Updated: May 15, 2003, 11:40 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble
Cleveland Browns: The Cleveland chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America selected RB William Green as the team's Player of the Year. Green, a first-round draft pick out of Boston College, rushed for 887 yards in his rookie season, including 726 yards and five of his six touchdowns in the final seven regular-season games. "If you would have told me after the first three games I would be the MVP, it would have been something I wouldn't have believed,'' Green told the Akron Beacon Journal. "Any award I get means a lot.'' Kansas City Chiefs: Now that QB Trent Green has a seven-year, $50 million contract in hand, he has a little more expendable cash. Green has earmarked some of that money to his former school, Indiana University. Green and wife Julie will fund a renovation of the Hoosier football team's locker rooms at Memorial Stadium this summer, reports the Indianapolis Star. IU assistant athletics director Jeff Fanter said the couple did not want to disclose the exact amount of the gift, but they will pay for the majority of the $250,000 project. "It's something we both feel strongly about," said Green. "Coach (Bill) Mallory is back involved in the program. He speaks very highly of (current IU coach Gerry DiNardo) and the direction the football program is headed in." Philadelphia Eagles: In a recent MasterCard "Night on the Town" survey examining what Philadelphia sports icons the local fans would most like to dine with, QB Donovan McNabb came up No. 1 with 31 percent of the vote -- arguably because his new $112 million contract would mean he'd pick up the tab. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the rest of the top 5 is the Sixers' Allen Iverson (20 percent), Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt (11 percent), Hall of Fame Temple hoops coach John Chaney (7 percent) and our newest celebrity, the Phillies' Jim Thome (5 percent), who nosed out Julius Erving (4 percent) for fifth. Oddly enough, the affable Andy Reid didn't make the list.
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