NFC East: Brad Van Pelt

Thursday Beastlines: Bryant the next Moss?

April, 29, 2010
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Dallas Cowboys

First-round draft pick Dez Bryant should be starting "very soon" at wide receiver for the Cowboys, says Rick Gosselin. Gosselin also does a Q&A with the Dallas Morning News and says the Cowboys will only go as far as Tony Romo can take them.

Chick Ludwig of Cinncinati.com thinks Bryant will be the next Randy Moss.

Now that he's been selected, Bryant can finally focus on football, writes Randy Galloway of the Star-Telegram.

New York Giants

Kicker Jeff Feagles will officially announce his retirement from the NFL in a news conference on Friday.

Former Giants linebacker Brad Van Pelt is having his name added to his alma mater's Ring of Fame at Michigan State.

Philadelphia Eagles

The team and media will get the first look at first-round draft pick Brandon Graham at the Eagles' rookie camp that starts Friday. Philly.com's Sheil Kapadia gives us three questions to ponder about the upcoming camp.

Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is excited about the "reinforcements" added to his defense this offseason, writes the Daily News' Paul Domowitch.

Washington Redskins

Fifteen-year NFL veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway has signed a deal with the Redskins, according to the Washington Post's Jason Reid.

Also from Reid: Expect more undrafted rookie free agents to show up on the Redskins.

New Skins quarterback Donovan McNabb will keep his annual kids football camp in Philadelphia, but has plans to get more involved in the Washington, D.C., community.

Crunch Bunch talks about Van Pelt's passing

February, 19, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Many former Giants players and personnel will gather Sunday in Owosso, Mich., to say goodbye to former Pro Bowl linebacker Brad Van Pelt, who died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at the age of 57. His teammates had some wonderful things to say about him in a press release sent out by the Giants.

Former Giants great Van Pelt dies of heart attack

February, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Former New York Giants linebacker Brad Van Pelt has died of an apparent heart attack at age 57, according to the New York Daily News. He joined Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and Brian Kelley to form the Crunch Bunch in the early '80s and went to five Pro Bowls.

According to Carson and Kelley, Van Pelt was found sitting in his chair at home in Owosso, Mich., by his fiancée Tuesday. The former teammates were stunned by Van Pelt's death. Kelley said he called Taylor on Tuesday night and all the Hall of Famer could say was, "No, no, no."

"[Van Pelt's fiancée] Deanna walked into the house," Kelley told the News on Wednesday. "He was sitting up in the chair smiling, but he wasn't moving. She called 911 but he'd been gone for a couple of hours. I called her this morning. She said he was smiling so obviously he went peacefully."

Van Pelt played football, baseball and basketball at Michigan State before becoming the Giants' first draft pick in 1973. He played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Giants and was voted player of the decade for the '70s.

Van Pelt's son, Bradlee, was a backup quarterback for both the Broncos and Texans.

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