Kubiak introduced as Texans coach
Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
HOUSTON - As a ball boy for the Houston Oilers more than 25 years ago, Gary Kubiak never thought he would eventually coach the team that replaced them.
But he long vowed that he would return to Houston. On Thursday he did, and was introduced as the second coach of the Houston Texans.
Kubiak, who spent the last 11 years as Denver's offensive coordinator, inherits a team that had a league-worst 2-14 record last season, costing Dom Capers his job. Kubiak reportedly signed a five-year contract worth about $10 million.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Terry Long committed suicide by drinking antifreeze, a revised death certificate shows, not as a direct result of football-related head injuries.
The Allegheny County coroner ruled in September that Long, 45, had died of meningitis. The condition, a swelling of the lining of Long's brain, was caused by football-related "chronic traumatic encephalopathy," also known as "punch-drunk syndrome," said the coroner at the time, Dr. Cyril Wecht.
Long snapper Mike Schneck will play for the AFC in the Pro Bowl, joining punter Brian Moorman as the only two players representing the team.
Tackle Tarik Glenn was added to the AFC Pro Bowl squad because of an injury to Kansas City tackle William Roaf.
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