Jean Fugett: Around the NFL

Jean Fugett: Around the NFL

By Jean Fugett; thanks to Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell is proud to partner with former Redskins and Cowboys tight end Jean Fugett, Jr. Esq. Fugett grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Amherst College. He was the last pick of the 13th round in the 1972 NFL Draft. Fugett made the Cowboys as a backup to future Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. Fugett eventually became a starter for Tom Landry’s Cowboys and started in Super Bowl X. He made the Pro Bowl in 1977.

As a free agent, Fugett went from being the lowest-paid starting tight end to the highest-paid with the Washington Redskins. While playing for legendary Redskins coach George Allen, Fugett attended law school at George Washington University at night.

During and after his playing days, Fugett worked with CBS, the Washington Post and other media. He went on to serve as Director and Vice-Chair of the McCall Pattern Company Management Committee, founded a Baltimore law firm and partnered with Fanfone in Europe.

After the death of his brother Reginald F. Lewis in 1993, Fugett took over TLC Beatrice International Foods, the largest black-owned and black-managed business in the world at the time. Fugett has served on committees with the NFL Players Association and on the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association Maryland Chapter. would like to thank Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and senior vice president/executive producer of media Larry Michael for connecting us to Fugett. Now, let’s let Jean take over.

Offensive Players of the Week: Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver Broncos and DeMarco Murray, running back, Dallas Cowboys (Which NFL record will stand longer: the Manning touchdown record or the Murray rushing record? Tell us what you think!)

Defensive Player of the Week: Jay Ratliff, defensive tackle, Chicago Bears

Coach of the Week: John Fassel, special teams coordinator, St. Louis Rams

Goat of the Week: Pete Carroll, head coach, Seattle Seahawks (Who will find out that you cannot trade your problems away and expect to win.) NFL Elimination List: by Jean Fugett and Charlie Campbell

Oakland Raiders
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Jets
Washington Redskins

In the NFL, once your team is eliminated from the playoffs, the season is over and all that is left is to play spoiler, try to stay healthy and play for yourself. You play for your stats, your next contract and, in many cases, you play for your next head coach.

Guaranteed contracts are rare for the average player in the NFL, so individual play is the key to get a good new contract. Teams do not pay players for team success; a good team record does not guarantee a player a raise in pay next season.

Former Redskin and Cowboy tight end Jean Fugett was a Pro Bowler in 1977 and a starter in Super Bowl X. NFL Elimination List Trending:
Tennessee Titans 2-5
Atlanta Falcons 2-5
Minnesota Vikings 2-5

Congratulations to Manning and Murray for setting NFL history! Many believe the two records will stand for a long time. That depends on how long you think it will take Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to pass Manning.

With the rule changes and the way NFL play is trending, it appears rushing stats will go down and passing stats will increase on a yearly basis. The NFL is doing this for a reason. Maybe passing plays are more exciting; maybe they are safer?

There were many other great performers last week. However, any time a player sets an NFL record, other player stats that week will not even get discussed despite the brilliance of the performance. Manning will obviously be in the Hall of Fame. This award will help get Murray included in the Hall of Fame if his career now continues at this level; time will tell.

As for the other players who played excellent football last week: Andrew Luck and Tony Romo were great. T.Y. Hilton is becoming consistently good. Dez Bryant always makes his fantasy owners happy. How about Golden Tate? He made his fantasy owners ecstatic.

Now that we have established our Elimination List, we will weekly list our top-five NFL teams in each conference.

Our Top-Five in the AFC
San Diego
New England

Our Top-Five in the NFC
Green Bay

Last Week in the AFC –

In the West, Denver and San Diego will be fighting until the end. The Chiefs are still in the hunt, but they are still a few games behind.

Baltimore is now at the top of the AFC North. Cincinnati is in decline and with all the injuries, the Bengals could be in a nose dive. Pittsburgh and Cleveland will compete, but the Ravens have reestablished themselves as one of the elite defenses in the NFL.

The Colts are in control of the South, while Houston plays competitively. The Titans are only three games out, but are trending toward elimination. Tennessee should not have lost that game Sunday to D.C. The Titans’ season is on the brink of being ruined and thet are definitely trending down.

Aside from the Jets, all the AFC East teams remain alive after winning last week. However, the Bills suffered some big injuries with C.J. Spiller going out for the season and Fred Jackson getting hurt. This is the time of year when players get worn down and more injuries occur, and teams find out if they are lucky and have the depth to overcome the injuries.

Buffalo will be tested week to week without its running backs, but the Bills do have Sammy Watkins now breaking out with spectacular catches and touchdowns; he could end up the rookie of the year.

Last Week in the NFC –

Dallas and Philadelphia will be battling until the end for the East division. The Giants can still get on track in the second half of the year even with their loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

The South continues to be competitive. Both Carolina and New Orleans suffered losses and injuries last week. You have to wonder if this race is going to become a survivor race. Can Atlanta turn it around and contend? The Falcons are trending to the elimination list. Although only two games out of first place, Atlanta appears to definitely be trending toward having its season declared over.

The Packers have rallied, and as Aaron Rodgers said at the end of the game; they have a lot of home games left, and it’s going to get a lot colder in Green Bay; a real home-field advantage. It is a fact the Packers have a great home-field advantage late in the season, so that will be an added factor for Green Bay in the second half of the season. Weather impacts football, and that could make a big difference for the Packers.

Who believes in Detroit now? At the top of their division, the Lions continue to surprise. Everybody picks Detroit to lose, yet somehow the team found its way to 5-2. Chicago, playing poorly, is only two games out. Minnesota is three games out and on life support, but the Vikings are not ready to be added to our elimination list.

Arizona is in control of the West with the 49ers still in it. Seattle is trending in a negative direction and trying to trade its problems away, but despite the losses, the team is clearly still a contender. The Rams are 2-4, but are fighting. Who is this quarterback for St. Louis? Austin Davis … WOW! In another given week, he easily could have been our Offensive Player of the Week. He didn’t have a huge game statistically against the Seahawks, but he took care of the ball and won in a big upset. Many people in the NFL don’t even know his name!


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