NFC West: Cullen Bryant

Remembering Cullen Bryant

October, 15, 2009
10/15/09
4:27
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


Thanks to rondog96 for passing along this link to a news story on former running back Cullen Bryant's death at age 58.

Bryant, 6-foot-1 and 234 pounds, was a big back by any standards. He played 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and two with the Seahawks, scoring 23 touchdowns. He was part of the first Rams team to play in a Super Bowl.

Off the field, Bryant fought the league's rules against free agency, filing a lawsuit at a time when players were fighting for freedoms current players can take for granted. This scanned newspaper story provides background.

I followed the Rams as a kid in the 1970s and counted a 1976 Cullen Bryant football card like this one among my prized possessions.

"He was a loving father and loved his kids and spent as much time with them as he could," sister-in-law Wanda Bryant told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "He was a good and loving brother-in-law."

I've put in a call to one of Bryant's former teammates and might follow up this item. I wasn't aware of his involvement in labor issues until reading his obituary.

Cardinals, Eagles could join 1979 Rams

January, 12, 2009
1/12/09
10:35
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Team Record
Championship Game Result
2008 Cardinals
9-7-0
Cardinals vs. Eagles
2008 Eagles
9-6-1
Eagles at Cardinals
1996 Jaguars
9-7-0
Patriots 20, Jaguars 6
1995 Colts
9-7-0 Steelers 20, Colts 16
1989 Browns
9-6-1
Broncos 37, Browns 21
1987 Vikings
8-7-0
Redskins 17, Vikings 10
1984 Steelers
9-7-1
Dolphins 45, Steelers 28
1983 Seahawks 9-7-1
Raiders 30, Seahawks 14
1979 Rams
9-7-0
Rams 9, Bucs 0
1977 Vikings
9-5-0
Cowboys 23, Vikings 6
1973 Raiders
9-4-1
Dolphins 27, Raiders 10
1971 49ers
9-5-0
Cowboys 14, 49ers 3
1970 Raiders
8-4-2
Colts 27, Raiders 17

The greatest teams in NFL history exist in our memories. They certainly aren't participating in the playoffs this season.

Exhibit A, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information: The Eagles-Cardinals NFC Championship will be the first conference championship game in a non-strike season to feature two teams who won fewer than 10 games in the regular season.

The chart shows how teams with fewer than 10 regular-season victories fared in championship games since 1970. We excluded the 1982 strike season because teams played only nine games.

The 1979 Rams were the last NFL team to win a conference championship game after finishing a regular season with fewer than 10 victories (they were 9-7). The Cardinals or Eagles will join them. Those 1979 Rams suffered a 31-19 defeat to the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV despite the efforts of Vince Ferragamo, Wendell Tyler, Cullen Bryant, Preston Dennard, Billy Waddy, Nolan Cromwell and Jack Youngblood.

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