?Fun-loving. Stams opened a press conference after the Miami game by asking, "Did anyone see Elvis? I left him two tickets in Section 30." He likes to tell unsuspecting freshmen that Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz wants to see them—immediately.
?Businesslike. Stams is what the Chicago Bears' Mike Ditka would call a "Grabowski," a blue-collar player. Stams grew up in a family of Greek immigrants in Akron. His name, before his parents changed it, was Forte Stamotopolis. And names don't get much stronger than that.
After Notre Dame defeated Penn State 21-3 three weeks ago, Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno said, " Frank Stams has come to the front. He's a fifth-year kid who has been waiting for his time. Until this year, he has just been another football player. He has come along and given Notre Dame leadership."
Unfortunately for Peete, Stams's time seemed to have arrived last Saturday at the Coliseum.