Sport Sean Payton once said Ian Book reminded him of how he played in high school
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Ranking the 30 best HBCU football players of all time, which includes legendary Hall of Famers such as Jerry Rice and Walter Payton. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have a long and storied history of iconic football. HBCUs have just as long an account of putting great footbal l players in the NFL. Current players like Darius Leonard (South Carolina State) and Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T) have impacted the league. Players like John Taylor (Alabama A&M) and Steve McNair (Alcorn State) had Super Bowl moments to remember. HBCUs were often the only place that recruited black players to play football until the early 1980s.
The Saints drafted quarterback Ian Book in the fourth round and head coach Sean Payton said that he thinks Book showed he’s a “real good competitor” while at Notre Dame.
Payton added that he doesn’t think Book’s style of play is reminiscent of the way Payton played in high school. That came up at his press conference because of something Payton said on The Dan Patrick Show in March.
Payton was asked which quarterback in this draft class reminds him of how he played in high school and said, via Luke Johnson of NOLA.com, “that kid at Notre Dame. He’s pretty interesting to watch on tape.”
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When asked about that over the weekend, Payton said he didn’t recall the comment, wouldn’t make that comparison, and wasn’t dropping a hint about the team’s plans.
“Listen I read that, I can’t remember even making that comment,” Payton said. “He doesn’t remind me of me. I wouldn’t have drafted me. So he’s done a great job at Notre Dame. We’ve seen a lot of his tape, obviously and watched a lot of film on him. Dan had to bring his name up because at that time, generally the host is kind of moving the direction of an interview. But no, it would have been so hard to even project where we were this weekend from that interview.”
Payton played three games for the Bears as a replacement player during the 1987 strike. Book will be hoping for a more expansive playing career now that he’s got his NFL shot.
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Panthers hire former LB Dan Morgan as assistant GM .
Dan Morgan spent the first seven seasons of his career with Carolina, including a 2004 campaign where he made his lone Pro Bowl appearance. He ranks 12th all-time in Panthers history in solo tackles, finishing his Panthers career with 284. Morgan also had a standout performance in Super Bowl XXXVIII, finishing with a game-high 18 tackles in a three-point loss to the Patriots.Following his playing career, Morgan joined the Seahawks front office, where he had an opportunity to work alongside current Panthers GM Scott Fitterer.