Fryar, who caught 39 passes and scored 10 TDs during the regular season, missed the Dolphins game but did play in the Super Bowl, scoring the Pats' lone TD.

The Boston Globe reported before the Super Bowl that the knife cut, which required six stitches, came during a fight between Fryar and his wife, Jacqueline. He knocked her down, the Globe reported, and she got up and slashed his hand. Both went to the hospital.

Fryar ended up making a remarkable turnaround in his life and enjoyed 17 years in the NFL. He retired in 2000 after 17 seasons, and is the sixth-leading receiver in league history with 851 career receptions.

Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson got burned by Denver's Rod Smith on this 80-yard TD pass in the second quarter.

4. Eugene Robinson hooks up before Super Bowl XXXIII
On the day before Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, Falcons cornerback Eugene Robinson humbly accepted the Bart Starr Award from Athletes in Action, honoring his "high moral character." Hours later, an undercover cop posing as a prostitute arrested him after he agreed to exchange cash for oral sex. Robinson, after being bailed out of jail, started the game for the Falcons. But the encounter apparently took a toll. He got beat twice deep, one time by Denver's Rod Smith for an 80-yard TD.

Robinson returned the award, which, by the way, had been awarded to listmate Irving Fryar in 1998.

5. San Francisco quakes during 1989 Bay Series
There are few things more distracting than the ground literally shaking under your feet. That's what happened during the 1989 World Series. Just before Game 3, the first of the Series at Candlestick Park, an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude rocked San Francisco. It killed 67, caused billions of dollars in damage (it destroyed at least 60 buildings, ripped apart a section of the Bay Bridge, and tore up a mile of the Nimitz Freeway), and resulted in the Series' being delayed for 10 days.

6. Gamblers attempt bribe before 1946 NFL Championship
Giants star fullback Merle Hapes admitted, just before the 1946 championship game against the Bears, that he had been offered $2,500 to lose by more than the 10-point spread. Commissioner Bart Bell banned Hapes from playing, but Frank Filchock, the Giants' QB who would later admit to also being offered a bribe, played. Filchock threw six interceptions in the Giants' 24-14 loss.

Legendary Giants coach Steve Owen said his team learned about the bribe attempts just before the game, but said it didn't affect their play. According to the New York Times, "The Giants players in their dressing room before the game at first were stunned by the revelation of the attempted bribery of two of their number. This reaction gave way to indignation and cold rage by game time and they came out fighting mad."

Hapes never played again, and Filchock played in only one more game, four years later for the Baltimore Colts. Neither was accused of accepting a bribe and neither was officially banned.

7. Rumors swirl around Parcells
While leading the Patriots into the 1997 Super Bowl against the Packers, it was clear that Parcells was unhappy and that his situation with owner Bob Kraft had soured. The Jets were looking for a coach and rumors were Parcells was the guy they wanted. Five days after the Patriots lost to the Packers, Parcells did quit and joined the Jets.

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