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JOHN R. O'BRIEN
At the University of Buffalo I could run 100 yards in a football suit in 10 seconds flat. The other day my 12-year-old boy put over something I didn't like. I tried to catch him, but he was off like a flash. I didn't have a chance and finally stopped, puffing like an old walrus.
Football used to he a lot of fun when I was in college. So I tried to prolong my football life as long as possible and played three years with the Washington Presidents. In the third year, for no reason at all, football didn't seem as much fun as it used to be. I was older.
I played several years with the Washington Redskins. One day a skinny kid named Eddie LeBaron joined the squad. He weighed a bare 170. He made me feel old enough to be his father, and I also felt sorry for him. But my sympathy was wasted. Eddie can take care of himself.
I have six children, all daughters. Naturally I'd like to have a son play at Georgetown, just as my brother Johnny would like to have a boy at Notre Dame. But the other day I looked at my eldest daughter, age 11, and realized that time is fleeting. No, I am not as young as I used to be.
ALPHONSE (TUFFY) LEEMANS
I'm coaching the John Carroll High School football team in Washington. Those kids weren't born when I was playing. I try to show them something, and they do it better than I can. That's why we might win the championship this year. But it sure makes me feel like a has-been.