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#1 Red Apples

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 12:35 AM

Lets travel back in time to see who Samkon Gado is...

The Next Willie Parker?

Two weeks ago today, Green’s backup, Najeh Davenport, was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a broken ankle that he sustained Oct. 9 against New Orleans. Tony Fisher and recent street free agent pickup Rashard Lee are the team’s only two healthy running backs. Rookie Samkon Gado is the only running back on the team’s eight-man practice squad.

Packers Add Samkon Gado To Practice Squad

The Green Bay Packers Monday made a pair of practice squad transactions, releasing running back Bobby Purify and replacing him with Samkon Gado. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, made the announcement.

Gado, a 5-foot-10, 226-pound running back from Liberty, originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs this past May. Waived near the end of the preseason, he re-joined the Chiefs and spent the season's first month on their practice squad. His last name is pronounced GAH-doh.

A native of Nigeria, Gado played 39 games at Liberty and averaged 6.0 yards on 273 career carries (1,631 yards) with 16 touchdowns, and caught 38 passes for 486 yards and six TDs.

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By ELIZABETH MERRILL

The video was sitting somewhere in a pile, lost in the shuffle of the 2005 draft. Truth is, there was nothing remarkable about it. Sam Gado is running. He looks strong and fast. He’s the third-string running back at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

The story could end there, with the video filed in a circular basket, only Gado’s coach is former NFL quarterback Ken Karcher. He’s an old friend of Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders. He’s persistent. In the last phone call, Karcher says something that sticks in Saunders’ head.

“I guarantee you that Sam Gado will bless your life as well as the lives of others in that organization,” he says.

There are nearly 20 rookies in Kansas City for a final week of workouts, but coach Dick Vermeil knows which one is Gado. He’s the one standing outside, in 90-degree heat, smiling.

The undrafted rookie didn’t just make it out of the video scrap heap. Both Vermeil and Saunders say Gado was so impressive during offseason workouts that he has a shot of sticking around past training camp.

“He has exceeded our expectations in every area,” Saunders says.

“He’s just a ball of energy.”

He’s 210 pounds of pep, he’s an honors student who wants to go back to his home in Nigeria and someday be a doctor, but Samkon Gado wants you to know one thing — he wasn’t always this sky-high. Gado never dominated in college. He was supposed to redshirt in 2004 before Liberty’s top two running backs got hurt.

But college production doesn’t always translate to NFL potential, and Karcher says Gado’s best days are still ahead of him. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash for the Patriots, and is deceptively strong. The Chiefs list him at 5 foot 11 and 210 pounds. Karcher says Gado actually weighs 225.

Gado was nicknamed “The Nigerian Nightmare” in high school after his boyhood idol, Christian Okoye. Karcher says Gado reminds him of a faster, smaller Okoye. But all the praise couldn’t help Gado’s jitters when he packed for Kansas City. He played football at a small high school, then was relegated to backup duty at a Division I-AA college. And now he was going to Kansas City to work out with a team that had Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson.

“That was in the back of my mind,” Gado says. “I mean, if I couldn’t start at Liberty …

“I think the best advice I got was from Coach Karcher. He told me the fact that I came down here, that they expressed interest, means I belong. It would not be in my best interest to go in thinking, ‘Wow, that’s Priest Holmes.’ Don’t get me wrong, the first day I couldn’t believe it that there was Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez and Trent Green, people I grew up watching and admiring. But then I had to get over that quickly. Within a matter of minutes.”

Liberty, Gado says, is a Christian school where a football player has three objectives — glorifying God, becoming the best student in the classroom, and, last in the order, excelling at football. He ran for 901 yards and 11 touchdowns on 138 carries as a senior. He also averaged 26.9 yards a kickoff return.

He didn’t always want to play football. Soccer was the sport of choice in Nigeria, and Gado was a midfielder before he moved to the United States at age 9. His buddies played football in the United States, so Gado had to try. He spent a couple of years convincing his dad he would hold up OK despite the physicality of the sport.

In the nights after a long practice, Gado will call Karcher, who’s an expert on hope and longshots. Karcher played behind John Elway in Denver. He says Gado’s in a perfect spot because there’s no pressure on him. He can learn from Holmes and Johnson. He can go to NFL Europe, if necessary, and earn experience.

But Karcher, who recently came to Kansas City to watch Gado work out, knows his pupil will make it in the NFL. He almost guarantees it.

“I’ve played with guys who weren’t as good as him,” he says.

It’s obvious Saunders has a soft spot for Gado. He spent nearly 10 minutes talking about the rookie Wednesday, and at one point said the Chiefs are better off with Gado around this summer.

He isn’t going anywhere. Today marks the last rookie workout, but Gado will stay until just before training camp, when the players are no longer permitted at the practice facility. He doesn’t want to leave anything to chance. He says it’s a win-win situation, but admits he’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t make it.

“Honestly, wouldn’t you smile if you were here?” he says. “I mean, you get to play football for an occupation. That’s almost ridiculous.”

Scouting Report

SAMKON GADO #43
College Bio
Nigerian native played in 39 games at Liberty University … Rushed 273 times for 1,631 yards (6.0 avg.) with 16 TDs and caught 38 passes for 486 yards (12.8 avg.) with six scores … Added 14 kickoff returns for 306 yards (21.9 avg.) with a TD.

2004: Saw action in nine games … Carried the ball 138 times for a career-high 901 yards (6.5 avg.) with a team-high 11 TDs … Added 12 catches for 95 yards (7.9 avg.) ... Returned 10 kickoffs for 269 yards (26.9 avg.) with a TD and recorded nine special teams tackles.

2003: Appeared in 11 games, rushing 47 times for 337 yards (7.2 avg.) with three TDs and catching 13 passes for 182 yards (14.0 avg.) with three scores … Added two kickoff returns for 26 yards (13.0 avg.).

2002: Played in all 11 games … Carried the ball 36 times for 136 yards (3.8 avg.) with a TD and caught 11 passes for 190 yards (17.3 avg.) with three touchdowns … Also returned one kickoff for 11 yards and recorded eight special teams tackles.

2001: Saw duty in eight games as a true freshman … Rushed 52 times for 257 yards (4.5 avg.) with a TD and added two receptions for 19 yards (9.5 avg.) ... Also had one kickoff return.

Personal Bio
Full name: Samkon Kaltho Gado … Single, resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.
High School: A three-year letterwinner at Ben Lippen High School in Columbia, South Carolina.


Edited by Red Apples, 25 October 2005 - 12:58 AM.




#2 Tom Collins

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 01:35 AM

Great post man. He's definitely added to my list of deep sleepers.... Anymore you got like this, post em!!

In the nights after a long practice, Gado will call Karcher, who’s an expert on hope and longshots.

Karcher the type of guy who finds long shots or is hopeful for the longshots? Don't know much about him. If he finds them, I'd like to see a list of them he's got or praised.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 02:05 AM

Nice sleeper post. :thumbup:
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 05:21 AM

Just dropped Jamie Martin and picked up “The Nigerian Nightmare” Samkon Kaltho Gado. Never heard of the guy before, now I'm excited that he's on my team. Even if he does nothing, this is the stuff I love about fantasy football. Nice work Red Apples!

Edited by satch, 25 October 2005 - 05:22 AM.


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Posted 25 October 2005 - 05:46 AM

Saw the guy @ KC Training Camp and wished we would've kept him over ROnnie Cruz as our RB3. He is a good guy....hopefully he gets a shot in GB.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 06:28 AM

Waiting for Gado...
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 06:39 AM

Good post Red. He's been on the BlackeyedJoe.com All Name team radar for a while. Hearing a little buzz out of Green Bay for him. At this point in the season for Green Bay, I wouldn't rule anything out.J
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 06:54 AM

Waiting for Gado...

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 07:11 AM

With Fisher taken, and R Lee nothing to get excited about, I might as well take a chance on Gado.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 02:20 PM

With Fisher taken, and R Lee nothing to get excited about, I might as well take a chance on Gado.

same situation here, and why the heck not, he will fill my 6th rb slot.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 02:25 PM

gado doesnt even seem to be available yet in my yahoo league. i typed in his name and nothing came up.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 02:26 PM

With Fisher taken, and R Lee nothing to get excited about, I might as well take a chance on Gado.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 02:57 PM

Did you get him yet?

Green Bay is going to have to sign a running back before Sunday's game at Cincinnati. The problem is they need somebody familiar with their system because their new No. 2 running back, ReShard Lee, whom Green Bay signed two weeks ago, is still learning it. The Packers cannot afford to bring in another running back who doesn't know their system. Therefore, it looks as if Samkon Gado, an undrafted free agent from Liberty, will be signed off the Packers practice squad this week to try to help solve the problem at running back.



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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:04 PM

Just dropped Jamie Martin and picked up “The Nigerian Nightmare” Samkon Kaltho Gado. Never heard of the guy before, now I'm excited that he's on my team. Even if he does nothing, this is the stuff I love about fantasy football. Nice work Red Apples!

very :goodposting:

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:29 PM

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:40 PM

I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
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The Green Bay Packers have added three players to the team's active roster, according to the Packers' official web site.

On the player listing is running back Walt Williams and wide receivers Andrae Thurman and Taco Wallace.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:45 PM

I love that players are already being marketed as the "next Willie Parker" :)

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:51 PM

On the player listing is running back Walt Williams and wide receivers Andrae Thurman and Taco Wallace.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:51 PM

Just remember that everyone thought Frodo was the running back, but it was Samwise Gangee that toted the rock when the going got tough.Go Samkon Gado!
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 04:18 PM

Just remember that everyone thought Frodo was the running back, but it was Samwise Gangee that toted the rock when the going got tough.

Go Samkon Gado!

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 04:26 PM

I hate to rain on the Gado parade

That just sounds funny.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 04:27 PM

Just remember that everyone thought Frodo was the running back, but it was Samwise Gangee that toted the rock when the going got tough.

Go Samkon Gado!

Shame on you! It's Samwise Gamgee.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 05:23 PM

I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
Read Full Article at http://www.packers.com



Well there is the goalline back for the near future. He looked decent in limited time last season.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 05:42 PM



Just remember that everyone thought Frodo was the running back, but it was Samwise Gangee that toted the rock when the going got tough.

Go Samkon Gado!

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 07:31 PM



I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



  Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
  Read Full Article at http://www.packers.com
 


Well there is the goalline back for the near future. He looked decent in limited time last season.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 07:46 PM



I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



  Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
  Read Full Article at http://www.packers.com
 


Well there is the goalline back for the near future. He looked decent in limited time last season.

FWIW, Fisher (6-1, 222) is a bigger back than Williams (6-1, 215)

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 07:48 PM





I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
Read Full Article at http://www.packers.com



Well there is the goalline back for the near future. He looked decent in limited time last season.

FWIW, Fisher (6-1, 222) is a bigger back than Williams (6-1, 215)

Size isn't always everything though. IIRC williams got some G/L carries last year. In the game Green went down, fisher got 1 G/L carry. Other than that... they passed on the goalline. Williams seems to run with fullspeed through the line, whereas Fisher is more hesitant.

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 08:04 PM







I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



  Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
  Read Full Article at http://www.packers.com
 


Well there is the goalline back for the near future. He looked decent in limited time last season.

FWIW, Fisher (6-1, 222) is a bigger back than Williams (6-1, 215)

Size isn't always everything though. IIRC williams got some G/L carries last year. In the game Green went down, fisher got 1 G/L carry. Other than that... they passed on the goalline. Williams seems to run with fullspeed through the line, whereas Fisher is more hesitant.

True--Reshard Lee (5'10, 228) is actually listed as being bigger than both of them, but I can't see him being the goal line back.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 12:49 AM





I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
Read Full Article at http://www.packers.com



Well there is the goalline back for the near future. He looked decent in limited time last season.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 03:37 AM

Waiting for Gado...

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 05:52 AM

Sam and I went to the same HS ( he graduated one year behind me ), and I follwed his success through college at Liberty. Sam is a workout junkie, very fast, an excellent reciver, quality return man, and as good a guy as you can ever meet. I only hope that he finds success.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 06:18 AM

Sam and I went to the same HS ( he graduated one year behind me ), and I follwed his success through college at Liberty. Sam is a workout junkie, very fast, an excellent reciver, quality return man, and as good a guy as you can ever meet. I only hope that he finds success.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 08:31 AM

Yeah, GO LIBERTY!!!!! It's all about the Flames! (sorry, I never get a chance to hear anything involving my old school and the NFL)

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 08:45 AM

Yeah, GO LIBERTY!!!!! It's all about the Flames!

(sorry, I never get a chance to hear anything involving my old school and the NFL)

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:06 AM



Yeah, GO LIBERTY!!!!!  It's all about the Flames!

(sorry, I never get a chance to hear anything involving my old school and the NFL)

You must be a HUGE Dwayne Carswell fan.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:25 AM



Waiting for Gado...

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Bet this is the first Beckett reference ever in FBG or any other FF forum.

not even the first this week, if you count the FFA.

very good line, though. :thumbup:

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:33 AM

He's not even in the MFL database.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:33 AM

Maybe with all hope, this will turn into another Rashard Lee kind of thread! :wub:

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:34 AM

Is it time to bring that back up soon?

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 11:22 AM





Waiting for Gado...

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Bet this is the first Beckett reference ever in FBG or any other FF forum.

not even the first this week, if you count the FFA.

very good line, though. :thumbup:

and very good thread in general here. thanks for the info.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 12:54 PM

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers signed Williams on Tuesday to provide more depth at RB with Ahman Green out for the year. Williams was a natural given that he has been in the Packers' training camp each of the last two years and will be able to immediately step in and back up Tony Fisher and ReShard Lee. The Packers chose Williams over former Seattle running back Kerry Carter, who worked out for the team Tuesday.Insight: Williams is now Green Bay's #3 RB and has very little fantasy value... unless of course more Packer RBs get hurt. (RichardFung/PFSi

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 08:22 PM




Yeah, GO LIBERTY!!!!! It's all about the Flames!

(sorry, I never get a chance to hear anything involving my old school and the NFL)

You must be a HUGE Dwayne Carswell fan.

Wow, how ironic is that. Hope the big guy recovers well and soon.

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 04:44 AM





Yeah, GO LIBERTY!!!!!  It's all about the Flames!

(sorry, I never get a chance to hear anything involving my old school and the NFL)

You must be a HUGE Dwayne Carswell fan.

Wow, how ironic is that. Hope the big guy recovers well and soon.

I know this is off topic but is there a database or search engine out there that someone could use to find out if anyone from their high school was drafted?

#44 apalmer

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 04:56 AM

picked up “The Nigerian Nightmare” Samkon Kaltho Gado. Never heard of the guy before, now I'm excited that he's on my team.

I think I got an email about this guy. They wanted my address, checking account info and phone number and promised to provide more info.

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 11:44 AM

I hate to rain on the Gado parade, but I visited the Packer'w website which shows the three additions mentioned below and Gado still shows on the practice roster.



Packers Add RB Williams To Roster
Read Full Article at http://www.packers.com

The Green Bay Packers have added three players to the team's active roster, according to the Packers' official web site.

On the player listing is running back Walt Williams and wide receivers Andrae Thurman and Taco Wallace.

http://www.xpertsports.com
Submitted on Oct 25, 5:31 pm
By Xpert Sports Correspondent Adam Lasik

So Williams got added instead of Gado?

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#46 Big K

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 02:47 PM

interesting.....The Green Bay Packers Saturday promoted running back Samkon Gado from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, and placed safety Earl Little on injured reserve. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, made the announcement.Gado, a 5-foot-10, 226-pound rookie from Liberty, had joined the team's practice squad Oct. 17. The running back, whose name is pronounced SAM-konn GAH-doh, is No. 35 on the Packers' roster.Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Kansas City this past May, he was waived near the end of preseason but re-joined the Chiefs and spent the season's first month on their practice squad.A native of Nigeria, Gado played 39 games at Liberty and averaged 6.0 yards on 273 career carries (1,631 yards) with 16 touchdowns, and caught 38 passes for 486 yards and six TDs.Little, a 6-foot, 202-pound veteran out of Miami (Fla.), injured his hamstring in the Packers' 32-29 loss at Carolina Oct. 3. The injury had sidelined him each of the ensuing two contests.

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 04:42 PM

interesting.....

The Green Bay Packers Saturday promoted running back Samkon Gado from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, and placed safety Earl Little on injured reserve. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, made the announcement.

Gado, a 5-foot-10, 226-pound rookie from Liberty, had joined the team's practice squad Oct. 17. The running back, whose name is pronounced SAM-konn GAH-doh, is No. 35 on the Packers' roster.

Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Kansas City this past May, he was waived near the end of preseason but re-joined the Chiefs and spent the season's first month on their practice squad.

A native of Nigeria, Gado played 39 games at Liberty and averaged 6.0 yards on 273 career carries (1,631 yards) with 16 touchdowns, and caught 38 passes for 486 yards and six TDs.

Little, a 6-foot, 202-pound veteran out of Miami (Fla.), injured his hamstring in the Packers' 32-29 loss at Carolina Oct. 3. The injury had sidelined him each of the ensuing two contests.

:goodposting:

:D

The Packers RB situtation is a clusterf###, but Gado has as good a chance as anyone at this point.

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 06:19 PM



picked up “The Nigerian Nightmare” Samkon Kaltho Gado. Never heard of the guy before, now I'm excited that he's on my team.

I think I got an email about this guy. They wanted my address, checking account info and phone number and promised to provide more info.

I thought it was funny even if nobody else does! :thumbup:
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#49 R. Duke

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 12:02 PM

1-10-GB 22 (5:06) S.Gado right end to GB 30 for 8 yards (B.Simmons; D.O'Neal).

Let the bandwagon begin :thumbup:
Team #1 - Twelve team dynasty IDP , 6pts all TD(Def 8pts), 1pt every 10y run/rec. 1pt every 20y pass. .5 PPR. 1pt tackle. 4 sack. 5 int., 1 pass def. 4 FR, 2FF,;l

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 12:19 PM

1-10-GB 22 (5:06) S.Gado right end to GB 30 for 8 yards (B.Simmons; D.O'Neal).

Let the bandwagon begin :thumbup:

I don't see him in the game log on NFL.com




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