Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 24, 1998

A Hiccup on the Way to the Title: Brown slides by Penn, 58-51
October 24, 1998

Similar to last Saturday's Harvard-Princeton matchup, the Quakers had a big fourth quarter in this high-scoring game, but unlike the Tigers, the Red and Blue were unable to finish the job.

Jim Finn, later to win the title of "Mr. Irrelevant" in the 1999 NFL Draft, only to go on to play seven years as a punishing blocking fullback, set an all-time Penn record at Brown when he rushed for six touchdowns against the Bears, but it was not enough.

In a wild fourth quarter, Brown outscored the Quakers, 30-28, and scored the winning touchdown with only four seconds remaining.

What made it so disappointing was that Finn had just run for a 5-yard touchdown run to tie it up only 40 seconds earlier.

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Ex-Giant and Quaker Jim Finn suing NFL over head injury drug

This story slipped under the radar when it first broke before winter break, but former New York Giants fullback Jim Finn, who starred at Penn in the late 1990s, is part of a group of former NFL players suing the league for failing to disclose the risks associated with the use of the painkiller Toradal.

The lawsuit alleges that players were lined up for injections of the drug before games without proper warning of its risks. Some medical evidence has shown that the drug can increase cerebral bleeding and increase the risks of brain damage.

For more on the legal action, see this article from Reuters. Interestingly, another recent law suit made news in November, when a group of athletes put forth a class-action suit against the NCAA alleging the college sports governing body didn't do its part in terms of awareness and treatment of head injuries.

Finn sits at or near the top of many of the Quakers' rushing records. In 1998, he set the bar for season rushing yards in 1998, running for 1,450, and is sixth in career rushing yards. He was drafted in 1999 and began his career with the Colts before moving to the Giants in 2003.

Adding another fold to the story is this piece from Philly.com's gossip blog. Finn's ex-wife, actress Rosa Blasi, wrote a scathing book "Jock Itch: The Misadventures of a Retired Jersey Chaser," that wasn't all too kind to Finn. From Philly.com:

Blasi said that during their four-year marriage, Finn (who she calls "Jim Fish," perhaps to stay out of court) was into gambling and heavily reliant on prescription painkillers. But it wasn't until after their marriage went kaput that she learned he had a penchant for Craigslist prostitutes and had slept with her best friend on their wedding day.

And then there's this:

"This guy will sue a parakeet for squawking," Blasi told RadarOnline.com. "But I have proof of all the things I claim, and he isn't saying that any of this stuff isn't true."

Regardless of Finn's personal past, it will be interesting to see how this and other concussion related litigation play out for the NFL and NCAA.