Chargers to retire Hall of Fame receiver's number
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers will retire the uniform number of wide receiver Lance Alworth this fall, 27 years after he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
The Chargers will retire Alworth's No. 19 at halftime of their home game against Buffalo on Nov. 20. Alworth played for the Chargers from 1962-1970 and with the Dallas Cowboys from 1971-72. He was the first AFL player to go into the Hall of Fame, in 1978.
"This is about as good as it gets," Alworth said. "Its a humbling experience. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was special, but being honored at home means even more."
The Chargers retired quarterback Dan Fouts No. 14 in 1988, the year after he retired from his Hall of Fame career.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers signed fifth-round draft pick Mike Hawkins, a cornerback who played in the Arena Football League last year.
Hawkins is the fifth Packers draft pick to sign.
Hawkins, at 6-foot-1, 179 pounds, played only a year of college football at Oklahoma in 2002.
Houston Texans: The FBI trained punter Chad Stanley, fullback Jarrod Baxter, centers Steve McKinney and Todd Washington, guard Fred Weary, offensive tackle Seth Wand and long snapper Bryan Pittman in weapons safety, SWAT assault, sniper shooting, handguns and automatic weapons on Tuesday in a public-relations move to help the bureau recruit new members.
"It's a great way to get the public aware of the FBI," said Raymond Oglesby, a 14-year FBI veteran in charge of recruiting for the Houston office. "It also lets the players know about the FBI as a career option after the NFL."
Agents reviewed gun safety and played a short video about the SWAT team before giving the players a chance to shoot at targets from 15 yards away with a pistol and two different automatic weapons at the FBI firearms training center.
"It's every boy's dream to come out here and shoot with the FBI," said Stanley, an avid hunter. "It's especially fun for me because I've been hunting since I was a little boy."
All the players said they had shot guns before, but most hadn't handled an automatic weapon.
"It's a weapon you'll never forget," Washington said while standing amid scores of spent shell casings after shooting a fully automatic MP5 submachine gun. "It's a powerful weapon. I'm 300 pounds and it jarred me."
Washington said getting a glimpse at the intense nature of the FBI training put his mind at ease.
"It's amazing at how specialized their training is," he said. "I'll definitely sleep easier tonight."
Cris Collinsworth will leave Fox to become a studio analyst and co-host of NBC's Sunday Night Football, which will begin during the 2006 NFL season.
It will be the second stint with NBC for Collinsworth, the former Cincinnati wide receiver, who was with the network from 1990-96.
Last season, Collinsworth was an analyst along with Troy Aikman on Fox's lead game telecast team with Joe Buck doing play-by-play. Collinsworth joined Fox in 1998 as a studio analyst and also has worked on HBO's "Inside the NFL."
He played for the Bengals from 1981-88.
Under its new contract with the NFL, NBC will have a one-hour studio show before the game telecast, which will start shortly after 8 p.m. on the East Coast.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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