Former Bronco coach John Ralston, a scout for the World League of American Football, returned to the U.S. last week after touring Europe in search of 40 players for the new league, which will begin play in March. He can't stop talking about one athlete.
"Of all the places I was—and I was everywhere west of the Soviet Union except for Norway—I was most fascinated with the East Germans," says Ralston. "There was one athlete running sprints who I just couldn't take my eyes off of."
The athlete: 5'9", 167-pound Martina Hellmann, the gold medal winner in the women's discus at the Seoul Olympics. "God, can she run," says Ralston. "She could be a wide receiver. But we didn't sign her. I'd really worry about a serious injury."