They became such friends, in fact, that when Rollie later visited Annapolis, Navy's Heisman Award winner prevented him from suffering a fate worse than a slight ankle bruise. During a meal in Navy's Bancroft Hall, as Staubach and his Army guest sat together, Stichweh felt a nudge and heard Roger warn him, "Watch out for that plebe walking toward us."
"During those visits," explains Stichweh, "plebes are sometimes ordered to play tricks on the guests. This guy was going to pour a bowl of mashed potatoes on my head but, thanks to Rog, I grabbed him just in time."
Stichweh grabbed the quarterbacking leadership just in time, too. With Staubach off to a slow start—he has completed only eight out of 16 for 69 yards and has lost 14 yards rushing—the service academies seemed fresh out of heroes. Rollie should do very nicely until Roger regains his form.