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THE MICHGAN DAILY

Wednesday, Ottober 14, 1970

Page Six THE MICHIGAN EAILY Wednesday, October 14, 1970

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NEW MEMBERS MEETING: "
Wed., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., 117 N. Thayer, No. 4
GENERAL MEETINGS:
every other Thursday, beginning Oct. 22,
8:304p.m. Union
WE'RE LAYING FOR THE SPARTANS!
BEAT MSUP!
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Unable to kick the habit?
Let's he/o each other
STOP SMOKING
Organizational Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 15-7:30 P.M.
Rm. 3B Union

Contrary to popular belief,
football is not a game. It's a
dangerous narcotic which be-
comes addictive after prolonged
exposure. If you don't believe it,
just ask Tom Darden.
Back when he was in the
sixth grade, T.D. as he prefers
to be known, was just another
kid. Then he discovered football
and slowly but surely became
hooked.
While still in e le m e n t a r y
school T.D. considered football
just a game. Now that he's sev-
eral years older, however, and
has added a few pounds and
inches to his frame, he spends
almost all his time risking his
bodily wellbeing defending the
Michigan goal line against evil
people who want to cross it.
Darden didn't always intend it
that way, however. "I didn't
want football to be my way of
life when I was in high school,"
he noted, "but I wanted to get
an education and I knew that
I had to get a scholarship. The
best offer I got was a football
scholarship, so ...
Even though he backed into
big time athletics, Darden has
no regrets about the way things
have turned out for him. Foot-
ball demands a large portion of
his time, but this doesn't seem
to bother T.D. "There's time for
other things," he commented,
"it's all a matter of priorities

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want to do."

Since football is such a large
part of his life, Darden takes it
seriously. So m e may consider
football a violent, senseless
game, but not T.D. "If you think
football is brutal, look at the
world," he states. "This is noth-
ing but a competitive society."
"You can get a lot of satis-
faction from working hard," he
continues. "It's the same as with
a nuclear physicist. That guy
sits around and strives for an
equation or something. He
might get discouraged and give
up for a while, but you know
he'll be back and you know he's
gonna find that equation. He'll
push himself till he reaches his
goal and it's the same with foot-
ball."
While speaking of goals, T.D.
reflected on his own aspirations.
"It's every football player's
dream to play in the pros," he
noted, "but I won't base my life
on playing pro football. I'd like
to play, but I'm not gonna.count
on it."
If he doesn't get a shot with
the big money boys, Darden
thinks that he would like to
"return home and try coaching,
at least for a while. I'd like to
help some other guy get the
chance I got," he added.
"I don't k n o w about it
though," he commented after
further reflection. "It's a hell
of a transition from player to
coach. Some good players can't
make it as coaches. You have to
be able to convey the informa-
tion to your players."
T. D. has some time, though,
until he has to worry about
what to do when he's done with
school. Until then his primary
concern is playing his position,
defensive halfback, to the best
of his ability. This is Darden's
first season in the halfback spot,
but from the first he felt more
comfortable there than at wolf-

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Tom Darden (35) runs back punt against Texas A&M

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back, where.he gobbled up the
opposition last year.
"You need good size and
agility to play roverback," he
states, "like Jack Tatum of Ohio
State. I don't have that kind of
size. I like halfback better be-
cause you don't have to keep
banging on each play."
When asked whether he was
happy playing defense, T. D.
vehimently answered affirm-
atively. "Defense is a whole lot
better than offense. On offense,
when you've got the ball, there
is a whole crowd coming after
you. On defense you get to do
the hitting instead of getting
hit."
Darden, however, doesn't mind
getting his hands on the ball

for a punt return or an inter-
ception runback. He does admit,
though, that while "everyone
wants to run the ball back all
the way, sometimes a return can
get you down. It's not called the
suicide squad for nothing, but
its pretty fun if you get by the
first wave of tacklers."
It's also fun to tackle your
opponents, but th.ere is a lot to
learn. Each member of the de-
fense must learn his teammates
assignments as well as his own.
That's a formidable assignment,
but as Darden says, "that's why
we come back in August and
have two a day drills." Nobody's
memory is perfect, though, and
Darden admits that, "sometimes
you black out in the middle of
4 the game. However, once the
play starts," T. D. was quick to
add, "you gain control and fig-
ure out something to do."

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