Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 23, 1974 · Page 26
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 26

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
Page 26
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NE ^Ji $$M>. Panama City, Fit., Sunday, June 23,1974 *<lStv, jgALLAS (UPtj - The next ^ likely be **d* lve ° nferf >ftnky Clint HvWmgley, wKb tor three seasons threw, touchdown passes nt Abilene Christian College and caught rattlesnakes in his spare time. Longley was last year's total offense leader in the NAIA and he has already made one critical decision. He Is going to pass up his final year of collegiate eligibility for a shot at the pros 1 -specifically the Cincinnati Bengals. Within a month, however, he could face another decision that all National Football League longley Faces Another Decision * OAKLAND (UPI) -If you think today's professional athletes are selfish and unapproa enable, check with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hanson before passing final Judgment. f . They'll tell you how a group of , athletes—familiar names but [.strangers, nonetheless — dis- 'played generosity and sincerity during the most trying period of f£> their lives; |f" , With the usual publicity fanfare, the Bay Area athletes got &i together recently and conduc- i auction to help the Hansons' 10-year-old son, who lay near death after a savage, unsolved beating. It was done without prompting. At a local restaurant, the athletes sold off prized possessions — not the commercial Items sold at parks and department stores, but professional equipment which had, in some cases, sentimental value to the donor. "Anybody who says athletes are self-centered and selfish don't know what they're talking about," said Robert Hanson's mother. "We didn't expect anything from them. Why should we have? We didn't know them. They didn't know us. But what they did really overwhelmed I* 4- ST x us. "We're not what you would call sports fans although Robby Is and knows all the players. But, still, .it was Just an unbelievable thing they did for us." "I think anybody would have done it," A's pitcher Vida Bluesald in trying to downplay his role. "It wasn't anything big. We just wanted to help." Blue and Sam Spear, a free lance sportswriter, coordinated the event which had representatives from the four professional teams that use the Oakland sports complex. "The athletes who took part were sincerely involved," Spear recalled. "They were not there to gain anything individually for themselves. They just wanted to help. That's the Important thing. "We didn't raise a lot of money ($3,500), but that wasn't significant. We felt it was important for the athletes to take part In a community action project. It wasn't a superficial, phony thing. It was simple and to the point." Initially, Blue donated his uniform and two new gloves. Probably more Important, however, in one of his first acts, he visited Robby at Oakland's Children's Hospital after retur­ ning to the Bay Area from the A's spring training camp in Arizona. Robby did not recognize Blue, who rarely goes unrecognized, but that didn't prevent the A's lefty from making the youngster a personal buddy. Forgotten was the fact that Blue was a famous name In the baseball world. It was Vida Blue, friend. "Robby's a tough little guy," said Blue, recalling the day. "He's made a remarkable recovery and we're all happy for him and his family.'' When a picture of the visi appeared in local newspapers other A's volunteered to help Then members of the San Fran • Cisco Giants, the Golden Seals hockey team, the Golden Stale Warriors of pro basketball and football's Oakland Raiders joined In. rookies might encounter. "The NFL Players Association has asked all rookies to stay away from the training camps until a contract settlement Is reached," said Longley. "I don't know what I'm going to do. I guess I will have to just wait and see what happens." Longley Was not drafted In the regular NFL college selections last February because at the lime It was thought he would play again next season for Abilene Christian, the defending NAIA champions. In the weeks following the draft, however, Longley discovered he was much closer to graduation than he thought — only three hours away. MELT WMTEI • MRTENDER veumsTowMNHMuein Apply: BAY LIQUOR INC. 760% W. 16th St. PANAMA GIH, FLA. Phone for Appointment: Mon. • Fri. 769-1429 or 769-1420 8 A.M. - 4 P.M. Not So he declared his intention of graduating this summer and that made him eligible for something the NFL calls Its supplemental draft. In the supplemental draft the names of the NFL teams are drawn from a hat and Cincinnati wound up with the first choice. The Bengals tOok Longley, who would probably have gone very high in the regular draft if he had been eligible. "I haven't signed a contract yet," said Longley. "I can't until I graduate and I plan to do that about July 15. "I've talked to some of their coaches and I am real optimistic about the Bengals. They have several fine quarterbacks and some rookies so it will be a challenge." A challenge, however, is in tune with Longley's thinking. When he had some time on his hands in Abilene he found solace in chasing rattlesnakes out of their den and snaring them with a noose attached to a long stick. On the football field he was usually throwing the ball to flanker Richard Williams, who happened to be the Bengals fourth round draft pick last February. Last season, Longley completed 195 of 360 passes for 3,167 yards and 28 touchdowns. He guided the Wildcats to the NAIA championship with a 4214 decision, over • Elon (N.C.) College in the title game. Longley's services have been were. very much in demand since he announced his decision m graduate, > "I've talked to sever) Canadian teams," he said, "m I want to stay in the Unite" States. n ••• "And I have been on coritfltjt With the World Football Lei y gue. They seemed to have tH \ same sort of rule that the NF i did -they didn't think tW could sigh me until I graduated,, But I don't know If they reai(| knew what their own rulw WHO'S MOVING? MEAN'S INSURANCE WHERE! 400 W.15TH ST. OPENS MONDAY 8:30 A.M. PHONE 703-0330 Across from the Goyiord'i Shopping Contor Dans* Case toil Cm •» Ony* Sere* tablet the p QC e r interiors & accessories /• 1 Kntll tnrtrMtionel toward Mitr Motel Dlmensiont ThtMt Cy MOM OttNjnt Mttreetritin Tropi-cel WMow and Rttd Chtseiwakt Geoff* KOVKI Awtin Protection The Scatter Steele Cetambut MWi Mofewk lovnat Chair and Ottoman by Charles lamtt Pearter Dttioni Traartont 6608 West Highway 98 HoikfcJy M«o Panama City, Flo. 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