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A troubled star begins to shine
Ralph Wiley
April 01, 1985
Jacksonville's Mike Rozier finally is proving that he's no Heisman dud
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April 01, 1985

A Troubled Star Begins To Shine

Jacksonville's Mike Rozier finally is proving that he's no Heisman dud

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"Mike's young, full of himself," says Rozier's former road roommate, Archie Griffin, the two-time (1974 and '75) Heisman Trophy winner who retired on March 19. "Mike's had his problems, but he knows that everybody has problems. He works hard. He's proud of his Heisman. In fact, it was at [ Doug Flutie's] Heisman dinner that he told me he'd be coming down to Jacksonville. Just like that. I think he just got inspired by the moment and wanted to play right then. And he does run like Walter Pay-ton, you know. They both attack you. Not many want to."

Rozier says he wants to "end up like Walter [Payton] because Walter's got respect." The way he's running for Jacksonville, Rozier won't have to worry about getting respect. Just ask the Houston Oilers, who definitely need a whole lot of respect.

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