SAN FRANCISCO As Steve Young listened to the Candlestick Park crowd roar at his jersey retirement ceremony, he looked at Jerry Rice and wished he was in his old No. 8 uniform instead of a suit.
“Honestly I feel like I want to play,” Young said after the ceremony. “My life is sublime now and great and wonderful in many ways but you can't replace it.”
Young was honored at halftime of the San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday against the New England Patriots. He was introduced to the adoring crowd by his close friend and former teammate Brent Jones, who called Young a “brilliant field general” who “could destroy you with his left arm and then could turn around and destroy you as well with his legs.”
Several members of the 49ers glory teams from the late 1980s and '90s were on stage with Young for the ceremony, including Rice, Jones, Harris Barton and Jesse Sapolu.
Texans' Ike campaign
raises $2.45 million
A charitable campaign set up by the Houston Texans to benefit victims of Hurricane Ike has raised $2.45 million.
The campaign was announced prior to the Texans' Sept. 21 game against Tennessee. Texans owner Bob McNair donated $500,000 and the NFL and its players' association matched McNair's contribution with a $500,000 donation to the league's disaster relief fund. Chevron Corp. added a $250,000 donation.
PricewaterhouseCooper donated $150,000 and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay donated $50,000. The Texans were playing the Colts on Sunday in the first game at Reliant Stadium since Ike made landfall along the Texas coast on Sept. 13.
The money raised will be divided into two relief funds: the Houston Ike Relief Fund, established by Mayor Bill White for short-term relief for food, water and medicine; and the United Way fund for longer-term goals.
“We all know the tragedy that took place here and the great effort that's taken place to help rebuild and support this community in a difficult period of time,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “We at the NFL are glad to be here and I am personally glad to be here to represent our support for this community.”
Public-service announcements featuring former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton were played during the televised broadcasts of each of Sunday's early games. The elder Bush and Clinton announced a fundraising drive on Sept. 24 to help the hardest-hit cities and towns along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast to finance infrastructure projects.
Around the league
For the Seattle Seahawks, this was another dreadful trip east. They are 1-6 in their last seven cross-country flights and are 3-8 in their last eight road games overall.
Both the Patriots and 49ers used unorthodox defensive alignments in the first half of their game, which New England won 30-21.
New England sometimes went to a speed-based scheme that featured just one lineman and six defensive backs on a few occasions, while San Francisco again employed its Big Sub package — featuring four linemen and five defensive backs — to guard against big plays, though it didn't help on Randy Moss' long catch.
Kyle Orton did plenty when Chicago had the ball against Detroit to enjoy his accomplishments: 24-of-34 for 334 yards, and a 121.4 rating.
He surpassed his previous records of 22 completions and 268 yards passing – both of which he reached last month against Tampa Bay – and a 103.3 rating, which he set in a 38-6 win over the Lions at home in 2005.
Sunday was the Green Bay Packers' first three-game losing streak since 2006.
Tramon Williams, who filled in for Al Harris, had an interception for the second straight game.
Washington's Chris Cooley had eight receptions for 109 yards.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards went down with a concussion on the third play of the game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Safety Adrian Wilson blitzed untouched and leveled the second-year quarterback, slamming him to the ground.
Edwards, who had directed Buffalo to a 4-0 record, lay on the ground for several minutes before being helped to the sideline. He was carted off the field, and the Bills reported a short time later that he had a concussion.
Edwards completed a 13-yard pass to James Hardy just before he was hit by Wilson.
Former starter J.P. Losman took Edwards' place.
Receiver Chris Henry was in uniform for Cincinnati's game at Dallas after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's conduct policy.
Henry was released by the Bengals following his fifth arrest in the offseason, but was brought back to the team by owner Mike Brown over the objections of coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals released backup running back Kenny Watson on Saturday to make room on their 53-man roster.
Also playing for the Bengals was running back Cedric Benson, signed to a one-year deal earlier this week. Benson was released by Chicago following two offseason arrests in Texas involving alcohol, but the cases were dropped when grand juries chose not to indict.
The field at Dolphins Stadium held up well despite a rainy weekend that left it literally under water Saturday night following the Florida State-Miami game.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a career-high quarterback rating of 136.6. His previous high was 130.
Tampa Bay quarterback Brian Griese injured his shoulder in the third quarter.
Griese was just getting ready to throw the ball when Champ Bailey hit him on a blitz with 8 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Griese was replaced by Jeff Garcia, whom he had supplanted as starter after the opener.
Griese was 13-of-19 for 88 yards before the injury.