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I took out a note pad and began composing the things I would say. I had to prepare, to anticipate. My senses were in a turmoil. I could feel the follicles of my hair freezing. Maybe he's not going to cut me. Maybe he's going to tell me he's keeping me and cutting Mingo.
I went down to his office. Noll said, "Hi, Booth, sit down. Be with you in a second." When he came to me I leaped up to face him.
"Booth," he said, "I'm sorry, but we're going with the other guy. We're putting you on waivers. Turn in your playbook and the key to your room."
"I know I'm better than he is, Coach," I stammered. "Let's go outside, I can show you. Oh, I know my kickoffs weren't good, but I was using a two-inch tee. I've switched to a one-inch tee."
Dan Rooney, the owner's son, came in and said I had to be out of my dormitory room by 2.1 asked him if he would please contact a few teams to see if they might need a kicker.
"Yeah, yeah, we'll give them a call, Booth," he said.
"If you could just impress them with the fact that there were other reasons I was cut, that Mingo could also play a little running back."
"Yeah, Booth, we'll give them a call."
"I mean, so they don't think I'm just a reject, so they'll give me a chance."
"Yeah, we understand. Come see me after your stuff is all out."