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Too Mean And Also Too Lenient
Jill Lieber
December 08, 1986
On the day following Thanksgiving, Charles (Too Mean) Martin sat in his Green Bay, Wis., apartment, trying to relax. But as soon as the Packer nose-tackle would flop his 6'4", 282-pound body into a comfortable position, up would pop another mental replay.
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December 08, 1986

Too Mean And Also Too Lenient

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After that game, the Packers took up a new battle cry: When a quarterback throws an interception in practice, a defensive player will shout from the sidelines, "Get the quarterback!"

Martin, who in the Nov. 23 game wore a towel that bore a hit list targeting McMahon, Walter Payton, Dennis Gentry, Willie Gault and Jay Hilgenberg, said that cry ran through his mind. "I had worked myself into a totally irrational state," he said. "In the heat of battle, I lost it. Because of the intensity, I didn't know what I was doing." Of the hit list, he said, "Those were the key guys on the team we had to play well against and maybe take a couple out of the game." But he claims the Packers didn't mean to injure anyone. Instead he said those were players who had to be controlled in order for Green Bay to win.

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