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'A GUY CAN GET HOOKED ON BEING A HERO'
Ahmad Rashad
October 25, 1982
Drudgery and tension marked the Vikings' preseason, and a strike loomed, but in the end the author had one redeeming moment
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October 25, 1982

'a Guy Can Get Hooked On Being A Hero'

Drudgery and tension marked the Vikings' preseason, and a strike loomed, but in the end the author had one redeeming moment

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SUNDAY, AUG. 22: You should have been more open

I got chewed out some in the meeting. I mentioned earlier that nobody likes to be criticized, but it's also true that you can take criticism a helluva lot easier if you've lost the game. For example, today, Steckel ran the film over on one play and said, "Hey, Rashad, you were open there, O.K., but you should have been more open." That really burned me up. More open! That's like saying you should have scored more of a TD.

Thought for today: There was a note on the bulletin board: "Tentatively, training camp will end this week." And tentatively speaking, I will be glad to get out of here.

MONDAY, AUG. 23: Remote control

Diane came down to see me. It's really bugging me now, being here. I think you can only keep grown men together in one building for so long. I've found a new hangout. It's a little place about 20 minutes from here called The Speakeasy, and it's quiet and peaceful and nobody goes there to see Vikings.

We had another great meeting tonight. Sometimes the coaches show us a composite film of one particular play. For example, they'll put together a whole reel of play No. 62, which is a pass, going back through several seasons of 62s.

Only invariably what happens with these composite films is that the coaches are so conditioned to scream at anybody for making a mistake that they will yell at you here, even though the play that they're watching may have been run two years ago. Tonight, though, Burns really outdid himself. He was showing us a four-year-old 62, and Bob Tucker, the tight end, ran his pattern loose. And Burns just couldn't help himself. He started screaming at Tucker...and Tucker retired two years ago.

I made the suggestion that we call Tucker up in New Jersey and scream at the sonuvabitch for running his pattern too deep on a 62 in 1978.

My feet are sore and my knees hurt, so, rather than retire, I bought one of those remote-control devices for my TV. Now I don't have to get up from my bed and walk four steps to change channels.

Thought for today: I watch too much TV.

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