NFL teams pass on Red Raiders

All told, 252 players were drafted by NFL teams over the last two days. Clovis’ Joey Garcia was not one of them. Garcia, a 6’2″, 212-pound safety who led Texas Tech in tackles last season, was hopeful he would hear his name called among the seven rounds. No Texas Tech player was selected.

Clovis native Garcia plans to follow NFL draft on TV

CNJ staff Clovis native Joey Garcia will be doing today what he does every April about this time — watching the NFL draft. “I’ve been watching the draft forever,” said Garcia. “The last five years now, watching all the friends that went before me … it’s just fun, it’s exciting.” After leading the Texas Tech […]

McNabb delivers passes, laughs

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was a surprise guest at the Jocks at the Rock charity event held at Rock Staubus gymnasium Saturday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If the NFL didn’t work out, Donovan McNabb could have had a solid career with the Harlem Globetrotters. The former Syracuse point […]

House wind farm helps to power Super Bowl

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Freedom New Mexico: Chelle Delaney When the wind turbines went up three years ago, rancher Carl Parmer said he would never have imagined that they would be associated with the Super Bowl. Parmer stands with his wife, Tina, and daughter, Summer. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Among all the excitement and hype of Sunday’s […]

Former Greyhound coaching top NFL back

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico With the AFC’s top two teams duking it out today, one of the NFL’s best running backs is being coached by a Greyhound. Eastern New Mexico alum Matt Simon, running backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, played linebacker for the Greyhounds before becoming a graduate assistant under then […]

Fans take hit in NFL, cable matchup

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer “Turn to page 38,” Shawn told me. I was holding Shawn’s copy of the NFL Shop catalog, and was considering a new 49ers jacket until he alerted me to the collectible Super Bowl book on page 38. It was quite a book, leatherbound with a case and handling gloves, […]

Baskett still fond of Clovis

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CNJ file photo Hank Baskett’s 464 yards receiving last season were the second-most for an undrafted NFL rookie in the last decade. Baskett and the Philadelphia Eagles open the 2007 NFL season today against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. By Jon Marks: CNJ correspondent PHILADELPHIA — All things considered, unlike what W.C. Fields […]

Garcia has NFL hopes after Tech

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent He was Joey when he left Clovis. Now, he’s just plain Joe. But Joe Garcia is certainly no ordinary Joe as far as the Texas Tech Red Raiders are concerned. Expected to be one of the leaders this year for Tech’s defense at strong safety, the 6-foot-1 inch, 222-pound senior […]

NFL fumbles trying to control news gathering

By Freedom Newspapers The National Football League has picked another fight this year with the news media, which have helped make it the world’s most profitable sports franchise. There has been an uproar about vests that all news photojournalists are supposed to wear while on the sidelines of every football game. The vests carry two […]

Baskett Watch

CNJ staff Clovis’ Hank Baskett is entering his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who opened training camp Friday in Lehigh, Pa. PROSPECTS Coming off a strong rookie season, Baskett and fellow second-year player Jason Avant are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot. “We like what we saw from Hank last […]