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Catch A Catching Star
John Underwood
December 14, 1981
Give a listen to Cincinnati's rookie sensation, Cris Collinsworth, who can drop a quote as well as he can grab a pass
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December 14, 1981

Catch A Catching Star

Give a listen to Cincinnati's rookie sensation, Cris Collinsworth, who can drop a quote as well as he can grab a pass

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"Anthony's my designated spiker. He's got great spiking style."

You had another touchdown called back because he was holding on the play.

"Yeah, doggone it. I gotta talk to Munoz about that. I knew something was wrong. I was down on one knee in the end zone, kind of looking back upfield through everybody's legs, and no Munoz. Uh, oh."

The quarterbacks must like you, as many passes as you catch.

"When Kenny Anderson screws the ball into your belly, you ought to be able to catch it. If he doesn't go to the Pro Bowl, it's politics."

Greg Stemrick (the Houston corner-back) kept talking to you. What was he saying?

"You got an underground newspaper? I don't see how you can print it if you don't."

You guys could make the playoffs.

"Well, shoot, I wouldn't mind that at all. I understand they give out money for those things. I could have myself a paid vacation. I hardly been out of the state of Florida all my life, except to come to Cincinnati."

The sparrows, well fed, finally disperse. Collinsworth is one of the last to leave the locker room. It is long after dark before he makes it to dinner with his "serious" girl friend, Jeannie Hazel, up from the University of Florida for the weekend, and a former Gator teammate, Jimbo Donigan. They, in turn, are joined by a sparrow from New York to whom Cris introduces Jeannie as not only a good-looking Florida cheerleader, a Stefanie Powers look-alike, and the daughter of a Miami dentist "who beats me at golf," but also a girl worth, well, competing for. He says he stole her from another guy at Florida.

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