Page 10- The Michigan Daily- Thursday, January 30, 1986
Lost in the shuffle: Former 'M' gridder Humphries
tries to get a claw on the NFL
By ADAM SCHEFTER
Being on a team like the Chicago
Bears can often cause an individual to
get lost in the shuffle.
Stefan Humphries is an essential
member of the Bears goal line offense
and special teams, in addition to being
the lead drummer (No. 75), who
makes sure things stay in beat in the
Super Bowl Shuffle video.
"WHEN I was little, I used to sit
around and play with my little drum. I
was excited about the making of this
video. It took the guys seven hours
"Everybody loves Buddy," said
Humphries before Ryan's announ-
cement. "The Bears would be har-
dened by his loss. He has inspired us
all 110 percent. If he leaves, he will
take a big part of the Bears with him.
The defense just won't be the same."
Humphries, a third-round draft
choice, follows a long list of great
linemen who hail from the University
of Michigan. The list includes Dan
Dierdorf, Reggie McKenzie, Jon
Geisler, Bubba Paris, Ed Muransky,
Dave Gallagher, Mark Donahue, Walt
Downing and George Lilja. Hum-
phries tops the list.
His success, however, stems far
beyond the football field. He defines
AT MICHIGAN, Humphries earned
nine A pluses, 15 A's, and other grades
that translate into a GPA of 3.77.
These grades have not come in intro
to basket weaving either. Organic
chemistry, solid mechanics, general
inorganic chemistry and analytical
geometric calculus 3 are just a few of
the classes that he received A pluseg
Stefan Humphries leads the way for running back Lawrence Ricks (46). Now, Humphries is pulling for a star-
ting role with the Super Bowl-Champion Chicago Bears.
and it was seven hours of a lot of fun,"
said the second year guard.
With a schizophrenic punk-rocker at
quarterback, a Refrigerator, a super
star running back and many other
characters, this team sounds like a
collection of fictitious players.
However, as the New England
Patriots found out, they are very real.
"The team is a unique team. No two
individuals are alike and everyone
adds something else. McMahon is our
field general and his presence is felt
on and off the field. The Refrigerator
is very down to earth. I don't think all
his success has hit him yet. He has
been the same way since day one of
training camp. Walter is the guy who
thinks that he is playing in a little-
league football game. Everyone rubs
off on everyone else."
MANY PEOPLE attribute much of
the Bears' success to the genius of the
defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan,
who will take the head coaching job
with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Humphries has been tutored by two
of the best. Bo Schembechler, the man
who needs no introduction in Ann Ar-
bor, and the hot-tempered ex-football
player Mike Ditka. Both come from
the same mold.
"BO AND Mike are both very
emotional," the 6-4, 248-pound Hum-
phries said. "Bo often lets his
emotions get the best of him. Mike is
the same way. This is only because
both have such an extreme desire to
win. Bo is one of the all-time great
coaches and I feel as Mike matures,
he will blossom into an all-time great
... drums for stardom
"Michigan is a great university that
offers a lot to its students," he said. "I
was fortunate enough to have been a
part of it and receive a U of M
It seems as if everything he has
touched has turned to gold. But don't
let that fool you. He once lost a state-
championship spelling bee in Florida
in fourth grade when he reversed the e
and u in "outmaneuver." Oh yes, and
he narrowly missed being selected for
a Rhodes Scholarship.
DURING THE off season, the
Broward, Fla. native plans to reapply
to several medical schools since many
would not accept him as only a part-
time student. He would love to come
back here to med school. Voluntary
work at hospitals in Chicago is also it)
Humphries is such an extraor
dinary individual that "60 Minutes'
did a feature on him when ho
graduated valedictorian and Alt
American guard from high school.
As Schembechler once said, "He's
just a beautiful kid."
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - The New
England Patriots' drug controversy
heated up yesterday with the naming
of six alleged drug users. The team's
player representative said the
disclosure dooms its voluntary testing
plan and could lead to a strike.
The Boston Globe reported Wed-
nesday that Raymond Clayborn, Tony
Collins, Irving Fryar, Roland James,
Kenneth Sims and Stephen Starring
admitted to Coach Raymond Berry
they had used drugs.
"SOME OF those guys have been in
a (rehabilitation) program and
they're not on drugs any more,"
General Manager Patrick Sullivan
Sullivan said he was called by Globe
reporter Ron Borges, whose story in-
cluded the six names.
"He read me the names and he said,
'if I print those names are you going to
stand there and deny it?' And I said, 'I
wouldn't stand and deny it.' "
Sullivan said. "I'm reluctant to do
that but I'm also reluctant to be put in
a position of not telling the truth."
PATRIOTS TACKLE Brian
Holloway, reached in Honolulu where
he is preparing for the Pro Bowl, said
the "one thing that needs to be done is
for someone to sit down and talk fir-
sthand with Gene Upshaw (executive
director of the players' union). There
are so many allegations flying
around, a national situation, we need
to sit down at a table and talk about it.
I reserve comment beyond that."
Earlier, however, Holloway told the
Pittsburgh Press that a "terrible in-
justice has been done with the naming
of the alleged players. The idea that
those names have come out does not
mean that they have used drugs."
Holloway, the Patriots' union
representative, said the source of the
confirmation wasn't important. He
was more concerned that the names
"I CAN guarantee you, with the
release of those players' names, you
have seen the end of the voluntary
program with the Patriots," he said.
All-Pro guard John Hannah called
the Globe account "a typical Boston
press story trying to distort what we
accomplished. There was no drug
problem as far as I know. I've been
playing with them, around them in the
locker room and I saw no indication of
"It's a crying shame the names
were brought out. In my opinion, it
was wrong... I was very shocked. All
these guys played great football,,"
Eagles hire Bears' Ryan
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Buddy Ryan, architect of the over the past several years."
renowned defense of the Super Bowl-champion Chicago
Bears, yesterday was named head coach of the Ryan, referring to his years as an assistant with th
PhiBadelphia Eagles Bears, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets, said
Philadelphia Eagles. "We've been to three Super Bowls with three different
Ryan, 51, a National Football League assistant coach clubs and our plan is to take the fourth team there, thn
for 18 years, received a five-year contract and said he Eagles. This is the ideal situation for me."
hoped to take the Eagles, who haven't had a winning THE SIGNING of Ryan ended a search for a coach tha
season since 1981, to the Super Bowl. began after Marion Campbell was fired Dec. 15, less tha
"WE'RE particularly proud to bring Buddy Ryan to a week before the final game of last season.
Philadelphia," owner Norman Braman said. Braman settled for Ryan after negotiations collapse
"Because of the patience, the perseverance and the with 26-year-old David Shula, an assistant to his father
openmindedness our our organization, we think we've Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula, and Jim Mora, coach e
brought to Philadelphia the best coach in the National the United States Football League's Baltimore Stars. Als
Football League, a coach who is going to bring considered were Tony Dungy, defensive coordinator of th
Philadelphia the winning consistency that it has lacked Pittsburgh Steelers, and Eagles assistant Fred Bruney.
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