NFL Cougar Highlights, Season Finale

THE NFL SEASON is over for all but six Washington State alums, but what a year is was for Cougar greats in the big leagues. Find out how each of the 19 NFL Crimson Soldiers did in the final week of regular season play--as well as their total season stats--in our weekly highlights.

Hamza Abdullah, S, Denver, rookie: Declared inactive for the playoff bound Broncos' 23-7 victory against San Diego. Finished the year with one tackle for Denver.

Calvin Armstrong, OT, Philadelphia, rookie: No stats from the Eagles' 31-20 fall to the ‘Skins.

Drew Bledsoe, QB, Dallas, 13th season: Connected on 18 of 39 pass attempts for 242 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a lost fumble in the Cowboys' 20-10 loss to St. Louis. Was presented with the Bob Lilly Award in a pre-game ceremony, which recognizes the Dallas player who best displays the characteristics of the legendary Dallas defensive lineman. Through the season the Walla Walla native connected on 300 of 499 pass attempts for 3,639 yards, 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Also ran the ball 34 times for 50 yards and two TDs.

Erik Coleman, S, New York Jets, 2nd season: Led all defenders with 11 solo tackles and two assists in the Jets' 30-26 victory against Buffalo. Finished the season with 121 total tackles (84 solo)—second best on the team—and two interceptions.

Devard Darling, WR, Baltimore, 2nd season: No stats from the Ravens' 20-16 loss to Cleveland. Caught no passes in the 2005 season but posted three special team tackles.

James Darling, LB, Arizona, 9th season: The Kettle Falls native posted eight solo stops, one assist and an interception in the Cards' 17-13 loss to Indy. Made 88 total tackles (71 solo), one sack and two interceptions during the season.

Jason David, CB, Indianapolis, 2nd season: No stats from the playoff bound Counterfeit Colts 17-13 victory against Arizona. Posted 41 total tackles (30 solo), two fumble recoveries and two interceptions during the season. Also returned one punt for no gain.

Steve Gleason, S, New Orleans, 5th season: No stats from the Saints' 27-13 loss to Tampa Bay. Posted 14 total tackles (12 solo) during the season.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 14th season: True on all three extra-point attempts in the Lions' 35-21 loss to Pittsburgh. Finished the year with 84 points by hitting 19 of 24 FG attempts and each of his 27 PAT attempts. Also posted two tackles. With 1,420 points the Spokane native is ranked 16th on the NFL all-time scoring list.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo. 6th season: Was perfect on both extra-point attempts and all four field goal tries (from 21, 52, 24 and 36 yards) in Bills' 30-26 fall to the Jets. Scored 113 points in 2005 (13th best in the NFL) by connecting on all 26 of his PAT attempts and 29 of his 35 FG tries. Also tallied four tackles.

Rien Long, DT, Tennessee, 3rd season:Posted two solo tackle in Titans' 40-13 loss to Jacksonville. Finished the season with 29 total tackles (23 solo), including 3.5 sacks.

Rob Meier, DE, Jacksonville, 6th season: Tallied two solo defensive stops in the playoff bound Jags' 40-13 drubbing of Tennessee. Made 35 total tackles (29 solo)—including six sacks—and one fumble recovery in 2005.

Karl Paymah, CB, Denver, rookie: Tallied two solo tackles in the Broncs' 23-7 win against the Chargers. Notched 14 total tackles (11 solo) in '05.

McKenzi (nee: "Jonathan") Smith, RB, Kansas City, 2nd season: Did not play. Assigned to Chiefs' practice squad.

Raonall Smith, LB, Minnesota, 4th season: No stats from the Vikes' 34-10 victory against Da Bears. Notched 35 total tackles (28 solo), one sack and two fumble recoveries in '05.

Lamont Thompson, S, Tennessee, 4th season: No stats from the Titans' 40-13 loss to Jax. Posted 80 total tackles (61 solo), one sack and one interception during the season. Also returned one punt for 31 yards.

Robbie Tobeck, C, Seattle, 13th season: Rested for most of Seattle's 23-17 loss to Green Bay in anticipation of the Seahawks playoff run.

Marcus Trufant, CB, Seattle, 3rd season: Did not play in Hawks' loss to the Packers due to lower back bruise suffered last week. Is expected to be ready for Seattle's first playoff game in two weeks. Finished the season with 64 total tackles (55 solo), one sack and one interception.

Cory Withrow, C, Minnesota, 7th season: The Spokane native started for the Vikes in their 34-10 victory against Chicago. Started seven contests and posted one tackle for Minnesota in '05.

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