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Article: Dorsett remains a class act

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  1. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Dorsett remains a class act
    by Ashley McGeachy Fox

    After seeing the Eagles' porous run defense last weekend against Pittsburgh, maybe Tony Dorsett should make a comeback. If he did, know this:

    Dorsett wouldn't want to play with Ricky Williams, not after Williams abandoned his team (and Dorsett's college teammate Dave Wannstedt) and retired before training camp.

    The pro football Hall of Famer wouldn't celebrate a touchdown with a chicken dance, sit-ups, a Sharpie or a spike. Dorsett didn't dabble in extraneous celebrations when he won the Heisman Trophy at Pittsburgh, or when he gained more than 12,000 rushing yards as a pro, and you wouldn't see him do it this time either.

    While Dorsett, who turned 50 in April, would play for his old team, the Dallas Cowboys, he's not sure he would want to play for a coach who calls his players stupid. That would be you, Bill Parcells.

    He would like to play for a team that has a defense - sorry Indianapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Minnesota - because, as was the case when he was a player, Dorsett knows that defense, not a potent offense, wins championships.

    If his wife would approve a move from Dallas to a colder climate - which she wouldn't - Dorsett would like to play for the Steelers. He grew up near Pittsburgh, and the Steelers are his pick to win the Super Bowl, over the Eagles.

    In the meantime, Dorsett might attend the Cowboys-Eagles game Monday night in Texas Stadium. Or he might not. He doesn't expect the 'Boys to win, or to come close. They are too vulnerable at cornerback, and Dorsett fears that Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens will pick the Cowboys apart. And what Dallas-loving fan really wants to watch that in person, then have to fight traffic?

    Not Dorsett.

    Dorsett was in Philadelphia yesterday for a dizzying media blitz to promote "Tackling Men's Health," a partnership between the National Football League and Levitra that encourages men to visit their doctors and actively manage their health. This tour stop conveniently came four days before the Eagles play the Cowboys.

    Riding in a limousine to and from media appearances, Dorsett talked about the modern NFL, about how players train too much, and break down too easily because of it. He talked about T.O. and Ray Lewis, players whose flamboyant styles don't match his.

    He talked about running backs Clinton Portis and LaDainian Tomlinson, players who remind Dorsett of himself. Quick. Agile. Focused.

    And it made you think: What if Dorsett did come back, just for a minute?

    You wouldn't want to see a Jerry Rice-style return. Rice is hanging on by the coattails of the legend he built in San Francisco, as Emmitt Smith is doing in Arizona.

    What would be ideal is a Roger Clemens-type comeback, one full of success and fire. Who doesn't like a 42-year-old Cy Young Award winner?

    Dorsett is an avid NFL watcher. He knows the game, understands it, and remembers how to break down a defense over the course of four grueling quarters.

    And he is amazingly fit, for a 50-year-old or a 25-year-old. Dorsett's muscles are visible underneath a long-sleeved V-neck shirt, and he moves at a blistering pace. His only problem, Dorsett says, is one that is being remedied by Levitra.

    "We as men have a 'machoism' about us," Dorsett told the morning crew at WIP. "I'm an [erectile dysfunction] candidate, and I take Levitra. If you're afraid to talk about it, we'll help you... . We're not talking about being a Bob Dole. I'm a 50-year-old man. Things change. It's not that it doesn't work anymore."

    Dorsett says he runs three or four miles a day, fluctuates between 187 and 193 pounds, has a fantastic good-to-bad cholesterol ratio, and has more than enough energy to chase after his three small daughters.

    He laughs at the preposterous idea of a comeback. Dorsett says he stayed in the game too long as it is, that he should've retired after his 11th season with the Cowboys, instead of stretching his career another year. He never felt right as a Bronco.

    Dorsett remains a Cowboy through and through. He fears Monday's game, and is sick that his 'Boys are 3-5 in Parcells' second season at the helm.

    The defensive backs are hurting. The pass rush is nonexistent. The Eagles are a tough opponent able to exploit those two glaring weaknesses.

    "It could get real ugly Monday night," Dorsett said.

    Maybe, just this once, Dorsett could pull back on that No. 33 jersey, and make a comeback for a night. If he did, who knows whether the Eagles could stop him.
  2. Nors

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    Too bad its not 1978 anymore - he was a great back.
  3. jamez25

    jamez25 Active Member

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    Clemens didn't even retire .
  4. KINGBRICE_28

    KINGBRICE_28 New Member

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    Good thing he decided not to because we no longer have Darrell to catch him on Monday night :D

    :cool: He was pretty D*mn good though.......Sometimes I wonder how well older players would fair in todays game.....eg: Jonny U

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