- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2001

Ozzie who?
Baltimore Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe became the NFL's all-time leader in receiving yardage by a tight end yesterday with a 13-yard, second-quarter reception. Sharpe broke the record of Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' senior vice president of player personnel.
Sharpe, a 12-year veteran out of tiny Savannah State, now has 8,018 yards the first tight end to surpass 8,000 yards on 639 receptions. Sharpe said setting the yardage record is nice, but he still has unfinished business with Newsome.
"They asked me earlier in the week if I wanted the game stopped when I break the record," Sharpe said. "I was like, no, because that's really not the record that I want. I want the catch record."
Sharpe finished the game with three receptions for 57 yards (19.0 avg.), including an impressive 32-yard catch-and-run in which he faked out Titans rookie free safety Joe Walker running across the middle. Walker dove head-first into the turf in a feeble attempt to tackle Sharpe.
Sharpe, 33, needs 24 receptions to eclipse Newsome's all-time record of 662.

Presidential address
About 30 minutes before kickoff, the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan as part of its war on terrorism. At halftime, the Ravens broadcast President Bush's address to the nation on PSINet Stadium's state-of-the-art SMARTVISION video scoreboards. The large crowd (69,494) erupted into cheers during key lines of the speech.

You can't blame Dan
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has botched plenty of personnel decisions concerning his hapless team, but Ravens running back Terry Allen isn't one of them.
Allen, 33, belied his age and surgically-repaired knees yesterday when he rushed for 108 yards on 22 carries. It was Allen's first 100-yard game for the Ravens .Snyder bought the Redskins after the team opted not to re-sign Allen as a free agent. Allen played four seasons [1995-98] with the Redskins and rushed for 4,084 yards and one Pro Bowl appearance.
"Things were said that, if anybody knew what was really going on [concerning the Ravens' inability to run the ball the first two weeks of the season], they wouldn't have said them to start with," Allen said. "I'm not trying to vindicate anything, I'm just going out there and trying to help my team win."

Football's iron man
Tennessee's Bruce Matthews is football's answer to Cal Ripken. Matthews, a 19-year veteran, played in his 283rd game yesterday and surpassed ex-Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall for first place on the NFL's all-time list for most games played by a non-kicker.
Matthews, who has been selected to play in 13 Pro Bowls, has started in 206 consecutive games and has appeared in 219 straight games. Both are the longest active streaks in the NFL.

One more kick
Ravens kicker Matt Stover is a field goal shy of tying former Minnesota kicker Fred Cox (1968-70) for most consecutive games with a field goal. A Stover 26-yarder in the second-quarter gave him 30 consecutive games in which he has kicked a field goal.

Injuries aplenty
Both teams banged up each other yesterday. However, the worst injury was suffered by Titans cornerback Samari Rolle. Rolle suffered a serious neck injury the second of his career when he struck the hip of another player on a 9-yard run by Ravens fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo.
Rolle lay motionless for several minutes before being carted off to the nearby University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit. Luckily, Rolle appears to be fine.

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