Newswire: Izzo & League News

News from around the web includes: New England Patriot's Larry Izzo as an anchor on special teams, Free Agent winners and losers, 'The Rock' to play Tom Brady in a new movie, Philadelphia Eagles show interest in Justin Gatlin and Walkers participate in walk for Easter Seals.

Newswire Items 6/2/06

-- Of all the losses that the New England Patriots suffered during the offseason, the special teams took perhaps the biggest hit. Gone are Matt Chatham, Gunner Andre Davis and punt returner Tim Dwight. Signed as veteran replacements are Mel Mitchell and Barry Gardner along with rookies with extensive colligate experience. Special Team's captain Larry Izzo tells the Boston Herald …"You're always going to have new faces and lose key people. I'm looking forward to working with the new guys…"

-- With the Free Agency period a matter of history, it is time to look at some of the winners and losers. Perhaps one of the biggest winners are the Washington Redskins with their acquisitions of some big name free agents such as Antwaan Randle El. With the losses of Willie McGinest and Adam Vinatieri, speculates that the New England Patriots are among the biggest losers.

-- Dwayne Johnson known in wrestling circles as 'The Rock' will play Tom Brady in a new Disney movie. Entitled 'Game Plan', the movie will be filmed at Gillette stadium but will not feature the Patriots' logo or gear according to The Boston Channel.

-- Hoping to convert a sprinter into an NFL player, the Philadelphia Eagles have made inquiries into world class 100 meter sprinter Justin Gatlin. Gatlin, who tied Asafa Powell's world record mark of 9.77 seconds will compete against Powell sometime later this summer the Associated Press reports.

-- Walkers will join forces this Sunday as they walk for Easter Seals. Steve Grogan, honorary chairman of the walk and former quarterback of the New England Patriots, tells, "We're looking forward to another big turnout. The participants will be able to learn more about how their efforts benefit others. They'll also get to get to know a great group of kids and adults with disabilities who are working hard to reach their goals and achieve their personal best."

These articles and more can be found in Friday's Newswire


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