Thursday, March 18, 2010
Former NFC South players in the news
By Pat Yasinskas
Talked to an old high school buddy in Pennsylvania earlier today and he happened to mention former Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Greg Skrepenak was in the local news.
That prompted me to visit the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader’s website and I ended up stumbling onto another news item related to a former Carolina player besides the Skrepenak story. Skrepenak got into politics after his playing career. Then, he got into trouble.
He’s awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to accepting a bribe while he was a Luzerne County Commissioner. Federal guidelines in this type of case recommend 33 to 41 months in jail.
Just up the road from Wilkes-Barre, another politician with NFL ties has been indicted on corruption chargers. That’s A.J. Munchak, the uncle of Hall of Famer Mike Munchak. The Munchaks don’t have any AFC South ties, but I thought this was interesting in light of Skepenak’s situation.
Anyway, the other story on a former Panther is much more positive. Raghib “Rocket’’ Ismail, who went to high school in Wilkes-Barre, has been hired to broadcast professional bull riding.