Inside Conditions…Dorsett, others Triple ‘played’

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AUBREY BRUCE

 

 

Certain mythologies—whether derived from the Greek, Roman, Mayan, African or “Martian” cultures where oftentimes somewhere lurking in the background or standing blatantly in the foreground; chronicles of encounters with mutated dragons, serpents and many other “imaginary” or “substance induced” creatures—are often passed on from generation to generation.  These monsters seem to have tormented the comfort of man for at least a millennium or two.

 

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SIGNING THE WALL—Tony Dorsett at Pitt Black Athlete Centential Celebration signs the wall.

 

 

By today’s standards we would simply define them as “lizards on steroids.” Take the case of NFL Hall-of-Fame and Western Pennsylvania running back Tony Dorsett. Dorsett has surpassed legendary status since he roamed the sidelines of Hopewell High School and the University of Pittsburgh gridiron as the “biggest little man” on campus. Dorsett was All-American “scatback” in high school. He was all world in college; and when he strapped on the pads to play for pay, he was all-universe as an NFL running back.

In August of 1985, Tony Dorsett was faced with and forced to dodge a two multi fire breathing dragon; the Internal Revenue Service, a.k.a. the IRS, the Dallas Cowboys and Joe Q. Public. Dorsett was not forced to avoid and sidestep bloodthirsty. headhunting defensive safeties, linebackers or defensive linemen. His opposition were economic “piranhas” intending to devour all of the awards that Dorsett had sacrificed his body and mind for from peewee to pro football.  This was the same Tony Dorsett that according to wikipedia.com, “was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the second pick of the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft.” The Cowboys traded the 24th pick in the draft and three second-round choices to the Seattle Seahawks to move up to take Dorsett. Dorsett’s agent was Michael Trope, known as Mike during his days as an NFL agent. Dorsett signed a five-year contract for a reported $1.1 million.”

As soon as Dorsett began to experience trouble with “dough” then his familiarity with the loyalty of the coach and the team that had coveted him badly was no longer the rule than the exception. In a Sports Illustrated article written by Douglas S. Looney in August of 1985 titled, “Thrown For Some Big Losses” Dorsett was covertly and overtly mocked and ridiculed. Why? Well it seems to me it was just because he wanted to get paid. Hey folks before we continue let’s explore how and why economic “terrorism” has existed and continues to exist in the world of sports especially when it comes to compensating minorities for their services.  

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