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Greenwood smiles bemusedly as his wife speaks. Where he's reserved and subtle of wit, she's verbal and vivacious. David lets Julie handle the family's finances, not only because she once worked in a stockbroker's office but also because David doesn't care much about such things. "Coming from where I did, well, I've always said I can live with it or without it," he says.
A lot of people lived without it in Park Falls, though money didn't seem to matter much in the muskie fishing capital of the world. "You could just about live off the land if you wanted to," says Greenwood. The Greenwood house wasn't deep in the forest, however. It was in town, and David Greenwood spent most of his time playing games with his brothers and neighborhood kids, most of whose parents worked for the local pulp mill.
"My dad worked as hard as anybody," says Greenwood. "Especially in the winter when people needed a lot of oil. He'd be up before dawn and wouldn't get home till eight or nine." Cemetery work is easier, then? "Sure," says Greenwood. "He's got a lot of people under him."
Greenwood was back in Park Falls last winter and got talked into an ice-fishing excursion with some relatives. The boredom of waiting for spring-loaded rod tips to pop up became too much, however, and the men decided to play football to pass the time—with a frozen fish as ball. Typical of the sport, the game ended with an injury. Greenwood sent his cousin long: The cousin lost his concentration on Greenwood's pass, and the rock-hard, spiraling walleye opened a gash in his head.
But now that Greenwood has put Park Falls behind him, he wants full value for his services. Because he signed with the Panthers before the 1983 NFL draft, he wasn't taken until the eighth round by the NFL New Orleans Saints. Projected as a second-round NFL pick, Greenwood has improved his stock since then.
"I signed with the USFL because they came up with a deal I couldn't refuse," he says. "Then it was a lot of money. But now with the NFL fighting back, things have gone nuts. I know my body will only last so long, so I'll go wherever the contract is best. It's as simple as that."
Though the Panthers and Saints own Greenwood's rights in the respective leagues for the next two seasons, lately Greenwood's agent, Greg Campbell, has been shopping his client with other clubs, particularly the L.A. Raiders. "David is a Raiders kind of player," he says. "I think he was born in a black-and-silver delivery room."
Campbell's current asking price for Greenwood is a $1 million bonus up front and $1.5 million over three years. Of course, says Campbell, "That's today. I'm afraid to say about tomorrow."
"Sure it's crazy," says Greenwood of the figures. "I can imagine Steve Young breaking down after signing his huge contract. It will break anybody down. But...." Greenwood almost smiles. "He's a Mormon, and now he can afford seven wives."
If Greenwood is a Raiders kind of guy, it's because of his intensity, a competitive drive that has been with him since he was a kid.