"Somebody's put something in them," I said stubbornly.
Friday called out loudly: "Hey, the rookie thinks somebody's weighted his shoes. What'd anyone want to do that for?" I looked carefully at the corners of his mouth for a turn that would suggest that a joke was being played. There was no such indication. Sam Williams came around the lockers with Joe Schmidt, the All-League linebacker.
"Feet seem heavy?" Williams asked.
"Hell no, Sam," I said. "It's the shoes. Someone's stuck weights in them."
"Who'd want to do that?" asked Schmidt. He leaned over and hefted the shoes. "They seem all right to me."
A number of players were standing around by then, dressed for the bus ride, holding their helmets by the chin straps.
"Try them on," Schmidt suggested.
I slipped the shoes on, laced them up, and clomped around the locker room floor in front of my bench.
"What do you think?" Friday asked.
"Well, I don't know," I said. "I mean, I can walk and all, but they still seem all-fired heavy."