JAMES J. CORBETT AWARD LUNCHEON
(Tuesday June 12, 1:00- 2:30 p.m.)
I would like to introduce NACDA's First Vice President and director of athletics at Texas Christian University to give the invocation, Frank Windegger.
Let us pray. Lord, we gather today to honor some of your flock. These are the individuals You've blessed with skills, expertise and patience to reach the epitome of their profession. The leadership they have provided certainly has touched the lives of thousands of young student-athletes. Bless them as they continue Your work and please bless this food. Amen.
I want to thank you for all of your support and all of the things you do for NACDA throughout the year and, particularly, during NACDA's 25th Silver Anniversary. At this time, I'd like to introduce Mike Lude, our past president and AD at the University of Washington to present the Hall of Fame inductees.
I have an announcement to make for those of you who were here yesterday and were impressed with the Disney Scholar-Athlete Awards. NACDA is proud to announce today four additional scholarship awards commencing with our 1991 Convention. The awards will go to the members from each of the teams from the Kickoff Classic and the Disneyland Pigskin Classic as designated by their athletic directors. These awards will be for
$5,000. This expands, ladies and gentlemen, your association awards program to nearly $100,000 back into student-athletes. I thought you'd like to know that.
I would like to present as an inductee of the NACDA Hall of Fame, Joe R. Abbey. Joe's a real Texan
who's early beginning was in Denton, Texas. He graduated from Denton, Texas High School in 1943. He received his bachelor's from North Texas University in 1951 and his master's from the same university in 1953. Joe played football for the Chicago Bears. He coached football and basketball at Carlton State and football and basketball at Arlington Heights High School in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was director of athletics at Fontana Unified School District for 12 years. He was athletic director and chairman of the physical education department of Parkland College in Illinois. He is a former member of this Executive Committee. Here today, are his wife and two daughters and ~ther members of his family. May I present to you as a member of your 1990 NACDA Hall of Fame, Joe R. Abbey.
Your next NACDA Hall of Fame inductee is Captain John "Eo" Coppedge. Bo is a long-time friend and a colleague of mine and the majority of those in attendance today. For 20 years he was a CEO of the Naval Academy athletic department. Captain Coppedge grew up in Elythville, Arkansas. Bo was a three-sport athlete in high school; football, basketball and track. He entered VMI and was a letterman in football, wrestling and baseball. He received an appointment to the Naval Academy in 1943. He was a great wrestler at the Naval Academy losing only one match. I haven't determined, yet, to whom he lost. I'm going to find out. He was the Naval Academy's identification of Hulk Hogan. His first assignment was destroyer duty followed by five years as a submarine officer. Under his direction, the Naval Academy added 12 sports. Eo served on the Executive Committee of NACDA from 1972 until 1976. I know in your program there is a listing of the various awards that he has received. You should look at that very closely because it's very impressive. But, now, I believe the greatest award of all is induction into NACDA's Hall of Fame: Inductee, John "Eo" Coppedge.
Our next inductee is Carl Clifton James. Carl was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was an outstanding athlete at Duke University in 1949, 1950 and 1951. He earned seven letters; three football, four track. Listen closely to this career history. Carl graduated from Duke in 1952. From 1952 until 1954 he
was sales manager for Atlantic Richfield. In 1954 until 1966 he was assistant director of athletics at Duke University. From 1966 until 1969 Carl was sales manager and public relations manager for Roadway Express. He always had something to move with. From 1969 until 1977 he was associate director and then director of athletics at Duke. In 1977 and 1978 he was the executive director of the Sugar Bowl. From 1978 until 1980 he was the director of athletics at the University of Maryland. From 1980 until the present he
is the commissioner of the Big Eight Conference. Carl is only the fourth commissioner of the Big Eight Conference. The Big Eight Conference has benefited substantially from Carl's contributions. Conference
members have twice hosted the men's Final Four in basketball. He has negotiated four extensions on the Orange Bowl contract. Mr. James, on April 7, 1990, was inducted into the Duke University Hall of Fame. I wish to present to you, your 1990 Hall of Fame inductee, Carl Clifton James.
Leo Miles, our next inductee, is a great guy. The only problem is he hasn't moved around very much.
He's a native of Washington, D.C. Leo graduated from Virginia State College and earned two degrees from that institution; his bachelor's and master's. He played professional football for the New York Giants. He served in the United States Army. After concluding his professional playing career, he was an important and successful teacher, coach and administrator in the D.C. public school systems for 13 years. After those illustrious 13 years, he was solicited to become the director of athletics at Howard University. Leo was a doer. He developed the Howard University athletic program with a special emphasis on a touch of class. Mr. Miles is one of the premier National Football League officials. Art McNally, the supervisor and a friend of mine for years, tells me that Leo is one of his very best elite officials. He has worked three Super
Bowls. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in saluting Leo Miles into the class of 1990 NACDA Hall of Fame.
May I introduce Mary Jean Mulvaney from the University of Chicago. Wow, what a lady! I have been associated with her for years and years and I never cease to admire her enthusiasm, her smile and her friendship. Mary Jean has been a highly significant force within this Association for many years. This outstanding woman graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska. After graduation, she joined the faculty of Kansas State and then to the University of Nebraska and the University of Kansas. In 1966, she was appointed chair of the women's division of physical education at the University of Chicago. In 1976, Mary Jean was appointed chair of the women's division of physical education and athletics. Mary Jean was active in AIAW at the very inception of it, serving as chair of both the Illinois and midwest regional associations. Miss Mulvaney was one of the first two women elected to the NACDA Executive Committee. Mary Jean was one of the first women appointed to an NCAA general committee, the Long Range Planning Committee. In her honor, the University of Chicago has established the Mary Jean Mulvaney Scholarship Athlete Award. She is a past member of the NCAA Council. She has been a member of the NCAA Legislative Interpretations Committee and, now, she is a member of the NACDA Hall of Fame.
I take some special pride in this next introduction in presenting for your consideration and the induction into the Hall of Fame of Richard "Dick" Shrider of Miami University (Ohio). I know this manl Dick was a premier coach at Miami. He won 126 games, losing 96. He was the 1966 Coach of the
Year in Ohio. In 1964 he became the number one person in the cradle of coaches, the director of athletics at Miami University of Ohio. The Miami tradition under Dick's leadership, was admired, respected and, yes,
envied by everyone of us in the Mid-American Conference. This is not the first, nor do I hazard a guess, his last hall of fame award. This very special man was inducted into Miami's Hall of Fame in 1989, the Mid-American Hall of Fame in 1990 and with a very special personal sense of pride, I present to you your newest member of the 1990 class for the, NACDA Hall of Fame, Richard Shrider.
MARY JEAN MULVANEY:
President Jack, Mike, George, Bob, honored guests and the Executive Committee, friends and colleagues, familyand fellow inductees, it is both a privilege and a pleasure to respond on behalf of the 1990 inductees into the NACDA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. We wish to thank the Officers and the Executive Committee, as well as the Honors and Awards Committee for this very fine honor. We're most appreciative.
I think there should also be a special thanks for the president and former leaders of NACDA as well as Mike Cleary and his present and former staff, for 25 years of NACDA, our professional organization. NACDA has provided for all of us professional friendships as well as numerous professional opportunities and experiences, through Conventions such as this one and the Management Institute.
If you'll bear with me for a moment, I'd like to relate an experience I had at my first NACDA
Convention. I'm sure many of you will think it's insignificant. It occurred in Montreal in 1974. 1974 was the time of the Jerry Tarkanian affair and the Keynote Speaker was Stephen Horn, then president of Long Beach State. The theme of his speech was the impact on an institution when a coach breaks an organizational rule, whether it be NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA. The institution is placed on probation, but the coach walks away without a penalty, which was the case at that time. In the course of his speech, he said, "if I would request that all delegates who have ever broken a rule, should leave the room, it would sound like a herd of elephants and I would be left standing looking at the delegates at the University of Chicago." You can imagine my dismay when I heard that. We all laughed, just as you are now. But, as I walked away from that Convention, I thought to myself if even one person outside our institutions set that standard for the university, then it was my responsibility to uphold that standard. I'm sure that all of you have had similar experiences. Experiences that were insignificant and meaningless to most of the delegates, but not all of the delegates. Those are the opportunities that NACDA has provided for us.
As we look back over our professional career, we look at two important areas; athletic excellence and academic excellence. It is the responsibility for all of us to provide to provide the best athletic environment for our student-athletes in terms of programs, facilities, coaching, etc. But, at the same time, we must at least, and I emphasize at least, provide the best academic environment that we can to lead to the success of each student-athlete. Winning championships and bowl games is extremely important to the student-athlete as a reward for their hard work and their dedication. It's also gratifying, I might add, for the coaches and the administrators. As a secondary benefit, it certainly helps with recruiting and fund raising. At the same time, we must provide for the success of each student-athlete as he finishes his
academic career. He must achieve his academic goals. The loss of a championship or a bowl game is usually forgotten in two or five or 10 years, but the loss of a student-athlete who does not enter society as a productive citizen is a loss of a lifetime. It's a loss that we do not forget. We cannot and we must not let those losses occur. As I finish my career, I challenge each of you to eliminate all of those loses.
In closing, on behalf of Joe, Eo, Carl, Leo and Dick, as well as myself, we extend our sincerest appreciation and gratitude for this prestigious honor which is really the coulbination of our professional careers. It has been a pleasure to count many of you as friends and all of you as colleagues. Thank you.
Mary Jean, that insignificant occasion must have really made an impression on you because you've carried the University of Chicago's banner high and we sorely miss you in NACDA. Thank you and good luck to you.
Jack Powers is the executive director of the Dodge NIT and a long-time athletic director at Manhattan College and he is here to present the Dodge NIT-NACDA Award.
Thank you, Jack. It's a pleasure and an honor for me to be able to present this year's 1990 Dodge NIT-NACDA Award to an individual who has done so much for college basketball and, in particular, he's
done so much for the NIT. It's also a privilege because I've known this person and his family for over 20 years. To follow in Pete's footsteps as the executive director of the NIT is a very difficult job.
It was in 1977 that Peter came up with the idea to save the NIT and to keep college basketball for many young teams that do not make the NCAA Tournament, to send the early rounds out on campus sites. It was an instant success. The first game that was played was a sellout. Peter sent Georgetown over to play Virginia Tech and that afternoon they sold 10,300 tickets. There are a lot of coaches that are very happy to see the NIT around. Two years ago, the University of Connecticut, with a young club, Jimmy Calhoun won the NIT and he has a promotion film that he uses which is the Road to the Final Four. He had a great year this year. The Road to the Final Four started with the NIT.
Pete came up with a new idea. He decided and legislation was introduced at the NCAA Convention to start the Preseason NIT which is now the Dodge NIT. That has been very successful. Thirteen of the 16 teams were in post-season play this year. Once again, it was because of Pete and his ideas.
Pete graduated from Fordham University. He was a great football player. Pete coached basketball, football and track coach. He passed on a lot of his secrets to his son, P.J., who did a fantastic job two years ago at the NCAA Final Four Tournament. Most of the people in this room reulember seeing Peter and Lucy's pictures on TV.
Pete is a member of many Hall of Fames as you will see in your booklets. He served as president of the ECAC and was president of the Metropolitan Basketball Association. You can go on and on. He's been a good friend to the NIT and I really believe a good friend to college basketball in helping a lot of young coaches move on in their careers. It's a pleasure for me to introduce this year's Dodge NIT-NACDA Award recipient. Congratulations to you Peter.
Thank you, Jack. This award coming from the MIBA makes me very proud. Particularly, when I think of the previous honorees, so we appreciate it very much. NACDA, Marco Island and George King bring back o~ny great memories. George reolinded me yesterday that Peter Finnerty and Peter Carlesimo were the only two directors to ever flunk out of the Management Institute. It's surprising because we were both on academic scholarships. Our greatest problem seemed to be absenteeism. We learned that at the final session, Mike Lude conducted memorial services for the two directors that had not been seen since the first class. It so happens that Peter and I were very busy studying the spooning and the spawning habits of starfish and jellyfish to
make a presentation to our classmates. However, this is a very difficult thing to do in an outdoor swimming pool. We then decided to concentrate on the relative merits of the pina colada, the seabreeze and the bay breeze. This required extensive research and the Management Institute was concluded before we were.
I will never forget the night in this hotel one of the very first NACDA meetings on Marco Island. George King introduced a drink that he called the Mikalosky. It must have contained some nuclear ingredients. I noticed that everyone drinking the Mikalosky were bombed. When the lounge closed, we took over. I remember playing the grand piano until the early hours of the morning. I remember George as our song leader. It was
an unbelievable night because I don't play the piano and George can't sing a note. To know George King is to love him. Not because of George but because of Jeanne. I once asked Jeanne how many children do you have? She said, "five." I said to her, "I knew there was something about you that I loved and that must have been it."
In all sincerity, I say to you, I've been part of many, many functions over the past 50 years. To be honored on the same program with George King is my proudest hour. There are many great pluses in this profession. To me the greatest plus of all, is to make friends with people like George and Jeanne and all of you. We're keeping busy in semi-retirement. Lucyand I miss all of you. She's been reading books. This creates problems. She read somewhere along the line that people married to each other for a great many years start to resemble each other facially. This has her all upset. I sure don't know what the hell you people are laughing about. She warned me that I should not forget to introduce her. Lucy, take a bow.
George, heartfelt thanks to you from all of our fellow honorees.
Pete and Lucy, congratulations. For all of the years we've had the NIT and Pete's leadership and for
all of the colleges and banquets you've spoken at, thank you Pete. Please stand again.
At this time I'd like to re-introduce Mike Lude who will present our Corbett Award winner.
It's seems that Pete Finnerty is going to get double billing. I'm pleased to do that because I want to show you something. We've just been presented with a permanent record plaque for the NACDA office building from Pete Finnerty and Jostens. This will have all of the past Corbett Award winners on it and all of the future winners. For all of you young people out there, there are a lot of blank spaces here. It goes clear around to the side. Pete and Jostens, thank you very much.
Ladies and gentlemen, for me to stand before you today and say it is an honor, privilege, a joy, a special thrill and an exciting opportunity would all be absolutely truthful. When George King asked me to be his presenter at this luncheon where he is to recognized by his peers as a recipient for the highest award
that an athletic director can receive, my first response was similar to that of Mary Jean Mulvaney. Wowl How could I give the slightest thought to the possibility of saying no to a great and very close friend. How could I say no to a man I have asked many times to take on so many assignment for this professional association, for the NCAA and a lot of others. In the beginning, George's usual response to Mike Lude is, no, and if you don't like that, Hell no1 But, then, he always says, yes. And a man who goes about doing it and deDlonstrating absolutely superior leadership.
George entered Morris Harvey in 1946. He became an instant basketball star. Actually, George has
always insisted in conversation with me that he was always a star. Before he ever arrived at Morris Harvey, he was a productive scorer prior to high-tech basketball. He didn't wear Jordan's or Nike. He even played before the jump shot. Maybe even before they took the laces off the ball. Seriously, he averaged a remarkable 31.2 points per game in college. George continually tells me that he was an all-American. I want you to know way back when he played, there were really not many Americans.
George met the best head coach of his life when he met and eventually married Jeanne Greider. From that
two-person coaching staff, they produced and developed their own all-American staring five. Five children, four of whom are here today. George, Kathy, Keri Jo and Gordon. Christy couldn't make it today, but she sure is in her daddy's mind. Blood lines are productivity.
George King's playing career continued after graduation in 1950. George moved on to the elite level of professional basketball, spending six years in the NBA with the Syracuse Nationals and the Cincinnati Royals. He dazzled opponents and fans prior to anyone knowing what the word point guard meant with his ball handling and uncanny shooting ability. This man we're honoring today was one of the most successful coaches in
university and college basketball. He coached in the late 50s, all of the 60s and the early 70s. He was
head coach at his alma mater, Morris Harvey, the University of West Virginia and Purdue University, winning 223 of 342 games for nearly a 70-percent success rate.
In 1971, George was appointed director of intercollegiate athletics serving as both head basketball
coach and director of athletics for one year. Since that year, he has served as CEO of a highly respected department. He immediately began to establish that he was a real winner in athletic administration as well as coaching. For two decades, he has produced not only excellent, but superior and dynamic professional administrative athletic leadership for Purdue University, the Big Ten Conference, the NCAA and this association, NACDA. George served on NACDA's Executive Committee in 1979 and then as an officer, starting as third-vice president. Our honoree became the 18th president of distinguished association in 1982. He served it faithfully, with distinction and in a highly successful manner and continues to do so.
During the early 1980s with George's consistent commitu,ent and dedication, ~IACDA's directicn became one of a much higher profile relative to the visibility and to proactive nature. George continues to stimulate all of us on the Executive Committee because of he is a positive, contributing member of that group. That group is charged with the trusteeship of your association. As a past president and a lifetime member of that committee, his wisdom and experience is of a fantastic value. George chaired the NCAA Postseason Football Committee and steered a sound course for it. That's a very important committee and George served it well. He was singled out for two prestigious honors by his alma mater, the Hall of Fame and an honorary doctorate. That's how the institution got its named changed to Charleston University. They knew they had to honor George with a doctorate and you just couldn't do it with a college. It had to be a university.
He always exhibits a real touch of class. I know what it's like to be the recipient of the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, expecially when one is an active, on-the-job athletic director. You see, I've been there. The highest award a person can dream of is one that is granted by his peers. George, I've got to share something with you. It was just delivered to me today. It's not from a jump shot artist. It's from a former lefthanded first baseman. "Dear Mr. King. I was pleased to learn that you are the recipient of the 1990 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Corbett Award and I send my sincere congratulations to you. Through your 20 years of dedicated service, you have helped the Purdue University athletic program and its student-athletes earn a reputation for good sportsmanship, integrityand academic distinction. You can take great pride in knowing that your continuing commitment to excellence has been the key to success for many Boilermaker athletes, both on the playing field and in the classroom. Barbara joins me in sending our best wishes. God Bless you. George Bush."
George after I got to the dais, I received another FAX. "George, the entire athletic staff at Purdue University is thinking of you on your very special day in Marco Island. We congratulate you on the Corbett Award, the highest honor NACDA bestows on an individual. We thank you for your leadership and loyalty to the Boilermakers. Purdue Athletic Department."
Thank you, Mike. We are well, healthy and doing things in NACDA of a service nature to our profession. Having gone through the early lean years, it is unbelievable. I stand here and say to you I really ought to be giving an award to NACDA, not receiving an award. I've had a chance through 20 years to work with and be a part of some of the greatest athletic administrators of all times, the Mike Ludes, the John Toners, the Bill Flynns and the Andy ~Iooradians and all of you here. This for me professionally has been a great boon. I've taken their ideas home to Purdue and made them work. We've gone through some problems and concerns from time to time, but we've always come through with flying colors.
For Jeanne and I to have the friendships that we've had is great. I didn't know much about the east when the great Peter and Re-Pete got me talking to the Toners and the Flynns and the others. I wasn't too happy about New York when I first went, but these people taught Jeanne and I some things. Potty is not going to the bathroom. That's having a party, which is what I like to do. They've taught us many things through the years. Jeanne and I have had great friendships develop as a result of our NACDA experiences. So, again, I should be giving an award to NACDA and not receiving it. It has been just that great, both professionally and personally.
With that, let me tell you that me and my family are all honored with this award and very grateful and very thrilled. Thank you very much.
I didn't give him the plaque first because I thought he was going to give it back to us. ~!ow I'm going to give it to him.
Congratulations, George. At this time, it's my pleasure our speaker, Bob Griese, sportscaster at ABC Sports. Bob was one of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks and is currently one of the network's most respective football analysis at ABC Sports. He was a two-time all-American at Purdue University and after graduation, he was considered by some scouts too small for the pro game. But, the Miami Dolphins personnel director, Joe Thomas, didn't agree and picked him as the fourth player taken in the first combined AFL-NFL draft in 1967. His intelligence and determination to learn all there was to know about the defenses and how to combat them eventually make him an all-time great. Known as the II thinking man's quarterback" during his brilliant 14-year NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, he was renowned for his poised leadership and ingenious play-calling during the Dolphins' dominance of the NFL in the early 1970s. He skillfully guided Miami to history's only perfect record season, 17-0, in 1972 when the Dolphins won their first Super Bowl title. The following year, he led Miami to its second consecutive Super Bowl championship.
Under Miami coach, Don Shula, Griese had a .698 winning percentage and appeared in a team-record six AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. He was consensus all-Pro and Player-of-the-Year in 1971 and '77 and was voted a six-time Dolphin Most Valuable Player.
While leading the Dolphins to Super Bowls he was considered legally blind in his right eye. In 1977 he resorted to wearing glasses and after trying contact lenses, thus became the first quarterback to successfully wear eye glasses in NFL action.
He is a member of the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame and also will be joining
three other Dolphin players who hold a place in the Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Please welcome Mr. Bob Griese.
Thank you very much. It's a pleasure to be here. When John Swofford called me and asked me to speak here today, he told me that George King would be receiving the Corbett Award. I couldn't say yes fast enough. What you people have known about George King over the years, we've known at Purdue University for many years and that is he is one outstanding class man. We are very proud to have him at Purdue University.
I'm not a person of many years. We're just fortunate that Sam wasn't up here speaking or we'd be already past 3 p.m. Sam is my good friend from the University of Miami and what an outstanding job he has done down there. I couldn't let this opportunity go by without telling you in front of all your peers. He has brought back basketball, the baseball program is going strong, the football program is going strong and everything about the university in athletics is going strong because of this man right here, Sam Jankovich.
I didn't know that I was going to have to defend myself when I came up to the dais. Usually, quarterbacks like to feel safe and comfortable around some offensive linemen. But, when you get linebackers at the end of the day like Sam RUff, it makes a us a little nervous. We used to come over to Marco Island a lot. When I first came to Miami, this was our get-away. It didn't look like this. The Marriott Hotel wasn't here and there weren't many things on this beach. There were some college coaches who came down this way too. This is a great place to come. I know all of you have been here before.
I feel I'm among friends. I was a professional football player for 14 years and coached professionally for one year with the Miami Dolphins. I was an analyst for ~IBC Sports doing the professional games for
five years and for the last three I've been doing college football with Keith Jackson. It's been a real delight. People ask me whether I like pro football better than college football. What's the difference? There are some things I miss about pro football, but when you get to college football, the excitement and tradition that is there is unlike any in sports.
I'm comfortable around the NCAA and athletic directors because I'm on the Orange Bowl Committee in Miami. We've been involved in some of the meetings around the country. People ask me about Keith Jackson. When you talk about good people, you're talking about him. Some of the things that you hear about Keith simply aren't true. Yet, some of the things you hear about him are true. If you ask him about his golf handicap is, it's probably lower than you think it is. He can hit the ball a long way. Some of his sayings that come out on television are things I have to call him on during the season. Last year, at the Rose Bowl, the sun was setting over the mountains. His commentary to describe that was, "there goes a rabbit over the mountain." We'll continue to call him on his sayings as we go along. He is a great man and when you think about college football, you have to think about Keith Jackson. He's very supportive on what is going on in college athletics. He's very true to his sport.
We all talk about communicating and getting along with people. A group as large as this has to have good communications. The same is true in athletics. I remember a time when we were playing a Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings. There was a lot of scouting and preparation. We know exactly what they're going to do in every situation and they know what we like to do. We got the opening kickoff and moved the ball down to about the three-yard line against the Vikings. That year, they used two types of goal line defenses. We had some plays that were good against one and some plays that were good against the other, but we didn't have any plays that were good against both. When I got down to the three-yard line, I alerted the guys and said, "I may have to check this playoff." The play is brown left, 18 straight on one. We went up the line of scrimmage. When we got up there, I was thinking about what play I was going to check to if they were in the other defense. When the line got down and I looked at the defense, the play I called was good. I didn't have to check off. In thinking about what I was going to do if they were in, I'd forgotten the snap count. This happens more than you would think. The easiest thing to do is to call time out. But, all of the people in the stands and the people watching on T.V. would think what a dumb quarterback. The next thought was to ask Jim Langer what the snap count was. I then said, no, because then everyone would know what the
snap count. I said I would outsmart everyone. I have 30-seconds to get this all done. I thought I'd turn around and ask Czonka who was right behind me. In a critical situation, I turned around and asked Czonk. He has his head down and was counting the blades of grass on artificial turf. He raised his head and said,
"it's on two." That was good for me because the clock was running down and I don't want to delay a game. Jim Kiick, who's lined up behind him said, "Czonk, it's on one." Czonk said, "it's on two." The tight end, Marv Flemming's head was turning. All the heads are turning. No one knows what's going on next to them. The ball came up and nobody moved. The Vikings thought it was on two also. That seemed funny now, but not then.
I've been very impressed with what I've been involved with for the last three years with ABC Sports.
I've enjoyed everything about it. It's the purest area of football we can get into and that's college sports. What has been done to keep the sport clean is of the utmost importance. If someone cheats, fine them, get rid of them, do whatever you have to do, but the integrity of sports is bigger than anything else. When I was growing up, my father died when I was 10. Our family was very poor. My mother took over the business and didn't do very well with it and sold it. She then became a secretary. I had an older brother and a younger sister. We weren't going anywhere. I was a good athlete and playing whatever was in season. We never had organized football until I was in high school. I played high school football, basketball and baseball because it was the thing to do. We just wanted to play. It was a good mixture for study. I never thought about what I was going to do after I graduated because there were no options. I would have to get a job.
The point I'm trying to make is that college athletics game me an opportunity to make something of my life. My brother is still back in Evansville working at a job that he's had all of his life and will continue to do that. Purdue University and college sports gave me the opportunity to go to school and get an
education. I wasn't one of those blue chippers or a sure-fire prospectives. I was one of those marginal players. I had a lot of desire and determination. But, college sports gave me the opportunity to better my life, to go on and get a college education. I had no ideas of playing professional football. That was the furthest thing from my mind. I never wanted to be in the Hall of Fame. If anyone mentioned that to me, I thought they were crazy. All that was was a dream. All I wanted was a good education at Purdue University, interview for some jobs when I was a senior, go out on the job market, get married, have a family and live happily ever after. Purdue University gave me an opportunity to graduate, play football and then professional football. When I was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, I thought if I didn't make it, I could always go back to my education. It is very important that these kids get an education and not rely on the national championships they mayor may not get.
My college education meant a lot to me. I'm still using it throughout my life now. I majored in industrial management at Purdue. So what, I was a professional football player and made some money doing
that. I used my major and my intelligence that I received from Purdue University much more than I used that athletic ability. There was more desire to succeed. Keep doing what you're doing. There are those of us out there who aren't great athletes who do appreciate what you're doing. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much, Bob. In closing, athletic directors, if you want to sign up the NACDA's 25th Anniversary magazine, please stop by the registration desk. Congratulations to all of the Hall of Fame
inductees and to Pete Carlesimo and to George King. Thank all of you for attending.