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Robert Brazile was so feared as a linebacker during his career with the Houston Oilers that he earned the nickname Dr. Doom.

In his retirement he found contentment in a vastly different line of work that he believes was even more challenging than chasing down quarterbacks for a living.

”It was more difficult being a teacher http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com...ke-falk-jersey ,” he said. ”I was a middle school special ed teacher and it was a challenge every day to find out something to build the trust, the love and the care for these kids.”

Though he loved football and enjoyed his time in the NFL, the 65-year-old Brazile admits working with children was more fulfilling.

”If I had to choose it all over again, I would love being a teacher more than a football player,” he said.

Though he turned in his Dr. Doom persona decades ago for the role of Mr. Brazile, he’ll revisit the success of his first career on Saturday when he’ll be one of eight men inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Brazile was drafted sixth overall in 1975 out of Jackson State, two picks behind teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Walter Payton, and was voted Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was the anchor of the 3-4 defensive scheme which coach Bum Phillips used and was a Pro Bowl selection in seven straight seasons from 1976-1982. He also earned a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1970s.

The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Brazile was one of the first players to rush quarterbacks from the outside linebacker position. Many, including Phillips, believe his work paved the way for the success of other stars at the position such as Lawrence Taylor, who was drafted six seasons after Brazile.

Phillips, who died in 2013, was fond of saying that Brazile was ”Lawrence Taylor before Lawrence Taylor.”

”Robert was the forerunner of the Lawrence Taylor era,” Phillips said in a radio interview before his death. ”They remember Lawrence Taylor, but Robert was a guy that proved that you could do that in the NFL. Everybody said `You can’t run a college defense in pro ball.’ But you can, and we did.”

With running back Earl Campbell and quarterback Dan Pastorini leading the offense, Brazile headlined a defense that helped the Oilers to some of their most successful seasons. Houston reached the AFC championship game in consecutive seasons in 1978-79 before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers both times.

Brazile fondly remembers the throngs of `Luv Ya Blue’ fans Authentic Da'Ron Payne Jersey , with most decked out in the team’s signature powder blue duds, waiting to welcome the team home after those difficult losses. It’s estimated that more than 55,000 fans filled the Astrodome for ”homecoming rallies” after both defeats.

”There are days and times now where I sit in the corner and just think about all the great memories about (those games) and the great turnout of people that supported us,” he said. ”I’ve just always wondered if we would have won … against Pittsburgh, how many people would have been in the Astrodome.”

Brazile’s early years with the Oilers were made special by the presence of Phillips, the cowboy-hat-wearing, folksy-talking Texan, who was fired after the team lost in the wild-card round in 1980.

”Bum was such an organizer of men,” Brazile said. ”He treated us like his boys, but he also treated us like a man. We could go to Bum with any problem, anything that we had on our mind. We trusted in him and he trusted in us, and that’s what made us so unique, that Luv Ya Blue group.”

Brazile spent his entire career with the Oilers, retiring after the 1984 season when he was 31. He is credited with 11 career sacks, but certainly had many more; sacks didn’t become an official statistic until 1982.

Brazile is a senior selection into the Hall of Fame, which honors those whose careers ended at least 25 years ago. After waiting so long to get the nod, Brazile can hardly wait for Saturday’s induction.

”I’ve got a grand speech for the Hall of Fame that I hope everyone enjoys,” he said Authentic Luke Falk Jersey , ”and I’m going to embrace it all.”



The only thing that Saquon Barkley has to prove at the NFL combine this week is that he's every bit as good as advertised.

"For a guy like Barkley who has worked so hard to develop his gifts, I mean, for him it ought to be a victory celebration. It really should," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "You got to come in and knock it down, one drill after another.

"He's going to walk out of there four days later and everyone's going to go: 'Wow, he's just as good or better than we thought he was.'"

Then, there would be no doubt that a running back will go in the top five picks of the draft for the third consecutive year, joining Ezekiel Elliott in 2016 and Leonard Fournette in 2017.

The Penn State star might even be the first running back selected in the top two picks since Reggie Bush in 2006 or even the first to go No. 1 overall since another Nittany Lion, Ki-Jana Carter, in 1995.

"I'm just focused on coming out here and trying to dominate this combine," Barkley said.

Everyone expects him to do just that.

General managers and coaches know all about the 5-foot-11, 233-pound back with a magnificent medley of jaw-dropping quickness and excellent acceleration, speed, balance, vision and power to go with an off-the-charts work ethic who helped Penn State dismantle Washington's vaunted defense in the Fiesta Bowl .

Mayock said Barkley will dazzle teams even when he's not on his feet.

"When he goes into meetings at night," Mayock said, "he's going to blow people away."

Barkley, who grew up boxing like his father and great uncle but was always drawn more to the gridiron than the ring http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.c...-fluker-jersey , quickly rose to national prominence as one of the country's most dynamic players as a true freshman at Penn State in 2015.

He flashed a frenetic running style to compile a lengthy highlight reel full of hurdles, spin moves and jukes on his way to a program-best 43 rushing touchdowns in three years.

Mayock said Barkley is at least equal to the last four top-10 running backs 鈥?Fournette, Elliott, Todd Gurley and Christian McCaffrey 鈥?all of whom made their teams significantly better as rookies.

"I could make the case that this kid Barkley is the best of those guys, best of all five of them," Mayock said. "He's clean off the field. And he'll be great in your locker room. I would be absolutely stunned if this kid doesn't go in the Top 5."

The Browns, Giants and Colts own the top three picks in next month's draft. Cleveland also owns No. 4 and Denver has the fifth selection.

"Any team that wants to draft me," Barkley said, "is a blessing to me."

Barkley said he embraces the chance to transform a downtrodden team like the Browns, who have one win in two years, or the Giants, coming off a down year: "You want to be part of something like that, something that's bigger than yourself."

Whoever ends up choosing Barkley can expect to be picking a lot later in next year's draft. (Fournette's Jaguars are picking 29th this year, five picks after McCaffrey's Panthers).

Barkley averaged nearly 6 yards a carry as a junior in State College, rushing for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns and catching 54 passes for 632 yards and three TDs. He also completed two passes 鈥?one for a score 鈥?and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

He won the Paul Hornung Award as college football's most versatile player and left Penn State after his junior year just 89 yards shy of the program rushing record with 3,843 yards.

"I feel whether I'm running the ball from the 99-yard line or the 1-yard line that I can find a way to get into the end zone. I can do it all, I feel like Authentic Darius Leonard Jersey ," Barkley said. "I can go over the top of you, I can beat you with speed, I can beat you with some wiggle, I could run through you."

That may come off as boastful, but not when Barkley says it.

He said he watches all of today's great NFL running backs but models his game after none of them.

"I've never wanted to be like anybody," Barkley said. "That's something that my dad taught me growing up: 'Never want to be like someone, be the next you.' But I am a fan of the game, I'm a fan of the position and I watch everyone."

Including Barry Sanders on YouTube .

If he had to pick anyone he'd like to be like, it'd be the Lions' Hall of Famer.

"That was a great guy that I looked up to growing up not only on the field 鈥?off the field. The way he carried himself, he was humble," Barkley said. "When he scored a touchdown, he'd give the ball to the ref. If you look at his football life, he's carrying cups to his offensive linemen, and I think that's what a running back should be about. That's what our position should be about and I try to model myself after that."

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