-year extension
    by RamDez
    Rams, Tyler Higbee agree to terms on four-year extension


    Stu Jackson STAFF WRITER







    On Thursday, the Rams agreed to terms with TE Tyler Higbee on a four-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2023 season.
    A former fourth-round pick, Higbee has played in all 48 regular season games and four postseason games since being drafted by Los Angeles in 2016. He has tallied 58 career receptions for 658 yards and four touchdowns along with 39 career starts.
    Higbee is second key offensive contributor to agree to terms on an extension with the club in three days. QB Jared Goff did the same for a four-year extension through the 2024 season on Tuesday.
    Higbee posted 24 receptions for 292 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. The tight end had four catches in the NFC Championship game, including one touchdown in the third quarter and two receptions during the game-winning drive in overtime. He fell one reception and three yards shy of matching his career highs in both categories for a single season, but his two scores set a new career high....
    -09-05-2019, 08:06 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play vs. Oregon
    by DJRamFan
    Stanford returns to action after a bye last week

    Sept. 25, 2005


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    GAME INFORMATION

    Date: October 1, 2005

    Kickoff: 2:00 pm

    Site: Stanford, CA

    Television: No live television

    Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Tim Roye, Bob Murphy)

    Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

    Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)

    The Series: Stanford leads series 43-24-1

    Last Meeting: Oregon 16, Stanford 13, at Stanford, 11/23/04

    Series Notes: Oregon has won last three meetings

    ••••••••••••••••••••

    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play at Home Against Oregon

    Stanford (1-1) opens the Pacific-10 Conference season on Saturday, October 1 with a home date against Oregon (3-1, 0-1) ... The Cardinal is coming off a bye week after opening the season with a road win at Navy and a home loss to UC Davis ... Stanford will play eight consecutive conference games and the season finale vs. Notre Dame ... The Ducks got off to a 3-0 start and were ranked No. 25 in the nation before losing last Saturday to top-ranked USC, 45-13 ... The Ducks led early 13-0 before the Trojans scored 45 unanswered points ... ...Oregon won its three non-conference games against Houston, Montana and Fresno State while averaging over 40 points scored in those games ... The Ducks have won the last three meetings with Stanford, including a 16-13 win at Stanford Stadium last season.

    Stanford to Honor Hall of Fame Class of 2005

    Stanford's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 will be honored at halftime on Saturday's game against Oregon ... The group of seven individuals and an Olympic Crew will be formally inducted in the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30 ... The Class includes men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery, currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, women's tennis All-American and NCAA champion Sandra Birch, All-American and U.S. Olympic water polo player Doug Burke, football All-American Ed Cummings, baseball All-American Eric Hardgrave, All-American, Olympian and NCAA swimmer Janel Jorgensen, Chuck Evans, one of the school's all-time great football players, and a group of Olympic rowers that includes Conn Findlay, Kurt Seiffert, Kent Mitchell and Ed Ferry.





    Remaining Schedule Includes Five Ranked Teams

    Stanford's remaining schedule includes five teams currently ranked among the nation's top-25 who have combined for a 16-2 record to date ... The Cardinal's final nine opponents have an aggregate record of 25-8 and a winning percentage of .758 ... Among Stanford's future opponents are No. 1 ranked USC (3-0), No. 11 Cal (4-0), No. 14 Notre Dame (3-1), No. 15 Arizona State (3-1) and No. 20 UCLA...
    -09-25-2005, 05:11 PM
  • DJRamFan
    It's Lobos-Aggies For The 96th Time
    by DJRamFan
    One of the nation's oldest rivalries resumes Saturday as the undefeated New Mexico Lobos meet the New Mexico State Aggies for the 96th time. Kickoff is 6:05 p.m. Mountain Time from University Stadium in Albuquerque. KRQE-TV will televise the game on a delayed basis unless advance ticket sales warrant a live broadcast. An overflow crowd of 40,000 is expected by Saturday evening.

    New Mexico is 2-0 for the first time since 1998 after getting past Missouri 45-35 last Saturday in Columbia. It was the Lobos' second win in six days as they defeated UNLV last Monday 24-22.

    The victory at Mizzou is the 42nd in head coach Rocky Long's career at UNM, pushing him past Roy Johnson as the school's all-time leader. It also put a halt to a pair of dubious streaks: Since 1997, UNM had lost 15 straight road games against non-conference opponents outside the state of New Mexico and UNM had dropped 12 consecutive contests to Big 12 teams on their home turf dating to 1983.

    The Lobos have won seven straight regular-season games (7 of 8 overall if you include the Emerald Bowl loss to Navy) and four in a row at University Stadium.

    New Mexico State is 0-2 following a 39-0 loss at Colorado. The Aggies were held to 181 yards of total offense. Through two games, NMSU has minus-12 yards rushing while allowing 11 sacks. The Lobos have led the Mountain West Conference in sacks five straight seasons and in rushing defense four of the past five years.





    The New Mexico-New Mexico State series dates to Jan. 1, 1894. The schools played six games - from 1894-1911 - before the territory of New Mexico became a state in 1912. The 95 total games makes UNM-NMSU the 35th-longest series in the NCAA record book. Wisconsin-Minnestota is the all-time leader at 114 games.

    The Lobos are trying to start 3-0 for the first time under head coach Rocky Long. Dennis Franchione's 1997 UNM team began 6-0.

    New Mexico was picked to finish 2nd in the MWC in 2005. New Mexico State 6th in its inagural year in the Western Athletic Conference.

    MOORE 55 STEPS FROM THE RECORD BOOK - Senior TB DonTrell Moore needs 55 yards rushing Saturday to become the Lobos' career leader, a record that has stood for 27 years. Moore's 39-game career has produced 3,808 yards, which is already ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference. Former Lobo Mike Williams gained 3,862 yards in 45 games between 1975-78.

    THIRD STRAIGHT RECORD FOR SEASON TICKETS; PRORATED TICKET AVAILABLE - As of Monday morning, a school-record 17,213 season tickets had been sold in 2005. It's the third consecutive year UNM has established a record for season tickets. To put that number in perspective, the Lobos averaged just 15,822 fans per game in 1991. A total of 15,729 season tickets were purchased in 2004. A prorated four-game season ticket is available through this Friday. Prices...
    -09-12-2005, 04:04 PM
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