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Mike Klingaman connects with former Baltimore sports stars.

  • Catching Up With former Colts linebacker Tom MacLeod

    Catching Up With former Colts linebacker Tom MacLeod

    Quick, now: What Baltimore Colt player holds the team record for most tackles in a game? Gino Marchetti? Mike Curtis? Or an oft-forgotten linebacker named Tom MacLeod? In just his second game as a Colt in 1974, MacLeod made 20 tackles — 11 unassisted — in a 20-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers....

  • Catching Up With former Colts linebacker Jackie Burkett

    Catching Up With former Colts linebacker Jackie Burkett

    They're gone now, the two storied Colts linebackers who played alongside Jackie Burkett in the early 1960s. But more than half a century later, Burkett still marvels at the disparities between his teammates, Bill Pellington and Don Shinnick, and how the pair meshed to lead the Colts to NFL championships...

  • Catching Up With ... Former Johns Hopkins star, Colts draft pick Joe Cowan

    Catching Up With ... Former Johns Hopkins star, Colts draft pick Joe Cowan

    Lacrosse won him fame, but it was football that earned Joe Cowan a shot at the pros — and with his hometown team, no less. A three-time first-team All-American lacrosse attackman at Johns Hopkins, Cowan made headlines in 1969 when selected by the Colts. A wide receiver, he remains the only Blue...

  • Catching Up With ... former Navy, NFL player Phil McConkey

    Catching Up With ... former Navy, NFL player Phil McConkey

    Never mind his age (58), gray hair and the four decades that have passed since he played at Navy — and, later, in the NFL. In his mind, Phil McConkey will always be "that skinny little kid from Buffalo" driven to prove himself to the world. "The competitiveness never goes away," said McConkey,...

  • Catching Up With ... former Woodlawn, NFL linebacker Carlton Bailey

    Catching Up With ... former Woodlawn, NFL linebacker Carlton Bailey

    Carlton Bailey has three conference championship rings and the memory of that AFC title game in 1992, when he intercepted a pass by the Denver Broncos' John Elway and ran for a touchdown in a 10-7 victory that sent the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl. "I've been blessed," said Bailey, 50, a graduate...

  • Catching Up With ... former Maryland, NFL tackle Walter Rock

    Catching Up With ... former Maryland, NFL tackle Walter Rock

    His name epitomized his style of play. A solid and steadfast lineman, Walter Rock starred at Maryland in the early 1960s, then thrived in the NFL for 11 years. A Pro Bowl tackle, he anchored Washington's offensive line when the Redskins reached the Super Bowl in 1972. Now 73, Rock lives near Williamsburg,...

  • Catching Up With ... former Navy running back Eddie Meyers

    Catching Up With ... former Navy running back Eddie Meyers

    They called him Fast Eddie, though he'd as soon run over football defenders as around them. For three years, Eddie Meyers carried Navy's offense, smashing school rushing records and leading the Midshipmen to three successive winning seasons (1979-81), a feat they wouldn't repeat for nearly 25 years....

  • Catching Up With ... former Morgan State, NFL running back George Nock

    Catching Up With ... former Morgan State, NFL running back George Nock

    George Nock's hands look ordinary. They're not. Ask those who grew up playing basketball with him on Philadelphia playgrounds, NBA stars like Earl Monroe and Fred Carter. Or ask Nock's football teammates at Morgan State, where he carried the ball for four years during the Bears' 31-game win streak...

  • Catching Up With ... former Calvert Hall, Clemson and NFL center Wayne Mulligan

    Catching Up With ... former Calvert Hall, Clemson and NFL center Wayne Mulligan

    He played center at Calvert Hall, starred at Clemson and spent seven years in the NFL. Want to guess Wayne Mulligan's favorite football memory? Defeating archrival Loyola, 36-0, at Memorial Stadium in 1964, his senior year. "We smoked them," Mulligan said. "I still hate Loyola. Anyway, I remember...

  • Catching Up With ... Cardinal Gibbons, NFL wide receiver Jean Fugett

    Catching Up With ... Cardinal Gibbons, NFL wide receiver Jean Fugett

    Jean Fugett was a rookie tight end that night in October 1972 when, after defeating the Baltimore Colts, 21-0 at Memorial Stadium, he and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys boarded the team bus. Suddenly, a Baltimore woman fought her way down the aisle and approached coach Tom Landry. "Hi coach, I'm...

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