He has the additional advantage of being the youngest of the aspirants. Gifford, who would certainly return to his halfback post should he fail in the bid for a quarterback job, is 29; Heinrich, Conerly's well-used understudy, is 28. Shaw, probably the best second-string quarterback in football during the time he watched Unitas play from the Colt bench, is 26.
Howell has said that he will carry only two quarterbacks; and Gifford, before the training camp began, said, "I will have to be good enough to be the No. 1 quarterback or else I will be back at halfback."
Seldom has a pro coach been so pleasantly embarrassed by riches at this position. Regardless of which two quarterbacks he keeps, Howell will have prime trading material in the ones he decides to let go.
Should Grosscup assimilate the Giant offense quickly enough, he will meet some old friends Friday in Dallas, Texas. The Giants play their second exhibition game there against the team which beat them for the championship last year in the best game ever played—the Baltimore Colts.
Again, Grosscup can expect—confidently—the worst.