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Bear On the Loose
Austin Murphy
October 14, 1991
Once an object of derision at Berkeley, Russell White has led surprising Cal to a 4-0 record
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October 14, 1991

Bear On The Loose

Once an object of derision at Berkeley, Russell White has led surprising Cal to a 4-0 record

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"Picture Groucho," says Snyder. "Russell has that same forward lean."

What the six-foot, 210-pound White has, says Snyder seriously, is a proud carriage. "I don't want my tailback to sneak onto the field," says Snyder. "I want him to march-no, gallop. I want his body language to say, Give me the ball, and I'll win the game for you."

If White does that often enough, he should command an enviable position in the NFL draft. But Helen and Russell have markedly different views on life for him after Cal. She speaks of the Plan. "I want him running a 4.2 40," says Helen. "He'll be the best back coming out of college since Gale Sayers."

White makes no mention of the Plan. Instead, he speaks passionately of how he will put his degree in social welfare to work as a counselor of junior high students. "Too many of them want to be Magic or Michael," he says. "They should come with me. I can show them a different way. I don't want them getting to 12th grade, sitting in front of some test that's going to influence the rest of their lives and drawing a blank. I can be a positive influence. I really think I can."

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