When he fired Allie Sherman as coach, Wellington told the team, "The reason we're not winning football games is because we have 40 bad football players." Who is this guy to be telling us we're bad football players?
Wellington had the players so uptight they were afraid to relax for fear they might say the wrong thing. One of the first things I was told when I got to the Giants was that if you use a four-letter word and Wellington hears you, you're in trouble. He wanted 40 professional football players to act like a Girl Scout troop.
It's no wonder I got into trouble right away. We were at training camp at Fairfield, Conn. Every Wednesday night there was a cookout. Instead of having a meeting, we would sit around and drink beer and grill steaks—a cozy team get-together.
This one night I was sitting there and this girl I'd met walked by and I invited her to come and have a beer with us. I didn't think anything about it. Well, you just wouldn't believe the noise I got for doing that.
During practice the next day three or four players said, "Boy, are you in trouble."
"What did I do now?"
"You had that girl sit down at your table last night."
I said, "Get outta here."
They said, "No, seriously, Wellington doesn't like that."
"You gotta be kidding me."