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Monday, December 19, 2005

 
....My buddy Glenn e-mailed me this N&O article on N.C State legend Roman Gabriel. Watching Gabriel play for the then-L.A. Rams, wearing the old -one-bar helmet with no chin strap is one of my earliest memories watching pro football.

Glenn and I wondered what happened to Gabriel when he stopped doing color commentary for the Panthers. He's had health issues: a stroke in 2002 and congestive heart failure in 2004, a condition that's being remedied with drugs.

The article also talks about Gabriel's estrangement from N.C. State, which ended when he attended the 2003 State-Carolina game. Gabriel's "state of discontent" had a lot to do with his tenure as coach of the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks.

Gabriel "blames part of the team's financial problems on former NCSU athletics director Todd Turner, noting the protracted, at times contentious negotiations" over the Skyhawks' ise of Carter-Finley Stadium.

But it may have started when Gabriel didn't get the Wolfpack coachng job — in 1970.

Gabriel said "his former coach, Earle Edwards, planned to retire after the 1970 season and recommend him as his successor. Gabriel, in turn, would give up pro football."

Gabriel:

"Willis Casey never gave me the opportunity....I never got an interview."

State fans can only wonder....


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