2008 NFL Captains

Headcase(August 13th 2008 – TMRZoo.com) Some have been reappointed. Others are new this year. They are all proud to be NFL captains.

In the second year of an NFL program that promotes the importance of team leadership through the role of captains, 28 teams have appointed season-long captains on offense, defense and special teams for 2008.

“Being appointed captain is one of the greatest accomplishments of my career,” says six-year Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. HENDERSON. “To be voted by your teammates as a captain, it’s special. I’m going to take it with pride and wear the ‘C’ with honor.”

Captains traditionally serve as a link between players, coaches and management to help foster cohesion within teams.

Teams appointing season-long captains — 75 have been reappointed for 2008 — qualify for up to six captains to wear the letter “C” on the upper right chest of their jerseys. Gold stars under the “C” indicate the number of seasons a player has been a captain for his present team.

The captains’ initiative originated with the NFL Player Advisory Council that was established in 2007 by NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL in conjunction with the NFL Players Association. The idea also has been strongly endorsed by NFL head coaches.

“Our captains are a great representation of the veteran leadership of our team,” says Cincinnati Bengals head coach MARVIN LEWIS. “The captains represent a diversity of positions, and we will be looking to these players for their professionalism in giving direction to the younger segment of our roster.”

While the emphasis is on the naming of season-long captains, four teams have elected to appoint their captains on a weekly basis.

“Team captains are a key element in building team leadership and enhancing communication between players, coaches and management,” says NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations RAY ANDERSON. “A perfect example of the benefit of this kind of communication is that the players themselves suggested the concept of re-emphasizing team captains.”

Following are the players appointed as team captains for this season:

2008 NFL TEAM CAPTAINS

TEAM/NUMBER OF CAPTAINS

CAPTAINS (* Repeat captain with present team)

 

ARIZONA CARDINALS (5)

Offense: QB Kurt Warner; G Reggie Wells; Defense: LB Karlos Dansby; Special Teams: S Aaron Francisco*, WR Sean Morey.

 

 

ATLANTA FALCONS

Appointed weekly.

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Appointed weekly.

 

BUFFALO BILLS (6)

Offense: QB Trent Edwards, WR Lee Evans*; Defense: DE Chris Kelsay*, S Donte Whitner; Special Teams: P Brian Moorman*, S George Wilson.

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS (5)

Offense: QB Jake Delhomme*, WR Muhsin Muhammad; Defense: LB Jon Beason, DE Julius Peppers*; Special Teams: K John Kasay*.

 

CHICAGO BEARS (5)

Offense: C Olin Kreutz*, QB Kyle Orton; Defense: S Mike Brown*, LB Brian Urlacher*; Special Teams: LS Patrick Mannelly.

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS (5)

Offense: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, QB Carson Palmer*, G Bobbie Williams; Defense: S Dexter Jackson, LB Dhani Jones; Special Teams: Appointed weekly.

 

CLEVELAND BROWNS (6)

Offense: QB Derek Anderson, C Hank Fraley*; Defense: LB Andra Davis*, LB Willie McGinest*; Special Teams: WR-KR Joshua Cribbs, K Phil Dawson*.

 

DALLAS COWBOYS (8)

Offense: RB Marion Barber, WR Terrell Owens, QB Tony Romo*, TE Jason Witten*; Defense: LB Greg Ellis, S Ken Hamlin, LB Bradie James*; Special Teams: S Keith Davis*.

 

DENVER BRONCOS (4)

Offense: QB Jay Cutler*, TE Daniel Graham; Defense: CB Champ Bailey*, LB D.J. Williams; Special Teams: Appointed weekly.

 

DETROIT LIONS (5)

Offense: QB Jon Kitna*, C Dominic Raiola*; Defense: DT Cory Redding*, LB Ernie Sims*; Special Teams: K Jason Hanson*.

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Appointed weekly.

 

HOUSTON TEXANS (5)

Offense: WR Andre Johnson*, QB Matt Schaub; Defense: LB DeMeco Ryans*, DE Mario Williams; Special Teams: K Kris Brown*.

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2)

Offense: QB Peyton Manning*; Defense: LB Gary Brackett*; Special Teams: Appointed weekly.

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (5)

Offense: QB David Garrard*, RB Fred Taylor*; Defense: CB Rashean Mathis, LB Daryl Smith, DE Paul Spicer*; Special Teams: Appointed weekly.

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4)

Offense: G Brian Waters*; Defense: CB Patrick Surtain, LB Pat Thomas; Special Teams: S Jon McGraw*.

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3)

Offense: QB Chad Pennington; Defense: DT Jason Ferguson, DE Vonnie Holliday. Special Teams: Appointed weekly.

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3)

Offense: G Steve Hutchinson; Defense: LB E.J. Henderson; Special Teams: K Ryan Longwell.

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8)

Offense: QB Tom Brady*, T Matt Light, WR Randy Moss; Defense: LB Tedy Bruschi*, S Rodney Harrison, LB Mike Vrabel*, DL Vince Wilfork; Special Teams: LB Larry Izzo*.

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5)

Offense: QB Drew Brees*; Defense: LB Scott Fujita*, DE Will Smith*; Special Teams: LB Troy Evans, RB Aaron Stecker*.

 

NEW YORK GIANTS (5)

Offense: QB Eli Manning*, WR Amani Toomer; Defense: LB Antonio Pierce*, DT Fred Robbins. Special Teams: P Jeff Feagles*.

 

NEW YORK JETS (6)

Offense: G Alan Faneca, QB Brett Favre; Defense: DE Shaun Ellis*, S Kerry Rhodes; Special Teams: LB David Bowens, RB Leon Washington.

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS (6)

Offense: WR Ronald Curry*, QB JaMarcus Russell; Defense: CB Nnamdi Asomugha*, DE Derrick Burgess*, LB Kirk Morrison; Special Teams: P Shane Lechler*.

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Appointed weekly.

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4)

Offense: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Hines Ward*; Defense: LB James Farrior*; Special Teams: K Jeff Reed.

 

ST. LOUIS RAMS (5)

Offense: QB Marc Bulger*, WR Torry Holt*; Defense: S Corey Chavous*, LB Will Witherspoon*; Special Teams: S Todd Johnson.

 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5)

Offense: QB Philip Rivers*, RB LaDainian Tomlinson*; Defense: S Clinton Hart, DT Jamal Williams*; Special Teams: WR Kassim Osgood*.

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4)

Offense: C Eric Heitmann*; Defense: CB Walt Harris*, LB Patrick Willis; Special Teams: RB Michael Robinson.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6)

Offense: QB Matt Hasselbeck*, T Walter Jones; Defense: S Deon Grant*, LB Lofa Tatupu*; Special Teams: LB Lance Laury, LB D.D. Lewis.

 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6)

Offense: C Jeff Faine, QB Jeff Garcia*; Defense: CB Ronde Barber*, LB Derrick Brooks*, DT Chris Hovan*; Special Teams: S Will Allen.

 

TENNESSEE TITANS (5)

Offense: C Kevin Mawae*, QB Vince Young*; Defense: LB Keith Bulluck*, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch*; Special Teams: P Craig Hentrich*.

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6)

Offense: QB Jason Campbell, T Chris Samuels; Defense: LB London Fletcher, DT Cornelius Griffin; Special Teams: LB Khary Campbell, RB Rock Cartwright.