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REVVED UP AND RUNNING
Paul Zimmerman
September 22, 1980
Whether accelerating in the open field or hurtling over for a touchdown or—surprise!—catching passes, Billy Sims has powered the Lions to lopsided wins over L.A. and Green Bay
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September 22, 1980

Revved Up And Running

Whether accelerating in the open field or hurtling over for a touchdown or—surprise!—catching passes, Billy Sims has powered the Lions to lopsided wins over L.A. and Green Bay

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A few days before the game someone asked him if he could compare Sims to an NFL runner, Sayers, Simpson, whomever. "Leroy Kelly," said Clark, who was Kelly's teammate on the Browns. "Same quick takeoff. Same knack of running close to the ground, with great balance."

"Is he a mudder, like Kelly was?" Clark was asked.

"Don't know," he said. "We'll find out on Sunday."

He found out. On a soggy field that had groundskeepers rushing out and replacing patches of turf at each time-out, Sims averaged 10.4 yards each time he got his hands on the ball. "I liked the heavy turf," he said. "I like natural grass fields. I like Astroturf, too."

In a far corner of the locker Jimmy Allen began again, this time softly, to himself. "Runs uphill, runs downhill. See Billy run. Run, Billy...."

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