FORMER GRIDDER TACKLES MEDICINE
Gallagher back in school
The MichiganDaily-Thursday, October 1, 1981-Page 11
SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y
Pistons sign Tripucka
By CHUCK JAFFE
Unlike most former Michigan foot-
ball players, Dave Gallagher is back in
4chool. At 6-4 and 235 pounds, the 29-
year-old senior medical student still
looks like a typical gridder. That's un-
derstandable because it was only two
ears ago that Gallagher quit playing
AFTER A year with the Bears,
Gallagher was traded to the New York
Giants, where he played for two years.
In 1977, he "retired" to go to medical
"I'd been accepted at Michigan
during the '76 season, and decided to
go," Gallagher said. "I didn't want to
Gallagher was a co-captain of
Michigan's 1973 football squad. After
graduating with All-American honors
at defensive tackle, he was the 20th
player selected in the National Football
League draft, the second first-round
pick of the Chicago Bears.
Pennant fever is reaching epidemic
proportions, and the big question in
Detroit is whether the Tigers could
hang on to first place. However, the
players seemed more uptight on the
field last night than usual.
Is it the pennant race that has Gibson,
and company highstrung? Is it that Jim
Palmer's briefs are on too tight that
gives him that pained expression? No,
itN that unparalleled tension that
comes from entering the Gr'iddes that
makes ballplayers nervous.
IF YOU WANT to share in the heat of
the race with the Tigers, just drop off
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chance to compete with the football
"experts" from the Daily staff.
1. MICHIGAN at Indiana (pick score)
2. Michigan State at Notre Dame
3. Minnesota at Illinois
4. Iowa at Northwestern
5. Purdue at Wisconsin
6. Florida State at Ohio State
7. Missouri at Mississippi State
8. Florida at LSU
SNorth Carolina at Georgia Tech
10. Iowa State at Oklahoma
11. Navy at Yale
'12. Arizona State at Washington
-18, EMichigan at Central Michigan
1. Auburn at Nebraska
15. Pittsburgh at South Carolina
16. Syracuse at Maryland
17. Utah State at Brigham Young
18.Dayton at Slippery Rock
19. N. Dakota State at Morningside
20. DAILY LIBELS at Indiana-Jones
Lions defensive line coach Floyd
Peters. "He could have ahd an 11- or 12-
year career if he'd dedicated himself
solely to football. He's still young, and
I'm sure he could still play. He was a
quick, strong, intelligent, and a damned
Gallagher, however, is not likely to
come out of retirement again. Making
the switch from professional athlete
back to full-time student was hard
"I REALIZE now that I'm five or six
years behind in age," Gallagher said,
"and that places me at a little disad-
Dr. John Gallagher, Dave's father,
explains the transition differently. "All
of a sudden he's one of 220 guys in a
classroom where the professor doesn't
care how he plays," the elder Gallagher
said. "Quite often the professors don't
follow football as much as the fans,,.and
they probably looked at Dave as
another big guy in the class."
Upon graduation, Gallagher said that
he plans to stay involved in sports, as
an orthopedic surgeon.
"I'M REALLY interested in sports
medicine," he said. "I know what it's
like not only to be a player, but to be an
injured player. I think that will help me
"If you have the chance to play pro
football and you don't take it,"
Gallagher added, "then you'll never
know what could have been. I still try to
keep up, but med school keeps me so
busy that there are times when I barely
have time to sleep."
If Dave Gallagher ever wants to
escape the academic grind, he could
always return to pro football. Not very
many medical school students do that.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP)- The Detroit Pistons announced
yesterday the signing of Notre Dame star Kelly Tripucka to a
multiyear National Basketball Association contract.
Although terms of the contract were not disclosed,,it has
been reported that Tripucka's contract covers three years
and guarantees him $600,000 whether or not he makes the
DETROIT COACH Scotty Robertson said he expected to
use Tripucka as a small forward and guard when the Pistons
open training camp Friday at the University of Michigan's
Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.
Tripucka, a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder, denied reports that he
didn't want to play for Detroit. However, the Bloomfield, N.J.
native admitted he would rather have played in the East
where he was raised.
"I'm just happy as hell to be playing anywhere," Tripucka
said. "There are a lot of people who never get this chance.
I'm here to play and I'll give my best." .
THE SIGNING OF Tripucka, who along with Indiana All-
American Isiah Thomas was one of two first-round draft
choices for the Pistons inthe 1981 college draft, gives Detroit
a complete roster for the opening of training camp.
Tripucka averaged more than 15 points a game over a span
of 112 games in four seasons at Notre Dame, where he led the
Fighting Irish in scoring in each of his last three seasons.
Tripucka closed out his college career as Notre Dame's
fourth leading scorer with 1,719 points behind Austin Carr,
Adrian Dantley and Tom Hawkins.
Chargers obtain Chandler
SAN DIEGO (AP)- The San Diego Chargers, in need of a
replacement for all-pro wide receiver John Jefferson, ob-
tained fleet Wes Chandler from the New Orleans Saints
In exchange for Chandler, the third player selected in the
1978 National Football League draft, San Diego had to give up
the No. 1 draft pick it received from Green Bay last week in
the Jefferson deal, plus wide receiver Aundra Thompson and
a third-round choice in 1982.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Chandler, 25, set a Saints' record
with 1,069 yards in 1979 and had the NFL's longest touchdown
catch that year, an 85-yarder against San Francisco. His 205
yards in receptions against Atlanta in 1979 established
another club record.
....retires to medicine
quit football, but I definitely wanted to
start med school."
When the Giants traded Gallagher to
the Detroit Lions in 1978, he im-
mediately "unretired." After a strong
exhibition showing, he suffered a knee
injury in the season opener, which
sidelined him for the season. Gallagher
returned for the Lions' dismal 2-14
campaign in 1979, but decided to retire
again when the season ended.
"WHEN I retired for the second
time," Gallagher said, "I'd had some
injuries, arid I realized that there is a
future in medical school, whereas there
is a limited future in football. Besides,
after five years with the Bears, Giants,
and Lions, I really couldn't see my
career going anywhere."
"His only problem was that he was
trying to do two things," said Detroit
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