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Saturday / February 24.
  • Simms, Theismann Have Little Sympathy for Plax; Simms Says Teel Has a Shot at the NFL

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    Count former NFL quarterbacks Joe Theismann and Phil Simms among those who feel Plaxico Burress should be punished for his crimes.

    “Sooner or later, the National Football League is going to have to take a stance on athletes regarding conduct,” Theismann, who led the Washington Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XVII, said Tuesday on a conference call promoting the New Jersey-Northeast All-Star High School Football Classic next May at Rutgers Stadium. “Somebody has to be told they’re no longer allowed to play in the game because of their conduct.

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    For more on Simms and Rutgers QB Mike Teel...

    SIMMS SAYS TEEL HAS SHOT AT NFL

    When Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel was suffering through a rough early part of the season, he spoke to both former Giants QB Phil Simms and current QB Eli Manning for encouragement.

    Simms has known the former Don Bosco Prep star for many years, dating to the time when Phil’s younger son, Matt, played at Bosco.

    “With Mike, what I say to him is a lot of private stuff,” Simms said Tuesday on a conference call to promote the New Jersey – Northeast All-Star Classic that will take place next May at Rutgers Stadium. The game will replace the old New York-New Jersey All-Star Classic and will feature Simms coaching the Jersey squad and former Washington Redskins QB Joe Theismann, a native of South River, N.J., coaching the Northeast.

    “[Teel] is just a friend. I’ve always admired how hard he’s worked and he’s really put in time and dedicated himself tremendously while at Rutgers, so I’m proud of him just for that. He’s withstood a lot of tough stuff.

    “Mike Teel’s going to have a chance to play in the NFL and I think that’s pretty exciting for a kid who just grew up around the block from me. I’ve seen the improvement over the years. He showed that he loved the game by working hard enough. He’s put in the time, so I’m glad for him.”

    Teel and the Scarlet Knights (6-5, 4-2 Big East) will play their final home game of the season Thursday night on ESPN against Louisville (5-6, 1-5). If Rutgers wins, it would qualify for its fourth straight bowl appearance.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.