Knox donates $1 million to Juniata College

Originally Published: February 18, 2005
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Seattle Seahawks: As a student at tiny Juniata College in Pennsylvania during the early 1950s, Chuck Knox fell in love with history -- almost giving up coaching to become a professor.

After he logged 22 years as an NFL head coach, hindsight proves Knox made a solid decision. But his passion for learning and a connection with his alma mater always remained.

Knox recently donated $1 million to establish the Dr. Charles R. and Shirley A. Knox Chair in History at Juniata, a 1,400-student liberal arts school in Huntington, Pa., tucked into the Appalachians 120 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Knox has long been a supporter of Juniata. He gave $50,000 toward a sports and recreation center and was chairman of a $1 million campaign to improve athletic facilities. He also served on the college's board of trustees from 1978-99.

The 3,000-seat football stadium, built in 1988, is named after Knox.

Knox's longest stint came in Seattle from 1983-91. He took the Seahawks to their first playoff berth in franchise history in 1983, falling one game short of the Super Bowl. The next year, Seattle won its first division title, and Knox led the Seahawks to the playoffs in 1987 and 1988. He finished his career with the Rams in 1994.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Former Bengals quarterback Akili Smith, who had already agreed to play in NFL Europe although he was not affiliated with any NFL team, has signed with the Bucs.

The Bucs said Friday that Smith will play for the Frankfurt Galaxy.

Smith was the third player selected in the 1999 draft but only appeared in 22 games -- with 17 starts -- in four disappointing seasons with the Bengals. He signed with Green Bay before the 2003 season but did not make the team.

With Cincinnati, Smith completed 215-of-461 passes for 2,212 yards, five touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Gesser's license revoked
Former Washington State and Tennessee Titans quarterback Jason Gesser pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge in Honolulu.

Honolulu District Judge William Cardwell fined Gesser $150 and ordered him to attend 14 hours of alcohol abuse classes and pay $307 in fees. The judge also revoked his driver's license for 30 days.

Gesser, 25, was charged after he allegedly ran a red light and failed a sobriety test on Feb. 15, 2004.

After his college career, Gesser joined the Titans but was released in September. He entered the National Football League substance abuse program shortly after his arrest, defense attorney Paul Cunney said.

Gesser plans to leave Saturday for Tampa, Fla., to try out for the NFL Europe football league, Cunney said.

Cleveland Browns: Mel Tucker, an Ohio State assistant coach the past four seasons, joined the Browns as defensive backs coach.

Tucker, a Cleveland native, is the latest addition to new coach Romeo Crennel's staff. Tucker coached the Buckeyes' defensive backs, serving as a co-defensive coordinator for Jim Tressel last season.

"Coaching at Ohio State has been an unbelievable experience and I will always have a special place in my heart for the Buckeyes and our national championship team," Tucker said. "To have the opportunity to work with Romeo Crennel is one I could not pass up."

Tucker played at Cleveland Heights High School and earned four letters at Wisconsin. Before coaching at OSU, he spent two years at Miami of Ohio and one at LSU under Nick Saban, now with the Dolphins.

Washington Redskins: Linebacker Lemar Marshall, who started 14 games last season after LaVar Arrington's knee surgery, signed a three-year contract worth about $2 million to remain with the team.

Marshall was primarily a special teams player in his first two seasons before he was thrust into the starting lineup last season. Marshall finished with a career-high 82 tackles and had 1.5 sacks.

The sudden burst of playing time made it tempting for Marshall to pursue free agency, but he decided not to test the open market.

"It was a comfortable situation for him," agent Richard Katz said. "On a scale of one to 10, he expressed an excess of five in coming back."

Marshall entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay from Michigan State in 1999. He had stints on the Denver and Philadelphia practice squads before joining the Redskins.

Chicago Bears: Wide receiver David Terrell pleaded guilty to a negligent driving charge.

Terrell, who had been charged with a number of traffic violations, pleaded guilty as part of a deal in which prosecutors agreed to reduce a reckless driving charge to negligent driving.

Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Tom Stanton said Terrell also pleaded guilty before judge David Atkins to driving on a suspended license, failure to stay in his lane and failure to yield.

Terrell was fined $1,050 and placed on court supervision for six months.

Police stopped Terrell on Nov. 16, saying he was driving his SUV erratically as he tried to pass another vehicle.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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