Originally Posted by fgoodwin
Trivia: During his early career with the Cowboys, Manders battled Mike Connelly for the starting center job; Connelly had an interesting way of making weight during training camp -- what was it?
Interesting character. Never really heard of him, this Connelly fellow. Manders? sure.
So...I had to look this one up.
Back when he played for the Cowboys, of course, the linebacker-turned-center was infamous for showing up at the spring training weigh-ins with 5-pound dumbbells stuffed in his shorts.
"Tom wanted me to weigh 250 pounds," Connelly said, chuckling as he recalled his stunt. "I usually weighed about 240 to 245 - that's where I felt most comfortable. So what I would do is, I would put my jock on and I'd put that cold weight in there, and I'd walk up like I was scratching."
It worked, too. "They never caught me," he said. "I always got away with it."
...and interesting that his final official game as a Cowboy was the Ice Bowl...because that is the first game I remember ever seeing and became a Cowboys fan!