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LOONEY IS PLAYING A NEW TUNE
Jack Murphy
August 04, 1969
Joe Don Looney, the onetime problem child with the Mr. America build, is back in football after service in Vietnam. Eager to make it as a back with the New Orleans Saints, he seems to be a changed man on and off the field
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August 04, 1969

Looney Is Playing A New Tune

Joe Don Looney, the onetime problem child with the Mr. America build, is back in football after service in Vietnam. Eager to make it as a back with the New Orleans Saints, he seems to be a changed man on and off the field

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His new coach is aware of Looney's sense of independence. "So far about all he's said to me is yessir and nosir," says Fears, "but sometimes he gives you that funny look. He's very knowledgeable and I've got an idea he wouldn't hesitate to speak up if he thought you were wrong."

So Joe Don is a Saint—for now, at least (the prudent will note that he has not taken a vow of silence). The National Football League can hardly wait to see what happens.

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