Moment Of Silence At Draft For Berringer
Apr. 21, 1996
NEW YORK (AP) _ A moment of silence in memory of Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer was held Saturday at the NFL draft.
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue asked the crowd at The Theater at Madison Square Garden to honor the memory of Berringer, who died in a plane crash earlier this week.
``We ask you to focus on a tragic moment this week that affected all of us and join us in moment of silence for Brook Berringer,'' Tagliabue said.
Berringer, who helped Nebraska win the 1994 national championship and was a backup on the 1995 championship team, had been expected to be drafted in a later round.
SPECIAL TEAMMATES: When Kevin Hardy and Simeon Rice of Illinois were selected second and third in Saturday's NFL draft, it was the highest defensive teammates have gone in the draft since 1967, when the current format was adopted.
Previously, the highest combination was in 1974, when Ed ``Too Tall'' Jones of Tennessee State, an end, and Waymond Bryant, a linebeacker, were taken by Dallas and Chicago, respectively.
In 1991, Nebraska back Bruce Pickens went to Atlanta with the third choice, while linebacker Mike Croel was taken by Denver at No. 4.
Twice, teammates were 1-2. In 1984, Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar and tackle Dean Steinkuhler were at the top, selected by New England and Houston. In 1967, defensive end Bubba Smith of Michigan State was the top pick, by the Colts. Second was running back Clinton Jones by Minnesota.
THE OTHER JOHNSON: Keyshawn Johnson, the top pick in the draft, joins Keshon Johnson in the NFL. Keshon is a fourth-year cornerback with the Chicago Bears who also played for Detroit. Keyshawn is the All-America wide receiver from Southern California taken by the New York Jets on Saturday.
Keyshawn became the fourth Trojan selected first overall joining running backs Ricky Bell in 1977 by Tampa Bay and O.J. Simpson in 1969 by Buffalo, and tackle Ron Yary, by Minnesota in 1968.
Illinois' Kevin Hardy also has a namesake who played in the NFL and was selected in the opening round. In 1968, defensive end Kevin Hardy of Notre Dame was chosen seventh overall by New Orleans.
POPULAR PICK: The 17th pick in the first round was very popular Saturday. It first belonged to Oakland, which traded it to Houston, with the Raiders moving up to No. 9 and taking Ohio State tight end Rickey Dudley.
The Oilers dealt the 17th spot to Seattle to move up to No. 14 and select Heisman Trophy winning running back Eddie George. The Seahawks sent the 17th pick to Detroit, moving down to No. 21, plus a third-rounder.
Detroit actually used the pick to take Reggie Brown of Texas A&M, a linebacker.
MISSING RAVEN: The Baltimore Ravens might be settled in their new city after leaving Cleveland, but there was something missing at the NFL draft.
Each of the other 29 teams had colorful banners hanging in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Ravens had a white banner with a helmet outlined in black and the word Ravens in block letters.
When Jonathan Ogden was taken by Baltimore with the fourth pick, the UCLA tackle had to hold up a sweatshirt because no jersey was available.