Aikman, Irvin, Smith to be honored together

Updated: July 20, 2005, 11:32 PM ET
Associated Press

Dallas Cowboys: Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith led the Dallas Cowboys back to glory with three Super Bowl wins in four years in the 1990s. So it only makes sense they're going into the team's Ring of Honor together.

The fitting tribute to the longtime teammates nicknamed "The Triplets" was announced Wednesday by team owner Jerry Jones in a news conference at Texas Stadium. They will become the 13th, 14th and 15th recipients of the franchise's ultimate honor on Sept. 19 as the Cowboys host the Washington Redskins.

"To be inducted into our Ring of Honor as a threesome gives us one of the most unique opportunities of any sporting team or franchise that they've ever had," Jones said.

Carolina Panthers: The team signed fifth-round draft choice Ben Emanuel from UCLA and sixth-round draft choice Jovan Haye from Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

Carolina, which opens training camp July 29, has reached agreement with half of its 10 draft picks, all of them either fifth- or sixth-round choices.

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Emanuel played in 48 games, starting 39 of his final 42 contests at free safety and strong safety, for the Bruins. He finished his career with 228 tackles, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, eight interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and one blocked kick.

Haye, 6-2, 290, started 34 of 35 games at defensive end for the Commodores. He had 149 tackles, 10{ sacks, 17 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and one interception.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles agreed to four-year deals with third-round pick Ryan Moats and fifth-round pick Trent Cole.

Moats, a 5-foot-8, 210-pound running back, set school records for yards rushing (1,774), touchdowns (18), and carries (288) at Louisiana Tech.

Moats finished his college career with 499 carries for 3,176 yards and 28 TDs. He also received first team All-WAC honors as a sophomore following a 1,364-yard, 10-touchdown performance.

Cole, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end, was a two-time first team All-Conference USA selection at Cincinnati. Cole finished his career with 238 tackles and 19 sacks, which ranks third on the school's career list.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals signed fifth-round draft pick Adam Kieft of Central Michigan to a three-year deal.

Kieft, an offensive tackle, is the second 2005 pick to sign with the Bengals. The other is seventh-rounder Jonathan Fanene, a defensive end from Utah.


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