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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 26, 1972, High Point, North Carolina 6c High Point Enterprise thursday oct. 26, 1972 49ers san Francisco Nea a it started with Stan Hindman a brute of a lineman who has since retired from football to devote himself to the aesthetics of serious painting. A Why you re a regular chocolate coated Dick Butkus a said Stan to Frank Nunley after the Pudgy Blond linebacker of the san Francisco 49ers had spent an afternoon hammering people physically. Then Stan switched his metaphor to a a fudge in describing the soft look of Nunley and added a a Hammer for the emphatic Way he hit people. The result was a nickname that makes an imprint a True reflection of personality a fudge it describes Frank Nunley a deceptively slope shouldered naturally padded Young Man with Long Blond hair and a noticeable bulge where his neck should be. He is a Typ Cally one of the class Middle linebackers in professional football the Glamor position or defense. A i correlate Success a he says a with with Frank or fudge As the general of the defense the 49ers have developed a defensive acumen which in the last two years finally produced division champions after a Quarter of a Century of futility. He s the quarterback who Krows All the assignments Calls All the formations and is responsible in the unique Way of a Middle linebacker for being in on virtually every play. He is an aggressive Brash player. Ile relishes the physical Contact. A when in a not sore after a game a he says a i feel bad that i Navens to done my fudges Luminous Light Blue eyes Shine with eagerness. He wants to Excel. A i look at All the Middle linebackers in pro football and compare myself with them a he says. A a it a hard because you always think you re the and the Good ones a Mike hued i think he a been the Best the last two years. Willie Lanier very Blank Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched 90 shutouts during his career More than any other Pitcher in National league history. Christy Mathew Sony a 83 puts him in second place. Bob Gibson of the St. Louis cardinals and Juan Marichal of san Francisco had the highest total among Active pitchers entering the 1972 season with 50. Physical. Mike Curtis also physical but very Quick How about Dick Butkus. Who has been the prototype for the Middle linebacker a the has been the Best. In a not so sure now. His Knees Are real fudge feels he was destined for his present Job. At the University of Michigan he was the left linebacker in an a a Oklahoma 6-2 defense with responsibility much like that of a Middle Man. Growing up around Detroit in the suburb of Belleville he had always idolized Joe Schmidt the first of the great Middle linebackers when All teams went to the 4-3-4 defense still prevalent. As a High school senior he played fullback and gained 1.200 Yards. A but i knew i was a linebacker a he says. A i wore no. 56. That was Schmidt a Between the Spring of his senior year and College Entrance in the fall his weight went from 195 to 220 pounds. Visiting the campuses of different schools trying to recruit him he found out that All the food was free. The image of fudge Hammer was physically folded. At Michigan he played on a Rose bowl team but got Little recognition. Most of the attention was focused on his Roommate Rick Volk an All american defensive Back and now an All pro safety with the Baltimore Colts. He was drafted by the 49ers, in the third round and that was an ego Crusher too. He played very Little As a Rookie Hurt his right knee and after the season submitted to an operation. He came out of the Hospital with a cast on the leg weighing 232 pounds including the plaster of Paris. Six weeks later when the cast came off. He had ballooned to 2.57 pounds. Ever since then he has counted his calories. He plays now at 230 and looks to put it i delicately fat. In 1969. Frank s third season of pro Ball the regular Middle linebacker re Beard was injured in the first month. Nunley replaced him and has held the Job Ever since. Beard is his substitute. The linebacker corps of the team also includes Dave Wilcox the finest outside linebacker in football. Nunley has never been picked on an All pro squad. It will come. Lute i of the Lions is 32. Curtis and Lanier Are older too. So is Butkus. Fudge Hammer the 49ers generally shorten it t o a a fudge is 26 and eager. We fill any doctors prescription for glasses or a dress up your glosses with a modern Frame from our selection a Complete optical service off Street parking 527 n. Main St. Tei. 887-5194 p. Lee Cockerham Robert l. How on 47 years in the optical profession t 9 new no wrinkle the new double knit no wrinkle sport Coats $55 Coati $39,s $70 coat i now s49,s �?~80 Coats a. S59�?� in Wrights clothing stores downtown Winston Salem a Raleigh own fit , tit. 9brown s Bill Nelsen ignores flashing exit Light Nunley likes hard Contact no sooner had the Orange blossoms wilted in her bridal bouquet than sue Nelsen wife of Cleveland Browns quarterback Bill Nelsen realized that she did not quite have her husbands total affection. Her Competition was Tough and she was jealous. The object of her jealousy was the inanimate nil football. A there Are times id just like to go out and pop that football a sue bristled. A i see Bill devoting All his mind and body to the game. He enjoys the glory but subconsciously he shares it with his 40-Man team. What Are the kids and me against the 40?�?� its the plaintiff cry of the neglected executives wife. She a watched his climb to the top but when he arrived there the cheers were Only for him. Banquets speeches endorsements and ribbon cuttings left her to Deal with the cub scouts and the carving of the t h a n k s g i v i n g Turkey. A they get so involved quarterbacks especially a said sue. A i wonder sometimes Why does he have to be that involved a Bill a kind of dedication paved his Way to Success hut in professional football the moment of glory is Brief. The exit Light starts flashing at a quarterback when he gets past 30, an age when most of his contemporaries in the business world have just planted both feet on the Bottom rung of their ladder to the Heady Heights. Ifs hard to put a successful football career behind you. Its easier to just postpone the inevitable. Bill Nelsen. Who is 31, chose to ignore the Crystal balls shadowy prediction this season hoping for one More year hoping that his aching Knees would undergo a Miracle cure. Hoping his Arm would regain its zip. But the writing is on the Wall in Cleveland s locker room. The fans Are restless. They re eyeing the new fellow Mike Phipps and Bill Nelsen a magic seems to have disappeared. A when you can to go any farther up the ladder a says sue a then you have to go on his Way Down the athlete faces vultures on every rung. Vultures like the fans booing his every move second guessing his plan of attack. Vultures like the sportswriters who thrive on team conflicts. And the Mike Phipps is Bill Nelsen conflict is too Good to ignore. A i picked up my Cleveland press before the Home opener a sue told me. A the headline that greeted me was a choose your the result of the Reader poll was published the next Day a 75 per cent for Mike Phipps. I cancelled m y subscription. I mean with All that s going on in the world is choosing the Browns quarterback All that important a the Cleveland fans had More to say about their preferences at the opening game which the Browns dropped to Green Bay. Sue told me about the Boos a i did no to know what to expect. I knew the fans wanted a change but i did no to know How bad it would be. The Boos were awful. I can to believe there Are months to go before the season s Over. I guess ill survive on Tranquili Zers. Tranquil Izeris weren t needed because the next week coach Nick Skorich announced Phipps would Start for Cleveland against Philadelphia. Sue took the news of Bill a demotion with More than wifely fortitude. More like Relief. A i really Hope for the team. I want Mike Phipps to win she confessed. A it really would upset me to see the team go and now that Bill is no longer responsible for the Cleveland attack. She has him Back. A when the quarterback is less involved when they done to have to take the knocks then they Start to consider the a other four a that a me and the three kids. He a got a few More moments to give us after four snug years at the top of the list of nil quarterbacks. Bill Nelsen now faces a new unknown. The season could bring a renewal of his football career or it could bring a frustrating see saw Battle with Phipps for the first string spot. Or it could bring retirement something that every dedicated athlete hates to face. A an athlete never grows up a sue told me. A a there a a kid part of them in their body and soul. Every new season is a whole world of excitement and Flory. And the problem is How to replace that kind of excitement when the career is All Over. A but there Are better Days ahead. Maybe playing pro football and being on top Isnit All that in High Point the Man of steel the shelf Man r m. Dick Maultsby commercial and Industrial steel shelving work benches bulk storage Racks. Compete 1 i Yon Frick Gallagher steel equipment. Bul. To 883 1423 mom ass 4374 Lewis Supply co. 1709 n main it. A a new Fau custom tailoring patterns now on display Over 500 to choose from. Double knits in stripes plaids window panes and solids. 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