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And if the Daily News doesn't buy the idea, there's always Hugh Hefner.
THE LONGEST DRIVE
THE FEET OF ABRAMOWICZ
Everybody who follows football knows how rough it is on knees, heads, necks, shoulders, ribs or whatever else gets in the way of a blind-side block, but few stop to think about toes.
"I haven't had toenails on my big toes in two years," says Danny Abramowicz, wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. "They turn black in preseason practice and then I lose them, and then I have nothing until the season's over. They grow back just about the time we're ready to go to training camp the next year.
"I blame it on the shoe manufacturers," Abramowicz says. "There are special shoes for backs and linemen and kickers, but nothing for the pass receiver. Yet nobody cuts as often or as hard as a receiver. He can't get along with the average football shoe. I went through 17 pairs last season, and that's almost a pair a game. Dave Parks [ New Orleans tight end] did the same thing.
"I pay about $25 a pair for shoes, but it's not the price that bothers me. I'd pay double or triple that if only the shoe would work. I wore a special lightweight pair of shoes in one game last season, and by the third quarter the things were worn out. I had to send to the locker room for a new pair. Parks put on a new pair of those lightweight things in the last quarter of the exhibition game we played this year against Denver. I bet him they wouldn't last through the next game. They didn't. He had to get rid of them at halftime.
"I just wish the shoe manufacturers would do something about it."
A SPLIT HAIR