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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

NFL Roster Notes Revisited

A couple of people whom I mentioned in a post headed "A Few NFL Roster Notes" have popped up again.
Punter Sean Landeta is back. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, so there are now two survivors of the U. S. Football League in the NFL. The other is Doug Flutie, now backing up Tom Brady in New England.
Closer to heart is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started the season as the St. Louis Rams' third quarterback. With starter Marc Bulger out, Fitzpatrick became the backup to Jamie Martin last week. Martin left the game with a concussion, so Fitzpatrick came in. He threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns to rally the Rams from a 24-3 deficit to a 33-27 overtime win over Houston.
Fitzpatrick, the fifth QB in NFL history to pass for more than 300 yards in his first game, was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. He'll start today against the Redskins.
The reason I mentioned Fitzpatrick in that September post is that he's from Harvard. He's the 17th Harvard player to be drafted by an NFL team, but the first quarterback.
His performance last week must have awakened a sensation of deja vu among many Harvard fans. In his first game for Harvard, he came in with the Crimson trailing Dartmouth 21-0 and took them to a 35-21 victory.