For example, the Oilers flew him into Houston last winter, hoping to sign him. They had a lavish suite for him at the Warwick Hotel, a date with a pretty coed, and an expensive evening planned. The Oilers' publicity man. Jim McLemore, greeted him at the airport and was halfway through the line of festivities when Donny said, "Hey, wait a minute. No college broads."
"Huh?" said McLemore.
"No college broads," said Donny.
"Sure, Donny," said Jim. "Whatever you want to do is fine."
Donny was no less direct another time last winter when Rea Schuessler, the director of the Senior Bowl, called him long distance in the hope of getting him to play in the Mobile game.
"Hi, Donny," said Rea in his high-pitched, friendly southern voice. "This is Rea Schuessler of the Senior Bowl down here in Mobile. Say, old buddy, can you use a thousand dollars?"
"Naw," said Donny, after a brief pause (click).
"He's just honest," explained Bill Holmes, the publicist at Texas Tech. "I hear these stories and they don't surprise me, but he's a real good kid. I think he says the things he does because he's honest. Sometimes he's joking. Like when he says he doesn't admire Hornung, that you don't admire anyone. He means he wants to make it with his own style. And like in the dressing room after the Gator Bowl. He lit up a cigar, and when a writer asked him when was the last time he had smoked a cigar, Donny said, 'Last night.' He makes good copy."
Hornung is amused by all of Anderson's quotes, even the words he spoke to a writer who had expressed some disappointment in his speed: "All I got to be, Stud, is one step faster than Hornung." But Paul insists that this is not the Donny he has known up to now.
"He still seems shy to me," said Hornung. "He's been going around calling everybody mister. Look, he's gonna be fine because he's a football player. I'm not gonna play forever. A couple of more years, maybe. I've been playing football since I was 6. I'd like to be on one more winner, go out on a high tide and get into television. Just looking at the situation, I've got to say that Anderson has a better chance of beating me out than Grabowski does at beating out Taylor."