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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; From Michael Silver's new Rollin' With... article: Silver: Have you taken a lot of young players under your wing? Neal: Yeah. There's this one up-and-coming fullback, Michael Karney of the Saints [who scored three touchdowns in Sunday night's victory over ...

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Old 12-13-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Now I know why Karney's so good.

From Michael Silver's new Rollin' With... article:

Silver: Have you taken a lot of young players under your wing?

Neal: Yeah. There's this one up-and-coming fullback, Michael Karney of the Saints [who scored three touchdowns in Sunday night's victory over Dallas], who met me through a fence at training camp a few years ago. We were training in Carson [Calif.], and he walked over to the fence and yelled, "Mr. Neal!" He was coming off his junior season at Arizona State, and he handed me a tape and asked if I'd watch it. He said, "I've really wanted to meet you -- I want to play the way you play." I watched the tape, and he was pretty good. We kept in touch. And that next offseason, when he was getting ready for the draft, he came out to Fresno and worked out with me. The fullback at Fresno State now, Roshon Vercher, works out with me sometimes, and there are some young players around the league who've come up to me after games and said, "It's an honor to meet you." When it comes down to it, that's why you play the game.
And this interview is from last week, before the games were played. I had no idea there was a connection.
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Old 12-13-2006, 07:12 PM   #2
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RE: Now I know why Karney

Yeah I had read about the connection somewhere. I'm glad that Karney got those 3 TDs last week in front of a national audience. He's probably the best pure blocking FB in the NFC right now, but because of the lack of publicity the position gets, voters for the Pro Bowl usually go with the same incumbent over and over again because they don't know any better. I'm glad Karney got his name out there.

Being in London currently, there aren't any highlight shows of NFL games, so maybe you guys can help me. Did his 3-Falcon block get any recognition by the national news media? That was amazing. One of those great football plays that gets passed up by people only concerned with stats and such.
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Old 12-13-2006, 07:26 PM   #3
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he's so good because no one expects him to be good. Defenses have too much to contend with as it is. It sounds arrogant but it is just an observation I had. Karney's first touch down came with the two Dallas defenders looking straight at him just before he got the ball. And he got in because they were expecting him to only contribute with blocking.
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:14 AM   #4
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I hear a national media person mention him blocking the 3 Falcon players, I think. BUt I don't recall who it was.
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:19 AM   #5
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Actually, I think it was mentioned on ESPN and in a few articles on Fox, SI, and CBS that most people only knew Karney (before the Cowboys game) for blocking three players at once.

And in the Dallas game, I saw a few times where he'd block one person with each arm.
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Old 12-14-2006, 03:34 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Brann
Actually, I think it was mentioned on ESPN and in a few articles on Fox, SI, and CBS that most people only knew Karney (before the Cowboys game) for blocking three players at once.

And in the Dallas game, I saw a few times where he'd block one person with each arm.
He knocked Mr. Ware on his arse more than once, I know that. This guy is a freaking dozer.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:24 AM   #7
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From what I've seen this year Karney is the second best blocking full back (behind Neal) this season. And now that he scored 3 td's that just give defenders 1 more thing to watch for which makes our #1 ranked Off even more deadly.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:38 AM   #8
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I mentioned their connection a couple of weeks ago...I forget the topic...Karney and Neal also appeared on NFL Network together before the draft and talked about the FB position and how they met...

Reggie has also trained with a lead pro at his position, LaDainian Tomlinson...
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