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Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum
December 17, 1984
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December 17, 1984


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A. Go to the one-yard line and take a right.


After his team blew a 17-7 lead and lost to Cincinnati 20-17 in overtime on Dec. 2, Cleveland Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer found plenty to criticize about his players' performance. But Schottenheimer, to his credit, also was moved to express displeasure with the way two of his players, defensive backs Hanford Dixon and Al Gross, whooped it up over an injury early in the game to Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth. Dixon and Gross taunted the supine Collinsworth after he'd been laid out by a hard hit by Browns cornerback Frank Minnifield. Collinsworth left the game with knee and ankle injuries and a fogged memory.

Referring to the unsportsmanlike display by Dixon and Gross, Schottenheimer said, "We have no place for that in our game. The guy across the line of scrimmage is you. He just happens to wear a different uniform. I have too much respect for what it takes to play. Their actions were intolerable to me. Whether they will be fined, that will be a private matter, best left in-house. But it better not happen again."

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