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Friday, June 10, 2005
McFarlane Toys is just as ready for football season as you are. And while the pigskin won't arrive until September, we can build up even more anticipation by preparing our NFL 11 Sports Picks series. This set includes two of the best QBs in the game, a trio of devastating running backs, two stunning receivers, the top 2005 draft pick and a dominant offensive lineman. McFarlane Toys is proud to bring football season a little closer -- one figure at a time.
TOM BRADY 2: Brady steered the Patriots past record-setting Peyton Manning, the 15-1 Steelers and over the Eagles to land a third Super Bowl title in just his sixth season. Winning a third championship lands New England's "golden child" in the pantheon of all-time NFL quarterbacks; only Brady, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana have won three or more NFL championships. Not bad for a sixth-round draft pick...
BEN ROETHLISBERGER: Following Week Two of the 2004 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers were 1-1 and had just lost starting quarterback Tommy Maddox to an elbow injury. Rookie Ben Roethlisberger stepped into the starting lineup in a brutal Miami rainstorm but guided Pittsburgh to a 13-3 victory over the Dolphins -- the first of 15 consecutive victories. "Big Ben" finished fifth in the NFL in quarterback rating and led Pittsburgh to the AFC title game. A banner hanging in Pittsburgh's Heinz Field proclaimed Roethlisberger as a "godsend." Wonder what his encore will look like?
ALEX SMITH: Smith was the top overall selection in the 2005 draft. He re-wrote the record book at Utah, setting new standards for completion percentage (66.3 percent), passing efficiency (162.7) and yards gained per completion (13.5). Smith's career numbers are staggering, passing for 5,208 yards, 47 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He led the Utes to their highest national ranking in 2004 while becoming the school's first Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien award finalist. He joins a storied franchise, hoping to become the next great quarterback to wear the 49ers red and gold.
RANDY MOSS 2: "This off-season (Moss) has embarked on the most aggressive workout program of his career because he is determined to prove to the rest of the NFL that Raiders owner Al Davis stole the best receiver in football," wrote Karl Taro Greenfeld in the May 16 edition of Sports Illustrated. That sound is AFC West cornerbacks puckering up. After seven strong (and sometimes controversial) seasons in Minnesota, Moss brings his highlight reel to Oakland -- hoping to kickstart the Raiders offense. Moss already ranks eighth in career touchdown catches (with 90) and looks to add even more as the biggest addition to the Raider Nation.
JULIUS JONES: A shoulder injury limited Jones to just eight games in his rookie season, but the Notre Dame product did the ‘Boys proud -- rushing for 819 yards and seven touchdowns. It wasn't that long ago that a short back with good speed and great vision paced the Dallas attack. Fans of "America's Team" are excited about the new weapon, and eager to see what his first full season will bring.
TIKI BARBER 2: The New York Giants jumped out to a 5-2 start last season, only to tailspin (with losses in eight of their last nine games) to a 6-10 finish. The absolute shining star for New York's schizophrenic season was Tiki Barber -- who averaged nearly 5 yards per carry in racking up a career-best 1,518 yards rushing in his third consecutive thousand-yard season. Barber combines terrific speed with brilliant vision and he'll be the key to the Giants offense again in 2005.
WILLIS McGAHEE: No one who saw it will ever forget it. In the final minutes of his college career, Miami running back Willis McGahee took a devastating hit to his left knee, buckling it backward and leaving the Fiesta Bowl crowd and a national television audience recoiling in horror. Surgery to repair three torn ligaments was set for Jan. 5, 2003, and the Heisman Trophy finalist promised he'd still fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL. McGahee embarked on a vigorous rehabilitation program. Encouraged by his progress and impressed by his determination, the Buffalo Bills selected McGahee with the 23rd pick in the NFL draft. McGahee did not play in the 2003 season, but won the starting tailback job and turned in a brilliant debut (1,128 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns) in 2004.
JOE HORN: The Chiefs' loss was the Saints' gain. After four seasons and just two starts, Joe Horn changed addresses -- leaving Kansas City behind and landing in The Big Easy with a starring role on the Saints. New Orleans had a season of inconsistency in 2004, putting together a four-game winning streak and a pair of three-game losing streaks, but Horn's brilliance was hard to ignore. He turned in his best season ever, finishing second in the league with 1,399 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. New Orleans rewarded Horn with a six-year contract extension -- locking down their best player for years to come.
WILLIE ROAF: The 10-time Pro Bowler has left a pile of frustrated linebackers and flattened defensive ends in his wake. Roaf brings 6'5" and 320 pounds of road-grader power to the Chiefs' left tackle position, clearing the path for Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson and anyone else lucky enough to run behind him. Kansas City's offense has ranked at or near the league's best since 2002, when Roaf arrived to cement down the most vital position on the offensive line. Roaf isn't allowed at autograph signings for Holmes or Trent Green, since he never lets anyone get close to them.
NFL Series 11 is due to hit stores in October. In the meantime, enjoy the photography.
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