Fred Akers, the
University of Texas football coach: "Football doesn't take me away from my
family life. We've always watched films together."
Detroit Tiger first baseman, after Manager Sparky Anderson announced a ban on
jeans: "There goes my wardrobe."
balding Pittsburgh Steeler running back: "I'd like the body of Jim Brown,
the moves of Gale Sayers, the strength of Earl Campbell and the acceleration of
O. J. Simpson. And just once I would like to run and feel the wind in my
Rinus Michels, Los
Angeles Aztec coach, estimating how many years it would take to come up with a
United States citizen who's a great soccer player: "Five. That's how long
it takes for naturalization, isn't it?"
Tommy John, New
York Yankee pitcher, discussing his arm surgery of five years ago: "When
they operated on my arm, I asked them to put in Koufax' fastball. They did. But
it turned out to be Mrs. Koufax'."
Walt Michaels, New
York Jet coach: "Everyone has some fear. A man who has no fear belongs in a
mental institution. Or on special teams."
Jim Marshall, on
managing the Oakland A'S: "It makes you rethink the importance of being in
the major leagues."
Detroit Lion coach, on Larry Csonka: "When he goes on safari, the lions
roll up their windows."
"My doctor recently told me that jogging could add years to my life. I
think he was right. I feel 10 years older already."
Cleveland Browns owner, on the fact that he and other NFL bosses share TV money
and gate receipts: "We're 28 Republicans who vote socialist."