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Sports By George Thorn, Ward Keep WVI) In Game Miller Signs Grid Contract With Houston By GEORGE McLAUGHLIN Register Sports Editor A father of three and a former Raleigh County grid star will be the first from this section to sign with the young American Football Football League. After playing 16 years of the game designed for "men only" Bill (Big Bill) Miller, ex-Stoco High School gridster, has signed a one year contract with Houston, champions of the AFL. The AFL title, which has been up for grabs for only two years, has been won both times fay the Houston Oilers. It's believed Miller signed for about $11,000 and received a bonus which went over Ihe $1,000 mark. The 64 ] A, 255-pound guard finished up his college grid career at Highlands University this year under Coach Don Gibson, former Raleigh County coach. After graduation from Stoco High in 1954 at the age of 16, Miller, Miller, although playing varsity ball his freshman year at Highlands, found the going a little rough in college ranks and decided to enter the service for the main purpose of maturing and experience, Although the former Josephine man was in the Marines, he played three years of service football with the Navy and one year with the Marines at Parris Island. After having four outstanding years in service ball, Miller was greeted by the Chicago Bears and was offered a contract for $6,700. At mat time Miller was married and had a family to support. The softspoken guy said, "It wasn't easy to turn down the contract, but J decided to continue my education." \ Not only were the Bears of the NFL after him, but the Baltimore Baltimore Colts also of the NFL were seeking his service along with Georgia University. After turning down the pro offer, Miller decided to take Georgia U. up on its offer which he said, "was a good one." But he only lasted one quarter and then he went back home to Highlands University. " j Miller said, "After ! enrolled ai Georgia U. I started thinking! how Coach Don- Gibson had helped me m so many ways, I thought I owed it to him to play ball at Highlands. He was to me just like a father. And I haven't regretted one bit playing for Highlands under under Coach Gibson/' * * * * * * * * PRAISES COACH DON GIBSON The easy going Raleigh Countian has nothing but high respect for Coach Gibson. He said, "I credit both Coach Don and Lou for my football knowledge. And what ever I do in the pro ranks, I will thank them for it." Miller's respect for Coach Don Gibson is so high he said, "Right now, if I knew my two boys would grow up to be men like Coach Gibson, I could die now and be happy." Bill named his first son after his college coach. In his junior year at Stoco, Miller almost ruined his college career, but again one of th« Gibson coaches came to his rescue and this time it was Lou. "Big Bill" told the story like this, "It was my junior year and all I wanted to do was get out of school, so I decided to enlist i McGHI's n Bill 'Big Bill' Miller Signs Pro Grid Contract Hornung Faster Since Losing 20 2 Packers Still On Injured List Bayr r n n the Army. I was in the recruiting station and getting ready to sign some papers and who should walk in? No one but Coach Lou Gibson. Gibson. Coach told me to get my rear out in the car. I did just that During the long drive back lo Coal City, he gave me a good talking talking to and it changed my view about school." IKs hard to believe but Miller didn't have the first scholarship after graduation, mainly because of his age. He was also picked to play in the North-South game, but after his age was learned, they passed him by. That's one of the reasons Miller has high respect for Coach Don Gibson, "No other college was interested in me, but Coach Gibson gave me a scholarship and a chance to further my education," Bill said. * * * * * * * * MILLER'S VIEW ON AFL 4 'Organizing the AFL was the best thing that could happen for football. Not only will it give more players a chance to play pro ball, but it will make both leagues pay the players a good salary.' Miller said. 'Take my case for example, I was offered 56,700 in 1958 by the Chicago Bears and after I signed .with the Houston Oilers this year, George Allen, head scout for the Bears, wanted me to sign their contract. After I told him I had already signed with Houston, he wanted to know how much they had given me. I told him and he said, 'We would have given you that/ So you see it will keep both leagues on their toes. ' "And it will help the NFL players as well as the AFL grids- ters," Miller added. * * * * * * * . * TO PLAY GUARD, END Miller more than likely will play defensive end and offensive guard for the Houston club. And ha is going to have his work cut out for him, If he is to make the starting team either on defense or offense. He will have a tougher time especially on defense since Houston Houston has two top ends in Don Floyd, .former TCU great who made All-AFL this year, and D. Allen of University of Houston. Allen has been in the game for some time. So the work isn't going to be easy, and Miller knows it. But his size and speed should be to his advantage. In football at Highlands, Miller had to run his wind sprints with the backfiefd, because he was much faster than any of the linemen and he held his own with the scatbacks. That is one reason he will be playing defensive end. With his amount of speed and size, it should make it tough on those backfield backfield men trying .to protect the QB on pass plays. How would you like to face a 255-pound streak moving at you? We surely wouldn't want to get in his path. It would be worse than if a tank had hit you. Not only is he fast, but he has outstanding control of his 255-pound body. And playing two years of basketball at Highlands proves that statement He also is on the track squad which hasn't lost a meet in two years. Coach Marv Wetrel, former Shady Spring High School mentor, mentor, is in charge of the track team. Miller was named to the AH-NAIA District 7 grid team, and was named to the Frontier Conference for three straight years. He also was selected on three or four All-Opponents teams. In the service he was named to the All-Sea Service team in 1958. * * * * * * · * * TO GRADUATE IN MAY Unless the world comes to an end or something unforeseen takes place, Miller will graduate from Highlands in May. And then will take a one month rest period before heading for Houston's training camp which begins in July. And according to Miller, th Oilers will hold camp this year in Spain. Last year it was held in Hawaii. Miller plans to attend Baylor U during the off season to wcrl on his Masters Degree. Miller sa?d he was doing his practice teaching now and onlj needed 28 quarter hours. He is also taking two courses in history The ex-Stoco great married the forrner Msurene Holscher, wh Is a music major at Highlands U. They have three children, Donni 4, Cheri 3, and Rusty, 9 months. Miller said he planned to keep his home in Las Vegas until h gets his Masters. Then if he is still with the Houston team, he wil make his home in Houston. By GENE HINTZ United Press International GREEN BAY-(UPI)--A nearly healthy Jim Taylor and a Paul Hornung whose loss of weight has been compensated for by added speed greeted Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi as the countdown neared for Sunday's National Football League championship championship game here. Taylor, w h o s e recuperation from a badly bruised hip has been slowed by cold weather. was panning at nearly full speed in practice Wednesday. He and defensive halfback Johnny Symank Symank are the only Packers still on the injured list for Sunday's game against the Eastern Division Division champion New York Giants. Symank's injury also has been slow in responding, but he was expected to be ready for the title game. Hornung, whose weight dropped nearly 20 pounds after his induction induction into the Army last Novem- Giants May Use Sneakers' Sunday By NORMAN MILLER NEW YORK. (UPI)--The New York Giants will bring their neakers and gloves to Green Jay for the National Football eague championship game next unday, and chances are they ber, seemed faster and shiftie than ever in both his running pass receiving Wednesday. This, is the first week in which the National Football League's top scorer has worked out with the team in seven weeks. Near zero temperatures chillec the Packers' most spirited dril in recent weeks Wednesday. Tern peratures were scheduled to be even colder when they headec for the field today. The therrnom eter registered a low 2 above the start of Wednesday's practice and after 90 minutes had risen just one degree. Using scarfs, sweaters, towels gloves, practice jerseys and jack ets to protect against the cold the team drilled first on calisthenics. calisthenics. They then ran plays against a New York de fense, and with the versatile Lev Carpenter filling the quarterback role of Y.A. Tittle and Cnarle; Conerly, gave the defense a workout against Giant plays. Tech's Speed Scares Engle ST. AUGUSTINE. Fla. (UPD- 'enn State Coach Rip Engle has a ear of Georgia Tech's "speed and quick reaction" but he worked his team Wednesday on some things the Yellowjackets might not be prepared for. "We hope we can fool them with a couple of new wrinkles." Sngle said as he drilled here for Saturday's Gator Bowl clash with he Engineers at Jacksonville. 'We put in some new gimmicks on offense and defense." The Lion drill Wednesday cen- tred mostly around goal line defense, defense, Engle said, but added that 'we did an awful lot of throwing." throwing." Engle, never the optimist, lamented lamented that his team was not 'anywhere near where we were at the end of the season, except in passing." , "The team still lacks "the tuning tuning and the pop--that quickness it had at the end of the year," Engle said. He singled out quarterback Galen Galen Kali and fullback Buddy Torris Torris as being as sharp as they were in the final game of the season season against Pitt which the Lions won by a score of 47-26. won't mind it a bit if the da comes up snow and ice. In fact, one of the Giants' memorable championships wa won in the famous "sneaker game" of 1934 over the Chica; Bears. And Charlie Conerly wor gloves while passing them to th 1956 title, also against the Bears On a field with poor footin the passing team rates an edg over the club that depends mor on a running game. Obviously, it's tough for back like the Packers' Paul Hornun and Jim Taylor to be fast o shifty on slippery or heavy unde footing. The passer, on the other han gets a dry ball to throw. And receivers have . an advantage that they know exactly how the plan to maneuver while the d fender often reacts a step slow on a bad field. The Packers are acknowledged to be the superior rushing team. Y. "A. Tittle, Charlie Conerly their fleet pass receivers should make the Giants stronger through the air. The day the Giants won the 1934 championship in sneakers. The temperature in the Polo Grounds at New York was 9 degrees and the field was a sheet of ice. The Giants, trailing 13-3 halftime, donned sneakers for second half. They scored 27 in the final period and beat the Bears. 30-13. " of S o Herman Sports Briefs RIDES THREE WINNERS CORAL GABLES, Fla. (UPI- Gene Monacelli scored a riding triple at Tropical Park Wednesday, Wednesday, winning with Roman Legion $3.70) in the second, Hill ($26.30) in the sixth and Nimble Top ($11.00) in the feature eighth. HEADS RACING GROUP NEW YORK (UPD-^James Cox Brady of Far Hills, N.J. T has been selected as chairman of the New York Racing Association. Brady, 54, succeeds John W. Hanes who resigned because of illness. Last year, American fishermen bought more worms. than 250 million By NORMAN MILLER NEW YORK (UPD-A1 Sherman, Sherman, the young man for whom many felt sorry the day he inherited inherited the New York Giants months ago, today was named United Pjress International "Coach of the Year" for the 1961 National Football League season. Sherman took over a third- place team believed to be slipping, slipping, collaborated with general manager Wellington Mara in refurbishing refurbishing it and guided the Giants to the Eastern Division championship. The cheerful, 38-year-old rookie coach now can realize his fondest dreams by beating the Green Bay Packers next Sunday for world pro football championship. Sherman won the Coach of Year honor in a close three-man vote over Norm van Brocklin the Minnesota Vikings and Lombardi of the Packers. In poll of-42 regular NFL writers- three from each league city--

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  2. 28 Dec 1961, Thu,
  3. Page 14

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