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Mike Klingaman connects with former Baltimore sports stars.

  • Catching Up With ... former Colts QB Cotton Davidson

    Catching Up With ... former Colts QB Cotton Davidson

    Down by two points and 80 yards from the end zone, their chances looked bleak. Two minutes remained when the Colts began a drive against the Los Angeles Rams that would stamp their rookie quarterback, No. 19, as a coming star. He completed one pass, then a second and third. Time and again, his...

  • Catching Up With ... former Colts fullback Roosevelt Leaks

    Catching Up With ... former Colts fullback Roosevelt Leaks

    He wasn't the happiest of Colts, but who's surprised? In college, Roosevelt Leaks rushed for more yards in one game (342) than he did in four of his five years in Baltimore. At Texas, Leaks ran amok, led the Longhorns to a Cotton Bowl victory in 1973 and finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting...

  • Catching Up With ... former Colts guard Glenn Ressler

    Catching Up With ... former Colts guard Glenn Ressler

    For a decade, each autumn, Glenn Ressler's Sundays were much the same. The mild-mannered Colts guard would slip into the locker room, remove his glasses, put on his uniform and perform feats of strength. Players called him Clark Kent. "They said I looked like the comic-book character, but I never...

  • Catching Up With ... Sanders Shiver, ex-Colts LB and Bowie St. coach

    Catching Up With ... Sanders Shiver, ex-Colts LB and Bowie St. coach

    He arrived at the Colts' training camp in 1976, a rookie linebacker out to make a name for himself. He was Sanders Shiver, from Carson-Newman College. Or was it the other way around? Folks called him Carson Newman, or Carson Sanders, or Sanders Newman. "They couldn't get it right," Shiver said....

  • Catching Up With ... Jack Scarbath, former Maryland and Poly QB

    Catching Up With ... Jack Scarbath

    The blond hair has grayed and Jack Scarbath wears glasses now. Remember the laser arm that Maryland's football team rode to fame more than 60 years ago? "I hardly throw at all now, and when I do, the ball sure doesn't go as far as it once did," the famed Terps quarterback said. Who'd expect more...

  • Catching Up With ... Emerson Boozer, ex-Maryland State and Jets running back

    Catching Up With Emerson Boozer, ex-Maryland State and Jets running back

    Come autumn, Emerson Boozer's thoughts turn to ... leaves? "They're a pain to rake," said Boozer, 71, onetime running back for Maryland State (now UMES) and the New York Jets. "There are 25 big oak trees in my yard, and they really shed. Sometimes I use a leaf blower, which is even louder than...

  • Catching Up With ... Former Colts middle linebacker Ed Simonini

    Catching Up With ... Former Colts middle linebacker Ed Simonini

    Nearly 40 years later, the taunts still haunt Ed Simonini, the Colts' 6-foot middle linebacker. "Guys would tease me, saying, 'Why don't you get up on your high heels?' Or: 'Can't you grow another inch?' " Simonini's response? "I'd roll with the punches and give it right back — on the field," he...

  • Catching Up With ... Former Colts punter Tom Gilburg

    Catching Up With ... former Colts punter Tom Gilburg

    Two years ago, during a triathlon relay race, Tom Gilburg rode a bicycle 26 miles. He was 73 at the time. "I didn't set any records, but I got the job done," the onetime Colts punter said. Ditto, his football career. For five years Gilburg punted for the Colts, averaging 41.4 yards a boot before...

  • Catching Up With ... former Colts guard Robert Pratt

    Catching Up With ... former Colts guard Robert Pratt

    They were 60 pounds lighter, on average, than the behemoths who'll man the trenches for the Ravens on Sunday. But the players who hunkered down on the offensive line for the Colts during Baltimore's halcyon years of the 1970s were a rugged and agile group, most of whom remain good friends, said...

  • Catching Up With ... Former Colt and Terp Dick Bielski

    Catching Up With ... Dick Bielski

    Fullback and kicker starred at Patterson and Maryland before ending his NFL career with hometown Colts

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