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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 11, 1983, Tokyo, Japan 24 Pacific stars and stripes february 1983 jets coach Michaels retires new York a Walt Michaels shocked his players wednes Day by retiring As coach of the new York leaving offensive coordinator Joe Walton As the top candidate to take Over a team that made the National football league playoffs the last two i really see Why he decided to retire right with the team in a position where we could be super bowl champions in a couple of years or next said cornerback Bobby its surprising that we reached this level of Success and All of a he added Center Joe Fields its in a prepared statement issued by the Michaels said he needed a break from i have spent 32 years in this game and i have enjoyed them Michaels but in that i have never taken a vacation and never spent enough time with my now i think it is time that i so i am retiring As coach of the effective i wish my assistant the players and the rest of the Organiza Tion and the next head coach Good Luck in the he i am proud to say that i leave a much better team than the one i took Over six years the jets Are a team that i am proud to have personally chosen and jets disappointed Jim jets also said in a prepared statement the of Are disappointed to lose a coach Walts but his statement Speaks for our priority now is to fill the vacancy created by his both Michaels and Kensil were unavailable for further repeated phone Calls found both to be out of the office and messages went Walton was interviewed for the vacant los Angeles rams head coaching Job last week and had been a finalist for posts in where he was beaten out by Dan and Kansas where the Job went to John quarterback Richard who has blossomed under Waltons coaching the last two speaking for i would like to see somebody from within the organization get the Job because they know the personality and the its not like were a 412 team that has to be we have the weve been in the playoffs for the past two years and i think were headed in the right the fewer changes you the better youll Michaels retirement following the jets most successful season in years puzzled some of his new York reached the american Confer ence championship losing the title to the Miami dolphins Fields said he was very surprised when he Learned of Michaels see Page 20 Walt Michaels olympic ice hockey hero has a new awareness by Shelley Smith sports writer Tokyo the chatter on the the nervous skating in front of the the Way he looks up into the stands even the number on the White and Blue uniform Are the but the similarities Stop Jim Craig is not the hockey player or the Man he was three years a lot has happened to me in the last three said who led the United states to a Gold medal in the 1980 in the same in that my values Are very important to but my experience of the Good and the bad hopefully has made me aware of what is injuries and tragedies Craig is in Japan this week playing again on the hockey he is the olympian who always will be remembered by the dramatic scene in which he searched the stands for his father after the team won the Gold although he began a promising professional career after the olym he suffered a series of injuries and Hes on the which allows former proves because i had nowhere to the memories of Lake Are faded and far away for the 25yearold North i hardly think about them at All sports personality he they were an experience and but they dont last Craigs life has been a myriad of heartache since being voted the most valuable player on the Hes seen himself fall from being a once sought after hero to simply another Man without a but Craig shrugs off the riches to rags in not a he i am just experiencing there Are things that happened in my life that happen in everyone everyone has his highs and lows every single in constantly told that either in up or in in not in just things looked so Bright for Craig after the Winter he was appearing in commercials for coca cola and old spice for the most enjoying his newfound celebrity which had drafted him in the fourth round in needed a goalie so six Days after fulfilling an olympic Craig began his professional career by stopping 24 shots and leading the flames Over the Colora do Rockies he was the first of the 20 olympians to turn professional and his debut gave him Hope and welcomed the Chance but that was in and whatever spark he might have brought the struggling Atlanta club was not in the flames found themselves without a playoff with one goalie too Many and with an owner who wanted to move to i welcomed the Chance to be Craig admitting that Atlanta was not his firs Choice but the Bruins were and when he found himself on the Way Back to he began to think that another of his goals would be if i haunt been injured i probably would have been offered a Lon term contract with the and i would have they were willing before i got Hurt it was but i he a few games into the season who never missed a game while compiling a 5563 record at Boston suddenly was slapped by a barrage of injuries that sent him out of the majors by 1981 and out of hockey completely february first there was the broken right then a shoulder operation for a nonmalignant tumor and a broken Bone near his left people seem to forget that i played nearly every Day for two see Page 20 Brad Lendon Jim Craig tends goal in and three years earlier gets congratulations at Winter a

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