When retired Pittsburgh Steelers radio announcer Myron Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award at the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend, he was given two minutes to speak.
Cope rambled for 13 and was eventually escorted back to his seat before he could finish.
He apologized Monday for causing a scene, saying it was conceit.
"People may think I'm senile, but I ain't. I thought I was a celebrity," the 76-year-old Cope said.
While some fans in the audience booed, Cope used the speech to lobby for former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell to be considered for induction into the hall in Canton, Ohio. Russell retired in 1976 after playing 11 seasons in the NFL.
Cope said he felt horrible after it happened and couldn't sleep.
"I didn't realize it was being televised live locally and being taped for showing later and they had to stick to a strict time frame," Cope said. "But, like I said, that's no excuse."
Cope retired in June after 35 seasons covering the Steelers.
* EAGLES: Wide receiver Terrell Owens missed practice for the fourth time in five days because of a left groin injury.
Owens is day-to-day, and the injury isn't considered serious. He's had groin problems in the past.
Owens sat out practices last Friday and Saturday. He returned on Sunday for both the morning and afternoon sessions, but hasn't been on the field since.
Owens is unhappy the Eagles have refused to redo his contract as he enters the second season of a seven-year, $48.97 million deal.
* BRONCOS: Maurice Clarett missed another practice while he had an MRI exam on his sore right groin.
The rookie third-round draft pick has missed several of Denver's training camp practices with injuries. He was listed fifth at running back on the depth chart, the first of the season, released this week by the Broncos, behind Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell, Quentin Griffin and Ron Dayne.
Clarett, the last player taken in the third round, has a contract filled with incentives, making the injury even more important. The deal did not include a signing bonus.
* CARDINALS: Antrel Rolle agreed to a six-year contract with the team.
The University of Miami cornerback, the Cardinals' first-round draft selection, missed nine days of training camp, including 14 practices and a mock game.
But he arrived in the Phoenix area yesterday morning, had a physical and was expected at camp in mountain-ringed Prescott in time for team meetings in the evening. Financial terms were not immediately available.
* VIKINGS: Rookie defensive end Erasmus James signed, essentially a five-year package with a guarantee believed to be more than $6 million. James, who was born on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and attended high school in Florida, didn't play football until his senior year. He was named the Big Ten's defensive player of the year at Wisconsin.
* JETS: Quarterback Chad Pennington and newly signed cornerback Ty Law will not play in the preseason opener against the Lions on Friday
Coach Herman Edwards said that he wants to be careful with his players, both of whom are coming off serious injuries and working themselves back into game shape.
* RAMS: Cornerback Dwight Anderson, who had been competing for the back job, was released for violating team rules.