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WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING
INSPIRATION, A TO Z
By sad coincidence, two people about whom senior writer Doug Looney wrote in recent months, Long Beach State football coach George Allen and Zora Zorich, the mother of Notre Dame All-America noseguard Chris Zorich, died last week: Allen of a heart spasm, Zora Zorich of natural causes. Looney offers these reminiscences:
George Allen and Zora Zorich were as far apart as A and Z, yet in a way they were two of a kind.
Allen, 73, was a celebrity who broke bread with presidents and lived the good life in a glorious oceanside home in Palos Verdes Estates, near Los Angeles. He achieved fame and fortune as an NFL coach—first with the Los Angeles Rams, then the Washington Redskins—and he served as head of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Allen came out of retirement last year to coach Long Beach State, and as he recently wrote in a POINT AFTER for SI (Dec. 3, 1990), the 1990 season, which the 49ers finished with a surprising 6-5 record, was the most rewarding of his long career.
Alternately irascible, brilliant and flaky, Allen expected miracles from people and quite often got them. One night last July in a Portland, Ore., coffee shop, Allen, who was on his way to deliver a speech, recounted a story about the time he drove a milk truck across Nebraska on the way to his first coaching job at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. "If I had a map," he said, "I could show you my exact route."
Just then the waitress appeared and asked, "Can I help you?"
"Yes," said Allen. "I'd like a map of Nebraska."
The waitress left, wearing a puzzled look. "I wonder why she never brought us that map," a disappointed Allen said later. Even from total strangers he asked the impossible. Allen figured that if you aimed for the stars, you would at least hit the moon. That was certainly a secret of success for his 1972 Redskins, the Over The Hill Gang that went to the Super Bowl and gave heart to millions.