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NFL roundup: Ex-Steelers guard dies in Hampton
A funeral-home official in Norfolk said former William and Mary and Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl lineman George Hughes has died.
Carl Gallup of Holloman-Brown Funeral Home said Hughes died Thursday night at the VA Medical Center in Hampton. He was 83. No cause of death was given.
Hughes was drafted by the Steelers out of W&M in 1950. He played guard, as well as tackle, and was named to the Pro Bowl twice in his five NFL seasons. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
He is survived by his wife, Kate; a son, George S. Hughes Jr., and two daughters, Kathy Gillette and Susan Anderson. Services are set for 10 a.m. Monday.
CHIEFS HIRE HALEYTodd Haley, 41, was hired as coach of Kansas City after helping Arizona reach the Super Bowl as coordinator of one of the NFL's most exciting offenses.
Haley joins a team that went a franchise-worst 2-14 under Herm Edwards, who was fired Jan. 23. Edwards lost all but two of his last 25 games and launched a rebuilding project that made the Chiefs the league's youngest team this season.
Scott Pioli, hired last month as general manager, said Haley has a "strong understanding of players and the type of players that create championship football teams."
STEELERS PREPARE FOR BUSY OFF-SEASONWith free agency starting in three weeks and numerous personnel decisions to come, the Steelers' Super Bowl run is making them play catch-up in off-season preparations.
"I've got to have some sense of that, understand that we're a month behind in getting ready for '09," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We've got to be thoughtful in how we prepare our football team. ... There will be a new 53-man roster. A lot of the faces will be the same, but nothing stays the same in this game."
The Steelers could have as many as 12 unrestricted free agents Feb. 27, including offensive linemen Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Marvel Smith and Trai Essex, punter Mitch Berger, quarterbacks Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich, linebacker/special-teams ace Keyaron Fox, cornerback Bryant McFadden and wide receiver Nate Washington.
ELSEWHEREA judge sentenced former 49ers and Redskins player Dana Stubblefield to two years' probation for lying to investigators about his steroid use. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston cited Stubblefield's later cooperation with authorities in the BALCO case as she declined to sentence him to three months' home confinement. She also fined him $5,000. ... Colts coach Jim Caldwell hired former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Larry Coyer to the same position with Indianapolis and named former South Carolina assistant Ray Rychleski as special-teams coordinator. Caldwell also promoted receivers coach Clyde Christensen to assistant head coach. ... While Bill Parcells says he is committed to the Dolphins as their executive vice president of football operations through the 2009 season, he has an unrestricted option to walk away with his fully guaranteed salary, league sources told ESPN. ... The Ravens informed season-ticket holders that they are increasing ticket prices from $5 to $15 per ticket. ... The Jets hired Fresno State assistant Kerry Locklin as defensive line coach and retained Mike Devlin as assistant offensive line/tight ends coach.