Jean Fugett: Around the NFL
By Jean Fugett; thanks to Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell
WalterFootball.com 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.
WalterFootball.com 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 Player of the Week: Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots
Defensive Player of the Week: Calais Campbell, defensive end, Arizona Cardinals
Coaches of the Week: Tony Sparano, head coach, Oakland Raiders and Chip Kelly, head coach, Philadelphia Eagles
Goat of the Week: Jay Gruden, head coach, Washington D.C.
It was hard to pick the offensive player of the week. We had to consider wide receiver Josh Gordon from Cleveland with the way he played in his first game coming back from suspension. Odell Beckham, Jr., of course, was superb in his coming out party on national TV, but his team still ended up losing the game.
Another player we had to consider was Mark Sanchez. Who can believe it? Let’s face it, the coaching of Chip Kelly deserves a lot of the credit. Chip Kelly continues to do a great job proving his college offense does work in the NFL. Look at the production he has gotten out of Sanchez, a quarterback who was on the scrap heap just a few months ago. This could be a coaching miracle, or do all quarterbacks get better their second and third time around? Colt McCoy anybody?
We hate to pick on head coach Mike Smith and Atlanta, but that is a tough way to lose a game when the division is on the line. That loss could send Smith back to the assistant coach ranks for good. It was a game already won, but the Falcons lost because they could not hold the lead for the final 42 seconds.
Former Redskin and Cowboy tight end Jean Fugett was a Pro Bowler in 1977 and a starter in Super Bowl X.
WalterFootball.com NFL Elimination List: by Jean Fugett and Charlie Campbell
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Now that we have established our WalterFootball.com Elimination List, we will weekly list our top-five NFL teams in each conference.
Our Top-Five in the AFC
Our Top-Five in the NFC
Last Week in the AFC –
We can go ahead and award New England with the AFC East crown. Buffalo and Miami are still in the playoff race despite their records because that is how bad the AFC is this year.
The Colts have a two-game lead in their division, and with that lead look to be in control of the AFC South. Houston is not eliminated and has a must-win game against the Colts coming up; a win needed to stay in the hunt.
The AFC North has all four teams with winning records, and that in itself is quite a feat. The division will be worth watching, and that half game of a tie for Cincinnati will become a big factor because, although tied in victories, the Bengals will have one loss fewer in the loss column due to the tie earlier this season.
Denver got its mojo back with a big comeback win over Miami. Kansas City and San Diego are only one game back of the Broncos; both are still alive for the division and wild-card berths.
Last Week in the NFC –
In the NFC East, it looks like both the Cowboys and the Eagles are headed to the playoffs with the Giants and Redskins already thinking about next year. The Cowboys got a huge win, while the Redskins decided to bench RG III after his last two performances.
The NFC South is clearly the worst division in football. I’m feeling real sorry for the fans in this division because nobody likes to watch losing football. There are college teams in that region of the country that play better football with fewer penalties and mistakes than some of the pro teams in the NFC South.
In the NFC North, the Packers are proving to be who we thought they were going into the season. The Lions have to prove they are for real and bounce back after getting stomped by New England. It will be interesting to see if teams try to attack the Detroit defense the way the Patriots attacked. Chicago and Minnesota have been eliminated.
In the wild, wild NFC West, Arizona is heading back to earth with a loss to Seattle. The Seahawks and 49ers are both 7-4. This race is going to be amazing to watch going down the stretch. St. Louis is eliminated, but the Rams will continue to play a good spoiler and will cover a lot.
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Chicago at Detroit
As crazy as this sounds, if the Bears beat the Lions on Thanksgiving, the Bears are alive in the wild-card race in the NFC only one game behind Detroit. The Bears will take notes from what the Patriots did to beat the Lions last week.
Philadelphia at Dallas
The advantage goes to Dallas on the short week, especially with the Eagles traveling with Mark Sanchez. Can Sanchez do it again?
Seattle at San Francisco
Save some room for this game. It may be worth another meal. The loser of this game could be the odd team out in the NFC West.
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