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This Debut Was A Real Debacle
Dan Levin
March 05, 1984
Running back Mike Rozier, a.k.a. Mike Heisman and the Franchise, the 22-year-old former Nebraska star with the $3.1 million Pittsburgh Maulers contract and an almost eerie lack of pretentiousness, was only 24 hours away from his USFL debut last week in Tulsa, but he calmly assured anxious friends, "I'm not worried. Really. It's just football. I've been playing it all my life."
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March 05, 1984

This Debut Was A Real Debacle

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"So how about your first pro game?"

"I'm pretty happy. The ankle is fine, and we learned from our mistakes."

Rozier's answers recalled something that Mauler general manager George Heddleston had said the day before: "What scares me most, aside from winning and losing, is that Mike Rozier could go out tomorrow and have about 10 carries for 30 yards. But he has the perfect temperament for dealing with that sort of thing."

He certainly does.

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