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A Running Debate
September 07, 1981
John Underwood, our resident champion of college football, says the pros' low-yield running game represents the worst waste of talent in sport. Bullfeathers, says NFL advocate Paul Zimmerman, firing verbal blasts at Underwood's hallowed ground game.
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September 07, 1981

A Running Debate

John Underwood, our resident champion of college football, says the pros' low-yield running game represents the worst waste of talent in sport. Bullfeathers, says NFL advocate Paul Zimmerman, firing verbal blasts at Underwood's hallowed ground game.

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Where, indeed, is there a rule that says the pros have to give up running in order to pass? Nobody's asking for the charge of the Light Brigade. But it would be nice, before the thrill of another 60-yard incompletion sends us all into a permanent ennui, to see one good, long broken-field run—the kind of play that distinguishes football as a physically demanding and exciting game. It is, after all, the waste of talent that we're talking about here. If all we ask of pro football is Frisbees in the park, we're just not asking enough.

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