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Wednesday Walk Around The League (Thursday edition)

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I know, I know, its Thursday, but we figured we would give the Strahan/Shockey/ and then Plax stories another day.

Here are some non-Strahan stories making the rounds this week:

  • Another future Hall of Famer is hanging them up. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Jonathan Ogden will retire today.
  • John Rauch, who led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl berth in 1967, has died at the age of 80.
  • Randy Hill of Fox Sports says its time for the Bears to kick Cedric Benson to the curb. I'm no Bears fan, so I could care less, but that team would be crazy to ever spend a first round pick on a RB again after Rashaan Salaam, Curtis Enis, and now Benson. You can't argue with their previous success with 1st round backs (Sayers, Payton, Neal Anderson), but that well has definitely run dry.
  • Former Bucs and Bengals coach Sam Wyche has entered politics.
  • Can't give you the NFL news without a TO story . Ray Buck from the Fort Worth Star Telegram wants us to feel sorry for T.O. Yeah, I'll be up all night tonight tossing and turning over Poor T.O.
  • Lastly, Coach Payton gave his Saints a day off from practice to assist in rebuilding a neighborhood badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. I have to say, I'm a big fan of Sean Payton the man. Here's a guy from California who had no ties to the New Orleans area who came in and head coach and understood and embraced the role his team plays in that community. I admire a guy who in the ultra competitive world of the NFL sacrifices a day of a 3 or 4 day mini-camp just to help the community. Kudos to him, and to the Saints players.