Don Beebe Won't Play in Super Bowl
Jan. 23, 1998
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Don Beebe got the news Thursday: He'll have to sit out Sunday's Super Bowl, which would have been his fifth as a player.
The 33-year-old Beebe, who's been on six Super Bowl teams, has been bothered by a strained hamstring since the final week of the regular season.
The wide receiver-kick returner was told by Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren before practice that he will be placed on injured reserve or become one of the team's inactive players on Friday.
``He's a speed guy and while his hamstring is healed, we can't run the risk,'' Holmgren said. ``He's a favorite of our players. He's been to a lot of these.
``It's been a hard year for him. He took it like you'd expect it. Disappointed.''
Holmgren said if Beebe was placed on injured reserve, he might activate another receiver. Holmgren would not identify that player, but the Packers have just one receiver on their practice squad, rookie Ronnie Anderson.
Beebe played on the four Buffalo Bills teams that were Super Bowl losers in the early 1990s as well as last year's Packers team, which beat New England 35-21.
He didn't play in Buffalo's first Super Bowl appearance _ a 20-19 loss to the New York Giants _ due to a broken left leg.
Beebe was involved in one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history when he stripped the ball away from defensive tackle Leon Lett near the goal line during Buffalo's 52-17 loss to Dallas five years ago. It happened just as Lett was about to score a touchdown on a fumble return.
Meantime, the Packers also practiced without leading receiver Antonio Freeman, who has the flu. Freeman attended practice, but only as an observer. Holmgren thought Freeman would have no problem playing Sunday.
``He looked like he's pretty sick,'' said Holmgren, who replaced Freeman in the practice with Derrick Mayes.