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"In the Alabama game this year, the Frogs were sluggish and tight in the first half. It was a nothing-nothing tie at the half, and Abe wandered into the dressing room, taking his time, chewing on his cigar a little, kind of glancing around at his worried-looking boys. 'Men,' he finally drawled, 'you played the first half just exactly right. It would be real fine if you could play the second half a little just exactly righter.'
"The boys thought about that for a couple of seconds, then all at once they began to laugh and the tension was gone. They scored twice in the first four minutes of the second half and won the game 21-0.
"When we played Arkansas, it was our left tackle, Norm Hamilton, who is built like a fireplug but deceptively fast, who scored first. He intercepted a pass and ran 40 yards through a mob. Vern Hallbeck, our fullback, had jumped high and tipped the ball to Hamilton and then big Vern went down, crashing to the ground and writhing around in obvious pain.
"When Vern did get up, he got up slowly, tears coming down his cheeks. He insisted on staying in the game.
"He wasn't hurt. The sight of squat, 230-pound Hamilton waddling quickly through all those players on the way to a score had struck him funny. He had simply doubled up with laughter.
"The boys kept enjoying themselves and had the game won, 26-0, in the last quarter, against a tough opponent. Abe was picking the bench clean. Even our reserves went storming 78 yards down the field. It was our ball on the Arkansas 1-yard-line, 25 seconds left in the game. The reserves fell into a little discussion in the huddle. 'Gentlemen, the cameras are ready,' Dick Finney said. He's a tough, little junior, dead game. 'We are about to make history. Which one of you chowder-heads wishes to run the ball for a touchdown?' Nobody spoke up, one being just as modest as the other. Finney picked out Jim Shofner, a halfback. 'You, Jim, will be today's big hero,' he said. 'Prepare a dressing room speech to the press and take the ball on a dive tackle. Bless you one and all and good afternoon.'
"They came hollering out of the huddle. The ball was snapped. Finney was hit by several hundred Arkansas linemen before he could hand off. He and Shofner and the ball wound up several feet from each other and the game was over.
"'Good afternoon to you,' one of our linemen laughed.
"Worse things can happen than throwing an extra score away. I've known too many coaches who get interested in how a player can win Saturday's game. But Abe, drawing the boys to him like his cigar was a pied pipe, frets mostly about how they approach the other six days of the week. He helps them over the big problems and figures if they have all the right rules learned about life and play football right, then football will get itself played right."