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Bruce Anderson
December 05, 1988
When Notre Dame got its measles and flu shots last week before leaving for Los Angeles to face Southern Cal and its talented, if recently contagious (with measles) quarterback, Rodney Peete, Irish defensive end—linebacker Frank Stams was itching to get an inoculation. Stams wanted the shot, he explained, because he planned to be in Peete's face all afternoon at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
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December 05, 1988

Give All On Every Play

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?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.

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