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Lee Grosscup
August 10, 1959
A few days hence, football fans from coast to coast will be watching the first major contest of the coming season when the College All-Stars play the pro champion Baltimore Colts in Chicago. They will be paying particular attention to the performance of the All-Stars' passing quarterback, the famous Lee Grosscup, All-America from the University of Utah and No. 1 draft choice for the New York football Giants last season. It will be Grosscup's final appearance as a college player; then he will join the Giants, where he is expected to add new life and vigor to an aging backfield.
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August 10, 1959

Private Life Of A Forward Passer

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Think I was throwing as well Friday night as I have in a long while. I had a couple other long ones called back and we fumbled away three more touchdowns. The score could have easily been 50-0. We rolled up close to 500 yards total offense to about 125 for the varsity. Nagel and his staff are really in hot water. The ghost of Jack Curtice has not left Ute stadium. We used strictly Curtice plays while Nagel stuck to his 3-and-a-cloud offense.

Enough on football. Guess you can tell that I'm pretty much up in the clouds over beating Nagel. Dad was up for the game and he was in seventh heaven. My old buddies Stuart Vaughan and Merrill Douglas had great nights. Vaughan hooked on to seven passes.

I kinda suspect the Giants will have me back in June to brush up on things.

Shortly after his triumph over Coach Nagel in the alumni game, Lee wound up his affairs at Utah for good. He finished his TV series, quit his newspaper job and gave up the apartment, moving in with Sue's parents while preparing to leave for the Coast. As he suspected, the Giants did want him back to "brush up" on things:

June 4, 1959

I'll be in New York July 20 for a brushing up. Then to All-Star camp. Can't wait to try out some of Otto's patterns. Been having lots of fun lately. A water ski show from Florida was in town yesterday sponsored by KSL-TV. So naturally I got into the act. Completed my first pass on water skis to the clown in the outfit. I was real pleased I didn't "choke" because I've only been on the water boards three or four times.

Thus, for the moment, end the Grosscup letters. Football has taken full control of Lee's creative energies; perhaps he will be heard from again after a season with the Giants.

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