when relayed to Fido, warm his hungry heart. Actually, he has never claimed he
is the only man in pro football who understands the game. There are two others.
" George Halas and Buddy Parker are the only guys in football I'd work
for," says Fido. "I'm hard to handle. I know too much football. Halas
and Parker are the only guys who can keep pace with my mind."
Fido seems to
feel that sportswriters have difficulty keeping pace with him, too. When
interviewed, he likes to give free advice on how to plot his story. "Say
this," instructs Fido. "Say, I asked Fido why he doesn't scout for only
one club, and he said one club can't afford his salary—two clubs split it.'
Then say this: 'When Emlen Tunnell played for Green Bay, he asked Fido Murphy
how can he scout for two clubs, and Fido told him he can do it because he
levels with both of them, and it's as simple as that.' And then say, 'So
Tunnell copied it from Fido Murphy, and last year he scouted for Green Bay and
New York.' Give me a break. Say, "Fido is a very interesting man to talk
to.' Say, 'Steeler President Art Rooney thinks so much of this fellow he named
a horse after him.' And put this in: ' George Halas thinks the world of Fido
Murphy. He decoys his opponents by giving other people titles, but he uses Fido
Murphy's game plans.' Say, 'The great New York Giant defense is nothing but Jim
Patton playing like George McAfee when the Bears had the free roaming-around
safety, and the great New York Giant offense is just like when Sid Luckman
would fake a 37 counter to Bill Osmanski and keep the ball and throw a pass to
Ken Kavanaugh, so what you had there was passing with play action, which is now
the Giant offense.' Oh, your readers will die when they read this. They'll say,
'This is the greatest story ever written.' You can say in the story, 'From
talking to Murphy I think he underestimates himself.' Just call the story
Football's Greatest Scout."