Golden Football Magazine
October 28, 2017


"A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be."

Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys coach (1960-88)

Tiger Den

Two 1996 Comebacks: Houston

Kevin Faulk took it upon himself to bring the Tigers back from a 20-point deficit in the second half of the season opener.

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Saints Saga

Portrait: Jim Finks - II

When Tom Benson took over the Saints in 1984, he sought advice about the best man to be his General Manager.

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Seminole Sidelines

From the Archives

"Our team cheated ..., and we still couldn't beat him."

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Super Bowl VI

The Cowboys returned to the big game intent on ending the "next year's champions" curse.

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Profile: Bill Walsh - VIII

It's always hard to defend a championship but the 1982 49ers had more challenges that most teams in that position.


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How Well Do You Know the Rules?
QB beyond line of scrimmage throws ball to ground beyond line of scrimmage in last minute of the game.
Conference foe defeated the most time by SEC schools
Howell Put Huff in a Huff
The Game of Their Lives, by Dave Klein (1976)
Hall of Fame LB Sam Huff recalls his introduction to pro football.
So the Giants drafted me [1956] ... because of Al DeRogatis. We (West Virginia) were playing against North Carolina State, and DeRogatis came down to scout Bruce Bosley. And he saw me play. DeRo said he liked Bosley, but he liked Huff just as well.
The Giants drafted me ... but they never did call me before, which I thought was odd. ... I got to training cmp ... and the Giant players at that time really treated the rookies bad. I'll never forget it. They wouldn't even talk to you. I didn't like it. I thought [head coach] Jim Lee Howell picked on the rookies ... he'd yell at you, scream at you, shout at you ... and I just didn't feel comfortable. I was running as fast as I could go, always had great pride in my speed, and hell, I was outrunning everybody else my size, and he's still yelling at me.
I was on defense and [Don] Chandler was on offense, and I had a tremendous scrimmage. As a matter of fact, we won because Chandler was punting and I slipped the center ... I was always great at that ... and nobody touched me, and I took the ball right off his foot and went 65y for a touchdown. And we won. Howell said we would have a day off if we won. And do you know he made me practice the net day? To me, as a 21-year-old kid, that wasn't fair. I was down on Jim Lee Howell.
I just couldn't understand it. So I went to [kicker] Don Chandler ... he was a rookie, too ... and I said, "I don't feel welcome at all, let's get the hell out of here." He said, "Okay, let's go." I said, "I'm not kidding. I'm ready to go."
But we had to turn in our notebooks, and we go downstairs to the coaches' office ... well, [offensive coordinator Vince] Lombardi used to share a room with Jim Lee Howell, and Howell wasn't there but Lombardi was, on the bed, sleeping. We walk over and shake him, and he wakes up and says, "What the hell do you want?" and we said, "Coach, we quit."
Well, I'm telling you, I never heard such carrying-on in my life. He scared Chandler to death, he ran. I couldn't get out ... I had a bad knee. But he's calling us cowards and s.o.b.'s and everything ... and I said, "Coach, you can call me anything you want, but I just can't take this any more." And he said, "Dammit, we've got so much time invested in you ... you can make this team, all you've got to do is stick it out." And I said, "No, I just don't like it, and I'm not going to hack it." And I leave and I go upstairs and pack my suitcase.
And there was this other rookie ... I forget his name, but he was from Ohio State ... and he had a car ... he was going to drive us to the airport. But Ed Kolman, who was the line coach, he came into my room, and he said, "Sam, I'd like to talk to you a little." Okay, fine. But I'm still packing, and he asks me why I'm leaving.
I said, "Coach, I'll tell you. It's not the fooball. I can play football. First of all, I'm homesick. And next, it's Jim Lee Howell, and he's just on me so much I can't take it. I really can't. I had pride in my attitude here. I'm running and I'm struggling and he's still on my back, and I don't need it. So I'm getting out.
And Ed said, "I'll tell you what. You stay, and I think you can be one of the great ballplayers in this game. And if you stay, he won't say anything else to you. Stick it out, and you won't be sorry." Well, I thought about that. Then I told him, "Okay, if you promise me he'll leave me alone, then I'll stay."
So I went to Chandler to tell him I was staying, but he was made because nobody came to talk to him. He said he was still going, and I couldn't talk him out of it. So we all went to the airport, me and Babe and this kid from Ohio State. And we're sitting there, and here he comes, Lombardi. I mean, Lombardi just loved Chandler, and lucky it was such a small airport, only one flight a day.
To Lombardi's dying day, Don Chandler was one of his favorite people. He even traded for him after he got out to Green Bay. And Howell left me alone after that, and Chandler, too. But I have to say this: Jim Lee hurt some football players. I know the effect he had on me. You had to know personalities.