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The Question: Which is more fun, playing college football or pro football?
Jimmy Jemail
December 10, 1956
KYLE ROTE SMU N.Y. Giants End and halfbackBoth games are a lot of fun, but they are totally different. Although the pro game is tougher, I get as big a bang out of it as I ever did when I was a college kid, eager to play every minute. I also like the life of a pro off the field—traveling, seeing new cities, meeting new people.
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December 10, 1956

The Question: Which Is More Fun, Playing College Football Or Pro Football?

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KYLE ROTE
SMU
N.Y. Giants
End and halfback
Both games are a lot of fun, but they are totally different. Although the pro game is tougher, I get as big a bang out of it as I ever did when I was a college kid, eager to play every minute. I also like the life of a pro off the field—traveling, seeing new cities, meeting new people.

FRANK GIFFORD
USC
N.Y. Giants
Halfback
Pro football. The drudgery is all over. A pro knows the fundamentals. No more tackling dummies, scrimmages, etc. We just drill for specific games. There's also a helluva lot of spirit in a pro team, and I enjoy the keen competition. In five years, I've made many close friends among the pros.

LES RICHTER
U. of California
Los Angeles Rams
Linebacker
Pro football. The stronger of two college teams usually wins, but with the pros one mistake usually means the game. The demand for alertness and perfection on every play and the tremendous spirit on the Rams squad has made pro football my most enjoyable experience in sports.

JOE CHILDRESS
Auburn
Chicago Cardinals
Fullback
Pro football. First, it's tougher. Second, you play only one way, offense or defense. Third, there are fewer restrictions. You are treated like a man and can live your own life. Fourth, it's a business in which it is natural for you to play your best. Fifth and very important, there's that pay check every week.

CHUCK BEDNARIK
U. of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Eagles
Linebacker
Professional football. It's a much more highly skilled game. You play with the best against the best. Now don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed college football at Penn., but the Eagles have a slogan: "There's no football like pro football." I agree with this slogan 100%.

ALAN (THE HORSE) AMECHE
U. of Wisconsin
Baltimore Colts
Fullback
You can't top the fun of campus football. I owe a lot to the University of Wisconsin. Where would I be without college football? Sure, there's fun in pro ball, but there's more informality in college. The pressure to win is the same in both games, and you must play as hard.

BOBBY LAYNE
U. of Texas
Detroit Lions
Quarterback
There's no comparison. In the NFL you face the greatest players. It's a real challenge. Our team spirit equals or surpasses that of the best college clubs. Money wouldn't keep us in football if we didn't love the game. As great as college football is, the pro game is more fun to play.

BILL McPEAK
U. of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Steelers
End
Football is the same as any other occupation. As you move up, the challenge gets greater and, if it's successfully met, the satisfaction is greater. College ball was a fine experience, but I've felt more of a sense of accomplishment in the pros. The fun and desire to win are as keen as in college.

TOBIN ROTE
Rice
Green Bay Packers
Quarterback
Pro ball is more fun because I get more action. In college most of the teams ran out of the straight T. Sometimes I did not pass more than five times a game. In the pros, with the spread ends and flankers, I run and throw more. Sometimes I throw as much as 30 to 40 times a game.

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