Butkus will help Pittsburgh high school team

Updated: July 15, 2005, 8:46 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus will help coach Montour High School as part of a reality television show that begins Sept. 20 on ESPN.

The show, "Bound For Glory: The Montour Spartans," will consist of eight one-hour episodes and will document the team's season and its community involvement. Butkus will assist the team's first-year coach, Lou Cerro.

Montour, a Class AAA school in suburban Pittsburgh, was 1-8 last season and hasn't qualified for the District 7 playoffs for the last six seasons. Cerro had been the head coach at Seton-La Salle High School in Pittsburgh the past 12 seasons. He guided the team to a 13-1 record and the District 7 Class AA title last year.

"I think it will be a good thing for the team," Cerro said. "The school will certainly benefit from it. The toughest job I'm going to have is keeping the team's focus with five cameras running around.

"I was a bit skeptical about it at first, but then I talked with Butkus and felt better about things."

Butkus, who will probably live in the school district during the season, has no high school coaching experience. He did play a high school basketball coach in the Saturday morning TV show "Hang Time" and has acted in a number of films.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cornerback Scott Starks and safety Gerald Sensabaugh agreed to contracts two weeks before training camp.

Starks, a third-round selection, started 48 games at Wisconsin and finished with 230 tackles and six interceptions.

Sensabaugh, a fifth-round choice, spent three years at East Tennessee before transferring to North Carolina for his final season. He started a combined 45 games and had 261 tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions.

The Jags have four draft picks unsigned, including first-rounder Matt Jones.

Detroit Lions: Defensive end Bill Swancutt and linebacker Johnathan Goddard have agreed to three-year deals.

The sixth-round draft picks' signings were announced Friday.

Swancutt, out of Oregon State, shared the Pac 10's Defensive Player of the Year award with Detroit's second-round pick, Southern California defensive tackle Shaun Cody. He started 38 consecutive games, recording 181 tackles and 37 sacks.

Goddard led the nation in sacks while at Marshall last season and was second in forced fumbles. He started 36 games and made 65.5 stops for losses for the Thundering Herd. The former defensive end will make a move to outside linebacker for the Lions.

Kansas City Chiefs: Fifth-round draft choice Boomer Grigsby, a linebacker from Illinois State, agreed to a three-year contract.

The 5-foot-11, 249-pound Grigsby was a four-year letterman at Illinois State, and in his senior year he led the team with 129 tackles, 56 of them solo. He had three sacks, two forced fumbles and two recoveries.

One of two players taken in the fifth round by the Chiefs, Grigsby was the 138th player chosen in this year's draft.

St. Louis Rams: Fullback Madison Hedgecock, the seventh round draft pick, has agreed to terms with the team.

Hedgecock, who played at North Carolina, is the second of St. Louis' 11 draft picks to agree to a contract.

Hedgecock, the 251st pick overall, is expected to compete for the starting fullback job against incumbent Joey Goodspeed. Hedgecock was voted the top blocking back in the Atlantic Coast Conference his senior year, when he gained 130 yards on 34 carries and caught six passes for 42 yards.

Cleveland Browns: Kicker Phil Dawson, one of only two members of the 1999 expansion Browns roster still with the team, signed a five-year contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dawson was headed into the last year of a four-year deal signed in 2002. Defensive back Daylon McCutcheon is the other Browns player still on the team from when the team was revived in Cleveland.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Dawson is the franchise leader in field goal percentage (82 percent), making 108 of 132 attempts in his six-year career.

Dawson, who ranks seventh all-time in the league in accuracy, has had six game-winning kicks in his six years with the Browns.

Last season, he matched a career-high 100 points, connecting on 24 of 29 field goal attempts and making all 28 extra points.

Dawson was signed by Cleveland as a free agent in 1999.


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