San Francisco offensive tackle James Parrish couldn’t wait to get to
Undated (AP) _ San Francisco offensive tackle James Parrish couldn’t wait to get to Barcelona.
Pittsburgh linebacker Greg Lloyd can’t wait to leave.
Well then, Parrish will enjoy and Lloyd will suffer until Sunday. The 49ers and Steelers will match up in the first Spanish version of the American Bowl at Montjuic Olympic Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Sunday’s game is one of four international NFL exhibitions in a week’s span; other games are planned in Tokyo, Berlin and London.
Parrish, fighting for a spot on one of the NFL’s top offensive lines, came to love the city when he played with the Barcelona Dragons of the defunct World League of American Football.
″It’s great, I’m just glad to be back in the city and see some of my old friends,″ Parrish said. ’We were out last night on the Ramblas (Barcelona’s pedestrian-jammed downtown promenade) mobbed by kids and signing autographs... The city has corazon.″
Translation. ″The city has heart.″
Lloyd, a Pro Bowler, didn’t like breaking up training camp for the trip, didn’t like the eight-hour plane ride and definitely doesn’t like the destination.
″I hate this place,″ he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. ″I wish I was in Latrobe. Everything about this place is small - the hotel rooms, all of the cars are small and the people are small. And there are not enough black people over here.″ Eagles & Saints
New Orleans began its 1992 season with a loss to Philadelphia and ended it the same way, with a 36-20 defeat in the NFC playoffs.
The teams meet again, this time in Tokyo on Saturday.
The fifth annual American Bowl will give the Saints a chance to see whether Wade Wilson, Steve Walsh or Mike Buck can take over as the starting quarterback. The Eagles still have to make up for the loss of defensive end Reggie White, who signed with Green Bay as a free agent. Giants
The sudden death of Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis should be enough to concern anyone with a heart condition. Not so.
Offensive lineman William Roberts, hospitalized twice last year for an irregular heartbeat, said he would not let Lewis’ death change his approach to life or football.
″I didn’t feel any stress on me,″ Roberts said. ″Maybe that’s just how I am. When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go, no matter what happens. I guess it was his time. It’s just he’s a high-profile sports person and it draws a lot of attention to it. Life has to go on. Broncos & Cardinals
Just because Denver and Phoenix practice together, it doesn’t mean they have to fight.
Fighting has marred several recent joint workouts around the NFL, but the Broncos and Cardinals were all business.
″I was really pleased with the way both teams worked against each other,″ Denver coach Wade Phillips said. ″There weren’t all those cheap shots or people griping about this or that.″
Phoenix coach Joe Bugel concurred.
″What I liked about it is, everybody kept their poise, kept their cool,″ he said. ″There were no fights. We got plenty of work done.″ Falcons
At first, Steve Broussard was mad. Now he’s just trying to catch on. Broussard, a 1990 first-round draft choice who has spent three years at tailback, has been moved to the ″H″ slot receiver spot.
″I’ve worked through the initial anger and I’m trying to see the positive side of this situation,″ he said. ″I have to view this as the organization trying to find a way to get me onto the field.″
The spot was the domain of All-Pro Andre Rison until coaches moved him outside. Browns
One team’s loss may be another man’s gain. The retirement of wide receiver Hassan Jones on Tuesday came as a surprise to Cleveland. It does, however, give Patrick Rowe a chance to receive significantly increased playing time. Rowe missed all of last season with a knee injury suffered during an exhibition game.
″I feel real comfortable,″ he said. ″I worked hard in the off-season. I was able to go through mini-camp, which was my goal. I have started working in the slot and feel pretty good about it. Redskins
Gary Clark was Washington’s top receiver last year, and Art Monk is the top receiver in NFL history. Desmond Howard is finally getting a chance to follow their path.
Though the former Heisman Trophy winner is still recovering from a groin injury suffered in June, he worked out Wednesday for two hours in nearly full- speed drills with quarterback Mark Rypien and a full corps of receivers and defensive backs. Bears
Ten points in a scrimmage, for a team that had the eighth-best yardage total in the NFL last season, is not nearly good enough. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner, howwver, isn’t concerned.
″We’re trying to mix the veterans that we have with the young guys and get some continuity and some rhythm. We’re coming along real well,″ he said. ″Sometimes it takes a year or two for those guys to really feel comfortable knowing how to work together and communicating with one another.″
For 1993, new coach Dave Wannstedt has installed an offense that copies the Dallas Cowboys’ running game and San Francisco 49ers’ passing game. Dolphins
Eddie Blake, who Miami is counting on to start at right guard, injured his left knee during practice and was taken from the field on a golf cart.
An examination was planned, and the extent of the injury will be disclosed Thursday, the team said.
Blake missed all of last season, his rookie year, because of injuries. He suffered a fractured left foot before training camp and a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in November.