"I was making
six, eight, 10 thousand a year. I hated the owners. They treated you like dirt.
They were wearing $200 suits and I was wearing a beat-up sport jacket. My
motivation was to get back at them. At the end of the season I'd have a few
hundred bucks if I was lucky and no job. I was susceptible to anything that
"This guy I
was betting with said he'd bet $350 for me if I made sure we went under the
"Me and two
others. A cornerback and a halfback. I think we were underdogs by a touchdown.
We lost by about 24 points."
"What did you
do to lose by that much?"
crazy thing. I didn't do anything. I wasn't in a position to do anything. I
never felt I was deliberately playing to lose. Maybe subconsciously I was. But
I never felt that I was trying to lose. I wouldn't know what to do. I wasn't
going to let my man beat me because my job depended on that. I always played my
man honest. I just didn't do anything extra."
did you do that? Was $350 all you ever got?"
"Four or five
times in a couple of seasons. Always after we were out of the race or at the
end of the season, when the games didn't count. I got $1,000 for one game, the
last one. I didn't have to do anything, but I was prepared to try something. A
15-yard penalty at a crucial point. I don't know what. We might've gotten into
big money, but the halfback was cut and we lost out. I was traded after the
"Did you do
anything with the new team?"