Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on January 8, 1976 · Page 8
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 8

Del Rio, Texas
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Thursday, January 8, 1976
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NEWS*EHAID. THiifdty. Jimnry 1. 1176 TOPS ON DEFENSE Brazile Garners Rookie Honors By BRUCE LOWITT A P Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Robert brazile, who went from "Mr. Versatile" at Jackson State to "Mr. Valuable" \vith the Hous. ton Oilers, was named the National Football League's Defensive Rookie of the Year today by The Associated Press. TheG-fooW/z,250.pound out. side linebacker, the Oilers' No. 1 selection in the college draft and a starter in their lineup even before the season began, received 41 of the 78 votes cast by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. He easily outdistanced Oak. land Raiders cornerback Neal Colzie from Ohio State, the run. nerupwith 17 nominations. Oth. ers in the voting included Los Angeles Rams cornerback MonteJackson, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy White and ON OFFENSE San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Louie Kelcher. "This wasn't a goal of mine," Brazile said when told of his se. lection. "I just wanted to come into the NFL and play." And what of the future? "The next goal? The Super Bowl," he replied. "And for myself, well, whatever I did this year, it's to do it better next year." Bum Phillips, the Oilers' first-year head coach, was un. bounded in his praise of the 22. year.old Brazile. "It's only a matter of time before he's the best linebacker in football," he said. "With his size and speed, he was the same as having anoth. er defensive end, but with all of the assets of a linebacker," Phillips said. "All he needs is experience and he'll be in the superstar class." Brazile picked up his "Mr. Versatile" tag in college be» cause lie went to Jackson State as a tight end, played both in. side and outside linebacker and displayed a combination of quickness, speed and savage tack ling. He set a school record with 129 individual tackles and 7 9 assists in his senior year and led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 1974 with nine interceptions. And he carried those impressive statistics with him to Houston. As a starter in every regular-seasongame, he had 85 unassisted tackles, 68 assists, seven quarterback sacks and 20 passes batted down. Ed Biles, the Oilers' clefen. sive coordinator, was even more generous than Phillips in speaking of Brazile. "If he Bowling Mark Sacked by Sub NFL ROOKIES OF THE YEAR-Steve Bartkowski, left, of the Atlanta Falcons, and Bob Brazile, right, of the Houston Oilers, hold their Bert Bell Memorial Trophy as they pose with Murry Olderman of the Newspaper Enterprise Assocition after being named the National Football League Rookies of the Year. The presentation took place at a luncheon in Los Angeles. In addition to the 'trophy each winner received a new 1976 automobile. (AP Wirephoto) Filling in at the Tuesday Night Ladies League substitute bowler Chayo Rodriguez totaled 533 to take high scries this week and had a 204 garni' among her three-set mark. High solo effort went to regular league member Delia Cantu with 226. Seconds of 527 series by Ton! Gonzalez and 233 game by Baby Merkle went into the record book, reported secretary Eileen Albert. Show marks of 521 in series and a 213 game were rolled respectively by Marie Valdex and Karen Belvin. Other high marks were Becky Willard's 516 series, two 514 three-game totals by Mrs. Merkle and Diane Woods and a 208 game by Mrs. Gon/ales along with a 201 game by Mrs. Woods and a apir of 502 series efforts by Penny Link and Franky Wilcox, the secretary noted. Teamwise Howard Chevrolet took both high game and a?ri«s with 871 and 2,436 marks as they won a 3-1 match over the Hot Pit BHQ crow. G&B Produce beat H&K Block 4-0 arid Bill's TV Repair shutout Nani's House of Beauty 4-zip. The Branding Iron whitewashed Fashion Hotline 4-0 while M&J Auto posted a 3-1 win over Coca-Cola. Other matches had Sue's Beauty Shop in a 4-point split with Pear) Beer and 13-1 wins by Fun-A-Hama over Gibson Pharmacy and Border Auto over Del Kio Typewriters. Howard Chevrolet is the leader after the first session of '76 with 46 wins against 22 setbacks. Second place has four teams jammed at 43-25 including Sue's, Hot Pit, Pearl and Border Auto, Mrs. Albert reported. hadn't been named Rookie of the Year, I'd have demanded an investigation," he said. Mike Thomas Rookie of Year By TOMSEPPY AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Run. ning back Mike Thomas, chosen by the Washing-ton Red. skins in the fifth round of the draft last year, says his main concern in 1975 was making the team and playing in the Nation, al Football League. Now he has * * * * Falcons Passed Up Mike Thomas By JACK'KEEVER Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Tex. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons apparently thought Mike Thomas might be a troublemaker and passed over him at the last.minute before the Washington Redskins v* rat ed-as--' the best rookie in pro football, Atlanta's top draft choice, California quarterback Steve Bartkowski, also receivec strong support for top rookie honors. Thomas described the events of the 1975 pro draft as he rest. ed Wednesday in a motel room on a recruiting swing through CentralTexas with his brother, Jimmy, a former pro who is now an assistant coach at Texas Christian University. Thomas, an ex-schoolboy star at Greenville, Tex., was rated the top player in Texas high school football in 1971, and Ok. lahoma won a recruiting struggle for him with such national powers as Southern Call. fornia, Ohio State, Michigan and Texas. He recalled, however, that he "hated every minute" at OU and transferred to Las Vegas- Nevada after his sophomore season, when he played behind Greg Pruitt, now a star with the Cleveland Browns. Thomas said what made up his mind to transfer was that Coach Chuck Fairbanks of OU had promisee! lie would play in the Sugar Bowl game against Perm State but kept him on the bench. AtO.foot-10 and 185 pounds, lie had two good years at Las Vegas, and "the day of the (1975) draft 1 was contacted by the Atlanta Falcons with the third I'uund comiiit; up. They called and said, 'Wo heard you had a little trouble at Vegas'— they said suriielliini; like, 'If we draft you, do you think you can got your I load straight'?'" "i told them, 'I don't even want k> come to Atlanta,'" Giants Prexy Denies Sale SCOTTSUAt.E, Ariz. (AP)Horace Slunoiiain, president of the San Francisco Giants, has domed reports that ho sold the National League.' club to a Canadian brewery, adding-. "I can't understand where that story originate;'!." "We've boon discussing the sale for quite some time," Stone-ham said Wednesday from his winter home here, "but we haven't come to any conclusion at all." Asked if a dc-al was imminent to .sell the financially ailing franchise, Stoneham replied; "Oh, f would hope so." He de. dined further comment. Ifowc'vei , he (old (he Oakland Tribune- "Three- or four groups still are interested in tlie Gi. ants. We're- definitely going to sell to somebody, although we may not make a decision Fri. day," when the Giants' (ward of directors is to mee;t, A Hawaiian radio station, KGMB, had reported thai "extremely reliable" .sources "in (lie highest level of organized ttasebalt" revealed that Stone. hum had sold (he- club to La- liatt'K Brewery. Thomas recalled, his voice ris. ing, and the Falcon spokesman hung up. He indicated he resented the question. Thomas was drafted in the fifth round by Washington as the Redskins' first draft pick and, after talking to Coach "George Allen, he signed a two- year contract. Thomas said he was aware of Allen's reputation for being wary of playing rookies, but "I mink what really changed his philosophy as far as (using) my type of running back—not very large—was Terry Metcalf," who had had several explosive games against Washington. "He (Allen) said, 'I can tell you, I'm planning on using you this year,' and I thought, 'Oh yeah.' I went to camp, and I was thinking, 'Mike, you've just got to make the team, make the team.'" Now, Thomas says, "I love Washington, love it." Asked if he planned to celebrate being named the Associ. ated Press' rookie.of.the.year in pro football, Thomas said, "Not really. I was just sitting here, sipping a beer. It's still hard to believe." He had at least three inter, views in a 30.minute period after the news was out of the honor, and Thomas said, "It's a great honor, it really is. It's something to think about—of all the guys that are chosen, (in the pro draft) here's a guy that comes out of Las Veeas ..." set his sights on gaining 1,000 yards next season. "I justed wanted a chance to play in the NFL," said Thorn. as, after learning he was se. 1 e c t e d National Football League's Offensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press. " Being drafted in the fifth round really didn't bother me. I didn't expect to go higher because of the school I came from, the caliber of ball they play compared to the big schools. So everything worked out fine for me." The 22-year.old Thomas was selected out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, a school he transferred to from Oklahoma. Thomas, in a telephone inter. view from Austin, Tex., said Wednesday he was apprehen. sive when the Redskins chose him in the draft because of Coach George Allen's policy of starting veterans over rookies. "I was concerned about making the team," he said, "because of being drafted in the fifth round and going to Wash, ington with Larry Brown being there and Duane (Thomas) still having a chance to be there." Two factors caused Thomas to see plenty of action in training camp. The first came when Duane Thomas didn't report to train. ing camp in a contract dispute and was finally dropped by the Redskins. His second came when Brown was held out of training while he recuperated from offseason knee surgery. Brown started the opening game against New Orleans with Thomas carrying the tell just three times for two yards. It soon became apparent that Brown had not completely recovered from the surgery. Thomas cracked the starting lineup in the fifth game and instantly began helping the Red. skins become a contender. The5.foot-9,190- pounder, only the second rookie to start for an Allen-coached team, picked up 919 yards rushing, best among the Redskins, ranked third on the squad in receptions with 40 behind all-time NFL leader Charley Taylor and topped all Redskins ball car. riers in scoring with 42 points. "I never lost confidence in training camp," he said. "When I finally made the club, I got a couple of breaks and made the starting lineup. All they said to me was, 'Do your job.' Everything worked out all right for me." Thomas, who received 35 of 78 ballots cast by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters, was followed by Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Steve Bartkowski with 21. Others receiving votes included running back Don Hardeman of the Houston Oilers, tight end Rush Francis of the New England Patriots, wide receiver Rick Upchurch of the Denver Broncos and guard Lynn Boden of tlie Detroit Lions. 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