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Star-Bulletin Sports

Tuesday, February 8, 2000

N. F. L. _ H A W A I I

Passing time
on Kauai

The NFL Quarterback
Challenge returns to the
Garden Island

By Anthony Sommer


LIHUE -- Fourteen National Football League quarterbacks are scheduled to compete in the NFL Quarterback Challenge on Thursday when the annual competition returns to Kauai after a seven-year absence.

Among those who will compete in the throwing and agility contests are several starters who were injured early in the 1999 season and have not played since: Chris Chandler of the Atlanta Falcons, Jake Plummer of the Arizona Cardinals and Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers.

Jim Kelly, former Buffalo Bills quarterback, will be the only retiree at the event. Traditionally, several old-timers have been on the roster.

Current Bills quarterback Doug Flutie is scheduled to compete but may cancel because of an illness, according to the Kauai Economic Development Board, which has been coordinating the event.

The rest of the field includes Tony Banks of the Baltimore Ravens, Bubby Brister of the Denver Broncos, Jim Harbaugh of the San Diego Chargers, Brad Johnson of the Washington Redskins and Peyton Manning of the Baltimore Colts. Also, Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles, Cade McNown of the Chicago Bears, Warren Moon of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kordell Stewart of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kauai's Vidinha Stadium was the home of the NFL Quarterback Challenge until 1993. The event moved to Orlando, Fla., because of damage to the facility caused by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Last month, Vidinha Stadium received its first paint job since the hurricane, courtesy of the NFL.

The event will be taped and shown on CBS sometime in the summer.

The competition is scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. and noon. Admission is free.

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