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  1. George Giuliani
    George Giuliani 19 September, 2021, 07:46

    Another great job telling this story. I remember this vividly and all of us here in NY wondering what just happened. Strange sequence of events, for sure. As always, your videos are an excellent way to start the day. Fantastic explanation of the historical issues of the NFL. Nice job.

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  2. Levi Katriel
    Levi Katriel 19 September, 2021, 09:24

    Another interesting holdout occurred in 1981, when a fan helped resolve Fred Dean’s holdout.

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  3. CTubeMan
    CTubeMan 19 September, 2021, 09:43

    Fun facts:
    1. Earnest Gray tied for the NFC lead in receptions in 1983 with two other receivers in the NFC East with colors as their last names, Charlie Brown and Roy Green.
    2. Reggie Langhorne of the Colts led the AFC in receptions in 1993, but never played again after that season.
    3. Gray’s touchdown at about 4:50 was followed by the first ever use of the CBS Chalkboard.

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  4. Matt Joseph
    Matt Joseph 19 September, 2021, 10:31

    The New Jersey Devils did a similar thing in the NHL. Bill Guerin held out at the beginning of the 1997-98 season, finally signed in late November, only to be traded in early January. If you got on general manager Lou Lamoriello’s bad side, your days in Jersey were likely numbered.

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  5. Travis Wilson
    Travis Wilson 19 September, 2021, 11:00

    That’s a crazy story!!!!!

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  6. steven bauer
    steven bauer 19 September, 2021, 11:01

    I'd rather see a video on mel gray, card wr/kr of the '70's.

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  7. mrmonty86
    mrmonty86 19 September, 2021, 11:11

    Gray would get paid in today's NFL.

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  8. MoeSyzslak71
    MoeSyzslak71 19 September, 2021, 11:40

    In the 1st highlight, are they playing the Packers and is that a P logo on the helmet?

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  9. MoeSyzslak71
    MoeSyzslak71 19 September, 2021, 11:50

    Also, you said that Wes Chandler was on the Chargers in 1980, but he didn't get there until the following year. Apologies if I misunderstood or wrong.

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  10. Omegahybridx
    Omegahybridx 19 September, 2021, 12:13

    God I remember this happening and my father cursing George Young's name. Lol!
    Funnily enough as I recall, Lionel Manuel's exit was as unceremonious. Something like 10 or 13 games into the 1990(2nd Super Bowl) season, a season where Manuel had caught at least one game winning pass, he was cut for falling asleep in a meeting. I don't remember him doing much after that and he had been good up to that point.
    Love the content

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  11. G 49
    G 49 19 September, 2021, 12:23

    More than likely, Gray was probably not a Bill Parcells guy. By now after nearing being fired following his 3-12-1 rookie season as coach, Parcells had now solidified his tenure on the Giants sideline, even if he did clash with George Young on personnel matters

    It's a shame though. Gray would have been the #1 WR on that Giants team that won in 1986. Lionel Manuel got hurt on a cheap shot against the Saints and missed most of the season, and Bobby Johnson led the Giants WR in receptions that season with only 31. With other injuries and inconsistency of wideouts on the roster, as OJG9 referenced in another video, the Giants even had Jeff Hostetler line up as a receiver on a handful of snaps in 1986.

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  12. Stephen Wilson
    Stephen Wilson 19 September, 2021, 12:38

    Gray was good, when he was on a team with little else. Like today's "game" too many players think they're worth more than their actual value. Shame, u would've loved seeing him playing for Miami, offering a 3rd deep threat would've opened up the run game. Failure also falls in the coaches for not finding ways to utilize his specific skill set

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  13. Scott Conner
    Scott Conner 19 September, 2021, 13:41

    36 Years Ago

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  14. Chadwick White
    Chadwick White 19 September, 2021, 18:46

    Earnest Gray would have been BETTER OFF SPIKING his CONTRACT into the ground on EVERY single OFFENSIVE play!!!!

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  15. JCH2768
    JCH2768 19 September, 2021, 20:16

    Interesting to learn that there were some 4 WR formations in 1984. By the end of the decade the Lions would actually START four WR's.

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  16. Wesley Perkins
    Wesley Perkins 19 September, 2021, 23:52

    He was.a legend in Memphis and before Isaac Bruce was the best WR ever we had. People forget how good he was for a couple of years. There are many players like this who are great for two or three years but due to injury or other circumstances seem to just drop away.. I think Albert Wilson of the dolphins could be one of those. He was good in KC and while healthy in Miami was looking like a stud but early season Injuries have derailed his career. People barely know who he is now

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  17. Dwight Love
    Dwight Love 20 September, 2021, 09:10

    They shipped him off to San Diego I remember hearing about this he could have been the next HOMER JONES he had the obvious size 6'3 210 and speed 9.35 100yd dash.

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  18. Paul Weston
    Paul Weston 22 September, 2021, 05:04

    I may be way off but it kinda sounds like maybe he was blacklisted.

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  19. marcus813
    marcus813 22 September, 2021, 09:26

    The way this happened doesn't even make sense! His career ended in bizarre fashion. I've never heard of anything like this.

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  20. P Money
    P Money 22 September, 2021, 11:33

    It’s disheartening to see how quickly a good player can fall from grace, in my opinion it happens way too often.
    To quote Jack Patera following the Seahawks 1976 training camp
    “ we will tolerate you until we can replace you”

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  21. Todd Taylor
    Todd Taylor 22 September, 2021, 17:08

    Guy "negotiated" himself out of a SB ring.

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  22. Xxx xxX
    Xxx xxX 22 September, 2021, 17:31

    Only having 45 guys on the roster isn't enough. I agree with the Tuna.

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  23. Luis Valdes
    Luis Valdes 24 September, 2021, 00:27

    Giants wore white at home at lot back then.

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  24. Nic Waldron
    Nic Waldron 27 September, 2021, 12:24

    The old free agency system in the NFL bordered on criminal. This man deserved to sell his services to someone who would have paid him.

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  25. Vinny Ganzano
    Vinny Ganzano 28 September, 2021, 08:46

    Sounds like he got greedy and thought the team was nothing without him.

    Got what he deserved.

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