One of the stranger football stories of 2020 popped up recently when former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Cheap Adam Jones Jersey posted a video on social media that featured him burning jerseys in his driveway.
Jerseys belonging to Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden.
At the time, Jones said he didn’t know who sent him the Steelers merchandise and Haden’s reps went as far as to say he had no involvement at all.
In a new interview with TMZ Sports, Jones says he’s linked up with Haden and suspects it was someone such as Joey Porter who sent him the jerseys:
“I don’t think Joe sent them after I talked to Joe—so, I don’t have no problem with Joe,” he said. “But I do think somebody over there in that ballpark or whatever they doing over there, (expletive), that somebody from over there sent them. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Joey Porter sent them.”
Jones and Porter, of course, go way back to that now-infamous Bengals-Steelers playoff game. Fans of both teams surely remember it well — Cincinnati ended up losing a winnable game, in part due to Porter, a coach at the time, serving as an instigator on the field and Pacman and others losing their cool.
We probably won’t ever know who sent Pacman the Steelers jerseys. Well, maybe.
Alabama’s high schools and colleges haven’t produced a lot of NFL kickers when compared to the number of pro cornerbacks and running backs who have come out of the state. But of the 10 players with Alabama football roots who have scored the most NFL points, only three got there without putting foot to football.
The top two — both former Auburn kickers — are among the 62 players in NFL history with at least 1,000 points. Cheap Al Del Greco Jersey ranks 22nd in NFL history with 1,584 points, and Cheap Rob Bironas Jersey ranks 60th with 1,032.
The closest active player to the state top 10 is Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (Alabama), who is No. 12 on the list with 430 points. Cody Parkey (Auburn) is between Ingram and the top 10 with 460 points, but he is not on a current NFL roster, although he kicked in three games for the Tennessee Titans in 2019.
The 10 players with Alabama football roots who have scored the most NFL points:
Al Del Greco
Al Del Greco kicks a 50-yard field goal as time runs out to lift the Tennessee Titans to a 15-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFL game on Dec. 3, 2000, in Philadelphia.AP Photo/Chris Gardner
1. Al Del Greco, Auburn: 1,584 points
Green Bay Packers 1984-1987, St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals 1987-1990, Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1991-2000: The kicker had 347 field goals and 543 extra points. In 1998, he led the NFL with 36 field goals. Del Greco scored at least 104 points in eight of his final nine seasons to become the all-time points leader for the Oilers/Titans franchise with 1,060.
Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas
Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas runs off the field after kicking a 60-yard field goal with 12 seconds to play in a 20-17 victory in an NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 3, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn.AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
2. Rob Bironas, Auburn: 1,032 points
Tennessee Titans 2005-2013: The kicker had 239 field goals and 315 extra points. Bironas led the NFL with 39 field goals in 2007, when he received first-team All-Pro recognition. Bironas ranks second to Al Del Greco on the all-time scoring list for the Oilers/Titans franchise.
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens breaks away during an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys for a 50-yard touchdown reception on Nov. 15, 2004, in Irving, Texas.AP Photo/LM Otero
3. Terrell Owens, Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City: 942 points
San Francisco 49ers 1996-2003, Philadelphia Eagles 2004-2005, Dallas Cowboys 2006-2008, Buffalo Bills 2009, Cincinnati Bengals 2010: The wide receiver had 153 receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and three 2-point conversions. His 156 TDs rank fifth in NFL history. Owens was a first-team All-Pro selection five times, earned Pro Bowl recognition six times and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes
Kicker Lawrence Tynes holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.AP Photo/David J. Phillip
4. Lawrence Tynes, Troy: 927 points
Kansas City Chiefs 2004-2006, New York Giants 2007-2012: The place-kicker had 190 field goals and 357 extra points. Tynes made all three of his field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point attempts in two Super Bowl victories by the Giants.
Don Hutson poses with his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust after being enshrined with the inaugural class on Sept. 7, 1963, in Canton, Ohio.ASSOCIATED PRESS
5. Don Hutson, Alabama: 825 points
Green Bay Packers 1935-1945: The wide receiver had 99 receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, two blocked-punt touchdowns, one interception-return touchdown, seven field goals and 172 extra points. The first NFL player with 100 TDs, Hutson was the league’s top scorer in five consecutive seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro eight times and was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 1963.